- If you can transport yourself into one of your favourite books, where (what book world) would you go and why?
- I’m going to assume I’m just an observer here and not subject to the dangers of the setting. I would like to check out China Miéville’s Bas-Lag world — the setting of Perdido Street Station and its sequels. I would have to run around poking into everything, and I’m sure I would see something either mind-blowingly awful or mind-blowingly wonderful around every corner.
- If you can meet one person (real, imaginary, alive, or dead) who would it be and why? What will you do with them?
- My childhood hero Sally Ride died a few years ago, and I really wished I’d sent her that fan letter I wrote when I was in elementary school. (I think I wrote maybe three fan letters ever. In all three cases, I never sent them.) Anyway, that’s who I’d have liked to meet. I’m sure I would have been too awkward to say much, as I always am when I meet someone I admire.
- Do you feel you are at peace with yourself?
- Mostly. I think I am an okay person. That’s not to say I’m never disappointed in myself, or that I don’t wish I were braver, or more reliable, or better looking, or whatever. But in general, yeah, I’m okay.
- What according to you is the cause of stress in lives of others or in yours?
- What’s stressing me out right now is the need to finish my degree and get a full-time job. In general, the things that stress out everyone I know fall into one of two categories: money and relationships. Or rather the lack of them.
- What makes you feel very good?
- Being outside right before dusk, when the breeze changes and things get sort of quiet and the sunlight turns orange and then gray as I walk home.
- What is your best memory?
- Many years ago, I had a girlfriend who bought us both plane tickets to Boston as a Christmas present. We went on New Year’s Eve and got there just in time to see the fireworks at midnight. It was the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. I’m afraid I have an unrealistically rosy view of Boston because of that trip.
- Who are your source of inspiration?
- I don’t really have any major ones that I get a lot of inspiration from, but many people who provide just a little bit each.
- What is the role of gratitude in your life?
- I get cranky and cynical about the concept. I feel that it’s an overused buzzword much of the time.
- What are your top five favourite books of this year?
- I might have to include the past couple years. I haven’t had a chance to read much for fun lately, and textbooks and journal articles are not my favorite anything. So:
Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer (horror).
Last Chance to See, by Douglas Adams (humorous popular science).
Far North, by Marcel Theroux (post-apocalyptic adventure story).
Wakulla Springs by Ellen Klages and Andy Duncan (historical fiction, available free online).
And I just pre-ordered the Welcome to Night Vale novel and if it’s even half as much fun as the podcast, I expect it to be on the list, too.
- If you can meet one famous person who is alive who will that be?
- I’ll bet it would be awesome to have a conversation with Stephen Colbert.
- Has blogging enriched your life? How?
- Writing about things helps me clarify my thoughts and see things from a more objective vantage point. If I can entertain or inform people in the process, even better.