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I've Been Interviewed by Skyblue Reverie!

I asked to be interviewed by [info]skyblue_reverie for a meme. Here are the rules:

001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions

I'm interested in learning more about my f-listers, so I'd love the chance to interview you!

1. Do you like Jeeves or Bertie better, and why?
    Hmmm...a tough one to start on! It feels a bit like "would you rather be kind or smart?".
    I love both of the characters so much, but I think Bertie!Love is just "that" much stronger for me. And it is because of his kindness, his sunny disposish, his unspoiledness and innocence, his adaptability, and his thingness. I love the duality in the books between his seeming like an utter twit yet having such a masterful command of language in his narrations.
    And from the perspective of the TV series, holy Hannah...those dimples! That musical talent! That come-hither glance (you know which one I mean)! Those fab PJs! Those bathtub scenes! And last but certainly not least, Hugh Laurie wears the hell out of a 3-piece suit. With gloves. And a walking stick. *pant*
    Perhaps that last thought or two sounded a mite shallow. ;)

2. What is one profession or field that you never pursued, but that you think you would have been good at?
    Queen of the universe. Too much? Ok, then, I'd say Hugh Laurie's personal sex slave.
    And within the realm of this place that I like to call planet Earth, I'd go with psychologist. :)

3. If you could have a "do-over" and change one thing in your past, would you, and what would it be?
    While I've had some difficult times in my life, there isn't really too much I would change. *thinking* Perhaps the one thing I would do differently would be to pursue therapy more deeply (if deeply is the word I want) and at a younger age (that is, in my 20s rather than just starting now). I think having a better insight into myself would have made me a better parent and possibly a person more at peace with herself than I am now. And that is a thing greatly to be desired.

4. Other than the essentials of life (air, food, water, family, friends, pets) what would be the hardest thing for you to give up and why?

    Assuming job/money counts as an essential...
    Lots of "extras" come to mind...old family photos, my collection of Hugh Laurie/Stephen Fry DVDs, my books, my music...but overall, I'd have to say my laptop, including high-speed connection. I could get most of the other stuff from my hard drive or somewhere online...or at least order new from Amazon! And plus that keeps me connected to the slashiness I love so well. ;)

5. When and how did you discover the wonderful world of slash? What about online fandom?
    Ooohhh, love this question! When I fell in love and became obsessed with became a fan of House and Hugh Laurie, I did a Google search (I just can't bring myself to use "google" as a verb) to learn more about him, and *poof* the slash, she was there! And then I started actively looking for it. :) I started with House/Wilson. Then I found the Jeeves and Wooster series, and the Jeeves/Bertie slash wasn't far behind. The slash led to the fandoms...some of the best stories I found were on LiveJournal, so I joined up! (Hurray for [info]indeedsir!) And *clapping* I even found Tony/Control slash (here's my current favorite).
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Interview questions from[info]zekkass     

1. What introduced you to fandom/fic?
    As mentioned above, I got pulled in searching the internet for info on HL and House. The next thing you know, I stumbled onto something called "House/Wilson"...and the rest is history!

2. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you eat with?
    I can go with two answers here...one is maudlin and tear-inducing, the other is obsessive fangirly. So to keep it light, I'll stick with fangirly (maudlin and teary we'll save for another day).
    That being said, I have to go with Hugh and Stephen. I would sit back and listen to whatever they wanted to talk about...I would imagine an evening's conversation with them would be informative, interesting, and lovely. Good food, good wine, good conversation, good company...THAT would be a night! And I'd certainly invite Hugh to play some for us if he were so inclined (I'm talking piano, people...get your minds out of the gutter!). Maybe Stephen would mix us a special cocktail during one or two numbers? *daydreaming* mmmm, an evening of listening to those two lovely accents in the same room with me *sigh*

3. What mediums do you write in? (ie. Pen/pencil/computer?)
    Yes, please. I will often start writing by hand. But then I get all anal and obsessive about how the writing at the top of the page doesn't match how it looks at the bottom of the page. Or I want to edit but don't like how it made everything all messy. So I soon wind up on the keyboard clacking away.

4. Who is your favourite Hugh Laurie character?
    Bertie. Bertie. Bertie. My love for Bertie knows no bounds. (Gaw, I love how he says the line, "Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound." Not sure why that came into my head just now, but it did, and it made me giggle.) Yes, part of the Bertie!Love stems from the actor portraying him, but it's more than that. Bertie's character is sweet, funny, kind, generous, innocent...just wonderfully written.
Fantastic Georgina! Created by lj user msliz4857    In an extremely close second comes Lt George. Who is so like Bertie in so many ways. Lt. George stole my heart as Georgina...he had me at "I feel fanTASTic!" Cheeky little number, indeed!






5. What was your first fandom?
    I was first led astray by House/Wilson fic. Lemme tell ya, there's some HOT stuff out there! XD
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Interview questions from [info]karaokegal        

1. If you had the chance to meet Mr. Laurie and ask one question, what would it be?

    Let's preface this answer by assuming that I restrained myself from asking for him to, well, you know. *evil grin*

    I'd ask him something to do with his relationship with his parents or his battle with depression. Both are themes close to my heart, and I would like to have whatever insight he'd be willing to offer.

2. What's the last song you could be heard singing out loud?
    It was a duet with Bertie to "Minnie the Moocher." Big band version. In my car, driving home from work.

3. How obsessed with this fandom (encompassing Hugh, JW, House, fanfic and LJ itself) are you? You can use depth of emotion, hours of the day spent, amount of merchandise purchased or any other criteria that expresses your devotion to the cause.
    <channeling Dianna Ross> Ain't no mountain high enough / Ain't no valley low enough / Ain't no river wide enough / To keep me from Hugh </channeling>

    Hours of the day? Way too many for someone who's supposed to have a real life. There isn't a day goes by that I don't watch at least one Hugh or Stephen show (usually J&W). I don't care how many times I've seen them!

    Since late August, I have purchased Season 2 of House, the J&W megaset, Maybe Baby, Sense and Sensibility, Blackadder Goes Forth, Seasons 1 and 2 of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Tivo so I can program for Hugh, The Gun Seller, Moab Is My Washpot, The Code of the Woosters, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, 3 Bits of Fry & Laurie. And have read or watched all of it at least once (well, about halfway done with Moab and three-quarters done with Gun Seller.) I downloaded Stephen Secret Life of a Manic Depressive and watched it all in one sitting.

    Hugh is desktop wallpaper on both my PCs (work and personal); I have screened the Mr. Burmie sketch for my team during one of our weekly meetings.

    AND...I spent hours writing my first J/W fic yesterday! *clapping*

4. Who can you do a really great impression of?
    Hmmmm...no one that I can think of.

5. Favorite beverage.
    Non alcoholic? Coffee with French vanilla creamer.

    Alcoholic? White Russian.
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Interview questions from[info]ennui_blue_lite         

1. What is your favorite thing that you have hanging on a wall in your house?
    Oh, wow, that's an impossible question! I honestly don't think I can pick only one thing! So I'll pick a category, and then something particular. :)

    Category—Family photographs. I'm an amateur genealogist, and I have framed photos of ancestors going back 5 generations. And, of course, there are all the photos of my children as they've grown over the years.

    Item—A framed Neptune certificate from my grandfather's naval career when the ship he was serving on crossed the Equator. That alone is enough to make it special, but the crossing took place while the ship participated in the search for Amelia Earhart!

2. When reading fanfiction, what do you prefer: comedy, angst, hurt/comfort, parodies, romance, ect (or what combination)?
    Oy, another tough one! The easy answer is that it depends on my mood. Which is true enough. If I'm pressed to pick just one (since I was so greedy with my first answer!), I'd say "true-love D/s." The genre (if you can call it that) pushes just about every button I own.

3. What do you like to do when you're feeling restless?
    Nothing constructive, I'm afraid. I tend to eat or bite my nails. Both of which I'm trying to control. Maybe I should substitute writing J/W fanfic instead!

4. What is your favorite episode and/or book in the Jeeves and Wooster series?
    Again, just one?? Really?? Yikes, this is the hardest interview I've ever done! You are cruel!

    This is impossible, but I'll mention only a few.

    The Hunger Strike. It has my favorite Aunt Dahlia actress, and one of my favorite exchanges in the entire series:
        Aunt Dahlia: Have you ever heard of Market Snodsbury Grammar School?
        Bertie: Never
        A.D.: It's a grammar school. In Market Snodsbury.

    Pearls Mean Tears. The scene where Bertie stands up to the nephew crusher is worth its weight in pearls.

    Jeeves Takes Charge. Jeeves. Bertie. Together at last! "The agency sent me, sir."

    If I don't stop now, I will recap the entire series. So I will stop now.

    But just for fun while it's on my mind, another of my favorite lines is Bertie's response when A.A. tells him that a wife would mold him: "But I don't want to be molded. I'm not a jelly!" HL's reading on that line is priceless.

5. You are hired as head writer on House. What's your first plot/arc suggestion?
    Hahahahaha...what a great question! The slasher in me, of course, would gently, gradually, start bringing House and Wilson together. Or I guess I mean, continue bringing them together. :)

    But going past that, hmmmm, let me think. Could be lots of fun to have Stephen on as a visiting psychologist from UK who's doing some kind of personnel exchange. S's character is to resolving psychological problems what House is to resolving physical problems, and S's character things House is the most interesting "case" he's ever run across. Not a lot of direct interaction at first, just watching from the sidelines and getting history by interacting with the ducklings, Wilson, Cuddy, Evil Nurse Brenda, etc. And Fry's character should SO be called something that's a shout-out to past work: Dr. Burmie, Dr. Donaldson, Dr. Murchison (I think that would be my pick); you get the idea!

And ETA: What the FUCK is with the bolding around here? Cripes, every time I do some kind of update, the whole damn entry goes bold. Dammit four times round the car park and back in for another dammit!

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Edited to add interview questions from[info]zekkass.

And edited again to correct some silly but glaring typos.

Edited to add interview questions from [info]karaokegal.

Edited to add interview questions from [info]ennui_blue_lite.

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zekkass
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Interview moi?
msliz4857
Oct. 16th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
*awards an extra 5 points for phrasing the request in the form of a bilingual question*

Yippee! Thanks for playing along! :)

1. What is the most daring or dangerous thing you've ever done?
2. If you could know for certain the answer to one question, what question would it be?
3. If you could have one super-power, what would you take and why?
4. If you had the choice to meet Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry, who would you choose and why?
5. What accomplishment of yours are you most proud of and why?
zekkass
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
*just got out of French class/takes points, pins to lapels*

1) Given a kid in my French class my lj username. (I swear, it's the only thing I can think of. I think my mind blocked out the other thing.)
2) ACK! Er, um, How can I build a time machine with materials I can buy at the local drug store?
3) The ability to freeze time. Why? Well, I've often wished I could have another hour or two to finish a fic/book/homework/etc.
4) After several coin tosses, headdesks, and much deliberation, Steve. I want to ask him WHY he wrote Jack, y'see.
5) Most proud of? Um. My photography portfolio thing that I completed for Photography class. It's pretty, took a lot of work, and it brings out good memories.
skyblue_reverie
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Ha! - great answers, m'dear - you are a funny, funny writer! Will we be seeing any J/W fic out of you? *bats eyelashes*

And I think you actually placed your finger right on a major distinction between Jeeves and Bertie with your "would you rather be kind or smart" - Jeeves's defining characteristic is his brain, and Bertie's his kindness (or at least those are major defining characteristics for them.) I like your answer to that one! I'd come down on the other side - I love them both, but my Jeeves love is just a tad stronger than my Bertie love - but I do totally agree with all you've said about Bertie.

Ha! #2 answer is hilarious, and I'd totally agree with that (except that I'd be SF's sex slave instead of HL's, since we're talking impossibilities *g*) Oooh, yes, internet connection would be hard to give up. I'd be a basket case without it!

And your story for getting into House, HL, J&W, and LJ sounds remarkably like my own! Wow.
msliz4857
Oct. 16th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
oh, my, you make me blush with your kind words! Thankee muchly!

J&W fic from me? I dunno, I'd prolly be much too shy to post it. Maybe if I write something someday I could quietly send it your way for a first look and comments? *bats eyelashes back*

I think it's come to me why my love falls on the Bertie side of the fence. My self-perception is that I am smarter than I am kind, and so the opposite attracts.

One thing I really love in the J&W fic...when the writer gives Jeeves words as to why he loves Bertie. In a few stories, Bertie is even unbelieving that such a prize as Jeeves should love him, but it is exactly because of Bertie's sweet nature that the love exists. *sigh* I love these characters soooooooo much!

Hey...in our sex slave lives...I betcha they'd trade us back and forth between them, so we'd get our turn with each of the boys. And then we could all get together and...and... *hyperventilating*

*fanning self* OK, I'm better now.
skyblue_reverie
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! :) And please do feel free to email me anytime, especially if you've written any J/W! This is in no way a shameless ploy to get to be the first to look at new J/W. *shifty eyes*

It is interesting that you say "opposites attract" - and you may be right, but when we took that "which character are you" quiz, you came out as Bertie and I came out as Jeeves, and yet those are the characters we are attracted to! And I'd have to say I'm a tad more Jeeves-like than Bertie-like as well, but still I want Jeeves more. So for me I think it's more of a "birds of a feather" thing. But it certainly is interesting - and I am in love with both of them, really. I agree - I really like the fics where Bertie shows his adorable insecurity and Jeeves has to reassure him. Oh, yes, I love them soooooooooooo much as well. Probably more than is healthy, really. Ah, well. ;)

Hey...in our sex slave lives...I betcha they'd trade us back and forth between them, so we'd get our turn with each of the boys. And then we could all get together and...and... *hyperventilating*

OMG. OMG. *dies*

*revives* Ummm, OHGODYESPLEASE. *pantpantpant*

*dies again*

*fanning self* OK, I'm better now.

That makes one of us then! *is still ded*
derien
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
You're already a parent, yet just come to slash fandom? How old are you? I realize that's a rather personal question and so I should probably put it with interview questions, but I'm holding some small hope that you might be almost as old as me. Sometimes I feel like an Evil Auntie of slashdom, all the other slashers (besides daegaer) (and possibly keelywolfe, but I don't interact with her much) being so much younger than me.
msliz4857
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Yes, I know what you mean about the age differential. And also the "Evil Auntie" feeling. :)

Chronologically, I'm 2 months older than Stephen, and 2 years older than Hugh. (Slashers, start your calculators!) Inside, I'm about 12. Well, older than that cause of the whole smut!love thing. So let's go for 20. XD
ennui_blue_lite
Oct. 20th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Woah, great answers! That's an awsome piece of family history that you have on your wall.
What does the D/s stand for in "True love D/s?"
Something we have in common - the first Aunt Dahlia was by far my favorite. I love The Hunger Strike too. My favorite moment with her, however, comes from "Brinkly Court". The whole "It was you, dear child, who rang the fire bell?" thing where she looks like she's about to snap and kill Bertie!
LOVE the idea of Stephen guesting as a psychiatrist. That in and of itself would piss House off, but when Stephen... er, sorry, Dr. Murchison (snort!) starts psychoanalyizing him, it would be a wonder if House let him live!

You recced me! Hurray! *gives hug* Thank you!
msliz4857
Oct. 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
What does the D/s stand for in "True love D/s?"

D/s = Dominant and submissive. Like your InControl!Tony and Controlled!Control. Hee! ;) And when there is true love on both sides *shudder* Oh yes, please.

Ack! I just remembered that The Hunger Strike is the one with the white mess jacket. Even Aunt Dahlia hates it. *snerk* ROFL, ROFL, ROFL! Priceless stuff. (How did I remember, you ask? Well, 'cause I'm watching it as we speak!)

Yes, Brinkly Court with the fire bell thing. SO funny. And very slashy at the end when Bertie is shivering in his PJs and robe. Jeeves has drawn a basin of hot water for Bertie to soak his feet. When Bertie sits down, Jeeves takes off his slippers. And then when Bertie asks Jeeves to make him an omelet, he has the most contented, dare I say loving?, look on his face. *sigh*

Recced you? M'dear, I want to chain you to your little keyboard and have you write more, more, more T/C fic. For how long? That remains to be seen. Perhaps we can get you some of Anatole's cooking to keep up your strength. With lots of Murchison cofffee, of course!
ennui_blue_lite
Oct. 20th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE the scene where Bertie is shivering in a robe and Jeeves is fixing up a tub of hot water for him! HL just looks so darling with his hair all wet, and Jeeves is taking care of him and it's so cute, and... oh!

Dom/sub. I should have guessed that. I write it, after all.

Chain me to my keyboard? Heehee! You know I'm into that!
karaokegal
Oct. 20th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
OOOOHHHHHH!!! Dianna Ross. Fabulous. Nothing like singing out our depth of obsession. And I love any and all of the Bertie playing/singing scenes. Hugh's hands on the piano are an absolute total fetish for me. You totally rock my monkey socks.
msliz4857
Oct. 20th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Best Bertie piano playing (from an oh-my-gawd-those-long-lovely-fingers perspective)? In my book, it's the trills in "Minnie the Moocher." Just such a sexual, sexy, sensual sight...you can almost feel, er, um, give me a minute, will you please?

Anyway, I like to watch HL play piano

Heh heh heh...rocking monkey socks. That is my new favorite expression!
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