Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: November 17, 2014
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States
I'm a writer and editor and don't own a cell phone. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, knitting, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden.
I also love travelling -- so far, I've been to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, and China (twice!). Not much travelling in the US, though, just New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, and California. Hubby and I have a fluffy grey cat that I adore, no kids.
Every November I do National Novel Writing Month. So far, I've finished it six times. I'm working on a novel now that is an expanded version of the last NaNo I wrote. Finishing it is a lot harder without the deadline!
I loved postcards when I was a girl, and am excited about the postcard swaps! I love seeing other places: scenery, landscapes, weather, water, cities, towns... New and vintage are both cool. I would also love to get postcards with author or musician photographs on them. (I've added a separate entry for postcards if you want more ideas.)
Apparently "rhino" has some political meaning, but that's not why it's my user name -- I just mean the animal. I really like rhinos, but I love badgers!
Oh yeah, and I think puns are awesome.
I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, or nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), although lately I've been enjoying paranormal romances too. Not a fan of women's fiction or weepies. Some authors I love are Naomi Novik, Jennifer Cruise, Mindy Klasky, Gregory Maguire, P.G. Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde, Tim Moore, Ian Rankin, Dorothy Sayers, Ellis Peters, Gerald Durrell, and Terry Tempest Williams. I read a lot and can easily read a book in a day. The public library is my friend.
I generally prefer contemporary British poetry to American. Some of my favorite poets are David Harsent, Li-Young Lee, Kim Addonizio, Michael Donaghy, Louise Gluck, and Sheenagh Pugh. I usually name my cats after poets.
I knit, but don't crochet or sew. I've knit some sweaters, toys, socks, shawls, felted bags, hats, etc. -- I like trying new patterns and don't want to knit the same thing more than once.
I bake bread but not sweet things, and like to cook. I've had some poems published, and am currently working on a novel about a group of gangsters.
I used to take ballet classes and am restarting yoga, and love modern dance -- both doing and watching. The Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite modern dance company; I've seen them a bunch of times over the years.
I used to play bass (guitar).
I listen to music every single day, can't imagine my life without it. My husband and I took a bus tour across France a bunch of years ago to catch three David Bowie shows, and we've seen Living Colour in Brussels and Paris as well as here. I like a really wide range, everything from medieval choral music to Bruno Mars and Franz Ferdinand.
I am easy, I like all food! About the only thing I don't like is natto, which is something more than an acquired taste IMO. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts -- so I would prefer not to have recipes that feature them.
I am a big tea junkie but also a tea snob. I drink black tea, loose leaf only. I'm not a fan of teabags and I don't like flavored tea. I do like lemon verbena herbal tea, however, and it's hard to find around here.
I've been in a bunch of postcard swaps, so I guess I should have a section about that, right? I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I prefer not to get ad cards unless they're interesting in some way. I like tourist postcards, scenery, animals, famous authors or musicians, all types of art images (especially tilework and Islamic art). Cutsey is not usually my thing, although one of the things I like about Swap-bot is seeing what different people like to send, so if that's what you're longing to send, go for it! No crude, violent, or sexual images, though.
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