Taking Tea in the Kasbah

I’ve noticed a trend in the kasbah over the last couple of weeks. The Would You Rather choices should, if they are doing their job, provoke people into making a tough decision. But after another landslide victory (last week it was for Creating and Popularizing a New Word or Phrase), I’ve come to the conclusion that the Wednesday questions are letting y’all off a little too easily.

Maybe, like me, you’ve needed things to be a little more black and white and less fuzzy and gray.

I get it. I’m there with ya. Which is probably why I’ve veered towards the more easily dissected questions, the ones with the clear-cut choices.

But it’s time, clever readers, to take things up a notch.*

And now, on to this week’s question…

Would you rather

publish your diary


– OR –

make a movie on your most embarrassing moment?

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photo credit: This Year’s Love via photopin cc


So, which will it be, bold readers? Will you share with the world the contents of your Dear Diary? Or would you prefer to have your most embarrassing moment up on the big screen? Sit, sip, and share. I always love to hear from you.

*Except when it’s not. Sometimes you hit the mark and other times you totally miss. Lately, life is kinda like that in the kasbah and the writing cave. Like my internet not cooperating last night, forcing me to publish theย Wednesdayย Would You Rather Question on aย Thursday. Apologies for that.

17 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Would You Rather Question: Written Words or Mortifying Moment?

  1. Ha! Tami, you know how to “stir the pot”. But in a good way, of course. I’m afraid that this question is also a bit easy for me. You see, my diary is beyond boring. The only value for publication would be as a *guaranteed* sleep aid. I will choose having my most embarrassing moment put on the Big Screen. The only problem there is, which one? My high school years are filled with scene after scene of most embarrassing moments that would make for great laughs in YA books and films. Hmmmm…. maybe that’s why I’m compelled to write YA fiction now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I believe that’s how people like John Hughes turned their mortifying teenage moments into a lucrative career in the movie biz. YA authors do the same. Embarrassing moments are so relatable because EVERYONE has them. Script writers and authors just happen to make money off of it. Lemonade outta lemons, right?

  2. on ,
    Marcia said:

    I think the movie scenario would be my pick, since I often only do diary entries when things in my life are intense and those vulnerable, personal entries aren’t up for public viewing.

    • Now I’m curious which embarrassing moment you would choose to have a movie made into. Don’t worry, I’ll grill you later on this. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’d have to invent a diary to have it published, which makes this an easy question.

    I would, of course, choose to create a diary. The possibilities! The altruistic, thought-provoking entries! The hints about hot hunks who’ve tried to lure me into the boudoir! All those quotes attributed to “anonymous?” MINE! Totally mine!

    [I get to use exclamation points (!!!!!!) because it’s my diary].

    Sorry, Tami. I suspect you hoped to garner serious comments. Yes. I’ll smack myself upside the noggin for you.

    • Ah, Gloria, in all your creatively sneaky splendour. I suspect Tami will rule a created diary ‘cheating’. Gasp!

    • Serious comments? In the kasbah? I thought you knew me better than that, Gloria. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      While Sherry makes a good point about the faux diary being a bit like cheating, I have to say that your idea is amazingly brilliant. The only reason I’d veto it is because I’d want to use it as my own answer. But I won’t, as tempting as that is. I may be a great many things (not to be discussed here in this forum, thankyouverymuch), but one thing I am NOT is an idea stealer.

      In other words, well played, Gloria. Well. Played.

  4. Here’s the thing: When something truly humiliating happens, one would think I’d keep the moment private, praying fervently that no one shall ever find out. Not so. I advertise the mortification. Hey, everybody! Guess what happened to me.
    One of my most embarrassing moments (which I did so duly advertise in the immediate wake of) would be a great lead in to a romantic comedy. Ah, the poor, sympathetic heroine, proposed to by an ancient taxi driver. Bwa-ha-ha! Enter, the dashing hero.
    See? I can’t keep this chit to myself.

    • Yes, the creative opportunities to be found in one’s embarrassing moments are indeed endless. Love your idea to spin it into a rom-com. Unless, of course, there is no spin and that’s usually how your embarrassing moments turn out. In which case, I need to be hanging out with you more often.

  5. YOU said it, Tami. “Embarrassing moments are so relatable because EVERYONE has them.” I think it would be cathartic to put them on the screen. I could feel like I was in good company, instead of just plain embarrassed.
    But my diary, nuh. off limits!

    • I think going through embarrassing moments is one of those universal rights of passage. If only that simple truth made those moments easier to endure when they’re happening… *sigh*

  6. Publish the diary — oh, wait, I’m already doing that! The only journals I keep are travel accounts or WIP diaries. The former is written with an audience in mind; the latter isn’t, but it wouldn’t bother me much were it to be published.

    Considering the other option, I can’t think what embarrassing moment would be worth filming, but the other day I was seriously embarrassed in a cafe when I asked a fellow patron to get me a menu and more water…

    • Haha! If my embarrassing moments were as tame as yours, or if my journals half as interesting as yours, then this question would be a no-brainer for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. on ,
    jen self said:

    the movie of my most embarrassing moment without a doubt….that is much less exposing than the diary option.

    • Now I’m super duper curious about your most embarrassing moment. Have I heard this tale? Was I there when it happened (me thinks not)? And most importantly, would I be cast in the movie as a totally supportive friend?

  8. Probably the diary, but only if it’s the one from high school. It’s SO cheesy. As for embarrassing moments, my brain tends to replay in my head like a video, like some sort of self torture. So no to the movie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow. You are a far braver woman than I to willingly cough up your high school diaries. Mine are SOOOO boring and WAY cheesy. No one would go to that movie, even if I paid them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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