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If someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?

Huh, that's hard. like, um, there are things I *like* but I don't identify hard with much media. I think you could start with Greg Egan, but not the depressing short story collection or the boring one that tries to be about biology (see, I'm very forgetful of names of things). And also maybe Banks (with the M) who has just the right sort of utopia.

For watching I'm not that big on watchable-things. Sometimes they are pretty... Attenborough documentaries are usually great for that.

I don't really "do" music much, you should listen to From Our Own Correspondent podcasts, because I'm nothing like any of those people, but I really really like learning about other places.

Have you ever found a writer who thinks just like you? if so, who?

no, because they are writers, so they obviously think nothing like me... me and writing do not go together well. Maybe Egan, at a stretch.

List your fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.

I don't really fandom that hard... but I'll have a go :p

Vorkosigan saga> I identify with Cordelia, except she is much cooler than me and wants children a lot more than me. She's great, when I grow up I want to be like her :-p

LotR> I don't identify with any of these people, they aren't the right sort of curious about the world and how it works. I read that Russian story from the pov of the other side, which wasn't a great read (I think the translation sucked) but I identified more with those characters. I guess that makes the answer to this something like "the witch king of Angmar"...

Ancillary $Foo> oh god no, take me far far away from this place.

Discworld> Ponder Stibbons, totally. Because computers, clearly. Although I like Granny Weatherwax best I'm nothing like her.

HP> I have a lot in common with Hermione, except that I fortunately didn't have any Grand Adventures thrust upon me at that age. But, y'know, bookish girl, best at schoolstuff, things like that.

Do you like your name? Is there another name you think would fit you better?

I share my legal name with Too Many People, and anyway it doesn't feel very me. I rather prefer my middle names which are at least "unusual" (although they are both feminised boy-names, being "after" male relatives). I like Naath. Because it's just mine.

Do you think of yourself as a human being or a human doing? Do you identify yourself by the things you do?

I sometimes think of myself as a cat... I think I mostly "do" things rather than "am" things. Often inconsistently.

Are you religious / spiritual?

No. (that was easy)

Do you care about your ethnicity?

No. But then I'm white, so I don't have to.

What musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?

I don't in general feel connected to musical artists. If I had to come up with someone it'd be Seanan McGuire.

Are you an artist?

Not really. I sometimes enjoy the process of *doing* art, and I'm tolerably good at some technique, but I don't have the artistic impulse of "I should draw *that*" or "I want to make a dress that looks like *this*", or if I do only very rarely.

Do you have a creed?

No. If you made me have one it would be Crowley "Do what thou wilt is the whole of the Law" (because religious platitudes suck, and sometimes my Troll nature decides to come out of hiding). If you wanted something like "philosophy of life" or something then probably "be nice" or "don't panic" because really I'm quite dull.

Describe your ideal day.

Hum, I think this would depend on my mood... but likely lot of sleeping, and a lot of running through nice landscape, a hot bath with ridiculous bath stuff, and then a nice talky party with friendly people. and no having to deal with random people, or think about work.

Dog person or cat person?

I think cats are cuter. But I can't keep plants alive, and I'm not good at coping with the sort of mess cats make. So I don't really want a cat.

Inside or outdoors?

Sometimes I want outdoors, and sometimes I want indoors.

Are you a musician?

Well... no. I like making music, and I was at one time a tolerable pianist (now I don't have a piano and haven't played in years...). But I couldn't jump from "I can play these notes like they are written" to "I can really feel this music" or "I can improvise or join in with a group". I like singing, but I'm not very good at it.

Five most influential books over your lifetime.

Ummmmmm. No idea. Like, that would require a different ability to remember things to the one I have.

If you’d grown up in a different environment, do you think you’d have turned out the same?

Almost certainly not.

Would you say your [blog] is a fair representation of the “real you”?

Clearly not, I suck at writing, so I don't write much of anything.

What is your patronus?

A firefox. And it's probably asleep.

Which Harry Potter house would you be in? or are you a muggle?

Ravenclaw.

Would you rather be in Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, or somewhere else?

I would rather be somewhere that had solved more of our problems. Like the Culture, only not the bits that are "interesting" and get to be in books, the boring bits that weren't worth writing about where people like happily.

Do you love easily?

Not generally.

List the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.
Sleeping
Working
Spodding aimlessly.
Running.
Cycling.

How often would you want to see your family every year?

Er, once maybe? We don't get on that well.

have you ever felt like you had a “mind-meld” with someone?

No, really not.

Could you live as a hermit?

For maybe a week...

how would you describe your gender/sexuality?

I'd rather not. I mean, words are slippery and people keep assuming they mean things that you didn't intend... I default to "female", but don't want people to assume "girly"; I'd go with "bisexual" except people keep trying to make smaller boxes with more precise names and I'm not quite sure what they mean by them except that they are very very attached to having the "right" word, and I guess I'm just not because words suck.

Do you feel like your outside appearance is a fair representation of the “real you”?

Eh, it's me... I think I mostly project "nerd" reasonably well.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how hard is it for someone to get under your skin?

Much easier than I'd like.

Three songs that you connect with right now.

Songs mostly don't.
Seanan McGuire's "wicked girls" is the last song that did.

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