When I first decided I wanted to start a new blog, I spent a lot of time thinking about this “About” page. Should I write up a mini bio? (“I was born in the fall of ’89 to a farmer’s son and a bright-eyed young woman who always wanted to be a writer.”) Should I give a therapy-group-style introduction? (“Hello, my name is Sara and I am a chronic procrastinator. As Hamilton sang, ‘There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait!'”) Should I go the ol’ MySpace bulletin quiz route? (where are u right now: CT/what’s ur fave color: blue/what music r u listening to: Zero 7)
The more I stressed about it the more I realized it doesn’t matter. People are fluid, growing, ever-changing, and can’t be summed up in a pretty package of words. And the words are what are important here, to this blog. I’d like to let my words speak for me. You can learn so much more about a person from the things they do and believe than you can simply from a bio.
That being said, you came to this page to try to decide if I’m the sort of person who’s writing you’d like to read so I will oblige with a short list of facts about me.
- My name is Sara. I am 28 years old.
- I really am an awful procrastinator. “Oh I can do it tomorrow, there’s still time.” Then I run out of time and “well, it’s too late to start that now guess I’ll just procrastinate the next thing.”
- I got married last summer on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks.
- My husband, Andrew, proposed at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, right on Main St with Cinderella’s castle behind us and thousands of people on the street (my family included) surrounding us.
- We have two cats, both rescues. Chloe (7) is a fat orange tabby who loves laying on Andrew’s chest after a long day. Tony (4) is a small gray tabby who does not like being held but loves to be near us at all times.
- We met at college in 2009 and began dating in 2010. He’s a super smart Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer. I have a degree in Applied Mathematics & Statistics. Still not sure what I’m doing with it.
- I have worked many different jobs over the course of my young adulthood. I’ve worked in retail running register, selling office supplies, making fast food and being a manager, stocking supermarket produce and preparing fruit and veggie platters, and even as a bank teller.
- I currently work in outsourcing for a global engineering outsource company, doing project management with the local customer.
- When I’m not working or writing, I play video games or watch Criminal Minds reruns, Star vs the Forces of Evil, Disney movies, or anime. If the weather is nice, Andrew and I play tennis or go for walks/hikes.
- When I’m writing, I prefer to have a drink (coffee/tea during the day, G&T or wine/cider in the evening), a lit candle, and instrumental music playing. And by “instrumental” I mean soundtracks or downtempo/lounge. Pandora’s “Chill Out” station is a great one for this and I’ve since curated a Spotify playlist with my favorites and similar artists.
- My favorite genres are Science Fiction and Fantasy, though I’ve recently rekindled a love of Suspense/Thriller and would love to tackle writing that as well. A short list of favorite novels, in no particular order: Under The Dome and 11/22/63 by Stephen King; The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss; The Atlantis Gene by AG Riddle (the whole trilogy is fantastic but I really loved the first book); Harry Potter series by JK Rowling; Firekeeper series by Jane Lindskold; The Martian by Andy Weir; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- I love tennis and football (the American one of course). I blame my husband for both of these. My faves are Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, Rafael Nadal of Spain, Novak Djokivic of Serbia, the immortal Roger Federer of Switzerland, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, Sloan Stephens and the tennis goddess Serena Williams both of the USA. And as for football, despite Andrew’s patient teaching, really being the main reason I enjoy the sport (and have commissioned our Fantasy Football league 5 years running), he did not instill in me his love for the Buffalo Bills. In a cruel twist of fate I became a fan of the hapless New York Jets instead. (Though in my defense, they went to the AFC Championship game the first two seasons I watched them.)
Alright, that’s enough “getting to know you” now. Go forth and read my writing! Better yet, take the prompts I start from and write your own! Fill the world with words!