Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Four Weird Traits I Have

Back to the 30-day blogging challenge that I'm doing in (approximately) 30 weeks.

The next prompt is "Four weird traits you have." I've had to think about this a lot.

One: I have red hair and blue eyes. This is supposed to be very rare (less than 2% of the world population). It's actually rather common in my extended family. And, my hair (what's left of it) is getting less red all the time. This also means I have very fair skin and I sunburn without protection on a sunny day in 15 minutes. I can sunburn on cloudy days quickly, too. If I'm going to be outside for any length of time, I have to wear a hat and sunscreen.

Two: I'm fairly good at mathematics but I'll pick up a calculator to discover 2 + 2 = 4. I almost can't do math in my head. And I've study math through differential equations (although doing one now would be a challenge).

Three: I'm a strange combination of ADD and OCD. That's "Attention Deficit Disorder" and "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder." I am easily distracted and my mind can take off on a tangent with the slightest provocation. I'm actually on a prescription drug to help this (and it does, some). But when I'm writing a novel I go to huge effort to make sure I know the exact number of words, excluding chapter headings and scene break marks. And when I'm doing that, little can distract me. The same with the writing itself.

Four: I think I have an exceptional scene of smell. For instance, I was at Starbucks today (big surprise to those who know me) and I could smell someone's coffee. But not just the coffee smell, I was picking out smells of peat and marijuana. I'll complain about a smell that no one else will pick up. I think this is why I can't eat foods some people can, such as liver or squash. They smell awful to me (liver makes my nauseated) so I can't eat them.

And that's it, four weird traits I have.

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