I have no idea how often or how regular I’m going to do this, but I’m bored to the point of whimsical right now and felt like doing this to amuse myself.
I’m going to interview myself about whatever happens to come to mind.
Future versions of this might feature favourite questions from comments, emails, Facebook, or Twitter.
Are you a vegetarian/vegan?
No. Though I was until I got married to someone who I can’t seem to convince that humans aren’t carnivores – I didn’t grow up not eating meat so it was no hardship to give in to the fact that I was not going to win the argument against cooking steaks, chicken, pork, etc.
So you’re married?
To a man or woman?
Tea or Coffee?
Tea by preference, though if I’ve an empty stomach I have to keep it to specific herbals or just go with coffee. Tea on an empty tummy makes me extremely sick for no reason I can understand.
You use a peculiar grammar and spelling, where are you from?
Books. Seriously, I learned most of what I know of English from reading so much; I read a great many English authours and American authours from the days when the written languages between English and American weren’t as different, but I do read some newer American authours which causes some of the peculiarities. Where I was formally educated really is irrelevant since I don’t actually remember a damned thing from my English lessons, and my family speaks with a rather eclectic mix of dialects and accents.
Your books seem a little mixed on the subject of feminism, but you admit that you’re a woman. Are you a feminist or anti-feminist?
Neither. My feelings on the matter of this stuff I think can be best stated by Ms Emma Watson in her amazing speech to the U.N. I believe in equality. A woman who wants to be June Cleaver and a woman who wants to be just this side of Teddy Roosevelt after male-to-female transition are both advancing the cause of feminism since the whole point comes down to having the freedom to choose, and I think that (as Ms Watson said) we too often forget the poor gents in the subject. They have their own degrading stereotypes as well – what business is it of mine if Dennis Rodman wants to wear a dress? I’m not going to tell him he’s any less a man for it.
Your “biography” page says you don’t speak Swahili. Do you speak any other languages besides English? Your books have French and Italian in them …
And I’m quite good at faking those languages with a little help from a dictionary and the Latin I studied in school. I, sadly, no longer have any functional proficiency in Latin even though I adore the language (far too little opportunity to use and expand, the dangers of studying a dead language), but I remember enough of the core of the language to understand how to use what I look up when translating out of English and into the French and Italian used in my stories. English is my only fluent language, though I’m conversant in American so long as the topic doesn’t stray too far.
You mention that your writing only pays your power bill, what do you do for a living?
Telephony switch engineering. I work for an internet/cable/phone company fixing switch issues with customers’ phone features and phone services. Before that, with the same company, I worked various permutations of technical support for either the customers themselves or the in-field technicians. Mostly it’s a very boring job, and I’m not sure with what it pays “a living” is a strictly accurate term, but it pays the rent.
Mac or PC?
Amiga. Sadly they’re getting more than a little dated, so I use Macs. If I must use a PC I put Debian Linux (Testing) on it … or, by ultimate preference, DOS. I’ve been using computers for a long time. I’ve used a plethora of hardware, OS, software. I’ve things I like and hate about most things, Windows and most Microsoft products are the sole exception: I find nothing positive to say about their products that couldn’t be said about anything else like them and couldn’t have been said about those other things first … but could go on at length about all the things I hate. The single positive thing is that MS Word does make putting different page numbering in one part of a document versus another easier than any other current word processor.
iOS or Android?
Neither, or iOS. For a tablet I prefer iOS. I have rather mixed feelings about smartphones. Android, by-and-large doesn’t impress me, though I’ve nothing against it in theory, just in specific details of how it’s implemented. Most reasoned arguments against Android generally echo my own feelings about it.
And I think that concludes for now. I’ve run out of ideas, and probably should stop goofing off now anyway.