Barbara (htbthomas) wrote,
Barbara
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Interview Answers

bretzysdude asked me some interview questions as part of the interview meme. Here are my answers! I probably don't have time to come up with any questions for you all this time around, though, so don't worry about passing this one on... :)

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1) There was a commercial a while back that says, "There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's". How do you eat a Reese's? If you don't eat Reese's, how do you eat your favorite candy bar?

I love Reese's, they are one of my favorites! I chew around the crenellated edges, then usually eat the chocolate from the top and bottom, and finally the peanut buttery part last.

2) What's the best thing that you love about your daughter?

Her enthusiasm. She throws herself wholeheartedly into everything, whether it be play, learning, music or love.

3) How did you get hooked on superhero comic books? Did someone get you involved with them, or was there a void that you were able to fill on your own?

Okay, you asked for it. I always enjoyed superhero movies and TV growing up (Battle of the Planets, Voltron, Superman I and II, Star Wars [What? Isn't it really that genre at its heart?]) and as an adult, I also got more and more into speculative fiction in all types of media (like Lois and Clark, Babylon 5, fantasy/sci-fi epics). But the final kicker was Spider-Man 2. I loved that movie, and after getting the DVD, I slowly sank deeper and deeper into fantasies of 'what happened next'?

Well, I'd been aware of fanfiction since the days of Lois and Clark (wherein several fans created something called 'The Unaired Fifth Season'), but I'd not read any more of it until the summer of 2005. And I discovered that other people had written stories about 'what happened next' themselves. Yet nothing quite filled the void, until I wrote it myself!

Well, all of that led to more reading. The more I read, the more people I got to know (particularly mark_clark), and the more I realized that I needed to know the source material to become a better writer in the fandom. And learning that J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 fame) was writing the main Amazing Spider-Man comic was the final straw. I started reading his run of ASM, then slowly added every Spidey book, going to find the earliest issues, got everything in between, and then expanded to related books...

I jumped into DC because of Superman Returns in the spring of 2006, before the movie. So I started with All-Star Superman, then Action Comics... then I've been reading on recs, mostly ones by jen_in_japan and van_el (though he's recced as much Marvel as DC).

Now I am the crack-dealer for all of my friends. Raise your hand, f-list, if I've introduced you to a comic or two... or twenty (winks at jenn_1). :D

4) I'll admit that I'm not a huge diehard fan of the bands that we've discussed here. I mean, I think they're great, and I wish I could've had every album, but I don't, just because they're hard to find nowadays. How did you take a notice of them yourself? Was it through a radio station, magazine, friends, or just saw what was available at the store?

Well, for the benefit of my f-list, I found bretzysdude through searching for other LJ users with "Adam Again" in their interests. Our list of musical interests was more similar than anyone I'd met online so far, more than anyone I've ever known other than my husband and one my best college buddies.

You asked for it, Part Two.

Around 1987, I started to get frustrated with the state of popular music. I liked a lot of "modern rock" artists (as they were calling alternative rock at the time) but there just weren't enough. And I'd heard some Christian music before then, but it was mostly Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith stuff, too mellow for my tastes. Well, I discovered a few bands that I really liked, such as Allies and MWS' album The Big Picture... but then I got The Choir's Diamonds and Rain... Daniel Amos' Darn Floor, Big Bite... Steve Taylor's I Predict 1990. And I knew I'd found what I'd been searching for. About the same time, I started to subscribe to CCM magazine, and the reviews of Brian Q. Newcomb drew me to more and more wonderful music. I never once disagreed with his assessments.

Getting into The Choir and Daniel Amos, I discovered the 77's and Adam Again. Learning they were all friends was a big plus (I like the Lost Dogs albums, but their strong country flavor is a little difficult for me, so it's mostly for nostalgia's sake that I still listen). In college, I expanded my collection even farther, but other than those core four, only a few have become longterm faves (Newsboys, Chris Rice).

And though my favorite band of all time, They Might Be Giants, is not a CCM band - almost everything else I loved is.

5) What do you think is your best story? (Please put up the link).

I'd have a hard time choosing between my Spidey stories, so I won't even try. But probably my most ambitious story is also my best, which will be no surprise to anyone on my f-list: Déjà Vu, my epic sequel to Superman Returns. I won several awards for it this summer, but I think I'll remember it best for being the catalyst for coming to LJ and making the most amazing friends, as well as dragging a good number of my fanfiction friends over here as well.
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