A jenday conure, Jupiter. He's going to be 3 in November, and he's just
as much a handful as any kid that age.
Wiccan (solitary practitioner).
College ... English major, Creative Writing minor - if only because my
college dropped the CW major the year before I got there.
Drawing, sewing (mostly costumes), prop-making, and cooking.
your favorite way to spend a weekend? With friends, and
ideally my fiance, either at a movie, or just hanging out, knowing that
we don't really have any place we need to be. Also, if there are
awesome sandwiches involved, that's a big plus.
your accomplishments are you the most happy with?
Finishing my first novel with my fiance - the town we've created for it
has taken on a life of its own. Sometimes I think it's more of a home
to me than where I really live, because I know it so well.
your most prized physical possession? A carved wooden
plaque that my father found beneath the shingles of our old house, when
he was redoing the roof - someone in my family placed it there when the
house was built as a good-luck charm. It's in the shape of a shield,
with a man holding a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. I
brought it with me when we moved, and now it's hanging on the wall near
your favorite word? Pamplemousse - it's the French word
languages do you speak? Two. French and English. The
degrading though, since I don't get to use it often.
your favorite time of year, and why? Fall. New England's
great for that...
plus, well, Halloween! You can't beat that.
have any embarassing nicknames as a kid? Oh, god. My
mother called me Engine and my grandmother called me Peanut. I have
absolutely no idea where either nickname came from, but they annoyed
the heck out of me, even back then.
three things you can't live without? My MP3 player (I
need music like some people need coffee), four D6 (good for GURPS or
ghetto Fudge!), and a pencil and paper (those count as one, right?). If
I can't scribble or doodle, I get a little neurotic sometimes.
you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an
animator for the longest time, actually - until my junior year of high
school. Then I realized that I liked making up characters and writing
about them just as much as I liked drawing them - and I was a little
better at the writing.
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? Spending too much time in college worrying what
people thought of me, and not going out and doing the things I really
wanted, as a result. The biggest thing I wish I'd done was to have my
own radio show.
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? A purple background, with a
yin-yang symbol in the middle ... only, the yin-yang is outlined in
grey, with a grey lightning-bolt through it, perpendicular to the split
between the black and white. It's the symbol of one of the
organizations in my novel, and it's come to represent the necessity of
chaos in balance.
your favorite TV show/movie? The Venture Brothers. I
could go on and on about how it's one of the few cartoons in existance
that's still well-done in just about every way ... but honestly, after
a horrible day/week/what have you, it never fails to cheer me up.
about your favorite RPG character that you've ever played.
Dr. Percy Cross, the ship/crew medic in a GURPS game that a good friend
of mine has been running for
a few years now, based off the Godzilla movies. He's one of those
diamond-in-the-rough types who's more than willing to snark someone
while he's knocking them down, he'll be subtly holding out a hand to
up. An alcoholic with a short fuse, he got bounced around from base to
ending up with his current team, and he had no idea what he was up
against when he was transferred. The first night I played him in-game,
the party was on leave in Switzerland, and he ended up going out
drinking with the team archaeologist and slugging a UN attache...
which landed him a night in the brig, and the wrath of just about
everyone else in the
Since then, he's been
trying to redeem himself - though he hasn't had too much luck, what
with a botched First Aid roll that ended up killing off one of the best
NPCs in the plot arc. Slowly but surely, he's getting the hang of this
whole "chase and stop the big crazy radioactive monsters" thing, and he
considers everyone in the party his colleagues ... even if he's not
about to say it out loud to all of them. Most of his stat strength lies
in medical skills - surgery, first aid, diagnosis, biology, that sort
of thing. He's got some decent points in brawling, though, as well as
tactics and "people-reading" skills. He's also decent at baseball and
basketball .... my GM can tell you how creative I can get in trying to
use them to up his dex. Sometimes it even works....
your favorite RPGs? I recently played a throw-together
game of Murphy's World that was absolutely
hysterical, and I'd love to try my hand at that again. I'm very fond of
the GURPS and Fudge systems
for their ease and flexibility. I'm GM for a sporadic episodic campaign
of Men in Black ... and though I like how
flexible the rules are, I'm currently trying to find a way to make the
combat a little more interesting.
your first RPG session like? I had just gotten out of
work and decided to swing by the local game store to check for my
comics, and the same group I'd seen there every week was there. I went
over on a whim to say hello, and one of the girls asked if I wanted to
sit in and watch, and visit. The rest was history, and I met some of
the best friends I've ever known that night. I went back the next week
with a character sheet in hand - since a lot of the other characters
were homages to existing characters (Jack Sparrow, Vash, House,
Baldrick from Blackadder...) I made a mashup of someone from Venture
Brothers, and joined them for a Dr. Who-based GURPS
game, in which we ended up running from Daleks and getting into all
kinds of misadventures. Everyone was very welcoming, and more than
happy to fill me in on the rules - a big difference from my past
attempts at gaming, when I'd been told I wouldn't be able to grasp it
all. Then again, that was D&D, and to
this day, I'm still not fond of it as a result. Sadly, the store we met
in has closed its doors recently, but the lot of us still try to get
together and play when we can.
your WORST RPG session like? Most of them have been, by
and large, very good games. However, there was a LARP I was involved in
that could have gone a lot better. It started out well, and then
started to steadily roll downhill. I personally would chalk it up to
the fact that people kept changing their minds about why they wanted to
play, the communication as characters was rather poor, and most of us
had been awake since 6 AM at a game that was finally wrapped up at
around 11:30 at night. Honestly, by the end of it, I was confused as to
the actual plot, exhausted, and just wanted to go and crash. One of the
players lost his temper over being the "fall guy" and took it far too
seriously, and all in all, it was hardly an enjoyable endeavor by the
time we were done.
your all-time favorite person to game with? All of the
crew at Gaming Club are terrific. I wasn't expecting them to be so
receptive to a girl who was two years out of college ... I can honestly
say that there are only maybe three or four people out of at least 20
I've played with that I cringe over - the usual rules-lawyers, power
players, and marathon off-topic folks. However, I gotta admit, I've got
a real soft spot for Kathy and Jamie ... (Hi guys!) ... they're a
terrific couple and a lot of fun to be around, even when you're not
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