“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things …”
I was so honored when Kate invited me to join Black Ink, White Paper. For those who are not familiar with my relationship to Kate, I’ll elaborate. She was my mentor, a woman who guided me through the noise of what it meant to be a writer when I first contemplated it seriously. She encouraged me up to the day I quit my job of 20 years and started writing full-time. She’s read my manuscript for my first book and provided much needed support along the way. In a nutshell – I adore her and wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the guidance she provided.
Suffice it to say I feel humbled to be part of a group of seasoned authors, and look forward to learning more about each of you.
You’ll probably recognize the verse I started this blog with as Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s song “My Favorite Things.” For my first post here, I thought it’d be a good icebreaker to introduce myself by way of some things I love. I’ve always found author bios difficult to write, so this is my way around it.
Here are just a few of my favorite things…
~ Sweltering sunny days: When everyone else is complaining about the heat or the humidity, I’m basking in the rays. No, I’m not lying outside getting a suntan necessarily, but I am enjoying the heat. It’s something that energizes me and motivates me to write. The hot weather months seem shorter and shorter each year in Canada, so I relish each moment I sweat in my non-air-conditioned house. You guessed it, summer is my favorite season.
~ Music: I love most kinds and blog about it every Monday. I feel very fortunate to have lived through the evolution of music technology—from reel to reel to vinyl to 8-track to the current digital age. My favorite musician is Van Morrison and has been for over 20 years. I’ve purchased his CD Into the Music in bulk and given it away to friends, and my favorite track from that album is “And the Healing has Begun.” To this day, I play it at least three times daily.
~ Red Shoes: I was never much of a “girlie” girl. I don’t like carrying purses if I can help it, and I never match my purse to my shoes to the jewelry I don’t wear. Despite these facts, I own 3 pairs of red shoes, and a pair of red boots. For whatever reason, I love red shoes, and this is my favorite pair. It adds two inches to my height, bringing me up to a towering 5’4”!
~ Laughter: I love the sound of it, others and mine. My mother always said my laughter was unladylike as I was growing up, so I probably unconsciously stifled it. Today, I no longer listen to everything my mother says, of course, and I don’t hold back anymore. I find great pleasure in dry English wit, the farce of Monty Python, and the comedy of Saturday Night Live. I enjoy the understated humor of filmmaker, Guy Ritchie, and my favorite film of his is Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
My favorite TV commercial is for a beer ad – Dos Equis, and features “the most interesting man in the world.” He’s an Ernest Hemingway knockoff, and there’s a whole series of ads about him—this one’s my favorite.
~ Peach ice cream: This is my favorite ice cream, but the sad thing is I can’t find it. I see peach sorbet, peach yogurt, and even peach ice tea for god’s sake! But no peach ice cream. I had a scoop of it about 3 years ago and have not found it since. Recently, a friend on Twitter told me that Breyers makes it, so I’ve been on the look out but with no success. I’m convinced this is the summer I find it again, so if anyone sees it, can you please let me know? It might be worth a trip!
These are just a few of my favorite things, and I hope they give you some insight into the mind of your newest, whacky member.
Thrilled to be part of the group!