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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.