Before I get into the main post, I wanted to ask that you please check out The Ancient. I was fooling around this last weekend, and found that you can almost read my whole story in the preview. And as a writer, I have that deep-seated desire to be read. Even if you don’t pick up a copy, I’d like to see if you can guess where I went with it. The research behind this one was pretty fun. I’d never read the original Aladdin story before this project.
Okay, onto the post!
I’ve been tagged by a few people to tell you things about me. First, Sarah Brentyn shared humorous motherly confessions, and passed on the torch. Then Mia Hayson chose me and others as tributes. Thank you, Sarah and Mia! 🙂
The problem is… I can’t think of anything to tell you. There were the seven facts I thought up for Sarah before. Add to that my truths and lies I did for my blog tour. And then there was a Facebook thing Melissa Maygrove tagged me in…
In the meantime, I’ve got Mary Lambert’s Secrets playing through my head.
I’m stealing my Facebook thing to count as 7 of my potentially 12 things to tell you, because I know some of you aren’t on Facebook.
Seven Writerly Things!
1. I frequently mumble the name “Derek” aloud without following up with the rest of the sentence.
2. Most of the time, I drive with the radio off so that I can think about my writing.
3. I carry a Bluetooth keyboard in my purse that pairs with my phone so I can write wherever I am.
4. I can’t write coherent, complete scenes by hand. Every time I try, all that winds up on paper is fragments.
5. Despite #4, I hoard paper notebooks and pens.
6. I used to think I could never write a story outside of the universe I created.
7. I fear that if my books were ever converted to live-action film, the representation of my elementals would be cheesy.
And the five other things? I suppose I’ll tell you about my parental side.
1. I tell my daughter she is beautiful every day. I’ve seen commercials about how what we say to our children shapes their self-image as they grow older. I’ve also seen that in action and felt it myself. I know a lovely woman who struggles because her mother always put her down for not being more girly. Then I had a time in High School where my glasses and braces didn’t exactly make me feel attractive. I was getting ready for a dance, and put on makeup and curled my hair for the first time. I said, “Wow, I look pretty,” and then got talked to about being vain.
I don’t want my daughter to ever wonder if she’s pretty. And I never want to shoot her down for feeling pretty.
2. I was once accused of liking my phone more than children. But the truth is that I have boundaries. Kids don’t get to play with my computer or my phone. Pretty much everything else is free reign, assuming it doesn’t have the potential to lethally harm someone. But in the instant when I told a child no, they could not touch my phone, the child’s mother smirked at me and made her accusation.
Let it be noted: I like you just fine, but don’t touch my phone.
I can’t actually think of anything that might be considered outside of the norm. We’re doting parents that buy our children a lot of things they probably don’t need, feed them food they probably shouldn’t eat, let them stay up too late, and think they are the most adorable kiddos on the block (but that’s because it’s true). Despite this, my daughter knows not to leave the table without finishing her dinner, even if the other kids are running around wildly. She’s polite, well-mannered, and creative. My son (18 mos old) is a high-pitched, screaming, Babyzilla.
Everything seems normal to me.
I will never be a Mommy blogger.
Oh, and I’ve got a short little interview over at M. Pax’s blog. Go check it out!
If you want to be tagged, considered yourself tagged! Sarah, sorry I couldn’t think of 3 more facts. >_< Have you checked out The Ancient and read what's available in the preview? What do you think so far?