1. Tell about a really important piece of advice you received in the past.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and (will) be lost....It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions....You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. --Martha Graham
2. Given all the money, happiness, and time you need, what would your typical day look like?
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. --Lin Yutang
3. Tell about a book that you keep returning to. What is so special about it?
But in reality he was a strange and complicated man who wrote a strange and sad book, whose complex of meanings we will likely never determine. -- Andrew O'Hehir on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in Salon
4. If you could have a conversation with one person tomorrow, and convince that one person of one thing, who/what would it be?
"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." -- Douglas Adams
5. Is there a spot on your body that's not normally considered an erogenous zone, but it drives you crazy? What is it?
They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual? They wonder about Solomon and all his wives. In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul and you are that. But we have ways within each other that will never be said by anyone. -- Rumi, tr. Coleman Barks
6. _______________ was the best $5.00 I ever spent. (Or, if you're not in the US, use an amount that's equivalent-ish -- there's a currency converter at http://www.xe.com/ucc/ )
Q: I understand you've raised money to support the Comic Legal Defense Fund. Why do you feel so strongly about the issues that it represents?
A: [...] The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. [...] Coming from a country without this thing, I know what an amazing, miraculous, cool, brilliant thing it is. And I also know that it is something that can easily be eroded if it is not safeguarded, or patrolled.
-- Claire E. White and Neil Gaiman, in WRITERS WRITE
7. Imagine you have to go to work every day, in an office, with people you like. What work are you likely to be doing? (I'm looking to avoid answers like "Staying home with my family," or "Finishing my novel while I websurf," etc.)
(1) The larger the box that they bring in... the smaller the bird. (Ever see a bushtit in a packing crate?)
(2) The converse is also true. (How about a heron in a shoe box?)
(3) A "baby red-tailed hawk" is ALWAYS a kestral. (Ok... nothing is ever always... once in awhile it is a robin.)
(4) "It has a broken wing and can't fly." (Next stop if you open that box...the skylights of the entry hall.)
(5) The more inappropriate the diet for that animal, the more likely that it has been fed that for the past four days.
(6) Every single human being who walks through our door with a broken, bleeding, orphaned, terrified, and often mis-identified wild creature has come there out of love.
-- "Rules For Interpreting Animal ID's by Laypeople," Julie Burkhart, California Wildlife Rehabilitator
8. Name a fictional character whose life seems like one you'd love. What is it about that life that attracts you?
The cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle's lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten. --H. P. Lovecraft
9. Name three things that help pull you out of a funk.
That's one of the things about film. You show people, there it is. You want a giant bug? There's your giant bug. You don't have to *explain* your giant bug. -- John Landis
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, it is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning, it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. -- Adam Haberlach
"Along the lines of getting a massage, taking a hot bubble bath, and swimming in a pool of warm, melted chocolate, can you give me some innovative ways that you pamper yourself?"
"Spend three hours flaming stupid people on the Net." -- Aahz
10. Name four people who have seen you at your worst and still stuck by you. (If you don't feel like naming names, don't. Use pseudonyms or, hell, skip it if you want. :-)
And sometimes [being polyamorous] just means you have an overloaded Palm Pilot, a staggering latex bill, and a sleep debt that won't be repaid for several lifetimes. -- kyubi
"If we go back into the classroom, are you going to recite or are you going to continue to be sullen and stubborn?"
"I'm going to be sullen and stubborn, I think, Mother."
"I don't know, Mother, but I just bet that's what I'll do."
-- Cartoon at Bread & Ink Cafe, Portland, Oregon
The father came back from the funeral rites....the boy asked him, "Where is mother?" "In heaven," answered his father, pointing to the sky. The boy raised his eyes to the sky and long gazed in silence. His bewildered mind sent abroad into the night the question "Where is heaven?" No answer came, and the stars seemed like burning tears of that ignorant darkness. -- Tagore
I guess I mostly see Life [tm] as a process of closing doors that you might want to go through. -- The OH