Tuesday, September 30, 2008

L.J.'s Footnotes

I’ve been tagged twice now, so I’ll play. Here are six things you probably didn’t know about me.

I once rode my bike from Oregon to the Grand Canyon, crossing Donner Pass on the way. It took us three days to ride uphill to Truckee and only 45 minutes to descend into Reno. There was 12 feet of snow along the sides of the road at the top and six inches of slush and sand on the road coming down. Crazy! (I was 23 at the time.)

I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane (loved it!), gone up in a hot-air balloon, and often zoom downhill on my bike at speeds of 40 mph.

I was the third of six children in a fairly poor working class home. But in many ways, I was the oldest—the first to get a job and a car and the first to leave home. My siblings all live here in Eugene, they are my best friends, and we bowl together every week.

I tried to have my tubes tied when I was 20 years old, but no one would do it because I was too young. I ended up with one biological son and two stepsons and also took care of my sister’s twin girls. For a long period, my husband and I had six children in our home every night. Life often turns out differently than you expect.

In addition to writing a bunch of novels you’ve never heard of, I've also written five screenplays. Two thrillers: Beyond Conception and Breaking Point. And three comedies: Addictions, Shoes, and Lost in Hollywood.

Writing those comedy scripts led me to a comedy writing class. At the end of the class, we had to perform our material in a nightclub. It was terrifying and exhilarating. The audience loved my routine and they invited me back to perform again and again. Writing new material and performing again is on my list of things to do.

5 comments:

©Hotbutton Press said...

Wow, I bet you're a kick-in-the-pants at a party! LOL.

Now go do the editing meme I tagged you with.

Dani
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com

Neener neener.

Chris Redding said...

Cool.
I've always wanted to do a comedy routine. I often write them in my head when I can't sleep.
cmr

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Great getting to know more about you, LJ - You go at life with such adventure and verve!

zhadi said...

Insane woman! Insane Extreme woman! I've thought about skydiving, but my fear of heights (one of my only fears) says it's a bad idea.

Helen Ginger said...

You have done some exciting things! Good for you.

I love your adventuresome spirit.