Life List

I am an amateur birder. I know next to nothing about birds but I’m hoping to get lots of practice next year and get better experience. For now, here’s my paltry and very sparse Life List.

Began April 27, 2017:

American Robin

American Crow

Boreal Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Carolina Chickadee

Common Grackle

Common Ground-Dove

Cooper’s Hawk (love that dappled, cream colored belly)

Downy Woodpecker

European Starling

House Sparrow

Killdeer

Mississippi Kite

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Winged Blackbird

Rock Pigeon

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (my spark bird)

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Tufted Titmouse

Turkey Vulture

My mother-in-law snapped this picture. Gorgeous Greater Roadrunner.

Bucket List

1. Get a job I don’t hate.

2. Find the scariest haunted house EVER.

3. Do an escape room.

4. Get an RV and travel across the country.

5. Get a boat and live on the river.

6. Go to Comicon.

7. Go to Dragoncon.

8. Have nice cosplay ideas for 6 and 7.

9. Cultivate a yoga practice.

10. Learn Tai Chi.

11. Meditate regularly.

12. PUBLISH MY BOOKS.

13. Visit the Grand Canyon.

14. Be a better birder.

15. See all the birds on my Life List.

15. Learn how to sing. Like, properly sing, not in-the-car-sing.

16. Write a crown of sonnets (sonnet corona) and do it properly…following all the rules…(kill me).

17. Learn how to ballroom dance.

18. Go to a ball and wear a big, floppy princess dress.

19. Grow my hair long. The last time I had long hair was in 1997.

20. Learn how to play a musical instrument and play at shows with all my favorite artists.

21. Join a prestigious writing association.

22. Hitchhike or just walk across the country. Or live in my car.

23. Become an “extreme” minimalist.

24. Be invited to talk about poetry at AWP.

25. Have one of my books nominated for a Locus, Nebula, or Hugo. Just the nomination, I don’t have to win, just tell me you love me.

5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique

5 things I can see:

My purse

My lamp

My books (yeah I know, more than 5…whatever)

Mr. J’s guitar

Rubber ducks from the arcade claw machine

4 things I can touch:

This notebook

My mattress

The quilt Suzie made for me

My coffee mug

3 things I can hear:

Thunder

SJ Tucker singing (recording, not live…I wish *sigh* miss you girl!)

Is that rain?

2 things I can smell:

Slightly stale air

Damp (aka humidity)

1 thing I can taste:

Potato chips

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This is an anxiety reduction technique. Read more about it here.

Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

All My Jobs

Ever since college I’ve had day jobs to support my writing. I’ve never wanted a career or been ambitious enough to be a manager of anything. I just want to pay my bills and write.

Over the last 15 years I have been:

A Library Technician

A Waitress

A Bartender

An Adjunct

A Writing Tutor

A Truck Driver

A Retail Associate

An Obituary Proofreader

A Secretary

A Laboratory Courier

A Janitor

A Copy Center Associate

An Art Model

A Market Research Recruiter

A Phlebotomist

And most recently: a Medical Assistant