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!  http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00C5UZ0AI/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/178-3211354-6725835

Tomorrow and Friday (4/11 & 4/12) I will not publish new posts for this blog because I'll be focusing my energy elsewhere...like 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!