This is one fact that I feel defines a lot of my personality. Being raised in an Apostolic Pentecostal church, I grew up following certain “holiness standards." These standards included watching my language, wearing skirts, not cutting my hair, not wearing makeup or jewelry, practicing abstinence, staying away from drugs and alcohol, and generally trying to live a life that showed my dedication to my beliefs. However, as a teenager, it's not always easy to explain such a doctrine or belief system to your friends. I spent a lot of time defending my religion, and I feel it helped me grow as a person. It strengthened my resolve as to who I am. Now mind you, I don't follow the holiness practices anymore, that much is evident by some of the books I write, but I do maintain much of the theological and philosophical beliefs pertaining to the religion. I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say that it does define me in ways that even I still may not fulling realize or understand.
2. I have some irrational fears
This is going to sound strange, but I have some fears that probably make me the prime candidate for therapy. For example, I'm terribly afraid of anything in the insect or arachnid families. If it's a bug or spider I can't go near it. It's so bad that when I was in middle school, my natural science class was supposed to create a bug collection. My mother and father had to work with the teacher to set up an alternate assignment because every time I tried to capture a bug I had a panic attack.
3. I have never watched a single episode of Dr. Who
Don't shoot me! I know, I know. I should watch it, but I don't know. I simply haven't found the interest in doing so.
4. When I was younger I enjoyed acting
I was the kid who was in every church and school play. I loved to sing and act. And frankly, I was good at it. But as I grew up, I realized that it would never a world I belonged in. To me, I wasn't aesthetically pleasing (according to Hollywood standards) and therefore could never make it in the acting world.
Okay, so most people know this already, but did you know I have a hallway in my home dedicated to Harry Potter? It's true! There's even a HUGE poster of Sirius Black hanging there. Not to mention a map of Diagon Alley and the wands of Dumbledore's Army. You can be jealous now.
6. I'm a college student
Again, a fact most people know about me. But hey, it's still a fact. I'm currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas working toward my bachelor's in literary studies. My central focus is in Modern American Literature and at this very moment I'm researching my topic for my senior thesis. Cool, huh?
Well, almost all. I can't stand Dubstep. The irony to that is my husband loves it. My favorite genre of music is probably singer/songwriter. I truly love lyrics and singer/songwriter genre focuses a lot on the lyrics. They speak to me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Pop, R&B, Rock, and Country like anyone else, but there's something about a soft melody and lyrics that have a purpose that moves my soul. It's often what I write to. It keeps me motivated.
8. I HATE reality TV
There is nothing about reality television that I enjoy. To me it's a waste of time and energy. It's scripted. There's not -real- about it. The people are fake. They're only there for the purpose of fame. There's not craft to reality television. It's made people do just about anything for their 15-minutes of fame. It's mindless. It's a waste. Sorry to anyone who likes it. My husband loves the stuff. Me, I'd rather read a book.
9. I didn't learn how to drive until I was eighteen (18)
That's right. I was eighteen years old. And it was my boyfriend (now husband) who taught me how to drive. Driving scared the daylights out of me. Truth be told, it still does, but I endure it because I refuse to be a hermit. Life is outside. No matter how much I love sitting at my desk to write, I need fresh air and sunlight.
10. I want to travel more
It's always been a dream of mine to see the world. I want to go to Italy, England, Spain, Germany, Australia, but I also want to see more sights within the US. I'd love to spend time in California, Florida, New York, Colorado, and Massachusetts. I've always wanted to go to New York at Christmas. Sure, it's cliche' but to see the sights of the city would be a dream come true. Maybe one day.