Today marks the first day of a December blog challenge that I am participating in. That means for the next 31 days, you can expect one post a day from me. If I fall behind, I apologize, but I will try my best not to.
So, for day 1, ten things you may or may not know about me:
1. My office was the first completely decorated room in my house. Our house is just right for us. It has a huge backyard with old trees and even a goat in the neighbor’s yard. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms and the whole place needs updated. When we moved in, everything smelled like smoke, so we had to deep clean, shampoo, and paint everything. We didn’t have a whole lot of money to decorate, but Nathan knew how important the office was to me, so he helped make it happen. We converted the closet to a bookshelf, bought crates to make more bookshelves- I have a lot of books- and found an old library table to use as a desk. It was the first room to be done, and it is still the only complete room in the house.
2. When I was young and had finally found a passion for reading through Harry Potter, I attended a small private school. I wasn’t supposed to read Harry Potter at school, so I hid Harry in the jacket of another book and read it anyway. It was my first “Banned Book” experience and I think it is one reason that I am so passionate about books now.
3. I have written two novel length works, but I threw out the first one because it was so bad. The characters are still in my head, the story line is still there, but if I ever wanted to revisit that world that I created, I would have to start over. Sometimes starting over is the only option, even though it sucks.
4. I have a weakness for coffee and candles. As I’m writing this, I have a coffee cup full of my new favorite brew from Onyx and a candle burning. For some reason, writing with a candle burning makes me feel closer to all the greats. It’s my version of the football team lovers who do weird things to ensure a win. It’s only weird if it doesn’t work, right?
5. One of my favorite things in the world is running and exercising. There is this weird stigma that comes with being smart that says you can’t be athletic and vice-versa. My goal is to prove that stigma is wrong to my students and eventually to my own children. Society can have all the stigmas that they want, but I can and will be whomever I want to be.
6. As a freshman in college I was a double major in math and English. I ended up dropping math because my brain had a hard time switching between the two subjects. The real truth behind that is I got a B in trigonometry and thought that a B meant that I didn’t know enough to move forward.
7. My perfect, but average, day would go like this:
Wake up early and write while drinking coffee.
Workout, attend Yoga or run
Go to the bookstore and buy a new book to read
Read the book and write some more
Cook and eat dinner with Nathan
8. One of the hardest things for me to write are book reviews. For some reason I always feel like I’m not doing the book justice and it takes me forever. I’ve also seen first hand how writing strong reviews has gotten me into contact with some fantastic writers. So, even thought I struggle with them, I keep on writing them to expand my horizons and do things that don’t always come easy to me.
9. Second to my office, my favorite place to be is in a bookstore. I love being surrounded by so many words. It is a feeling that is at once humbling and inspiring. I don’t have super nice clothes or a perfectly decorated house because I spend a significant portion of my budget on new books. My co-facilitator explained books in a way that really clicked for me. He said that in order to gain wisdom, one must have experience. The only substitute for experience is reading books.
10. I am a total introvert. The only person that I can handle being around all the time is Nathan, mainly because he is perfect. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time alone reading. I played sports and was active at school, so by the time I got home, I was done. Now, I pair the reading and writing with running. Even with as perfect as Nathan is, I still require a significant amount of time by myself. That’s why I get up so early to write; it fulfills two purposes. It is also why I work out right after school. I don’t know how I would make it otherwise.