Questions from elionwyr:
1) How has your name affected who you are/how you see yourself?
That's an interesting story. My full given name translates to "Musical Sunrise House-of-the-Wise". It's lyrical and lovely...when I've typically throughout my life felt more blunt and practical. Hence the nickname, Raaven, which I adopted when I was 13 or 14. It seems to me to give a more accurate picture of self on a day to day basis. I think there are very good reasons that in days of old most people had both formal names and use-names.
So actually, I guess, how I view myself has had a effect on my name, rather than the other way 'round. I chose the name Raaven both because it sounds less foofy and because the raven is involved in several mythologies and symbologies that I feel close to.
2) In your mind's eye, how do you see yourself? What are you wearing? Do you ever look like this in real life? If not, why?
That really depends from moment to moment. I think that typically, my mind's eye is pretty much dead-on for how I really look.
In my most treasured daydreams, however, I probably resemble a cross between Tarna (from Heavy Metal), Disney's Malificent and Xena. And sadly, no, I don't think I've ever looked like that. I'm 5'4", horribly shy and a bookworm...this does not lend itself well to a warrior/power persona.
3) Name 5 writers that have deeply inspired or affected you, and explain how.
Kim Stanley Robinson - for the Mars series. Before I read these books, I didn't really view space colonization as a potential reality. Robinson brought enough layperson-accessible science to the excellent story that suddenly I knew it was REAL, and POSSIBLE. Wow.
Sheri S. Tepper - for her astounding ability to create worlds. It continually amazes me that her books all have the same author, because they're so very different.
Isaac Asimov - both for the science and the sheer volume of his writing.
Susan Cooper - for the Dark is Rising series. Mythology, history and adventure all rolled up in one. The Grey King was one of those books I read very early in my bookworm career, and was one of the greatest finds in my gradeschool library.
Orson Scott Card - for Songmaster and for Saints, especially, but much of his other work also. I don't know how he's able to portray the characters and events in his books with such brutal beauty, but it sucks me in, every time.
4) Do you miss NYC? Why/why not?
Both yes and no. I miss NYC, because I miss the few friends that are still there (most of my friends had moved away before I did). I miss it everytime I want something in the middle of the night, and I don't have my wonderful 24 hour store around the corner. I miss it everytime I order pizza or chicken parmesan in, and I miss having EXCELLENT takeout chinese. I miss being able to decide (on Thursday) that I wanted to see some kind of show on the weekend, and having so many choices that I'd often have to debate which to do.
I don't miss the overwhelming masses of humanity. I don't miss the wounded, frenetic quality that the whole city had after the WTC attacks. I don't miss the prices.
Questions from just_the_ash
1. Do you have a favorite book about Mars colonization?
Oh, do I! RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson. I think that one day when I'm wealthy, I'll buy cases of this book just so that I can leave copies of it around...for friends, for politicians, for anyone who might pick it up and be inspired by it.
2. Why should ringtail lemurs have coats?
It should be raincoats, specifically...and it's because they look so darn pathetic when they're wet.
3. How do you think you came to be a raven person?
Hm. I think that I was born a raven person...but I think that I first started to become aware of it when I started studying world mythology in 5th grade. As my knowledge of mythology and symbol-systems grew, so did my feeling of closeness with the wily black birds.
4. I'll be in Philly July 16-18 IIRC attending Anthrocon(www.anthrocon.org). Would you be at all interested in stopping by the Adam's Mark Hotel to say hi?
Sure thing! Better yet, I could do what I did with friends last year and drag you out for fabulous vietnamese food! (daveqat, you listening?! Will you be there this year?)
5. Do you think the relationship between Hothead's cat Chicken and Roz's cat Miss Woo has a future?
Certainly! What the relationship will be, on the other hand...only the shadow knows.
If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.