mizkit memed, and I cannot resist this particular meme, especially when Catie throws it out there. She asks questions that I don’t think to ask myself. The rules of the meme are:

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

1. What person from history would you most like to sit down and have a talk with, and why? Hrm. Y’know, for a ringer, this might be the hardest question to answer. Roger Zelazny. The way he plays with his thoughts & words always makes me point at the book in my hand and go “lookit what he did!” Apart from that, he was by all accounts a fun and lovable guy.

2. Writing: what’s holding you back? Do you want to write, or do you want to have written? Nothing. That is, I am trying to hold me back, but I’m not letting it happen. Progress is happening, by painful inches. Why is it painful? Because I am scared to death; I have reached the place where I can reasonably say I am halfway done…which implies the ability to complete. If I complete, then I will have taken the First Step, to…to doing things that I like, that make me feel good during and after, that I’m proud of. Giving up all this angst and denial is much harder than I ever dreamt.

In fact, I want to write and have written. I love thinking about what and how I’ll say things, love writing them out and fiddling them until they’re right, and love the feeling of accomplishment when I get it right. Later, I am narcissist enough to love reading what I wrote. So, both.

3. You have a seemingly endless capacity for joy and delight in life. Do you consider yourself to actually be a joyful person, or are you just drawn that way? I do? I’ve always assumed, with my constant mulling of consequences and meaning, that I was a bit of a wet blanket. thinks Maybe. I am likely (if I am) that way partially because my father was a effervescently cheerful man, happily excited by the prospect of everything, and partly because I have been working diligently to let go of the black cloud that has followed me around since I was, maybe, ten years old. So, drawn and driven, both.

4. Tell me your favorite poem (either by quoting it or linking to it) and tell me what it is about it that makes it your favorite. (This is probably a very English major question.) No shame in English geekery. My favorite rotates. Sometimes it’s Jabberwocky (because, with little understanding of what each word means — in spite of Humpty’s efforts to explain — it communicates the images & story perfectly) or Zelazny’s “Spring Morning: Missive” (because it deals with a brush with Legionaire’s Disease in terms of the sex life of emporer penguins, and is touching and funny and perfect and just the way I would feel about it, and in just that tone). If Ed will send me the text of Spring Morning: Missive, I’ll post it.

5. What would the greatest adventure be? The answer to this one frightened me, both for content and speed of arrival.

The greatest adventure would be to ditch all the luggage I carry, all the “gottas” I keep chained to my ankles, and do the scariest, most desireable thing I can think of at this moment; write, write, write…until it supports me or someone convinces me to stop before I hurt myself through starvation, or the world ends because I wasn’t turning the crank, or whatever.

Scary. The greatest adventure would be to let me do what I want to do.

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  1. Oh, very nice answer to the last. I was really curious what you’d say to that one. Go you.

    Also, delighted to read the answer to #2. *beam*

    Hit me with your best shot!

    1. 1. You have a mutant power (this is not hypothetical; Catie is possessed of powers far beyond the norm) that you don’t talk about much. Describe your power, its origin and limts.

      2. What would you be doing right now if Ted had married Beatrice Arthur instead of you?

      3. There is not choice, however fruitful, that does not represent some loss. What have you passed by, by making the choices you’ve made, that you still deeply wish you could have kept?

      4. I’ve watched you grumble, be slothful, show all manner of avoidance behaviors…but never show doubt. Are you as confident as you appear? What gives you moments of doubt?

      5. Your annual review comes in; you work well, but you aren’t going to be allowed to be Kit anymore. Because of your fine performance as Kit, you get to choose who you will be next. Who will you be? Why?

    1. Consider yourself done.

      1. Sex is everywhere, if one needs it. Since you haven’t been finding it, but still pine for it, one assumes that you are looking for something more. How much of what you are looking for is a hose to quench your nether fires, and how much is actually longing for a partner you don’t want to leave afterwards?

      2. What’s the story – the full story, with explicite bits – between you and , both to date and hopeful?

      3. I told you two secrets. Tell me one, here, in front of everyone. Make it good. No half-assed secrets.

      4. You get to change one thing in your life with no effort, but you have to live with the effects forever. What is it?

      5. What do you want to be when you grow up…how long will that take…and what are you doing about it?

    1. You.

      1. You pose beautifully (that’s a compliment, take it as such) in your journal. The only facade I’ve seen that is more thorough would be mine. What are you hiding behind your facade of carefree-cheery-worldwise-untouchable?

      2. You have said, in so many words, that you have only a passing need for other people (I believe you were speaking of Relationships, but…), and yet you give much of your effort to relating to other people. What are you getting out of that that you can’t get by yourself?

      3. Do you really want to meet for coffee & a cookie this June?

      4. You are given Dr. Frankenstien’s castle, laboratory, and hunchback. Build your perfect playmate, the one that you will keep around forever.

      5. School will someday end, and the world will foist itself upon you, with its demands that you do something steadily for 40 hours and see the same people every day while you do so. What do you think might not drive you crazy, doing?

  2. Oh good, the 5 person limit is filled. I doubt I would want to answer your questions.

    I’ll look for the poem and post it here. I still think I like Lobachevski’s Eyes better, except for the spelling of the guy’s name. Oh, and that one, something like “…and like a deep, cool, mountain lake art thou a magnificent swindler of the sun.”

    1. Thank you. I like the sun-swindler, as well…and Locker Room…and most of the others, now I think of it.

  3. Great movie! As expected!

    I had a chance to see live the cast of Harry Potter in Hollywood! Great guys! Good luck to then! Will go watch a movie!

  4. No mo’? I think not.

    Perhaps I simply don’t get it, but Nanowrimo seems to me like it should not be treated like a contest, but more like an incentive or inducement.

    If it is a contest, then the prize you get for finishing is simply a rushed draft, not a novel. You, on the other hand, ended up with a) the feeling that something was accomplished; b) 12300 words which may or may not find their way into a story; c) a backstory; and d) the start of a novel.

    You also managed to maintain a grip on your sanity (or at least di not let it slip any further), as well as a new job, a wife and a life. All in all, not a bad profit for a month of writing.

    I applaud you.

  5. …and it is truly a nice house, and an absolutely beautiful piece of land. Lee and I are so glad that you and Shannon finally have your home. You deserve it. And I know you will love it and treat it well. And I’m especially glad that it is so close to Haven!!! YAY!

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