My friend Mckenzie over at Little Red Writer tagged everyone to try this:
List five things you are capable of doing.
- I write, and I’ve been told I do it well. Mostly though (and if, after I’m dead, the college profs are debating the reason behind my work [ha!], here’s the truth), it’s a form of play for me. It’s relaxing (most of the time), it’s an all-encompassing escape that I can disappear into and leave the rest of the world behind for a while. I also like playing with the different ways words can fit together to form sentences. It’s fun. 🙂 It’s just a plus that my work is publishable. 🙂
- I can play music. I actually got a minor in music at the same time I got my B.A. in English Lit, and really enjoyed doing it. There were times I considered leaving the English dept. completely and transferring to the nearest music school to do a music performance major, but, when it comes down to it, I’m not too fond of practicing. Ah, the truth comes out! I mean, I’ll practice simply because I like playing, but it’s dependent on how I feel, and four hours locked in a practice room with nothing but your instrument and the music your prof has chosen for you just didn’t strike my fancy. What I really like is the spontaneity of folk jam sessions, where everyone knows their instrument backwards & forwards and can put beautiful, amazing stuff together on the fly, or, playing for people in an informal setting, where you can interact with them. That’s actually why I don’t practice all that often (just enough to keep my chops up, or when I feel like it); because I love the social nature of music — playing with people, for people.
- I commute by bicycle. Yeah. 🙂 I do roughly 14 miles a day during the good weather. (I love the panicked look people get when they find out I commute by bicycle. Really though, it’s not as hard as you think it is.)
- I’m comfortable with firearms, and am a good shot. I learned to handle guns when I was little, thanks to my Grandpa, and since have taken to learning much about America’s wonderful sporting heritage. I hunt, I target shoot, I think black powder muzzleloaders (i.e. antique firearms) are wicked cool, and my hubby and I share a very fun hobby: Cowboy Action Shooting (dressing up in period costumes, and doing a form of competitive target shooting only using cowboy-period guns). 🙂 It’s pretty cool.
- I can wiggle my ears. Seriously.