I wasn’t actually nominated for this (hence the title of the post), but rather decided to take Inkbiotic up on her request, since it’s for “anyone who fancies answering them,” and I’m an anyone! I think one of two questions were to my liking, and I figured I could muddle through the rest, so without further ado…
1). When was the last time you laughed? What at? – My husband is currently playing Destiny, and he was giving instructions to his team members on how they were going to do the raid. It reminded me of the infamous “Leroy Jenkins” video, and I started laughing my ass off.
“At least I have chicken.” Classic.
2). What’s the weather like where you are? How does it affect you? – It’s been more fall like weather (probably because it’s September), but it was a bit more humid today. My allergies are starting to bother me, which means my face and nose are itchy. I tend to suffer worse in the autumn and winter months. I don’t know what I’m allergic to though. Should probably figure that out at some point.
3). What thoughts keep you awake at night? – Am I dying? No really. I have all these stupid health problems with more cropping up. During the day I’m logical and calm, but at night that wall is more wobbly so I wonder if my quietus is coming. I usually have to poke my logic circuits at 3 in the morning and avoid checking WebMD.
4). What conversations do you avoid? – Hm, well, if they ever come up, I’ll let you know I don’t like talking about them 😉
5). If you were invisible for a week, what would you do? – I’d probably see a lot of free movies, and I’d make sure I sat next to someone, because people tend to avoid doing that, and there’s a better chance I wouldn’t be sat on…hopefully. If it did happy, I’m very squishy, so I’d make a comfortable seat 😀 I could also drive around and make people think my car was one of those self-driving Google contraptions. There’s some more nefarious things I’d do, but since I don’t want to be held culpable if I ever discover the secret to invisibility, I’ll leave off here *wink*
6). What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever seen? (Things on the internet don’t count) – I’m blanking on this one. I’ve been to quite a few crazy parties, but I don’t think a bunch of people making out is all that odd.
7). If you could live the life of any character in a novel, who would it be?– I wouldn’t mind being Tuf from George R R Martin’s Tuf Voyaging. I remember thinking how awesome it would be to cruise the cosmos in my own spaceship filled with cats. I hesitate to say Feyre from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series only because she went through a ton of grief to get her ultra happy ending, but Rhys’s inner circle is pretty boss.
8). When do you feel most alive? – When I’m writing; when I’m reading something amazing like Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer; when people understand what Final Fantasy VII means to me, comprehend the depths of its symbolism, and have discussions with me about it; when I experience sehnsucht, and I wonder if reality will ever mimic it.
9) You can have a penfriend from any time in history, who would it be? What kind of letters would you write? – Someone who was a librarian in the Great Library of Alexandria. I’d want to know all about the books therein, and I would tell them my favorite stories from this era.
10). Do you ever feel like you haven’t a clue what you’re doing and you’re about to be found out? What makes you feel like that? – This is my natural state 😀 I’m pretty sure I’m just bumbling through like everyone else. I’m also pretty sure I have Imposter Syndrome, and I often wonder if I’m wasting my time with my essays and writing, but thankfully those moments are fairly brief by now. I’ve discovered ways to move them along and realize the catalyst for them is often things I’ve heard/read in my past that are invalidating.
11). Would you like your home country to introduce basic income (everybody gets paid enough to live on whether they work or not)? How would it change your life? – Yes, I would. I’m a bit of a socialist insofar as I think basic needs (food, water, shelter, health/medical care, clothing) should be provided for a host of reasons. I’m not saying that people should be given mansions and Banana Republic, but poverty has little to nothing to do with laziness and much more to do with an unfair and unbalanced system.
I don’t completely hate capitalism, but I dislike the stranglehold it currently has on society. Competition can be a wonderful thing, and I’m drawn back to a conversation I had with The Well-Red Mage about the Nintendo vs. Sega saga that occurred in the 80s/early 90s while I was growing up. It gave us some of the best video games in the business and could very well have been the catalyst if not responsible for the golden age of gaming that we 80s/90s kids enjoyed. However, when it comes to completing in a contest you have the neither the equipment nor the ability to win, I don’t think that should be a death sentence. While we obviously do have some safety nets in my country, they’re imperfect and far too many people fall between the cracks.
Whew! Well, I hope this doesn’t start a vicious debate. If there was a basic income, I’m not entirely sure I’d quit my job, because I actually do like it (problem solving and Excel FTW!) but if I did, I’d be far from idle, which I can prove in what I’ve done on my mandatory two weeks vacation. I’d write. I’d write (and edit) stories, essays, reviews, and other things. I’d create slideshows, videos, audio reviews, and start doing BookTube. I’d stream video games and do LPs. I’d actually be more productive than I am right now and would more than likely eventually start to make money in a capitalistic sense. Ideally, if I had time to write/edit my story ideas, I’d eventually come across publication options. In short I’d have more time for my artistic pursuits. I’d probably get a job at a bookstore, since that’s always been one of my dreams. I’d go back to school and study languages: Latin, German, Spanish, and brush up on my French; theology, astrophysics, maybe law, and music; learn to play violin, cello, the harp, flute, guitar, take piano lessons again, etc. I’d pretty much become a full time writer and professional student; finally make a dent in my book and gaming backlog, and be much less stressed about time.
Well that wasn’t too painful or time consuming. Here are my 11 questions, which you can answer if you wish in any way you wish: in the comments or in your own blog post!
- When you read do you visualize characters and settings? As in do the words create images in your mind?
- What’s your favorite kind of tea?
- What’s the best game you’ve played or watched this year so far?
- What’s the best book you’ve read this year so far?
- Do you prefer to watch a show one episode at a time or binge watch?
- Do you prefer “people” names for pets or “non-people” names (I’m genuinely surprised at how many people are annoyed by the former)?
- What would you change your eye color to if you could?
- Do you tan or burn (FYI don’t tan. It’s terrible for you – PSA)?
- What’s your fictional/fantasy job, as in, what your job be if you lived in a fictional/fantasy world (I’d be a lounge singer assassin)?
- What’s your favorite dystopian city (thanks TWRM for putting this idea into my head!)?
- How close is your blogger persona to your IRL one?