Something You Don’t Know About Me
by Rachel Vincent
I get lots of interview questions and guest blog requests that ask me to tell people something they don’t already know about me. Turns out that’s a difficult question to answer. And it gets more difficult every time you answer it, because the next time, people already know what you told them the last time. That question sort of sets itself up for failure, don’t you think?
So, this time around I could tell you that my house is decorated with empty picture frames. For real. I never got around to putting pictures in the frames, and my husband got tired of empty frames sitting around, so he hung them up. Some still have the sample pictures from the store. So…there are pictures of perfect strangers hanging up in my dining room. My best friend is a photographer. She’s APPALLED by this. ;)
Or, I could tell you that if you see me with earbuds in my ears, I’m probably listening to nothing. I often wear my earbuds with no music playing, just to put a physical (and thus mental) barrier between my brain and the sounds going on all around me. I can’t do this with actual music, because then I get distracted and sing along, and all my dialogue comes out sounding like an Eminem song.
But the thing you might not know about me that’s most relevant to my career as an author is that I am a compulsive multi-tasker, much to my husband’s frustration. I play PlantsVsZombies on my phone between Rock Band sets, and during the guitar solos. I tweet while we watch movies. I read email at the table, in spite of the “no phones at the table” policy in my house. I get away with this because the phone doesn’t get in the way of my ability to hold two conversations at once. I talk on the phone every time I get in the car (hands-free—don’t worry). I plot novels in the shower. I get caught up on my DVR shows while I fold laundry. I hold my nose while I scoop the litter box. But that one’s really just a survival skill.
How is this relevant to my career? I seem incapable of working on only one project at a time. For instance, yesterday I did promo for If I Die, my Sept 27 YA release. And I read through second-round revision notes from my editor on Shadow Bound, my summer 2012 adult release. And I worked on revisions for the new Soul Screamers online story, which comes out in a couple of months. And I started brainstorming the adult novel that’s due in March, and plotting the two “spare time” novels always going on in my head. So, in a span of five hours, I had my head buried in six different stories, in three different genres. And that’s my constant state of affairs. My head is messier than my desk. And if you could see my desk right now, you’d be really worried.
So, you wanna hear something you may not know about me? My grandmother always told me that smart people never get bored. Well, I must be doing something right, because I’ve never been bored a day in my life. ;)