Writer Wednesday Ask Me Anything . . .

Yes, ask me anything and I shall acquiesce with an answer — no matter how curious or personal. Le Sigh. This is the first time I’ve done this and I’m impressed with how bold people are. Wow.

So without further adieu, ah 1-2-3, whilst I answer for thee!

#48 – Talents? I love to sing and do it pretty well. In high school, I competed around the state and received Superior for solos in Latin and Italian. Cool beans! I still love to sing, but don’t do it often. Mostly with my kids while I mess around making up silly songs. I also can dance — finally. Contrary to the stereotype that Black people can dance or its natural, I couldn’t dance when I was a kid and a teenager. My older brothers would smirk and outright laugh at me. Heck, I laugh at me thinking back to the poor fool who looked like a stiff corpse brought to life, jerking about as if she’d been electrocuted — IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE! Tee hee hee. Come on, laugh. You know you want to and it’s okay because . . . now I CAN DANCE! Yup, it’s true. Ever since I discovered Zumba (several years ago) and the eclectic music and rhythms of Jamaica, Venezuela, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and India –to name a few — that goes with this new Fitness Craze, I LOVE TO DANCE. I can belly dance too. Seriously. No lie. I might post a video if you’re one of those doubters that have to SEE it to believe it. Other talents? I love to write and I can draw. I also can teleport — okay, that’s a lie. I have lots of talents. I’m a Jane of All Trades. What can I say? I’m a teacher so it kind of goes with the territory — you know keeping my students engaged, entertained, having their brain cells doing the Electric Slide. 🙂

#44 – Worst habit? Wow. You want to go there? Whoa now. To be honest, I have a lot of habits — good and bad. My worst bad habit is I procrastinate. My best good habit is I’m a workaholic — once I stop procrastinating. Whether it’s writing or meeting a deadline, I ignore my fatigue or even my own hunger to finish. Just. One. More. Thing. Just. One. More. That’s a habit that can be good, but it can also be bad because I treat myself like a soulless automaton that needs to remember I’m only stress and blood. Most educators can relate to this phenomena. Even when we work late hours, there’s always more to do. So, I’m learning to draw the line and be human.

#49 – Embarrassing Moment Well, being me, I’ve had a LOT of those and I guarantee there will be many more. 😦 There was the time I couldn’t find my keys and I was holding them the entire time and my older son pointed it out in his dry, omnipotent voice. There was the time when I thought it’d be cool to do a little stretch break in between testing with middle school students and they looked at me as if I had sprouted three extra heads. And I continued anyway stretching and breathing — too stubborn to care that they didn’t care to join me. Heh. Honestly, there’ve been plenty of those and I’m glad and relieved to admit that the most have been thankfully washed away from my memory. 🙂

#34 Biggest Fear I fear that I will go the way of Emily Dickinson and die in obscurity as a writer and then once I’m dead everyone will be like, “Oh wow. She was really talented. Too bad she’s dead. Oh well, how much is that book? Great, I can’t wait to read more. Buuuut, since she’s dead there’s only so much I can get my hands on.” And ironically, my biggest fear is also to become famous because I get nervous in large crowds and in order to quell the inner fear that I get from said, large crowds, I talk and talk and talk, which makes it seem like I actually LIKE large crowds. In actuality, I’m just trying to stop myself from running away and hiding in my room and curl up with a book or talk with a small group of people about books, or kids, or food.

#19 Sing in the Shower Yes, I do sing in the shower. Songs like Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream”, Phantom of the Opera theme song, Ratatouille’s La Festin.

And I’ll leave you with this beautifully sung and written song. Bon Appétit.

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