Feb. 21st, 2011

shah_of_blah: (troy)
I've been feeling like I ought to post for awhile, but I have refrained because I didn't actually have anything to post.  Weird.  So I thought I might do a TV post, but I don't have a lot to say.  Possibly because I have not been watching an overabundance of television (mostly just Community and Parks & Recreation).  All I want to say is that I love Community and I love Troy Barnes and this most recent episode made me very happy.  It also made me want to watch Reading Rainbow again.

Anyway, one of the reasons I have been a bit MIA recently is that I have been working on my thesis, which is a collection of short stories.  I just turned in the first draft this morning.  It's approximately 25,000 words.  Now that it's, well, semi-done I might be around LJ more.  If nothing else, I've got to write my remix fic.

In the meantime, here's a meme:

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions (not the same questions that I was asked and not the same questions for everyone)
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.

[livejournal.com profile] nazkey  asked me...

1. You have the chance to have a one-on-one with Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, James Joyce, Samuel Richardson or Dante. Who would you pick and why?
James Joyce.  Hands down.  I don't really know why.  Of these, I've only read works by Joyce (Portrait of the Artist) and Spenser (Faerie Queen).  I'm not that crazy about either of them, but one of my life goals is to read Ulysses.  A few months ago, I was telling a classmate about this desire of mine, and my fear that I wouldn't be able to understand it without the aid of a professor.  She said something about a knowledge of Homer being all I needed.  I think.  Also that "who do you write like" website has told me I am James Joyce in the past (also Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, and Gertrude Stein, so you can decide whether or not it's to be trusted).  Anyway, yes, I would like to meet James Joyce.

2. You are reliving the plot of "An Affair to Remember" where you meet the love of your life on a cruise, but are involved with someone and you agree to meet this man on top of the Empire State Building in a year. Do you? Why?
Well, I've never seen that movie, but yeah I would probably do it.  Although the location is not ideal as I am afraid of heights.  But I've never even been inside the Empire State Building and I'm always seeking new experiences.  It would probably make for a good story, no matter what happened.

3. Who are your Oscar picks? Do you even care?
I really, really want True Grit to win Best Picture.  I loved Black Swan and The King's Speech and The Kids Are All Right too (and I liked some of the others) but for some reason, I feel strongly that True Grit is the only one which truly deserves this accolade.  Natalie Portman should win Best Actress and Colin Firth should win Best Actor, but the Coen brothers just outdid themselves with True Grit.

4. You've been nominated for a Noble prize. What category are you in and what did you do to deserve the accolades?
Hahaha, okay, I'm not going to answer this seriously, but instead I will tell you an amusing anecdote.  Background: In addition to being named after a Beatles song, I was also named after a Mario Vargas Llosa character.  My mom was a big fan (key word here being "was," as they have since parted over political differences).  So when he won the Nobel Prize, I got this email from my mother in my inbox:

Hiya darling! Did you know that Mario Vargas Llosa, that Peruvian jerk who writes fabulous novels, just won the Nobel prize for lit?

Since “[character]”* was running through my head when you emerged, and since I told him that when I met him several years ago, it’s almost as if you are winning the prize!

Congratulations!
 

So by the transitive power of Mario Vargas Llosa, I have already won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

*At this point, I don't actually care if people know my first name or not.  I just enjoy being coy about it, and I'm curious if anyone who doesn't already know can figure it out.

5. If you had to pick ONE song, book, movie & TV show which best describes who you are, what would they be?
I am assuming you mean just one, and not one of each.  That would be way easier, wouldn't it?  I'd probably say something different if you asked me tomorrow, but right now I'm inclined to say Stranger Things Happen, a collection of short stories by Kelly Link.  I want to be her.  When I read this book, it was like a revelation.  That is what I want to write.  So yeah, I want to be her.  I suppose Stranger Things Happen encapsulates a lot of my weird fascination with words and the world.  If you read it with that in mind, it might tell you something about me.

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