OK, so Pam of Pam’s House Blend had me on her list of seven folks she wanted to see do the 7×7 meme, so here I am, and thank goodness because otherwise I have nothing to say today and I really, really do love to hear myself talk.

Seven Things To Do Before I Die:

  • See a novel worth reading that’s been printed and on the shelf in a bookstore and has my name on the spine
  • Visit Russia again.
  • Visit Scotland again.
  • Learn Japanese.
  • See my name next to The Boyf’s on a legal marriage license.
  • Learn to create some visual art (even my stick figures are horrible mutants).
  • Live next to a large body of water (either The Lake or at the Outer Banks, preferably).

Seven Things I Cannot Do:

  • Draw or paint.
  • Speak Spanish comfortably at a conversational level.
  • Live too near my relatives. 🙂
  • Count cards with any complexity.
  • Vote Republican.
  • Fly without completely losing my cool.
  • Handle stressful situations without inappropriate humor.

Seven Things That Attract Me To Blogging:

  • I love to hear myself talk. No, really. I am a shy exhibitionist. A blog is a great way to expose my thoughts without the terrifying risk of having to say them outloud and listen to others’ reactions. That’s dumb and neurotic, yes, I know.
  • The sense that if I’m going to sit back and enjoy what other people have to say it isn’t fair for me not to contribute. (I don’t think poorly of blog-readers who don’t blog, though – this is one of those Puritan work-ethic things that I apply only to myself because I’m neurotic.)
  • The internet as the swap-meet of ideas. I am a true old-school internet idealist in a lot of ways.
  • The opportunity to give the finger to authority in a public forum.
  • Blogs are a great place to tuck away a nagging idea and then revisit it later. I have used blog posts as places to stash links and thoughts that I knew I would later use again when writing.
  • Maintaining a stage-presence requires coming up with something to put on stage. Having a blog forces me to write, even though it’s not fiction and even when I don’t have anything to say. This is a good way to keep myself at the keyboard.
  • I like blogdom’s way of providing a means to keep up with friends even when I don’t get to talk to them as often as I wish.

Seven Things I Say Most Often:

  • Bah!
  • It was the funniest. Thing. Ever.
  • Awesome!
  • Eeeeeexcellent.
  • I’m just going to go check my mule for a second…
  • (Followed by) OK, so I ended up spending three hours playing World of Warcraft
  • OK, so…

Seven Books That I Love:

  • The Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart – a detective story set in a China that never was.
  • Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – how the Apocalypse nearly happens, and how funny it is.
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker – this is my favorite novel of all time, bar none. I first read it in 7th grade, and have read it dozens of times since then. It is easily the best vampire novel ever written, though I do honestly think Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire is a close second – second only because it hasn’t had a hundred years to prove it’ll still be kicking around, though I do honestly think that a hundred years from now it will be studied as a coded parable for closeted gay life (and yes, I am mentioning it so I can sneak in an eighth book).
  • Body of Secrets, by James Bamford – it discusses the history, mission and methods of the NSA, and is fascinating.
  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte – arguably the best work of any of the Bronte sisters, and a powerful and emotionally engaging tale of high passion on the desolate moors of Scotland. I love this novel. This is easily the best novel I read in all of high school. OK, maybe it was William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. (And ha! I snuck in a ninth book!)
  • Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson – fabulously energetic and creative and mud-splashed science fiction.
  • Foundation, by Isaac Asimov – the whole series of series (the Robot, Empire and Foundation books) is pretty damn good reading (even if some books in the series are a little uneven compared to the rest), but this one kicks off my favorite part, the Foundation stories. Creative and intelligently told and all about being smarter, not tougher, than the other guy. I also recommend The Caves of Steel, the practical kicker for the Robot series, and yes, that means I snuck in a tenth book. You have no idea how hard it was to limit myself to ten.

Seven Movies That I Watch Over And Over Again:

Seven People To Whom I Pass The Meme:

  • I’d love to see apostropher and/or Froz Gobo do it, but I doubt they would because they are (in all seriousness) too busy posting their own awesome stuff.
  • Katastrophes, because I know there will be some overlap and I want to snatch up and read/watch what does not overlap.
  • Bascha, for the same reason.
  • Mr. Saturday, again for the same reason.
  • Owlmother, ditto.
  • Kath, same reason.
  • Bill Clinton, because he is awesome.