virginiawoolf tagged me.
1) Did you imagine in your childhood that your life and self would be the way you are now?
In some ways yes, in some ways no. I am a writer, and I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’m about to finish my PhD, so I know my childhood self would be thrilled with that, but I don’t think she would understand being happy as a single person at age 30, even though I am.
2) Do you have any pets? If you don’t would you want one/what would it be?
I have two lovely cats, Vita & Virginia, and a French Bulldog named Spondee. I can’t imagine life without a pet. The very day I moved into my own apartment, I adopted Vita. I need the company of animals in my life.
3) How do you feel about your handwriting?
I used to have very messy handwriting. All my elementary school report cards said so. But then I started working on it very intentionally in high school, and it is a lot better now. Though if I’m in a hurry, it’s illegible.
4) What concert or movie experience has had an effect on you? Details please!
So many! To pick one, cliched as it is, going to an Ani DiFranco concert when I was 18 greatly contributed to my own acknowledgement of my queer sexuality. It was the first time that I was aware of being around other queer people and I felt finally ready to be aware of my own identity.
5) What is your daily morning routine like?
It varies depending on what day it is, whether I’m teaching or working on something else, etc., but on an ideal day:
Wake up early, around 7ish, make coffee and breakfast, which I consume while reading email, twitter, facebook, etc.
Go over what I have to do for the day.
Read & write a for an hour or so.
Walk the dog.
Go to work.
6) If you could relate yourself to any fictional character, who would it be?
This is such a difficult question. I don’t tend to think this way. Perhaps Vanessa from Carole Maso’s book Ghost Dance. I think she is closest to the way my mind works.
7) If you could eat only one particular food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mashed potatoes. My favorite food.
8) Do you make up nicknames for people/places/things that you love?
Not unless I’m going to write about them, and then I conceal their identities enough that no one can discern what or whom I am writing about.
9) How do you define your own happiness?
Being with people I love, getting enough sleep, water, warmth, shelter, and food, and having enough time to read and write as well as relax.
10) Do you believe in life after death?
I’m not entirely sure what I believe on this matter. It changes often.
11) Did you enjoy the last book you read? Even if you didn’t, did anything strike a chord with you?
The last book I read was Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton. The poet happens to be a friend of mine, and I enjoyed the book a great deal. I’ve missed reading Becky’s poems, and I love the entire project of the book, writing acrostics of Emily Dickinson poems.