Win an F. Scott Fitzgerald Library

Literary friends! I just saw this on Facebook and thought I'd share. Sribner is having a contest to win an F. Scott Fitzgerald library including: The Great Gatsby /  The Beautiful and Damned / This Side of Paradise /  A Short Autobiography / Tender Is the Night / The Love of the Last Tycoon / The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald Pretty sweet! If you win and I don't we may have words.

Enter here: http://pages.simonandschuster.com/fitzgeraldclassics/

In Which I Rationalize This Blog's Existence

Hi! Howdy! Bonjour! Hola!

I suppose I should introduce myself. My name is JT (not of any relation to Justin Timberlake) and I have what one might call an "interesting" resume. Right out of school I worked at a tech PR firm even though I barely know how to use Photoshop. Then I worked as a content writer for a psychic hotline's blog. Are you psychic? You're probably asking. Nope, I'm not. Sorry. After a while, I left my psychic friends and became a high school English teacher in schools they label "at risk." That was fun, but too stressful for someone with a Victorian disposition such as myself.

Whilst writing a steampunk adventure during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - I told you I'm kind of random) I started thinking about history and literature, and how much I love the two. I'm basically Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris, but I don't limit myself to just the 1920s. I love grandeur and people who are tragically flawed. Alison Weir books are crack to me.

I thought about how fun it was to make and create. I thought about all the palaces in Europe I've been to (a lot). Then one day, I saw a tutorial on how to make solid perfume. I've always loved perfume. It's the one luxury item that I will gladly spend obscene amounts of money on. I decided to make a batch of solid perfume and put it in a locket as a gift for my friend's birthday. That was supposed to be the end of it... but all of those random interests started swirling around in my head.

So I started an Etsy shop called  Sweet Tea Apothecary. I don't actually like Sweet Tea, I think its disgusting to be honest (unless it has vodka and then it's ok). But I am a tea fiend (another interest!) and wanted to have a feminine, flowery name, so there you go. With Sweet Tea Apothecary, I think about the legends of history and literature and craft a perfume or cologne that I think they'd enjoy. It gives me the opportunity to make, read, and then write about the concoctions and the people involved.

I am random. I love that about myself. I'd have it no other way.