Because sometimes it’s fun to relive the days of MySpace surveys. Remember those?
I’m not going to tag anyone because I know some people don’t like being tagged, but if you read this and you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!
1. If someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?
That depends which part of me they were trying to understand. If they wanted as full a picture as possible, then I guess:
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, to understand teenage scar.
- Most things by Kierkegaard, but especially his journals and Fear And Trembling, to understand my philosophical viewpoint.
- Some books about Pythagoras, The Mathematical Experience by Davis & Hersh, and In Search of Schroedinger’s Cat by John Gribbin, to understand my obsession with physics and maths.
- The Humans by Matt Haig for a look directly inside my brain.
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.
- Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series, because it inspired my career as an investigator.
- A lot of philosophy books. I don’t think it particularly matters which ones, as long as it covers several thousand years.
- Star Trek: Voyager. Especially the ones after Seven of Nine arrives.
- Pavarotti doing Nessun Dorma live, and you must cry when his voice swells over the highest note, and then we will be friends.
- A lot of angry rap.
- A lot of bashy rock.
- A lot of screamy metal.
- Several musicals.
- Barbra Streisand.
- Extra points if you love Neil Diamond and Dire Straits.
2. Have you ever found a writer who thinks just like you? if so, who?
Kierkegaard. He’s the only person whose books I always seem to pick up at exactly the right moment in my life. When I need to make an important decision, or when I’m feeling a bit lost, something in my mind goes “Hey, why not read some Kierkegaard?” and I find a book and settle down in a chair and flip it open, and then I find myself going “YES! EXACTLY! THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT I NEEDED.”
Matt Haig gets a shoutout here too, because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I identified with the main character more than Andrew Martin in The Humans.
3. List your fandoms and some of the characters you identify with.
Ah, my fandoms. I guess that’d be Star Trek and Criminal Minds.
Star Trek – I identify the most with Seven of Nine from Voyager. Pulled out of a brainwashed mindset, having to navigate a world of humanity, finding the whole thing puzzling, fascinating and weird.
Also Janeway, because she’s a badass who cares about people. B’Elanna, because she’s difficult and hardcore and prickly and sometimes self-destructive, but also not a bad person.
Spock from TOS, because humans are weird and confusing and illogical.
Tasha Yar from TNG, for the same reasons as B’Elanna.
Odo from DS9: “The thin beige line between order and chaos.”
Criminal Minds – Everyone else identifies me most with Penelope Garcia. I get it: I’m a quirky computer person who investigates crimes. I identify more with Reid, although I’m not actually much of a fan of his character.
I also identify strongly with (and very much like) Hotch, again because he’s a badass who cares much more than he lets on. And Prentiss. And JJ. And Elle. CM is just full of really excellent, relatable characters. What is there not to love?
4. Do you like your name? is there another name you think would fit you better?
I do like it. I prefer my nickname (‘scar’) to my given name, especially when I’m speaking English. French people say ‘Scarlett’ correctly. English people make it sound clunky and wrong. My surname’s excellent even if I have to spell it a hundred times a week.
5. Do you care about your ethnicity?
Yes. And I have an odd relationship with it, because people of my ethnicity are almost universally hated, or at least looked down upon, and it seems to be socially acceptable to shit on us in a way that it isn’t for most ethnicities. Mainly because my ethnicity goes along with a lifestyle that a lot of people find problematic.
It also feels weird when you don’t wear your race on your skin. You can’t tell my ethnicity by looking at me, which means that I sometimes feel the need to tell people what it is, especially if they start ranting about us. But it also means I can pass as not being a minority, which affords me (yes, I’m going to say the p-word) privileges I might not otherwise have.
Because I no longer openly follow the lifestyle of my culture, most people wouldn’t know my ethnicity unless I told them. At times, this suits me perfectly, and at others, I have an uncomfortable relationship with it.
6. Do you have a creed?
Chante comme un gitan, danse comme un esprit, travaille comme un esclave, va avec le vent.
7. Name the five most influential books over your lifetime.
Much as I don’t want to, I’d have to put the Bible in there, since I was brought up on it.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
Fear And Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard.
The White Goddess by Robert Graves.
Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose.
8. List the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.
9. Could you live as a hermit?
FUCK YES. This is basically my retirement plan.
10. Three songs that you connect with right now.
Ooohh, right now? Hmm. *opens Spotify*
One More by Superchick, because I always used to have these huge goals and wanted to achieve them IMMEDIATELY, and then I’d get really annoyed when they hadn’t happened within five minutes of my deciding to do them. These days I’m trying to be more considered and take things one step at a time. Also, there’s a Janeway fanvid.
Home by Dolly Parton, because for the first time ever I feel like I have one and I want to spend as much time in it as possible.
Dollar Days by Bowie.
11. Pick one of your favorite quotes.