Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Of Seeds & Strangeness

First, a bit of news!
Today is the last day that my short memoir, Head Buckets & Hashtags is available for $.99! The price goes up to $1.99 tomorrow!  If you're on a tight budget, buy now!

Tomorrow and Friday (4/11 & 4/12) I will not publish new posts for this blog because I'll be focusing my energy on my fantasy novel which will go live on Amazon Kindle on Sunday, May 12 (5/12/13).
This will be my Mother's Day gift to you, Mom. I love you!
I  shall resume posting to this blog two days hence, this Saturday (4/13).

Perfect Moment:

I have begun a small kitchen garden in my south facing bay window.  In the photo below, you can see I've planted part of my garden in a repurposed fountain.  It is mostly grown from scraps (the ends of celery, onions and lettuce) but I added basil, cilantro and thyme seeds recently (in the top 3 tiers of the fountain).  All three of my little herb-babies are sending up tiny green stems!  I have, in general, a brown thumb, so each germinated greenling is a joy and a delight!

Ten Strange Facts About Me:

Yes, I’m an odd duck.  Especially so since I’m not a duck.  I am peculiar, quirky and eccentric.  Aren’t we all?  That’s part of what makes life a fascinating adventure!

Authors are notorious for being even more unusual, bizarre, non-conforming and out-of-the-ordinary than your typical strange bird and yet, we are also just like everyone else.  So, to prove that I am both weird and entirely normal, here are some tidbits about me.

1- I don't drink coffee. The only caffeine I ingest is from chocolate, the occasional soda and the very rare cup of green or black tea.
There's some concern that this renders me an unfit author.

2- I drink water while I write. A LOT OF WATER. Type, type, sip, sip, type, type, contemplate, sip, type.
This leads to a lot of bathroom breaks.

3- Writing drains & exhausts me (or maybe it's all the water?) and my most productive writing days contain at least one nap.

4- Writing empties my word bank. The more words I write, the less chatty I am.

5- I LOVE microphones.  Actually, I dig speechifying in general, but microphones force large groups of people to listen to me and they transform my average-sized voice into A THING OF GREAT POWER!

6- I'm an introvert and socializing in groups of people is painful and awkward for me.

7- I didn't get a learner's permit or ever bother to try learning to drive until I was 26 or 27. I did it then because it was a job requirement.

8- My New Year's resolution for 2013 was to stop using paper towels.  The switch to cloth napkins, towels, spill absorbers, snot rags, etc. has been far easier than I expected.

9- I don't believe in having "best friends" because I don't think friendship is a competition. I prefer to refer to some people (I'm lucky to include my parents and husband in this group) as "close friends".

10- I don’t listen to music while I write.  I am intrigued by the notion of having a playlist for a work of fiction and I sometimes wish I could pull it off, but I cannot.  It’s too distracting.  I also can’t talk to anyone, even about important things, when there’s music, radio or television playing in the same room.  I think I have an audio filtering problem.  Probably has something to do with growing up in the deep silences of the Alaskan wilderness.


I hope you have a whole beauteous bunch of perfect moments between now and my next post on Saturday!