1. My favorite Bay City Roller is Les (of course). Gotta love a man in tartan. (I think my teen crush on this Scottish pop band, and Les in particular, set me up to love the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon.)
That's solid gold!
2. I am (or was--last time I played was before kid #2) a champion Boggle player but suck at Scrabble. My Boggle skills impressed one genius boyfriend so much that he married me. Meanwhile, in Scrabble, I draw all vowels and routinely score 6 points, even on double word scores. I am great at Pictionary as long as I'm partnered with my sister, with whom I share telepathic powers.
3. I had to keep a weekly journal for a high school sophomore English class. My teacher commented that my journal entries veered crazily between the deep/sublime and the superficial/frivolous. I oscillated between wanting to be a Surrealist painter/poet and trying to be a romance novelist. (Love's Tender Fury, by Jennifer Wilde, was the first of many romance novels I read, beginning at around age 13.) Hey, granted, I was 16, but I still struggle with this dichotomy within myself. I can tell you about plate tectonics but can also score 100 percent on People Magazine's Guess the Celebrity Sibling.
4. As a kid I was bitten in the stomach by a horse in a church parking lot. Three decades later my intense fear of animals taller than myself was lessened somewhat when a sweet giraffe ate out of my hand with its velvety tongue. Really not as gross as it sounds.
This was my first editorial job, in a nutshell.
6. The biggest solo adventure of my life (so far) was the two months I spent in Mexico City after college. I walked for hours alone all over the city and daydreamed about living in Frida Kahlo's house, painting in Diego Rivera's studio, etc. I had some real-life adventures while there, but most paled in comparison to my daydreaming. Yeah, I live in my head A LOT.
OK, now I have to tag six people and ask them to play along. Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
Exhausting, I know. Here are the six people I've tagged, but you're not compelled to play along unless you find this an interesting writing assignment: