Maggie Robinson

Dec 26
Have You Ever…

I am a (somewhat) mature woman, and I have never had a martini, dirty or clean. Hard to believe. This is not to say I’ve never indulged in other liquid libation, but no martinis, appletinis, whatevertinis. I’ve never played a drinking game, either.

College kids today (and probably middle-schoolers for all I know) play “Have you ever…?”

Here are the rules, from

A group of people sit around in circle with a shot glass in front of them. The bottle of drink sits in the middle of the group. The players elect someone to go first. They must think of a question for the other players to answer. They question could be, “Have you ever gotten arrested?” All the players that have been must take a shot of the drink.
Each player takes a turn in asking questions. It’s played until someone is rather drunk. Each question must start with “have you ever”. If the person doesn’t start the question with that then they must drink.

I thought we’d play a virtual round of this, in the wild, week-long celebration of Maggie Robinson Means Romance’s first anniversary. Yes, on December 31, 2006, I ventured very tepidly into the Blogosphere. In my first of 88 posts, I pledged to finish my WIP, which I did (and several other projects besides) and said something or other about Oscar Wilde.

It turned out to be a pretty good writing year. The Vanettes (an offshoot of the Romance Vagabonds) have provided terrific online support and friendship. I joined RWA and got my PRO pin. Third-Rate Romance was requested in full and is languishing on an editor’s desk in New York. I finaled in the Southern Heat contest with Waking Beauty. I got this fabulous rejection letter from Samhain’s Angela James: “I wanted to tell you that I think you have a wonderful author voice and that I see great potential for it… I think your voice is strong enough that you will have no trouble eventually finding publication, even if not with this book, and I hope you will consider Samhain for future submissions.” From her fingertips to God’s ear. So Happy Anniversary to me and Happy New Year to you! More of the same!

On to the fun and games. The first poster can answer the question below, then post their own. Second poster answers that, then asks, etc. You don’t have to answer truthfully—we’ll never know if you’re lying. *g* Ask as many questions as you like. We’ll do this until New Year’s Day, when a randomly selected player wins a new copy of one of my favorite books of 2007, The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany and other good stuff!

What does a drinking game have to do with romance, you ask? Well, I have my heroes swilling brandy by the barrel, a very acceptable way to show male torment in romance novels. But drunk guys are so not hot. Drinking should probably be poured into the romance glass with a light hand, and now I’m off to think of another way to torture my men. Any suggestions?

Off the soapbox and into the Boxster. Have you ever made love in a car? (I’m drinking my virtual martini now.)

83 comments to “Have You Ever…”

  1. Quantumphase
     · December 29th, 2007 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Angela, I haven’t fantasised about fellas but Tiff wrapped in a G string might have me humming Gershwin (rhapsody in blue *g*). OK Tiff, you can hit me!

    Q: As we have a Reverend among us may I respectfully ask whether you think that Angels have nipples. When visiting a Gothic church in Germany recently I noticed that the carvings were extremely intricate, answering this question for me!

  2. RevMelinda
     · December 29th, 2007 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Oh, a theological question! Do angels have nipples?–well, sure, why not? I imagine angels can take many forms, depending on what kind of message they’re bringing (do you think my angel could look like Colin Firth?–I’m putting my order in right now).

    The bigger question is, of course: Does God have a penis?

    (Sorry, Maggie, that’s not really a drinking game question, but it probably takes some degree of inebriation to give it the consideration it deserves. . . LOL)

  3. Angela
     · December 29th, 2007 at 7:46 pm · Link

    Quantumphrase wrote:Angela, I haven’t fantasised about fellas but Tiff wrapped in a G string might have me humming Gershwin (rhapsody in blue *g*). OK Tiff, you can hit me!
    Reply: Ugh, Q, you weren’t supposed to answer that one! I knew your answer already, it was aimed for the ladies..
    Anywho, I have to answer my own question and be quite honest.. Back in the day, I often had crushes on my male compadres, in high school! But, as time passed that phase ended… Until recent times, and I won’t tell who he is..
    As for the nipply question, I have no clue, and will not even venture a guess, I mean ugh! I don’t care!
    revmelinda said:The bigger question is, of course: Does God have a penis?
    I know it is not a genuine question, but, I have to say this..
    I don’t even want to contemplate this one! I will go to hell for that one LoL!

  4. terrio
     · December 29th, 2007 at 7:58 pm · Link

    I’ll answer Rev’s q – of course she doesn’t. *g*

    Oh yeah, I’m drinking for the commando one but I think I’m safe on the rest.

    Have you ever de-stressed your guy while he was driving?

    Q – Don’t answer this one! LOL!

  5. Angela
     · December 29th, 2007 at 11:10 pm · Link

    terrio said:Have you ever de-stressed your guy while he was driving?
    Reply: Interesting question.. Are you asking what I think you are?.. Because, I am quite drunk enough as it is! Tip back another one for me! For, yes, I have tried it, and no, it did not succeed, Cars are too small and uncomfortable these days! And, damn those seat belts!

  6. Maggie Robinson
     · December 29th, 2007 at 11:50 pm · Link

    Jeez, I spend some hours away from the Internet and now we’ve gone theological and scatalogical. Am dying w/ laughter on the God/penis question and am expecting to be sent to hell (or bed) shortly. Speaking of which: Have you ever made love on a waterbed?

    We tried in a hotel once and we couldn’t. Spent the night on the floor!

  7. Santa
     · December 30th, 2007 at 1:44 am · Link

    How can I not drop in again after questions about God’s penis and angels’ nipples are posted!

    No to the thong. I own a few – and some of you may need to poke out your mind’s eye right about now – but there it is!

    Yes to commando. Rather freeing!

    No de-stressing while driving. I always think of that scene in ‘The World According to Garp’, lol.

    Yes, to the waterbed question at the CMI on LI, though it wasn’t mind bending by any stretch of the imagination.

    Which leads me to my question:

    Have you ever done it in a cheesy motel with theme based rooms?

  8. terrio
     · December 30th, 2007 at 3:12 am · Link

    Yes to the waterbed and no to the hotel. Do those rooms with round beds and giant champagne glasses really exist?

    Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back?

  9. Maggie Robinson
     · December 30th, 2007 at 9:30 am · Link

    Santa, I too immediately thought of Garp—that scene freaked me out for YEARS!

    No to cheesy motels, too. And Terrio, I had several cases of what I thought to be unrequited love in high school, and definitely love from college. I’ve googled the college guy too. He married a girl I carpooled with and just retired as an elementary school principal. What is this thing I have with school principals? When I knew him, he was planning to be a minister. No offense, RevM, but I would have made a really crappy minister’s wife.

    New question: Have you ever stalked a former flame? (and yes, googling is minor stalking)

  10. Angela
     · December 30th, 2007 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Have I ever made love on a waterbed? No.
    Ever done it in a cheesy motel..?
    No, again.
    Ever loved someone who did not love you back? Well, I can not say that I loved them, But, I had many crushes on guys in high school, and they told me they thought of me as just a “friend.”
    Ever stalked a former flame? No. I have never been that desperate.
    My question..
    Have you ever wanted to run away and never come back?

  11. terrio
     · December 30th, 2007 at 5:55 pm · Link

    Packed on several occasions. *takes a drink* But no to the stalking. I’d be afraid of what I’d learn.

    Have you ever woken up in a strange bed with someone you didn’t know?

  12. Janga
     · December 30th, 2007 at 8:56 pm · Link

    The de-stressing makes me think of some Harold Robbins-type book in which a character ends up decapitated in an auto accident from his partner’s de-stressing him.

    The nippled angels reminded me of Adam’s question to Raphael in Book VIII of Paradise Lost about sex and love among the angels. Raphael blushes “rosy red.” 🙂

  13. India Carolina
     · December 30th, 2007 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Nope. Never woke up in a bed with someone I didn’t know.

    Have you ever bought a specialty condom – French tickler – from a gas station restroom and wound up with your first born child? Not saying I have, mind you.

  14. RevMelinda
     · December 30th, 2007 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Terrio said ” of course she doesn’t. *g*”

    What a great answer, Terrio! Sending you a virtual blessing. . .

    No to de-stressing, water bed, and gas station condoms. (I’m so sheltered.) But I am the Queen of Past Unrequited Loves.

    About waking up with someone you don’t know–doesn’t every married person sometimes wake up in the morning, look at your spouse, and think, “WHO are YOU??? What was I thinking?” (Does that count as half a drink?)

  15. Angela
     · December 30th, 2007 at 9:32 pm · Link

    Just thought I would answer my own question.. As to running away.. With my financial situation being like it is, it makes me want to run away, and not come back, but, then I remember, problems always have a way of following you.
    As to have I ever woken up in a strange bed…? No.
    Have I ever bought a speciality condom..? Ugh, no again.

  16. Sara Lindsey
     · December 30th, 2007 at 9:53 pm · Link

    I think it would be safe to say that I’m the most sober person here. You only have to drink to things you’ve done right?

    Well, yes to thongs, though I still believe the evil things should be known as by their proper name: butt-floss.

    Yes to the wandering into a sex store… and yes to thinking guys in uniform are sexy.

    So, to continue on the movie idea, have you ever read a book to get in the mood?

    Q – If you say Ballet Shoes again and desecrate my beloved Noel Streatfeild, I might get violent!

  17. Angela
     · December 31st, 2007 at 12:24 am · Link

    Have I ever read a book to get in the mood? Oh, hell yeah! Romance novels are the best!

  18. Santa
     · December 31st, 2007 at 2:00 am · Link

    Yes, Terri there are heart shaped beds and champagne towers in the Poconos. I once worked with a woman who showed us their honeymoon pictures. Talk about your TMI! I saw a side to that woman I NEVER wanted to see! Crap, now I’m going to have those nightmares again.

    And RevM is right about waking up next to the DH and wondering WTF was I thinking! Not every morning but usually the ones following a particularly moronic thing they’ve said or done.

    But I digress….

    Oh, and yes to reading books to get in the mood…or finding oneself in the mood.*w*
    Did I mention my DH is very supportive of my romance reading and writing? He keeps offering to help do ‘research'(nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

    So…has anyone used porn (tasteful, of course) to get in the mood? And before anyone gets any ideas – I’m not drinking for this one.

  19. Quantumphase
     · December 31st, 2007 at 5:23 am · Link

    Sarah, the film of ballet shoes took such liberties with the story that Mrs Q got violent…it was that which put me in the mood. *w*

    A book to savour before bed…hmmm….I think Freeman Dyson’s ‘Disturbing the Universe’. That always sends me to the stars.*g*

    Someone famous…can’t remember who…once said ‘One man’s porn is another man’s art.’ I think that I would choose the Italian Renaissance, perhaps Botticelli’s Venus….that should do the trick! *swoon*

    My Question: Have you ever gone on a blind date and found a person you had longed to meet?

  20. Maggie Robinson
     · December 31st, 2007 at 7:53 am · Link

    Q, I just realized I’ve never really gone on a blind date. But my husband and I were “arranged” by friends, who had tried to set us up for years. We didn’t like each other at first but you know how it all turned out.

    Have you ever met a really famous person? Name drop, please!

  21. BernardL
     · December 31st, 2007 at 9:56 am · Link

    Have you ever met a really famous person? Name drop, please!

    My brother and I were scuba diving in Monterey, CA back in 1985. We stayed overnight, and stopped at the Hogsbreath Inn in Carmel just after midnight. Clint Eastwood was there, and we said hi to him. My wife never forgave me for that one. She and I knew he owned the place, and Mr. Eastwood was her favorite. We stopped there every time her and I went diving, and we never caught a glimpse of him. 🙂

  22. terrio
     · December 31st, 2007 at 10:58 am · Link

    I’ve met a few country stars but I doubt anyone would recognize the names. No movie or tv stars.

    I’ll take a drink for the reading a book to get in the mood but no to the movies.

    And I can more than relate to the WTF thinking when waking up next to the D(ickhead)H. So much so he’s now the Ex-H. *g*

    Have you ever been *late* and freaked you couldn’t pin down which sperm donor it might be?

  23. RevMelinda
     · December 31st, 2007 at 11:24 am · Link

    Now I’m really drunk!
    I met and chatted with Elizabeth Taylor (I was 13 and wearing a really unfortunate bandanna on my head; she was wearing some caftan thing).

    Have you ever traveled to Europe with someone you were in love with and been completely platonic? (sigh. . .)

  24. Janga
     · December 31st, 2007 at 2:20 pm · Link

    No to European travel and sperm donors, and the only famous people I have met have been literary critics and biographers–Richard Ellmann, Louis Martz, Diane Wood Middlebrook, Virginia Spencer Carr and poets–Adrienne Rich, Andrew Huggins, Bin Ramke, David Bottoms, Natasha Tretheway (to name a few).

    Have you ever lied about your age?

  25. Maggie Robinson
     · December 31st, 2007 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Oh, Janga. I used to be the youngest person in the room (I skipped two grades and graduated from college at 19). I confess now I lie like a rug, color my hair, and have invested in industrial strength bras to keep up the elusive semblance of youth. You’d have to pull my polished toenails to get me to admit my age to strangers. Of course my family, friends and co-workers know the bitter truth.

    And going with the decrepit theme, have you ever considered plastic surgery purely for cosmetic reasons?

    (And I’ve met Zippy the Chimp, Joe Namath, Teddy Kennedy, Kirstie Alley, Hodding Carter, Jamie Auchincloss, Maine Governors Angus King and John Baldacci and Wally Lamb)

  26. Janga
     · December 31st, 2007 at 4:46 pm · Link

    What a diverse list of celebrities, Maggie. I didn’t think about governors. I’ve only met Georgia governors, but Jimmy Carter is in that list.

    No cosmetic surgery for me. I’d rather look my age than elect to undergo the surgeon’s knife.

    Have you ever considered writing a memoir?

  27. Quantumphase
     · December 31st, 2007 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Maggie, I have known a few Nobel Laureates but all in the line of business. I have also met the Rev John Polkinghorne, after he became a priest. I believe he is now quite famous in church circles as well as science. I also met the Queen once, she was opening a science facility and was very charming. Didn’t lay a sword across my shoulders though. *g*

    Janga, I may have rounded down my age on occasion, multiples of ten are lucky you see and I always say ‘about *tee’. I have never rounded up though. OK guess I’d better drink to that one!

    Revmelinda, I used to take Mrs Q on conference visits in Europe where I talked science incessantly…I was such a bore for her that she stays home now. You just can’t distract a scientist when he’s in his element!

    I did once have cosmetic surgery to remove a benign lump…mainly to enable me to wear a tie in comfort.

    My question: H G Wells has invited you to use his time machine. Which famous author or artist would you travel to see?

    I think I might choose William Morris and get him to introduce me to his pre-Raphaelite friends. I would also like to get the low down on the Jane situation though I know that he will be too much of a gentleman to enlighten me!

  28. Angela
     · December 31st, 2007 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Has anyone ever used porn to get in the mood? I think you know the answer to this one.. But, you’d be surprised. I can’t say this enough, porn is too cheesy for me!, so, no.
    Ever gone on a blind date..? No, never had one.
    Have I ever met a famous person? Yes. Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brenneman from the Cincinnati Reds(the baseball team) And, in Elementary I met some of the Cin. Bengal players(For those who don’t know, they’re football players) And, I ain’t talking about soccer, Q.
    Have you ever looked at your kids, and wanted to give them up for adoption,(because you’re angry)?

  29. Angela
     · December 31st, 2007 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Have I ever been *late* and freaked…? That would be a big no, because as yall know, my hubby was my first and only.
    Have I ever traveled to Europe with someone I’m in love with..? That would also be no, I have never been out of the USA.
    Have I ever lied about my age? That would be a big no! I’m not ashamed, and feel that age is but a number.
    Have I ever considered plastic surgery..? Only to get rid of unsightly fatty bulges!
    Have I ever considered writing a memoir? Yes, I have, only to show people how much I have changed, from shy, tongue tied youth, to enchanting seductress for my hubby.
    Quantumphrase wrote:I also met the Queen once, she was opening a science facility and was very charming. Didn’t lay a sword across my shoulders though. *g*
    Gee, you met the queen! How lucky! You never told me that, I’m jealous..
    H.G. Wells has invited you to use his time machine Which famous author or artist would you travel to see?
    That is a very interesting question Q. I would love to see Abraham Lincoln, the man is a god to me, he helped bring about the freeing of the slaves.

  30. Maggie Robinson
     · December 31st, 2007 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Popping in quickly before I go to my wild NYE festivities—I’m granddog sitting at my daughter’s house and won’t be online until tomorrow, when I post the winner of Have You Ever…which I must say has exceeded all my expectations! Party on!

    Have YOU ever had an unusual New Year’s Eve?

  31. Angela
     · December 31st, 2007 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Have I ever had an unusual New Year’s Eve? No, but, one time, when I used to work at Meijer,(A grocery store) I wished to myself that I could be with Donald on New Year’s Eve..(the old saying is that the person you are with for New Years is the person you’ll be with forever) Well, we did end up together in the store, after our shift. (We were still friends then) But, now we are married, go figure!

  32. irisheyes
     · December 31st, 2007 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Wow, step away for a few days and the blog goes wild!!!! I can’t even remember all the questions I missed and I just scrolled up about 4-5 seconds ago! LOL

    Let’s see yes to – worn a thong, hooked up with my best friend (the DH), I do tell little white lies to spare hurt feelings, yes to reading a book to get in the mood (a romance, of course), yes to the porn (but it didn’t work – those movies are really bad. I was too busy laughing and it pretty much broke the mood). I definitely haven’t batted for my own team (but I really suck at sports!), haven’t had a one night stand or woken up next to a stranger. I haven’t wandered into a sex toy store or fudged about my past (I’m pretty boring, maybe I should fudge in the opposite direction!)

    This was really fun, Maggie. I’m sorry I couldn’t keep up. My week has been beyond busy and isn’t over yet!

    Happy New Year one and all!!!

  33. Gillian Layne
     · January 1st, 2008 at 11:05 am · Link

    Good morning, and Happy 2008!

    Just dropped by to check out the happily sleeping ladies and bottles littering the floor….(Grins)

    When you throw a party, Maggie, you Really throw a party!