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24th-Nov-2009 07:17 pm
Psych (Lassiter Facepalms)
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile").

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

These questions were asked by eumelkeks

1. When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?

I guess around Year 10, when we had to choose what subjects to do for our final two years. To be honest, it wasn't something I was crazy keen on. I couldn't exactly think of anything else. It made sense. I like kids. I like learning. I originally wanted to teach secondary school English and Drama, and I'd still like to give it a shot one day. I'm quite glad that I've grown to adore teaching.

2. Any typical children's activities you gave up later? (Like playing the piano or ballet?)

I did ballet for about three months when I was 6. I was rubbish at it, though that isn't why I stopped (my mother could no longer take me to practice because my brother Nick was just about to be born/was born.) Never learned an instrument apart from singing, which I've always thought is a bit of a shame. I'm an excellent singer, though, even if I do say so myself.

3. What is the one thing you're most passionate about? (What do you defend, what do you think people must know and understand etc?)

I'm passionate about social justice. I'm passionate about Indigenous rights. I'm a passionate feminist. I'm passionate against racism. I think more than tolerance is needed for society to improve --- understanding is critical too. I guess, above everything, I'm passionate about compassion. I think it takes a strong and brave person to make the effort to understand that they don't know everything, that there is a world beyond their own experiences. But I also think everyone has the capacity to be strong and brave. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to push your prejudices to the side and attempt to understand someone else's point of view. And really that's what compassion is all about; empathising with others --- not sympathising, because pity is useless, but attempting to understand and work towards making a difference.

I'm also passionate about miniature meringues. They are awesome.

4. Do your family and friends know about your online life?

HEE. Hell yes. Not my work colleagues/friends, because that's a little too close and potentially job threatening --- although most know I'm internet/computer savvy (because they're always asking for my advice), but certainly my Adelaide friends and family know all about it. Both my parents and my younger brother Nick have read my gen fanfic (they used to beta read for me, hah.) My mother keeps asking when I'm going to write Merlin fic. Everyone knows how I feel about my OTP.

I've never attempted to hide that aspect of my personality and I have great family and friends, because they've never made me feel like I should.

5. Is there anything you'd like to write about but somehow never got around to actually do?

There are lots and lots and lots.

I have a Life on Mars novel idea that I really love, but it would take a lot of time I do not have, and that's just on research. It would be largely gen and quite cliché, but, God. It's the story that I would love to tell.

I'm halfway through a long Psych story, but thinking about taking an axe to it and changing fundamentals.

I'd like to write some historical fiction about the Lands (and by historical, I actually mean 1975.) I'd like to write semi-autobiographical fiction about the Lands. Both of these would be white people's tales, but I'd like for them to also have a strong Anangu voice. I've been told that Anangu Education Services frown upon people writing about their experiences here, though, so I may need to give it a few years.

There are always hundreds of stories I think about that I never get around to, some because I literally don't have time, some because I don't think I'm talented enough to pull them off, and others because the only drive for me to write them is that I haven't written that story before --- and I've got to the point now where I don't think that's enough of a motivation.

24th-Nov-2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Resistance is Futile
24th-Nov-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
1. What do you value most about rural life?
2. If you had to label yourself (girly girl, tom boy, geek), what label would you use?
3. If you could completely change career, what would you like to do?
4. What sucked you into Harry Potter fandom?
5. You're stuck on a desert island with a DVD player/tv with unending power, yet only 5 episodes of Psych --- which episodes are they?
6th-Dec-2009 09:13 am (UTC)
1. The sense of community, yet the independance that is possible. I learnt to drive when I was 6, I could change a tyre by the time I was 8 (I didn't drive without another person in the car until I could change a tyre). I learnt at a young age to be self-sufficient, and yet care about the people around me... Hard to explain in only a few words :p
2. I'm a educated, travelled country girl.
3. I often think that maybe I should have been a teacher. I love learning, and I love teaching, however I've seen what happens to the good teachers....
4. It was during the wet season at home just after Goblet of Fire had come out, and I was bored and had read nearly every book in the house when my Mum explained the first 3 books to me, and told me to read it. I didn't move from my chair for the next 2 days (until I'd finished). A few years later, I was again stuck at home during the wet season, and OotP was about to come out and I'd started googling OotP. Eventually I found mugglenet, and read up every piece of information I could find. I was still at university that year and only posted a few times. It wasn't really until 2004 after I'd finished uni, was home at the property and was bored. I found the John Marsden thread on CoS and became friends with dumbleedore... And that was the end of me :p
An Evening With Mr. Yang
Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead (this is the first episode I ever saw, it was on the flight from New York to LA last year)
Shawn takes a Shot in the Dark
65 Million Years Off
Weekend Warriors
24th-Nov-2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Resistance is futile!
24th-Nov-2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
1. Is there anything that you hate with a passion?
2. How is NaNo going?
3. Regardless of source text, what's your favourite fandom to lurk in/interact with?
4. Which is better: serious Shawn or zany Shawn? (Or Malibu Shawn?)
5. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live?
24th-Nov-2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
is up at my LJ.
24th-Nov-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
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24th-Nov-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
1. Do you have any writing rituals that you must abide by? If so, what are they?
2. You're in charge of Doctor Who --- what are some changes you would make?
3. What is it about Sci-fi/SF that attracts you?
4. If you didn't live in Scotland, which country would you live in?
5. If you could go back in time an important life decision that you've made, would you do it?
24th-Nov-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Also: ♥
24th-Nov-2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
I love your answer to question 3 (and I think you're an awesome writer, so there!)

Resistance *is* futile. (It's also current x voltage, which probably has some deep, deep meaning somewhere along the line...)
24th-Nov-2009 01:49 pm (UTC)

1. Why do you keep going back to New Scientist when it's often mockable?
2. What piece of fannish writing of yours (with optional Fi) are you most proud of and why?
3. Complete this sentence: When I take over the world I shall...
4. Do you have a favourite comfort food?
5. Meerkats. Discuss.
24th-Nov-2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
As you already know, I greatly enjoy peering into your brain. ♥

Also, resistance is futile, and apparently I shall be assimilated. Emphasis on "ass." XD
24th-Nov-2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I adore your answer to #3.

And, I cannot resist this particular meme, resistance is indeed futile.
24th-Nov-2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Learn an instrument! :D

Also, resistance is apparently futile.
24th-Nov-2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Resistance is futile

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