I've been trying to dig myself out of a creative rut for the last few days. Mostly, that means attempting to write and read for myself rather than for work and for school, and generally watching and listening to things that make me feel inspired or motivated. I might make a list of these things at some point in the future, but not today.
No, today I have apparently decided to go back to 2007 and rewatch all the old Vlogbrothers videos. There are more than 1500 of them. I feel pretty good about this decision, to be honest.
I started watching Vlogbrothers videos in 2008 when I came across the "50 Last Lines of Famous People" video. As a result, I never got a chance to fill out this very old survey that Hank introduced to the channel back in January of that year, so, you know what? I'm doing it now.
You're welcome and feel free to fill it out for yourself and leave it in the comments or send it to me or post it on your own blog and give me the link so I can read it.
How long have you known Hank and Katherine?
I’ve been watching Vlogbrothers videos since 2008, so, I guess a decade? I’ve never actually met either of them, though.
What do you want from us?
No more than what you care to give. Unless you’d like to give me a job or something. That would be cool.
What are you doing (please be as specific as possible)?
Currently? Filling out this survey and watching old Vlogbrothers videos instead of doing things I should be doing, like my proposal for my Master’s Thesis. Longer term? Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Popular Culture, writing/editing at SYFY FANGRRLS, and watching too much television. Soon I will dive head first into my Master’s Thesis project and into studying for our comprehensive exams, which requires a great deal of reading dense academic work. In the meantime, I’m trying to get back into reading for fun, get a little further from television, and attempting to clean my house.
How long do you think you’ll be doing it?
I finish my degree in a year, with any luck. The rest could be forever. The cleaning will hopefully be done this week.
What do you want to be doing?
Something creative. Writing a book or a movie or a TV show.
What’s next in your life?
Master’s Thesis. Full-time job (hopefully). Moving somewhere that is not Ohio. Hopefully a book.
How are you doing?
Better than I think I care to admit. I’m employed and can pay my bills and keep myself and my cats alive. I make that money doing something I genuinely enjoy. I am able to pursue a graduate level education. I’m generally healthy. Stress, though, especially a lot of it in a short period of time, can overshadow a lot of good things.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
I’ve read so few books in the last year thanks to grad school, which has sucked up all my reading time and energy, but probably Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I’m currently reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and I have a feeling that will end up my favorite book, but I have not finished it. Alas.
Describe a perfect day.
Wake up rested. Good food made by someone far better at cooking than myself. A long walk somewhere new with beautiful vistas and interesting places to explore. A few hours with a good book. Writing something just to write it. A deep conversation with an interesting person. A warm bed and a good night’s sleep.
Assuming that all things come to an end, how will humans go extinct?
How do you feel about kids these days?
I’m a fan, and I definitely want some of my own, but probably not right now. I would want to be more financially stable before I had any kids of my own.
In this space come up with your own question and answer it.
What is your favorite random skill? Probably origami. I do it when I’m bored and it makes people happy.
Ambrosia tastes better than anything else. What does ambrosia taste like?
The exact thing that you’re craving at any given moment, and constantly shifting as you chew so as to become the thing you crave in precisely the way you crave it. Kind of like that candy from Willy Wonka but with less child murder.
If you were a cliche what would you be?
Better late than never.
What’s your least favorite part of any given day?
It used to be waking up, but now I think it’s going to bed. Partly because it means I have to stop doing things and consuming media and thinking, and also partly because my insomnia is very very bad these days so the ongoing attempts to force myself into unconsciousness is easily the most frustrating part of my day.
Do you enjoy science fiction?
Cheese or chocolate?
Chocolate, but only the good stuff.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Probably Boston? It’s not glamorous or anything, but I really like Boston. Or maybe Seattle. I’ve never been there, but I have several friends there and have been told its nice.
What was your first concert?
Shania Twain. It was my 11th birthday.
If you could start a business and be immediately successful, what business would it be?
An online media company which creates and distributes its own content, both narrative and non-fiction. The narrative side of the site would allow for diverse voices to create interesting stories about a variety of experiences and could be able to run the gamut from slice of life to science fiction, while the non-fiction side would provide in-depth reporting and criticism about a variety of subjects and would not be funded by advertising so as to remain impartial and not beholden to advertisers.
Invisibility or time travel?
Invisibility. I read something once that said people who choose invisibility as a superpower are somehow deviant? I guess because it means you want to sneak around and spy on people, which is true, but that’s also not the only reason to be invisible. It’s also probably the only way to get any actual privacy.But yes, it’s mostly about watching people. Not in a creepy way. I don’t want to watch anyone shower or having sex or anything, but I’m a journalist by trade and one of my earliest childhood heroes was Harriet the Spy and I’ve just always found it fascinating to watch normal people going about their lives. And yes, if you’re wondering, I am one of those people who makes up stories about strangers in my head. It’s fun.
What’s wrong with the world?
A lack of compassion and empathy for others. This is on all sides, by the way, but primarily in regards to those with privileges that they refuse to recognize and utilize for the betterment of those less privileged. I am not immune to this.
Can I put this survey on my webpage?
I mean, do you still have a webpage? I don’t know, but sure.