Shauna Forrister (a.k.a. General Bullet)
My parents are wonderful people, the kind of parents everyone wanted as
they grew up. Two older brothers, both very protective of their little
geek sister. Of course, there is the love of my life, without whom the
world would be a very different place, I think. As well there is my
birthson, and his adoptive parents, who are just the most wonderful
people on the face of the planet.
I spent seven years in University without getting a degree. I was
aiming for a degree in Religious Studies, but I was more involved in
gaming then I was in studying. Sound familiar? Finally I realized two
things – 1) a religious studies degree wasn’t worth the paper it was
written on, or the money I was borrowing to get it, and 2) even if it
was, I was so messed up that I was not going to finish the degree
anyways. University life was not for me.
I swear the “Great Player in the Sky” chose for me the “jack of all
Trades” as a merit when he made me ;) I love playing music (trombone
and tuba mostly), singing, drawing, photography, digital art, sewing,
crochet, knitting, cross stitch and other needle work, writing,
woodwork, painting (both on canvas and of houses), gardening and
test the stereotype - Have you ever lived, or are you currently living,
in your parents' basement? I AM A LIVING STEREOTYPE!
*ahem* Yes, I live in the parent’s basement, much to my chagrin. I had
to move home about
four years ago due to a lack of employment, and then,
just as I was getting far enough ahead in my job that I
could request a transfer, I was hit with a very serious
heart condition that keeps me from work or school.
So now I whittle my days away in my parent’s basement.
I hope to change that in a year or so though, please cross your fingers!
your favorite way to spend a weekend? I love to read. Or
watch movies and crochet. The BEST weekend ever, though, was spent with
my love, just hanging out with our families and enjoying one another’s
company. May I have many more of those :D
the most frightening thing you've ever done? About a
year ago, I had to go to Edmonton, Alberta to visit an organ transplant
team. My mom was convinced that they were going to rip my heart out and
replace it right then and there. Scariest couple of days of my life.
Thankfully, the doctors told us that I could still recover with my own
heart and to put off any thoughts of transplants for a few years.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with? That’s
an excellent question. I tend to be a little pessimistic with myself,
especially without much hope for a career and such, but then I think
about what I’ve done, and I realize that “accomplishment” doesn’t
necessarily mean “career-wise.” I guess the thing I am most proud of is
my birthson. Sure, I didn’t raise him, but the fact that he is such a
wonderful child, so smart and talented, and, most of all, happy, means
that I made an excellent decision considering I was so young when I
your most prized physical possession? This is going to
sound so silly, but my most treasured possession at the moment is a
stuffed bison. It’s about 12 inches long, and, even though I’ve only
had it for about five months, I’ve snuggled it so much that it’s
lopsided and can no longer stand. It was a present from my boyfriend,
and I snuggle it every night when I’m on the phone with him and when I
go to bed :)
your favorite toy as a child? Yet another stuffed
animal. It’s a little chicken with a blue shirt that says
“Chick-a-Dee”. Technically it’s my brother’s, but after he underwent
the “boys don’t play with teddy bears” transformation, I stole it.
you cry? Just about anything. I’m a very openly
emotional person. The last really good cry I had was the other night,
when I had received a letter that told me that due to my heart
condition, I’m likely not to have my own children.
three things you can't live without? Music is a big one.
It’s been a main focus of my life since I was four. Internet/phone
would be another one, mainly because it keeps me in touch with my
boyfriend until he moves up here. Last and definitely not last, is my
pacemaker. YAY! I’M A CYBORG!! Of course, with no onboard weapons or
defensive systems, I’m a pretty useless cyborg, but there you go.
you want to be when you grew up? Seriously? A wife and a
mother. It’s been the only thing I was ever serious about. Sure, I
wanted to be an astronaut, or a nurse, or a lawyer. But there was only
ever one thing I always wanted to be, and that was wife and mother.
Stay at home one too. I wanna bake cookies and clean up after hubby and
your favorite mode of transportation? I love boats. If I
could go everywhere in a boat, I would. There’s something extremely
satisfying about being out on the water, gently rolling across the
waves. Or speeding over them. Either way, I love it.
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it be, and why? Hmmm, That’s a toughie. I
would love to have been in the middle ages. A rough life that I would
not have survived with my current condition (not to mention the nearly
drowning twice in one day or the ectopic (tubal) pregnancy that nearly
killed me), but I would have loved it. But then, I would also love to
live in the far future, where being 1200 miles away from someone is as
easy to transverse as being .5 miles away, and where heart problems
like mine are simply fixed. Ah well.
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? I don’t regret anything. Most of the things that
went horribly wrong in my life resulted in me doing something else that
I really enjoyed. So yeah, no regrets :D
the one thing you want to do before you die? Now THERE’S
something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last two years. I think
I would love to go to England and Scotland. Maybe Australia. I would
love to see more of the US and Canada. But if I could only have one
thing before I die, it would be to marry my love. Then I could die a
very happy woman.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Ah! There are so many to choose from! I think my favourite, though, was
a childling eshu named “Batir.” It was in a childling only game my
friend ran in Changeling 2nd ed. He was bold beyond his abilities, for
sure, but man that led to a lot of fun (though my fellow childlings may
the story differently). The most memorable event was the day that a
took us to Never Never Land. In a 24 hour period, I robbed Captain Hook
(and got away), stole a tomahawk from the Indians, played with the
mermaids (stealing from them was too easy), and finally told Peter Pan
I was leaving because I had done everything there was to do. Oh! My
friends were very upset with me that day!!!
your favorite RPGs? I’m pretty much easy when it comes
to systems. To me, it’s not so much the game system you are playing,
but the group and characters you are playing with. That is what truly
makes for good roleplaying. That being said, I cannot resist a good
Changeling: the Dreaming or Werewolf: The Apocalypse game.
your first RPG session like? I barely remember it, to be
honest. My older brothers got a hold of 1st ed D&D, and Mom
made them let me make a character. I believe I played an elf. I know I
loved it, but, since I was eight and my brothers didn’t really want
their little sister hanging around, they made it clear I wasn’t
welcome. They out grew it soon after. I, obviously, did not :D
your WORST RPG session like? To be perfectly honest,
since I’m so easy to please, it is hard to think of a single bad
experience. I’ve had bad gaming-related experiences, but never bad
games. The worst gaming related experience was running a Changeling
LARP. Trying to explain the magic system to someone who doesn’t
understand that magic doesn’t follow the laws of physics was enough to
make me want to quit gaming altogether!
your all-time favorite person to game with? Oh gods, I
can’t narrow it down to even one or two names... I had a group of
friends that as long as one of them was in the group, I’d join the
game. There were about six of them, and man we had a great time. I had
to move away from them, so I haven’t played with them for about four
years. I miss it horribly.
have anything gaming-related to plug? Hmm…. I think
everyone should check out Dream Pod 9’s games. I find it a wonderful
gaming system (though I haven’t played in so long, I probably won’t
even recognize the rules anymore…), and the miniatures are truly
beautiful. And they come with the added bonus of having to paint them
(I hate these new fangled pre-painted figures – that takes most of the
fun out of it! Not that I’ve painted many myself, never had enough
money for that side of the hobby). You can see them at http://www.dp9.com :)
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