I have met some of my closest and most encouraging writing friends online. We have pushed each other to write that first sentence, laid out the brutal truth about crappy scenes and even shared a virtual toast when one of us achieves a milestone. I know their writing so well that I can fill in that missing word they accidentally left out of a sentence. I can gauge their moods my the shortness of their emails and know just from the ping of an IM if they have hit that infamous writing wall.
What I didn't realize, until one old and trusted critique partner pointed out, is that my faithful writing friends know very little about me. So, in an effort to correct that, here are a few little known and albeit useless facts about me.
1.) I am deathly afraid of the dark, which is kind of amusing because my latest project is YA Horror. I sleep with the closet as well as the bathroom light on. And yes, I still check under the bed each night. (You can thank Stephen King for that)
2.) I hate, and I do mean HATE, clowns. I don't know why. It is not a rational phobia, nor have I ever had a bad circus experience. I just simply hate clowns. (Again, I have funny feeling I can thank Stephen King for that)
3.) I have a passion for historical romance, particularly anything set in the colonial period. I suck at writing it, trust me I do, but I absolutely adore reading it.
4.) When I was five, I broke both my wrists (five bones in total) tying my show on a moving swing. What can I say; I was just plain old stupid back then.
5.) My most prized possession is the tie my boyfriend wore to our first semi-formal dance our Sophomore year. No, I don't harbor any long-lost feelings for him, and yes my husbands thinks it is silly, but somehow that yellow and blue silk Ralph Lauren tie represents a rite of passage for me -- going from the girl who played soccer and wore pig-tails to becoming someone a boy would want to ask to a dance.
So there it is, a little glimpse into who I was and where I am now, crazy phobias and all. What about you, got any interesting facts about yourself you would care to share?