Eeee. It is stupidly flattering to be remembered by cool people. Ok, here we go:
You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers.
Rule 1: Repost the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then make 11 new ones
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to your post
Rule 4: Let them know they’ve been tagged
1: If you could have one very minor superpower, what would it be? (i.e. No super-speed, strength, invisibility, invincibility etc.)
Plant-growing. I said this to a student who asked me in a penpal letter too and he must have thought I was insane — he said invisibility and super-speed. But I’ve always wanted to be able to grow things and my thumb is only alternatingly green. So, I want to be able to grow plants anywhere out of nothing. It could be like living in some combination of a Mucha painting and a forest all the time. I could move to any city and say, “Urban jungle? How about jungle jungle.” Plus, teaching classes about rainforests would get even cooler.
2: If you found yourself in the Hunger Games arena, what would your strategy be?
You know, I started typing about honing up survival skills above all else, going back for a bow and arrows only for self-defense, hide immediately for as long as possible as far from everyone as possible, trust no one, etc., and then I remembered that my first instinct wouldn’t be survival so much as “Grab the littlest tributes and run.” So considering I’d be more likely to spend more time keeping the kiddies alive than myself, I think I’d be a terrible tribute.
The bow still stands, but I don’t know if I’d be able to make myself shoot anyone with it.
3: Bite your tongue hard, or step on a Lego piece barefoot?
Lego. You can hop around on one foot for awhile but you can’t take your tongue out of your mouth.
4: You audition for a reality TV competition, and your spectacular failure goes viral on YouTube. What show did you try out for?
Spectacular failure? Viral? Likely ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ I’ve got choreography going for things, you know, it’s totally legit.*
*legitimate fuel for this exact situation
5: Professional football player, ballet dancer, or starving/unappreciated artist?
Football like American or football like football? Ballet dancer is straight out. My friends and I are already in that last category. The first might be refreshing; I’ve done poorly enough making conversation with no-longer-starving artists I admire that I could only do so much more to embarrass myself in the same general space as Tim Howard. Right? …right?
6: Which celebrity would it traumatize you most to find out they had taken joy in kicking puppies?
7: If you could only see for 3 hours a day, which 3 hours would they be?
4pm-7pm — In the summer you get to see the sunsets, in the winter you get to see the stars. I’d be happy enough with that. (I looked at the Farmer’s Almanac to check this, actually. That thing is lovely.)
8: If you had to live the life of a tragic Shakespearean figure, would you prefer Juliet, Hamlet, or Macbeth?
I can’t believe I’m saying this but, Juliet. Macbeth is right out, I’d never want to live with myself becoming such a power-hungry ass. And Hamlet is close second, but I’m pretty sure that once I accidentally killed Polonius…well, okay, no. I don’t think I would have minded Polonius. But Ophelia would have done me in. AND THEN PEOPLE KEPT DYING. Juliet though…considering what my potential lot in life would have been no matter what — you know, being married off and popping out babies — her ending was at least to some degree some last act of control over her own fate. After losing the person that was most important to her, yes, but still. And if you look at comparative length of that tragedy (in the context of the play, I mean) as compared to Hamlet’s…
I probably would have made sure to request that my important message be sent with someone on a horse, but then the tragedy wouldn’t have been as tragic.
9: If, at the beginning of your life, you could choose whether you would be always beautiful or always average for your entire life (by the most common standards of whatever society/culture you live in), which would you choose?
Always average. I hear that if you’re certain levels of beautiful you’re generally objectified and your other strengths and accomplishments are overlooked.
I mean, let’s look at superheroes for a second here: “How’re the panels coming along?” “She’s hot. We’re good.” “AND, and, she saves 23 children from a burning school bus. You remembered that part right?” “Huh? Right. Sorry was drawing her in spandex bending over backwards.” “…saving children from a burning school bus.” “Yeah okay kids I’ll put one in there whatever.”
10: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, J K Rowling, Robert Jordan, Stephen Donaldson, Jasper Fforde, or Raymond Feist?
Gaiman. He may or may not be at the top of my “exceptions to my not generally being interested in men” list. Confusing crushes: I have them.
11: Which cartoon character would play you in the Saturday Morning cartoon special of your life?
Ami Mizuno from Sailor Moon. It would be all about remembering that you are a human being and not a machine, that your life path does not necessarily run the way you decide it will, and that human connection is important and not a weakness or distraction. Also about remembering that human beings need to eat or sleep and that one is not exempt from this just because one is in the middle of a project.
Now for mine - Bwahahaha
1. What is your favorite thing to write on? (Your arm does count, it is a thing and you potentially write on it.)
2. You have one chance to control the weather. The catch is, whatever you make it do will last for an entire year straight. What will the forecast be?
3. Most folks have a favorite story of sorts growing up - the book you read until the pages fell out, a VHS you watched until it didn’t work anymore, a bedtime story you begged for until everyone was sick of telling it. What was/were yours?
4. Decide on your last meal. Right now. (Maybe you took me out for tagging you with these ridiculous questions.) What are you planning on eating?
5. You have the option of picking any animal in your local zoo to take home as a pet. Which do you choose?
6. What does your superhero costume look like?
7. After an outing with a celebrity you end up handcuffed to them in the back of a squad car. What did you do with who?
8. Mad scientist with endless funding, supervillain with awesome powers, or behind-the-scenes mastermind with all the politicians’ puppet strings?
9. If you could change one thing about the world to make it what you consider a better place, what would it be? Yes, just one. No, unlimited wishes is not an option.
10. Hammer and nails, staple gun, or drill?
11. Would you rather be a Highlander, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a Power Ranger, a Sailor Scout, a Pony, or a Care Bear?
Tagging: ussrosalind (yes Colleen I made that last question a purposeful hell just for you), mcdevinpants, hisnamewasbeanni, noidontwantyourpotsandpans, pikabunny44, titotito, tracywilliams, alamaris, tumblngkori, kstipetic, and YOU. That’s right, you. Because I’m tired and a bit loopy and can’t think of an 11th person that hasn’t already been tagged; a lot of my #education folks were hit already. Which is fine because I’m posting this on the personal and not the educational end. Y’all are getting a lot of artists and activists instead (with a few teacher thrown in for taste).