The Sunday Salon: A Questionnaire

On Monday, Lu at Regular Rumination tagged me in a questionnaire; you can find my answers below!

Tell us one thing that we don’t know about you!

I’m trying to think of anything I haven’t mentioned on the blog! I suppose my interests in things economical and ethical. I’m a Organizational Management minor at my fine institution (which is liberal arts speak for “the Economics minor for humanities students”), and I enjoy basic economics. I’m also fascinated by ethics, given my religiously feral childhood. I’m about to hit my cap for literature classes, so I’ll have time next year to explore the liberal arts.

Is there one book you’re always recommending? Which book is it and why?

Holy crow, The Magician’s Book. I’ve been flogging it before I read it. I recommend it to everyone I come across who even breathes an interest in children’s literature or Narnia or reading or existing in a world with stories or… you get the picture. Just read it!

Have you convinced anyone to read said book? Did they like it?

Oh, I’ve convinced people to put it on their list. I’ve even requested it for my school  library, because it’s that important to me. But, alas, no one has completed it on my recommendation—yet!

What do you do besides read?

Well, I’m part of a writing group (delightfully known as the COWRDs—a Company of Writers, Really Determined), so I do try to write. I’m currently working on a manuscript (and I feel okay telling you because I’m very much towards of the end) and I’m excited to finish it to start the next. I’m also involved in theater; I’m an actress and unqualified crew member. I’m on the executive board for my school’s theater organization. I’m also getting into costuming, but it’s a bit hard without my sewing machine. But this year’s biggest costume is a valkyrie for school festivities next semester and, of course, a lady Fili for The Hobbit premiere. Cardboard armor all around!

Are you crafty?

I like to think so! I recently made reheatable pads out of some busted up socks and rice; I’m planning on writing up a tutorial for a Sunday Salon. I’m also a beginning seamstress, with an eye on costumes. I like being able to make things with my own hands; it makes me feel capable.

Whom do you miss right now?

My dog. I love hanging out with dogs, because we’re usually on the same wavelength. I remember walking out of a dry-cleaner’s last semester on a pretty crap day and making eye contact with a dog across the street, and I immediately calmed down. Dogs are so good-natured, calm, and loving; they remind me to be a better person without making me feel bad about not being that better person. I also enjoy the fact that they are fluffy. I am all for fluffy.

What are you going to eat for dinner?

I haven’t the foggiest!

What is the one book you’ve been dying to read but you haven’t yet?

Straight by Hanne Blank.

I need some new music recommendations! What have you been listening to lately?

Lately, I’ve actually been revisiting the albums of my youth, which were all “borrowed” from my older brother. These include Everclear’s Songs from an American Movie Volume One: Learning How to Smile, the Wallflowers’ Red Letter Days, and Ben Folds’ Rockin’ the Suburbs. I would commandeer or copy those CDs and listen to them on the bus to and from school on my CD player for months at a time. I’ve also been exploring Simon & Garfunkel.

If you could go back to any time in your life and live through it all again, when would you return to?

…honestly? None. I do my best to live in the moment, and I organize my life via stages in time. This present moment is always going to be more exciting and interesting for me than anything from my past. I’ve done and experienced a lot of fantastic things, but I also hope to do and experience even more fantastical things in the future! I’ll stay here, thank you.

What’s one goal you have for this year?

Taking and not doing too horribly on the GRE. I got four questions right on a twenty question practice test on one math section. I’ve got work to do.

This week has been, well, a fairly normal week for me. Our children’s show went up and went down this weekend, which was fun—I got to usher kids and generally get used to the little ones. (There was this super chill toddler who spent the show in the lobby, observing and occasionally uttering determined gibberish at her mother or the ushers.) I also went to Dragon*Con’s Brit Track’s Meet and Greet yesterday, since it was in my neck of the woods. I finished The Subtle Knife this week and started on The Amber Spyglass; I also downed Textual Poachers in three days, because media studies from a fannish perspective make me want to stand on my desk and cheer. I’ve also started watching Community, which I’ve been enjoying—I’ve got another two free weeks of Hulu Plus, so there was no reason not to.

All Lacquered Up is giving away two sets of the Hunger Games nail polish collection until Monday. Temptalia is giving away two sets of the Hunger Games nail polish collection until Wednesday. Tor/Forge is giving away David Weber’s Safehold series until March 9th; you have to sign up for their newsletter. The Baen Free Library is full of free downloads, including The Shadow of the Lion and On Basilisk Station. Night Shade Books is offering Butcher Bird and Grey as free downloads at the moment. Vertigo Comics is offering free downloads of the first issue of several series, including Fables, The Unwritten, and Y: The Last Man. (And you will go download The Unwritten.) Small Beer Press offers several of their books as free downloads, including Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners. If I’ve missed your giveaway or freebie, drop me a line!

Have a question you’ve always wanted to ask me, while I’m being very self-centered today? Ask it below!

2 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: A Questionnaire

  1. We’re on the same page with the dogs of the world, particularly where their fluffiness is concerned. A fluffy dog is a happy-making dog.

    (Not that I’d sniff at a non-fluffy dog. They’re equally wonderful.)

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