Hi my lovelies! I’m super excited to have Jess Haines, author of H&W Investigations series, with me today for a When I’m not Writing.. post. Jess is an amazing author, and an even better person. She’s so much fun! Follow her on twitter and you’ll see what I’m talking about *winks*
Oh, man. Tynga has opened up Pandora’s box by asking me to tell you about what I do when I’m not writing.
Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way first.
Mostly, I work. On top of my writing, I have two jobs. Doesn’t sound like fun, I know, but it pays the bills, and I do enjoy what I do! During the day, I write company policies and training manuals. To keep myself from getting lonely, Bob and Not-Spot (not to be confused with Spot) keep me company.
In all seriousness, that second job is working for my church. We do a lot of things to help improve our neighborhood through our social betterment campaigns, our anti-drug campaigns, our Human Rights campaigns, our literacy campaigns—plus the services we actually deliver in the church. It does keep me busy! I don’t work at this job for the money; it’s for the difference I feel I am making to help others. Ever since I was a volunteer minister at Ground Zero after the fall of the Twin Towers, I’ve wanted to do more to make a bigger impact. I hope this helps explain why:
[Video link: http://www.scientology.org/videos/category/what-we-do/scientology-commercial-one-day.html]
When I’m not working, I have fun with my menagerie at home! I’ve got two stinky cats, four crazy birds, two neurotic lizards, and a stuck up ball python named Monty. They keep me busy as most of ‘em are constantly clamoring for my attention. Chico, my cockatoo, is especially rambunctious. He’s also insanely jealous of anyone or anything else that takes my attention off of him.
This is Sugar being spied on by Chico:
This is Booger, who is the only bird on the planet that purrs like a cat when you pet him:
And this is Squeak Toy and Sunshine:
Squeak Toy has a huge man-crush on Chico. Chico does not appreciate the attention.
I also love watching movies. My friends usually come over on Sunday nights. We’ve formed the inimitable Sunday Night Movie Madness crowd. We’ve been known to MST movies so bad, your eyeballs will literally wilt in the sockets, your IQ will drop, and your brains will dribble out your ears simply for sitting through them. It’s awesome.
Of course, I take some time to read, too. My TBR (“to be read”) pile is constantly growing at a greater rate than I can whittle it down. I usually take books with me to read during breaks, so I do make some headway now and then. When I have time left over (ha! I crack myself up), I review the books that really had an effect on me—good or bad—on my blog and on Goodreads. This is an actual picture of some of my book collection (and what you don’t see are the three identical stacks behind these, or the other books I have scattered around my house because I can’t find another place to put them):
As you can see, I have plenty to keep me busy when I’m not writing!
Thank you so much Jess for your time! It was nice to discover more about you! And what a lovely bunch of pets you got there =P
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