I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by my friend Mek, a talented writer at 1000 Hours Left. I would like to thank her for nominating me and for also giving us some wonderful insights about herself. She has an interesting creative writing blog, and I invite everyone to check it out. The rules say to reveal seven facts about oneself. I tried to think of ones that you all might not know, but I think most of you pretty much know everything about me.
Seven possibly new things:
1 Writing: I have been writing since I was in jr. high school, and I currently have two children’s books and another book of my southern stories set in the 1960s to be released in the fall. Lately, I’ve become less enamored with writing. My favorite time of the day is 3:00 – 5:30 PM. School is out at three o’clock for me (usually), and in the past, I would go home and spend most of that time writing. These days, I come home, run around the kitchen singing “School’s Out For Now” and sit on my sofa in the big sunroom with my cats and enjoy the sunlight streaming through the windows. I guess that’s because I’m a Leo, the sun sign, cat thing, and all. My motivation is rather disappearing. Sigh.
2 I spent way too many years in college. I wish I had gotten my PHD in English and become an English professor. Or I wish I had become a psychiatrist. Either one. Now I just want to grow up to be Yazemeenah Rossi and take off to Europe or hang out on a Malibu beach in cool outfits and jewelry. Oh yeah, and her hair simply rocks, who wouldn’t want that hair?
3 Speaking of jewelry, I’m a jewelry crafter, and I love making things. It also sells much better than my writing, lol! I call my shop, Willa’s Beads, and currently only sell locally in a downtown shop called The Alley Cat Vintage Boutique. The owner, Julie is so cool. Plus she has cat shirts! I may start an Etsy store at some point, but the last thing I feel I need is one more Internet site, channel, avenue to manage.
4 I have three kids. My two girls are older than my son. It was so hard to send him off to college, but I’ve finally reached a point to where I’ve stopped whining about it. I don’t get to see any of them very much as everyone is so busy. I contemplate moving closer to Houston, but current events have not helped much in making that decision. Plus that commute, it was more than hideous when I lived there years ago and now it is compounded times 10.
5 My significant other is a rock star. I call him the Rock Guy when I write about him. He is one of the most talented musicians that I have ever met. Original hard rock music. In the late 80s, he quit his Austin Texas band, Dangerous Toys, and moved to L.A. So he could “make it.” Not long after he moved away, Dangerous Toys signed with a major record label and appeared on MTV. That is so funny and ironic that you can’t even write this stuff. Except that I might. Someday when I’m not sunning in my sunroom.
6 I am an also would-be musician. I love music! If you found my iPod, you would be amazed. Yes, I still listen to an iPod. I have songs from every decade starting with the 1950s. No joke! I saved my lunch money back in the seventies to buy a guitar. My mother found out and would not let me use the money to buy one. She cited dishonesty. So that kinda killed that dream. Who knows what might have happened if I had gotten my hands on one? I’d probably have been playing with Dangerous Toys! I can’t sing although I often dreamed of being Madonna in the 1980s (she’s a Leo too, you know). I have not recently wanted to be Madonna, perhaps because she has those gold grills on her teeth. Take those off, girl, and get back to the old music you wrote and not this “trying to be young with gold teeth” thing. But that’s just me. I still love you, Madonna, you are truly the greatest, just in case you read this, please don’t sue me just because I have an opinion.
7 My favorite things are iced tea (well it is the south!), chocolate (I try just eating the dark, bitter stuff but it isn’t the same), Halloween, naps, sunny days, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Diane Keaton, books, books, books. Jewelry. Flowers (I used to garden). Friday nights. Friday nights with high school football. When I say I like football, I mainly mean high school because I teach the kids and I know them. Football is pretty much the only thing there is in some of these towns that are so small. There’s a lot of excitement and maybe to quote Forest Gump, “It gives people a reason to hope.” Sports are great for kids, they learn many lessons. I also dream of disappearing. I would like to go and live in a foreign country: Italy, France, Spain. I should go to Spain, I speak the language, but not as fluently as I should after spending over two years in college studying Spanish literature. Did I mention I spent too much time in college? Most of that was studying English literature which has paid off in spades.
I am supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers for this award, so I will just put it out there for any of you who would like to reveal seven things about yourself. Please let me know in the comments section if you would like to participate so that I will be sure and check your post for interesting tidbits!