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.