Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ms. Veronica Sicoe has bestowed one of her fifteen Versatile Blogger awards to me!

My blogging this past week has been pretty non-existent, as work has me all over the place yet again. So this is a good opportunity to share SEVEN not-so-well-known things about me. Although I might have posted a couple of these tidbits on here before.

1) I grew up playing tennis and played Division I in college to help pay for school. I also taught tennis at various country clubs and tennis facilities, along with coaching high school boys and girls tennis. The coolest tennis job I had was coaching the top 12-and-under kids in the nation, and these kids could have easily beat high school kids at the time. Three went on to play professional tennis, and one of the kids I coached is now a reporter on ESPN.

2) Writing short stories is how I got my start on this fun adventure. I feel it was good training for writing novels, as each of my chapters reads like a short story. I work hard to maintain a minimalist style, as I am verbose in real life. I want my stories to move fast and be accessible to those with ADD or who get bored with too much flowery description.

3) I have recently dedicated myself to eating better and exercising more, and I've shed 28 pounds in the last four months. My plan is to lose the extra weight slowly and steadily, and see how close I can get to my college weight.

4) I'm turning 40 in December. Yuck. 

5) Or maybe not so "yuck," as I nearly died at the age of 29 and wasn't sure I was going to see 30. So turning 40 is actually a good thing. Some of you know I had a "near death experience." I don't talk about it much, but I did broadcast a podcast of a past lives regression therapy session I had for my old blog. It was trippy. I was supposedly a Conquistador, a Japanese window, and a Roman slave from Egypt. 

6) I loved steampunk before I knew what it was called. I have an old blogger buddy The Weird Girl to thank for doing a post on the topic and I had a massive "a-ha" moment. We're talking seeing the face of Elvis in the desert moment.

7) I've practiced kenpo karate, eskrima, and kang duk won (predecessor to taekwondo). I've been in six real street brawls (I didn't start any of them, naturally), and I'm proud to say I've never been beaten up or taken out. I have sent four dudes to the hospital, however. Recently, I've taken up tai chi, and surprisingly, after just 30 minutes, I am drenched with sweat.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't know you were a tennis expert. Or that you almost died! But hey, forty won't look so scary when you are staring down fifty. Trust me!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Division 1. I bow to you sir. Those are some serious NCAA chops.

Vero said...

Those are very interesting bits of info, Jay. Thanks for sharing! :)
Near death experiences have this weird tendency to put thing into perspective, don't they? We inevitably realize all the crap we thought was important fades next to what we really want to do with our lives.

So, keep fighting and keep writing!(damn, was that witty or what? I'll just go stuff a sock in my mouth now)

mooderino said...

Sounds like you've had a pretty active first forty. Here's to the next (my advice is look after your knees).

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Brinda said...

These are great tidbits to learn about you. I like the variety of info. Past lives regression...hmm...Look 40 straight in the eyes with a grin!

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Looking forward to getting to 50. That means things are going in the right direction!

Michael: The competition was pretty fierce. I was only one of 3 from the States - the rest of the guys on the team were international.

Vero: Very witty! Even to this day, the petty stuff still gets under my skin. I try to keep things in perspective.

Moody: My left knee is already trouble. Sucks getting old.

Brinda: I've thought about posting that podcast episode up on here. But it's just TOO weird. Happy to be alive, so I'm grinning all the time!

Laura Eno said...

Tai Chi, though gentle-looking, really produces the sweat when done right. I used to be an instructor until 3 years ago when my health folded. I need to get back to it.

Milo James Fowler said...

Good stuff, Jay! I utilize the short story / novel chapter concept too.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the award, and it's great getting to know you a bit better.

I like the short story / novel chapter concept too. :)

Jay Noel said...

Laura: I burn a ton of calories doing it, and helps tone muscle.

Milo: I hate filler chapters. I want each chapter to be its own story, complete with rising action, peak, and then resolution (sort of).

Cherie: It helps make the book read so much faster, and keeps readers turning the pages.

M Pax said...

That's cool that you mastered the short story. I find them to be different skill sets. Neat on the tennis & coaching . I've only played recreationally. The past lives regression sounds fascinating.

Kelly Barnes said...

Very wise on the weight loss plan. If you eat for the weight you want while you're losing, it's easier to maintain once you get there.

Forty's not so bad; just stop counting. Worked for me.

Jay Noel said...

Mary: It's a completely different skill set. But it's helped me tremendously in writing novels.

Kelly: I log everything I eat via myfitnesspal.com. It rocks. I can even scan barcodes on food packaging.

Jessie Humphries said...

Hey Jay! I played college tennis too! I played for Weber State University and then San Diego State University. Where did you play?

Nick Wilford said...

Good philosophy with the short story/chapter thing. I wish I'd written more shorts before my first book. Sounds like you had some interesting past lives - there could be a book to be had in linking them all together...

Jay Noel said...

Jessie: Cool! I played for Southeast Missouri State University.

Jay Noel said...

Nick: Learning to write short stories is an art by itself. Yeah, I've thought about putting some of my strange past lives on paper. But it is incredibly weird to think about.

Christine Rains said...

That's awesome you played tennis and studied all those martial arts. Like you, I have my big 40 this year and I'm trying to eat right and exercise more. I never felt my age until I had a child.

Ciara said...

I tried Tennis. I love the game, but I lack coordination. :) Congrats on the life style change and weight loss, that's awesome. Oh, and I just hit the big 40 this year. It's not so bad. :)

DEZMOND said...

congrats on the award!
And congrats on losing weight! It's a hard task to perform and only the decisive people can do it

the weirdgirl said...

Dude, you are such a bad ass! Cool. And congrats on the weight loss; 28 pounds is an accomplishment!

I didn't know I introduced the steampunk term to you. Probably when I was working on a craft project, right? I have to attribute my introduction to another blogger, CroutonBoy, who was writing about it from the tech end; like real working laptops that looked Victorian. So cool.

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on the award! :)

Tai chi looks so peaceful--but I guess that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy!

Jay Noel said...

Christine: Cool, we can hit 40 together!

Ciara: I remember when you had your 40th. It's a milestone, but one I have mixed feelings about.

Dez: Thanks! 5 inches off of my waist (just measured today)

WG: Yup, that was the post. So glad you posted that gun you made. It was an epiphany for me.

Eagle: No, not easy at all.

Anonymous said...

So glad you hit 40 first. Let me know how it is okay. Test the waters and such.

And wow on the weight loss. Well done, Jay!

Melissa Bradley said...

Turning 40 in December. I turned 42 last December. Are you Sagittarius or Capricorn December? Me, I'm a Sag. ;) Along with some of my body parts. LOL I've got to get in shape period. I admire your weight loss. Congratulations!

I'm happy that you are here to turn 40 because this blogosphere would not be the same with out you. And kudos on a much deserved award.

Pk Hrezo said...

Hi Jay! I'm late getting around, but hey who's counting days, right? lol
I love tai chi. it's surprising just how challenging it can be. Crazy as it sounds, I became a better dancing after learning tai chi way back when. Awesome you held your own in those street fights. And congrats on the weight loss. I'm setting my own goals for the month on writerly flab weight loss. Crazy how it sneaks up on ya.
*fistbump for 40* I turn 39 this year and boy oh boy. Can't believe it's here already. The halfway mark of life. Wow.

Dafeenah said...

I really have to start getting out more and reading blogs. Those are some cool facts. It's funny how we think we "know" people but the more you learn the less you "know. It's great to see a more "personal" side.

Phats said...

I like these posts! I kind of knew some of the tennis stuff but not all that is cool. I just did a tennis post!

40 isn't bad! :)

Eve said...

Hey Jay...very interesting things you've done! Congrats on losing the weight! I've lost 60lbs myself in the last 3 years..it feels great doesn't it?! And turning 40 is definitely a good thing...I've been there, my advice is to try to stay in the best shape you can manage..as you get older, as life falls into perspective and what is real and true becomes clear, you will begin to notice your body start to crumble, bit by bit...it's not fair, but it happens to everyone. Being fit (and happy), is a huge leg up when it comes to aging well..

The Desert Rocks said...

I wish I was the Eve that lost 60 lbs. Congratulations on your diet too.

Jay Noel said...

Jenna: I'll let ya know!

Melissa: I'm a Sagittarius too. December 19th, so I guess I barely made the cut off. And thanks so much.

Pk: I thought I'd hit a milestone with working to be in the best shape I've been in since I was 18 years old.

Dafeenah: I used to be totally anonymous - was that way for more than 6 years. But this new blog is much more personal.

Phats: Played some this weekend. It's nice not having to lug an extra 30 lbs. around. So much lighter.

Eve: That's excellent advice, and part of my plan.

Eve: Oh be quiet. You do not have 60 lbs. to spare! And thanks.

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