June 04, 2005

Another Day, Another Meme

A meme from Annastazia:

A version of this meme was the one of the first memes I ever completed in my blogging career. My first round came from the wonderful Dave Tepper. Ahhhh, the memories. Anyway, without further adieu,

The Official Interview Game Rules:
1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person's will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Wanna play? Leave a comment and I will ask you all sorts of schtuff.

Now, some questions just for me, from Staz...

1. Who's your literary hero?
Oh my gosh, I have to narrow it down to ONE?! Okay, this is going to be tough. First, it should be a woman. I do admire men but I think even in literature there still exists some inequality between men and women. Second, it's an author who writes for young people because I feel that writing good fiction for children and young adults requires a greater level of skill than writing for an adult audience (I could go on and on about literature for children and how it compares to adult literature, but I'll leave it there for now). Third, I know this isn't a requirement, but I'd like to pick someone who is still alive. Why? Because I want to. Fourthly (ha ha), I'd like to pick someone who has won top awards in their field (in this case, that would be the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, juvenile category). And finally, it has to be someone whose work overall I admire (as opposed to just one or two books). So that brings me to the very talented:

Katherine Paterson

Please note the single t. Haven't read her? I highly recommend starting with Bridge to Terebithia (not a fantasy novel) and Jacob Have I Loved.

Long enough answer for ya?

2. What's something that you do every day that most people don't know about?
I eat a granola bar for breakfast every day.

3. What's your worst habit?
Slouching (followed closely by procrastination)

4. What's your favorite moment of the past 48 hours?
Being able to get out of our parking spot at the Hollywood Bowl after seeing a performance of Prairie Home Companion. Getting to the parking lot was like navigating one of Dante's levels of Hell, but once we got there I'd anticipated having to sit in our car for another hour while the other cars that blocked us moved. Instead, we found our car completely in the open and were able to pull out with no problem.

5. If you hadn't become a writer, what would you have been?
Hmmmm. What would I have liked to have been, or what would I realistically be doing right now? Well since the question didn't specify, I'll answer both. First, writing is the number 1 thing I want to do, so it's not like I'm stuck in some kind of job I hate (although if you read this site at all, you already know that). However, if I weren't writing, my number 2 choice would be to be a university professor--but only at the university of my choosing. It's quite rare for English professors to get to choose a university, so that's why I scrapped my plans for getting my doctorate and doing that. Realistically, if I weren't doing creative writing right now I'd most likely be doing technical writing still.

Thanks Staz! And remember, if anyone wants some questions from me, leave a note in the comments.

Posted by Shelby at June 4, 2005 07:46 PM

Thanks for playing! And Bridge to Terebithia was one of my childhood favorites! :-)

Posted by: staz at June 6, 2005 10:22 PM
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