Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. So, so, so, so, so, so, so awesome.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector's item.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A strong, healthy body, all the resources I need to do the things I want, and good people to do them with.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Giant sea monsters lurking under me while I'm swimming. Also, bees.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On a beautiful mountaintop with a beautiful woman in my beautiful 1976 GMC motorhome.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Gosh, so many to choose from. I empathize with Tesla a lot, because he had a lot of ideas to revolutionize the world, but nobody wanted to hear about it, and he eventually got destroyed by Edison, the living embodiment of everything wrong with American culture. I don't know how to transmit electricity wirelessly or anything, but I have a lot of ideas that run contrary to public consensus, which I am always taking crap for.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. It's easy for me to find fault with most real people generally regarded as admirable, so....Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I say "arbitrary" way too much these days. I guess I'm just noticing how many things we take for granted as fact have no real basis in reality. They're just...arbitrarily decided.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. See my "motto and maxim" answer. Regret is pointless. I never do anything without first deciding to do it based on facts and feelings, and if it doesn't work out how I hoped, oh well, there's another notch on my experience belt.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to become invisible and/or non-corporeal at will. Oh, you mean like a real actual talent? I'd like to be able to play a guitar without sawing chunks out of it and rearranging the strings.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Transforming myself from the sour, cynical pessimist I was throughout my teens into someone with a lust for life and hope for the future.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I think too much. Sometimes it's a struggle to live in the moment. Also, my cheeks get really red when I drink.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I've been told my beard is really soft.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. ANY person or ANY thing?? That's got to be the most general question that's even possible to ask. But....probably a T-Rex.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Daniel Plainview.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Daniel Plainview.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Eve, of Adam and Eve. And I would say, "Hey. Hey! Put it down. Put it down...and walk away. Good girl."
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Assuming you mean occupation as in an activity, not a job, I'd have to say drinking good beer with good people is hard to beat.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Well, it used to be"author" but now that I've landed that one...I dunno, maybe running a school for kids that have superpowers due to bizarre genetic mutations? Oh and also I'd have superpowers too.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Strength, truthfulness, and curiosity.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. The 10-item Thali at Poppy in Seattle. Trick answer! It's 10 things in one!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I absolutely can't answer this question. My favorite songs change every year. One that has consistently moved me for a long time, though, is "Let Down" by Radiohead.