Hello my darlings, Happy Easter to you all!
Think I’m getting the hang of this blogging gig – stop laughing in the back!
Mondays usually suck for most people therefore I’ve decided to spread a little happiness for all you guys out there whose chin is on the floor! Mondays are going to be fun days here on Fizz and Fangs!
And that means talking about what makes us tick as people.
One of the things I adore about blogging is the fact I get to speak to wonderful peeps from all over the world. And you’re a pretty diverse bunch let me tell you. Often I chat to one of my crit partners, Cynthia, from Ohio on the telephone. Cynthia and me go way back – almost four years; she’s a glutton for punishment what can I say – and she laughs as soon as I answer the phone. The reason for this is because I am Scottish which means, quite naturally, I have a Scottish accent which, she says, makes her smile.
Now like everything else, Scottish accents are not all created equal.
They are many and varied. Some are musical and lyrical (the Highlands and English Border accent) and with others even I need an interpreter especially if the person comes from certain parts of Glasgow. Before I offend the entire population of that wonderful City, can I say that I, myself, am from Glasgow so I’m perfectly entitled to throw that particular rock. Just say’in. Now, I haven’t lived in Scotland for many years – almost twenty-five – and I haven’t lost my accent. People tell me – and who am I to argue – that I sound just like the Scottish TV presenter Lorraine Kelly which is why I’ve posted a video of her talking to another Scottish person, Gerard Butler. So you guys can ‘hear’ what I sound like – good idea or what?
On the telephone my husband makes my female friends and acquaintances swoon because he had a deep gravelly Scottish accent which forcibly reminds callers of Sean Connery. Let me just say right now that he doesn’t look anything like Sean Connery and he’s much younger too! Just say’in.
So what I want to know and so do the rest of the peeps reading this is – What or who do you sound like? We all know what the great fabulous Texan Kristen Lamb sounds like. So, come on and let us know. Do you have a high, breathy, girly voice? Is it deep and sexy? I recently described a heroine as having a voice ‘like great big honeyed spoonfuls of soul’ she has a slight French accent btw.
So come on and don’t be shy – if you’re a drawler we demand to know!!
Ah, Gerard Butler! I’m still drooling! LOL! 🙂
You are so funny Christine. I didn’t need to hear that gal speak to hear your voice. I had already heard it through your writing. But then I’ve been to Scotland.
What does my voice sound like? Or who do I sound like? I don’t know. My sister sounds like me on the phone and had a great time with my husband when he would call the house when we were dating. He never knew that it wasn’t me. Oh boy, did she have fun with that.
Now you said the other day that you heard my voice through my writing and to trust you, it was a good thing. Not sure what you mean by that. Send me a email and explain please because it would be nice to know if I’m doing something right. LOL!
Aha! Karen, you have tossed the ball quite neatly back into my court!
Thank you for saying you can hear my voice. I’m thinking I must make you laugh, in a good way! Yes, I can hear your voice in your writing and I will certainly email you. What I meant was I could ‘hear you’ in your writing. The ‘you’ that comes over in your blog. Why it didn’t occur to me that you could ‘hear’ me I know not! The person who’ll tell you the truth of what you sound like on a daily basis is your husband ask him and then get back to us. Are you girly? Breathy? Scary?
I’m as scary as hell – I’m told – when I call out in a certain tone ‘HUGH! That’s my DH btw. He’s under the dining table as I type (joking!!!!)
oh many lovely hugs to you mee darlin’ I have never been to Scotland, but I just adore the accents, so much fun, so lyrical. I was born in Hawaii, but my parents are from California, so I have no accent, but in a pinch, I can speak the local pidgin, if necessary. All I know is that I sound like my mother. Great post, really brilliant lassie. (I mean you, not the dog) *hugs*
Goodness me. ‘Lassie’ was cool forty-five years ago, lol!! These days men are more likely to call you ‘babe’ or ‘darlin’ It’s really funny because Scottish heroes are rocking the American romance scene at the moment. If you go to Scotland the women there will tell you that most men are not red haired or called Jamie. Scottish men in real life tend to be very tall and dark especially in the Highlands. My grandfather, mother and aunts have jet black hair with vivid blue eyes and they tan in the sun. But my DH has a great telephone/TV voice. He was once on TV in Kenya talking on the financial news and he did it one take – his only claim to fame!
I’m so jealous! I have a CT Yankee accent. But it’s pretty plain. I love my friend’s Austrian accent. Europe has some adorable accents. 🙂
Love the Yankee accent and it might be plain to you but it’s not to the rest of us. I love the Italian accent and the Greek, for some reason they make my knees week. I’ve a couple of Italian friends and they kill me. I also have a friend from Madeira who’s incredibly fiery – she kills me.
CC, I also love Scottish, Irish, and English accents–total jelly legs. 🙂
Hiya Christine (yes, hiya is a very Welsh thing to say!),
I asked my DH who I sound like. He replied, “Rhod Gilbert.” (A MALE Welsh comedian). He only chuckled for a moment because I didn’t laugh at all. Clearing his throat and trying to look more sincere he replied, “Charlotte Church, but without the profanity.” He wasn’t brave enough to
comment on my singing – he knows that look in my eyes.
I’m loud and I talk stupidly fast but I’ve also been told I have a soft, lyrical tone. I’m from a huge Welsh family so you’ve got to be loud and fast or you never get a word in edgeways. My DH is English. He didn’t get to finish a sentence during family gatherings for at least the first three years because he kept stopping for breath. I’ve not lived in Wales for fifteen years (a few years in Newcastle and now living in Devon) so I have lost some of my accent but it always prevails during a rant or over-excitement.
I’ve come to realise of late that I write like I talk but mainly during descriptive pieces – I’ve really got to curtail those run-on sentences. Maybe that’s why I became a writer – so I could say what I wanted without fear of interruption!
Your DH is a sweetie! For those of you who don’t know Rhod Gilbert is a Welsh male comedian so Lindsay has every right to give her DH ‘the look’ lol! Ahh, and you speak fast? Funnily enough I’ve good friends who live in Greenville, North Carolina and I went to stay with Melody and her identical twin Memrie a few years ago. I needed to slow down my speech patterns because they kept saying to Melody ‘what’s she say’in?’ Once I slowed it down they got me. They also told me I ‘cleaned up well’ which I initially thought meant I hadn’t showered properly, lol!!!!!! Who says the English language is easy?
LOL! She does sound like you! I thought you were doing a voice over my wee lass. I don’t need to tell you what my voice sounds like, although I’ve been told that I talk too loud, too fast, and too deep. Oh well it has also been said I have a great laugh!
You are doing great with your blog and what a fantastic week opener.
Why hellllooo Cintia!!!
Guys, this is my crit partner all the way from OHIO! Isn’t the internet just great???? I think this is the first time you’ve commented Oh Wonderful One. You have a really great voice and a sexy laugh with a lovely drawl. If I were a man I’d probably fancy you. Shall I not go there? Hehehe! Since we’ve got witnesses I’m just going to say that without you I wouldn’t be about to publish my first novel. The constant encouragement and support has been unbelievable. Through the good time and the bad times you’ve always been there – sheesh – I sound like a country and western song! But it’s so true.
I love you so much.
Fun post! I have a low-pitched, slightly nasal voice that isn’t particularly pleasant, so no videos or readings from me! No cute or charming accent either – it’s totally bland, boring southwest Ohio (yes, each quadrant is different)! For years I feared my writing had no voice until contest judges and crit partners convinced me otherwise, thank goodness.
Jennette, I simply don’t believe you. None of us know what we sound like to others. And in the USA you have such a divergence that it’s riveting for us to listen to. I love the Texan drawl – very sexy – the clipped Manhattan/Boston bam bam bam – and the North Carolina laid back drawl with all those guys who look like George Clooney (seen them with my own eyes) And my pal Cintia’s from Ohio, so I’d love your accent.
And the cajun accent kills me, I love it! Christine Feehan writes a brilliant cajun accent, cherie. Love it.
Someone told me, before they heard my voice over the phone for the first time, that she thought I’d sound all girly and higher-pitched voice – maybe because I’m short and kind of small and maybe the way I “talk” online- but instead she almost hung up the phone because this deep-voiced woman answered – ME! I have this kind of deep voice, especially in the morning, or if I’m tired. 😀 . . . the readings I did on videos, I tried to keep my voice modulated so it wasn’t so gravelly but not sure if that happened :-D- and people expect a real danged ole southern accent because of the way I write – haw and lawd and dang – and the rest – but, usually people can’t figure out where I come from – even when I lived in South Louisiana many years people would ask “where are you from? I can’t place the accent.” wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Love Scottish accents, y’aaaaaawwwwwwl
OMG, Kat, what are you like? I bet you’re fabulous on the phone, deep voice or not!
Thank you for dropping by!
I was born in New Jersey, but my dad was in the military so we moved all over. I don’t have a NJ/NY accent like my mom–she says “cawfee” for coffee. I have no idea what I sound like, but according to my mom it’s midwestern. I’m not sure what that means! 🙂
Love this post!
I love your mom’s accent! You remind me of Mike Myers (who’s Scottish/Liverpool) who’s mother in law is from New Jersey. I bet you sound fabulous!