I’ve been tagged by Kay Sexton (she has a fantastic blog with wonderful tips for writers), which is actually a fun way to pass the time while I wait for my damned book to be carried on Amazon US. Here are the rules:
"Each player starts with eight random facts/habits or embarrassing things about themselves. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog."
So here are mine:
I was interviewing the famous Japanese writer Murakami Haruki for my dissertation research one winter evening on the U.C. Berkeley campus and suddenly all the lights in his office went out. Unfortunately, nothing particularly interesting happened in the darkness.
I adore rice pudding and feel a primal compulsion to order it when I see it on a menu.
I let a French fireman pick me up in a disco in Avignon and gave him a blowjob in his car while he smoked a cigarette. Even then I knew it would be material some day.
I take a three-mile walk every morning, usually before the sun rises.
I’ve only been inside a Japanese love hotel once—and the sex was pretty mediocre.
When I taught at U.C. Berkeley, there was a crazy old guy who held up a sign in Sproul Plaza during the lunchtime rush that read: “Michael Jackson Not Good Value For America.” For an embarrassingly long time I thought he was protesting the price of M.J.’s CDs.
When I first arrived in California, I brought a white Zinfandel to a party because I thought the pink color was pretty. And I was pretty embarrassed when no one deigned to drink it but even more mortified when I found out afterwards that pink wines are totally “uncool” (except for Provencal roses and certain champagnes of course).
A small part of every story I write has something in it that actually happened to me or one of my friends.
The eight very lucky people I’m tagging are: Jolie du Pre, Susan DiPlacido, Shanna Germain, Ashley Lister, Gail Siegel, Maryanne Stahl, and Sage Vivant