Friday, January 30, 2009

Random Friday

We have drifting roads, closed schools and things piling up to do inside, but I worked a little on my Facebook page last night and this post comes from that. I still am learning about it. I also recently started Twitter (see to the right) and like everyone else, I'm learning, and wondering, is it worth my time? There is so much I want to do.

I have 5 books I'm reading for review for Church Libraries magazine, and I'm working on creating my own fiction--at last. It is a daunting proposition. Contemporary? Suspense? Comedy? Historical? Romance? Ok, now you know what I like to read. But I've helped several people go on to be published, so this is one of those lofty goals I dreamed about as a teen for myself. Time is a'tickin'. I actually wrote in the school newspaper that I wanted to write The Great American Novel. LOL. Now that is being idealistic and dreamy. But a gal's gotta try.

So on Facebook I was tagged a few times to write Random Things about myself. Here it is from that page:

I have on my blog 100 Things About Crystal
but I'll just do 25 here:

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you, or you may have tagged me.

If you have Facebook, do this:

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people [in the right hand corner of the app] then click publish.)

My 25
1. I am of Swedish, Norwegian, English, Irish, Scotch and Cherokee descent.I hope to use this in my own fiction, though I'm not sure I want to write my own historical fiction, but it's of my favorites to read.

2. I am a second generation American on my mother's side, who was Swedish and Norwegian and from Minnesota. My dad was from Tennessee and from a family who had lived in this country for generations, some on the same land that is still in our family with a graveyard of family dating back to the 1700s. They met in Indiana. I love stories of my family.

3. I won third place in an art contest in 6th grade where my teacher argued with his artist sister(the other judge) that my drawing was "too real" to be art. He didn't want to give me a prize at all; she wanted to give me first place. My prize was a compromise and he told me about it. It was a drawing of a man walking to his cabin with an ax over his shoulder, next to a lake with pine trees. I can still see it in my mind's eye. The picture is long gone. I still would like a cabin by a lake.

3. I competed in trapshooting tournaments around the country. I own my own Perazzi competition grade shotgun. It has a single barrel and double barrels that I can interchange to shoot either single clay targets or double clay targets thrown in the air from a traphouse.

4. I have owned 4 different competition grade shotguns: Ljutic, Kreighoff and 2 Perazzis.

5. I love the Italian Perazzi gunmakers who come to America every summer for the Grand American. I just look at them, look at their guns and smell the great food they are cooking in their building. I have talked to them a couple times about my gun that their family business made.

6. I once talked to a master German gunmaker on the phone about my shotgun, which was misfiring. He fixed it. He was very nice and actually listened to me.

7. I was trained by one of the top champions in trapshooting in the world, Kay Ohye. He believed in me as a shooter. Competition trapshooting takes a lot of time and money. I've competed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and with the top competitors in the world, including my husband's family members. Two of my trapshooting buddies have died. One died this week. Ken is now "breaking 'em all!"

8. I learned to play the guitar when I was 12. My teacher, who later went to Nashville to try and be a songwriter, made me write my own songs and sing while playing my guitar.

9. I learned a lot of Neil Diamond songs because my guitar teacher loved Neil Diamond. His dog, a very large St. Bernard, loved ME and would slobber on my arm. My guitar teacher's wife would bring me a towel.

10. I took guitar back up when I was 45 but haven't played lately. I sometimes play bass in our band.

11. I've played and sang with a band. Our band has been paid money to play.

12. I'm not that good, but my family are all good at music and singing. My sons have their own bands, too.

13. My Tennessee family did not like my name Crystal and I really wasn't called Crystal until I married Chris over 25 years ago. They called me Crissy or Cris. I spelled my name "Chris" when I went to public school because I thought it was cool and my chance to be myself.

14. I love Southern food.

15. I also love Italian food.

16. I love to eat avocados,tomatoes, almonds, Herdez salsa, anything lime-flavored and Lay's Potato Chips. My favorite flavor is lime--anything with lime. I prefer salty and sour over sweet, but I love creme brulee dessert. I like coffee black, and did not drink it until I was 28 years old. I love Real Coca-Cola and will drink a Coke anytime! I might drink a diet Lime Coke, but hate Diet anything. I also love raspberry iced tea. Love to eat at all kinds of restaurants and talk to the chefs. My favorite thing to do is go out to eat with my husband, and our friends, Gary and Sue. I also love going with our boys, who make me laugh.

17. I once considered being a vegetarian like my mother's family, but I loved ham, bacon, sausage and hamburgers too much. But I sometimes will eat vegetarian for periods of time because it seems to make me lose weight!I think my body is suited for a vegetarian diet.

18. My favorite books as an elementary student were these childhood biographical historical fiction books and I have never seen them again as an adult. They were about historical people as children. My second favorite books were Little House on the Prairie books. However, my favorite stories, hands-down, were stories my mother told while I sat eating or drawing at the kitchen table. I've collected some of those stories from other family members, too, and found a whole line of our Irish family clear back to County Cavan in Ireland.

19. I sketched pictures all the time as a child. It was my favorite thing to do. I still sometimes sketch in my margins while taking notes. My HS art teacher wanted me to be an art major. I have a son who is now an art major in drawing. I have paintings from family who were artists, including my son and a former student named Erin.

20. My sixth grade teacher read to us Edgar Allan Poe stories and I was totally won over. I don't remember any other stories my teacher read, although he read to us every day after lunch recess.

21. The first book I bought through Scholastic Book Club in 6th grade (the year I went to public school, I was in a Christian school my first 5 years of school) was My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber. I still have that book. I thought he was hysterically funny. No one else got it--either the book or his humor.

22. I also loved anything written by Mark Twain. I did dozens of reports on him, including a paper in college. I still have a notebook I did on him.

23. I was in college when I first heard of C.S. Lewis. My cousin, Darrol, gave me a set of his outer space trilogy. I didn't know that I loved fantasy and science fiction until then. I have worked as a judge, book doctor and editor in the category of Christian speculative/ sci fi/ fantasy fiction.

24. I worked in the high school library for three years and read almost everything in there. I particularly remember East of Eden by John Steinbeck. James Dean, who was from our hometown, became famous in the movie based on that book. I read the book before I saw the movie.

25. I've published over 800 book reviews in magazines, wrote a book review column and parenting column, as well as many articles. I work as a freelance Christian fiction reader/editor/book doctor on assignment.

Here's a photo of me as a student teacher at Park Elementary. That was a lonnnnnnnnnnnnng time ago once upon a time. School pictures--gotta love 'em.



I'm supposed to tag people, but here's the deal--if you want to do this, go ahead and then mention where you got it. I'll come comment on yours!

4 comments:

Bart Dahmer said...

Great list: I can relate to #’s 1, 14, 15, 22 & 23. C.S. Lewis & Twain are two of my favorites. How you managed 800 reviews is a mystery… how’d you do that?

Bart
http://www.innovopublishing.com

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Crystal -

Great picture from your student teaching days, but you look fabulous now. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Sharon A. Lavy said...

You were a cute teenager.

Crystal Laine Miller said...

Thanks, Bart, for the comments! I just read one book at a time, wrote one review at time--for years! LOL. I probably read 3-4 times that many books just to get the reviews (I did a column and also published reviews in other magazines freelance.)

Sharon & Susan, you are too kind!

And I was 21 in that picture. But I always looked young for my age, which was annoying back in the day, but not NOW. LOL.