The Friday Five!
Well, nothing pressing, at the moment. I have some beta work I could do (always) and I could write--and I will--but I've wanted to play along with thefridayfive for some time now, so this seems as good a day as any to start.
This week's questions:
1) When does liking someone a lot become loving that person?
2) Is there a job you would do for free, and is it your current job?
3) What is one person/thing that inspired you to take action of some sort?
4) Though you might not believe in it, would you like fate to exist?
5) What's the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
- When does liking someone a lot become loving that person?
Hmmm...having relatively little experience, having married my high school sweetheart, this is a tough one for me. For me, I think, the difference between liking and loving is best seen in my behavior around that person. I have friends around whom I am never fully myself. I wouldn't dream, for example, of chatting with them out of the blue about slash or story ideas or my bizarre "religious" beliefs. I hold myself back. But when I love someone, it comes with a measure of trust that allows me to behave as myself, say whatever and act however I want. There are few real-life folks who have that honor, especially outside of my family.
- Is there a job you would do for free, and is it your current job?
My first inclination is to say, "Writing!" But I have always felt that I have to write; it is part of my nature to construct stories and wish to put them down in some tangible form. So I will always write, whether I am paid for it or not. (And I am realistic enough to know that I probably never will be paid for it.) Is it my current job? Well, my current "job" is research statistician/confectioner. While I do identify myself as a writer, it is not my job, no...nor do I think that I'd ever want writing to be my only job.
- What is one person/thing that inspired you to take action of some sort?
My sister inspires me. *waves to ssotknapsack* I figure that if she is brave enough to acknowledge who she is and who she loves, then I must be brave enough to stand up against people who speak against or try to impede the rights of others. This has lately been mostly a GBLT issue, since I live in a liberal state where other forms of discrimination are not common, but I like to think that I'd stand up for anyone who needed it. I am lucky: I can love and marry the person I chose. But that doesn't mean I can turn a deaf ear, just because I am not directly affected. And who knows? Maybe one day, I will be.
“They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
- Though you might not believe in it, would you like fate to exist?
Unequivocably, no. I'd feel pointless, without purpose, but to serve someone else's designs.
- What's the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
My husband supports my dreams, no matter how silly. I wanted to make ice cream, so he bought me an ice cream maker. I wanted to own a business, so he became my business partner. When I am caught up in a story, he even listens to me ramble, though he doesn't always know what I ramble about. And he's the only person to have read all of my original writing. I once had a protagonist who said, "If you want to show a woman that you love her, you give her her dream," and he gives me just that.