Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

I think it was the death of Princess Diana. I never really paid attention to the news and I still don't now but I remember my mother crying. It didn't impact my world view. The news rarely does because of its purpose- to report bad news. If you're listening to it it's because you want to know what the latest horrible thing that happened was.

Writer's Block: Take me to your leader

If an alien ship were to land in your backyard and choose you as the earthly representative of humanity, what would you tell them about our world? Would you consider going back with them for a visit?

What would I tell the aliens?
Hmmm... That Earth is not worth wasting time on. I'd also tell them that they should probably get back on their ships and leave while they can because humans would either want to eradicate or experiment on them at first contact. I'd tell them that other than that though that besides the boredom and war that Earth's a pretty ok place.
Would I go back with them? No.
I could give you some spiel about better the devil you know but it comes down to me not knowing a thing about their world or the spaceship getting me there or if it would kill me. So I guess it is the devil I know.

Writer's Block: Kids or child-free?

Whether you've chosen to have children or live child-free, how and when did you (or will you) reach this decision? If you're in a relationship, did you (or will you) decide separately or together?

I don't particularly want to have children, they're troublesome things that will be with you for the rest of your life but if I get married and my husband wants children he's got till I'm 30 exactly, after that definitely no. When I was a kid I swore that I wanted 7 kids; when I was a preteen I decided on 3 with many names after the joyous birth of my brother's spawn; by the time I was a teen with 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 2 godchildren and my best friend's little siblings I decided I had had enough. I'm still in accord with that decision even if it took me 14-15 years to reach it.

Writer's Block: Best book ever!

Is there any book you can read over and over again without ever getting sick of it? Do you discover something new every time you read it?

Laurell K. Hamilton books, especially the Anita Blake series and all of Tamora Pierce's books but the lastest ones. I can read those books over and over and still get the pleasure I got out of the first read plus additional information I didn't notice or understand before.

Writer's Block: Beam me up, Scotty

If you could be transported anywhere in the world, at any point in time, where and when would would you choose to live, and why?

Japan now because I'm obsessed. Now because I know exactly what's going on now and there's a lot of fun possibilities. The future is all well and good but do we really have one if we don't have a past? The past is interesting enough where it belongs, in the past- it can be read about but I wouldn't want to go there, besides it repeats itself now.
I've always wanted to go to Japan and plan on going in the near future so I'd pick Japan if I was going anywhere.