1. Curly, thick hair. It’s the bane of my existence. My hair is very thick and curly, and while I know some people think they would love it, I don’t. I have made peace with it finally, but for most of my life I have disliked my hair. The curls aren’t curly enough or loose enough to ever be in style. My hair’s too thick to do things like wear hats, wear barrettes, use clips, or comfortably put my hair in a ponytail. Any time a person has to spend 20 minutes to get a brush through their hair, there’s something..dare I say wrong? I also can’t style my hair because it just does whatever it wants. No matter how much product I use, or what product I use, the hair just springs back into the non-style it likes best.
2. Cats. I currently have two. Tinkerbell was rescued by a friend who found her and her two sisters abandoned in a box in the woods and Aramis is a rescue found with his sister abandoned outside a church. They’re lots of fun and a pain in the butt at the same time…because they’re cats!
3. Cars. I own two. My daughter currently uses one…at least she does when it’s running. I love driving most of the time. Frankly, I don’t think there’s anything better than a good road trip. Flying is nice, and it’s convenient, but if I had my choice and the time, I’d take a road trip over an airline flight any day. But right now both of my cars are old and special and either in need of tender loving care or headed for a junk yard. I’m beginning to lean toward the latter.
4. Crochet. I don’t knit. I’ve tried, but unless it’s a very simple pattern like a dish cloth, knitting just isn’t for me. I do like to crochet, though. I don’t do things like sweaters and vests and doilies. I like to make afghans. Just afghans. Lots and lots of afghans. This is one I made for my oldest daughter.
5. Cousins. I have a lot of them. There are 42 of us, to be exact. I’m a lucky woman because none of them are over-the-top crazy.
6. Candy. I think about it a lot–not because I have a personal sweet tooth, which I kind of do but can’t indulge anymore (thanks Diabetes!) but because I spent a lot of time researching candy making while writing the Candy Shop Mystery series and I’m determined to use all that knowledge in more books.
7. Cake. Ditto. Honest. Books. Research. I’m not lying!
8. Christmas. I know it’s pretty boring, but Christmas really is my favorite holiday. When I lived in Utah, I complained about the cold and having to drive in the snow. Now I live in Florida, so I complain about the lack of cold and snow. Still, Christmas is my favorite time of year.
9. Calendars. I love them. I don’t know why, but I’m just utterly fascinated by them. I love having calendars hanging on my walls, love the different pictures each month — but my love of calendars isn’t restricted to pretty ones. I love desk mat calendars, appointment calendars, computerized calendars, purse-sized calendars, thought or word of the day calendars, my mother’s old-fashioned two-ring calendar …. If I could have a hundred calendars, I’d try to find a way to use them all. I know. It’s sick.
10. Camping. I love to camp. I’m not sure what it is about camping that I love because I don’t like to actually do anything once I get there. I don’t fish, don’t particularly care for nature hikes, don’t mountain climb or dirt bike or hunt, but I love the mountains and I love getting out in nature.
I even like cooking on the camp stove. I like stringing up the clothesline between the trees and fresh trout for breakfast and campfires. I don’t, however, like outhouses without flush toilets, and I don’t like campgrounds without trees. And I’m not sure I see the point in camping where there are no mountains at all. When I camp, I have to be in the mountains in the forest. I have my limits
12. Computers. I love computers. I don’t like to point and click to make the computer do what somebody else has decided it should, I like to make computers do what I want them to. Back in the olden days, when I worked at my Evil Day Job, I taught myself to write programs in DOS and dBase, and I wrote several complicated programs before I quit to write full time. Now, I like to play around with websites, and I’m teaching myself to write in html. It appeals to my creative side.
13. Counted Cross Stitch. I haven’t done much of it lately, but I love it. It occurs to me as I write this that all of my creative projects have something in common. I love creating something from “nothing,” whether it’s the world the characters in my books inhabit, an afghan from balls of yarn, or a picture from a blank canvas, I love turning empty space into something beautiful. Here’s one of the items on my wish list.