Interview meme

And now, an interview ritual (stolen from several folks):

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. You will update your livejournal/website with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments here (or at least provide a pointer to your site).

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

My answers to questions asked by stevendj:

1. Which missed opportunity in your life do you most regret?

Of the ones I’m willing to post about, probably not going to Nepal with lnhammer and our sometime roommate. We cancelled the trip after the political situation turned too unstable for a casual trekking trip to really seem wise; I wish we’d planned the trip sooner so we could have made it.

Though really, I regret remarkably little in my life, and am grateful for this.

I can also think of at least two missed opportunities I’m grateful for.

2. If you were offered the position of an editor at a small press, what sort of book would you like to publish?

Elegant, gracefully written books that fall into the gaps between middle grade and adult fiction. (This is different from books that fall between young adult and adult fiction.) The best (and most successful) example I know of such a book is The Golden Compass. But I think in general books that have elements of books that appeal to such disparate audiences are hard to market, and a small press might be better positioned to take the risks required than a large one.

3. If you had to perform a year’s worth of community service, what would you choose? (Note: You may not choose anything you’re currently doing, or that you have done in the past.)<

I’d volunteer to work for the National Park Service.

4. What is your favorite potato recipe?

My grandmother’s potato latke recipe. Don’t stint the grease! (Don’t have the recipe right here, but I can dig it up and post it if folks want.)

5. If you had to choose between forgetting how to use apostrophes and having a major organ surgically removed, which organ would you pick?

Actually, I think I’d go with forgetting how to use apostrophes, and hire someone to insert them after the fact for me.

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