Where are you from? I grew up in the Midwest. I'm definitely a transplant.
How long have you lived in the area? Save for a 5-year gap, 19 years (since 2000).
What are three words your friends would use to describe you? Gosh, I don't know. You'd have to ask them.
Why do you run? To meet people and form community and to stave off middle-age spread.
Why did you decide to join the Station Pub Run? I loved Fleet Feet's pub run when Steph coordinated that. When I learned that she had started up a new run at the Station, I knew I had to attend. Thank you, Steph!
What is your favorite thing about the Station Pub Run? I'm not a big fan of the word community, but I have to say that is my favorite thing. Again, thank you, Steph, for creating this running community out of nothing. The runners/walkers (humans and dogs) who come each week are also lovely. I've met great people and had time to connect with my fave run buds.
Describe the most recent (appropriate 🙂 ) photo you took with your phone: A few days ago, I snapped a pick of my little guy, Peanut, in his green frog raincoat and sent it to his aunt, who lives out of state.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received, and who gave it to you? My sister offered this nugget of wisdom several years ago: “Life by the yard is hard, Life by the inch is a cinch.” Corny, but it's so true.
If you could have any talent or skill in the entire world, without needing to practice and money was no limitation, what would it be? Only one? I'd love to be excellent at tennis.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know: I'm vegan and have been for three-ish years. Love it.
What is something you have done recently, or are about to do, that you are proud of? I defended my dissertation several years ago and remain proud of doing so. It is still the hardest thing I've done.
Please share your favorite quote or slogan: I don't have the quote, so I'll to paraphrase. In his memoir on writing, which is called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King offers great advice about writing and procrastination. Basically, he says that you cannot wait for the muse to find you. You have to have a set schedule so that the muse knows exactly where to find you. So, in a nutshell, treat writing like a job with a set schedule, place of work, and so forth, and good things will happen at some point.