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November 6th, 2008


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10:38 am - That ol' interview meme
Taken, this time, from mistraltoes, who gave me questions...uh...several weeks ago?

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You should then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed you should ask them 5 questions.



1) You have to turn one of your personal experiences into a sitcom by exaggerating it for comic effect. Tell us about your sitcom.

Bwah. There are already some reality shows that hit this niche (Jon & Kate Plus Eight), and a few films, but I'm not sure I've ever seen it as a sitcom.

It will be called School is Where the Heart Is, or something equally cheesy, and will be about a family of seven kids--and their two parents, who decide to homeschool them all. Cue flailing (and mostly successful, in academic terms) attempts by the parents to teach subjects from reading up through AP Biology; and wacky hi-jinks, pranks, temper tantrums, and life lessons from the siblings, each of whom has a personal reason for hating their new lives.

Think Malcolm in the Middle in tone, but with more kids and an even stronger central premise.

(Dude, if I were better at writing straight comedy, this could be network TV gold.)

2) For what would you like to be remembered when you die? Is there anything particular you would like to have at your funeral?

I can tell you the one thing I do not want at my funeral: I don't want any of the speakers to tell anyone not to cry. Just because I'm in heaven doesn't mean you all won't miss me. *g* Better to have someone quote Tolkien, instead: "I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil."

I also kind of want two people to sing the duet "For Good," from the musical Wicked, because it really encapsulates what I feel about friendship. And maybe that's what I want to be remembered for: that I was a good friend.

3) What author (professional or not) would you like to have write a book just for you? On what subject or type of plot?

Oh, boy, what a question. I know! Connie Willis has already tackled Near-Death Experiences (and the afterlife) from a scientific point of view (in her brilliant novel Passage), so I'd be interested to see her take on some specifically supernatural experience found in Christian religion. Just to see where she'd take it.

4) A hundred years from now, an archaeologist discovers your current computer, still fully functional. What does he deduce about you from it and its contents?

That I wrote a lot of short stories, many of which seem to link to each other. Perhaps that I was an avant-garde writer? Most of my blog stuff and emails are on outside servers, so none of that would be here. I have a lot of work from my friends, though, so he might also conclude that I worked as an editor.

5) You get to turn the book of your choice into a film. Tell us about it: Which book? Who will you cast in it? How will you trim the story to fit into a movie?

Ender's Game. Unfortunately, casting is always difficult for a film populated mostly by children! Mostly by *boys,* even (I can think of some good current female child actors).

Most of the trimming would probably have to be done during training at Battle School: particularly the computer game that Ender plays. I wouldn't want to ditch it entirely, as the way the hive-queen tells Ender where her clutch is comes through a related visual cue, but some of it would have to be cut. As well as, probably, some of the teamwork during the battles they fight between Battle School and the homeworld (although in some ways that's already a montage of condensed action). Some of Ender's family issues; Valentine would have to be cut down to a few very significant moments, ditto Peter.

Scene I would most look forward to shooting (and fight to prevent getting cut): the scene where Ender figures out the mechanics of null-gravity fighting. "The enemy's gate is down!"

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From:kalquessa
Date:November 6th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Wow, those are the best interview questions in the history of the world.

1. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH CAPSLOCK FOR HOW MUCH I WANT THAT SHOW TO EXIST!!!!

3. All your base are belong to Connie Willis.

5. You could never cut "the enemy's gate is down" from the film. It's such an iconic line. I know someone whose unit at police training bootcamp used it as a motto/battlecry.

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From:jhall1
Date:November 6th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Connie Willis has already tackled Near-Death Experiences (and the afterlife) from a scientific point of view (in her brilliant novel Passage), so I'd be interested to see her take on some specifically supernatural experience found in Christian religion. Just to see where she'd take it.

Have you read Niven and Pournelle's Inferno? I think you'd find it not only entertaining but thought-provoking.
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From:snickelish
Date:November 6th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
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1. You must be another one of us homeschooled folks? Neat. It's always fun to find another one. :)
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From:kalquessa
Date:November 7th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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We are taking over LJ!!
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 7th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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Yes, I am. Eldest of 7, all of us were (or are still being) homeschooled. :-)

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