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st in their L.J. Traveller Blues comes up with some interesting questions.... ;-)
I'm going to do partial answers for now...
1> One of your recurring life themes seems to be feeling like you're living someone else's adventure novel. Would you say that you're living more of a satire, romance, a drama, or a tragedy? (You cannot say 'roughly equal parts': pick one.)
If you can, describe a scene that you'd rewrite without altering the flow of the story.
Hmm, yes, a drama. I certainly hope it's not a tragedy---I keep trying to throw monkey wrenches into the plotline to keep it from trying to go that way--it's all in attitude. (I refuse to be tragic.) Sort of like trying to live through the plot of Musashi (a novel based on a real person, too...) Hmm, not altering the plot, that's hard. Too many of my choices were world-altering type choices... I'll have to revisit this one.
2> It's been, admittedly, six months since I last picked up a sword. When was the last time you got to practice, and if it's been longer than a few months, has something changed in your purpose that you no longer need to?
Been about a month. I got out the shortsword I used to use for live steel practice and did some sword kata late at night. It actually feels more like I need to be practicing my bladework, lately, than a lot of times previous. However, there is a stronger continuing drive to supplement techniques --- I have been away from capoeira for two months, and really need to get back. But the feeling is that the focus has shifted, and the new focus needs to incorporate a huge lot more than just bladework... Like the astral Master has said "Time to invent your own style!"
3> Let's talk Iron Chef and cooking for a moment. If you could be given your dream theme ingredient, what would it be -- and who would you have on your judging panel? What's your signature dish? Moreover, what's a theme ingredient you've seen on the show you'd never attempt to cook with?
Hmm, my dream theme ingredient? But where would be the challenge in that? Honestly, though? If one were really being "Iron Chef" about it, I've fantasized about truffles. However, I think that mushrooms in general (an assortment) might be better. I keep experimenting, and always find new things. (My shitake tamales were a good one.) Actually, at this point, building on that theme, tamales are now my "signature dish." I've been perfecting them and experimenting with them for years. I don't think there is anything I wouldn't try to cook with---so long as I didn't have to ingest it. I am highly allergic to scallops, but if I figure I could taste the dish and rinse my mouth out, without ill effect, I'd cook with them...
4>Like me, you're a workaholic from hell and dedicated to getting your job done despite impossible odds. What does it take to get you to decide to move on?
Losing faith in my job. It's a complex interaction, and I've done it twice. What "losing faith" means needs more thought.
5>Coming full circle to the first question, I believe at one point you told me you draw your inspiration from your readings (and that impressive library of yours). You've got to explain who you are to someone on a day you've lost your voice; tell me five books that you either own or wish you did, that best exemplify you, your life, your history, your quest, and your favorite pasttime.
Hmm, returning to the first question, too, maybe the novel "Mushashi" fits in there, for #1. I've been thinking of buying a copy, lately, since it was the base for both "Samurai Trilogy" and the current Mushashi series, and I've read some of it (and his works), but not all. And I was a street fighter in my mispent youth, if you can believe it. (Okay, maybe it's not that hard to believe...) Like him, I also had to learn control, and to overcome "pathological independence". It's referred to as "the Japanese Gone With the Wind"
--which brings me to #2. Gone With the Wind. A woman's struggle against the odds. Scarlett always does the right thing, but because we see it from her own viewpoint, where she always knows her failings, it's hard to see how truly heroic she really is. The book fits into one of my "core myths" enough that when I had my breakdown, I remember saying "I need to go home to Tara, but Mother is dead."
Hmm, since I can't use a movie (I see myself as Valaria in Conan the Barbarian--different from the books), I'll pull out C.L. Moore's "Jiril of Joiry" instead. More thoughts on two more books, later.