A. I've worked as a waitress, research assistant, professor, usability engineer, pseudo-professional military spouse volunteer, travel blogger, freelance writer and Mom.
A. I can't imagine anything better than writing. It's challenging--but I'm always learning something new and I love that. The whole Mom thing is pretty cool, too. The laundry is never ending but the perks rule.
A. I received my undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a neuroscience research assistant at Harvard University and then went on to get my Master's degree at Georgia Tech. I'm just your typical overeducated nerd, I guess.
A. You can't ask me to pick just one. It's mean. But the last song that turned up on my iPod was Roger Clyne and the Peacemaker's "Green and Dumb."
A. Harold and Maude, no question.
A. These days, I'm a Sons of Anarchy addict. But I also enjoy True Blood, Homeland, Firefly and Scrubs. (Again, I can't seem to pick just one).
A. "Mom, please help me transform Optimus Prime again."
A. I believe in science, discovery, adventure and wonder. Also? Naps.
A. A good bottle of Pinot Noir, a hammock, a good book, boy laughter and a nice saltwater breeze sounds quite ideal at the moment.
A. I don't have many fears. But bedbugs give me the serious heebie jeebies.
A. Malta. But check back in a week or so--as I'm an avid traveler, this is always subject to change.
A. You know how most people think they are reincarnated from some famous historical figure? I can tell you now that if there is reincarnation, I am the karmic ancestor of some no-name scullery maid. It's the only explanation for the state of my house.
A. I admire anyone who is living with integrity and compassion.
A. Dude. Yep. I'm totally a "duder." Worse, I think I'm passing this trait to my child. Please don't call the authorities.
A. I don't believe in regret. I've learned the most important lessons from my mistakes.
A. I would love to be able to *really* play the piano.
A. Cliche, but my son, no question.
A. I am very impatient. Pathologically punctual, too.
A. I'm very adaptable--helped along by a very irreverent (and usually inappropriate) sense of humor.
A. I'm pretty happy as myself.
A. My eyes. People call them my "mood ring" eyes since they change color from day to day.
A. There is no one who can match Scarlett O'Hara. She's my favorite.
A. Eric Northman. And no, I'm not kidding. I love me some bad, sexy Viking. I love me some bad, sexy Viking in a serious way.
A. Probably lateness. Refer back to that pathological punctuality and impatience. I like to start on time.
A. Reading. I read a lot--in fact, I'm fairly certain that purchasing that e-reader has made me a bonafide e-book junkie.
A. I think I may have it. But if someone wanted to pay me the big bucks to do whatever I want whenever I wanted to do it,I'd be open to the arrangement.
A. An adventurous spirit, an easy laugh and an open mind.
A. Mashed potatoes. (Although I suppose I should check whether gravy and butter are considered condiments or additional things).
A. The Refreshments, "Down Together"; Stereophonics, "Maybe Tomorrow"; The Cure, "Just Like Heaven"; Ani Di Franco, "32 Flavors"; and Shakira, "La Tortura." (This list is subject to change based on time frame, mood or what I find tucked away on an old mix tape).
A. Where to begin?! Off the top of my head, I can immediately mention fantastic writers like Larry McMurtry, Tom Perrotta, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Charlaine Harris, Laura Lippman, Steven Pinker, Mary Roach, Jonathan Tropper, Rebecca Skloot, Lily Burana, Barbara Kingsolver, Kazuo Ishiguro, Oscar Wilde, Margaret Mitchell, Ian McEwan, Ann Patchett, Tom Robbins and Alison Buckholtz. But I'm forgetting a few dozen others I admire...
A. 5 of all time? That's an impossible question for me. But hopefully my 5 for right now will do: Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin" Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" W. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" Kurban Said's "Ali and Nino" Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"
A. Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin." I pick it up at least once a year--and it speaks to me in a different way each time I do.
A. Get the words out of your brain and on to the page--don't get too stuck on your first draft, otherwise, you'll never get past the first chapter.
A. "What were you really thinking about in that fMRI scanner?"