Now for fun meme time!
The Five Questions Meme
How this meme works:
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. Feel free to ask me questions back, if you like. Also, if you'd rather just answer questions in the comments and not repost, that's fine by me.
1) Other than LA for work-related reasons, where would you most like to live? Or visit someday?
I'm pretty happy living in Kansas, to be honest. There are a lot of places I would like to visit - England, Italy, Egypt (maybe not right now), New Zealand - but I very much like where I'm from. I actually did not enjoy living in LA all that much, and would prefer not to move back there. Obviously if it means I get to be an actual writer, I will, but eh.
2) What's your favorite book? Why?
The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson. They are hard SF, speculative fiction, so they wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. Basically, the books start with the first permanent human settlement on Mars, which is made up of 100 scientists (The First Hundred). They establish the first city, explore the planet, chart its resources. Almost immediately, conflicts arise - will Mars be an Earth colony or will it be independent? Will they attempt to keep the planet as pristine as possible (the members of this movement are called the Reds), or will they terraform the planet to make it easier to sustain human life (the Greens)? These are dense, incredibly well-written books, with wonderful characters. In fact, the chief Green, a physicist named Sax Russell, is my favorite fictional character of all time, from any medium. Why are these my favorite books? I've always loved science fiction, and I've read a lot of science fiction, and as far as I'm concerned, these are the best science fiction books ever written. The end.
3) What's a historical period or individual you're particularly interested in and why?
Ancient Rome, and Julius Caesar. Loooooooove. In May, I will have hit three years in teaching myself Latin, which I started doing because I love Ancient Rome so very much, and want to be able to read the primary sources in the original, as opposed to translations. I'm not sure why exactly I love Rome so much; I just do.
4) What's something that gets you really stirred up and passionate? Really excited, or angry, or motivated to change something, or just really happy and convinced that at least this one thing is right with the world?
Perhaps not surprising considering #2, but I am really, really into space exploration. Actually, just plain any money put into science (excluding cell phones, naturally). I find it really irritating that human beings walked on the moon when my parents were alive, but not while I've been alive. I think part of what gets me so worked up about it is that we are right on the cusp of a new, great frontier, and goddamn it, I want to see it in my lifetime. I want to see mankind living somewhere other than Earth. I want to see us exploring. I want to see us try to be better and more than we are.
5) What do you love most about B5? Why is it such a good show? (See what I did there?)
What do I love most? That's a tough one. I'd have to say that overall, what I love most is that it is so complete. It's a world that is comprehensive, with all the little details planned out. There's rarely anything superfluous, and by the time you get to the middle of the second season there's this wonderful sense that everything - everything - is coming together in a way that rarely happens on TV. Like, take the stretch of BSG episodes from Colonial Day till Resurrection Ship II - that's a good stretch of episodes, right? Pretty much one long arc, even if there's an episode or two that aren't quite as strong as the others. (Though I maintain that The Farm is still a great episode.) That's...about fifteen episodes, yeah? So Babylon 5 as a whole is like one single arc for two full seasons, plus the end of S2, so you're talking about 55-60 episodes. And it's just like that, everything building and building, but piece by piece, so that you aren't really aware that you're watching one huge comprehensive story until you're in the middle of it. It's hard to describe, because I've never really seen anything comparable on TV before. I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at that. :D
6) Why haven't you made any/many Roslin icons, huh? You brought it up recently that you hadn't and that ought to fix that, but the latest BSG batch still didn't have any. [taps foot, demands roslin icons] [not really, do whatever you like] [dude, srsly, no roslin icons? that's kinda weird with her being your fave female tv character and all]
Well...quite simply because I tend to watch BSG on a DVD player. I like to icon based on making my own caps, because I hate looking through cap galleries. And I haven't really found a decent, comprehensive BSG cap gallery that I like. So I tend to make a lot of icons based on what I'm watching on my actual computer. That's why I made a ton of TNG icons, and have recently been making B5 icons - watched both as downloads on my computer. There are exceptions, especially recently with my landcomms, but that would be the reason. Maybe one day I'll sit down and make some, though.
1. In an ideal world, where will you be in five years?
I would very much like to be a professional screenwriter, meaning that I have sold something that I have written. For money. I don't care at this point if it gets made, I just want to sell something. Obviously, it would be great if I could get something produced, but that's so unlikely that I don't really let myself hope for it too much. But selling something...I could sell something. That's doable.
2. What's your favorite TV show of all time?
Oof, that's a tough one. I'll have to answer this the same way I answered the same question when I did a big TV meme last summer. It's a tie! I have to go with The X-Files, which was the show of my childhood, and informed so many of my preferences when it comes to entertainment, and Battlestar Galactica, which was the show of my adulthood, that I watched when I was learning to be a writer and so it ends up kind of tangled up in my mind.
3. If you could hang out with one historical figure (i.e. someone who's dead), who would it be?
Julius Caesar. I find him an endlessly fascinating figure, and of all the biographies and fictional books I've read, no two authors seem to view him in the same way. I want to know what really made him tick, if he conquered Gaul for Rome or for his own aggrandizement, if he genuinely hoped for peace between himself, Pompey and Crassus, or if he was always planning on breaking the peace as soon as he got the chance; I want to know if he knew what would happen when he crossed the Rubicon, and if he really was willing to end the Republic because he had been treated unfairly by the Senate. I have so many more questions, but I won't bore you beyond that.
4. What kind of writing most draws you?
If we take the basics as read (i.e., grammatically correct, no spelling errors, no huge plot holes or dropped characters), I think for me what I like most are stories that tell me about something I don't get to experience in my daily life. This can be an alien world, a historical period, a particularly nasty villain, whatever. I'm just not all that interested in regular stuff, and regular people. For me, reading is about experiencing something I would be able to otherwise, so that's what I'm most interested in.
5. What's your biggest pet peeve?
This is a tough one, because I have so very many pet peeves. I'm going to go with rudeness in general. There's no excuse for it, but it seems to be more and more prevalent. Rude drivers, rude people when I'm out shopping, rude people at work. That combination of a sense of entitlement and no sense of empathy. It just kills me.