My family (furry ones included) . . . While they drive me a little insane, my life is supremely empty without them (and I’m prone to being a loner - stuck inside my head - so I need them or I’d slip away into isolation).
Time . . . Benjamin Hoff wrote in The Tao of Pooh the you cannot save time, you can only spend it. So I try to spend it wisely everyday. I just need more of it.
The ocean (good thing I live in Hawaii!). . . I’m a swimmer (exercise of choice) and getting into the ocean is like pressing a reset button. This is the place where I refill that well.
Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon. OMG! Heaven on earth. Can I live here?
Food! While I’m notoriously picky about meat . . . I love eating. One of the best eating experiences I had was at a vegan restaurant called The Plum in Seattle, WA. I was on a college road trip with my daughter, so that might have also been the appeal. Around the corner was an adorable little cupcake shop . . . so delicious.
Coffee… and I want it strong and black! No cream, no sugar. Just give me an Americano, or maybe even shots of espresso. Always a dark roast because medium roast just doesn’t look right. When I am in Salem, Oregon, visiting family I love to visit The Archive. Coffee by day, bar by night, it has an incredible atmosphere. I like to write here.
Wine . . .strong and red (nothing beats a heavily spiced dark Cabernet). Although, I do like a heavy, dark stout so that could do the trick.
Naps . . . because sleep is delicious. I’m not a very good sleeper because I’m always thinking about my WIP.
Top 5 Reads
Top 5 Reads (and rereads - which is always shifting . . .but as of right now):
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird…
Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak…
Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger (I also LOVED The Book Thief and it’s too close to call)… UPDATE: I have read Bridge of Clay and it is INCREDIBLE! It has taken over as my favorite Zusak novel.
Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings (though Rowling’s Harry Potter is right up there as well as Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy but then who can forget Leigh Bardugo’s Crows? It’s just too difficult to choose!)…
Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (because it is my writing bible)…
Top 5 Movies & Series
My husband and I are movie fanatics (we have our own movie review website).
So here’s my list (and it’s based on the fact that I will watch and rewatch them not necessarily about the artistic quality) . . .
Pride and Prejudice (any version but I do love the BBC version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. If time is a factor, I default to the Keira Knightly version) . . .I LOVE a good romance, people.
Lord of the Rings . . .how you could you not love Peter Jackson’s imagining of Tolkein’s world. It is on point!
Interstellar . . . I love Chris Nolan. I could have included his Batman series or Inception (because I LOVE those as well), but I adore this movie. I know there are gaping holes in the science, but people this story is about LOVE and the idea of LOVE being another realm of physics like gravity or time. There’s magic in that. It appeals to my love of make believe and storytelling. And Hanz Zimmer’s music draw this story together in a beautiful complete package - it makes the movie.
The Goonies (and ET tied) because they encapsulate my childhood into a beautifully, bubble wrapped entity called happiness.
Hereditary - I generally loathe the horror genre, but this movie blew me away. So well done and horrifying (in a new and unpredictable way) - the storytelling is impeccable. Please don’t tell my husband and daughter; they’ll lord it over me forever.