Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me

Jumping on a writing prompt to regain some mojo

Barb Dalton
5 min readMar 31, 2022


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Hmmm, when you take a backseat on Medium for more than 24 hours, you miss things.

I overlooked the initial post by Iva Ursano encouraging writers to write ‘their list of things readers didn’t know about you,’ but I did see Adrienne Beaumont’s version.

Whenever I’m tagged in a challenge, I try to rise to the occasion, and I am honoured to be mentioned.

I’ll admit this one almost had me beat to the point of not participating. I’ve shared so much about my preferences, dislikes and habits here, it took me some time to come up with a list of 10 things readers don’t know about me.

But, of course, there are many! Without further ado, here are some things I have not shared to date. They’re in a random order as they came to mind.

1. I like things done my way

It’s a trait that can be highly inhibiting, and writing has rendered some challenges associated with this tendency of mine. Grammarly is the first irritating perpetrator who tested my sanity; they suggest corrections that I initially agreed with because I figured they knew more than me, but now I tend to diss them, realizing they’re generic and full of shite!

At work, it’s a bit of a problem. There are so many things that bother me I have to shut my mouth as I don’t want to diss my wonderful colleagues. But, when I see alcohol swabs being gently opened by tearing the top layer off slowly and then fingers all over the 2x2, contaminating it before it hits the skin or a rubber vial, I shudder.

Rip the damn thing open, people — and don’t touch the side you are now going to cleanse!

2. I’m terrified of flying

This may seem a little strange, given the number of times I have flown. It’s the fact I have no control; I like to know what’s going on — and being in cattle class while two pilots are…



Barb Dalton

Mum to 3 humans, 2 fur balls. Kiwi-Canuck. Nursing Instructor by day; rants, reminisces and rhymes by night.