Posted by: cmtalbert | January 16, 2009

Seven Things

I was hoping this would pass me by.  But I do need to blog more, and while I haven’t had a bunch of time, I’ve enjoyed the “seven things” posts I’ve read on Planet.  I was tagged by Simon and Jane.

The rules.

  1. Link back to your original tagger and list the rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself.
  3. Tag some (none? 🙂 ) people by leaving names and links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged

The Seven Things.

  1. I’ve been a writer all my life: my first word was “book”, I wrote my first story when I was five.  Now, I have four novels finished, hundreds of stories and a fifth novel in progress.  None of them are published because for many years I despised editing.  It was much more fun to write.  In 2007, I finally changed that perspective when a friend of mine published her first book.
  2. I grew up in the swamps on the Texas and Louisiana border.  When I was fourteen, a buddy of mine and I captured an alligator using our bicycles and a rope. We took it to his house.  He was convinced his dad would let him keep it as a pet.  Needless to say, we were both grounded.
  3. When I was very young, my best friend and I created an imaginary high fantasy world to play in.  We continued that story line and played in that world until we were about ten years old.  When we ended it, we held an imaginary hero’s funeral for the characters who had to die to save their world and so that we would be released from it.
  4. When a land developer attempted to bulldoze the small bit of forested land across the street from my childhood home, I lead a loosely organized resistance of children to stop him.  We’d never read the Monkey Wrench Gang; we had no idea what we were doing.  We just knew we had to save Twin Hills (that was our name for it).  Ten years later, I met that very land developer face to face, standing upon the ruins of our forest.
  5. I once lived outdoors for so long that when I first went back indoors (it was a restaurant, as I recall) it felt claustrophobic and unnatural.
  6. In college, I befriended an entomology professor and spent a month living in the Caribbean studying bugs.  In the mountains of Dominica at that time, the water was so clean, you could stop at a stream, fill up your bottle and just start drinking.  And for the record, the “bottled spring water” that we are drowning in these days tastes nothing like the real thing.
  7. My first computer was a Commodore 64 too, and my parents have a picture of me holding up a dot-matrix printout that is as tall as I am.  The printout was a text based adventure game that I’d programmed in BASIC (long live GOTO!).  I don’t have a scanner here so I can’t attach the pic.  Bummer.

Let’s see who shall I spread this thing to next.

* Stephend – who needs to blog more.

* Abillings – who always has an interesting story to tell.



  1. […] Talbert, who works in QA with me at Mozilla, tagged me for this in his post of seven […]

  2. #1, #5 and #7: me too! 80)

    (except mine was a ‘Vic20’ = Commodore 20, and i couldn’t finish the game is was programming in BASIC cos the computer ran out of memory…)

    I love reading these faceted person-snips.

  3. […] Talbert, who works in QA with me at Mozilla, tagged me for this in his post of seven […]

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