Interview: Patricia Caviglia

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week's interviewee is author Patricia Caviglia whose novella, Masks: A Novella, is now available. She is currently working on a second novel due out early 2013.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Recently, I was wonderstruck by the weather. The sky at sunset on Saturday night was awesome. Above me, there was cloud cover, but, to the west about 30 KM from me, the cloud mass ended and the sky was clear. Between the clouds and the horizon, I could see a sliver of blue and golden light. I had to sit for a while and just soak it up.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for every part of my day. I wake up to live another day. I get to wake up my daughter and be amazed by how wonderful she is. I get to go to work and make the money I need to live plus a little more. I get to spend the evening with my daughter and be amazed once again. And every night, I work on my novel a little. There may be challenging moments, but they all pass and it’s the good ones that are worth holding on to.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

During the week, the toughest part of my day is around 2:30 p.m. At that time of the day, I hit the afternoon slump and I have to do a report which is all numbers. Not only am I struggling to stay awake, but my eyes are struggling to keep the numbers straight and my brain is struggling with their meaning. I heard once that fatigue is often due to dehydration so I drink lots of water around that time. It works. Every time I start feeling dozy, I sip some water.

What do you wish your were more conscious of?

I wish I were a more conscientious consumer. I’d like to buy more biodegradable and environmentally friendly products as well as organic foods, local foods and fair trade foods like coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately, I don’t always think about it when I’m shopping. Whole Foods has made it easier, but my grocery bill is so much higher when I shop there that I rarely go there.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I stay focused on what is truly important to me by keeping my dreams in mind. If I want to live out my dreams, then I have to do the work. I don’t want to be on my deathbed wishing I would have accomplished this or that. I need to do those things.

Find Patricia Caviglia here:

Twitter: @patriciacavigli


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