If I Were an Actual Celebrity Interview


Gentle Reader, I am always fascinated by those interviews they have at the back of glossy magazines. The ones that are kind of Inside the Actors Studio style. I'm a terrible judgy person (I know, like you're surprised) and I always judge the person being interviewed by his or her answers.

So I thought I would give myself one of those interviews and you could judge me.


20 Questions from Marie Claire Magazine


  1. What food is on your kitchen counter?
    The partial carcass of a papaya. The AB hates them and they are one of my favorite fruits. I buy one every week that they are in season and eat the whole thing myself.
  2. What is the best gift you've ever received?
    My first car: a 1982 Ford Courier (with a Mazda engine) and 200,000 miles on her. My mom's old work truck, Bluebell, became mine on my 16th birthday (so I could commute to high-school myself). She represented so much joy and liberty. Old Bluebell went 300,000 on the original clutch. I loved that truck.
  3. What is your fantasy vacation itinerary?
    Somewhere with good food, tropical fruit, and lots of swimming.
  4. What can you not miss on TV?
    Bob's Burgers. It's the only thing we actually try to watch regularly. Still, we usually forget and have to catch it in reruns.
  5. What is the best advice you've ever been given?
    Success is largely a matter of holding on when everyone else has given up. 
  6. What movie do you think has the greatest ending?
    Latter Days. I can watch him drop that tray over and over again. It's not exactly the last scene but it's the ending. SO GOOD.
  7. What is on your perennial to-do list?
    Vacuum. There is never a time when our apartment doesn't need it.
  8. What is on your bookshelf?
    Science fiction and fantasy baby, all the way.
  9. What is on your feet right now?
    Nothing. 
  10. What is you go-to karaoke song?
    I don't sing, but I make a killer back-up dancer. If you want to catch me embarrassing myself by singing out loud? Firewater by Chome Johnson gets me every single time. 
  11. What is your beauty secret?
    Soaking my feet in hot water and baking soda every night I wear high heels. Nothing is right with the world if ones feet are sore.
  12. What should every woman try at least once in her lifetime?
    Asking for exactly what she wants in bed. And vibrating sex toys. Yeah, I said it, someone has to. Sheesh, ladies. 
  13. Do you have a secret talent? I can cut a perfectly straight even slice of bread, even those super fresh crusty round loafs ~ so long as I have a good knife.
  14. What makes you laugh?
    My friends when drunk and also: wit, absurdity, folly, mimicry, and the occasional bad pun.
  15. What makes you mad?
    Inefficiency, passive aggression, and slovenliness. 
  16. What charities do you support?
    My local Animal Shelter, Kiva, Worldbuilders, and a selection that advocate literacy, health, and education for girls and women. 
  17. What splurge is well worth it?
    Anything to do with health, safety, or natural fibers. More consumerist? Shoes, fresh fruit and vegetables, and good books. 
  18. Do you have an pet peeves?
    So many. People who can't sit still (jiggly leg ARGHHHH). Ill-disciplined children in public. Weak tea and weak handshakes. Skim milk. Anything smelly.
  19. How did you make your first dollar?
    Aside from the tooth fairy? I was a page at my local library. 
  20. What's the one thing you wish you'd known when you were younger?
    Self defense.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Red Yellow Cluster Art Bouquet to Art 2014

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Meet The Three Female Medical Students Who Destroyed Gender Norms A Century Ago

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, "time is money," as it is to an artist. Therefore, encroaching on her time is lessening her income.”
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt


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