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So, I handed in my paperwork for the Gastric Bypass surgery and was accepted into the program! The first day, I had FOUR appointments, back to back: Dietician, Psychologist, Surgeon and Lab work. The first step was being led to a room and having nine more forms to fill out — all questions about me!
One form had 300 questions and many of them asked the same thing, but in a different way. Here were a few that I was stuck on:
Do you consider yourself famous? / Do you have delusions of grandeur?
I had to explain that one — but after blogging for ten years, all the public speaking and financial lectures I have given or participated in and all the TV segments I have done? People stop me at the grocery store to talk to me. People come up and hug me. People email me all the time with questions. I now have people come up to me with one of my books and ask for me to sign them.
I think that means I can consider myself kind of famous?
Do You Have Multiple Personalities? / Do you feel like you are more than one person?
Another explanation (sigh). I am a writer and have published MANY books, under different pen names. When I was Senior Editor for Wisconsin Parent, I had over ten pages pop up when my name was Googled. I was writing adult romance novels and didn’t want it to pop up “oh, and she writes smut too….” (snort)! So, I have several pen names! Danielle Gray (I know, a real stretch there….) is what I used for Historical Romances. Think 1890’s Western Frontier. Think Little House on the Prairie but with more heat.
Marie Fraser was for the romance stories that included Animal Shifters and Paranormal. (think dragon shifters, wolves and bears). Currently, I am wrapping up a series on Santa’s Reindeer. Mrs Clause feels that it is time the boys settle down so she created a dating agency – just for them!
There is also Sara Burdette, Claire Violante, etc.
I actually THINK like them when I am writing. One does military romance, one does contemporary detective stories, etc. I was driving down the road one day and had Wisconsin Public Radio on. The announcer said “Wisconsin Wolf population is up 5% with approximately 925 wolves reported. They do their counts in Winter, before the spring pups are born, so this may be off a little. There have been 15 counts of wolf attacks so far mostly Farm livestock and one was a dog. The state of Wisconsin pays out when they have wolf attacks….”
That totally jump started my Wolves of Wisconsin 5 book series for Marie!
I am a shrinks nightmare, but wasn’t kicked out of the program. Take that Freud!