So, I feel like I haven’t posted in awhile and I miss all of you all. It kind of feels like the Star Trek fandom has tapered off a bit, which is natural, but makes me a little sad. And I sure haven’t been writing and commenting as much as I’d like (lots of RL stuff going on) so I thought I’d
shamelessly steal borrow this idea from savoytruffle…
1. Is graceandfire your real name?
No. I set up my journal a few years back solely to post fanfic and be able to comment on fanfics. My LJ name was, sadly, completely random. I was setting up the account, needed a name, and just typed in the first thing that came to mind and voila (and believe me, my mind is a random, random place). Perhaps if I had thought longer I would have come up with something different because a) I am not graceful, I am a total clutz and b) I am not fiery, I am actually known for my calm.
2. Okay, Ms. Fire, what do you do for a living?
I am the opposite of a writer. I am an…accountant :D
Actually, you would think one has nothing to do with the other, but over the years I’ve had to do quite a bit of business writing of memos, write-ups, research, e-mails, etc. So actually my job has helped improve my writing skills over the years in terms of taking complicated business language and trying to boil it down to simpler, sparser, easier to understand sentences that the layman (i.e. my clients) can understand. Also, my job is very deadline driven and so that’s helped me develop discipline.
3. Gee, Ms. Fire, that sounds...fascinating – but what do you do for fun?
Reading (and writing) fanfic has turned into my number one alone time hobby. I also love TV (NCIS, White Collar, Criminal Minds, Glee, Supernatural, etc. etc. etc.) and movies. I have a totally kick-ass group of RL friends who I hang out with, go to the movies with, go to restaurants with, and go traveling with. My dad recently
tricked me got me into playing the guitar again after having given me lessons as a child so I’ve been noodling with that as a way to relax in the evenings.
4. Ms. Fire, has anyone ever told you you're enigmatic? You're like a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in...cashmere. Why don't you ever make personal posts?
Uh, yes. Someone once made the comment I am emotional ninja. Hmph. Okay, it actually is true that I don’t tend to overshare (or share at all). One, because I don’t think my personal life is that fascinating or anything and two, I am a pretty private person. Actually, I started on my last birthday to do a big personal post because I was in an introspective mood (and a little tipsy – which probably had something to do with my being in an introspective mood) and I totally ended up rambling about my family because my parents and siblings have all led much more interesting lives than I have. And that’s not a complaint actually. I’m quite content with keeping the really ‘interesting’ stuff in my life confined to fanfic!
5. Please, Ms. Fire, won't you tell us about those halcyon days of yore?
Ehr, I don’t really have halcyon days of yore. *Ponders*. Nope. No yoring. I think actually that these days might turn into my halcyon days of yore. I have been pondering lately the progression of life. As I’ve seen my relatives in my parents’ generation age, some of them getting very frail, very fast, and others continuing on strong in body and mind, it’s really made me realize that we will all see our last sunset eventually, which makes what we do every single day, the choices we make, that much more important.
6. So, Ms. Fire, you don’t really post personal stuff much so you mainly communicate with and get to know people when you read and post fic. What’s that about?
I think, like a lot of people in fandom, that I’m a total introvert. I was so very shy as a kid. I had friends but…almost crippling shyness with strangers, y’know? I’m mostly over that both because I am very, very stubborn and because my work has thrown me into enough situations where I had to deal with strangers both one on one and in groups that it’s like a disease you slowly build an immunity to.
But, yeah, for the most part I socialize by making comments to other people’s posts and through my fanfic postings. Star Trek is by far the most involved I’ve ever gotten in an on-line community and it’s been very rewarding.
7. Frankly, Ms. Fire, your fanfic and comments make you sound…unique. Are you single?
I am the perpetual bachelorette! I go on dates once in a while but for the most part I work, and I hang with my friends, and I hang with my family, and I volunteer and I go home and kick back, and that is more than enough for me. For some reason several people have recently and simultaneously decided that I need to be set up on blind dates and I actually have no objection to that. I made a really great friend once that way. I just recently went on a semi-blind date, actually, and it went ridiculously well. So…we’ll see…
So, that’s my faux FAQ’s! Wow, I’m proud that I actually shared something personal for once. Anyway, if anyone actually wants to ask a real question, I'd be happy to try and answer it...