When I first saw the title of this award, namely the word “lovely”, I immediately thought of my new friends across the pond. No offense to any of my friends in the UK, and please take this in jest, when we try and imitate you here in the states, we use the word “lovely” quite often and really don’t get the accent down, failing horribly I would imagine.
The rules of this blog hop type award are that I share http://riversideretreatyangshuo.com/?categoryid=3 7 facts about myself, and links to 15 blogs that I enjoy reading. If I have nominated your blog, please don’t feel any obligation to join in but if you do, please link back to the blog of the person who nominated you (that would be me), share 7 facts about you that we don’t know, and nominate 15 blogs you like. If you don’t have 15, nominate as many as you can. Simple right? Look at it this way, if you are like me, the hardest thing I did on my blog was write a bio on my about page. My intention was to write a bio I would use when my book is published. But I am human like the rest of you and have likes, dreams, hobbies, favorite shows, and problems. I look at this as a fun forum to share a few.
Here we go with 7 lovely facts about me:
1. I really wanted to be a professional musician right after high school and gave it a go. If you’ve read my about page, you’ll see I work in a technical field. I fell into that by accident. The accident being I needed to pay the rent. I’ve come to love my technical field and have excelled in it but music still holds a very special place in my heart. I still play the guitar and my Gibson SG is my favorite.
2. The first time I said I wanted to write a novel was after reading SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King (coincidentally one of Julie’s favorites). The idea of writer Ben Mears returning home to write a book about a house he had a bad experience with as a child appealed to me and gave me a first glimpse into the possibility of a writer’s life. I then went on a Stephen King reading binge and read everything he had written up to that point. Although I love King, it was the subsequent reading of crime novels and mysteries that fueled that desire enough to act on it.
3. I can eat with chopsticks. I’ve been fortunate in my day job that I have been able to travel to England (had new potatoes there by the way… as opposed to old potatoes?), Spain, Germany, Canada, and Japan. I didn’t really do any cultural type prep for these trips with the exception of Japan. My work required I study business etiquette for the trip. I did and took it one step further. A month prior to my trip, I ate all meals with nothing but chopsticks. By my second trip to Japan, I was handling my new eating utensils like a pro. We have Asian food once a week at my house and I have a large collection of chopsticks I brought home from Japan. The entirely family now rocks chopsticks.
4. I love camping , hiking, and backpacking. I still camp and hike but sadly have not backpacked since moving to NY. While living in Arizona, I used to backpack numerous trails there in the higher country. I would often dream of one day backpacking in the Adirondacks. I now live hours away from the Adirondacks and have not been there yet. That is going to change.
5. I love the show ANCIENT ALIENS and IN SEARCH OF ALIENS. When I was young, I read every book by Eric von Daniken. I have always questioned ancient mysteries, especially engineering feats that would be difficult to duplicate even with today’s technology. The Great Pyramid of Giza,, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, Puma Punku, and so many others all fascinate me to no end. I continue to ask “how” or “why.”
6. I have a problem coming up with a title for a piece of written work. I had this problem while writing lyrics and poetry during my younger years, and I have it now. I feel like a name will come to me and it usually does so why stress about it. Because I have a projects page on my site, I listed my WIP title as TBD. I didn’t have a title yet and it was driving me insane. That was until I discovered the Terry Tyler method of naming books (this almost sounds like an infomercial). Not afraid to borrow a great idea, I came up with a theme: titles named after songs played by guitar players I love. This should provide me with an endless supply of potential title names. Oh, and my work in progress? NOVEMBER RAIN.
7. Favorite quotes. There are a myriad of quotes that have life meaning to me, quotes from Thoreau, Hemingway, Frost, Dickinson, and Maya Angelou. I draw from these often for inspiration however I have two favorite quotes I have posted where I can see them every day.
My first favorite quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” – Marianne Williamson from her book A RETURN TO LOVE
My second favorite quote and a mantra consistent with my pursuit of the first quote:
“Time to nut up or shut up!” – Tallahassee from the movie ZOMBIELAND
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15 Blogs I recommend to you:
E.L. Wicker E.L.WICKER | A Writers Journey
Dena Rogers DENA ROGERS | Romance Author | Blog
Erin Sandlin Being Southern Somewhere Else
Paige Randall PAIGE RANDALL | Finding the write way
Melissa My Love Affair with Words
James L’Etoile James L’Etoile | murder, mystery & mayhem
Carrie Lynn Lewis Carrie Lynn Lewis | Author
Kathryn Howes kateywrites
CJS Writing DYSB Writing
Georgia Rose Georgia Rose Books | Blog
Rob Distaffen robsblog
Nicole Bauer Woman in the Man Cave
Paul Jenny Stories are the Wildest Things
Until next week… Bill