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Interview Meme--scyllacat's Questions

1. I love your Eddie Izzard icons. How did you get turned on to him? Is there any of his stuff you actually say in real life?

I heard about him from some of my Duranie friends, strangely enough. They had a whole run of his stuff at Videodrome before it was even released in the US--they had converted PAL tapes of everything up to Dress To Kill. I watched my way through them and was hooked. Actually, I got really hooked when one of the guys at Videodrome who noticed my rental history let me know about a Q&A and signing the man was doing at Tower Records. I'll have to tell that story sometime--suffice to say that after that night I went from serious like to total awe and worship.

I've been known to quote Eddie at my parents when the situation warrants it, but I'm not generally the kind of person who says "Cake or Death!" at random intervals. I've got icons for that sort of thing.

2. I've known you so long, and known so little about you, I feel as though I've missed Everything! Tell me your life story in 500 words or less.

Hmmm. Let's see. Born in Boston, moved down to Atlanta two months after my birth. Three years in public school, five years in Catholic school and four more years in public. Went to Emory (but you kinda knew that part, didn't you?) Graduated with a Creative Writing degree. Bomped around a bunch of crappy jobs, fell in love, got my heart broken, moved to Japan for two months, moved back, bomped around a few more crappy jobs, fell in love and got my heart broken again, ended up working as a picture framer for many years while doing poetry and performance art in the off-hours. (Got a poem published in a book with Neil Gaiman.) Quit picture framing, temped for a bit, landed a sweet gig as a tech writer thanks to my brother (docwhoopee), followed Duran Duran around for a while, lost the sweet gig when the internet bubble collapsed, bomped around another string of crappy jobs, ran out of money and had to move back in with my parents, ended up at a bookstore, then got a paralegal certificate, landed the gig I have now, which pays enough that I can pay a mortgage on a little bitty condo that's all my own.

3. What is the most important thing you plan to do before you die?

Get a work of fiction published in a legitimate venue.

4. What are your feelings about the "fandom" and your place in it? For example, what are your favorite cons, what are you a fan of, which fans do you like to hang out with, and why?

I feel a bit "neither fish nor flesh" around a lot of fandom. I mean, yeah, I used to be a major Doctor Who geek and I'd weird people out in high school by using swear words culled from Tanith Lee novels. But then I found Duran Duran and suddenly there was this whole other world to explore and it was a world that lots more people knew about and understood. (Maybe not about Duran Duran specifically, but about music and bands in general.) I still go to Dragon*Con and Chattacon, but it's mostly because (a) Sean throws his parties then and (b) I get to meet up with people I see about once or twice a year at these very conventions. It's like a family reunion or something. The only 'fandom' I hang out with much these days is Duran Duran fandom (and even then, not as much as I used to), but I get a sense that's not the question you're asking. The fans (or fen, I suppose) I hang with are people I've gotten to know over time. I dig skiffy and fantasy and all that jazz, but I get a little annoyed with the fandom tendency to embrace things that actually kinda suck just because they're SF.

5. What kind of romantic partner do you want in your life nowadays?

Someone who turns me on and can fully reciprocate.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
The cake or Death icon started it
Then my roommates found out I hadn't seen Eddie Izzard and made me watch. It's your fault. So I had to ask that. Thanks for playing!
Feb. 14th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: The cake or Death icon started it
Always happy to bring new converts to the Church of Eddie. :)
Feb. 14th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
Re: The cake or Death icon started it
Hee, I didn't know you guys knew one another. :)
Feb. 14th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Re: The cake or Death icon started it
My world is not just small, it's a black hole surrounded by a Moebius strip. Kind of like Atlanta. Welcome.
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