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March 8th, 2007


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11:44 am - More of that interview meme, part who knows?
So dafne99 asked me some questions.


1. What is the basis for your spirituality? By this I mean, were you born into your faith or is this something you came into on your own and how?

Yes, I was born into Christianity. My parents were both raised Baptist (my mom's family has a lot of preachers and missionaries), but by the time I was born, they were attending a charismatic church (Vineyard, if you're familiar with that denomination).

While that has definitely shaped my faith and my view of religion, I wouldn't say it's the complete basis for it. I've always been inquisitive, and I spent a lot of high school trying to puzzle out things that didn't seem to make sense about the organized Christian church in general, and to sort out things in the Bible that didn't make a lot of sense to me. I'm sure I really threw my parents for a loop with some of my questions, but they always wanted to teach me to think for myself, and tried to answer me in that spirit.

I also think that I would have had a much harder time coming to personal grips with my faith if I hadn't simply *known*, from as far back as I can remember, that God exists and cares about me and about other people.

2. What two characters from what two shows would you like to see in a relationship together?

A crossover pairing? Wow, let me ponder for a minute....

I'd read this if someone wrote it: Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap) and Samantha Carter (SG-1).

3. How hard was the decision to move to California? Did you have anyone there to help get you settled in?

It took God five years to convince me to come down here--I guess that qualifies as "hard," yeah? :-) I'd been here for a month the year before I actually made the move, so I wasn't wholly unfamiliar with the area. And yes, I have an aunt and uncle just north of L.A., and at the time my good friend whitemartyr was also in L.A., so I did have a bit of support. Not a lot, and I moved without a job or anything waiting for me.

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to do and doubt you'll ever be able to?

Figure skate. I'm not joking! :-) I've always loved watching figure skating, and wished I could learn. Honestly, I don't have the time to put into getting in shape enough to even try, and I'm 26 now...it'll never happen, but I still wish I could have learned.

5. If you could do any mission work anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and what work would you want to do?

I'm doing it right now. Hollywood is a mission field, though many Christians don't perceive it as such. That's the only place I've really ever wanted to go as a "missionary," and here I am. I would like to actually be working in the entertainment/TV industry, because then I'd be doing front-line mission work, but even just being here feels like I'm exactly where God has sent me. (He has to keep reminding me of that when I get discouraged, but it's true.)

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From:dafne99
Date:March 8th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
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You are completely right on #5. Who needs God more than the Godless of Hollywood? More people need to think like you - clean up your own house before you go trying to fix the rest of the world. Get the word out to the people who write the words that the world listens to.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 8th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I do have a lot of respect for overseas missionaries--there are so many people, worldwide, who haven't had an opportunity to hear about Christ at all. I'm glad to see people respond to that need.

But so few respond to the needs of the rich and desperate in Hollywood.... I figured that if God set them so firmly in my heart, I'd best not go anywhere else. :-) It's no more dangerous than going to someplace like Uganda or Brazil, and there are (or were, until a few years ago) many less Christians here than in a lot of places in the world.
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From:kizmet_42
Date:March 8th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Don't let your age stop you from learning how to skate. I started when I was 26. In a year's time, I learned a lot from an adult skate class.

Not to mention the broken elbow and broken ankle...

Go do it and be more careful than me!
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Wow, cool! (Not the broken bones, just the skating.) Hmm...there's a couple of local ice rinks here. Now you're making me at least want to check the prices on any adult classes they may have.

I do know how to skate--I'm actually okay on ice, in terms of balance. Years of roller-skating with my homeschool group taught me that. It's just that I don't think I have the physical strength to do much more than skate around the rink slowly.

But who knows till they try, right?
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From:ladybrick
Date:March 8th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I totally agree with your #5

I always wanted to be able to figure skate and do gymnastics and be an awesome dancer. Unfortunately, I lack this little thing called "coordination" and lately seem to have an aversion to activities that require me to leave the computer.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 9th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Heh. I have the coordination, just not the strength or flexibility (and I dance better within structure--I'm not a natural dancer).

I figured you'd be on board with #5. :-)
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From:kalquessa
Date:March 8th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Your answer to #5 makes me your fangirl for life.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 9th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
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*blushes*

Wow, all these responses to #5. I thought I'd been pretty upfront about how I feel about Hollywood and why I'm here, on this LJ. Hmmm. Maybe a lot of it wound up in one of my friends filters.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:March 9th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
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Oh, I think you have been upfront about it, it's just that (a) you're spelling it out explicitly and (b) we're reacting positively because, yes, here's the opportunity to say "yes! yes! I agree!"

I do get irritated at the assumption that the only "mission fields" that exist are in non-Western countries.

P.S. Will you interview me?
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 9th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
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Oh, okay then. :-) My pleasure.

I will certainly interview you!

1. What's the most beautiful thing (person/event/whatever) that you have ever seen?

2. If you could ask any author, living or dead, a question, who would it be and what would you ask him/her?

3. How did you get interested in programming?

4. What was your "first fandom"?

5. What book do you not currently own that you would really like to?
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From:tomh1138
Date:March 9th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
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Heh. We both agree on #5, but the situation in #3 has been the reverse for me. I jumped the gun on going to Hollywood, and I probably should have waited. Even now, God keeps insisting that I stay in IL when I would rather be in CA. But I guess he knows what he's doing, huh? ;)

(Don't get me wrong, I miss my family when I leave. But most of my friends have married and moved away and/or have their fabulous high-paying careers already. Sometimes I wonder, "Did God call my number and I missed it?" I have to be reminded constantly that nothing I've done, no mistakes I've made, have taken God by surprise. He knows exactly what to do for me, and when/why/how as well.)

What do you do for a living again? I forget. Darn swiss-cheese memory...
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 9th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
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I work in the wrong end of the entertainment industry: accounting data entry stuff for an ad agency. We do print and web ads for Warner Bros. and some other studios.
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From:maevebran
Date:March 9th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
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Hollywood is a mission field, though many Christians don't perceive it as such. That's the only place I've really ever wanted to go as a "missionary," and here I am. I would like to actually be working in the entertainment/TV industry, because then I'd be doing front-line mission work

That's how I've always viewed it myself. Hollywood will not change its message until there is a change in the heqarts of the people working there and those people really only will listen to Christianity if they see it lived out before them.=)
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From:scionofgrace
Date:March 9th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
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Hollywood is totally a mission field. Anywhere God isn't known is a mission field, and I dare anybody to have in mind some of the stuff that comes out of there and say that it isn't a mission field.

I also think that I would have had a much harder time coming to personal grips with my faith if I hadn't simply *known*, from as far back as I can remember, that God exists and cares about me and about other people.

Y'know, I say the same thing, as do my parents. And my older brother. Do you ever have those weird moments where you see someone or read something and think, "If it hadn't been for my Christian upbringing, that's exactly who I would have been"?

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