Bored Now

Jun. 24th, 2010 02:39 pm
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Okay, my brain is getting mushy from the lack of non-Caitlin interaction.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny is doing another one of her Q&A posts, so I'm jumping that train. Feel free, oh F-List, to ask me a question-- any question. I'll try to answer it to the best of my abilities. I'm screening, so all subjects are open. If it's too intrusive, I will either politely decline to answer or send my answer via a PM.

Fire away! :-)
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• Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity

• Update your journal with the answers to the questions

• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions (I'll also answer more, if asked)

From [livejournal.com profile] dark_aegis:

1) Do you listen to music when you write? Or is there a specific "ritual" you do before you or when you write?

Yes. Always. Music is an important part of my ritual. It inspires me and keeps me focused. I tend to do all of my writing at coffeehouses, so I need the music to block out the conversations and soul-crushing Muzak. I have no idea how the smooth jazz at Panera doesn't drive all of the employees to stick their heads in the bread oven.

2) If you had the chance to meet a famous person from any era in human history - an actor/actress or a famous leader or whatnot - who would it be and why?

Jesus Christ. I have some questions that only he can answer. I realize that this a boring choice, but all of Western Civilization is formed on the foundations of his teachings. And yet, we still have so little historical information about the person. We're not even sure about the accuracy of all of the Gospels. This is one of the most frustrating things about Doctor Who. If given the choice, every human companion would want to meet Jesus. It would be one of their first three requests.

3) What surprises you the most about Doctor Who fandom?

I'm surprised at how it contains all of these separate fan bubbles that think they're the only Doctor Who fandom. The LJ fandom could care less about the UK fanzine boys of the 1980s who were the BNFs of the Wilderness Years. Likewise, those boys have no idea how big the online female fandom has grown.

4) If you could do anything - have superpowers, go somewhere, win the lottery, etc - what would it be and why?

I need to start this by saying I love my daughter just as she is. She's an awesome kid. That being said, I wish I could go back in time and repair that damaged X chromosome. Aicardi syndrome is horrible. No child should have to experience Infantile Spasms or the massive developmental delays.

5) What's your favorite holiday?

I love Christmas: the tacky decor, the cheesy music, and the goofy holiday specials. I love it to bits. I want to put up the tree this weekend.
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[livejournal.com profile] were_duck interviewed me. Here are her questions:

1) Favorite thing about being a parent.

2) What does your writing process look like? Do you have any tricks for getting yourself to write consistently or diligently?

3) What is your opinion of Captain John Hart's role in Torchwood s2? (this was something I had meant to go over on our panel, but flaked on, so I'm curious what your take on the character is!)

4) Which is your favorite Doctor and why?

5) Tell me about an SF/F book or movie that you think is completely overrated and why.

If you're dying to play, just ask.

My Answers )
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] shsilver and [livejournal.com profile] kelly_swails
-Describe me in one word... just one single word. Positive or negative.

-Leave your word in a comment before looking at what words others have used.

-Then, if you feel the need, copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people will describe you when limited to one word.
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1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Questions by [livejournal.com profile] shsilver

1. If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would it be?
I would live in London. I find it endlessly fascinating. London oozes history and culture. Like Johnson, I could never grow bored of it. To me, it is the quintessential city.

2. Why is the fourth Doctor so overrated?
Tom Baker fascinated people with his unique charisma and benefited from having an amazing run of stories in his first three years. Not to mention, Tom also had the longest run on the series. His stories aired in a continuous loop for almost a decade here in the US. To many fans, he was the only Doctor.

All of this, of course, ignores the fact that he simply wasn't all that good from Series 15 to 17. He chewed the scenery, played things for laughs, and did everything he could to undercut the performances of his fellow actors. This is what the casual viewer remembers and why so many of them thought it was a cheap kids' show until the recent revival. Doctor Who only works when the actors play it straight.

3. Dinner party: 2 dead authors, 2 live ones, 1 editor?
Ah, the old dinner party question... For the dead, I would pick Samuel Clemens and William Shakespeare. Not only would they be interesting, I'd also get to hear Clemens cross-examine Shakespeare about the whole authorship question.

I would pick Stephen King and Jonathan Carroll for my living authors since they're huge influences on my writing, and I probably won't get the chance to meet them through the usual channels.

The editor would probably be Justin Richards since I'm doing so much research about his time as editor of the BBC Books Doctor Who range.

4. When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I started writing in high school, but I made the decision to became a writer after my first writing teacher, Sally Foster Wallace, encouraged me to do so. I putzed with it for a few years until life got in the way. I ended my ten-year break after I entered the SF scene with my wife. After meeting so many authors and hearing about their processes, I decided that I wanted to do it, no matter how hard it was.

5. What is your favorite non-genre film and why?
The Maltese Falcon. It is a perfect film: every shot, line, and performance.

A-Z Meme

Oct. 8th, 2008 01:24 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] eeknight:

♥A is for age: 33 (for two more months).
♥B is for beer of choice: Guinness.
♥C is for career right now: Caregiver and writer.
♥D is for your dog's name: My last dog was named Daisy, but that was 20 years ago.
♥E is for essential item you use everyday: My laptop.
♥F is for favorite TV show: Doctor Who (please don't be too shocked).
♥G is for favorite game to watch: Baseball.
♥H is for Home town: Chicago, IL.
♥I is for instruments you play: I was a tenor in high school.
♥J is for favorite juice: Orange.
♥K is for whose butt you'd like to be kicking: I have a secret list.
♥L is for last place you ate at: We had a lovely meal at La Sorella di Francesca in Naperville with [livejournal.com profile] sarah_prineas.
♥M is for marriage: Yes, married to [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne.
♥N is for your name: Michael Damian Thomas
♥O is for overnight hospital stay: The last one was with Caitlin four years ago.
♥P is for people you were with today: Caitlin, Lynne, the school staff, and the strangers at Panera.
♥Q is for what's your best quality: I will do anything for my daughter and wife.
♥R is for what are you currently reading: Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith.
♥S is for relationship status: Married.
♥T is for time you woke up today: We woke up at 6 AM when Lynne's dad called to wish her a happy birthday.
♥U is for the type of underwear you have on: Boxers.
♥V is for vegetable you love: Asparagus.
♥W is for worst habits: I really should exercise more.
♥X is for x-rays you've had recently: Teeth.
♥Y is for something candy : Anything that has a fruit flavor.
♥Z is for zodiac sign: Sagittarius.
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A meme from [livejournal.com profile] michaellee

1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers


50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers

40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office UK
22. The Shield
21. Angel

20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who

15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

I wish there was a category called "shows that you watched all of until it sucked."
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It’s time to move this blog off of personal bleh.

As many of you know, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I participate in a speculative fiction book club at the DeKalb Public Library called Destination Wonder. It’s run by our cool librarian friend, [livejournal.com profile] torresroman. He is a big SF fan, and he’s worked hard to give our library a fantastic SF book selection.

Steve’s been thinking about the reading list for next year and has been quizzing members of the club for ideas. One of the many reasons that Lynne and I joined was that we both felt that we really needed to read more of the “classics.” The book club covers these along with newer stuff in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. One of the great things about a book club is that it forces you to read out of your comfort zone.

As I was coming up with ideas, I stumbled onto this list of the “most significant” novels from 1953-2002 as put together by the Science Fiction Book Club. I’m a bit of a list junkie (ever since I read the Book of Lists as a wee lad), so I was excited to find this. I’m not sure if I agree with all of it, but I can’t think of many major omissions.

The club has already read off of this list Fahrenheit 451, A Canticle for Leibowitz, I Am Legend, and Snow Crash.

So what does everybody think of this list? Is it correct? What did it miss? Which of these books should we read for the club?

The List/Meme )

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