About Me

I believe it’s our contradictions that make us interesting. For example, I hate the rain and yet I live in the Willamette Valley, one of the rainiest places in the country. I’m an introvert and I work part time as a grocery clerk; an extrovert’s job. I love fiction and find sports boring. I married a man who loves sports and finds fiction boring. I write to escape from the real world and yet I write stories that reflect real life. I prefer imaginary people to real ones (if you know me don’t take this personally) but oddly, my story people are as real to me as living breathing folks. I love beautiful writing, but I hate books that work too hard at being ‘literary’ and I despise long descriptions, no matter how well written. I like a fast moving plot, but when the characters are cardboard cutouts created only to fit the plot, the book is likely to be thrown against the wall. I love happy endings, as long as they aren’t too predictable.

Other beliefs:

I believe in the Big Bang theory and natural selection. Yep I really do believe the history channel on this one. I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old and the universe came from a big ball of gas, and that there are millions (billions?) of other planets out there and maybe even life on some of them. And if there are aliens here on earth then Will Smith should definitely be the one to round them up because damn, does he ever look good in that black suit.

As much as I love Bruce Almighty and think that Morgan Freeman is the perfect God, I believe that god is a myth invented by the rulers of the first empires to put fear into the lower classes in order to keep them in line. I actually did read this somewhere. I didn’t make it up. The message was/is: don’t think for yourselves, think what we tell you to think, and be afraid, be very afraid. Fear is the greatest weapon ever invented. When people start thinking for themselves it’s the governments that get scared. I also don’t think that humans need to believe in heaven and hell in order to be decent, moral human beings. We can be good to each other and the world simply because it’s the right thing to do. And yes I do know people like this. Two of them grew up in my house and call me mom.

As for the earth, I think it, and all of humankind, are in deep doo doo. We are a greedy species, and like our comfort way too much to give it up, so are ruining the world for future generations, not to mention all the animals and plants that never did a darned thing to us. Well, they do occasionally attack, eat, bite, scratch, or sting us, but this is a small price to pay for things like oxygen and food. I swell up to the point of appearing deformed when stung by a bee, but I don’t hate bees. Without the bees---well, just ask China what happens. I heard they’re pollinating by hand there. I sure don’t want that job. I’m betting they don’t get benefits.

I believe gays and lesbians should be able to marry. Same for bisexuals and transgenders. Oh, and don’t forget intersex. Yeah, I had to look that one up too. I believe that everyone should be able to marry whoever the hell they happen to fall in love with as long as they are both consenting adults. I believe that having someone to love is one of the greatest joys in life. It isn’t everything of course, but being part of loving relationship makes everything else in life a little better.    

I also believe in long slow kisses that last…oh wait that’s from Bull Durham. I believe that sports movies have a lot to teach us about life, and I find them far more fun than actually watching sports. Remember the Titans is another favorite of mine. Ryan Gosling is adorable in that movie, hasn’t changed a bit.  

If I sound like one of those crazy hippie liberals who are destroying the moral fiber of society---please don’t tell my dad. Seriously, he’s conservative, so around him I nod my head a lot, but this is my blog and I can write whatever the hell I want, and I’ve chosen to put my true self out into the world for all to see…under a pen name of course.

There’s that contradiction thing again. 

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