Northwesterner transplanted to New England
For the past 13 years, I’ve been happily married to my favorite Viking.
I’m the mother of three, two geeks and one anti-geek.
along the line, we managed to turn into a menagerie. We have one dog, a
groenendahl named Anubis. Three cats (Rogue, Nuit and WrongWay) and
most recently three pet rats.
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? No, although I lived for most
of 10 years in my /own/ basement, which was close enough. In fact, I
don’t think my parents have ever had a basement. Living in their
basement now would require me being under an RV most times of the year.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? With my family. I
love road trips, or going to museums or doing touristy things. Or
having folks over for food and Munchkin or watching movies. But as long
as my family’s around, it’s a good time.
the most frightening thing you've ever done? Became a
parent. After taking on that ongoing challenge, there’s not a thing in
the world non-parenting related that can phase me for long.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with? I
would have to say getting my first book published. It’s an amazing
thing to go into a book store and see something there with your name on
your favorite word? I’m rather fond of “voluptuous”,
although I pronounce it “volumptuous”. I also fancy “verbose” (because
I am), and a recent favorite is “pejorative”, which I had the pleasure
of using in a recent role play essay.
languages do you speak? Does geek count? If not, then
only English, although I took four years of French in high school. Not
actually a very useful language living in the Pacific Northwest, it
turns out. I was thrilled when Brotherhood of the Wolf came out in
French in the theaters, though! I felt like those four years had
suddenly been justified.
your favorite time of year, and why? I love autumn. I
it’s a time of slowing down, of passing into winter, but for me it’s
always been a
very strong time. I even named my youngest child after it.
your most prized physical possession? My wedding ring.
I knew, when we got engaged, what we wanted in rings: silver broad
celtic knotwork on them. But, having never seen that kind of thing done
wedding set, we figured we’d have to compromise on them. The first
walked into had exactly what we were looking for, in exactly the right
size to fit
us both. We took it as a good omen then, and 13 years later, I still
your favorite toy as a child? When I was born, I was
given a stuffed poodle. The head, ears, back and tail were all covered
in real white rabbit fur. Very soft, but not the best toy for a very
young child. His name was “Fuzzy Wuzzy”, and by the time I was a
toddler, his ears and tail were gone and his head was bald leather with
all the fluff worn away. I guess it was the ultimate example of the
nursery rhyme. “Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?” I still have him,
tucked away in my hope chest.
you cry? I don’t cry often, but when I do, it’s normally
because of some great or small injustice that is out of my hands to
fix. The death of someone, inhumane cruelty, willful ignorance. Oh,
that or /really/ stubbing my toe. I’m a clutz.
your favorite section of the newspaper? The comics.
There’s so much sadness in the world, I’m happy to just turn to the
three things you can't live without? Well, I’m going to
assume “things” don’t mean living beings, else my family and friends
would take up more than all three slots. “Thing” wise, I’d say my
computer (and internet connection!), diet soda, and books. I may need
food, shelter and the like to live, but without those three things, it
wouldn’t be a very enjoyable existence.
you want to be when you grew up? At various times, an
oceanographer, a singer and a chimp trainer.
your favorite mode of transportation? For pure luxury,
taking a train is great. It’s always so much more mellow (and roomy)
than a plane, and you can get up and walk around, move from car to car,
stretch out and read… With no worries about traffic or directions or
getting lost. It’s kind of like having a chauffeur! Fun stuff.
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? I try to live a life without regrets. I’ve
definitely made some stupid choices, but I’ve tried to learn from them,
and going back and undoing them would negate those lessons, too. I
think I’ll stick with things the way they are.
the one thing you want to do before you die? I’d like to
see more of the world. Europe, Asia, even more of the US. I lived for
37 years having really not seen much of the country outside of the
Pacific Northwest, and now that we’re out in the Northeast, I want to
see all of it and everything between here and there.
just purchased a small island off the coast of any continent of your
choosing, and you are preparing to start your own country there. What
does your flag look like?
Gold background, green cross, gold hawk’s leg. (Or, upon a cross vert,
a hawk’s leg belled and jessed Or) It’s my SCA device and I really love
the symbolism. And, it looks nifty. You
can see it here.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Brianna Hyland, Fianna kinfolk in the Camarilla’s Werewolf: The
LARP. She started out as a Garou-hating secondary character to play
I was feeling hostile (“Don’t make me shoot you,” was her pet phrase).
the end of her 5+ year run in the LARP, she’d spent time in Wolf Home,
fallen in love with (and lost) three mates and ended up dying while
possessed by the dead spirit of a great Fianna hero in some of the
Final Battles of the Apocalypse.
Not bad for someone who
couldn’t stand “woodgie stuff.”
your favorite RPGs? I love the World of Darkness, both
old and new. I’m also very fond of GURPs (especially TMNG and Supers),
AD&D and Exalted. Oh, and Aftermath… does anyone play Aftermath
any more? I loved that game!
your first RPG session like? 18 years ago, I sat down to
play D&D with my then-boyfriend and his cousin. I rolled up a
fighter, because they told me it was the easiest thing to play. “Just
hit things,” they said. I armed her with a crossbow and pulled a
critical failure with my first dice roll. Bounced a bolt off the helmet
of one of my companions and endured months of ridicule both in and out
of character for it. I’m a little surprised I ever went back!
your WORST RPG session like? Any one where interpersonal
conflicts or rules-lawyering got in the way of having fun with the
story. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I’d rather
be doing taxes than at game.
your all-time favorite person to game with? For table
top – my good-ex, Gary Lancaster. He really taught me about role
playing, and his epic AD&D adventures were always fun. For
LARP, the old Garou crew I used to game with in Vancouver. The Sept of
the Sacred Rose was the site of some of the best role play I’ve ever
had the honor to be the part of. I really miss it – damn you, Year of
have anything gaming-related to plug? I work in the RPG
industry so I’ve got a lot to pimp. :) Already available for sale: My
fiction novel, “In Northern Twilight” and “Predators”, a White Wolf Werewolf:
the Forsaken supplement that I was a co-author on.
Due out in 2006: “Skinchangers”, a World of Darkness Supplement and
“Compass of the Celestial Directions: Blessed Isle”, an Exalted
supplement, both of which I
I’m also on the team
that’s working under Matt McFarland to produce Promethean:
The Created supplements. I also edit freelance, and have had
the pleasure of turning my red-pen on several Steampower Publishing
works (The Future Soldier’s Battlefield Handbook, Rocket
Science, and The Lemurian Candidate)
And I’m the Panel Coordinator for Pi-Con 2006, Western Massachusetts’
newest sci-fi/gaming convention. (www.pi-con.org)
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