30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 5

5. A place you would live, but have never visited.

Ooh, this is a tough one! I’ve visited a lot of places and would happily live in almost all of them, at least for a while.

In the US, I’m going to say New Orleans. I’ve always wanted to go there but somehow never have. I’d love to stay there long enough to really get to know the city, which seems so different from anywhere else I’ve been. (And I’ll finally be visiting there–for a few days–in November!)

Outside the US, the possibilities are endless. Let’s go by continent, shall we? North America? Montreal. South America? Santiago. Europe? Florence. Asia? Bangkok. Africa? Gaborone. Australia? Sydney. I pretty much chose these at random, because I’d be happy to live almost anywhere, at least temporarily.

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 4

4. Ten interesting facts about yourself

I’m not sure how interesting these are, but here goes:

  1. My day job is criminal justice professor.
  2. When I was in college, I took 3 years of Russian and 1 of Latin.
  3. I’m now the shortest person in my household.
  4. In my youth, my jobs included fast food, taking care of the (live) animals at a science museum, scooping poop at a dog show, proofreading Edwin Sapir’s works, a deli, teaching Sunday school, and a pizza place.
  5. I spent 10 nights this April in hotels.
  6. I’m allergic to grass (the lawn kind, not the stoner kind). It gives me a rash if I touch it.
  7. I don’t cook often, but I do enjoy baking bread.
  8. Farthest north I’ve been is Skagway, Alaska. Farthest south is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Farthest east is Warsaw, and farthest west is Hawaii.
  9. I have problems remembering numbers. I’ve been known to forget my own phone number.
  10. I’m getting my 4th tattoo next month.

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 3

3. Your first love and first kiss; if separate, discuss both.

First kiss first. I was in 6th grade and I went to see Star Wars with a boy. So it was my first date too. At the end of the movie–before our moms came to pick us up–we had a quick kiss on the lips. I was unimpressed.

My first love was a boy I dated during my junior year of high school. I asked him out first–there was a Sadie Hawkins dance–and the night I asked him we talked on the phone for 4 hours. He kept talking about things we could do during the summer. Since this was January and we hadn’t even gone out yet, I thought he was being mighty presumptuous.

Next month, he and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 2

2. Your earliest memory.

I was two. At the time, we lived in Illinois, but we were visiting my grandparents in Oregon. I remember standing at the counter next to my grandmother–I must have been standing on a chair–and helping her decorate a cake. I also remember when my grandparents’ friends came over for a little party during that visit and I was the center of attention. My parents say I got so worked up they had to take me outside into the rain to calm me down. But I don’t remember that part. 🙂

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 1

In a fit of masochism, I’ve decided to try a 30-Day Writing Challenge. Join me! You can comment here with your own responses to the day’s prompt.


  1. Five problems with social media.


  1. It can become overwhelming. It takes a lot of time for me to keep up with my personal and professional social media.
  2. It can be a time suck. I don’t want to know how many hours I’ve spent playing on social media when I could have been doing something more productive.
  3. It can be destructive. Because of the nature of social media, some people are tempted to use it in harmful ways. It gives trolls and others free rein.
  4. It can be misleading. Because it’s so fast and unmediated, social media lends itself to fast rumors and misinformation.
  5. It can mangle language. I wince at all the misspellings and grammatical errors–especially when I’ve made them!