Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Ariel Tachna. Thanks, Ariel.
1) If you could claim any one work of art ever made as your own, which would you take home?
Wow, that is a hard question, not the least because of all the different ways one could define a work of art. Is Machu Picchu a work of art? Is the Louvre (by which I mean the building itself, not its contents) a work of art? And then you have the issue of weighing the value of one of my daughter’s paintings against something others would see as a greater work of art but that would have less value for me.
If I had to choose from what would more traditionally be called works of art, I would choose La Dame à la licorne tapestry in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. I have been fascinated by unicorns and collected them in various shapes and materials since I was a child. I made a unicorn tapestry when I was in ninth grade, but it’s nothing compared to the real one!
2) Long-stemmed roses or wildflowers?
Definitely wildflowers. I love roses, and I have several rose bushes in my garden, but there’s something so freeing about the riot of color and shape and fragrance that is a field of wildflowers. Roses are beautiful and elegant, but they’re also controlled. They’re the unattainable beauty of Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman, perfectly polished but somehow cold. Wildflowers are a little less perfect, but there are no limits placed upon them.
3) Brownies or blondies?
Brownies. There is no such thing as too much chocolate. I make fudge brownies with chocolate chips in them.
4) What is your favorite word?
According to my beta readers, it’s “just.” Apparently I overuse that a little, although I’m trying to get better about it. I would say frisson is one of my favorite words. It’s that hint of French that adds elegance and mystery to a sensation whose synonyms all either have a negative connotation (shudder) or are less elegant (wallop). It also tickles me that when I look it up in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, all the rhymes with words are in French. (I might have a bit of a thing for the French language and culture and food and well, all things French.)
5) Tomorrow is July 4th—you have a limitless budget, how will you celebrate?
I’ve always wanted to visit Washington, D.C. on July 4. I remember watching the fireworks over the Washington Monument on TV as a child, particularly the bicentennial. I’d love to see them in person someday.
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their two dogs. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with both France, where she found her husband, and India, where she dreams of retiring someday. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit, and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.