Friday, June 5, 2015

Five on Friday - Anne A. Wilson

I don't know about you all, but this week has just gotten away from me. So I'm going to forego all the usual chit chat and get right to our delightful guest today for Five on Friday.

This week, Anne A. Wilson debuted her first novel (well, at least her first published novel), Hover this week. A Navy Academy grad, a former Navy helicopter pilot--including a stint with search and rescue--and now a co-owner of Camelback Coaching--a triathlon coaching company, this woman is no slouch! Her debut novel is a romantic suspense story about a female Navy helicopter pilot, so Anne is following that advice to write what you know.

Please help me welcome this multi-talented, freshly minted published author to the blog! Anne A. Wilson.

A skill I’ve always wanted to have, but don’t is: Does bowling count? Because I cannot do this. Believe me, I’ve tried. Like really tried. My uncle—who averaged something like 205 or 210 in league play—used to give me lessons even, and yet, I can count on one hand the times I’ve bowled over 100. People are nice. “Oh, you’re just having an off night.” No one realizes, though, that I bowl on a treadmill of “off nights.” It happens every . . . single . . . time. I suck every . . . single . . . time. I mean, I was a helicopter pilot, for god’s sake! You’d think I could figure this out! Yes, I definitely have a complex about this.

My idea of the perfect ice cream sundae includes: Vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, and chocolate syrup. When I attended the Naval Academy, we ate in King Hall, which seats 4,000 midshipmen at one time. On every table, for each of three meals every day, you would find certain staples. For whatever reason, chocolate syrup and peanut butter were always on the table, right next to the salt and pepper. So dessert was often a glop of peanut butter topped with chocolate syrup. If they served ice cream on a particular day, that was a bonus. You added it to the peanut butter and chocolate syrup combo and voilà! An ice cream sundae!

If I won the lottery tomorrow, the first thing I would do would be: Buy my son a medieval suit of armor. Every year, we go to the Renaissance Festival, and this is what he wants. He asks for it every Christmas. Every birthday. Year after year after year, armor is always on the list. And these days, a suit of armor runs $2,500 and up. So, yeah . . . lottery.

When I’m feeling under the weather, I…. Am grumpy. Impatient. I withdraw to the bedroom, tuck myself in bed, sulk, and feel sorry for myself. But then, when I realize my husband and kids are taking great pains to avoid me, it also strikes me that it’s quiet. And I’m alone. And I’m not rushing off to the next appointment, or just not rushing, in general. My stack of to-be-read books is right there on the night stand. . . . I then thank the cosmos for small favors, open up a novel, and lose myself.

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: Shoot, shoot, shoot! I am so bad at this question. I’m not a bucket list person because I think the unchecked items on the list create a startlingly efficient way to sow the seeds of regret. “I should have gone on that African safari before my knees went bad.” “I should have taken the kids to the Grand Canyon before they left home for college.” I think not having a bucket list is a self-defense mechanism for me, so I won’t end up on a couch some day with a therapist!

In the meantime, if there’s something I want to do, but can’t seem to do it now, I ask myself why. What’s standing in your way right now, Anne, that you can’t do this? Usually, it’s a case of rearranging priorities. If it’s that trip to Africa and a lack of funds is what’s keeping me stateside, then how to I go about changing that? Can I take the money I spend at Starbucks every week (an exorbitant amount for me), and put it in a travel jar? Or, could I pursue the trip with a charity group, where if I donate my time and effort, some of the expenses might be covered? Could I forego my gym membership and save money that way?

If I’m actively pursuing something, and it doesn’t work out, I think it softens or even eliminates that kick-in-the-gut type of regret. But if it’s just this dream, blowing out there in the wind, and I’m not doing anything to actively pursue it, then not achieving that dream could lead to . . . the dark side. And I sort of don’t want to go there.

What a cool outlook on the bucket list. I love it. And who knew a suit of armor...$2500! Thanks for being such a great sport with our Five on Friday questions, Anne. This was fabulous. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

You can find out more about Anne on her website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a super weekend and happy reading!


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