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!