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26 January 2009 @ 10:32 pm
interview meme!  

I do enjoy this meme. :)

Say “interview me!” in the comments and I’ll ask you five questions of my own choosing, at least for the first two or three or five who ask.

Questions from suricattus/:
1. Have you ever had a day where you weren’t sick, but did absolutely nothing other than sleep and watch tv/read?
Of course!

2. What do you miss the most about Alaska?
Biking. Anchorage has over a hundred miles of bike trail, and I really, really miss getting out on them. Biking in Ireland is suicidal behavior. If I ever move back to the States, where I live will be heavily informed by the ease of access to good biking (Colorado, I’m looking at you).

3. What is your superpower?
In real life, it appears to be the ability to convince people that I am extremely disciplined and organized, despite my personal feeling that I am neither. In an actual superhero world, I’d want to be able to fly.

4. Lions or tigers, and why?
Tigers, because they like to swim and they’re stripey. :)

5. Is there something Chef Ted has made that you really, really hated?
Honestly, there is not. The one thing I was terribly dubious about was a spinach-garlic (or something like that) sauce for halibut. The sauce was BRILLIANT GREEN, and I…was dubious. But it turned out to be *brilliant*.

He did make a lousy batch of spaghetti once, back in 2003.

Questions from tim_pratt/:
1. Which is prettier, Alaska or Ireland? Show your work!
Um. Honestly, there’s no answer to that. Alaska and Ireland are both beautiful in completely, utterly different ways. I have a lot more pictures of Ireland, due to making an effort to get out and do photography here, but on the other hand, I have no pictures of moose from Ireland…

2. Who’s your favorite comic book superheroine? (Not including one you write!)
Rogue. :) It was the hair that appealed to me first, but I just grew to love the character.

3. You’ve conquered the worlds of romance, urban fantasy, and comics — what genre/medium do you desperately want to work with in the future?
Straight mystery (no paranormal elements) and young adult. Especially YA.

4. What do you think of the Real Life Superheroes popping up in the US and elsewhere — ordinary people who dress up and fight crime (or at least help stranded motorists)? Crazy idiots or wonderful idealists or?
Both. I think they’re insane and wonderful. As far as Im concerned, they make the world an inherently better place, although one has to worry about them a bit. :)

5. What are the components of your perfect breakfast? (If you don’t eat breakfast, go with brunch, and if you don’t eat brunch, I’ll grudgingly accept dessert.)
I’m a bit weird about breakfast. I eat the same thing every day for months and months and months, then suddenly get tired of it and eat something else. Right now I’m eating Cracklin’ Oat Bran. Before that it was oatmeal, which I ate for most of a year. But my *ideal* breakfast is probably…french toast with homemade maple syrup and maybe a side of fruit and a fried egg on a separate plate. And fresh orange juice. Om nom nom!

I have finished my proofs, and sent them off, even. This is good, because tomorrow they’re turning our electricity off for eight hours, so we’re leaving the house and going to Dublin to try to find me some new shoes and to watch the new Underworld movie and…possibly to go to the Long Room at Trinity and check out their murder mystery novel history display. Probably not, though, ’cause I bet those first two things will take up most of the day.

We’re watching something about some Irish guy doing an Arctic journey. He’s heading for the North Pole right now, on a nuclear-powered vessel, and it reminds me of the Midsummer Regatta in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital series. It’s set in the near future and the first Midsummer Regatta is held the first summer the North Pole is accessible through an ice-free passage through the Arctic.

There’s nothing especially emotional about how the passage in which it’s mentioned is written, but–possibly because I’m from an Arctic part of the world–the impact of that very-nearly-throwaway story aspect was astonishing. I’ve read it two or three times now and it gets me every time. I have very little doubt I’ll see the day when that Regatta is possible, and, I would do just about anything to participate in the first one. I’m heartbroken by the entire idea, and the heartbreak goes both ways: in awe and in horror that it could be done.

My brain is suddenly empty, so I’m going to bed now.

miles to Dunharrow: 150.4

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
The Earth Goatearthgoat on January 26th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Interview me!
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 26th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
1. Have you ever had a day where you weren’t sick, but did absolutely nothing other than sleep and watch tv/read?
--Of course!

You realize nobody believes that, right?
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on January 26th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Hah! I was about to comment 'I don't belieeeeeeeve you.' :)
kitmizkit on January 27th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I didn't say it was *recently*!
Alix (Tersa): Toast--face close-up (tersa)tersa on January 26th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed your answers, so I shall say 'go ahead and interview me', but I will also say that I'm not very interesting (not like C.E. Murphy, world famous author), so I'm giving you a pass if you're not. :)

Edited at 2009-01-26 10:57 pm (UTC)
tammy_moore: Beavering Awaytammy_moore on January 26th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Interview me!

(Mostly I comment to mention that there was an arctic explorer from Banbridge and there's a monument to him in the town with four polar bears on the base. The polar bears look pretty confused to be in Banbridge.)
madkestrelmadkestrel on January 27th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Why not? Ask me stuff!
Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on January 27th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh, what could possibly go wrong? Interview me!
The Earth Goatearthgoat on January 27th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
What could possibly go wrong? Oh you foolish foolish human you!
Brianlogrusboy on January 27th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
My gaming group *hates* it when I say that. O:)
morganc14 on January 27th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Interview me!
Geek of Weird Shitgows on January 27th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've plenty of interviewees, so I'll likely skip.

If I ever move back to the States, where I live will be heavily informed by the ease of access to good biking (Colorado, I’m looking at you).

Half the town bikes to work in the summer here, Isweartogod.

Also, re: Arctic movies, ever seen Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner? It's filmed by Native Canadian Inuits and is just incredible. There's an utterly fantastic scene where Atanarjuat is leaping naked from ice floe to ice floe across the Arctic, and the sky is spread out above him in that impossible way and color . . . just astounding. Check it out, if you can.
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on January 27th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I msy already be too late. Otherwise, interview me!
wednesday childewedschilde on January 27th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)