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20 August 2014 @ 07:45 pm

Okay, I'm writing a letter as fast as I can.

Dear [community profile] crossovering writer,

If you matched one of these requests, we already have at least three things we love in common: two fandoms and crossover fic! And I will love your fic. I read crossovers even if I only know one fandom well and have a passing acquaintance with the other.

What else do you need to know about me? I'm primarily a gen person. I don't like reading hurt/comfort fic, or stories that contain graphic descriptions of rape or torture. Stories that humiliate and embarrass the characters will make me feel unhappy and uncomfortable too. Please, be kind to the characters! It's a rare writer who can keep me reading through a lengthy sex scene, or even a short one unless it's pertinent to the plot.

What do I like? I love poetry and prose. I like stories that take underdeveloped bits from canon and enlarge them, make them come to life, and show us something new about the characters and their world. I love a well-plotted mystery or adventure. I like alternative universes and stories about time travel and future fic. You already know I love crossovers! I like snappy dialogue and banter. I love post-eps and missing scenes. I like stories about friendship. I like stories about love.

I'm an optimist. I know life is hard. Bad things do happen to good people. However, I like reading stories about how people cope with adversity; how they get through the hard times, and come out on the other side, transformed in some way by those experiences.

Elementary: My favorite character is Joan Watson. I watch the show for the banter and the friendship. I love mysteries but I think the plots on this show are pretty predictable. Like most fans, I'm there for the characters.

Crossover elements: Crimes and the people who solve them. (Luckily, the rest of these series are jam-packed with those elements.) Doctors who leave medicine to become crime-solving detectives and hang out with eccentric, driven men with difficult family backgrounds. Evil corporations who want to rule the world. Bees. Evil scientists. Kidnapped children. Characters who would do anything to save the person they love most in the world.

Fringe. My favorite character is Walter Bishop but I love every version of Olivia in every universe. Overall, my favorite season is three, my least favorite season is five.

Crossover elements: Weird science. Mutants. Crimes and the people who solve them. Evil corporations who want to rule the world. Human experimentation. Kidnapped children. Saving the planet and/or universe from certain annihilation. CANON ALTERNATE UNIVERSES! TIME TRAVEL! Evil scientists. Parapsychology. Characters who would do anything to save the person they love most in the world.

Orphan Black: I started watching the show this year. It's a lot of fun, and also kind of crazy, so definitely my kind of show. And there are so many great female characters! Maslany is an amazing actor. I think all of the clones are wonderful characters, as is Felix, and Mrs. M. I love the monitors and the evil scientists.

Crossover elements: CLONES! Mutants. Weird science. Crimes and the people who solve them. Kidnapped children. Human experimentation. Evil corporations who want to rule the world. The clone monitors. Major Characters dying of a genetically engineered illness. Sexy assassins. Evil scientists. Characters who would do anything to save the person they love most in the world.

Stargate SG-1: This is probably the hardest show to write crossover fic for--but I've done it, so if we matched on this, take heart! My favorite character is Sam Carter. I love team-centered fanfic. I love the whole concept of sending teams through the Stargate to explore other planets in faraway galaxies.

Crossover elements: ALIENS! Crimes and the people who solve them. Human experimentation. Canon ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES! CLONES! Weird science. Saving the planet from certain annihilation several times a season. A canon TV show within a show based on the Stargate program! Time travel. Body swapping. Sex Pollen. Evil scientists. You name the fic trope, the Stargate writers put it into their canon.

Yes, there are characters who would do anything to save the person and/or persons they love most in the world.

Warehouse 13: I love the characters, especially Claudia, and the wacky things that the artifacts do. I shipped Myka and H.G. Wells. Sigh.

Crossover elements: </i> Crimes and the people who solve them. Weird science. Time Travel. Human experimentation. Parapsychology. Magic. Body Swapping. A Major Character dying of cancer. And all those artifacts--you know some of them must be extra-terrestrial in origin. It just stands to reason. Characters who would do anything, etc.

The X-Files: I love Mulder and Scully, but especially Scully.

Crossover elements: ALL of the above, from aliens to time travel, plus a canon movie within a TV show made about the X-Files characters and their cases and a canon crossover with Cops. And yes, two characters who would each do anything to save the person they love most in the world their partner. But you already knew all that.

Here's my advice: write whatever you like! Enjoy yourself! If I can think of an actual prompt, I'll probably have to use it myself. (No, not really. I already know what I'm going to write.)

The main thing I want is for you to have fun with this assignment. Vague though they are, I hope the suggestions in this letter can help you to do that.

Request 1

Orphan Black
The X-Files

Request 2

Orphan Black
Stargate SG-1
The X-Files

Request 3

Stargate SG-1
Warehouse 13
The X-Files

I like shows that can combine humor with more serious elements, so at least they all have that in common.
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04 July 2014 @ 08:30 am
Happy USA Independence Day to those who celebrate. Today I'm all about the Stars and Stripes Forever. Tomorrow I'll be back to my usual drab pastel DW/black and white LJ theme(s).

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Three Flags. Jasper Johns, 1958. The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. At the link you can read their blog and/or listen to the audio guide entry to find out more about the work.

I need to go liberate my cat, put dinner in the crockpot, and try to get some writing done. Last night Nina jumped onto the top of the seven foot high bookshelves in our den. I was terrified she'd break her neck getting down but she managed not to. She's a caution.

[personal profile] china_shop is running her Fandom Appreciation Challenge again. She's doing it at both LJ and DW this year. It's all about leaving feedback, as opposed to hitting the kudos or like button. Today's entry is my favorite so far. DAY 4: Send or leave feedback on a) two fanworks focusing on characters of colour, AND b) two fanworks focusing on female characters, for a total of four fanworks. I think I missed yesterday altogether in favor of chatting on the phone with Direct TV while my dad read his email.

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03 July 2014 @ 10:45 pm
The X-Files minirewatch at xf_book_club is over. I consider it a complete success since it got a few people posting who had only previously lurked. I even met a writer new to the fandom.

For Fringe fans, [community profile] fringe_rewatch has started back up again. Apologies to Canada for beginning on your national day of independence. And to everyone worldwide who is understandably more focused on the World Cup. Think of it as counter-programming, I guess.

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20 June 2014 @ 04:49 pm
Everything is going well. Kyle had pneumonia but he's on antibiotics and is doing much, much better. Nina the New Cat on the Block is settling in fine, except she still wants to explore every nook and cranny, climb to the top of every bookcase, and attack and maim our other cats. She does not play well with others.

Since [community profile] fringe_rewatch is on hiatus until July 1, I decided to be spontaneous and host a mini-rewatch at xf_book_club , starting tomorrow. Yes, I'm serious. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and we haven't had a mini-rewatch since the one at scully_fest and that was all the way back in February! Plus I've got my writing assignment from [community profile] crossovering to work on, and chapter three of my RPF AU back from tree to revise (and chapters four-whatever to write). There is no better way for me to procrastinate than watching The X-Files.

Mini-rewatch June 21-27

So, let's watch The X-Files! Seven episodes in seven days! We begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT with "Ice."
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12 June 2014 @ 07:54 pm
She's not really demonic. But Nina the kitty is a challenge. She does better when the other cats are outside and she's allowed to roam around. Yesterday she figured out how to nudge open the closet in the hall that stores the ironing board, the broom and so on. She opened it up. I took her away from it and gave her something else to do. At least six other times, I caught her trying to sneak into the closet. "No, Nina." She stops in her tracks. But five seconds later, after casually glancing my direction, she nudges it again. "No, Nina." Five seconds later, another attempt. It's going to need a better latch.

When I had my back turned, she leaped onto the kitchen counter, which was bad enough. Then she proceeded into the dish cabinet. Wendelah was not happy with that. She's lightening fast and completely fearless. I caught her roaming the shelf over the window again, too. I'm afraid to cook when she's around because she might jump onto the stove! She knocked over another teacup which broke on impact. Slowly, I am learning. I must must hold on to cups in her presence. In order to leave the house, I have to shut her up in her lair because I'm afraid of what she might do in my absence.


I signed up for [community profile] crossovering, a multifandom crossover exchange. You need a minimum of six fandoms that you think you can crossover in various combinations, to complete three offers that aren't identical. So that's what I offered. I love writing crossovers so I am looking forward to it, although the writing time is a little shorter than I'd like. The signup closes Friday the 13th at one minute before midnight.


My husband aspirated yesterday. He's congested and his temperature is now up to 101.7 F, so I think we're looking at pneumonia again.
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10 June 2014 @ 01:10 pm
My absence can be summed up in two words: New Cat.

It all started when a young, starving black cat drifted into our orbit. I swear, there must be a stray cat network. "Oh sure, if you're down on your luck and need a meal? Those folks over on Colbath Avenue will feed you, no questions asked." We've been feeding him for around six weeks now. Finally, he's allowing us to pet him--when he's hungry, at least. Our goal is modest: taming him enough to trap him and get him to a vet for shots and neutering. In the meantime, he stays outside, although he definitely wants in. He gets along fine with our other neutered males. We've named him Boris Badenov, Boris for short.

Boris was no real trouble...until about three weeks ago, when he didn't show up to eat. Outdoor cats come and go as they please, but he'd been essentially living on our porch, literally underfoot and sleeping on the doormat. After his second day of unexplained absence, I made Kyle go to the local shelter to look for him.

I waited by the phone impatiently until the call came. "Don't ever let me near an animal shelter again," my husband moaned. "There are so many cats and dogs here! I'm so depressed now."

"Is he there?" I demanded.

"No, but I found another black cat...a sweet little girl kitty," he wheedled.

"Fine. Bring her home."

Five seconds after that exchange, guess who wanders home, acting like he'd never left, demanding to be fed? None other than Boris Badenov.

That was the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend; by Tuesday afternoon, we had a small, silent cat with black fur, yellow eyes, huge ears and new stitches, sporting a blue cone around her neck to keep her from licking the wound. She spent the first couple of hours alternating between stumbling around trying in vain to get the cone off and hiding under the bed with the dust bunnies.

Hastily, we cleaned out the lowest shelf in our back bathroom to make a place for her to recuperate. She ate a little and drank some water, then curled up on the blanket and went sleep. When we checked on her again, she'd used the litter box. So far, so good, except we hadn't heard a peep out of her.

By Thursday, she'd stopped eating and drinking and started sneezing and wheezing and licking her nose. We took her back to the vet, who said she had a cold, gave us special food to syringe feed if need be, and inexplicably prescribed antibiotics to keep her from getting a sinus infection. They never do that with people now. I guess cats are different? The vet was happy to know we'd already isolated her, less happy to know we were feeding a stray cat. We assured her that Boris wasn't allowed in and that as soon as possible, he'd be next on the list for shots, etc.

The name given to her at the animal shelter was Nina, which we're inclined to keep. They told us she was about a year old. She is a tiny thing, weighing maybe two pounds at most, though I'm sure she'll fatten up a bit. She recovered quickly from her cold and found her voice after an unexpected encounter with our big old orange cat, Pumpkin. He made the mistake of venturing into "her" bathroom and got attacked for his trouble. She is sweet as can be--to people--but territorial and hostile like whoa to other cats.

Last Friday, the day she was due to get her stitches out, we opened her room to find she had somehow removed her collar and her stitches. She is agile and fearless, leaping at will onto the forbidden kitchen counter. We've already had to help her down from the decorative shelf over my kitchen window! She's knocked over every item from my dresser and bedside table, and nearly gotten herself accidentally locked into a cabinet. It's like having a toddler in the house. My once carefree mornings are now devoted to chasing around after her. And we can't leave her in the same room with the other cats. The day we tried to reintroduce them, she attacked and chased Pumpkin across three rooms and up into the cat tree. He hadn't moved that fast in years. For now, we are keeping her isolated from the rest of the herd.

This afternoon, Kyle took Nina to the vet for her second set of vaccinations, which is why I am free to write this post. Kyle has already nick-named her, "My Favorite Mistake."

Uh, oh. The front door just opened. She's baa-ack.
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25 May 2014 @ 06:14 am
Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature.
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array,
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.
– Lieutenant Commander Data of the Starship Enterprise

Why yes, I did just watch ST:TNG, 6x05 "Schisms." Every five seconds I was saying to the screen, "Isn't it obvious? You've all been abducted by aliens! Bright lights, a metal exam table, feeling as though you can't move, being probed. LOST TIME."

Come on, Star Trek crew members meet alien species all of the time. How can this be the first time they've heard of people being abducted through a rift in subspace! This was a powerful species of aliens who apparently feel fine about experimenting on people as though they were lab rats! These aliens were from another dimension of space and time where the universal translator doesn't work! Their language sounds like a series of clicks to us, just like the Kif from the Chanur novels by C.J. Cherryh. This is the most awesome part:

Co-producer Wendy Neuss, sound editor Jim Wolvington and supervising sound editor Bill Wistrom were tasked with creating the clicking language for the aliens. Neuss recalled it was among the funniest experiences she had on The Next Generation. She explained, "We had decided what kind of clicks we wanted with Rick [Berman] and Peter [Lauritson] at the spotting session. Then the three of us actually sat there one night and wrote a script in English and then transposed it to 'clicks.' We wanted it to be organic, not synthesized, and we had a cadence to it; we decided where the clicks should be and what kind of feeling they should have. Then we brought in the group [of] people to do it – so in addition to the individual clickers we had group clicking: you see five people clicking, really intently, like the professionals that they are. And I just had to leave the stage – that's when you think, 'I can't believe I'm doing this!'" (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 221)

They wrote the scene in English and translated it into the alien clicking language!

Also, I'd forgotten that Data writes poetry. Really bad poetry, but still.
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23 May 2014 @ 12:50 pm
I hope everyone had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. I know I am, because my husband and I (and the cats, of course) will have the house to ourselves.

Walking again, at Lake Balboa again. It's my favorite place in the San Fernando Valley, I think. Most of the birds have already migrated north. We miss the coots! There are still a few left, plus a couple of Canada geese pairs, and four fuzzy goslings! There are still plenty of mallard moms and dads but I only saw one duckling waddling about. Where did all the baby ducks go?

About my son, who is headed up Interstate 15 to a bachelor party weekend in Vegas. My son is a very sensible person. I wish I could say the same about everyone on the road this weekend.

Nothing much, except little bits of research for my [community profile] unconventionalcourtship story. It's going well, but just like last year, I have developed sciatica from too much time on the computer. Curses! I'm just going to have to write as much as I can and take frequent breaks.

We finished the first season of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. The mysteries are not terribly mysterious but the characters are fun to watch and the period costumes are to die for. There is actually a museum exhibition currently in Parramatta and if I lived anywhere near, instead of on the other side of the planet, I'd be trying to get tickets.

The adorable couples:

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Orphan Black continues to be amusing. I think it's the only currently airing show I'm still watching. Everything else is done for the year, or just, you know, done.

Fringe Rewatch:
We just finished 1x13 "The Transformation." The active participants are few in number but I can see we are already breaking into easily recognizable fandom groupings: the Peter and Olivia shippers, the folks who love Olivia Dunham, superhero, and the small group who think that the show is about the moral and spiritual redemption of Walter Bishop. Naturally, I'm not shipping anyone and I still haven't completely warmed up to Olivia's character, although I know she'll grow on me. But how I love John Noble's portrayal of the brilliant, tragic antihero Walter Bishop.

I'm holding off on the final episode of The Americans at least until I've finished my story for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship. The entire season of that show has been such a downer. I don't need that in my life right now. I just want to write happy, fluffy RPF crackfic for [personal profile] tree and me.

My story for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship is up to 3,020 words. That's just the first chapter. I'm not clear how many chapters it will need (I'm not an outlining person), but I hope they all aren't that long. I do know how it ends so I just have to figure out the best way to get there.

So, what are you doing, thinking, wondering about, reading, watching, making, or writing, that you don't usually post about?
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17 May 2014 @ 04:28 pm
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Those latest changes at LJ? It was horrible! I couldn't find anything! Thanks to semyaza , I found out how to opt out. "If you look at the top right of the profile page you'll see a space between 'Post in Blog' and the magnifying glass. Click on that space and you'll be given a choice to opt out." Thank you again, semyaza .

I finally caught up with Castle. Honestly, that show is beyond ridiculous. I don't know why we're still watching it.

We also watched the season finale of Elementary. I'm not as unhappy with it as some fans seem to be. I like the idea of Joan Watson wanting more out of life than just hanging around with Sherlock. On the hand, Sherlock working with British intelligence? I don't see how he'd pass a basic background check, what with being a recovering drug addict. Time will tell if this is a good plot move or not.

The Americans. Every main character's life is becoming a complete train-wreck. The season finale is this coming Wednesday. I'm actually kind of dreading it.

Thinking about:
Nashville was renewed! That was a pleasant surprise, given the ratings.

Crisis was cancelled, which was not a surprise given the ratings. I hope we'll at least get to watch the rest of the episodes. I want to find out what happens to Gillian's character and her daughter. I guess if I want to watch Gillian Anderson on TV, I'll have to give The Fall another try.

Starting in 2015, David Duchovny is going to play an LAPD police sergeant named Sam Hodiak in an NBC series called Aquarius. Sam Hodiak has really short hair and a complicated personal life. He's too square to communicate with hippies so he's going to team up with a younger undercover officer who knows how to roll joints (it's not hard--trust me). It already has an endgame: they're going to start tracking Charles Manson, and we all know how that turned out. Apparently, Sam Hodiak is as bad at being a police detective as Fox Mulder was at being an FBI agent (and Hank Moody is at being--anything and everything). I'm not making any of this up. It's straight off of Tumblr--and the NBC website. Because it's set in the sixties, I'll get to nitpick Aquarius to my heart's content. Finally, a show I'll be able to hatewatch with genuine enthusiam. Oh Happy Day!

If you are a fan of The Americans and you're looking for an outlet for your fannish enthusiasm during the long hiatus, our show has a wiki: The Americans Wiki. It needs everything, from expanded articles about the characters to photographs/screencaps to (please please please) episode transcripts. Remember: if you are trying to avoid spoilers, don't check it out until after the season two finale.

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I didn't even know this place existed but [community profile] fic_corner | fic_corner , a children's and YA lit comm, is having a gift exchange: The Exchange at Fic Corner. Details at [community profile] fandomcalendar and the community.

Last but not least, there is a commentficathon happening for Obscure and British Fandoms. Check it out at .

I don't think of Pride and Prejudice as being obscure, but a lot of fic for Austen's works are at archives which require membership for access (and I'm not much of a joiner). Anyway, I'm happy it's included and hope it gets some prompts and some fics written.

Because it is now too hot to turn on the oven, my menu plans for the week include four dinner entrees made in the microwave, using Barbara Kafka's classic Microwave Gourmet. I think I'm going to have to adjust the settings and or/timing as 2014's microwaves are considerably more powerful. I probably should read the recipes, too.

Still working on the [community profile] unconventionalcourtship fic. Until then, the "4-D" post-ep is on the backburner. All stories for The Americans are on hold until I sufficiently recover from this traumatic season.

My husband gave me another idea for a TXF AU story. What if Mulder died during season one? I was thinking he could just be shot and killed during "Deep Throat" when he attempts to infiltrate the base, but it might work better to have him disappear at the end of season one, maybe when Deep Throat dies? That way Scully will have seen some things while still remaining a skeptic.

Obviously, it needs a plot. But I have to admit, I like the idea of getting rid of Mulder right at the beginning--it gets rid of so many problematic elements. Maybe instead of shutting down the X-Files and reassigning Scully to Quantico, the Consortium could take the opportunity to bring Diana Fowley back from Germany and assign her to investigate Deep Throat's death and Mulder's disappearance---and the story takes off from there. I love this idea but it's an AU that almost no one will want to read.

So, what are you doing, thinking, wondering about, reading, watching, making, or writing, that you don't usually post about?
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16 May 2014 @ 02:21 pm
I have seen this on multiple blogs on LJ and DW, but it originated on--what a surprise--someone's Tumblr.

1. "the system" - this is supposed to be a picture of your home library. My home library is my whole house. There are bookshelves in every room, mostly double-shelved, and stacked on every flat surface. We have off-site storage for the overflow. There is no system that I am aware of, but I'm sure my husband would say otherwise.

2. Favorite female writer - Jane Austen

3. Favorite male writer - Kim Stanley Robinson.

4. Bought on location - We buy a lot of books when we travel but not books about where we travel, the exception being books about art museums, art movements and specific artists. So, a book about the Louvre bought at the Louvre, a book about Impressionism bought at L'Orangerie, and so on. I would also like to mention a charming book I was given as a gift by [personal profile] idella while she was staying with us in Paris, entitled The Chateau by William Maxwell. It's fiction and it's about travelling in France.

5. The largest and the smallest book you own - The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War is the largest, measuring two feet tall and 18 inches wide. The smallest is a little book of selected poems by Emily Dickinson, at 2" x 2.5".

6. Complete works of one author - William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and nearly every author in the Library of America series, to name but a few.

7. Favorite poetry collection - Emily Dickinson.

8. Favorite biography - I don't read many biographies. The Life of Emily Dickinson by Richard B. Sewall.

9. Favorite cookbook - Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin. It's a memoir with recipes. I could have listed her under the own-their-complete-works category too.

10. Favorite graphic novel - I don't read a lot of graphic novels. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was really good.

11. A book you didn’t understand at all - To quote [personal profile] maidenjedi, "I understand it, but not the appeal." The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

12. "One of these things is not like the others," meaning inconsistent editions within a series. I own an old hardcover edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle dating from the sixties and paperback editions of everything else from the series.

13. Best bargain - we inherited thirty boxes of books from Kyle's mom. They were free. You can't get any cheaper than that.

14. Most recent purchase - The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstin, bought for my Kindle.

15. Favorite lay-out design - I don't even know what that means.

16. Book you bought because of the title - Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley. Not nearly as interesting as you might think.

17. Book you bought because of the cover design - None that I can think of offhand.

18. Multiple translations of the same work - The Brothers Karamozov.

19. Multiple copies of the same work - A Wrinkle in Time. Many books that are in the Library of America series. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson.

20. The funniest book you own - I find The Nitpicker's Guide for X-Philes by Phil Farrano to be a real hoot.

21. The most expensive book you own - any of my son's engineering textbooks. Pick one. Any one. Technically, he owns them. But I paid for them.

22. A recurring interest/theme - Infectious Disease. Mars. Emily Dickinson. The X-Files. Lord help me, but I have a lot of books about that show on my shelves.

23. A book you read so many times that it fell apart - I don't think I have any books like that. Even my yellowed childhood copy of A Wrinkle in Time is still intact. I'm sure I've read it a couple of dozen times or more.

24. A book you think everyone should read - Unless they ask, I've given up recommending books to people. I have weird taste.

25. A book that made you cry - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

26. A book you would prescribe for an aspiring author - I wouldn't, at least not books about writing. Aspiring authors should read about everything. Everything. Oh, all right. How about Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Also Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olson. That's two books.

27. A cover design you hate - I apparently pay no attention to this sort of thing at all.

28. A book that was a waste of your time - The Brother Karamozov took me six months to get through. I think it was another six months before I opened the next book. Thinking about that book makes me shudder.

29. Favorite book from your childhood - A Wrinkle in Time.

30. The book with the most pages in your collection - The Norton Shakespeare has 3,400 pages. It's single columned.