Well, hello there world! I can't begin to express how much fun it is to talk about myself, because I'm the coolest. Which is why I'm first. Nyah. But I digress...
My name is Jen and I'm a twitteraholic, and a blogaholic, a movieaholic, and a science fiction and fantasy junkie. I am also the mother of two super awesome/unique daughters, and the wife of a total smartass. I don't work because I decided to get a degree in Modern Literature and graduate right before the economy collapsed. Then I decided I didn't want to go to Graduate School to get any marketable skillz.
Honestly, I'm work-phobic anyway so it's probably for the best. To keep myself occupied, I hang out on twitter, read, and help SMD (of The World in the Satin Bag) get through college. Sometimes I write so I can pretend that I'll be famous someday. I like stationery, rainy days, the color blue, and grilled cheese sammiches.
1.) What magical ability would you like to have and why?
2.) What would you do if you had a time machine?
I would genuinely like to have Mickey's spell book from The Magician's Apprentice so I could make my cleaning products do all the cleaning for me. I realize that's utterly boring, but I'm a sensible sort of person and genuinely despise my housewife duties. I relish all opportunities to be a slacker.
On the flipside, my whackadoodle power would be the ability to withstand immense pressure and breathe and see underwater. I want to be a character in Peter Watts's Starfish novels... minus the major psychological trauma. Oddly though, I'm actually terrified of the super depths because I think there are zombies down there.
3.) You are an archeologist and you discover something that no one has ever seen before. What do you think would be the coolest thing you could possibly discover and why?
I'd kill Hitler.
HAHA! Just kidding. That's a total rookie mistake, foshizzle. Honestly, there are so few scenarios that would actually work in time travel that I'm tempted to avoid all the them. I think I would go forward, not backwards. Maybe 30 years to check on what stocks are doing well. Then I'd go back and invest in whatever makes me richest. Again - any opportunity to be a total slacker.
4.) If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first thing you would ask them?
Proof that we were seeded on this planet by alien overlords - like a ship with logs in it. It would just be fun to watch everyone scurry around in shock after that.
5.) Who (or what) is your favorite cartoon character and why?
"When you leave, can I come?"
6.) If you could have lunch with a famous person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Oh shnikies. Growing up I had the biggest crush on Justin from the Secret of Nimh. He is still one of my favorite characters of all time, and I have a total girl crush on Mrs. Brisby because of her quiet heroism. However, these days my favorite cartoon character is Mandy from the Grim Adventures of- she exemplifies everything that is wonderful in the world - restrained egoism, pure cynicism, and evil brilliance. If we ever get an evil overlord I want it to be her.
7.) If you could be reincarnated as an animal (real or imaginary), what would you be and why?
I couldn't physically manage to have lunch with anyone that I either worship, respect, or just plain think is cool. My body and mental faculties would shut down completely. I'd just drool over whomever. Having said that - there is no one I'd rather drool all over than Hayao Miyazaki. I think he's absolutely brilliant and I envy his ability to tell a story - I honestly don't think anyone comes close. I'd make him take me on a tour of Studio Ghibli and it would be awesome.
8.) You are stranded on a desert island, and only one thing washed up on shore with you what (or who) would you want that to be?
I don't think I'd want to be an imaginary animal - there'd be all kinds of hunting down of me and that wouldn't be any fun. Unless of course that animal were a shapeshifter already... *considers* Let's go with a Nyad - they're sexy and get to go swimming a lot.
9.) Alot of ancient cultures, like the Greeks and Romans, had a god for just about everything. What type of god could you envision yourself as and why?
A GPS satellite phone - duh. I'm sorry, I hate fish and sunburn easily. I'm totally copping out of that situation.
10.) If you could be a character in a fantasy or science fiction novel, what type would you be? (Wizard, assassin, warrior, spaceship captain, princess, etc...) and why?
I could totally be the god of procrastination. I would help those who have procrastinated sufficiently produce brilliant work - because we all know that the best work is done under immense pressure.
Can I be a combination of all of the above? I think that'd be spiffy. Ok, honestly I'd love to be a Space Captain/Bad ass. One of my favorite characters of all time is Honor Harrington from the David Weber series. I think she's brilliant, strong, poised, courageous, gracious, and a total bad ass of course. Plus she gets to fly around in space! I've long dreamed of serving on a submarine and there is very little difference between sub environments and spaceship environments; it seems a natural choice!
The Blog plug!
I have two blogs and I contribue to one other. First off is Random Acts of Mediocrity (http://randomactsofmediocrity.blogspot.com)! I've recently resolved to post something new every day - it is sometimes a personal blog, but for the most part I concentrate on Steampunk and Stationery. I'm a casual observer of the former, and a collecter of the latter and I enjoy finding tidbits about both.
I just started my new blog - Against the Nothing (http://againstthenothing.blogspot.com), in order to have a valid excuse for reading all the fantasy books my daughters bring home from school. It is starting slow, but I really enjoy reviewing Children's/Middle Grade/YA fantasy. That 'genre' has always been my favorite and contributed a great deal to my development/interests over the years. Hopefully I'll start posting more - I'm a bit slow!
Finally, I contribute reviews to the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog (http://sqt-fantasy-sci-fi-girl.blogspot.com/). I admit I'm not the best reviewer out there (by far), but I'm a very avid reader and I genuinely love every opportunity to read something new. It's a lot of fun and I'm greatly indebted to SQT and SMD for giving me the opportunity.