I’m always flattered when I get nominated for these kinds of awards; and I’m often staggered that some very talented writers single me out for praise, as was the case when I was nominated by Holly and David over at Comparative Geeks and by Planet of the Gamer. I’ll get back to PoftheG at a later date with my answers but for now here are those originally set to me by the CompGeeks guys.
Unfortunately it has been ages and I’m only just getting around to answering their questions – sorry guys!
1. If you could live in one fictional universe which would it be and why?
I think as long as I wasn’t plunged into battle every other week and had an easy job somewhere below deck or at the Academy, I think I’d like to be a part of Star Trek. Come to think of it I probably wouldn’t leave the Holodeck!
2. What movie do you wish more people would see?
Only because I can use a quote from it in just about any situation, I wish Empire Records was more widespread. That or Withnail & I although in the latter case I’d probably look down on you if you haven’t seen it, regrettably.
3. What book do you wish more people would read?
Again, because so many situations in my daily life make me think back to this book, it would have to be Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. It’s so humdrum on the surface but there’s so much to be learned from reading it – both about the history of geekdom as a whole and about how much we can learn from each other.
4. What is a book, movie, tv show, comic, etc from your childhood that has stuck with you?
Although not particularly kid-friendly, I remember watching an episode of Red Dwarf at age seven with my brother and my dad, and while obviously not getting all the references at that point it was certainly something which inspired my sense of humour. Aside from that terrible feature-length special I have all the episodes on DVD now and always break them out whenever I feel like having a good laugh.
5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you want to have. Also, you already have the complete works of Shakespeare and the religious text of your choice.
I’ll start with Microserfs because I’ve read it so many times and could never get bored. After that I’d probably choose High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and 24 Hour Party People by Tony Wilson – it’s fiction but non-fiction at the same time, such is Factory’s strict policy on blurring the boundaries and myths.
6. What are you most anticipating right now?
October always sucks for me so I’m just glad to be out of that! But also there are two things happening this month which I’m so psyched about: in a couple of weeks I’m going to see the WWE at Leeds Arena with my lady – my boyfriend CM Punk is scheduled to appear, as is hers, John Cena; and then a week after that it’s Thought Bubble comic con in Leeds; a chance to meet up with some very cool bloggers and writers, to buy lots of comics and drink lots of drinks. More on both of those to come later!
7. Why did you start blogging? And what keeps you going?
Great question! I would have to say that apart from writing being one of my real passions, the blogger community never ceases to inspire and amaze me. I’ve seen some great discussions and relationships from a bunch of people coming together to share their geeky love on the net, and I guess I just wanted a piece of the action. I’m always spurred on to try and better myself whenever I see something cool and just feel that itch to tell people about it.
8. If you could have one technology exist now that doesn’t, what would it be and why?
Definitely the replicator from Star Trek. Solving world hunger and pizza on demand? Sign me up!
9. If you could vacation anywhere (anywhere), where would it be?
Somewhere sunny, sandy and as far removed from civilisation as possible. Some unnamed tropical island where I can get some serious sunbathing and reading done.
10. Do you have any pets, and if so, what are they and what are they called? If you don’t, what would you want and what would you name it?
We have a fish; his name is Dean Venture. Hank sadly died shortly after we bought them both, but the beauty of naming them after the Venture Brothers is (spoiler alert) that we can replace them with identical-looking fish and still keep their names! That theory does go out of the window though, because Dean would be irreplaceable. I talk to him out loud more than is strictly normal when I get home from work.
11. What’s your favourite album? Or favourite band. Or both.
That is far too difficult a question to get just one answer! My favourite band of all time would probably be Reuben; they were an English three-piece playing some very rockin’ music. Sadly they are no more because it got hard to keep a band together which wasn’t paying their bills. Which is why my lady and I are agreed that once we win the lottery, the first thing we’d do is offer them a million to play a private gig for our friends. Their third album is called In Nothing We Trust, and if you can get your hands on it I urge you to do so.*
I won’t be tagging anyone to answer questions, unless you’re really dead keen in which case you should just answer the ones above – provided by David and Holly! Thanks again for the award.
*At this point there was a genuine 20-minute delay after writing while I went and watched some Reuben videos.