Armchair BEA self-interview
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I am the Director of a Writing Center at a small liberal arts college, a PhD in English Literature, married for thirty years this August, mother of two teenagers, caretaker of four cats, a rabbit, and a recently renovated 7,000 volume library downstairs in my house. I started blogging in February, 2008 when I was not working after knee surgery, and a question about necromancy made me realize that it would be fun to keep track of some of the things we learn from literature.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I’m currently reading Rivers of London for next week’s planned discussion with Jodie of Bookgazing, and it’s making me laugh out loud. My favorite book so far in 2012 is Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Every two years, we go to the beach in South Carolina with a group of our friends from college, so our kids have gotten to know each other through intensive sand-castle building and long, noisy seafood dinners.
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
My favorite feature has always been the very personal posts about a specific poem on a particular day. The Invitation is an example.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Probably in the same place it’s been for the past 4-1/2 years with some of the same readers. I don’t have any big plans to shake it up, although the way we use technology may change enough in the next five years that the kind of conversations I try to generate in the comments may move around some more–increasingly, there are conversations about blogging topics at other online sites.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
My favorite post in terms of the writing is probably Araby, because I worked on that one for a long time to try to get my interjections to the level that they would express anything of how strongly I feel about the story. But the one I want everyone to read is The Gone-Away World.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? I would want to eat dinner in Rivendell and hear the singing afterwards.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I’ve already gotten to visit so many places on the east coast, and in England and France. As much as I feel a thrill at walking through a place like Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, I love tours like the Universal Studios trip through downtown Hill Valley—a place that doesn’t exist except in fiction. I’m looking forwards to going to the Harry Potter World in Florida this July.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
My favorite part is talking about books with people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet in real life. I think the way we comment is going to change, but I’m not sure I have any suggestions about directing that.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Like many new bloggers, I read more recently-published books for a while, but then I mostly settled back into my usual pattern of borrowing books from the library and from friends to see what I’ll like, and buying the ones I think I’ll want to re-read.