The very generous Brenton Tomlinson has bestowed the Honest S(crap) award upon me, and I am honored.
Drum roll please (I don't know if these folks have been nominated, and I don't know if they want to be, but here goes):
2. I haven't taken down my Halloween decorations in my classroom. Why should I?
3. I used to hate, absolutely loathe, Shakespeare. Now, I can't have enough. My students groan, but we read a play in every class I teach. Of course I prefer the tragedies.
4. The scars on my face are from a biking accident. I like to say I was "mountain biking". I was really just on a little jaunt around my neighborhood when the rear brake line snapped. Since the front brakes were intact, I was sent over the handlebars, face first. I can't remember four hours of my life...it's not exactly like being asleep (I know time has passed when I sleep). Those four hours are just gone.
5. I never wanted to be a writer when I was growing up. I always wanted to be a paleontologist.
6. I never wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up. (see #6 above)
7. I've had three tremendous school-boy crushes in my life. One was on my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Reed. The second was on a classmate in fifth grade. She really liked horses, so I bought myself a rather lame unicorn diary as if to say, "I like horses, too". The third was on a girl in high school who said I reminded her of Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything. I've been a John Cusack fan since.
8. Although I'm 6'3", I've never played organized basketball.
9. We thought our second son was going to be a girl. Her name would have been Ellen. I named a character in my first book Ellen instead.
10. I still call Star Wars IV: A New Hope by its real name: Star Wars.