#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sarah Brentyn

Today’s Wednesday, folks, and you know what that means, right? Right! Another Ten Things post, this time featuring Sarah Brentyn, who, bless her heart, has sucked up her courage and presented us with the ten things she wants everyone to know about her.
(Brace yourselves! πŸ˜€Β  ) You’re on, Sarah … take it away!Β 

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sarah Brentyn

Ten juicy, little secrets about myself? Ooh… You all are simply dying to know these things. Your curiosity is palpable. I can feel it through the screen. I will put you out of your misery (and bring you into mine).

  1. I still believe in fairies. (We have fairy doors in our home and build fairy houses in our yard. Though they don’t look as nice as the ones you’re imagining, believe me. Trying to duplicate a beautiful fairy house is like trying to bake a panda bear cake from Pinterestβ€”it turns out looking much like a squashed beetle.)
  2. I have two tattoos. They are not in naughty placesβ€”sorry. Ankle and back, I’m afraid. Nothing to see here. Move on.
  3. I fell off a stone at Avebury and landed in nettle. (And took my dear friend down in the process. In fairness to me, I did warn her something like this might happen but, alas, she didn’t believe me. So that’s kind of on her. As were my feet.)
  4. I love essential oils and use them almost every day. Lavender is my go-to, can’t-live-without oil.
  5. I prefer paperback books and am nuts about the condition of them. After I’ve read them, you basically can’t tell I’ve even breathed on them. The spines aren’t creased, the covers aren’t wrinkled, and the pages aren’t crinkled. They’re in mint condition and, yes, yes I do sniff my books (my precioussssss…). Also, I rarely never lend them to anyone. (See previous precious parenthetical.)
  6. I got stuck in a phone booth in Paris with a mime outside. (Don’t ask me about this in the comments. I mean, honestly, why would you want to make me relive that kind of pain? That’s just mean.)
  7. I have a bag in my car at all times filled with blankets, clothing, and coffee shop gift cards so I can give items or food to someone who needs it.
  8. I love herbal tea. I have so much that it takes up two shelves in my kitchen and I buy it in bulk. Fun fact, for those who don’t already know this, herbal β€œtea” is not tea (because it’s not made from tea leaves).
  9. My natural hair color is (was) blond but I colored it brown. When I became pregnant, I stopped coloring my hair (thinking the blonde roots would grow in and I’d look a bit like a skunk) and it grew in almost the exact shade of brown I was coloring it. (Except for my purple streak…that’s still colored. And wicked cool.)
  10. I’ve worked as a bartender, a cocktail waitress, and a beer girl. (I’ve had other jobs but these are ones you probably didn’t know about and, maybe, didn’t want to. But there you go.)

Here are two bonus facts about me you’ve already figured out (if you’ve been paying any attention to this list): I am a commaholic and have a deep and abiding love for alliteration and parentheses. (Also, I’m very, very bad at math. Those are three facts.)


Author Sarah Brentyn

I wrote my first story when I was nine years old and never looked back. My work has appeared both in print and online in lit mags, newsletters, websites, newspapers, and anthologies. I have a master’s degree in writing and have taught all ages, from Kindergarteners to adults. When other girls dreamt of being a ballerina, I dreamt of scribbling my thoughts in a notebook and turning them into a book. I bleed ink.

Buy Sarah’s books on Amazon HERE

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Books: Hinting at Shadows | On the Edge of a Raindrop

Website: Sarah Brentyn

Blog: Lemon Shark | Lemon Shark Reef




99 thoughts on “#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sarah Brentyn

  1. Cool facts. But falling off a stone at Avebury takes the cake. Are you sure the fairies didnΒ΄t push you? In Spain herbal teas are called infusions. I have a nice collection as well. My latest, sangria tea. Yummy.

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    • I have over 30 kinds of actual tea in my collection, Darlene, but nothing herbal. I’ve never found one of those I enjoyed. I guess I’m hooked on actual tea leaves, even if they have a range of other flavors included. πŸ˜€ Glad you enjoyed Sarah’s post, even if I did discover I’d misnumbered them. Fixed it. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • It really is an infusion, actually. Pure “herbal tea” is an infused herb, spice, root… Like if it’s just lavender, instead of lavender-flavored green tea or whatever, it’s an infusion. (I think.) What do I know? I fell off a frickin’ standing stone. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Love this! 6 made complete sense to me (although my books are never pristine after I’ve finished with them), the second part of 7 has really touched me, and 4 was so vivid and funny I’m still chuckling about it. Thanks!

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    • Sarah has a wonderful way of making everything funny, doesn’t she? She’s a great online friend, and I’m so happy to have her here today. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to say hi, and btw, I had her comments misnumbered, so I’ve fixed that. Sorry to throw off your remarks a wee bit, but still glad you got some chuckles. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • Thanks, Alex. Yeah, I’ve had that bag in my car for many years. Trying to think how many cars I’ve been through with that in there (and I don’t buy new cars often). Glad you got a laugh out of the standing stone collapse. I’m sure, for passers-by, it was really something to behold. πŸ˜‚

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    • Glad you enjoyed Sarah’s comments, Priscilla. I think the hair thing is pretty wild, too. She’ll be along soon to respond, I’m sure, and in the meantime, let me say thank you for stopping by today to say hello! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • It was wild. I mean…my whole life I was blonde. I’d never colored my hair so that was a shocking change for me but, when it grew in nearly the identical shade, I was double-shocked.
      Metaphysical. Yeah, that works. πŸ™‚

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    • One of the reasons I’m so glad I have a Kindle is because I can’t hold print books (especially paperbacks) open wide enough to read them properly without totally wrecking the spines. I still buy hardbacks, too, but they are works of art for my shelves. I READ them on Kindle, where I can underline to my heart’s content without damaging them. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by this morning, Sharon! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. Great β€œ10” things (ahem!), Sarah. I sooo need to know about the Paris phone booth incident. But I, dejectedly, accept that the probable PTSD outweighs the needs of my burning curiosity. Thanks for sharing! It’s great to learn more about you πŸ™‚
    Marcia, thanks for sharing Sarah’s ten things πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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  4. I loved reading Sarah’s “Ten Things You May Not Know.” Fairies, oils, hair drama, and adventures — yay to all. Happy to meet you Sarah, and a big Thank You to Marcia for introducing you to me. 😊

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    • So glad you enjoyed meeting Sarah, Gwen. She’s a wonderful online friend and a very talented (and funny) writer, too. Hope you’ll get to know her better. Now, ahem … when may we expect to see YOUR Ten Things list? 😁 (When things calm down a bit, I hope you’ll decide to take part. Would SO love to have you!)

      In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today and taking time to say hi! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  5. That was highly entertaining! I guess I shouldn’t admit that I burst out laughing at the thought of being stuck in a phone booth with a mime outside. Sorry, Sarah. I really couldn’t help myself…just the image. Well, you know πŸ˜€

    Aside from that wicked cool purple streak in your hair, I’d say you also have a wicked cool sense of humor!

    Thanks for spotlighting Sarah today, Marcia. This was fun!

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    • So glad to have Sarah here today. (She says she’ll be along shortly to respond to comments, so stay tuned.) And yep, she’s one of the funniest online friends I know. Just her way of stating things cracks me up every time. Oh, the image of that MIME trapping her in a phone booth is hilarious, isn’t it? Yeah, wicked cool sense of humor is right. πŸ˜„

      Really glad you enjoyed this one, Mae, and not surprised, either. Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking the time to comment, too! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • I *do* know. It’s hilarious. Or it is now. It was definitely not at the time. I reacted…badly. πŸ˜€

      The purple streak really is cool and I’m glad you enjoy my ridiculously dry humor. Thanks, Mae.


  6. That’s wild about your hair color – and I love that you have a purple streak. After my second pregnancy, my previously stick straight hair that I’d finally made peace with grew in wavy. Some might think that’s a good thing, but it’s not uniform – that would be too easy. I adore #7. Loved learning more about you, my friend. Thanks for hosting, Marcia!

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    • I’ve heard about wavy-gone-straight and straight-gone-wavy. Too bad it’s not uniform. Damn kids. Could have had a gorgeous free perm. (And, yeah, the purple streak is awesome. I’ve had it so long, it’s part of me now.) Hope you’re well, my friend.

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    • Meee tooooooo, Sue! Though I love various additions of flavors, like bergamot in Earl Grey, of course, and Rose, or Vanilla, but most of all–yes, even more than Earl Grey–I love Scottish Breakfast Tea. Robust, rich, malty … my very favorite. πŸ˜€

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      • I begin my morning with an Earl Gray tea latte. Yummm. From there, I go to a blueberry tea and then a peach vanilla tea. From real tea leaves. Sorry, Sarah, I’m with you on everything except the tea. I read that tea leaves are REALLY GOOD for us. πŸ™‚

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        • Pam, I’ve read reports that 2 cups of “real tea” a day can reduce your chance of getting osteoporosis by 30%!! I’ve been drinking tea every morning for over 50 years, and I my doctor told me (just before I fell and got that wretched concussion) that I had the hardest bones she’d ever seen in someone 75 years old. (Then. πŸ˜€ ) I think tea saved my life. The blow I took from hitting the ceramic tile floor would have killed many folks my age, so that’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!😁

          I begin most days with Earl Grey, too, though I never put anything in it. I don’t want anything to dilute the wonderful, rich flavor. πŸ˜€ Either way, keep drinking it. At least if someone calls you hard-headed, you’ll have a comeback! πŸ˜‚

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        • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ All I can think of is Star Trek: “Tea, Earl Grey, hot.”

          Yes, tea is excellent for our health. I asked Sue this but do you drink green or red tea? It’s sooo good for you and delicious. Again, just being nosy.

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          • I’ve quoted Jean-Luc’s order to the replicator soooo many times over the years. Often, just to me, as I’m making my cuppa. 😁

            No green tea for me. Just not flavorful enough or something, even with added flavors. Still, my all-time favorite is Adagio Tea’s Scottish Breakfast Tea, followed by their Earl Grey Bravo, and their Earl Grey Moonlight. I have over 35 cannisters of tea in my kitchen, all various varieties of black tea, based mostly on Assam blends which are heartier than Ceylon, but even though I drink all of them from time to time, my top 3 are the ones I go to almost every morning. And I definitely think 50 years of drinking black tea (the only one associated with reducing osteoporosis) saved my life. I didn’t KNOW it at the time, you understand, but my skull should really have been fractured from the blow I took, and yet it wasn’t.

            Now, that’s way more than you asked, I know, but let’s face it. I’m wordy. And I type very, VERY fast. πŸ˜‚

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    • Tea is excellent. I actually like both tea and herbal “tea” but I prefer herbal. Have you tried red tea? It’s amazing. But probably won’t hit that craving. I know a lot of tea drinkers who only drink black tea leave (or sometimes green) so I’m just being nosy.

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  7. I’d read anything Sarah wrote just from the way she responded to the “ten things we don’t know about her.” Very fun/funny and relevant, of course. Anyone who believes in fairies, as I do, is an imaginative, creative, and smart being!

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  8. Sarah, you’re my kind of person! I love your humor, and the minute you wrote Gollum’s line, I was all in! LOL! I won’t ask about the phone booth, but I am curious as to your tattoo designs.(Oh, and I have blue streaks sprinkled throughout my hair.) πŸ™‚

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    • Ooh… Blue streaks. I love it! I almost did that once but went with a red one (don’t do that–it turns to cotton-candy pink in, like, a week). Tattoos: Celtic knot and Chinese character meaning “wisdom” which I dearly needed at the time I got it in my teens. πŸ˜‰

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  9. Well I knew you were so talented Sarah, just wasn’t sure how much, lol. That’s a quite impressive 10 or 15 things! And so amusing. I’m with you on most, except to me, a loved book has been folded with many corners and highlighted through many pages. Lol, did that hurt to read that? A well worn book, like a well worn pair of shoes. πŸ™‚ xx

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  10. Well, well. You like me, Marcia. You really do. How about this post you put together? And all the comments just making me out to be a rock star. 🀩 I feel heard. I feel seen. I feel loved. (Seriously, thank you for letting me muck up your precious online space. I hope to do it again sometime.) Ba-dum-tss.

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