1. In your interest section, you've listed "your mom" and "rain". Tell me why these are in your interest section and why they interest you?
Heh. Okay, so the 'your mom' thing is basically a shout out to the fact that I'm internally twelve years old from time to time. I make a ridiculous amount of grossly inappropriate and largely nonsensical 'your mom' jokes. Seriously, ridiculous...thank you, Beavis and Butthead. *G*
As for rain...well. I grew up in south Florida, so I've seen a lot of rain in my life. And largely, I love the rain. I think it's absolutely beautiful, when it's not cold and indecisive. I love *downpours*. The more torrential the better! When I was little -- and actually, to this day -- I love to go out and play in the rain. I could go all pretentious and self-important and say things about how it's liek a cleansing/renewal thing, but honestly? I just love it.
2. How many tattoos do you have? Where are they and what are they? Do they have any particular significance?
I don't have any, *yet*. I've wanted one for a very long time -- the kanji symbol for justice on my left hip. It's been almost five years of wanting it, so I think it's about time I just did it. And as for why the kanji for justice, well. I think the words "But that's not *right*" are among my most commonly uttered phrases -- I'm very interested in the advance of justice. Not in a creepy vigilante kind of way, or even in a pro-law and order kind of way really. It's just that i think justice is the natural order of things, that eventually every injustice is answered somehow. It's just that sometimes you have to look for how it works out a little harder. (This may be naive and young of me to believe, but I do believe it whole heartedly -- emotional justice is sometimes impossible to see, but it's there.)
3. I know you're going to school in NY. But I don't know what your major is? What are you hoping to do once you graduate?
We don't really have majors as such, but it's pretty definite to say that my concentration and focus lie in creative writing. *grins* My transcript bears that out, anyway. (Raise your hand if you're suprised guys. No, really.) Once I graduate I hope to well...write and not starve, and somehow have those two things be connected. *laughs* Really, all I want to do is write, so I've got to find some way to do that.
4. I love the stories about your family (especially the recent one about your brother giving you his shoes. That is just so sweet). Can you tell me a bit about each sibling? Where they fall in relation to you and "who" they are in the family?
Ahhahaha! You've been trapped into the question that can make me go on for hours and hours and hours. I love these kids so much, that any excuse to talk about them will get me going and going and going. You're going to regret asking this...*grin* so I'll try to keep it brief.
My brother is five years younger than I am. He's sweet, comfortable with comprimise, generous, gentlemanly, and just generally very mellow. He's probably the most laid back of the bunch of us, and in a lot of ways the most sensitive and intuitive. He *genuinely* cares about people on a level that you don't often find in boys his age -- or hell, anyone. Since I left home he's been trying to channel my dad and be Mr. Law and Order or whatever, which doesn't work so well on him, but hey, he's a young teenaged boy. They all go through phases, and right now he's got his buttoned up rule-follower/maker thing happening. It'll last for like, a year before he starts spiking his hair blue (I've tried to encourage this) and rolling his eyes and stuff like that. As to what role he plays for the family as whole...well, I guess in a lot of ways you could say that he's our heart. (If you're interested in astrology at all, he's a Cancer.)
Sister1 is a character, dude. I mean, seriously this is The Girl With The Curl In The Middle of Her Forehead (when she was good she was perfect, and when she was bad she was horrid). She's got a will of straight up US steel -- honestly, I don't think there's anyone else in the entire world who's as stubborn as she is. She's seven years younger than I am, and she's more introverted and introspective than the rest of us, I'd say. But this is a girl who can go from being incredibly sweet to being a shrieking bansidhe at the drop of a bloody *hat*. My nickname for her is Lobster, because she turns *bright red* when she's angry. Which happens often, sadly, because compromise? What's that? Is that English? Well, it sure as hell isn't in *her* lexicon. *G* She feels things very deeply, though, and tries to hide that. It's sort of a case of still waters run deep with this one, and when she loves you, she loves you with *everything she has*. Sister1 doesn't do things in between. (Gemini, so who's surprised?)
Sister2 is just about nine years younger than I am. My dad likes to say that we're Pete and Re-Pete, but I think that's largely because we look so much alike. I mean, sure, we're similar in a lot of other ways, too, but this girl is a hell of a lot more fearless than I've ever been. If there's something in her head? She'll say it, and to hell with the consequences. She's a born entertainer, also. But she's got a lot of that 'I'm the youngest!' stuff going on, too, so she always feels like she's tagging along after someone. She's also probably the biggest flirt *ever* -- and she always has been. It's actually very cute, but at the same time it makes me worry about what she'll be like when she's, you know, not *eleven*. She's pretty outrageous, and a lot of fun. (Scorpio)
They're all smart as hell and funny and also, just generally good people. I mean, I know that as their sister I'm biased but the truth is that I'd feel lucky to know them anyway. I can't wait to see what they grow up into, because I know it's going to be amazing. (btw, just for the purposes of the continued astrological theme thing going on, I'm an Aries-Taurus -- Mom went into labor in Aries, I was born in Taurus. Don't get much cuspier than that.)
5. As you know, I adore your writing. Who would you say are you biggest "real life" writing influences? As a writer, what are you striving to achieve? What mark do you hope to make?
Okay, I'll just go ahead and give you all a flaming pretension alert, because I can feel it coming on. *grins* It's like being Oz at a full moon.
Hmm....my biggest 'real life' writing influences. Gah! Uhm, well...I suppose it bears mentioning that I started out as a poetry student. Even back in high school, I took a class in poetry. I know that really influences my style a great deal. But I guess if you're asking who I read the truth is that I'm fairly omnivirous. My favorite authors are Salman Rushdie, Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Irvine Welsh and Annie Dillard (though I really like E. Annie Proulx, I'd say that she isn't one of my favorites because she can sometimes be hit or miss). Poetry-wise I kind of worship at the altar of Yosef Komunyakaa and Gwendolyn Brooks and Rainer Maria Rilke.
What am I striving to achieve? *laughs* I think really what I look for when I write is what's real about the situation -- what are the *little things* that make it what it is. I want to make my readers be *there* as much as I can -- I want to make them experience something when I write. If it's nothing more than the experience of saying the words out loud, and feeling them on the tip of your tongue, I want you to finish reading something I've written and think "Okay. That was a discovery."
As to what mark do I hope to make...god. I have no idea. *laughs* I'll have to get back to you on that one, because honestly? I don't know. I've got time to figure it out though, right?
1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3. You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
Think of this as my way of getting to know you.
And, because I'm feeling particularly memetastic, today, I'm including this thing that like, everybody has done but I personally gakked it from musesfool.
If my life had a fandom:
a. Who would the 'shippers pair me with?
b. Who would the slashers pair me with?
c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like OR who is mostly likely to be turned into Canon Sue?
d. When did I / will I jump the shark?
e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
Lastly, a little bit of love overflow:
You know who I adore? I adore rageprufrock and lupercali. (Yeah, same person, two journals, but the point I'm trying to make is that I adore this girl, so shut it.) She's awesome. Additionally, I adore pearl_o and, naturally, lyra_sena. *hugs all of them and gives them all virtual candy*