Hit by the Random Tag

flowerI got tagged by a fellow blogger…for random information. So it works like this: I offer up ten random bits of background doody about myself and then tag others to keep the game moving. You’re supposed to play nice and ask first, so I guess I will. Since that would be the polite thing to do. Uh huh.

*shuffling feet*

Or…I may just blow raspberries (phhhfffttttt!) and tag random people who can then choose to answer or not. Breaking the rules is SO much more fun. Rebel that I am. Stop laughing. I can hear you from here.

Ten Random Bits o’ Me:

1 – I love beads.
I have a few…somewhere in the neighborhood of two million. Yes, you read that right. Almost all of them are very small (seed beads), in every color of the rainbow and a few hues that don’t occur in nature. I bring home a handful from every place I visit and nowadays even make my own via lampworking.

2 – I adore the old stuff.
The older the better, as in prehistoric, but that doesn’t mean I dismiss the historical stuff. Architecture, bones, artifacts…rich and wonderful remnants of cultural development appeal to me. No offense, but I prefer my people dead. They’re usually more interesting that way. Give me a time machine and I’d be whizzing back to eras before people started making up calendrical systems.

3 – I have several pets.
Our furred and feathered babies include two dozen hens (unnamed and they don’t care), one extremely tired but happy rooster (Frenchie), a polydactylus cat named Darwin (sorry Charles), and a three-legged cat named Lame Kitty (yes, I know this is not PC). I don’t count the deer or the gophers, both are legion. Occasionally the neighbor’s horses and cows come to visit, but I refuse to count them either. I should probably count the mouse that lives in our ceiling.

4 – I use several aliases.
Not for any really good reason either. I use my middle name in coffee shops and when ordering take-out because it’s hard to mess it up. I use my maiden name at work. I use a hybrid of my first and middle name for writing. I use my married name at home even though I never actually changed names when I got married. Variety is fun.

5 – I spend ridiculous amounts of time commuting.
I travel a lot. By car, plane and train. Don’t ask, it’s really stupid. I’d rather retire but since social security won’t lower the retirement age, that’s not going to happen. My Dad keeps telling me to write a blockbuster novel and retire. I’m onboard with that idea but somehow it just hasn’t happened.

6 –  I have a bit of a thing for handbags.
Well, to be honest, it extends to any kind of bag. I dunno why. I just like bags – that organization thing. I’d have a bag for everything, given the opportunity. I’m a champion packer when it comes to travel. On a trip to Vegas, I packed three days worth of clothes in my wheeled briefcase for me AND my husband. Oh yeah!

7 –  I desperately long to be bilingual.
Or tri-lingual. Really, I want to know ALL languages but I’m too lazy to do it. I just want to wake up knowing, or get a babelfish dropped in my ear. It’s not like I haven’t tried. I can currently curse in 15 languages but that’s all I know how to say. Not very effective.

8 – I think bats are cute.
I’m especially fond of tube-nosed fruit bats. Once upon a time I lived in a tiny old house with a little brown bat (pipistrellis). I named him Charlie and he slept in the attic. Occasionally he’d fly inside through an open window and hang off a lampshade in my living room. Too cute for words.

9 – I enjoy flowers.
Every color they come in and every lovely scent, even the stinky ones like geraniums. The process of watching a bud form and the bloom unfurl is nifty. I’m not particular about my flower choices either. Freesias and lilies are some of my favorite because they smell divine, but any kind of flower makes me happy. Even the humble dandelion is allowed to flourish in my yard. Thistles too.

10 – I believe in spirits.
One of the oldest memories I have is of the man who lived in our attic. Of course I knew he didn’t actually “live” there but that was the direction he entered when he visited. I was maybe four years old at the time and in my memory he looks like Abraham Lincoln, tall and gaunt with a full beard. When the thunderstorms came, he’d sit with me and talk. It was comforting. Even now I remember him when it storms.

…so there I am.


The following people are up on the chopping block…er, I mean the tagging list:

Rebecca Ryals Russell
KT Hanna
Alica McKenna Johnson
Virginia Ripple

Feel free to ignore the tag. You can pretend it never happened. You might even stamp your foot, shake your fist, and holler “I’ve already done this six times! Sheesh, enough already.” It’s your choice. Do whatever makes you feel better…but inquiring minds want to know.


  1. #1 by Damyanti on September 21, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    :)Thanks for the blog award, and for commenting on my blog…greetings from a fellow-campaigner!—–Join me at the Rule of Three Writers' Blogfest!

  2. #2 by K.T. Hanna on September 21, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    Thank you 😀 My only problem is that I've recently (in the last 3 weeks) listen 17 facts about myself lol. I might just repost them all HAHA 😀

  3. #3 by Anonymous on September 21, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    Humm- now I have to decide if I want to do ten new facts or just point you to last weeks post- I think I put my oddest facts up for that one.I love bags and bats too. I wish I knew a bunch of foreign languages- or even one I took German in high school, but I don't remember any of it.

  4. #4 by Bridgette Booth on September 21, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    What an interesting list! I want to know more about that Abe Lincoln guy in your attic. Sounds very interesting. . .

  5. #5 by Brenda Sills on September 21, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    Hey Lesann! So great to get to know you. I REALLY wish that I could speak in a ton of languages too. Seriously, how cool would it be to suddenly speak in another tongue to bamboozle someone, or to be able to understand someone speaking foreignly when they have no idea you know what they're saying. Ha! How fun that would be to catch them if they were saying something ornery about me! I'm a fellow campaigner in the mystery/cozy category. Sorry it's taken me so long to get over here – my last post leaned more towards fantasy/YA – that's what I'm writing at the moment. But my first book that I'm going to be querying as soon as I have a couple of beta readers go over it once more is a mystery. I'm so glad to meet you. And I can't wait to read THE TALL SHIPS SERIES and other things in your side bar. Thanks for those!

  6. #6 by Lesann Berry on September 21, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    You're welcome Damyanti! I enjoy sneaking by your blog on a regular basis. I'm tempted with the Rule of Three but I'm worried about overwhelming my already teeming schedule. Having just said that, now I'm extra tempted because I told myself no. I hate being told no.

  7. #7 by Lesann Berry on September 21, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    Sorry K.T.! I was worried about that, but it seems that this little game of tag might have gotten to most everyone by now…one of the reasons I gave everyone the opening to opt out.I'm one of those people who gleefully toss chain letters in the recycle bin…this is more "green" I suppose. *thinking*

  8. #8 by Lesann Berry on September 21, 2011 - 11:54 pm

    Hi Bridgette! I wish I could say there's more, but at this point almost anything else I remember could very well have been embellished. There are a number of ghost stories in my family and sometimes it's hard to distinguish between what you remember and what the storytelling has added over the years.

  9. #9 by Lesann Berry on September 21, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    Hi Brenda! Welcome! I've been skipping around the campaign trail too and there are so many wonderful blogs and websites to explore. It's a good thing the campaign stretches out because I need the time!Languages elude me but maybe someday…I'll be sure to head over your way and peruse as well.Thanks for dropping by!

  10. #10 by Lesann Berry on September 22, 2011 - 12:53 am

    Hey Anonymous! Sorry I missed you earlier, the spam folder sucked your comment off into space. Feel free to ignore the request or recycle at will.We aim to please here at ye olde blogge. 😉

  11. #11 by Natalie on September 22, 2011 - 11:50 am

    I want to see these beads?!?! How do you keep them? In containers? It must be gorgeous. Pictures please…Love your 10 random facts – so interesting and cool!

  12. #12 by Lesann Berry on September 22, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    Hey Natalie! I'll snap some pictures and do a spread one the beads. Thanks for visiting!

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