Ummm… do you really want to know my biggest Phobia?
At first, I honestly did not have an answer. I considered things I’m weird about. Like, I touch the outside of a plane & say a quick, grateful prayer as I walk on. Every time. Why? I don’t know any more than I know why I only drink Tomato Juice in flight and never any other time.
Bloody Marys don’t count. (says me)
But the question was not ‘what makes you weird’ so, I returned to the concept of fear and started to make a list of things that used to terrify me and don’t anymore, mostly because experience has made me realize I will survive no matter what my pounding heart is trying to make me believe. Writer conferences! Marriage! Getting lost in a country and not knowing the language! Spiders!
My suddenly tight chest gave me my answer. Spiders still FREAK me out. Rodents? Nah. Not even those of unusual size. Centipedes? Not really. I just make mental agreements with them a la Patrick Swayze, ‘this my dance space this is your dance space…don’t come into my dance space.’ But spiders? Ack. I cannot even trick myself into believing they will honor mental negotiations. They move too fast. They kill too quickly. They are just all around creepy.
Take, my friends, exhibit A: the Phidippus Whitmani Jumping Spider as photographed by Thomas Rak. I had to use a BigStock Photo credit to buy this one, because hell, no I don’t have a picture of a spider. *breathes deeply*
After I figured out my biggest phobia, I decided to add a tale of caution for those of you reading. If, perchance, you see a HUGE, hairy, freaking-looking spider in your closet one day, do not just shut the door and come back later. Said spider will likely be gone. And you will likely be shaking out your clothes every day for the next three years.
…Ask me how I know this. 😉
BTW! Congrats to this month’s Writer Wednesday Release– Tamra Baumann’s It had to be Love! I just loved Tamra’s last book and this one is sure to be a treat!
It Had to Be Love
Tara Carter isn’t looking for romance. She’s content seeing patients at her new practice by day, then going home and cuddling with her puppy at night. Her new life in the tiny town of Anderson Butte, Colorado—known by celebrities as the place to lie low—is the perfect respite for a woman with a whopper of a secret. There’s just one problem: the town’s sexy sheriff knows she’s hiding something.
Sheriff Ryan Anderson, weary of small-town drama, has sworn off dating locals and thinks a fresh start in a bigger city is in order. However, the more he gets to know Tara, the more his heart tells him that she could be the woman of his dreams. But he wants to get to the bottom of whatever she’s trying so hard to keep under wraps. Can he uncover her secret before it drives them apart forever?