A. This one--writing! I especially love writing about bands because I get to travel too.
A. St. Francis High School (Sacramento, CA) / Harvard
A. Dave Matthews Band
A. Six Feet Under
A. Happy, creative, adventure-filled, fulfilling, silly, unstructured, active.
A. "Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful." -- Tao Te Ching
A. Perfect happiness is wanting to be exactly where you are at any given moment.
A. Writer's block.
A. My mom--she's awesome.
A. Dude (I can't help it--I'm from California).
A. Not studying abroad when I had the opportunity.
A. Mastering guitar--okay, I'll even settle for getting to the point where I don't suck.
A. Maintaining friendships with people strewn all over the world.
A. Two words: Stress. Case.
A. I'm compassionate. Oh, and I make the world's best apple crisp.
A. I have a dimple ... as in just one.
A. I don't know that I'd call him a hero, but my favorite fictional character is Oskar Schell from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." So endearing, he jumps off the pages.
A. Does Oscar the Grouch count?
A. Frank Sinatra. I wouldn't necessarily want to say anything, but I would love to see him perform.
A. People talking on their cell phones at the cash register and ignoring the cashier.
A. Road tripping.
A. Yoga instructor.
A. Kindness, honesty, and humor.
A. Pizza, hands-down.
A. "Real Lives" by The Cure; "Yellow" by Coldplay; "You Never Know" by Dave Matthews Band; "Breathe Me" by Sia; "Wonderful Love" by Creeper Lagoon
A. John Irving, Bill Bryson, and Audrey Niffenegger
A. The World According to Garp; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Adventures of the Thunderbolt Kid; The Time Traveler's Wife; The Great Gatsby
A. The Great Gatsby (with Catcher in the Rye at a close second)
A. Just get it on the page--you can worry about perfecting in later drafts.