Yes, today is award day. And why is that? Because the QUERY QUEUE IS EMPTY!
Ahem. Because lexcade at Going From Nobody to Somebody thought of THIS SITE to pass the Versatile Blogger Award to. Isn't is pretty and shiny and precioussssss? Thank you, lexcade!
The award comes with the obligation to tell the blogging world 7 random facts about me. And I've spiced my list with a never-before-revealed secret...
1. I have an MA in English, with a concentration in Medieval studies. My BA is in English, but I started out in pre-med, so it took me awhile to get it. I also minored in history, biology and Greek (koine and classical - the equivalent of Old and Middle English - modern Greek is still Greek to me).
I probably wouldn't have passed my test to get my MA on my first attempt (most folk needed 2 or 3 tries) if luck hadn't been with me. We were given a choice of three topics and had to write an essay on one of them. The first essay question had something to do with American post-modern something or another and the second question about Victorian mores and their influence on the western world. I was about ready to slink off to another university to try again when I saw the third question was asking me to compare/contrast the life and times and literature of Beowulf and King Arthur. Hallelujah! I'd studied this stuff for fun. But how could I possibly cram everything I knew on the topic into just 4 hours?
I was also asked to scale back the first choice for my thesis. I wanted to do an annotated novelization of The Niebenlungenlied (Wagner's Ring Cycle opera was based on it), but was assured that was more fitting for a Ph.D. project. My advisory board settled for me writing a handful of short stories instead. Seriously? I was doing that anyway. So really, I earned an MA in Hobbies.
2. I'm a vegetarian, but not one of those healthy-eating kind. I prefer starch. I keep lots of fresh fruit and veggies on hand for the beasties, so it's not like the choices aren't available. I just don't find them very appealing (a-peeling?).
3. I once flew gliders. When I was 14/15 years old, I worked weekends for a mom-and-pop glider-rental, tow-plane-services company. I got paid in flight lessons (both glider and powered) and flight time. I flew a glider solo long before it was legal for me to drive a car by myself. Now I press the right foot pedal to go right, correct?
4. I'm a breast cancer survivor. Seven weeks of radiation 10 years ago. What an annoyance. Even more annoying is that I used to work with ancient x-ray machines when I was a vet tech, holding down animals using inadequate protection (and sometimes no protection) from the rads. So the same radiation used to treat the disease may have caused it in the first place. Ain't life funny.
5. 20-ish years ago, I was often asked to be a panelist at SF/F cons in Texas (I was using my real name back then). I made the rounds for about 5 years, and it was a blast. AggieCon would comp a room, though I had to share it with some big-name authors over the years (yes, I know, the sacrifice). I even got paid once for an appearance at my alma mater, UNT, where I was headlined with Roger Zelazny. What were those people thinking?
6. I used to be active in the Society for Creative Anachronism. I participated in fight demonstrations (heavy weapons and swashbuckling) at the first Scarborough Faire in North Texas. I used to dream of owning land where I could invite folk to come for a weekend tourney. Now I have the land, but I'm no longer involved in the SCA. Timing is so critical.
7. I'm a genius. No, really. I have the papers and everything. I was once offered the Marketing Director job for Mensa, an organization to which I don't and have never belonged. Because, really, other than snobbing around with other geeks and laughing at geeky humor and playing Scrabble with high-vocabulary opponents, why? I mean, I got the whole Mensa spiel when I got the HQ tour and I did my research, but I never did "get" it. Seemed like a glorified camp where folk sit around comparing SAT scores and having pissing contests over who's better, smarter, faster. Guess it's a good thing I turned the job down. In any case, this is my coming out on this subject, as it's not something I've mentioned to even my closest friends. Notables with IQs within a couple of points of mine (161, if you must know) include:
- John Locke
- Stephen Hawking
So now it is my privilege to pass the award and the baton (as well as the meme obligation - ha! thought you'd get out that, did you?) to:
Go visit them and learn their secrets, too!
But send queries first :o)