• Comment with "Come at me, bro"
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.
was kind to me...
1. You are, bar none, one of the most talented and creative writers I've ever read. Where do you find inspiration?
*blush* Thank you!
Well, it's more like inspiration finds me, occasionally using bloodhounds and searchlights. I'm very intuitive that way, which sounds good but can be a real hassle; I usually have to wait for the idea to smack me upside the head. It's not that I don't sometimes come up with a plot through deliberate "what if"; but the best ideas usually come out nowhere and demand to be written down.
These days, inspiration seems to be nurtured by a really intriguing movie or TV show, but sometimes I read something and think "hey, what if it went this
2. Obviously, you are incredibly well read. That somehow makes me feel justified in making this a two part question. What is your favorite novel? Under what circumstances did you first read it?
Oh, whine, you're going to make me choose
? :P There isn't just one! I love the Chronicles of Narnia for its hope, and The Secret Garden
because my mother read it to me after my brother was born, and the Secret Country trilogy because it's what I and my friends wanted to do as kids, and the Tale of the Five
series because it's just fantastic. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
and Call of the Wild
were two of my early favorites. I wore out a copy of The Wounded Sky
traveling across the U.S. and back when I was fifteen. The Rains of Eridan. Shards of Honor. Crimson Roses. Finn Family Moomintroll. Robin. The Spellkey,
read at my grandparents' in California, along with Silver Woven in My Hair
--had to get a long lease from the library for those. Dragonflight,
which I've probably read over a hundred times, and was given to me by my mother's best friend, who also introduced me to the wonder of Pilgrimage
and The People
for all their stories), among others.
I suppose if my apartment were burning, the first thing I'd throw out the window would be They Stand Together
because I had such trouble getting a copy, but it's not a novel and it's probably easier to replace now.
3. I always say we shouldn't have regrets because even the things we see as mistakes or missteps have led us to where we are, and where we are is exactly where we're supposed to be. But, sometimes, I do wish I'd done a couple of thing differently. What is something like that for you?
I would have declined the opportunity to have a boyfriend, way back in my sophomore year of college. Some people may be able to make themselves fall in love, but I am not one of them, and I knew it then and went ahead anyway. I hurt him, and that is something for which I have not forgiven myself.
There's all kinds of excuses for it--I was young, love's always a risk, it was a necessary experience for both of us--but I knew better
than to behave like that, and did it anyway. It still makes me a little sick. 4. Would you rather cook or clean?
Cook, most definitely! Or bake, if given the choice. Not that I'm particularly skilled at any of it. One of my small fantasies is to make enough money to afford a cleaner. 5. What is the oddest thing that ever happened to you?
Difficult to say! Probably it's a tie between knowing ahead of time that my brother would fall into my grandparents' pond when we were kids, and the whole haunted dorm thing during college. Oh, and there's the bit with my mother's earrings, but I promised her I wouldn't tell that story. Nah, the other two are weirder anyway.
Thanks for indulging me! ;)