June 4th, 2003


I have gotten so boring

Folks, you know you're not getting out enough when the highlight of your week is having your cubicle wall moved to give you three extra feet of space.

That said... I have three extra feet of space! My cube is huge!!
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Shower meme questions from ariedana

1) You grew up in a town just like mine (one damn town over, actually) and ended up moving to two big cities. What's the biggest difference between Pulaski and Atlanta? And do you prefer the small town or the big city?

In one word: Freedom. In Atlanta, I can go try funky ethnic food that would never fly in Pulaski. I can hop on the interstate and take off to anywhere if I so please. I can buy tarot cards, go to bars, get thoroughly debauched. I can meet all sorts of people. And most importantly, the whole damn town doesn't know every single thing I do and think it's their business.

2) Does it annoy the hell outta you that many people identify Pulaski with the KKK? (Remembering my old roommate's issues with that...) What would you want people to know about Pulaski?

Yeah, it does annoy me. I'd like people to know that for all I bitch about Pulaski, the fact that it's been forced by the Klan to confront its past has made it one of the few small Southern towns where race relations are actually decent. I think we can learn a lesson from Pulaski about the importance of confronting the past and dealing with it in order to get past it.

3) How did you get into writing, and what's the piece that you've written that you're the most proud of?

As long as I can remember, I've always been a writer. As a kid, I'd make little booklets and fill them with goofy poems about polar bears. It's not what I became so much as what I am, even if I have neglected it. The piece I'm proudest of is a blank-verse poem titled "The Elegy I Pray I Never Write." One of my professors, A. Manette Ansay (who is now an Oprah author), assigned it to see what I could do. I wrote it for scarcrest. She told me the first nine lines were good enough for a national journal.

4) On Sex and the City, there was an episode about "deal breakers" in relationships. What would you consider to be your "deal breakers"?

Ummm... Not that I always have the balls to listen to my dealbreakers... Being an idiot. Being ridiculously self-centered. Having no ambition whatsoever. Being insensitive to my emotional needs. Being boring. Hating cats.

5) If you could have everyone in the world read one book, what would it be and why?

Damn, this is tough... do I pick something for its aesthetics, or for its instructional value? Is there a book that could make everyone be a good person? Hell, I dunno if there's a book that everyone could react to in a positive way. I'll say The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald both for its lessons on the futility of wealth and its lyrical beauty. But I reserve the right to change my mind if I think of something more appropriate.
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For my own amusement

Good things about being single:

** No snoring.
** I can trash the apartment if I wanna.
** If the sheets are dirty, who cares?
** Your vibrator never has a headache
** No one bitches at you if you want to sleep in a stained, holey t-shirt advertising shitty beer
** No one steals the covers
** No one bitches at you for stealing the covers
** Lying on the floor drinking too much cider and watching Homicide? A perfectly valid evening's entertainment
** And no one there to get annoyed if you start pontificating on the hotness of Richard Belzer
** Guarantees no one will eat all your ice cream in the middle of the night
** Spend the money you would have spent on Valentine's and anniversary on something ludicrously expensive for yourself
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More shower questions, from champignon

1. So many people have no clue what goes on in libraries or what people who work there do. How did you get interested in or started in library work?

I've always loved going to the library; most of the people at my hometown public library remember me from when I was a kid. The summer after my freshman year of high school, my mom mentioned that I should do some volunteer work to get ready for college applications and how about the library? I volunteered all summer, loved it, they hired me in the fall. I worked there throughout high school and when I was home from college in the summers, then a little at the Vanderbilt and then Emory libraries. When I got kicked out of grad school (for English), I still had my summer job in the library, and that's when I realized the place I was supposed to be was the place I had been in all along. I should have realized that when I got more satisfaction from my student job printing out OCLC records for seven bucks an hour than all my theory work. ;)

2. As a Witch who was brought up in an extremely fundamentalist Southern Baptist household, the blending of Christian and Pagan spiritualities is an extremely interesting, yet admittedly foreign, concept to me. How did you come to this path and how do you blend the monotheistic Christian tradition with the more open Pagan practices?

It just sorta... happened. My Christian beliefs (hey, I'm a recovering Southern Baptist too!) are probably too strongly ingrained in me for me to stop believing in them, but I've always been drawn to the pagan. I just ended up at a New Age store one day when I was at the end of my rope and that's where I started dabbling in magic. I'm probably more Christian than Christopagan, per se, but there's something wonderfully comforting about lighting candles etc. As for what I practice, it's mainly monotheistic Christianity, but with (clumsy) attempts at spellwork, working with saints (St. Jude has been of great comfort to me), and a general openness to the unknown. Do people start telling me I'm going to hell now? ;)

3. Congratulations on starting your novel. That's a really courageous act. Have you always wanted to write a book? When did you first know you wanted to?

I think I've always known I was a writer. I started making my first attempts at writing books in elementary school. For me, it's not something I became, it's something I am, though it's something I've been away from for quite a while. But this time the book is giving me labor pains, screaming to get out... I just hope I can finish this time! And btw, thank you! =)

4. Of what in your life are you most proud?

You know, in the past it was always academic accomplishments, but when it gets right down to it, those things are almost transitory. I think the thing I'm truly the proudest of is my absolute refusal to give up on life. My dad told me once I'm a survivor. Second would probably be the caring I give to other people.

5. And a light four-part question for the end... What's your favorite drink... (a) at a bar with friends, (b) at a party, (c) out on a date, and (d) at home?

Mmmmm, fun! Now these four are pretty interchangeable, but I'll pick just one for each:

(a) Long Island Iced Tea
(b) the funkiest thing that's being whipped up -- usually something very girly
(c) Toasted Almond (Kahlua, amaretto, and milk or cream)
(d) Woodchuck cider

Thanks! These were great questions!
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