wHooligan intro: Sue!

Sue and her pup Dolly.
So sweet :)
I am quite happy to introduce to you today my wHooligan, Sue @ CollectInTexasGal!  Sue is a new member of the wHooligan team this year, and I'm so pleased to have her. She has provided below some great answers to questions that were posed to the Co-Host team over at the main A-Z blog. 

Have you ever been to Texas, and if so, what part?
I was hoping someone would ask a question about Texas, so I could brag about being a Texan.  I'm so Texan that it's the focus and title of two of my blogs....CollectInTexas Gal and Tracks of My Texas Ancestors.  As far as what part...it would be easier to say what part of Texas I haven't been to, and honestly I have to say I've been to pretty much every part of the Lone Star State.

What is the wingspan of a swallow?  
I have no idea, but I know how to find out...and that is why I love this question.  It's a 'Researchers' challenge question!  As a Family Historian and Genealogist, research is in my 'Genes', and sharing what I learn through writing my Family's History has been one of the most rewarding and significant challenges of my life.  Now about that Swallow Wingspan...depending on the species, the span ranges from 27-35cm.  Cliff Swallows with an interesting colonizing life style have a span of 28-30cm and weigh 0.7 to 1.2 oz.

Do you remember your dreams?
Sometimes...if the dream wakes me...I try to go back to sleep and pick up where I left off.  When that works...I usually remember them.  Most of my dreams have nothing to do with me or anyone I know.  I've been told I have an 'Old Soul' so perhaps other 'Old Souls' are sharing their lives in my dreams in hopes that my subconscious will remember them in my writing.  Groovy, huh? 

Are any of the AtoZ hosts skiers?  If so do you prefer Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin?
My answer is sNOw way in the COLD on any ridge or basin known to man...but YES to the WARM Waters of the lakes and reservoirs of West Texas.  This year's Letter 'B' story and photos...Bathing Beauty Bombs...has a bit about my 'Skiing in the 1960's'. 

What do you do with Spam?
Such a loaded question...but here goes.  My mother, bless her heart, bought Spam in a can and had several creative recipes that stretched Spam to it's limits to feed seven.  I have sworn to DELETE Spam off all my lists (grocery and comment) and feed it to my Email Spam Lovers.

Have you signed up for the A-Z Challenge yet?? Less than one week of deliberation time left...


Happy 2015 Theme Reveal Day!

Phew. Y'all. It's been a crazy couple weeks. Long story short, I was passed over for a promotion at work, into a job that I created for myself to be promoted into, so I quit my job. Can't stay in a place that doesn't reward hard work and vision. My last day was Friday. While it has been disappointing and frustrating, this change has also given me an opportunity to try something I've always wanted to do. I'm going to dive headlong into being a full-time writer! Eeek! It's a very exciting and also terrifying time and I'm extremely thankful that my family has the means for me to be able to take this dive.

One of the fun things about this is that I'm feeling much more confident about my ability to be successful with my A-Z theme this year! (and I will have a LOT more time to dedicate to the Challenge overall. Yay!) And so on this Theme Reveal Day I present to you....

An interactive fiction adventure from A to Z!
The concept is simple: We are going to follow a character through an adventure and my visitors every day will vote in the comments section about what direction they want to see the character go. Options will have to do with the appropriate letter of the day. So on A day, you'll receive choices that have to do with the letter B, on B day you'll find out about what happened with your choice and vote on what happens for C, etc.

I'll be writing the post for the next day every evening before bed, once the tally is in. I have absolutely no idea where this is going to go, as it depends upon what my blog visitors tell me to write about. It's going to be SO fun! Also, I have a minor surgery partway through April, so my awesome co-author Dan is going to write for you for a couple days while I am recovering, and that's going to be great too :)

Happy Theme Reveal Day! Can't wait to see what you all are doing...