Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Getting to Know Me Tag

Thanks to Liz over at Out of Coffee, Out of Mind, for the tag!

Vital Stats:

Name: R.M. Lutz (And you thought I was going to reveal my secret identity! I think not ;)

Nicknames: Ray, Pumpkin, Taterhead

Birthday: The first day of Spring

Place of Birth: (Gee whiz, is this going to ask for my SSN next?) Ohio

Star Sign: I'm going to go non-traditional here and say the Big Dipper, because I'm obsessed with all things northern and snow and it points to the North Star. 

Occupation: Full-time student, intermittent freelance editor, and unpublished author. 


Hair Color: Brown with the occasional blond streak in the front. Gotta love acne medication that bleaches your hair out. (On the bright side, free highlights!)

Hair Length: Collar bone? I only recently started cutting it this short. I'm still adjusting. 

Eye Color: Oh gosh, this question. I always put down hazel because I don't think gold-brown with green and gray would fit on my license.

Best Feature: My eyes. Which refuse to be put into any category. 

Braces: Thank goodness, no. I'll take my mediocre vision with lack of depth perception over braces any day. 

Piercings: Nope. I've considered getting my ears pierced, but I don't think I'd wear earrings frequently enough to justify it. 

Tattoos: Nope. 

Righty or lefty?: Righty


First best friend: Tatiana. I actually got to see her again after several years of no contact. It was really fun catching up and seeing where we're both going. 

Award: My ribbon from my first set of swim lessons when I was three. It's hanging up with the ribbons/medals I won as a competitive swimmer and I like it just as much. (If not more, only because it's purple). 

Sport: Swimming/soccer. 

Real holiday: ? Not sure what to answer here. 

Concert: Lost and Found. It's a shame that they just finished up their Farewell Tour. Then again, it might have been Trans-Siberian Orchestra. That would probably be my first "real" concert. 


Movie: This question is not fair. To list a few: Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and The Princess Bride. 

TV Show: Right now, Arrow. However, I also like Scooby-Doo (the originals) and Merlin. You can also catch me watching The Flash, Agent Carter, and I just got hooked on The Man in the High Castle. Ooh, and Castle. But I'm really behind. 

Color: Purple, like the lid on Crayola markers. 

Song: It greatly varies by mood. 

Stressed?--"Flood" by Jars of Clay or "Whispers in the Dark" by Skillet.
Happy? "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" by Train and a whole slew of other songs. 
Nostalgic? "Lights" by Journey. 
Need to get some work done? "Taking Care of Business" by Automotive, "Working for a Living" by Huey Lewis and the News, or "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights, Impossible odds) by Styx. 
Bad mood/mad? "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood, or pretty much anything by Pat Benatar
Sappy? The newest addition is "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice. Also, Michael Buble, Billy Joel, and Train. 
Hymns? "God of Grace and God of Glory", "The Church's One Foundation", "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name", "Battle Hymn of the Republic"(If that counts), and "The Lamb" to name a few. 
Other? "Wheel in the Sky" by Journey, "The Iditarod Trail Song" by Hobo Jim, "If Today Was Your Last Day" by Nickelback, "The Piano Man" by Billy Joel, "Word Crimes" by Weird Al, "The Hockey Song", by the Ice Warriors, "All Star" by Smash Mouth, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band, "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down, and "Breath of Life" by Florence + The Machine. 

In short, don't ask me what my favorite song is. Also, I just gave you the weirdest playlist known to man. 

Restaurant: Anything that involves pasta. Also, Cheesecake Factory.
Shop: Depends on what I'm looking for, but Books-A-Million or Yankee Candle. I go into Yankee Candle if I want to come out with money. 

Book: Do you want a list longer than the song list? I thought not. 

Magazine: I don't read these as much as I would like, but National Geographic and The Lutheran Witness are probably the two I'd be inclined to one day get a subscription for. 

Shoes: the pair of fleece-lined ankle boots I picked up at a second hand store. In lieu of that, sneakers. 


Feeling: Like my eyes hurt after finding all the songs I like. This tag is very long.

Single or Taken: Been on the single train my whole life. (Reminder, Single's Appreciation Day is February 15--all the candy goes half off, just for us). 

Listening to: "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel. Now, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band. (What did I say about asking me about music?)

Thinking about: I wonder what the cafeteria has for lunch? And is there time to take a nap this afternoon? Because if not, I have to load up on coffee. Also, maybe I should have split this post into two? 

Watching: At the moment, nothing. And I probably won't have time for TV for the next week. 

Wearing: My favorite hoodie, fuzzy socks, and warm-up pants. 


Children: Yes. But, marriage first (Oh, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by the Georgia Satellites is also good).And before that, the single status needs fixed. Which requires a guy asking me out first. Which, despite me dropping hints, has not happened. :/

Married: See above conundrum. 

Careers: Vet Tech, writer, editor, and, if all else fails, musher. 

Where do you want to live? In a cozy cabin in the woods.

Do You Believe In...

God? Yes!

Miracles? I believe in the greatest miracle of all time--God sending His Son in human flesh to take my failures so that I can be with Him. I also believe He performed miracles while here. I don't go looking for miracles today, but I don't rule out the possibility of them happening. 

Love at first sight? Love is the act of choosing someone consistently above yourself and putting their needs first. Could this happen at first sight? Maybe? I doubt it. 

Ghosts? Spirits (demons, angels), yes. Ghosts, as in deceased persons? Not really, no. 

Aliens? Not really. Possible? Maybe. Probable? No. 

Soul mates? Please define the term. If you mean that every person has one person they're meant to be with, no. Because then one person choosing the wrong person would screw everything up. And humans are really good at screwing things up. 

Heaven? Yes. 

Hell? Yes.

Kissing on the first date? Again, I refer you to the Georgia Satellites. I think you should get to know the person really well before you make any sort of physical connection with them, including kissing. I think kissing is appropriate for engaged couples. Not sure on the dating couples. Again, I'm on the single train. 

Yourself? I would hope so, or else this post is problematic. 

Thanks for sticking around for a really long article about me rambling about my various interests. If you want this tag, by all means, please steal it. 

Also, if anyone is interested, I am looking for a guest poster (or two) for the dates of Friday, February 26th and Tuesday, March 1st. Please use the contact form in the left-hand column. I accept posts on "clean" sci-fi/fantasy books and movies, as well as posts on writing. 


  1. It is a long tag, isn't it? Thanks for making the answers so entertaining :)

    I KNOW, THEY CAN'T ASK FOR JUST ONE SONG. Or even one book. That is completely ridiculous and whoever made this tag needs to get their priorities straightened out. *high fives for single train* Thanks for sharing more about yourself!

    1. I decided that, if I was going to make anyone read it for that long, I'd better at least make it entertaining.

      *Returns high five*

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Those favorites categories are the hardest. Like, why would I deny all my lovelies?? *sulks* But you did very admirably. *nods* I can't say I've listened to many of the songs you mentioned, but I'll definitely have to check them out at some point. I am familiar with Florence + the Machine, though, and a few of the other artists/bands you mentioned. But not most of them.

    Anyway, thanks for doing the tag! I really enjoyed reading your answers. :)

    1. This tag was fun to do, even though it was long. Thanks for stopping by to read it!


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