In case you need to know more about me….

An interview! These questions come from Bethany Actually.

1. You live in Los Angeles. Why do you like living there? If you couldn’t live there, where would you want to live?

Los Angeles was the first city that I loved the instant I set foot in it. I fell in love first with the trees, and second with everything else. Right now, it is harder to like living here because we are so ridiculously poor. But it’s not impossible — and having a child is actually making me love it more because I am spending all my time with someone who is impressed if I take him around the block. We spend so much time at the zoo and the Autry Center and the many parks, not to mention just walking around.

If we couldn’t live here — well, we eventually want to move out to the desert, either in Pioneertown or out by Littlerock, and build a ranch. Or farm. Call it whatever pleases you.

But I’m going to pretend you asked where I’d want to live if we couldn’t be in Southern California at all. Because the first answer I came up with SHOCKED me. I would like to move back to New York and get a place in either Brooklyn or Queens. Now what you have to understand is that while New York City technically has five burroughs, I am from Manhattan and so as far as I am concerned there are no other burroughs. And yet, that is where I would go. Assuming that Will and Sam were agreeable.

(This is funny! Apparently a couple of years ago Whoorl asked me a similar question. I have NO MEMORY of that interview!)

2. I know you’re a Star Wars fan. What do you think of Star Trek, any of the permutations?

I think that if I sat down and watched it, I would LOVE Star Trek. I did watch TNG for a while when I was about 12, and I loooooooved Wesley Crusher. (I’ve met Wil Wheaton, and it was really cool because we met through a mutual friend who we both worked with at Metblogs so it wasn’t like meeting a celebrity at all — as an actor or as a writer, which is what he is known for primarily now — but was just two writers meeting through a friend. Which was awesome.) Anyway, TNG: I don’t remember much about it, to be honest. Later in my teens I watched most of TOS, which I found moderately delightful as a kitsch piece. Now that I have seen a lot of old sci-fi movies like Beast of Yucca Flats, I am positive I would adore TOS. I saw one episode of Deep Space Nine in college, and it was BRILLIANT. Honestly, part of the reason I never watched it again was because I was sure it couldn’t hold up. I’ve never seen Voyager or Enterprise.

3. Who taught you to knit; how old were you when you learned; and what was the first complete project you knitted?

I taught myself to knit. When I was 16 or 17, my friend Joni tried to teach me, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it so she taught me to crochet instead. Ten years later my friend Cassie gave me Stitch & Bitch for Christmas and I was knitting within a day or two. I honestly have NO IDEA what the first project I finished was. I do know that my longest-going UFO (unfinished object) is a seed stitch scarf in off-white alpaca that I will most likely never finish.

4. If you had limitless resources and time, where would you like to travel?

Can I just say everywhere? If not, I will limit it to two places: the American Southwest (we’ve been planning a driving tour for about eight years now) and the Mediterranean. I am DESPERATE to go to Sicily. It’s where my family is from, several generations ago, and most of the family history is lost (or known only to distant cousins). There is a cooking school, which as far as I know is not connected to any of my relatives, that I have to go to before I die. I also want to see Greece and Spain.

5. What’s your favorite food to prepare?

This is a hard one! I love cooking, I love eating, and I love feeding people. There is very little I don’t like to prepare. I love cooking with meat, which is funny because I was raised vegetarian. I love making pies — the fruit kind, though I’m sure meat pies are nice. Oh, and the pizza kind!

I will play along by emailing interview questions to the first three people that respond to this. (If you want to comment but don’t want to be interviewed, that’s fine! Just say so.)

3 thoughts on “In case you need to know more about me….

  1. bethany actually

    February 12, 2009 at 4:31pm

    Excellent answers! I’m going to respond to all of them because, well, why not?

    1. The only borough in New York I’ve been to is Brooklyn, and I thought it was awesome. I can see why you’d like to live there. Heck, I’d like to live there!

    2. That IS really cool, meeting Wil Wheaton as a fellow writer and not a fan. I loved TNG as well, though Data was my favorite. I didn’t have a crush on him, just thought he was hilarious. I have seen many of TOS because of my mom and dad. I have not really seen much of the DS9 or Voyager or Enterprise.

    3. Yeah, I think if I ever really get into knitting I’m gonna have to teach myself. That’s when I really got into crocheting, when I picked up yarn and a hook and re-taught myself after being shown how several times over my childhood.

    5. Ha. :-) I thought that might be a tricky one for you! Pies are fun to make.

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  2. Katherine

    February 12, 2009 at 11:24pm

    Oh, Star Trek was my first fandom. And I’ve seen every series and movie (whether they were good or not). You would love DS9 – it’s incredible and totally up your alley, I think. I love Star Trek, probably because of all the weird flaws.

    I think if I ever met Wil Wheaton, I would probably nerd out and be really shy – because the thing with being a fan of someone’s work (I mean, I love his acting) is that I really do want to ask them about the experience of it, whether they write or draw or make music. I would have to ask him about being cut out of “The Last Starfighter” or what it was like doing the voice work on “The Secret of NIMH.” And he’s grown WAY beyond that stuff and I don’t want people asking me about the shit I did when I was 10. I barely remember yesterday. So, shy.

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  3. Dreamybee

    February 13, 2009 at 1:53am

    I just linked to this post here. I hope that is ok. If not, let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!

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