Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA Meet -n- Greet

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To join in on Day #1 Interview, hop over to the Armchair BEA site (or click on the pic) and answer 5 questions! Let me know so I can say "hi" back!!  :-D

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So, I interviewed myself in celebration of meet-n-greetin' other Armchair BEA participants. This is a little weird, but, uh... please welcome Burgandy Ice (otherwise known as Laura) to Colorimetry!!  Lol.


Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

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I got into blogging so I could write my book better. Yeppers.  And you know what? I feel like I fit right into the blogging community (I love  bloggers!!), so that I keep wondering if I'm CRAZY to want to write at all. Isn't reviewing better?!  And yet... I am daring to try. Loca, I know.


I started last November when my personal life got too stressful to sleep at night. I discovered that reading-reviewing-blogging distracted me well and now I've pretty much ditched stress altogether and blissfully fall asleep every night before I even get much reading in.  Despite some wild stuff... like swearing into the witness stand last week to testify my innocence of fraud before a judge. (We won the case!!  Actually, we "won" just by showing up and fighting, but it doesn't hurt to be justified publicly, either. YEA!!)

If you could eat dinner with any author, who would it be and why?



I'm totally intimidated by most of my favorite authors. IT'S TRUE!!!  I've had them on pedestals for so many years. If I saw them, I'd just stare and mumble and shove as many things as I could in their direction to have signed.


Two big comfy chairs for when just 2 of us dine and added seating when family comes.Two of my new favorite authors this year won me by being so darn approachable and I'd jump at the chance to have dinner with 'em. Holly Cupala & Anna Banks.  If Anna got a new coconut top, we could dress up in style to sip Pina Coladas, or something. ['Cause I could wear the one she sent me. (Hypothetically, you understand. They don't actually fit and I'd be arrested for lude behavior if I tried it.)]

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

My life is CRAZY.  What a surprise, hey? I'm interviewing myself at my husband's shop, where I like to hang out and do bookkeeping. Lol.  Ok... "like" refers to hangin' with my honey of 14 years, "tolerate" would better describe bookkeeping. I've been the Secretary/Treasurer of our many business adventures for years, which includes Marketing and BBQ Coordinator. He restores cars, so I've slowly become more cooler and less dweeby under his influence.  Having 4 strong-willed, hyperactive kids has helped. (Helped me be cooler and crazier. And maybe dweebier, too.)

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My "before" life was no less exciting since my parents were missionaries and I picked up my handwriting from England, my snow/ice shuffle from Moscow, & my awesome cool-down technique from Sonora. (Not to mention my irreligious view of the Bible - as vibrantly alive.)  


So, check this out... all over the desert of Sonora there's these Pilas - 10x12-ish pools of well water that irrigate the vineyards, etc. I'd be out there in the smokin' hot desert with a van-full of youth group kids that were all overheating in 100 degrees, right? And I'd pull over to one of these Pilas and lead them all in an impromptu swim in our clothes!!  It was totally awesome.  We'd be dried out by the time we made it back to the school or church or hotel or wherever 'cause it was so darn hot ("but it's a dry heat!" Jajajaja) 


Those pilas are the BEST. The whole world should have impromptu watering holes like that. The one in the town where we lived (and handwashed our laundry in) was heated by some underground source. Imagine soaking in a fresh-flowing hot tub staring up at a bazillion stars far from any city lights in a wide open desert. Yep. Been there.  It's moments like that when you forget you're in the scorpion capitol of the world for a moment.

[ reading books ] @kristina brownWhat is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?



I think my favorite part is the sense of Community. The book blogs are such a great place to share our love of books. I'm not sure how to describe what I'd like to see... the Memes kind of interconnect us, so we bump into each other more often over different discussions. I think I'd like to see more of of the gettin' together stuff or more of a variety of ways... maybe some themed hops? If I knew, I'd do it!! But I love questions and visiting and chatting... and the giveaways.  Hey... book bloggers are a force to be reckoned with in the world of Books, you know?  We should claim our power and use it to celebrate great books!!!

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

A little, yea. I used to be more secretive of my love for YA Fantasy books. Blogging has helped me exhilarate in 'em.  I used to try to read all kinds of books, and maybe I will again. But right now, time flies by too fast to read stuff I'm not really interested in.  :-D


The INTERVIEWS start tomorrow. I have three of 'em lined up on Colorimetry... plus a Book Blast Giveaway, a Debut Author Giveaway and a Feature & Follow Hop Giveaway (and we'll see what else I can find to give away!!)  Don't forget about the LIVE video streaming at BEA in New York starting tomorrow!! And check out all the publisher giveaways offered thru Armchair BEA. This is a GREAT week!!

23 comments:

  1. I would never know what a pilas was but they do sound great.

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    1. I'm not finding them on Google... Pinterest has some fountains. Where I was, they looked like spontaneously sprouted swimming pools!! Lol

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  2. BBQ coordinator sounds like a yummy job! Hopefully one that involves as little cooking as possible and as many sausages as possible!

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    1. Lol - sound good!! I'm organizing one for next weekend that will require as little effort on my part as possible. Great idea!!

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  3. Hey - Its Libby, your friend through Sim -- what is up with Sim anyway? I hope she is ok...

    I had no idea you had all that court stuff going on - yikes.

    I know from experience there is NOTHING, NOTHING more stressful.

    On the other hand, your childhood sounds like something that you could definitely write about - a lot of cool material to work with. Nice "seeing" you again!!

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    1. You got some court experience, hey? Yea... that was super hairy. I thought I'd go crazy anticipating the day and it's taking some time to calm the nerves down afterwards, too. I'll be sympathetic of court stuff the rest of my life, definitely!!

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  4. I love reading your interviews! You are awesome! I've never been a part of Armchair BEA before (or sadly ever heard of it), but I've decided to join in!

    http://pearlsofgreatworth.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hey... so your book is coming out soon!! How would you like to be interviewed?! Ha!! That would be so totally awesome!!!

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  5. Can I just say your blog was a most worthy discovery for my first year at #ArmchairBEA?

    You can find my intro at BOOK KEEPING

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  6. I don't know if you're familiar with Kristin Cashore or not. She wrote Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. But, on her blog, she says that she's a recovering Catholic. Do you call yourself a recovering "insert religion"? Was it your parents' missionary lives that turned your off or was it just as you grew up, your own beliefs changed? I'm always curious about this kind of thing.

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    1. Ah... I'm not "turned off" at all... more like "on"!! I have seen some wild stuff, which is why fantasy feels more real to me than "contemporary". I suppose you're pickin' up on my aversion to religion, 'cause yea. I'm not big on being told what to believe. But God? the Bible? Biggest Fan. I get most of my ideas reading the Bible. I'll blog about that some day. Good stuff.

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  7. You are a bit crazy to be doing both reviewing and writing! That is a lot of work! Plus kiddos and hubby and bookkeeping---oh my :) It does sound like you have it all down to a science though.

    It was great to meet you!

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    1. Lol. I'd love to be as together as I look, I think!!

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  8. How interesting to be a missionary kid (but sad to me that you don't find the Bible especially meaningful if I'm interpreting your comment correctly). I'd love to have visited Moscow and have English handwriting! Such wonderful experiences. And, I know what you mean about de-stressing with blogging. It's a wonderful comfort to be sure.

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    1. I changed my wording. I have opinions about religion as very different from the Bible, but it's not coming across like that. My apologies.

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  9. So great that you can use blogging as therapy to destress. And I am right there with you in wallowing in my love for YA fantasy!

    Thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Intro!

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  10. I was sort of the same way, I just needed to decompress emotionally and I figured the best way to do that would be to combine two things that I love - books and blogging. Now, I find that it's my happy place and when I need to escape from the real world, I just read, review, and blog. Then I rinse and repeat.

    I always love how fun and kooky your blog is, it's got a lot of wonderful content that just amazes me and you never fail to make me laugh. I'm excited to be a part of Armchair BEA. Also, congrats on your book, I know it's going to be amazing! :)


    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    Armchair Bea Introudction @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  11. I've had a pretty stressful personal life as well, I actually started blogging as a way to communicate with more people. Transitioning into a SAHM wasn't easy, even if I'm no longer at home with her all day (boo money) I'm glad you were able to use it as an escape and it helps with your stress as well.

    Your childhood sounds like it was pretty interesting!

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  12. Oh, it does sound like you have a pretty exciting life! I agree about the community, I'm constantly blown away by how supportive and lovely everyone is. :)

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  13. WHAT!?! So, you said Sonora & I was like Hey! *Hi5* that's awesome!!! The neighboor state!. Then, you said England, & I was like Whoa, that's nice~
    BUT MOSCOW!?!

    You know, I have this crazy dream about me going to Moscow in order to visit St. Basil's Cathedral... & then drinking a lot of wine (NOT vodka. That'd be a mistake!)

    In the other hand, Sonora is a FREAKING Inferno! You know, La Zona del Silencio... No, wait, that is in Chihuahua... Well, the point is the same. Hot as hell; I LOVE the hotness of La Paz & its desert, though. & HATE the hotness of Mazatlan. It mess with my hair.

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    1. Hence the pila brinkando-ing!! jajajaja Seis anos en Sonora, which makes it the longest layover by far besides Oregon. I threw Moscow in there 'cause it sounds so great, doesn't it?! I can't say much in Russion... just "There's a spider on the wall." It doesn't come in handy hardly AT ALL.

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  14. I need to write more too, don't feel bad! It's pretty common :P

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  15. I agree, I love our community! I'm always so excited to get together with other bloggers at events! And pilas sound awesome! Thank you for sharing your memories!

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