Bethany Elizabeth asked: Which book - not necessarily your favorite - have you read that you would say is the best well-written? and If you had to pick a published author whose style you feel is close to yours, who would it be?
Question 1: That's a tough question! I had to think about it for a while, but I would say that The Kite Runner has some excellent writing, as does its companion, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Question 2: Well, according to I Write Like, my style is close to Kurt Vonnegut and Arthur C. Clarke's. And though I don't consider myself to be anywhere near the genius of Arthur C. Clarke, just based on the books I've read by him, my style isn't so many light-years apart from his as some authors. Like Kurt Vonnegut. There is no way I write like him . . . although that isn't to say he wasn't a good writer.
Old Kitty asked: If you weren't a Golden Eagle and apart from Condors (yay!) what other creature would your alter ego be? and Einstein's theory of special relativity in the light (ahem) of the Cern experiment. Excited?!?!?
Question 1: A Bateleur? Okay, it's a raptor too, so I guess that's cheating . . . how about a narwhal?
Question 2: Yes! I hope it turns out that the neutrinos actually went faster than the speed of light. That would be an amazing scientific breakthrough.
Alex J. Cavanaugh asked: What books do you want to read next? Or movies. Or both!
There are a ton of books I want to read, and a few movies I'd like to see. But high up on my list of books are Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (I want to know what happens!), Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (it's still being written, but I love anything she writes), Spiral by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (one of the most awesome series ever), the other books in Discworld (I've only read 6 so far, out of 37--soon to be 38), and others--including CassaStar. :)
Movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (no, I haven't seen it yet), The Hobbit (it sounds like it's going to be good) and, um, others which I can't think of right now . . .
Alleged Author asked: What is your favorite genre to write?
Anonymous asked: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Doing scientific research, hopefully--at the moment I can't decide whether there's greater attraction in biology or physics.
Susan Gourley/Kelley asked: I believe you are homeschooled, right? What literature reads would you recommend to all students?
I am indeed homeschooled. As for literature reads, hmm . . . War and Peace, at least one play by Shakespeare, Grendel (I really, really like this book), Beowulf, Things Fall Apart, Moby-Dick, Les Miserables. Those would be some works I'd recommend, though I could come up with others as well.
Lynda R Young asked: If you could go anywhere, where would be the perfect place to live?
I'd say my own novel, but that world is pretty rough, and I wouldn't really be living under ideal circumstances (otherwise it would be a pretty boring story). So I'm just going to cite my results after playing around with the OECD's Better Life Index: Canada, Australia, or Sweden.
MyTricksterGod asked: What is your personal name?
What is your opinion on american culture?
On your day-to-day interaction with its ethnicities?
And if you happen to be in a decision-making position of power, what would you do to make America what it "should be?"
And how different is your experience from the first time you interacted with this trans-atlantic nation?
My questions orient from the small(interaction with ethnicities) to the large(interactions with the national way of life).
Or you can simply answer the first Q and tell us your name. :)
I'm going to do this the hard way and answer all the questions, because I don't want to tell you my name. Just to stay completely anonymous and all that. :)
Question 1: It could be better. There are many positive things about the USA, but there are also a lot of negatives. America can be arrogant, make some pretty bad decisions, and the people aren't the nicest, most open-minded in the world. There is a strong current of complete independence and freedom from any authority in this country, which works both in its favor and, in some cases, against it.
Question 2: The town I live in is mostly white, and people have lived here for generations, so there isn't a whole lot of diversity locally (I'm one of only a few Asians in its 1000> population, and I might belong to only a couple minorities or so). But the city nearby is pretty diverse--there are people with many different ethnic backgrounds.
Question 3: So, if I suddenly became a Senator or the President (that's highly unlikely--I can run for President due to a retroactive bill passed on adoptions, but I was still born in China and I doubt a majority of voters would be okay with that) I would a.) Put a lot more emphasis on education and getting this country to the top of lists like this one b.) Ease this country off of oil, gas, and other fossil fuels and onto solar, wind, hydro, hydrogen, and other sources of renewable energy c.) Try to improve relations with other countries and not go to war in yet another one and d.) Do what is possible to help ease the gaping economic inequality.
Question 4: I'm not sure if anything has really changed--I was only 16 months when my mom adopted me, so I don't remember much. :P
Jake Henegan asked: First, which character, in any book, is the most like you? (and why) Second, what object on/in your desk/shelf/room defines you most as a person?
Question 1: I'm not sure about characters. There are few who really reach out and mirror my own opinions--the good and the bad. There are characters I'd like to think of myself as, but who really are like me? Maybe the main character from my novel. I know I project some of myself onto the people I create.
(Sorry, you probably wanted a character from a book you could pick up and read!)
Question 2: My bookshelf. That counts as a single object, right? ;)
(SOURCE. And no, that isn't mine. Sigh.)
Deborah Walker asked: How much time do you spend blogging. It must be a lot, I reckon. Whatever a 'lot' is. What keeps you motivated?
Question 1: I usually spend 2-4 hours blogging. I'm not sure what a "lot" is, either--though I did a poll on how much time people blogged once, and the majority was 1-2 hours, so I guess you could call it a lot.
Question 2: I've continued blogging because I learn a lot from it, and I get to "meet" all kinds of people I wouldn't be able to if I didn't.
BornStoryteller asked: Since you have so many followers...if you had us all in one location and you were our Queen (in reality), what type of Queen would you be and what would be your first Royal Command of us?
I would hope to be a kind Queen who only gives Royal Commands when absolutely necessary--first order of business would be to announce a huge party in the palace (I get a palace, right? LOL) and invite people to come and have some fun.
Clarissa Draper asked: What's the most amazing natural site/sight you've ever seen? (For example, Northern Lights or Niagara Falls, or a polar bear...)
There are bald eagles living around here. I'm always amazed to see them fly overhead or down by the river that runs by. :)
....Petty Witter said: I'd like to know if you had to name one campaign you feel strongly about what would it be - animal rights, child abuse, racism etc.
Environmental issues. I really wish we'd stop spewing toxic fumes into the air and destroying the ozone layer and bulldozing forests and so forth, when there alternatives that are renewable or don't pollute. Humans dump so many poisons into the air and water that have horrible effects on the environment.
Susan Fields asked: What is the most important piece of writing advice you've ever received?
Shut up and write--there are less-productive spells, and I do think writer's block exists and I've experienced it, but sometimes you just have to write.
Deniz Bevan asked: If you could have dinner with an author from any time in history, who would it be?
It would be amazing to have dinner with Isaac Asimov.
Madeleine asked: How do you spend a typical week day?
Morning: breakfast, schoolwork, writing, schoolwork, lunch.
Afternoon: walk (if the weather's okay), schoolwork, assorted stuff depending on what's going on, blogging.
Evening: dinner, go for another walk, reading or blogging, watch the Nightly Business Report and the PBS NewsHour, and then watch whatever's next on PBS, provided it interests me. NOVA, Nature, or any good science or history program, certainly.
Krispy asked: What's your favorite food?
Chinese food. :) Lo mein noodles, sesame chicken, egg/spring rolls, dumplings, stir fry, shish kebabs . . . mmmm.
The Dandy Lioness/Sofia asked: Do you have a favorite fantasy story setting/country? (As in, Middle Earth, Discworld, etc.)
While I love a whole lot of Fantasy worlds, one of my favorites is the world from the Eon and Eona books, by Alison Goodman.
Whew. Those were some great questions! Thank you for submitting them for me to answer. I had a lot of fun.
Anything else you would like to know?
***And finally, I'm being interviewed over at Angelina C. Hansen's blog! Hope you can stop by.***
-----The Golden Eagle