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Jennifer Intrudes on the Intrusions

Awesome Agent and Provocateur literaticat wanted to intrude authorially, and as she is funny and original, I let her. But for the first time in this series, I decided to interject on the intrusions (of the intrusions).

What are you reading right now?
I am trying desperately to finish THE SWEET FAR THING, the third book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, because I have an event with Libba this week. I just finished ENTHUSIASM by Shulman, which I loved, and I am about to start SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr.
Good luck with TSFT. SWEETEARTS is next for me ... I can't wait! (Oh, and you're not allowed to tell me to get rid of ellipses in this interview. Ha!)

What's the last song you listened to?
Clonie by Nellie McKay.
Of course. It’s like she was born just for you.

Thai food or Chinese?
Hmm - Thai. But really I prefer Nepalese more than either of these.

Last book you gave as a gift.
I gave l'enfant a stack of books last week, including Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears by Daniel Pinkwater, Little Toot by Hardy Gramatky, and the absolutely sublime and incomparable Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by DB Johnson.
Lucky l‘enfant. (Jenn knows a little kid, she doesn’t have a homemade one.) I love the Henry books by Johnson, too.

Pick three words to go on your tombstone.

Early bird or night owl?
Round-the-clock bird!

Rain or sun?
I prefer sunny but cold, or overcast. I like rain if I am cozy inside and I don’t have to go anywhere. I hate extreme heat and I am baffled by snow.

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't take any wooden nickles. (I've always wanted to say that!)

Seriously - on how to be a good writer: READ ALOT. MORE. YES, MORE!

Pretty sure Jenn is making ‘a lot’ one word on purpose, to suit her purposes. *is disturbed*

Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?
Me, too.

What's your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Fried egg -- I can't remember what book I stole it from, maybe a Ramona book? Or Anastasia Krupnik? Anyway, I dressed all in white, and I cut out a sandwich board in a wavy round shape and then put a bright yellow circular pillow in the center.
I knew you would have a good one.

Beach or mountains?
Both, please! I have lived all over the world and I guess I prefer to live near the ocean -- but I always love to see mountains in the background at least. I can't stand flatlands.

Do you have a favorite writing how-to book?
Strunk and White. Bird by Bird. On Writing. Self-editing for Fiction Writers. The Dictionary.

Want to divulge your pick for President?
Best answer ever.

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Your intrusions are welcome any time, literaticat!


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Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
How did Jenn get that pillow to stay?
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
glue! Ruined the pillow, but it worked.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! Well the "round the clock" answer explains how Jenn has time to do EVERYTHING! :)
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I would just like to address the following issues:

1) I would NEVER ask anyone to get rid of ellipses in informal writing... I am not a monster! I myself am absolutely ADDICTED to them, as well as to putting some words in caps. And exclamation points!!!! YAY!!

2) I misspelled Nellie - fix please.

3) Don't make that sarcastic noise, Nepalese food is the bomb dot com. I didn't write these either/or questions, can I help it if Nepalese food is similar to but better than the given choices? Anyway, if you've never had it, we'll have to go next time you are in San Francisco. (Umm... or Nepal.)

4) AND ANOTHER THING - yes, a lot is two words, but I ONLY HAD 5 WORDS! See, I was following the rules by subverting them. And maybe - just maybe - that is the lesson after all.

5) And then I put "and" in the other part, making it 6 words long. Dang. See above, re: subverting, etc. Ahem.

Edited at 2008-01-23 09:31 am (UTC)
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. Nepali food is the best!

Like a good book, your interview left me wanting more. Some day you'll have to ask her to name the places she's lived. I love hearing that kind of stuff.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Those clever publishing people even updated Duck's cover, so it now reads "2008". Seriously smart.
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