Describe your alternate life
(Snagged from karaokegal
After my dad died, I didn't make any major purchases or commit to any changes for six months. I got laid off from my job, and took that as a sign that maybe it was time to do something more with my life. After talking it over with my brother, I put most of the contents of the house into storage, found a renter for it, and took off in Dad's 1974 Comet for points west.
I've always been crafty; learning how to solder for my last couple jobs was fun. I've always loved shiny jewelery. It seemed natural to find a silversmith to apprentice myself to.
I settled down in Taos, NM. I lived frugally; I rented a small cabin on the outskirts of town, grew my own produce, took long walks in my spare time, exploring various ghost towns and flea markets. I incorporated found objects into my projects, and began to earn a reputation for myself. that includes my reputation as a clothes-horse: I got down to a size 10 and have kept the weight off for almost 25 years now.
During the long desert nights, I wrote a novel, a time-traveling Victorian western, that was made into a movie with Kurt Russell as the rugged hero, and later became a long-running TV series.
This brought me enough money that I was able to buy some land and build a house. It's an awesome place, constructed to use solar energy for heating in the winter, but still cool in the summer. There are solar panels which provide my electrical needs. Very New Age-Frank Lloyd Wright. My walk-in closet is the same size as my bedroom, and houses my collection of custom-made cowboy boots and a lot of hats.
I met the love of my life at Burning Man. The tall, dark-haired man in a blue plaid flannel shirt and jeans was studying a pair of cufflinks made from the rowels of an old pair of spurs. When he asked me about them, I knew he was the one. There was something about the resonance of his voice that echoed in the canyons of my soul.
He's a former professional athlete who managed his money well and started a consulting company that critiques the hotel industry. He travels a lot for business, and I go with him as often as I can. We've been married for 15 years, and the romance is still there.
My jewelery has been featured in the Sundance catalog and appeared in major motion pictures and on the red carpet. I'm working on another novel, a dark comedy about what might have happened in the life I left behind so many years ago.
The working title is "Tropical Depression".