Hi! C again. (Yeah, I know… you’re beginning to wonder if A is a real person and not an elaborate secondary personality I developed in order to pretend like I have friends, aren’t you? Well… maybe she is. I’ll poke her the next time I see her to be sure she’s real.)
So. I don’t know if y’all know this, but I’m basically in charge of Nerd Cactus’ Twitter presence. A and I share blog/FB duties, but I get to play with all the wonderful people in the Twitter-verse. And, having gotten to know quite a few people over there, I can safely say that I got the better end of that bargain. The writer community is amazing and there are several people I now consider friends.
Well, one of them tagged me in a cool little blog appreciation challenge. My friend over at E.K.’s Stuff And Things brought me in on the Sunshine Blogger Award and, given it’s Monday and my turn to Muse, I thought I’d share a bit about myself with you here today. The point of the challenge is to answer the eleven questions put to you by the person who tagged you, create eleven new questions, and tag up to eleven people to answer them in their own blog. So… without any further ado, here goes.
(Hope you care enough about me to read!)
#1. What is your favorite movie/book quote?
Oh! I never thought this one would be so easy. But nothing has affected me quite like this quote from Anomander Rake:
“There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail — should we fall — we will know that we have lived.”
The Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite fantasy series, and possibly my favorite series ever. And Anomander Rake is one of my favorite characters… largely because of this quote.
#2. If you could wake up and suddenly be amazing at any new skill, what would it be? Me, I would love to be able to draw.
Oh, goodness. Languages. I’d love to be able to speak every single language I have on my list to learn. I’m doing really well in Italian, but it’s frustrating to have to repeat the same word over and over again to commit it to memory. So if I could wake up tomorrow and know all of those languages, I’d be a happy, happy woman. (And, for the record, I’d like to have my Latin back, too.)
#3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I wish I had an answer for this. To be perfectly honest, I’ve dreamed of living so many places — England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, New Zealand (mostly English-speaking nations because of that not knowing all those languages I want to know thing) — but part of me wants to stay in America and visit those places. I say I’d like to live in London, but I think I’d just be overwhelmed by it. It took me a week to not be terrified of Chicago. But, if I could shuck myself of my massive anxiety/control issues, I think it’s obvious based on my list that somewhere in the British Isles is probably my dream place.
#4. Plotter or Pantser?
Haha! Oh, if you only knew. I’m the Plotter to end all plotters. I’ve got a really noisy head and I have to work really hard to build a path in order to find my way through all that noise. There’s so much going on up there, I get distracted if I don’t have stepping stones to follow. Maybe that sounds pretentious — “Oh, she thinks she’s so smart!” — and, yeah, sometimes I enjoy that my brain is so cacophonous, but it can make just sitting down and writing really difficult. As a history student, I was taught to take the big and winnow it down to the little, finding the thread that connects all the sources to the historiography and my thesis. And, basically, that’s what I do when I plot; I take the big, noisy explosions of ideas and winnow them down to a serviceable plot and a bunch of characters. Only then can I delve into the chaos. If not, I lose myself entirely.
#5. Do you believe in aliens?
I suppose I do. I don’t know if belief is the right word, but I guess it must be in the absence of evidence. (Real evidence, not Ancient Aliens evidence. To hear them tell it, humanity would still be walking around on all fours and grunting at one another without aliens.) So, yeah, I do. The idea that there’s no other life in this entire universe is basically hubris of the highest degree.
#6. Someone insults your favorite book/movie/TV series, you…?
Go home, create a doll of them, and throw things.
Actually… I wish I did that. But I was taught that, so long as someone expresses their opinion with respect and with valid points of opinion, it has no bearing on me or my tastes. The enjoyment of a piece of media, whether it be a game, movie, book, TV series, comic, etc is entirely subjective, based wholly upon the way we as individual people react to stimuli. It’s why, even though I, as a rule, don’t enjoy YA (PLEASE DON’T KILL ME, INTERNET!), there is some YA media I enjoy. The intellectual snob in me (I totally acknowledge her) quails at some of the YA fantasy (it’s always fantasy) tropes I tend to dislike (YA brooding heroes and I are not friends) (why are there so many parentheses in this sentence), but I still enjoy the story, nonetheless. If you ask nicely, I might tell you about some of them. But privately. In a dark alley. Wearing a coat and hat.
I guess that doesn’t answer the question. What I meant was… people are entitled to not like something. So long as expressing their dislike of something is done in a respectful manner, I’m cool with it. Be a dick, though, and I might just throw something at you IRL. Forget the doll.
#7. Vampire or Werewolf?
Werewolf. I’ve always been a sucker for werewolves. I like a good vampire story, but werewolves are so much cooler.
#8. If you were King/Queen for a day, what would you do?
Depends. Is it a Queen with actual power or, like, the English Queen? You know what? Either way, I’m doing the same thing: referring to myself as ‘we’, meeting eligible Princes and other fancy people (even after I stop being Queen, those connections are valuable… and handsome Princes are always fun to talk to), and eating delicious food. I’d also deliver at least one nation-wide (if not world-wide) speech about the necessity of literature and history. Surely someone would listen to a Queen, even if I (we) was (were) only one for a day.
#9. What would your Superhero name be?
Professor Q. It’s actually pretty easy. Friends have jokingly called me Professor for years and my on-line pseudonym begins with a Q, so putting those together is a no-brainer for me. Obviously, my powers would be mental.
#10. If you could have dinner with any historical figure (dead or alive) who would it be?
This one is hard. Picking one person when I have a Top 5 list of Historical personages of both genders (with several alternates on the female side) might be just impossible. Anne Boleyn? Mark Antony? Alexander Hamilton? Boudicca? Alexander the Great? Henry II? Henry V? Eleanor of Aquitaine? It’d change with my mood and what story I’m writing. Right now, I think I’d go Anne Boleyn because I’d want to tell her about her legacy in the world. The woman was innocent of all the ridiculous charges thrust upon her and has been maligned as The Whore for centuries. She deserved/deserves better than that.
#11. What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?
OK! This means I’m done with the questions Errin posted me. Now I get to pick eleven of my own! Let’s do this:
- Let’s pretend backwards time travel is real for a second. When and where would you go if you could travel to the past?
- What is the part of the writing process that you consider your biggest strength? How about weakness?
- Which of the species of Middle Earth would you be?
- What is your movie/book of choice when you’re sick and need comforting?
- “It’s a Small World”: nostalgia trip or puppet-filled nightmare fuel? Or maybe both?
- What is your favorite genre? What’s the one they couldn’t pay you to read? (Or, if you’ll read anything, what’s your least favorite?)
- Who is your creative idol?
- What is your superpower of choice?
- What is one series (novel/TV/comic book/movie) you used to love but don’t anymore? What happened? What would you do differently?
- What is your favorite meal?
- Are you a god?
OK! So… that’s it! I think the following people should do this: The Scribble Bug, Script Alchemy, Belinda Burke, Jewel E. Leonard, and John Cordial. D.K. Taylor-Lane and Ashley Rounsville should do it, too. Create a blog if you have to.