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Interview Meme: radiantbaby's questions

Sorry for the delay, been away from words for a while, blah-de-blah . . .

1) Which Duran Duran member did you enjoy meeting most and why? Nick Rhodes. He's always incredibly sweet, unfailingly polite and compellingly enigmatic. My encounters with him have been fleeting up to this point, but I treasure them utterly.

2) Who is your favorite local act to see live? It's frustrating because a lot of my favorite bands--The Tender Idols, The Changelings, Kenny Howes and the Yeah!--have gone and broken up on me. Of extant actually local-type bands (The Woggles don't quite count anymore, do they?) I've become very fond of Thee Crucials. They're fairly new, from what I can tell, but they put on a hell of a show.

3) What is the farthest you have traveled to see a concert and who was it? Atlanta to L.A. More than once. You can probably guess which band.

4) What do you feel is the best thing you have ever written? That's a really hard question for me to answer. I'm not a very good judge of my own work. I can say this--the one thing I've written that I'm proudest of is the NaNovel I wrote last year, not necessarily because of the writing (it still needs work . . . a lot of it) but because it was the one idea that scared me the most to write about.

5) What book has influenced you most and/or has changed your life? The easy answer is Tanith Lee's Don't Bite the Sun, which I've mentioned before. The answer that's probably truer in terms of life-changingness, as embarrassing as it may be to admit, is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I originally read it so I could do a snarky summary of it, but it ended up having more of an impact than I expected. Put it this way--not long after I read it, I stopped going to individual and group therapy and haven't been back since. I'm not a huge fan of the writing style, but the ideas are largely quite sound, even if I'm a little intermittent about applying them to my life.