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Sarah Beth Durst's Secret

June 25th, 2010 (07:44 am)
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Growing up, my greatest and most important secret was that I wanted to be a writer. Guess the cat's out of the bag on that one. But when I was a kid, I didn't tell anyone because I knew I couldn't handle being teased about my dream. I just wanted it way too badly to have a sense of humor about it.

Now that I'm older and wiser, my secrets are mostly about my fears. Fear can be a very personal, emotional thing. In no particular order, I am terrified of Frisbees, skunks, and electric can openers.

For Frisbees, you can blame the one that hit me in the mouth years (and years) ago. But truthfully, I have always had a horror of objects that fly at my face at high speeds. This explains why I am not a Major League baseball player. Well, this and my utter lack of athletic ability.

For skunks, you can blame the family of skunks that lived in our cellar (directly beneath the coat closet, to be specific) when I was in kindergarten. I went to school smelling as if I'd been dipped in the Bog of Eternal Stench. The teacher made my leave my coat outside.

For electric can openers... come on, who isn't a little afraid of those? They grab the can and don't want to let go. And that noise! You can tell they're hungry for blood.

Lastly... and this one's a little embarrassing, but in the interest of full disclosure... I am also a little bit wary of Gonzo from the Muppets. You see, when I was little, I used to have this recurring nightmare that a robot Gonzo from outer space would land on earth and shoot M&M-like beetles into people's foreheads. Surprisingly and thankfully, this nightmare did not lead to a fear of M&Ms. But if Gonzo approached me in an alley, I'd run the other way.

- Sarah Beth Durst

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 25th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
From aquafortis

Hi Sarah! Those are great secrets! I was afraid of soccer balls for years because of getting hit in the face with one (which knocked out a loose tooth) when I was six, so I can understand developing a fear of frisbees for similar reasons. :)

I love this series, LW! Wonderful and fun idea.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: From aquafortis

Thanks for commenting, aquafortis!

Posted by: cherii_2009 (cherii_2009)
Posted at: June 27th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Re: From aquafortis

Kind of on a related-unrelated topic, when I was in Year 7, our class had to kick soccer balls to each other-- in partners. I kicked the ball to my close friend, almost missing the kick, in fact. So, there is this soccer ball rolling over to her at "breakneck speed" *ahem*, and what can she do but miss the ball, accidentally step on top of it and break her leg upon impact on the cold and damp grass? It was funny for a moment, and I was ready to crack up laughing, but then I realised it was a serious issue and so I had to call up the teacher to take her home. :\

I still bring it up every now and again to her.

Nice secrets/fears, Sarah. I've never encountered a skunk, having lived in Australia my whole life. I can imagine that I'd be horribly afraid of them though!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: From aquafortis

Oh, yikes!

Posted by: hollycupala.com (hollycupala.com)
Posted at: June 30th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)

Definite fear of skunks and flying things! Thank you, Sarah Beth, for sharing your secrets. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 30th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)

I think Sarah ought to put the Bog of Eternal Stench in her next fantasy novel. :)

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