A fellow writer foisted this upon me, for no good reason I think other than my name alliterated nicely with his two other choices. But that's as good a reason as any, I suppose. Normally I eschew these kinds of things, as they remind me a little too much of those character profiles you're supposed to fill out. I've never seen much utility in those. If my character collects stamps, well, that's all well and fine if the story involves stamps or some crucial plot point hinges on knowing when the first Elvis stamp appeared. Otherwise, it's mostly just an exercise that doesn't put words on the pages.
On the other hand, the style question was too good to pass up.
1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?
Aquaman's. That whole super-swimming breathe underwater talk to the fishies thing. Or possibly Namor's. (I don't need to talk to fish, and flying in addition to swimming might be fun.) I just love the water, though, and that would be what I'd go with.
Assuming I can't get my hands on a power ring.
2. Who is your style icon?
Paul Bunyan. I embrace my inner flannel.
Writing? Raymond Chandler. Prose ought to alternate between being so crisp it snaps, and descriptive enough to envelop you in one of those famous noir fogs.
3. What is your favorite quote?
Without resorting to quoting Yoda, that would likely be the quote at the top of my blog. I rather like the idea of drawing on my inner child.
4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
I was complimented once on my humanity. It would take too much to explain, but it was by far the best thing anyone has ever said to me.
5. What playlist/CD is in your CD Player/iPod right now?
A mix of the blues: Chris Thomas King, Robert Johnson, R.L. Burnside, etc. Tomorrow it might be something completely different.
6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?
Depends. Is it a school night or not?
7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
I like both, but my cat has never rolled in something that smelled like it died in the Truman era and just kept getting riper. Cats are also easier when you rent, so until I can afford my house in the country, felines it is.
8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
I explained this, way back when, in one of the very first posts. It was a curse made up by a co-worker. "May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits." It stuck with me.
And, in the spirit in which this came to me, I foisted it upon others: