Anything But Books Tag

Following in the footsteps of Jessica Bakkers, whom I recommend to anyone in need of a good read, here is a series of random facts about myself.

1. Name a cartoon that you love. Childhood or now.

Favorite cartoon is a tough challenge. From my childhood I’d probably choose Mighty Max, though runners up include Batman the animated series and Pinky & the Brain.

More recently I’ve been very impressed with Rick and Morty, as well as Gravity Falls.

2. What is your favourite song right now?

Favorite song has been Elsewhere by Sarah McLachlan for a long time.

3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading.

If I wasn’t reading or writing I would choose swimming, hiking, or playing boffer.

4. What is something that you like to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I think most who know me would be surprised to learn that I do in fact like to lead, but it’s part of my nature to let others lead if they wish to.

5. Favourite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

I’ve always been fascinated by all forms of crafting. Hand made items and the skills to make them have always fascinated me.

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I’m usually pretty good at reading people. Sadly I tend to express myself in odd ways, so I’m often misunderstood.

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year and show it if possible.

One thing I’ve recently made that I’m very proud of is a boffer halberd, using joints. For a long time I was taught that joints would inevitably lead to broken PVC, but after some trial and error I found a way, and now my halberds are a regular sight at the monthly games.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

My current project is a book review for Heretics of Dune.

9. What is something you think about often, maybe while staring out windows?

When left to my own devices I often wonder at the oddness of the modern world. I like to consider things from the perspective of an outsider, and recognize how relative the concept of “normal” really is.

10. Something that is your favourite but not obvious?

Card Captor Sakura is an unexpected favorite among anime for me. Most of the stories I like feature serious conflicts with dire consequences, but Card Captor Sakura is a wonderfully light narrative that tries to paint different characters as “the bad guy”, but can’t resist revealing how each is really a kind-hearted soul who is in fact doing the right thing.

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

Kltpzyxm! (always feels suitably random, unless someone goes poof.)

So now, over to you.

*If you’ve read this far consider yourself TAGGED. Copy and paste the headings and add your secrets and stories… or don’t.

12 thoughts on “Anything But Books Tag

  1. Thanks for the shout out! Pinky and the Brain. Sigh, I loved that crazy little megalomaniac Brain.

    “I’ve always been fascinated by all forms of crafting. Hand made items and the skills to make them have always fascinated me.” – very interesting indeed. Do you make things yourself? As someone who CAN’T I’m always interested in people who can!

    “I’m usually pretty good at reading people. Sadly I tend to express myself in odd ways, so I’m often misunderstood.” – Ah, that’s just the INFJ in you. It makes perfect sense in our heads but when we open our mouths… Kltpzyxm! 😉

    • Thank you. I do a little crafting, though at the moment it’s mostly using PVC and a few other tools. I think if writing wasn’t such a big part of my life then I would dabble more in sewing and costume making. I still may, though I’m often a bit of a slow learner, and writing is a glutton for my time. 🙂

      • Indeed. I think a big part of it is recognizing what I can do, and how much time/effort is involved. I think it’s easy to set out to do “everything”, and end up with a lot of incomplete projects.

      • Speaking of time/effort and having no time to do everything… I have a little community subgroup on WP called the Outcast’s Bloghouse. You’re welcome to join if you like! You don’t need to do anything except point me in the direction of your bio (which I’ve already read on About, but if you have other bios somewhere let me know where) and I’ll make a post about you on my site. That’s all there is to it!

      • Sounds like fun.
        Feel free to use my bio from “About”, or if you prefer I can draft something more suitable.
        Please let me know what my responsibilities will include, i.e. “Don’t push that button.”

      • Hehe! No responsibilities but you will get a fancy title (translation, some random jargon title I apply to you that’s probably so wrong)! E.g., I’m the CEO which is Childish Evil Overlord… actually I think I nailed that one!

  2. I love your answer to number 9. I tend to do that too. What’s normal is only what we’ve collectively agreed is normal. And it can be very odd with the eyes of an outsider, especially how we all conform. 🙂

    • And I think it’s a good exercise in perspective. If I can see my own culture as strange, I can better understand the perspective of characters who grew up in a completely different culture and setting.

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