I want you and me to be friends.
I'm NOT talking about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Klout or any of the other social spaces. You don't need to subscribe to my blog, you don't need to leave me comments, you don't need to bestow an award on me. I just want you and me to become (better) friends.
Of course, that means we really need to get to know each other. So each week I candidly share stuff about myself. And if you'd like for me to get to know you better, I invite you to share along with me. You don't have to be a blogger to participate and even if we're already good friends, I hope you'll still share with me.
When I was a kid,
I really, really, REALLY wanted to live in 1800's on a farm, just like Gilbert Wilder from the Little House on the Prairie series. I would spend hours pretending I didn't have electricity or running water - or that my chores including milking the cows and ploughing fields. In my very active imaginary world, Gilbert's chores were far superior to my own of cleaning the bathroom, sweeping the kitchen, and weeding the garden.
When I grow up,
I don't want to write the great American novel or some literary masterpiece that will be assigned reading for English majors. My ambitions are far greater - I want to write a sweeping adventure series with delightfully complex characters and tightly interwoven plots that build and build to an epic conclusion. Kind of like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rights - only without wizards and spells. Or pointy hats and wands.
I used to love
- House (TV series)
- Smell of gasoline
- A&F sweat pants
I still love
- Harry Potter (novels)
- CorningWare coffee pot
- Charred marshmallows
- Pink sunsets
There's one thing you should know about me,
I like performing in front of an audience. Although, I only enjoy it if I've had plenty of time to rehearse, memorize my lines, and loosen up in advance. As part of my home school education program, I had to give a public speech or performance in front of a audience (not my family) during each of my four high school years. During my senior year, I wrote a comedy skit for my sister and I about a crotchety old married couple swapping barbs about their relationship. The skit was complete with music cues, sound effects, and props. We rehearsed and memorized and rehearsed and memorized - and finally performed the skit at a Valentine's Day church function. I still remember the thrill of performing to real laughter and applause - and mild shock that we had managed to pull off the skit...
So tell me...
What kinds of chores did you have to do as a kid? And do you prefer stand-alone self-contained novels or multi-book series? Have you ever performed for an audience and if so, did you enjoy the thrill?
If you do not feel comfortable posting your answers in a comment but would still like to share something about yourself, feel free to email me or direct message me on Twitter. And if there's a specific question you'd like me to answer next time, just let me know.