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February 13th, 2007


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10:20 am - 5-Question Interview Meme
RULES:
1. Leave me a comment saying "Interview me". (If you want to, of course! No pressure at all.)
2. I'll respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature (or not so creepy/personal).
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.


I stole this meme from kalquessa, whose questions I shall now answer:

1. Name a talent that you wish you had.

I wish I could understand higher levels of mathematics. No, I'm serious. My brain just doesn't work that way, and I wish it did--I love physics, the intricate patterns that make up our universe, and I sometimes just long for the ability to work in the language of those patterns. That means math. *sigh*

2. Any childhood nicknames we should know about?

That questions was very well-phrased to allow me to duck out of answering. ;-) Actually, though, I didn't really have nicknames when I was a kid. Not that I recall, anyway, aside from Bookworm. One of my brothers occasionally called me "Sahara." And when I was in junior high my two best friends were also named Sarah, so we were often called "One, Two, and Three." I was in the middle age-wise, so "Sarah Two."

3. Can you name a favorite Stargate episode?

I once listed my favorite 24 Stargate episodes; does that count? Let's see.... If I had to pick ONE, it would probably be "First Ones." (Though as I type, I realize that was a kind of Carter-lite episode, and now I want to say "Red Sky" or some-such team-centric episode instead, but I'll just shut up.)

4. How about a favorite poem?

Oh dear. I don't read enough poetry, but I think I *can* answer this. :-) Pied Beauty, by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

5. You're marooned on a desert island. Choose someone from among your friends and family to be marooned with you and explain your choice.

*boggles*

My friend Abigail lives in my hometown; I think I'd pick her. We get along well, we even fight civilly; we both love books and stories (there won't be a boring moment); we're both devoutly Christian; and unlike many of my friends, or even myself, she regularly goes hunting and camping, and would be a good person to have when trying to survive without the supplies and amenities of civilization. (Okay, I have not wanted to write a "marooned on an island" story since junior high, but right now I'm kind of inspired. I love survival tales.)
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From:ladybrick
Date:February 13th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Heck, why not. Interview me :p
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 13th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
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1. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

2. What is your favorite smell (if you have one), and why?

3. Suppose that all books were banned, and you joined a movement to preserve them by memorization. Which book would you choose to memorize?

4. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

5. How many places have you lived in (different houses in the same area count as different places)?
From:dafne99
Date:February 13th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
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This sounds like fun!
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 13th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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1. What's the most adorable thing you've ever seen a child do?

2. If you could get hired to write for any current television show, which would it be?

3. What is your (current) favorite song?

4. Are you a night person or a morning person?

5. Do you wear perfume? Why or why not?
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From:kalquessa
Date:February 13th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Oo, love the poem!
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 13th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I thought maybe you'd know it already--it's lovely, isn't it? Try saying it out loud. The sounds and rhythms are amazing.
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From:kalquessa
Date:February 14th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Now it's your turn to interview me!
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 14th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
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1. If you were a teacher and all the idiots of the world were your pupils, what sentence would you most often make them write 100 times on the blackboard?

2. Suggest a book that needs to be adapted to film.

3. If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?

4. You're an astronaut going to work on the moon base for six months, and have room for exactly three books. Which ones do you take?

5. What is your favorite mythical creature, and why?
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From:aadler
Date:February 13th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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What the heck. Interview me.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 13th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
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1. Do you believe that the Internet and text messaging are destroying the current generation's use of language?

2. Should people put specific content warnings on their fic? Why or why not?

3. Do you wear hats on a regular basis?

4. Name a book or story you've read in the past year that moved or changed you in some way.

5. Is it strange being a male writer in the predominately-female venue of online fandom?
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From:aadler
Date:February 14th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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  1. Do you believe that the Internet and text messaging are destroying the current generation’s use of language?

    I don’t see the abbreviations and artificial jargon as doing anything to improve the language, but I’d say more damage is done by the overall reduction of educational standards nationwide.


  2. Should people put specific content warnings on their fic? Why or why not?

    I’m inclined to say yes, simply because I routinely skip any slash fic, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so without having to actually read any of the stuff. I’m similarly non-enthusiastic about character death, though that’s not an automatic disqualifier.


  3. Do you wear hats on a regular basis?

    Only for the Army.


  4. Name a book or story you’ve read in the past year that moved or changed you in some way.

    I just finished Dinesh D’Sousa’s “the Enemy at Home”, and that has substantially clarified my view of both Islam and American liberalism.


  5. Is it strange being a male writer in the predominately-female venue of online fandom?

    As far as writing and reading fic, and dealing with other readers/writers online, not at all. When I attended the first WriterCon, I was aware of being a minority but not bothered by it. At WriterCon II, however, I found it impossible to escape slash themes (and I really tried, with the wholehearted help of the ’Con organizer); when I voiced some of my discontent in a subsequent posting on the WriterCon LJ, I was widely attacked as both homophobic and misogynistic.

    I thought being a Buffy fan and a fanfic writer made me minority enough; the gender thing wasn’t really a matter of any importance to me, until it was seized on as an ‘explanation’ for my loathsomeness. Apparently I was welcome as long as I didn’t voice any disagreement whatsoever.

    Okay, that was a bit sour. To be specific: both ’Cons were a lot of fun, and practically all of my online interactions have been positive and rewarding. Only the responses to the WriterCon LJ post (many ungracious and gratuitously insulting, almost all condemnatory) made me wonder if I was in the wrong place … which those posting certainly insisted I was.
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From:fpb
Date:February 13th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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interview me.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 13th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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1. What is your favorite psalm?

2. Do you prefer comedy or tragedy?

3. Name a political person whom you respect. What has he or she done that earned your respect?

4. When did you discover the Harry Potter books?

5. By what standards do you (primarily) judge a work of prose fiction?
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From:fpb
Date:February 14th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
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1) Psalm 18/19 "The heavens proclaim the glory of the Lord". It's incredible in how many of the greatest pieces of music, from Haydn's Creation to Beethoven's Ninth, it is quoted. It is, as C.S.Lewis called it, the greatest song in the psalter and one of the greatest lyrical poems in the world.
2) I read and write tragedy more often, but I would not say that I prefer it. I am, perhaps, more suited to it. But I am a great admirer of comedy and like to insist that, when properly done, it can be just as great an achievement as the grandest tragedy. I sometimes surprise some of the truly great fic writers - Hijja, Shadowycat - by praising as works of genius what they regard as fribbles.
3)Goodness, that's tough. Probably the closest one gets these awful days is the French presidential candidate Nicholas Sarkozy, who seems to have an ability to learn in his job and see the flaws in his country's design. Another one I - not exactly respect, but think stands head and shoulders above all the others in Britain - not that that is hard, such a generation of dwarves - is Nick Griffin, leader of the Fascist party BNP. I loathe Fascism with a personal fury, but Mr.Griffin is doing something very interesting - he is trying to reposition his party as a genuine conservative party, something which is pretty much absent in Britain. He will fail, because his party is notorious and practically a gang of thugs, and you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. But it is the most interesting thing to happen in the petrified forest of British politics for a quarter of a century.
4) About 2002, I think. I caught the buzz about the first two and took advantage of a discounted sale somewhere to pick them up - and was delighted. PoA then put the lid on it. I wrote my first fanfic, Harry Potter and the Silver Angel, before I had any idea that there were fanfics or fanfic sites.
5) Goodness, that is tough. There are so many different things that can be right or wrong. However, my basic sense of when a work of art, any work of art, is a success, is when I go away from it with a sense of "My God, something happened". When I meet something that does not leave me feeling that things are just as they were before, that forces itself into my perception of reality, there, I think, I met a great work of art.
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From:maevebran
Date:February 14th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
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I'll play.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 14th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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1. If you could get hired on the writing staff of any current TV show, which would it be?

2. What would you do if you were Queen of the world?

3. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

4. What food do you like least, and why?

5. If you could swap lives with anyone, real or fictional, for a day, who would you swap with?
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From:jd3000
Date:February 14th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
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Okay, I'll do another set. :-D

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 14th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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1. What's your favorite love song?

2. Would you prefer to be well-known as a film writer, a novel writer, or the creator of a YouTube sensation?

3. In your opinion, what is the best name for a calico cat?

4. You have a choice between being stranded on a desert island and stranded in a cabin on a snow-bound mountain. Which is it?

5. When I say, "He who trusts cannot be betrayed..." what do you think of?
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From:jd3000
Date:February 15th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
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1. What's your favorite love song?
Probably, at the moment, "Waiting for a Star to Fall" by Boy Meets Girl. It's just a marvelous thick slice of 80s cheese, but it's also very endearing and was written and performed by a husband-and-wife band. That sort of means something to me. :-D In another mood or time, I might pick "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers or "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner.

2. Would you prefer to be well-known as a film writer, a novel writer, or the creator of a YouTube sensation?
Ha. A novel writer. You feel the connection with the writer of your favorite novel so much more keenly than a screenwriter or YouTuber. Although I'd definitely dabble in online video as a hobby, and if they buy the film rights to my book I'll invoke the Bill Goldman clause and insist on writing the screenplay. :-D

3. In your opinion, what is the best name for a calico cat?
Chester Snapdragon-McFisticuffs.

4. You have a choice between being stranded on a desert island and stranded in a cabin on a snow-bound mountain. Which is it?
That depends. I assume both locations have food and a source of clean water. In that case...I'll pick the desert island, especially if it's desserted. A cabin presents many more opportunities for writing dark prose, but I'd like to get out and run around, even if it's just along the beach.

5. When I say, "He who trusts cannot be betrayed..." what do you think of?
Doveryai no proveryai. I think it's wishful thinking, except in the case of a close friend, family member or lover. Then I see no problem with trusting unconditionally. I think a more apt saying would be "He who trusts cannot betray."

-JD

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