I received this award from Mireyah when I first started this blog a few months ago. I didn't know what I was supposed to do with it, other than forwarding it to five people. I only learned much later I was supposed to post ten truths about myself, but I never did. Back then, I didn't know any other bloggers who hadn't already received this award so I never forwarded it either. I just received this same award again last week, from Harley. I guess it's time I catch up with my blog awards! Here they are, my dear followers, ten truths about myself most of you probably don't know.
Truth #1: I always write my new stories longhand before typing them.
I seem to have more inspiration using a pen and a cheap notebook than using a keyboard, for some reason. It's also more portable. I can write from any location: in my car, at the pool between my daughter's swim events, in the comfort of my own bedroom before sleeping, or at a deli during my lunch hour. I do my first revision when I type my handwritten notes.
Truth #2: I studied computer programming in college in the 1980s, but I never worked as a programmer.
My life took a different course than what I had planned, somehow. Computer languages changed since then, but I find it easier to learn HTML, Excel macros, or other current programming languages because of my background. The essence is the same.
Truth #3: I prefer to read (and write) children's novels (MG/YA) than adult novels.
I'm too sensitive to read dark/horror, and I'm not into romance so much.
Truth #4: I hardly ever watch TV.
I'd rather read a good book. I'm not into sports or politics, although I do watch the Olympics and the presidential elections. So I can say I watch TV every four years, in average. Haha!
Truth #5: I followed the same pattern as my parents, as far as kids are concerned: girl, boy, girl, about the same distance apart.
I'm the baby! I hope my kids will be as sweet as I was as a teenager. *angelic face*
Truth #6: I'm left-handed, and proud of it!
My husband is left-handed too. Our three kids are right-handed. Conclusion? Left-handedness is not hereditary.
Truth #7: I started writing in 2003, without ever taking a class or a seminar about creative writing.
I wrote because I had a story in mind that needed to be told. I blush now when I read my first manuscript. I learned a lot since then, especially during the last five months I've been part of a review forum.
Truth #8: My husband hardly ever reads anything I write.
Fine with me! He would be too harsh of a critic anyway. I doubt he even reads my blog. I guess I'll find out if he leaves a comment or not. ;-)
Truth #9: I've been married with my husband for many many years, and still going strong.
Seventeen years, to be exact. We have ups and downs, but we made a lot of progress in our relationship since we've been together. We know which buttons not to push.
Truth #10: My reviewers sometimes comment on awkward expressions in my stories as I didn't grow up in America.
I'm French Canadian. I learned a lot since I came to New Jersey fourteen years ago with my very basic English I had learned in high school. I continue to learn with the help of my reviewers and my kids, correcting me when I say something odd or when I mispronounce a word. I still feel my vocabulary is not where it should be, and I'm terrified of making mistakes when I post a comment on a blog or in a forum. I re-read myself several times before finally posting.
Okay, now I'm passing this award on to five awesome writers/bloggers:
Mary at The Entrepreneur's Wife
Kurt at Genius Bordering Insanity
Richard at MoW's Musings
Frankie at Ramblings of Frankie
Cheree at Justified Lunacy