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.
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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