Wednesday, February 18, 2009

25 random things about me

And another thing...

This is a meme that was making the rounds on facebook wherein you would, you know, write 25 random things about yourself and post it for all your facebook friends to read. But I figured that everyone who visits this blog may not be my friend on facebook (and why not?) and I thought I should post here, too. Because I know how much folks like random facts about me. Here goes:

1. In real life, I curse. A lot. Really, sometimes I'm embarrassed by my mouth. However, I rarely curse in my writing.

2. I write comic books for money. Not a lot of it, but still. Three titles have been published and/or collected. 100 Girls, Gear School, and Star Wars: Infinities--Return of the Jedi. All of these are available at

3. At least one of those titles exists because I abused my authority while working at a comics publishing company.

4. I was accepted into the graduate film program at Columbia University but couldn't attend for personal reasons.

5. I never expected to get married or have any children. Ever. That was until I met my wife and knew I'd been a jerk most of my life.

6. I am now a stay-at-home dad, taking care of my six-month old son, Oscar. It is the best job I've ever had.

7. I grew up in Boise, Idaho, but was born in San Jose, California.

8. My family, consisting of two adults and five children, once lived in the mountains in a trailer with no electricity or running water. For the better part of a year. I still remember it fondly.

9. I have a bad memory. Anything that happened prior to, say, 2000, exists mostly in a fog. When I went to my 20th high school reunion this Summer, I spent a lot time asking people their names. I'd grown up with some of these folks, gone to school with some of them for twelve years. I think I hurt some people's feelings.

10. I appreciate music more now than I have at any other point in my life.

11. I buy too many books. More than I will ever be able to read.

12. Prior to meeting my wife, I mostly fell for women who were unattainable or just plain not interested in me. Being with someone who is attainable (hey, I got her, right?) and interested in me is a much better alternative.

13. I'd like to go back to school and get an MFA in writing.

14. I want to one day write a YA novel and have it published by Candlewick Press.

15. I want to travel more. I've only been out of the country once.

16. I acted in a play once in college. I didn't care much for it, though I think I did an okay job.

17. I do the majority of the cooking in my house. I'm good at it and I like it.

18. Enchiladas, albondigas, mole; these are my best dishes.

19. It took three colleges and ten years to finish my degree. Though I did not go to college each of those ten years.

20. I met my wife through a hook-up. Hooked up by a person whom I did not know in the slightest.

21. I used to go to three or four movies every week. Now I see a movie every couple of months. I'd like to find a happy medium.

22. I am a terrible correspondent and, I suspect, friend.

23. I wish there were a way to make money answering Jeopardy questions from the comfort of my couch.

24. I call what I do comics, not graphic novels.

25. I became an orphan at the age of 30.


Deb said...

Hi Adam,

A colleague forwarded your post, which made many of us here smile. I'm a YA editor at Candlewick and just wanted to say that we'd be happy to review your novel, if and when...



adam jk gallardo said...

Ha! Hi, Deb,

This makes me want to stop everything and get to work on that book.

Thanks so much for commenting.

Anonymous said...

From your keyboard to Deb's screen. Wow! Serenditydoo. Get crackin', Gallardo! Great to see you at the Board meeting.