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I am interviewed by Zvi Jun. 19th, 2009 @ 06:30 pm
If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.

1) Tell me about the best place you ever lived.

This is really rather hard to answer, so I'll tell some aspects of places I've lived that I loved.

- My uncle's house in Kloof, in Durban. I only stayed there for a few days, but it was beautiful - in the hills above the city, high enough that it was cool, and the humidity of the area was just a heavy moisture that meant the plants were richly verdant in a way I'd never seen before. The terrain was somewhat rugged, so here and there in the area around the house there'd be sudden deep gullies, and cliffs green with moss that dropped away sheer to vibrant treetops, all so very very green. The trees were the homes of innumerable vervet monkeys - troublemakers, but delightful to a foreigner such as I.

- A house I shared a while with friends and their daughter, then three years old. The house itself had little to recommend it, but being around friends and an adorable little girl who loved me was great - I love children, and I absolutely adored living with one.

- Here, now, where I am loved and accepted and understood, where things are okay, no problem is insurmountable, and I have a real family.

2) Explain something about race relations in Australia I probably don't know.

With the possible exception of Ernie Dingo, indigenous Australians are more amazingly invisible in the media than native Americans. We have a brand of cheese called "Coon" and somehow nobody minds. Possibly the biggest one that people from outside Australia might not get, though, is the issue of Sorry and the Stolen Generation.
This is longish. )

3) If you could take back one internationally famous Australian media canon that makes non-Australians act stupid, which one would it be and why?

A few years ago I would have said Crocodile Dundee. A couple of years ago I would have said The Crocodile Hunter. I think I'll return to Crocodile Dundee, and not just out of respect for the dead; at least Steve Irwin was reasonably sincere in his extreme ockertude, whereas Crocodile Dundee is just horrible in so very, very many ways. Including bits like getting asked if we still put shrimp on the barbie when I was in America, and... dude, they're prawns, okay? And nobody actually says "cobber" unless they're being sarcastic.

4) So, this journaling thing. How'd that get started?

Back in about 2001 or so, I started a blogspot blog, because it was an easier way to collate and post about various links and things than the manually-coded-HTML weblog I'd previously had on my then-website. Then I got a LiveJournal invite - a lot of people I knew at the time all joined LJ as fast as we could send codes around, actually - and meant, at first, to use it just for fannish stuff, but then the fact that I could update it from a desktop client and the convenience of the friendslist and the way my social circles were, then, communicating extensively through LJ, meant that it sort of took over, and I more-or-less abandoned my blog.

Oddly enough, starting at Dreamwidth coincided with some real-life acquaintances trolling my LJ enough that I developed a mild aversion to it, which combined with increasing dislike of How LJ Is Changing that I haven't been following LJ at all, lately, and everything has been posted to DW.

I like communicating with people, I like talking about things I think are interesting, and my journal is a mixture of that, and a place to write down things that I'm thinking about so I get them out of my head without boring my friends. Also, you meet such interesting people online.

5) Tell me about the fanfiction story of your heart. If it exists, review it. If no one's written it, tell me what it would be.

Well, Veterans of the Psychic War may or may not count, since it's RPS AU, but in a lot of ways, that's it. It's not perfect, but I love the story, and I love the way the relationship between the characters develops; it's the kind of story I want to read, but I feel weird about reviewing it, since I co-wrote it, and all.

The fanfic of my heart, right now, would be relationship fic, but not sexual. It would be an epic, intense love story of two (or three) people who aren't physically attracted to each other, because I don't think sex is intrinsic to even the most fiercely intense love. It would be a story of a struggle against bad odds, of dire dangers weathered by will and brilliance, where the plot is at no point motivated by stupidity on anyone's part, good guys or bad. (And it would have some ethical dilemmas in there, too.) It would also be funny, witty, with many other characters who are all real people in their own right. (Even characters with cameos in Veterans have fully-developed backstories in our minds, and I love that too.) There would be other friendships, there would be arguments that don't descend to vitriol. It would have positive representations of people, diverse and wonderful, there would be a reason why everyone does what they do.

It would quite possibly be Star Trek-based, the epic love of Kirk and Spock and Bones, and all the other characters would be important too, not just foils for their Epic Platonic Love. And everyone would be brilliant in their own field - you don't have to make Uhura into an action hero to make her badass, you just have to make her be Uhura. Sulu was born to be a swashbuckling hero, even if he hides it. Scotty's true love is the Enterprise and she loves him back, and there is a power in that. Chekov is young and innocent but has a strength he's not yet begun to tap, and he'll be a great captain himself one day.

And it would have a happy ending.
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