But I thought, since I have some new friends who perhaps don't know much about me, maybe I should answer a few questions. Both Jill Haugh at I Had a Little Nut Tree and Suze at Subliminal Coffee have bestowed the lovely Liebster on me, so I am going to do a little careful combining of their questions to get out of this as painlessly as possible. Thank you, ladies, for your questions.
1) What was your favorite book when you were eleven?
My Side of the Mountain. I grew up in Colorado, and my family backpacked in the summers. I was absolutely enthralled with the idea of a kid setting out to live on his own in nature. I totally believed you could live in the hollowed out trunk of a tree. My other favorites were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Where the Red Fern Grows.
2) What did you want to be when you grew up?
I had the usual fantasies of being an actress or rock star, but I also thought seriously about becoming an astronaut at one point. Until someone told me you had to pee into a vacuum device in space. That did it for me.
3) What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
I liked all the fantasy shows: I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Batman and Robin, Star Trek...we're talking syndicated reruns here!
|You know I had a pair of hot pink harem pajamas as a kid.|
4) How old were you at the time of your first (real) kiss.
I assume by "real" you're not talking about the time when I was ten and took my neighbor into the laundry room and smacked my puckered lips against his in a quick millisecond of contact? Unfortunately, I seem to recall a decade long dry spell for kisses after that.
Er, the rest of Jill's questions seem to be about sex and accidentally discovering your parents doing it, and gah...moving on...
5) Where are you living right now?
I live in the smallish town in northern Colorado, but usually I tell people I live ten miles outside of Boulder. People seem to know where that is because of these guys:
|Mork and Mindy|
6) Last movie you watched?
I haven't been watching a lot of movies lately, but I recently checked out this Canadian sci-fi series, Continuum. Have you seen it? Very smart time travel/cop show set in Vancouver. I'm hooked. Season two is debuting on SyFy channel in June. I'm excited for it to start again.
7) What book are you reading now.
Well, um, I'm still reading The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. I'm a slow reader, but I'm even slower when I only have time to read at night. I get about ten pages in and then fall asleep. But, wow, is it well written. Highly recommend.
8) What are you listening to right now?
My dog's snoring. Seriously. She's a Boston Terrier with a very pug nose. Every inhale is a loud snort when she's sleeping. Listen for yourself:
I'm a pantser, so finding the story as I write is the biggest struggle. It can take me awhile to decide which direction to turn in the story, and I end up doing a lot of backtracking when I mess up. I've also been made aware by critique partners that I (allegedly) have a problem with using too many similes. Pfffft. But that's like saying my dog has had too many bacon treats. Never enough!
10) What is one book you think everyone should read?
Well...I won't inflict The Complete Works of Shakespeare on you, but Macbeth is a damn fine story, as is Hamlet. And I know I go on and on about Shakespeare sometimes (he'll always be this guy to me), but his plays, not unlike the Greek myths, are the touchstone for so many modern stories. Even the series Sons of Anarchy, with its hardcore biker gang, is an ode to Hamlet.
11) If you could be one of the Greek gods, who would you be and why?
Oh, come on. Athena, of course:
"Goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus's head fully formed and armored. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and a spear, and wearing the aegis over a long dress." -- Wikipedia
|Athena: the original badass woman warrior.|
Thanks again for the Liebster Love, ladies. I really do appreciate it. And to anyone who made it to the end of this post, this Liebster is for you too. Really, I'd love to see some of you tackle these questions, but I'm not going to name names. Check my sidebar for some awesome new people to follow, if you aren't already doing so.
Have a great weekend!