by Anita Mae Draper
Who'da thought a quiet, demure girl from Virginia could be such a comed--what's that you say? Gina is originally from Oklahoma...and she's not quiet...nor is she demure? Hmmm. Well, I only met my esteemed peep last year when she and I and Inky Dina were roomies at September's American Christian Fiction Writer's (ACFW) conference in St Louis, MO.
But now that you mention it...
Dina And Gina are old friends and what I really liked about rooming with them is they communicate on the same level. At the same speed. Getting into a conversation with them is not for the faint of heart. Me... I sat back and listened about 70% of the time, because the fun part was when Gina started a rant - meaning humorous indignation about something trivial that no one cares about except when she decides to make it an issue which turns it into something that should be outlawed. (deep breath)
Of course, she keeps a straight face while going on about it while everyone else is holding their sides and rolling on the floor.
How does she do it? It's a gift, that's what it is.
Inky Deb said something to the effect that laughter is one of Gina's 42 spiritual gifts. Oh wait - Deb just said it's a gift, Gina said she's received 42 of them.
Dina said, "Gina makes me laugh pretty much nonstop when I'm with her. I especially love her rants. She had my children and I cracking up over her lecture on why women shouldn't drive. I think she just wants a chauffeur. (Yes, I know, Gina. You were serious. Seriously hysterical.)"
Gina's rant about women drivers stopped me in the tracks when I first heard it because I thought she was serious. (Yes, Gina, we know you're serious.) Of course when I asked if she was serious she gave me this look...
Dina supplied us with a list of Gina's rants - now remember, Gina has flawless execution and reasoning when ranting about:
- showing emotion with your voice and not your face... to prevent aging
- how football victories are based solely on the hotness factor of the quarterback (a theory proven to me (Dina) by this year's Steelers/Broncos game by the way.)
- distractions during workshops (yes, Dina, I edited your words, LOL)
Deb remembers Gina's ‘training for a marathon’ rant. She says she still laughs whenever she thinks of it
But I think Gina's biggest rant is about the people who have the ability to attend Comi-Con while projecting a blase or indifferent attitude to this momumentous event. Dina says it's because Gina has a secret dream to attend Comi-Con. In her email, Dina wrote, "I love it when she (Gina) wears her Superwoman t-shirt."
I believe she wore it in St Louis. So that's what was flying around our room that night.
And I'll agree with Dina when she says, "But the best thing about Gina is that due to her theory on aging, she does indeed manage to keep a straight face throughout it all. :)"
Now look at this lovely face...
Does that look like someone trying to misguide you in any way? I tell you, it's a face you can trust. Maybe even be the next president of the ACFW. I'm just sayin'...
Have you met Gina yet? Heard one of her rants? Would you like me to film her doing one at the next conference?