Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why Six? I Have No Idea.

Who am I to stand in the way of web karma? Thanks to Melanie, I'll subject everyone here to a self-indulgent display of six unspectacular things about me. Maybe someone will realize we were separated at birth or that my simultaneous affinity for Sebastian Bach and Willie Nelson is wholly disturbing and block the Vortex feeds. Nevertheless...onward.

1. My musical tastes are polar. In one day I can wax nostalgic on Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings and remember long family car rides across the Texas panhandle when I was ten, then turn on the arena rock satellite channel and know every word of an Anthrax song. Top forty makes me want to pull my fingernails out with pliers. I use music to connect to my stories and characters, but I can't listen while I write.

2. I try not to eat while I write-it's distracting and messy-but if I do, it's either the heavier-than-a-brick lemon bar at Spot #2 or it's black pepper popcorn in a porcelain snowman bowl. Hey, it's hot here. A girl can dream, right?

3. My most hated chore is matching socks. Normally, I'm a patient individual, but it all seems so cyclical and pointless. I'd rather send the masses to kneel at the altar of the sock basket each day. Dig, people. Dig!

4. In most of my recent dreams, I'm back in college. I have no idea what this means.

5. I completely understand why the show "Wipeout" is such a hit. The host's sarcasm along with my propensity to giggle madly at the ungraceful, physical misfortune of others-and myself-has evoked tears at times. This, no doubt, comes from the same place within that has appreciated History of the World, Part 1 and Airplane more times than should be allowed.

6. My secret writing fantasy is to ghostwrite a series for beginning chapter book readers that is so wildly popular, movies and McDonald's tie-ins soon follow. The income stream will make me independently wealthy so I can afford a mountain cottage to hole up in and write commercial fiction.

Here's where I deviate from the rules. If you like, pretend I tagged you. If the thought of a meme saddled to your web persona like an albatross leaves you cringing and clicking your browser's back button, have no fear. Everyone here is off the hook.

Have a great day!


Pam said...

I'm just glad there's somebody I can share my guilty pleasure of Wipeout with! The snarky comments make it all worthwhile!

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm especially with you on number one, although I couldn't go to Willie or Waylon. Johnny is another story. Love his work.

Melanie Atkins said...

Slacker! You didn't tag anyone. Shame on you. lol

Marilyn Brant said...

You appear so gentle, so sweet...and then I read from you these violent impulses: "Top forty makes me want to pull my fingernails out with pliers."

For your safety (and my own :-), remind me never to quote Fergie lyrics--or other such horrors--in your presence... (Not that I WOULD, c'mon! I'm an '80s music girl... But does this mean you didn't like Bananarama? Wham? Spandau Ballet??!!)

Quick. Lock the tool cabinet :).

Sandra Ferguson said...

Okay, we have to totally talk about this blinking gal on the right side of your page. You're absolutely cutting edge, Ms. L.A.

Loved the six things I didn't know about you, but some of them I would have guessed simply b/c I understand your twisted nature.

Don't know about top 40, but gal, if you don't like 70s music then you and I can never share that melodic bond.

Hey, it's links to you. Go to my website:, click on My Links, then on Authors sites. I have a surprise for you.

Sherry Davis said...

I love 5 and 6. We should talk about 4. You know how I love dream analysis.

As for the avatar, she's cute. I've got to go work on my webite (sigh). I'm tired just thinking about it.

Do you want to go in halves on some "Signed by the Author" stickers? I spent a good hour or more looking at them today. Who needs 1000 of those? Really.

L.A. Mitchell said...

Pam, I guess we have the same twisted sense of humor :)

Charles, I'm writing in a cafe the other day and because I was a captive audience, I listened to "Pancho and Lefty" all the way through and it resonated somehow. Mostly, I'm a headbanger *g*

Mel, I prefer to think "rebel" :)

Marilyn, if you whipped Fergie out on me, I'd pull *your* fingernails out with a

Sandra, the meez was a silly diversion. Originally, I'd added animation where she jumps into a police booth behind her, it spins around and lands in another time, but for some reason Blogger doesn't carry the entire animation. Instead, it just looked like she was

Sherry, I think I get the dreams. I still have much to learn, or think I do, right?

Marilyn Brant said...

Okay, not Fergie, then...but I created a version of the meme on my blog just for YOU :)!

Katie Reus said...

Okay, I've never heard of Wipeout, lol, but I love your #6!!

Barbara Martin said...

Interesting, as I recall most of the shows you mentioned. We must be of similar ages.

As to an answer to your item #4, I have a dream book which has meanings from an oracle perspective that I have found to be quite accurate. So in the following there may be an answer for you.

"A dream of being in school suggests that your reluctance to break old associations is retarding your progress; to dream of leaving school or of seeing a school from the outside predicts a sudden stroke of money luck, but don't go wild; it will be transitory."

Let me know if anything from the above occurred for you.

L.A. Mitchell said...

That interpretation fascinates me. I had another one last night and I think there may be some truth to it--not the money part--the other.
Thanks so much for looking it up :)