Anything but Books Tag

J.L. Weinmeister

Normally, this monthly bonus post will be a quick update about me and my non-writer life; but since you don’t really know me yet, I thought I’d do the Anything but Books Tag from My Tiny Obsessions. You’ll learn more about the non-writer/reader aspects of my personality. You can find the original here.

1. Name a cartoon that you love.

I’m going to go with a movie cartoon. I love Beauty and the Beast. I’m a sucker for any sort of beauty and the beast story or retelling. I’m not really sure why.

2. What is your favorite song right now?

My current favorite song is “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.

3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

I can spend hours playing piano. If I’m in the right mood, I get completely absorbed in the music and lose track of time. There are times where I’ve sat down to play and snapped out of it three hours later.

I can play board games for hours on end, too. Especially if it’s something like Risk, Settlers of Catan, or Hogwarts Battle.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love painting furniture. I have two filing cabinets, a desk, a TV stand, an end table, a coat rack, and a keyboard stand that I painted.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

I love learning about Chaco Canyon and its influence on Chacoan outliers and other settlements in the American Southwest. I wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on this subject.

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I know how to do the Heimlich maneuver and CPR on a guinea pig. I learned CPR the hard way.

7. Name something you made in the last year, and show us if you can.

I think mostly everything I’ve made in the past year are book-related. I personalized some of my face masks.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I’m registering an archaeological site with the state, interviewing people who saw it before it was heavily looted and destroyed, and attempting to track down the artifacts that were taken from the site when it was looted. Just as a note, the looting was all legal. I’m not hunting down criminals.

9. Tell us something you think about often.

Other than my books? I think about my guinea pigs a lot. I think about feeding them, snuggling with them, playing with them, medicating Salem, weighing Salem, cleaning their cage, checking their water, etc. Most of all, I think about how adorable they are and how much I love them.

10. Give us something that is your favorite.

My favorite color combination is black and red.

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

I really like villains. The black and red color combo made me think of that. Villains are the best. My favorites are Loki, Kylo Ren, Maleficent, and live-action Jafar. I have another favorite villain but his villain status is a spoiler for those who haven’t read the book, so I won’t share his name.

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