Recently, John Wiswell gave me this award. I confess, not so recently Deanna Schrayer gave me the same award. I did not intentionally blow off Deanna’s gift. Let’s just say it moved down my to-do list until I, well, forgot about it. So, by happy serendipity, I will respond to both today, thus fulfilling the old adage about two ducks with one arrow.
The rules of the game are to provide seven outrageous facts about you. You choose whether six are lies and one is true or six are true and one is a lie. Then you pass on the award to the next unsuspecting victim.
I hope you enjoy guessing the validity of my list below.
- I’ve a hard time socially because I have a weak type of telepathy. I can’t hear anyone’s thoughts but when I’m alone with someone, their emotions and some images overtake me. Many people think my distracted expression means I’m disinterested in them, when really I’m just trying to sort it all out. False. Unfortunately, I have zero psychic abilities.
- When I was in my early twenties, I said a prayer while driving in my truck and asked God a question. At that moment, a car cut me off, and the answer to my question was on the license plate. True. I still get goosebumps thinking about it.
- As a creative writing major in college, my instructor thought my style of writing was corrupting the other students and he ended up kicking me out of his class. False. I have two degrees but they are in accounting and nursing. My writing is home schooled. But, this actually happened to Laurell K. Hamilton, the best selling author of the Anita Blake series.
- The catholic school I attended was attached to a church. In fifth grade, they built an immersive baptismal pool in the church's atrium. My class was lined up and walking past it one day on the way to mass when I got into a fight with the girl in front of me and we both went tumbling into the holy water. False. However, the baptismal pool does exist at St. Joan of Arc Parrish in Lisle, IL. I just never fell into it.
- At twelve years old, I took a walk in the woods near my parent’s Wisconsin cottage and ran into a black bear. I was paralyzed with fear, as the bear looked me over. I don’t know if it was fear or lunch but at that moment I exhibited some flatulence. The bear ran away. False. Women don't pass gas.
- I am so afraid of rodents that the sight of one makes me vomit. False. Actually, I adore rodents as pets. We've had gerbils and guinea pigs. I've held my share of pet rats too.
- Due to a rare medical condition, I was born with a tail. It was actually an extra length of spine that required corrective surgery. The only evidence of it now is a tiny scar on my lower back. False. I was a completely normal baby.
1. Danielle La Paglia - because her story "Wrath" creeped me out and I think she will tell some interesting lies.
2. Eric Krause - one of my favorite flash writers. He's got a serious case of the weirds. I'm curious.
3. Lauren Cude - because anyone who can tell a story in sticky notes must have an interesting history.
There you have it. Get guessing people!