Rory’s weekly Q and A

Welcome to the Sunday Q and A with Rory

What do you find yourself splurging on the most?

With the economy in shambles everywhere, I’ve stopped splurging on anything. The most expensive things I buy these days are the household groceries!

What is your top writing tip?

I save ideas in draft posts and work on them whenever I get time. I aim to have a few completed posts in my draft folder and at least a day’s worth of posts pre scheduled.

When writing, I think about where I want to go with my idea or the prompt. Then I just start writing and I usually am satisfied with what I write.

Are you a regular recycler, and if so, what are five of your top recycling tips?

When I was in Seattle, we used to recycle everything. Here in Pakistan, there’s no concept of recycling. So we reuse things. Like old books are sold to a second hand shop, plastic bottles are reused for water, worn clothes are given to needy people and the paper and cardboard are taken away from the rubbish by the scavengers, usually the unemployed who sell it to make some money.

Are you someone that wants to be or needs to be heard and seen, or are you content to be found behind the scenes?

Oh I very much want to be heard, hence the blog. To be seen is not very important but could be incidental in the case of being heard. Where family is concerned, I’m usually behind the scenes, doing things quietly.

How approachable do you think you are in real life and away from the keyboard, and do others feel the same way about you?

I think I’m very approachable in real life as well as on my blog. One thing that I strongly resent is when I’m approached by the true-marketeers. I’m usually quite blunt with them and hang up quickly.

Do you sit more on the fence or the edge of the knife?

I have very decided opinions on most topics. So you can say that I’m definitely not sitting on the fence. As for the knife’s edge, I don’t think most of my opinions are that controversial.

What do you remember the most about your grandparents?

My maternal grandparents were quite reserved. I seldom had any in-depth conversations with them. The fact that my mom passed away when she was just 26, May have created a distance between them and us could be a factor. With my paternal grandparents, I was very friendly with my grandfather who was a very kind and supportive person. I learned to love books as I was given free access to his vast collection of books. My paternal grandmother was quite strict and I was in awe of her most of the time.

How important to you is validation from your readers to your written content – do you need acknowledgement from others to create?

If I say that it’s not important for me to get acknowledgment from my readers, I’d be lying. I love when people read, comment, and like what I write. I’d still create content but I feel happier when I know people are reading it and perhaps gaining something from it.

What is it you would have liked to have been asked about your life but have yet to be?

I don’t think that there’s any question that I want to be asked about my life that hasn’t been asked of me! I’m like an open book and the only thing that I haven’t shared is my real name, which even if someone asks, I’ll politely decline!

Many thanks Rory for these very interesting questions.



32 thoughts on “Rory’s weekly Q and A

  1. such interesting questions and answers, like you, it’s clear that I want to be heard, as I too enjoy sharing my blog posts, and I’m also one who is more on the knife’s edge over being a fence sitter.

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  2. I really enjoyed reading the answers to these questions.. here in egypt I find that recycling is useless and I do the same as you do and also been cutting back on buying unnecessary purchases.. would love to visit Pakistan one day.

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  3. Hey Sadje, good morning to you and thanks for your patience for my tardy response 🙂

    Some well thought out answers here, l was fascinated to read of the recycling in Pakistan and also the comment concerning Egypt’s recycling. Who do the scavenger’s sell to? Where do they go to get the waste and what do those who buy the waste do with it? I think we need a new answer here in the UK considering that we offload nearly 60% of our waste to other countries and l think that this country could do way better, or indeed most western countries could improve the waste management we have in place.

    We all like to be read and seen in one way or another, we like to think that something we do or say has an impact somewhere on someone, something, that they find comfort with or resonation or practical.

    Good answers and received with thanks 🙂

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    1. Thank you Rory. The scavengers are unemployed people, often afghans/ kids and men who take the garbage out of the containers and take out cardboard, paper, bottles and cans and sell to the recyclers. Who use paper products to make newspaper or rough paper bags. The cans are recycled in the common way and so are glass bottles. Though we don’t have a proper collection system here for recycling, nothing goes to waste as ours is a poor country.

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