Did You Know? (Ten Facts about Me)

I like it when bloggers talk about themselves. About Me pages are great, but can’t tell the whole story, and blogging is a much more personal medium than other types of writing.

With that in mind, books are taking a backseat today. Instead, here are ten things you might not know about me.

1. I’ve lived in California my whole life…

…except for a year I spent abroad in college. I was born and raised in Sacramento, moved away to Santa Cruz for school, and eventually ended up in Chico, where I’ve been ever since. Chico is a smaller town, but thanks to the university and the park (fun fact: it’s one of the largest urban parks in the country), there’s always a lot to do!

2. I speak German (fairly well)

During that exchange year I mentioned, I lived in Berlin and took classes at the Free University. I’d studied the language for two years beforehand, but there is absolutely nothing like total immersion to make it stick. I don’t have the opportunity to actually speak German anymore (sadface), so I can’t call myself fluent, but I do try to read German books on the regular.

3. I have the same birthday as my favorite character on Star Trek

The character is Data, from Star Trek: The Next Generation. In fact, the actor—Brent Spiner—has the same birthday too!

4. I have one sibling

She’s my younger sister. We’re four years apart.

5. My husband proposed to me with a custom quest in Skyrim

I met my husband—who is a software developer—at a release party for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. When he proposed, it was with a custom questline he coded himself and added to the game!

6. I play several instruments

Both sides of my family are musical, so my music lessons started when I was quite young. I sang in a children’s choir from elementary through high school, and I was always one of the band kids. Yes, I even went to band camp. Several years in a row. After college, I worked as a substitute church organist for a while, and I played in a community orchestra until I moved away from Sacramento. My instruments are piano, organ, French horn, flute, and bass guitar. And I do still sing sometimes…when I’m alone in my car. :)

7. My favorite color is green

I was surprised to learn recently that my own mother didn’t know this!

8. I’m preparing for a master’s degree in biology

It’s a complete 180 from my undergraduate field, which was literature. That means I have a lot of lower-level prerequisites to complete before I can start the master’s program. I’ve been working on those at the local community college since last year. In one more year, I should be ready to apply!

9. I am a freelancer

I work from home as a manuscript editor, and I truly love it. Most of my clients are in either academia or business; I prefer the structure of that work to fiction editing, which is by nature much more subjective. One of the reasons I want a degree in biology—beyond the fact that I think science is a vitally important field, and worth dedicating one’s life to—is so I can edit more technical documents and journal papers.

10. The best book I ever read is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

If I had several hours, I might be able to list everything I love about this book. It’s the epitome of fantasy done well. If you’ve already read it, I hope you have a sense of what I mean. If you haven’t, drop everything, and I mean everything, and go get it right now.

This post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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