I Am Crazy Pants

Well, the good news is that I'm alive.

Last night, I went to my kids' gym for one of their adult-level classes. It's basically an open gym for anyone who wants to go and work on stuff; there's no limit on apparatus and there's no structure. For example, we had a girl on trampoline, a girl on the tumble-track, and me, on the main floor. (Well, and the trampoline. Who can resist working on an in-ground tramp?!)

I brought my official USA Gymnastics Levels 1-4 Report Card, just to make sure that I wasn't missing anything important. More good news: I'm not. I can still do cartwheels, straight jumps, and handstands. I might have looked like a dumbass checking off things like "tuck jump," but at least I know I have the basics down.

I went with the intent to do only the stuff on the report card, but when the teacher offered to start teaching me the routine, I couldn't refuse.

I hurt like hell. Muscles that I totally forgot that I had burn with the intensity of 1,000 suns. (Well, one sun.) I tweaked something in my back while doing a back handspring; I undercut the trick, and I am *not* that flexible anymore.

It paid off, though. I now know the first half of the Level 5 floor routine, with tricks. The second half is coming.

And then there should be video.


Writing Round-Up No. 2, Jan 29-Feb 10

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Hmm. After skipping a week of doing a Writing Round-Up, I think I like doing them every other Friday. It's not that I don't troll other websites and Twitter for writing links every day (I do), but I'm not gonna lie, this is not a big-time writing blog. This is mostly stuff about my family and me and MY LIFE.


Most of this round-up's links are originally from Writer's Market, either through their Market Watch or through the weekly email. It's a great resource and TOTALLY worth the money if you're truly serious about writing for a living (or money for shoes).

The Biz
Publishers Seek Solutions as USPS Nears Brink - from Folio
New Agent Alert: Carlie Webber of the Jane Rotrosen Agency - from Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents
Consumer Magazines See Disappointing Second-Half 2011 - from Folio
GenCon Panel: Michael Stackpole on Self-Publishing in a Post-Paper World - from TeleRead

Advice and Answers
5 Tips for Fearless Writing - from There Are No Rules
What's in a (Baby) Name? - from Writer Unboxed
Should Your Interview Subjects Sign a Release? - from Questions and Quandaries
Please Don't Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why - from JaneFriedman.com
Best Blogs for Writers to Read in 2012 - from My Name is Not Bob

Happy writing!


Oh, The Things That I've Done!

Yesterday, I got sucked into the swirling vortex that is Before I Die. It's a great idea--it's simply a collection of things that people want to do superimposed on pictures of said things. They're cute, and I applaud the person that came up with this idea.

Yesterday, I reviewed the list for things that I wanted to do. Out of over 2000 goals, I only picked out 30.


What I found was that I've accomplished a lot of the tasks on the master list. So today, I spent over two hours picking things out that I've already done.

Some of them are by nature of my age. For example, if I didn't have my license by now, we would have issues.

Others are by nature of being married. For example, I've been engaged, I danced with my dad at my wedding, and I married the love of my life.

Still others can be attributed to the fact that I lived in England for two years, including going to London, riding the London Eye, and seeing Stonehenge.

Some of this stuff, though, is truly cool. I've flown an airplane. I've climbed a volcano. I've visited the Winter Palace. I've even sheared a sheep!

As much as I still want to do with my life, it's nice to reflect back on the things that I've already done. I've had the opportunity to go to and live in a lot of different places, and I've seen a great deal of Europe and North America. There's always more to see and do, of course, but it'll come, with time. I've lived a full life so far; it makes me happy.

What's on your list? And what are some of the things that you've already accomplished?


Thursday 13: A Bunch o' Travel Questions

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My friend Angela, who writes over at Tomorrow is Another Day, swiped this fill-in from Melissa, who got it from Lauren. The original questionnaire was only 9 questions, but I added a few to make it appropriate for Thursday 13. And when you're done, swipe it from me (with the additional four questions!) and play along! (And then link back to me so I can read your answers, yo.)

1. My favorite place I've ever traveled to is ... the Big Island, Hawaii. I've been some amazing (and not so amazing) places, but this is by far my favorite. The Black Sands beaches, the food, the volcanoes, the food, the solitude, the food, the fact that my grandparents live there ... did I mention the food?

2. Montreal ... is somewhere I'd like to go someday. I like the idea of a little bit of France being on our side of the Atlantic. And I know it's not France, but it's ... well, it's just an interesting concept to me. I'd like to go check it out. A trip there was also one of the stipulations for us moving to the Eastern Seaboard, so ... let's get on it, shall we?

3. I pass the time on a plane (or bus or train or car ride) by ... reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, studying, writing, or talking. My kids are surprisingly good on long-haul airplane rides, so I can actually take advantage of the personal video device. When we're in the car, however, I tend to just keep Matt company and the girls entertained. Plus, I love whooping their asses at Twenty Questions. I am UNSTOPPABLE. (And apparently mean. Who gloats over whooping a toddler's ass?)

4. My three must-haves when I travel are ... comfortable shoes, a pashmina, and a travel corkscrew. Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I've had to purchase screw-top wine because I forgot the corkscrew, or had to buy another corkscrew because I thought I bought screw-top wine and didn't.

5. My favorite travel companion is ... my husband. Just the two of us, trekking out by ourselves. We actually do travel well together, and when we get the chance to do it alone, just the two of us ... heaven.

6. The craziest thing that ever happened to me while traveling is ... hmm. I'm not actually sure if I want to share this. It was in Russia and we'll leave it at that.

7. The most exotic food I've tried while traveling is ... that's another tough one. Technically, lomi salmon, poi, and kahlua pig are all "exotic," but I've grown up with them. I've had borscht in Novgorod, Russia, but that's really just beet soup. Is that so exotic? Most recently, I've had frog legs ... which were not my favorite.

8. If I could live anywhere else, it would be ... a toss-up between the Big Island and Austria. I'm getting bigger on rural, mountainous areas, which would be great if only they weren't so far away.

9. I've been to thirty-one states in the U.S.

10. I've been to twenty countries worldwide.

11. I've set foot on three continents. (Or four, depending on your thoughts on Russia being part of Asia and if simply being in Russia counts due to the Eurasian thing or if one must be on the Asian side of Russia for it to officially count ... right).

12. One place I do not want to go, ever, is ... Botswana. I hear it's not very tourist-friendly.

13. One place I should have gone while I had the chance is ... Ibiza. Or Sardinia.
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