I’m Alicia (ah-lee-see-ah). I use the whole thing: Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt. No ‘B.’ No hyphen. And no, I’m not related to Amelia. My middle name is Guadalupe.
In case you are wondering: I knew as a teen living in Mexico that some day I would write, and I invented a name for myself – Liebja (lee-ebb-jah). I remembered it all these years, used it in email addresses and comments, and originally planned to have it as a pseudonym. There was wonder and mystery in being unknown. True anonymity is rare these days, and hard to maintain: I will publish under my complete name, Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt, but I honor that commitment to writing – and the fact that I invented something Google hadn’t seen until me – by keeping it around. Maybe some day I will be known by the single word.
I cannot not write. Fiction is my hobby – mainstream, SF, mystery, ? –
and I will e-publish myself some time in the future when I’m satisfied I’m ready for prime time. Published myself in late 2015! And very happy with the results, and all I’ve learned doing it. Working on second book of the Pride’s Children mainstream trilogy.
I commented as ABE when I first started, now I just use the whole thing.
My children, who were home-schooled, consider me opinionated and stubborn; they are mostly on their own, and a credit to their parents.
DH teaches physics and chemistry to lucky students at a magnet-type HS, and has no time to have an opinion of me. He and I share a love of science, a home in suburban NJ, a bird-and-butterfly garden, and a chinchilla named Gizzy. [Edited 5/14: Hubby is now retired! and doing a lot of pruning and bike riding.]
WRITING THE HARD WAY: I am a PWC (person with CFS); I try not to let it have more of my life than absolutely necessary, but it’s something I battle every day for possession of my brain. Sometimes I win.
I am teaching myself to walk again: my goal is to hike in the mountains around Seattle, and in Parks, National and otherwise.
I sing, garden, draw a little. I will tackle, subject to energy limitations, any household task short of Heating-and-Air-Conditioning. Including appliance repair. When my brain balks at learning something new, that’s when I know I have to.
I am Catholic, and was born in Southern California; grew up in Mexico; went to the UNAM, Seattle U., and U. Wisconsin-Madison. I have worked for JHU’s Applied Physics Lab, and Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Lab. I am part of a huge extended clan on both sides of the US/Mexico border. I am extremely grateful to have wonderful friends: they are responsible for my sanity, such as it is.
And now that we are introduced, I have to go take a nap.
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