Oh noes! Two memes for the price of one

Comment on this entry with a description of your favorite shoes and I will ask you five questions about yourself.

sahiya's questions to me:

1. Who are five authors that, in your opinion, no self-respecting fantasy/sci-fi geek should go without reading?

There are several ways to answer this. There's the sort of "cultural literacy" answer, where I list writers whom any SF&F reader needs to know to get acclimated. Then there's the "who I think is really great in my personal taste". And "who's really great who's writing now". And five. Holy crap, man, five is such a tiny number. So I cheat with three lists of five, and still have to leave people off:

Isaac Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, Alfred Bester

My personal enthusiasms say:
Jack Vance, Steven Brust, Vernor Vinge, Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett

Five women to read:
Connie Willis, Lois McMaster Bujold, Patricia McKillip, C J Cherryh, Kage Baker

2. What's the best piece of writing advice anyone ever gave you?
The whole John Gardner thing about "the fictional dream", about how people slide into a trance or dream state while reading, and your job is to lull them into it and keep them there (by helping it along; by not jarring them out)-- that was a huge eye-opener. All sorts of technique flows from that idea.

3. Which story, of all your stories, are you most pleased with?
Ars Draconis, at the moment, for writing. Though I think Tradition and Protocol is better as a story. And as character work. Oh, look, I just talked myself into changing my mind.

4. Would you ever give up programming for writing or are you equally addicted to both?
Aaaaaaaaugh! That choice would tear me in two. They're such different activities, and yet they both satisfy the urge to make things.

5. In a movie of your life, who would you want to play you?
Jody Foster. She looks nothing like me, but she'd be really kick-ass.

And then sahiya tagged me with this one:
1. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
2. Tag seven people to do the same.
3. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag whoever wants to do it.

1. The groom at the wedding I went to Sunday is an ex. Among the guests was another one of his exes. Sitting in front of Mr P & me during the ceremony was another one of my exes. It was awesome to see them all.
2. I cleaned out my messenger bag the other day and found six bottles of BPAL.
3. My favoritest BPAL ever is still Coyote. But I wear Boomslang a whole lot. And I am happy when my husband wears Dee, which really does make me think of Giles.
4. (Looking at my BPAL tracker app reminds me of this one.) I'm such a huge fan of Wicked Fox's manips. The Giles artists are a tasty lot in general, actually.
5. I just hand-fed the kitten some soft cheese, which is easier for her to eat with her hurting tongue and gums. Poor kitten. She spent the day curled up inside the polesaw box on the floor of the living room.
6. Why is there a polesaw box in our living room? Because when Mr P bought the polesaw to trim the orange tree last fall, he observed that the then-tiny kitten kept trying to get inside it. So he cut holes in the ends and stuck it into the living room. She immediately ran inside, and a small dog followed. She still lurks inside it so that she might leap out at the dogs. How could we possibly recycle an important cat toy?
7. There is music running in my head constantly. Especially when I'm programming or writing.

No tagging. This makes three times I've done this one!
Merrell mocs: I have two pairs. Love 'em. I'm wearing Merrells at this very moment. And more things should have kitten faces on them. Yup.

1. Peak experiences: have you ever had one? What was it?
2. Your idea night at the club dancing includes which five songs in sequence?
3. What are five books you think everybody should read?
4. What are five fanfic stories you think everybody should read? (Gilesy or not!)
5. "Perhaps a self-made man desires to have a self-made name." -- the judge who granted Samuel Goldwyn the right to call himself that. Discuss.
Hmm... Currently, I'd have to say that my favorite shoes are my Dr. Martens sandals like this pair. They're very comfortable, the air sole means that they're deceptively lightweight, and they're chunky enough that if I'm having migraine-related vision problems, I don't have to worry about walking into things. They're pretty much my standard shoe for the summertime.
Neat! I have a couple of pairs of Docs (black shoes and brown boots), but no sandals.

1. Every time you go to the ballpark, you see something new. What's the neatest thing you've seen at a ballgame?
2. Is Wrigley Field as great a place to see a game as its reputation says?
3. What's something you've always wanted to try doing but haven't dared to yet?
4. What should we do to lure more women into the computing field?
5. What's your favorite snack food?
1. How has the Zach Wong Adflatus/Revelations Tarot been working out for you?
2. What do you regret most about the first section of the Shadowverse story? That is, if you had to write over again, what would you change?
3. In the AU version of reality, where Spock has a beard, what's your profession?
4. What happened when the young Peter Wimsey met the middle-aged Holmes?
5. What's the best piece of writing advice you ever received? (Stealing an excellent question from sahiya.)
My favourite ever pair of shoes were my lilac leather stilettos, with exquisitely thin, twin heather-coloured straps - one across the toes, and the other across the ankle. The strap across the toe had a dainty leather bow, just off centre. Pre-knee injury, I used to totter around in them everywhere.

Now I have to wear flats :-(

Ooh. Is BPAL a perfume company?
It is. It's a perfume company with a cult following. They have a web site with charmingly gothic descriptions of their perfumes. The site linked to in my post is the little app I wrote to track which of their perfumes I've tried.

Questions for you:
1. What got you into the creative end of fandom, as opposed to, say, just the reading-and-watching-maniacally end of fandom?
2. Tell me why I should watch Blake's 7.
3. A stranger arriving your home town would notice what first?
4. What's the most absurd thing that happened to you and/or yours this week?
5. What did you read most recently, and what did you make of it?
My favorite pair of shoes...these cute little blue canvas things that I got on sale at Payless. I wore them a lot on my days off this summer.

1. Sushi yes or no? If not, do Ohioans really put chocolate in their chili?
2. What turned you into a fan of SG-1? Was it a particular episode or one of the actors or something else?
3. Tell me about your pets.
4. Tell me about your son!
5. What's the coolest thing you've read in the last little while?
1. No. Big no. I have no idea if they do or not. I only eat the chili my husband makes, and he hails from Missouri and spent time in California.
2. About a year or so before I watched Buffy, Brad and I stumbled onto downloadable stuff and we started with SG1 because well, Richard Dean Anderson (who I loved as Mcguyver). Then I fell in love with his character, Jack O'Neill(that's him in the icon) and with Micheal Shanks' Doctor Jackson (I'd liked the movie and had a crush on James Spader's Jackson) but the series is better. A second watching made me fall in love all over again.
3. Just Barry, out cat. He's the center of our universe. He spends a lot of time now on the back of the couch, so we'll be investing in one just for him. He likes belly rubs and catnip.
4. Liam is doing really well. He started 2nd grade and so far, it's good. He still loves all the same things and is trying hard at home. We promised him 50cents a day if he was good, kind of like an allowance.
5. Kim Harrison's series about Rachel Morgan, a witch who's a bounty hunter. She has a very interesting take on the super/preternatural. And there's lots of femmeslashy UST between Rachel and her roommate, Ivy (a vampire!). The first one is called Dead Witch Walking.