What’s a weird thing you like to do? Me: Take inventory. I work, for the moment, as a kind of roving blue-collar worker on a military base. And I LOVE to take inventory. I love everything involved with the process, including the stacking and organizing of the shelves, which is especially odd, because I’m not at all organized or systematic in my private life. But, there’s just something about lining up those creamy ranch dressing bottles that satisfies a hidden OCD impulse. But, most of all, I love the counting; I could count all day. I secretly wonder if it wouldn’t be so bad to Edmund Dantes, when he’s in the Chateau D’lf counting the stones of his cell over and over and over again.
What’s your favorite childhood book? Me: Probably Where the Red Fern Grows. I almost hesitate to write that, since I haven’t read it in ages, but I can’t think of any single book that had a bigger impact at the time. Plus, I’m excluding children’s books I read much later (Things Not Seen, for instance) or books I read during childhood, which I really don’t think fit in the childhood book category. David Copperfield is my favorite novel of all-time, but I didn’t know many 12 year olds who read it, and it’s chock full of mature themes.
What’s your favorite childhood series? Me: Cynthia Voigt’s The Tillerman Cycle, no contest. Homecoming, Dicey’s Song, and most especially, A Solitary Blue, are the best in the series, and the ones I remember most clearly. The first two follow Dicey Tillerman, a scrappy tom-boy, trying to make a life for her near orphaned siblings. A Solitary Blue follows Jeff Greene, a boy whose life intersects with Dicey’s. Terrific stuff.
Tea or Coffee? Me: Tea. Either Earl Grey or Darjeeling. No milk, no lemon, no sugar.
Would you rather be stuck on a deserted Island with three people you hate, or no one at all? Me: No one at all. Unless that meaningfully decreased my survival odds.
Best movie that had a decent remake? Me: The Shop Around the Corner, starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. There are actually a couple of remakes of this (I think it’s technically a remake itself), but the most notable is You’ve Got Mail. Shop was a wonderful flick, and You’ve Got Mail retained a bit of the original’s charm.
Who’s the fairest of them all? Me: Camilla Belle.
So think of this as a kind of…icebreakers thread?