Lisa over at Eudaemonia tagged me for a meme, and since I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today anyway, I think I’ll do it.
What were you doing 10 years ago?
Because even in 1998 I was keeping a journal I know exactly what I was doing on this date 10 years ago. I had just gotten back the week before from Howard Days in Cross Plains, and I was getting ready to teach summer school. Here are the entries right around this time:
June 19--Friday--June 21--Sunday. Taking time off or working on school stuff. Mary is sick again. She got exposed to thick fumes from a burning cardboard box that was filled with plastic bags of peanuts at the Zephyr's game Friday night. She had to go to the emergency room. We brought her back home but she is still feeling bad.
June 22--Monday. School work. Syllabi and stuff for summer school.
June 23--Tuesday. Mary still really sick. Spent most of the afternoon at the doctor's office.
June 24--Wednesday. Took Mary to the hospital and checked her in. Josh went along. She just wasn't getting better.
June 25--Thursday. Mary still in the hospital. Wrote a letter of Recommendation for an old student. Did some stuff for the IRB. I got a letter from Warrior Poets. They're accepting "A Flock of Swords" but are asking for a minor rewrite to change a plot point. It's a good request. Wrote them a letter back to say I'd do it and mail the completed piece to them in two weeks.
June 26--Friday. No writing. Went to school for summer school preregistration and took Josh with me. Brought Mary home from the hospital in the evening.
June 27--Saturday. Josh's birthday. We had a little party in the morning and I took him to Celebration Station in the evening. We had a good time.
Other than this, I was teaching at Xavier and living in a house in Metairie with Mary and Josh. This was the year I started working seriously on Wings of Talera, although I didn’t finish it this year. I also saw a man die from a heart attack right next to me at a gym, and this was the year I got my first street motorcycle, both of which events changed my life.
Five things on your to-do list for today
1. Get my blog post up
2. Check my Google Reader and comment on other blogs.
3. Email Andrew at Babel Con about my panels.
4. Work on Wraith of Talera .
5. Go to my Writer’s Group meeting at Borders in the evening.
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
I’d definitely become a stay at home full-time writer. Well, when I wasn’t traveling. I’d probably start my own small press publishing company. I’d also make sure my family, which is pretty damn big, was taken care of, although for the younger children this would be in the form of trust funds. I’d buy my son, myself, and Lana, new cars, and I’d probably move to an area even more rural than I live in now and buy a bunch of wild land and put my house right in the middle of it. I’d set up a charity foundation, and would take delight in doing secret Santa kinds of things. I’ve always wanted to do that. I’d also invest in alternative fuel research, and put a substantial amount of money into environmental protection.
What are three of your bad habits?
1. I can be lazy even though I give the impression I’m not. (An important skill)
2. I’m occasionally moody.
3. I’ve got a fair amount of OCD.
What are some snacks you enjoy?
1. Beef Jerky
2. Milky Way Midnight
3. Fried Chicken (enjoyed as a meal as well)
What were the last five books you read?
Torlo Hannis of Noomas, by Charles Nuetzel. This is sword and planet fiction, written by a friend of mine, who I’ve mentioned here before. Charles was instrumental in introducing me to Robert Reginald at Borgo, who accepted the three Taleran books. I’m going to read the sequel to this book pretty quickly.
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool and Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Ed Gorman. These are in his Sam McCain series and were both very enjoyable reads. I’ve already ordered more.
Poems of the Divided Self and The Shadow City, both by Gary William Crawford. These are poetry chapbooks by a friend of mine who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Shadow City consists of a series of related poems that tie neatly together. Both are good works.
What are five jobs you have had?
1. Dish washer for the National Guard at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.
2. Factory worker at Whirlpool, making refrigerators.
3. Chicken House manager for the Neighbors (Family).
4. Hay hauler.
What are five places where you have lived?
I’m not a big traveler.
1. On an Arkansas Farm.
2. Dover, Arkansas, for college.
3. Fayetteville, Arkansas, for Grad School.
4. Metairie, Louisiana.
5. Abita Springs, Louisiana.