[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
just a little bloglet
first up, because a few of you asked, the answers i gave to the question cw asked: what are your five favorite songs?
these answers, of course, include some caveats. first off, limiting it to five is just too hard. second, my list changes as often as...as often as...damn this writer's block! anyway, it's often.
but, as of the moment i posted my response to cw, this was my list. feel free to post your own.
fever by peggy lee: because i like to lip synch to it and pretend i'm all ann-margret and shit.
crazy by patsy cline: because if i had to slow dance with a boy to only one song for the rest of my life, this would be it.
tiny dancer by elton john: because it really is the best sing-along-road-trip song ever, just like in almost famous . plus, for some reason, it makes me cry. in a freakishly good way. shut. up.
ain't no sunshine by bill withers: because you feel it in your toes. this song is my favorite way to kill 122 seconds.
32 flavors by ani difranco: because it's my theme song. it had to go on my list. even though i really thought about adding a stone temple pilots song. or a robbie robertson tune. or chill out by carlos santana & john lee hooker. or even that counting crows song, anna begins, because it has that lyric that says "every time she sneezes, i believe it's love" because that is some goddamn fine writing, and that's just one more reason to hate adam duritz -- so there's that, plus his silly hair, plus his whiny voice, plus his "i'm such an artist" attitude, plus he hooked up with someone from the cast of friends and you didn't. [ed. note: notice i said you didn't. how ambiguous is that?] anyway, i just said screw it and went with ani instead.
on another note, i wanted to say thanks to everyone who has written supportive and encouraging comments and emails to try and help me shake my writer's block. i want to especially thank leo.
leo posted a comment sharing something he had seen on another blog. he posted, "leslie starts by saying: 'i’ve always believed when the writing wasn’t coming, the question to ask yourself was 'what am I trying not to say?' and to write exactly that."
leo, my internet friend, that was a gift.
the truth is that this is exactly why i've been jammed up. there is something i've been trying very very hard not to say. and i'm at a point where i can no longer not say it. and that's blocked me up.
so, last night, i started. and, although i'm usually a write-for-60-minutes-and-post-whatever-you've-got kind of girl, i need a little time to get this one just right. i've never felt any pressure to get things "right" in order to please you guys, so it's not that i feel any pressure about that aspect of it at all. it's about getting this one right for me. so i'll be free of it. so i can move on.
so, thanks again, leo. it was an epiphany for me, and i am very, very grateful.
tomorrow i post it. and i'm free.
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