Ten Things About Me
- I really dislike jigsaw puzzles, palindromes, and puns. In that order.
- I used to travel to Russia frequently for business, but the real reason I went was for the food.
- According to my mother, I’m a corrected lefty. It’s true I have atrocious handwriting, deal cards and open jars with my left hand, but who knows the true reason why?
- I read fast. I once read a book for a college class in the bookstore to avoid having to buy it. I’m not proud of it, but…actually, I am a little proud of it.
- I have some ability/training on the drums, piano, ukelele, and guitar. If I had my life to live over again, I’d probably choose music as a career.
- I talk in my sleep. A lot. It’s usually a tossup whether it’s in Russian or English. People from neither country find it pleasant.
- I wrote my first book when I was sixteen. It’s over 200,000 words, exists in only one typed version, and will never, ever, ever be revised because it’s that bad.
- To date, I’ve visited 16 of Russia’s 85 federal subjects (think of them as equivalent to states). I’d love to see every single one, but I know that’s not going to happen in this lifetime. It is the biggest country in the world, after all.
- Though I grew up with dogs in the house, I don’t own any pets. My children have never forgiven me.
- When I was in elementary school, I was awarded a certificate for “Talent in Prose.” That’s golden. I still have it somewhere. It only took me thirty years to realize it was true.
David J. Galloway is a writer and associate professor of Russian at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. He lives in upstate New York.
David J. Galloway turned to writing to fund his Russian dumpling habit, which takes him on sour cream-fueled binges to the motherland every year or so. Hanging with the babushkas, he assembles the impressions from his visits into a class, and a few people take it.
Growing up in suburban Maryland north of Baltimore, he kept expecting magical things to happen, until he realized he’d have to invent them himself. When he surfaces from fits of imagination, he usually finds himself in upstate New York, which is an excellent place to be.