Saturday, September 4, 2021

Five Things You Might Not Know About Me ;-)

 


Just keeping things light this Labor Day weekend. Once upon a time--as in for the last thirty years--every Labor Day weekend was spent performing at the Santa Rosa-then-Pleasanton Highland Games. But last year the Games were canceled and this year one of our bandmates was injured in a non-musical accident (I honestly didn't know you could rip a pectoral muscle GULP).  

The bright side is, I have Labor Day off! 

There really is no dark side to swimming, BBQ, and sleeping in that I can see.

A lot of you might not have known that I've been performing/recording Celtic music for most of my adult life (which, makes it all the odder that I've never written a musician main character--I have no idea why) and that's from whence the idea for this post arose.

Some other things you might not know about me.

1 - I talk to myself. A LOT. To the amusement of friends and family--and possibly my dogs. I don't even know I'm doing it anymore. It's mostly the musing aloud variety. Let's see. If I add this... You know the kind of thing. I'm also prone to false alarms. Oh, don't tell me I... lostmykeys/lockedmyselfout/forgotto To the extent that no one takes these flutters seriously anymore (except me and even I know I probably did NOT forget/lose/drop whatever it is).

Apparently I have even occasionally talked in my sleep, although I don't know if I really believe this.

2 -  I believe in ghosts. Not like Hollywood ghosts or Gothic literature ghosts--although those are certainly fun--more like echoes of the past, reverberations of traumatic events, shades and shadows that linger through time. I think I've had a couple of ghostly encounters, but I'm not entirely sure. I have an active imagination and that could certainly throw me off.

3 - My first novel--a Harlequin romance--was published in 1984.  So, yes, I have been doing this a very long time.

 4 - I didn't marry until I was in my forties. From a writing perspective, that gave me a lot of useful experience as far as having different kinds of relationships with different kinds of romantic partners. From an ideal spouse perspective... er, I was a little on the backward side. I think it took me two years before I conceded I did need to call home if I was going to be late or that I should probably consult--or at least inform--the SO before I made vacation arrangements. HOWEVER, I DID REMEMBER TO DOUBLE CHECK WITH HIM IF IT WAS OKAY TO ADOPT BOTH DOGS. ;-)

5 - I close my eyes at the gory/scary parts of films. I HATE suspense.


8 comments:

  1. All of that explains what makes you and your writing so fantastic! (I didn't get married til I was 42 - it IS kind of an adjustment!) Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend!

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    1. Right? There is definitely a learning curve between being a freelancer and having a long term contract. ;-D

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  2. That was massively interesting. Glad you get to sleep in. I wish I had a talent besides serving as a parrot perch.

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    1. I bet the parrots value your service GREATLY. ;-D

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  3. As you're self-employed, talking to yourself could be better described as a staff meeting.

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  4. I was so exhausted from last weekend that it took until this weekend to comment. (I hope you had at least as much fun as I had for your weekend) As for your 5 things...I love knowing all those tid-bits. It's the little tings that make us who we are as a whole, and what makes you a great writer. I do find it fun to know that you close your eyes at the gore...I, myself, have perfected the, 'gaze between laced fingers,' viewing to anything scary...and yet you write, and I read, murder mysteries. What does that say about us? lol

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    1. I have to say, I've really come to appreciate guilt-free time off--and I'm building a lot more of it into next year's schedule. I love your scary movie viewing technique. :-D Sometimes if I can't take the suspense, but I'm curious as to how it all turned out, I'll fast forward. There's something soothingly clinical about even catastrophic thumbnails. ;-D

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