Hello, world. Here are 20 Things About Me.
1) I'm a blonde. Remember that. It explains many things...and probably more than a few of my posts.
2) Love Classic Rock. Must worship Classic Rock. I'm trying to work some lyrics into a WIP. We'll see how that goes.
3) I used to raise Thoroughbred racehorses. Now, that doesn't mean I sat in my box seat on Derby Day with my fancy hat and my mint julep, pinky daintily raised. It meant I was out there in the barns mucking stalls, lugging hay, scrubbing water tanks, and getting kicked, bitten and stomped on for my trouble. Glamourous life, I tell ya! Uh huh...as you may wonder and I often ask myself..WHAT was I thinkin'?
4) I'm a former cop—worse than that, a former lieutenant. But not for a living. I was a reserve trooper for a state agency for a number of years. Which means, I did the same thing every other cop does, but without the bennies. I mention it because being a law enforcement officer tends to change your whole outlook on life, on our justice system, and on humanity in general. I've been called every name in the book in five different languages, cussed at, spit at, threatened and had my parentage insulted...and that was just for the speeding tickets. LOL Someday I oughta write a book...
5) Everything I write turns into an epic. I have never been word count challenged.
6) If a genie granted me three wishes—and I could ask for anything I wanted—my first wish would be to have a really great singing voice. I'd love to be able to sing like Faith Hill, or Sheryl Crowe, or Karen Carpenter, or even Fergie. It's the only thing in life I really feel I missed out on.
7) Someone once asked me why I write. I told them it's because no one wants to listen to me sing. Self-expression has to come out in one form or another.
8) I absolutely LOVE where I live. It truly is the Land of Enchantment. It's a fabulous thing for a writer to live in a place that can't decide which century it wants to exist in.
9) I live in the hinterlands. I have more Hereford cattle than people as neighbors. Hollywood likes to film Westerns and aging biker flicks in my neighborhood. The nearest store is 14 miles away, round trip. My 42-mile commute to work is via a scenic mountain highway and has exactly two stop signs. (What's a stop light? LOL) On days when I encounter more than ten cars, I grumble under my breath about the heavy traffic. On the other hand, I'm only 30 minutes from Albuquerque, a metropolis rapidly approaching the 1 million population mark. And lots of shopping. And theatres. And book stores. And Starbucks! Life is good.
10) I drive an Infiniti. The car I owned before that was an Infiniti. The car I had before that was an Infiniti. My next car will be an Infiniti. I stick with things that work for me.
11) I'm a Grey's Anatomy addict and a Dancing With The Stars fanatic. I don't watch much TV, but I schedule my life around those two shows.
12) I collect dragons. When I started my collection, dragons represented all things magical and possible. That was my Yin phase. Later, they began to represent Yang, that sinister element which we all must struggle to overcome even if we don't always succeed. A former female officer friend and I coined a phrase for it: "Sometimes the dragon wins. That's just reality."
13) I have a poster on my home office wall that says "Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned From Star Wars." It starts with: Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try. Ain't it the truth?
14) I grew up on a lake in northern Michigan, reputedly named the Sixth Most Beautiful Lake in the World by National Geographic. Now I live in a desert in the Southwest. No. I don't miss the water. Water comes with companions like mold, mildew, high humidity, overcast skies and mosquitoes. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw a mosquito. I can tell you the last time I saw a blue, blue sky. Today. Yesterday. The day before that. All last week. Etc.
15) A friend of mine named a star after me. I don't know where it is, and I forgot exactly what he named it. Lauris something. He said that was Latin for Laurie. Someday, I need to find out where it is. I'll add it to my list of things to do.
16) I'm a Pisces. Like #1 above, that explains many things.
17) I was a war widow. Not literally, but figuratively. My spouse was a high ranking military officer based four-and-a-half hours away from home. Some couples had his and hers towels—we had his and hers households. In any given week he might have been in DC, Alaska, Kuwait, or any of the border states. Now he works in the homeland security field. In his spare time he's a reserve police Chief. In his other spare time he's a member of a ceremonial military horse unit, and rode with the British Royal Household Cavalry and is one of two Americans to hold the Netherlands Cavalry (Cavalerie Ere-Escorte) Badge. He's also in the Big Brother program. On weekends he fixes everything the horses have stomped, chewed or broken, and gives me foot rubs. My spouse is amazing!
18) I'm descended from the Bruces of Scotland but long, long before I discovered this, I was mesmerized by the sound of bagpipes. Ancestral memories, I tell ya.
19) No kids. Lifestyle choice. I figure we needed to help balance out one of those other couples who has six. This is a fragile world we live on. (And no, I'm not a tree hugger, just a realist.)
20) When I was a senior in high school I had a muscle car and used to drag race. Now I'm older and wiser and I always observe the speed limit. (Yup, there it goes.)
I TOLD YOU everything I write turns into an epic!