Nice little interview with Bill Willingham on upcoming stuff in Fables - no real spoilers, just general discussion on what's happening after The Adversary's revealed.
As in years past, going way back, in fact, to the dim and distant June of 2003, slowfox presents Killer III: The Return of the Collaborative Meme. The way it works is that the great and the good all submitted the single question they would most like to see in a meme, and slowfox collated the whole thing for people to copy and complete. Because he's nice like that.
You can gack the preformatted meme from here: just copy, paste into your update window and fill in the answers before posting. All the formatting code is already worked out for you (including the essential lj-cut).
Killer III: The Return of the Collaborative Meme
Me, Me, Meme
hairyears: a) What's your irrational fear or phobia?
Spiders. Hate, hate, hate them - I tend to cringe away from them at the slightest movement of their legs.
b) Is there a fear you've overcome?
Ironically enough, spiders again. Living on my own for the last few years means I can't get other people to do my dirty work for me. Still no way in hell I'd actually touch one though, so it's been the old trap 'em in a glass trick.
c) In a soundbite, what helped you the most?
Desperation, or the thought that if I didn't get rid of them, they'd crawl over me at night.
d) Which fear or phobia do you have no sympathy for whatsoever in other people?
Oooo... tricky. Probably Triskadekaphobia.
nicnac: What are you most afraid of (not in a phobia sense, but more in the sense of what keeps you awake at night)?
Probably the future - I have no idea what's happening in the long run, and I certainly don't want to end up living on my own, bitter and twisted.
queenriley: If you lived in a society where polygamy was the norm/standard, but monogamy was not shunned or frowned upon (just unusual), do you think you could/would still be a generally monogamous person, or would you lean towards society with the polygamy relationships? Why? This is, assuming, that the polygamy accepted by society was in no way suppressive of men or women, but providing equality to all genders, included transgendered and mixed genders (hermaphrodites).
Yeeek - um, I'd say I'd probably end up in polygamy myself, as my parents were always most conventional types when they raised me. Certainly wouldn't object to a harem. :)
penguin_sensei: is there something that you had the opportunity to do/see/witness/live as a young child and that you now wish you could have lived and seen through your current "adult"/"older person"'s eyes (it could have been a trip somewhere, or a particular historical event, a concert, a person you met... I don't know)?
Figuring out back when I was 12 and thinking that girls were icky, that Marie's almost constant mentioning of your mother used to teach me actually meant she liked me. No, I never figured it out till years later. *blushes*
carolanne5: What is the oldest object you own?
I have a 1933 edition of an Ellery Queen book which is my best guess at the moment - Drury Lane's Last Case. I'm still trying to assemble a complete Ellery Queen and Nero Wolfe collection, because they're just classic.
anthon1: If you could change your real name to anything, what would you change it to, and why?
Actually, I'm fairly happy with my real name - gotten used to all the myriad ways people mispronounce my surname. Although Booster King-of-the-World does have a ring to it...
frayer: What do you love most about yourself?
That I've managed (somehow) to find a great bunch of friends. Or my humour and ability to keep on smiling.
quietseeker: What has been the most intensely emotional experience (in a good way) of your life so far? Tricky one - I'd say back when I was 18 or so, I was on a field trip for college or school, and there was just this one moment of utter stillness during the weekend when I was lying on my back in the summer grass, happy, smiling at peace and content with the world. Just a little slice of perfection.
morganmuffle: Would you be upset/annoyed if your RL friends and family found out about your LiveJournal?
Hmmm... depends if they found the smut sections or not.
Music is My First Love (but Reading Runs it a Close Second)
dr_midnite: What song would you like played at your funeral?
Ye gods - somehow I have never thought about that in my life. Possibly Eric Idle and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
sevarina: What one song would you use to sum up the last five years of your life?
Forigner's I've been waiting for a girl like you was the first thing that popped into my mind, so I'll go with that.
uninvitedcat: What phrase/quote means the most to you?
This too shall pass. Or there's a quote from a story called 'Plus X' that I've lost on Mankind that I adored as a child. Must find again.
ladyvorkosigan: What fictional universe would you most like to write yourself into, and what would your role in that universe be?
Maybe it's the user name, but my first instinct is for the Vorkosigan saga universe. Peaceful-ish, advanced, outer space! And some of the most interesting characters anywhere. Trouble with this question is that most fictional universes are in turmoil and trouble. Low life expectancy indeed.
madhuri567: If one of your close LJ friends (preferably someone who lives in a different country, or at least state) were to come over to your place for the first time, how would you spend the day and where would you take them?
The Sofa of Doom sucks all people in! empressvesica seemed to like that, the games consoles and we did spend a delightful afternoon wandering around Gloucester Cathedral. Just wish we'd had a longer time together.
ladydewinter: Oscar Wilde said, "All women become like their mothers. That's their tragedy. No man does. That's his." Do you think that's true in your case? How much like your parents are you?
My hair is definitely resembling my father's. My sense of humour is pun-filled and definitely from both of them, and my love of reading and puzzles came from my mother. Otherwise, I think we're a lot unalike, although similiar enough to start grating on each other after about 3 or 4 days back living together.
Because Life Isn't Too Short
booster17: What fictional OTP (One True Pairing) would you fight to the death to convert other people to?
It's my own question, and I have no real answer. I'm leaning towards Faith/Xander I've noticed, as that does seem to be a fairly default setting in most of my fics I write - even if I don't mention it, they're there in in the back of my mind.
confuscious: Flys: what's the point?
Because buttons take longer to undo when you're desperate.
spin1978: If you could rewrite any single scene in any book or movie, which one would it be? Also, please (very briefly!) describe your version.
In my version, The Matrix only has one film. Period. Otherwise I'd love to rewrite most of Buffy season 7, all the dialogue on the last three Star Wars films, and keep the original ending to Armageddon 2001.
stina530: What planet (if it were inhabitable) would you most like to vacation to?
Do moons counts? Titan's always appealed for some reason. Otherwise for a fictional one, toss-up between Vulcan and Minbar.
eurydice9: What one event (sporting, concert, rally etc) would you want to attend if money were no object?
I really, really want to see a live American football game at some point in my life, but the absolute crown would have to be watching the woman's final at Wimbledon.
sophie10: If you were given the opportunity to meet your older self, what 3 questions would you ask yourself?
1 - Am I and those I love happy?
2 - What advice would you give me?
3 - What are next week's lottery numbers?
slowfox: What would you rather have named after you: a ship, a city, a planet, a star or (nod to Firefly) a hamster? Ships are more heroic, but planets and stars last longer. I'd go for the planet just on the grounds it would crack me up to hear people referred to as Boosterians.
This and That and Other Stuff Too
ryf: Do you believe in horoscopes?
Nope - certainly not the mass produced ones in the papers.
aome: a) What magazines do you subscribe to or otherwise read on a regular basis?
Dreamwatch, TV Zone, Radio Times, occasional game mags. Loads of monthly comics.
b) What about five years ago?
c) What about during your childhood/teen years (if you are young enough that b) represents your childhood/teen years, skip c)?
Just the monthly comics at that time, and 2000AD.
loupnoir: Cell phones: annoying accessories or required for daily life? And what is cell phone ettiquette these days when someone calls and you're in a restaurant?
Required I'd say - the ability to call at any moment can be priceless. And the ettiquette would have to be put it on silent, and only answer if the incoming call is someone you know.
sarendipitous: What qualities do you most appreciate in other people?
Sense of humour. Great imagination. Solid and reliable.
hildigunnur: We all have to die some day. How would you like to go?
As little pain as possible, and hopefully one million years in the future when the Sun goes super-nova.
luminousmarble: What one bad habit would you never like to encounter EVER AGAIN?
Someone chewing their toenails - then spitting them across the room in random directions. Worse summer camp EVER.
piperki: What's the most unfortunate place you've ever vomited?
School assembly. Directly in the centre of everyone. Triggered off by someone else vomiting first I hasten to add.
cynthia_black: What traits would you like your kids to pick up/inherit from you? (Your actual kids if you have some, potential kids if you haven't). And name one trait you definitely hope they *don't* inherit!
My humour, kindness, cheerfulness. Never pick up - my ability to put things off.
linaelyn: What is the one single factor that you feel is the best basis for keeping, alive and strong, a long-term romantic relationship?
Communication and trust - the ability to sit down and talk about any problems.