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Ask me anything meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask me anything meme
I seem to remember this from a long time ago, and it seems momentarily amusing just now. Ask me anything about anything--opinions on any subject, facts, fic futures, books, whatever... anything that won't identify things like my address or phone number or credit cards and so on. Can't promise long and detailed answers, but I'll answer.
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ashtur From: ashtur Date: March 29th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
who is the single most overrated author in your opinion?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 29th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are a lot of overrated authors out there, but I'm going to go with, hmm. Hemingway, I think. Praised to the skies, but dull as dirt and kind of pedestrian in theme.
ella_menno From: ella_menno Date: March 29th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I'm asking two. How verrah naughty of me.

1. Do you believe that JKR had horcruxes in mind from way back when she began writing the series?

2. Are your eyes really as blue as they're pictured in your avatar?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 29th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. I think probably as far back as CoS, she had the concept of the soul division in mind, but I doubt she had it worked out to the littlest jot and tittle, and probably still doesn't. And won't until the third draft of book 7.

2. They're very blue, but a considerably paler shade than the avatar. A little bit of a gold and green ring around the irises. I think the blue in this avatar is closer, though I don't remember.
akilika From: akilika Date: March 29th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's your opinion of comics in general? Or any ones you like/dislike in particular? (I've seen you talk a lot about both writing and art, so that's why I'm curious . . .)

And I should know this one, as you've probably posted about it, but I either forgot or missed it entirely--how'd you get your landlady to accept a roommate with a cat?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 29th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. I'm all in favor of comics in theory and think they can be very well done (heck, sjepstein and I had talked about putting some comics together for awhile), but the truth is that I've never been able to get into them at all. I find them confusing to read. Which is weird, since they're given to "reluctant readers" on the assumption that they're easier! I think there's some lovely art in them. But I don't know enough about them to really have a favorite.

2. I was having a wretched time finding a roommate, and I kept getting notes from people who had pets, and I mentioned that a little kitty-allowance would go a long way, and she just decided on her own that it was okay, and came down to tell me so.
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sea_thoughts From: sea_thoughts Date: March 29th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is your favourite fairy tale and why? =)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 29th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo... that's like, "Which is your favorite grandparent and why?" ;P

I obsessed over Hans Christian Andersen stories when I was little--"The Little Match Girl" and "Thumbelina" were great favorites--but the older I got, the more I started to appreciate Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, in all of their myriad forms. Ultimately, I think I have to go with Cinderella, which I like in its Perrault version as well as in the many more violent forms. I dislike the way the phrase "Cinderella story" is used now, because the essence of the story isn't a girl overcoming adversity to move up in society, but of a nastily dispossessed girl reclaiming what is rightfully hers... a theme that resonates with me as an illegitimage firstborn, I guess. ;)
From: myxginxblossoms Date: March 29th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
If this is an unacceptable question, feel free not to say so, and I'll come up with something else. It's just the one that I love to know the answer to--names are my main fascination, so it's less an attempt to find out where you live and more plain old curiosity. :)

What is your first name (and your middle name, if you feel you can share that), and why did your parent(s) choose it?
From: myxginxblossoms Date: March 29th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
feel free to say so, even. I think I mixed up "feel free not to answer" and "feel free to say so," argh.
modestyrabnott From: modestyrabnott Date: March 29th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is your favorite thing about the MA Board of Library Commissioners? Seriously ...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 29th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have less contact with them than you might think, actually, so I don't run head-on into their policies often enough to have a favorite. I used their job listings a lot when I was looking for a job at the end of grad school.
aeljn From: aeljn Date: March 30th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
How do you feel about Diana Wynne Jones' books?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Haven't read any that I recall--no opinion, sorry!
jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: March 30th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Of all your original HP fic characters, which one would you most like to know in real life?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. Hard to say. I like Daniel Morse a lot, and Elizabeth Phelan, and the Garveys, and the Levinsons. Probably Alan Garvey--he's the sort of person I seem most inclined to be friends with. Fannish and bright, a little acerbic, and delighted by a lot of small things.
velvetmouse From: velvetmouse Date: March 30th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing/posting fanfic?

Also, what kind of librarian are you, and where did you do your MLS? (askes yet another fellow librarian. there seem to be a bunch of us here!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. I wish I'd known how much it spread around. I try to keep my archiving limited now, so that if I need to take it down for some reason I can do it easily, but my early stuff is just all over the place. I don't think I could track it if I tried. I also have no idea how people respond to it if it's in a place I've forgotten about.

2. I'm a young adults librarian (public), and I did my MLS at Simmons in Boston. Though I apparently have an "MIS" (Master of Information Science), as they changed the name of the degree while I was doing it, but it's the same degree. And everyone still calls it an MLS except for the people running the school. Ah, library people. As a tribe, we're pretty cool. I loved getting the PLA invasion last week.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: March 30th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get to the thread late, but I'd still like to get a question in if I may.

If you had the financial freedom to move anywhere in the world, where would you go?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 30th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Move? I'd be here in Boston, just in my own house. This is where I want to retire. Live for a little while, though? I'm so into the idea of living in England for a year or two, probably living somewhere in the southeast--maybe one of my ancestral towns--but traveling all over the country. I wish they had a librarian exchange program. I'd be all over it.
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