Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards (including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton!) and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Though Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.
I’ve read Vanity Fair for years, and always dreamed of being interviewed for the Proust Questionnaire at the end of the magazine. I suspect that will never happen, so why not do it here?
I think Omar Khayyam had it right way back in 1120: “A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness–Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”
I am very messy. It’s as if all the paper in the neighborhood comes over to play at my house and never leaves.
Annie Oakley, but it’s about her spunk, not her marksmanship.
Reading in the middle of the day, and cheese. OK, I don’t know if cheese is really an extravagance, but I wanted to make sure that it got on this list somehow. I LOVE cheese.
Train travel, anywhere.
When people ask me if I like their hair.
Sky blue and daffodils.
I’m pretty happy most of the time, in most places.
Typing! I am the world’s worst typist. I do it all day andn somehow nev e het any better.
I helped launch ARTability, a Arizona statewide coalition of arts and disability organizations that helps provides access to the arts for everyone.
A personal letter from George Burns.
You wouldn’t know them, because they go about doing the important work (like caring and teaching and advocating) quietly.
That I will never live long enough to write all the stories in my head.
Right here in Portland, Oregon. How cool is it that I get to live exactly where I want?
Whatever makes me want to dance – it changes daily.
Too many to name, but the ones I return to are Shakespeare, Dickens, Lewis Carroll, and A.A. Milne (I still love Winnie the Pooh).
Atticus Finch (from To Kill A Mockingbird) – smart, kind, and strong.
In bed, asleep, at the exact same time as my husband and my dog.
“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.