Today, I am miles away.
Literally. I am deep in the North Woods for the holiday. It’s likely that I’m sitting on a couch with a wild look in my eye, dressed in long sleeves and pants, smothered in deet, and gripping my coffee like a mad woman.
Don’t get me wrong, Up North is beautiful with its tall northern pines, the spring-fed lake, amazing sunsets and the loons. I love the quiet and the silhouette of the treeline against the night sky.
But, there’s a real tick-fest going on up here right now because of something like the warm winter or the dry spring. Whatever. All I know is that ticks are the devil. They are out to get me, I’m sure. So sure that I just might return to my Pentecostal roots and start praying in tongues to keep them away.
But, I didn’t set out to write a post about Dermacentor variabilis phobia (aka. fear of wood ticks. Okay, I made up that word, sort of).
A few weeks ago, Kate McIntire (known as @girlfrenkate on Twitter), tagged me with a list of five questions. I don’t know if I can answer the questions as cleverly as she answered them. But, what better time to try than when I desperately want to forget about you-know-what.
So, here goes.
1. Where were you five years ago?
- On the cusp of 35 (a painful thought then, and an even worse realization now).
- A mother of one, praying for two.
- Without a blog.
- Not writing.
2. Where would you like to be five years from now?
- Not thinking about my age.
- Signed with an agent.
- A published Novelist.
- Meeting face to face with other writers on a regular basis.
- Dermacentor variabilis phobia free (anyone know a good therapist?).
3. What was on your to-do list today?
- Get outside in the sun (check, the proof is in the sunburn).
- Plant tomato seedlings and herbs (check, can’t wait for the pesto).
- Send off questions for next Guest Author interview: Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy (check, post to be published soon).
- Soak in the tub after kids go to bed (check, I am fully serene now, except for that little rant at the beginning of this post).
- Answer five questions readers have been dying to ask, though they didn’t know it (check, aren’t you glad I’m almost finished?).
4. What five snacks do you enjoy?
- Nothing healthy.
- Preferably something salty.
- Often something sweet.
- On a destructive day, a candy bar and a coke.
- A bowl of cereal when I stay up too late.
5. What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
Why do you tease me so? Okay, fine….
- Still work.
- Buy myself an antique secretary’s desk for writing.
- Vacation on the beach any time I darn well please.
- Pay for my kids’ college.
- Stare at my bank statement in disbelief, since I was a billionaire before that tuition bill came in and now I’m just a writer.
Now, enough about me. What about you? If you had to answer just one of those questions, how would you respond?
PS. Thanks, Kate, for the distraction!