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AMAQ: Responses 2 (GMTA edition)
Thank you all for your responses to my freshly revived Ask Me A Question poll. I'm up to 20 submissions (some of which I'm saving for last because they'll require extended explanation), and will keep answering them until I run out. If you haven't had a chance yet, feel free to pitch me a question at the original post!

I'm starting to wonder if some of my readers are telepathic. I've had a few sets of responses where, within hours or minutes of each other, two people have asked me virtually the same thing. So, today's answers:

The Great Minds Think Alike metaquestion edition!


A respondent asked, "What question did you want to answer that wasn't asked, and what would your answer to it be?"
... and then, shortly thereafter another respondent asked, "What is the one question you really want someone to ask you?"

If I had written this post yesterday, my hoped-for question would have been simple: "When's your next TTU story coming out?" Having people pester me to write more, after all, would be a nice egoboo. But! About 12 hours ago, a respondent read my mind, and asked, "How much TLands writing have you done recently?" So it's no longer unasked and doesn't count.

As for that question, the answer is that I've spent most of the last 24 hours editing and adding to my latest story, "On the Edge," the origin of Kiasu (who you may remember from his cameo in Random Encounter; I haven't released his other stories yet). It's 17,000 words so far, and I like what I've written (even after picking it up again and reading it fresh after four months of hiking), so I have a feeling this may end up being the novel that fulfills 10-year goal #3. When I finish Part I, I expect I'll be putting out a call for a limited audience for editing/feedback. There are also some short stories bouncing around in my head that want to be written, so hopefully I can get a little new content posted. :)

Back to the original questions. At this point, I'd have to say that it would be pretty nice to be asked, "Hey, Bax, can I offer you a job?" now that I'm winding down my hike.

And as for the answer to another question that I'd like to have been asked ... "What's been going on in your life magically lately?" The answer, unfortunately, isn't too exciting: Not a whole lot. However, there may very quickly be something to report on that front. kadyg and I live on a second-floor flat above a store; many months ago, the glassblowing shop that used to be there packed up and moved across town. The store's been empty all this time. But recently there's been a flurry of activity -- renovations, decorating, and moving in. The sign on the front now reads "The Sacred Bee" and advertises Tarot readings and metaphysical books. Woot! Their grand opening is Saturday, and I hope to track down my owners and new neighbors and find out what tradition they follow and whether they might be active willworkers. Pagan neighbors FTW, as kids these days say.




A respondent asks, "Why don't you ask me a question, instead? :>"
... and immediately afterward, another respondent says, "Congratulations! You ... have just won the opportunity to ask me one question(snip lengthy repetition of my original wording) ... What is your question?"

... thereby proving that my friends are not only telepathic, they also have warped senses of humor. :P

I am extremely tempted to respond to at least one of these by pawning off a certain smartass Ph.D. candidate's question to me.* (Namely, "Prove [Math equation; view image for details]." Except the question was phrased as a series of LaTeX directives and I had to use HotEqn to decipher it.)

I'm not quite that cruel, though, so I will just state in the best mathematical tradition that the proof is too obvious for me to waste time with and leave it as a generic Exercise To The Reader.

For respondent #2, I'm curious to know: Could you give more background to the "identity boundary" you recently mentioned in your journal? (Feel free to answer the question there.)

For respondent #1: What are you most proud of having written? (Again, feel free to answer in your journal if you wish to preserve anonymity.)

In fact, come to think of it, why don't I open that one up to the floor. I'd like to ask you all: What are you most proud of having written?

I'll think it over and offer my answer to that in comments, since I'm sure someone's going to ask me anyway.

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* I did promise to preserve anonymity, but that doesn't mean I can't also be a smartass about it when necessary. I know lots of Ph.D. candidates; I still have plausible deniability.

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From:panzerwalt
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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From:baxil
Date:September 1st, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
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Ha! No, I hadn't. And now my brain hurts. In a good way.
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From:baxil
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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In hindsight, I asked quite an ambiguous question. So I'll pick it apart piece by piece.

I'm most proud of the Draconity FAQ for the effects it has had and the people it's helped.

I'm most proud of my NaNoWriMo 2004 novel, archived at johnstanton, because I think it's the most ambitious project I've undertaken and finished. (This is not to say that it's a particularly good story; just that I'm proud of the effort.)

And in terms of the writing that I like the best, the prose that sticks in my brain: Random Encounter is probably first among equals. (It was a strong contender in the BaMoTTuSto Reader's Choice awards, too, so I'm not the only one.)
From:veregawilks
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
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1: What is the moment in your life (that you are willing to talk about) that has caused you the most cognitive dissonance? (Preferably positive.)

And 2(Even though you said a question): What is the funniest joke you have ever run across?
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From:nicked_metal
Date:September 1st, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
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I'm most proud of "Obligations", which I wrote for Chimera Journal, because it was me putting myself out there as a writer, working with an editor to develop a peice, and submitting it well before the deadline. It's a good essay on a topic I care about.
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From:baxil
Date:September 1st, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
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Cool. Does a link to it exist on the Web?
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From:nicked_metal
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
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From:kadyg
Date:September 1st, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
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I'm most proud of an essay question I answered on my midterm of my Shakespeare class in my junior year of college. I didn't study the night before (in fact, I seem to remember that I attempted to drink all the vodka in town the night before), I was wearing sunglasses in a windowless lecture hall because my head hurt so badly.

The question was to deconstruct the passage in "Hamlet" where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are putting on the play for the royal family. The narrator comes onstage and gives a thumbnail version of what they are about to see. What I had never noticed until the test was that the speech was actually a very tight synopsis of "Hamlet" itself. "The king will die, the queen will wail.... etc."

I wrote out this flash of insight, turned in my test and went back to bed. At the next class the instructor read my answer outloud as an example of close reading and kept my test for his study guide. He kept another essay of mine about Iago in "Othello", so in that particular class I was just on fire.
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From:natetg
Date:September 1st, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I wrote out a very clever proof on a take-home math mid-term. The comment in the margin was "this rocks" or something similar. I told one of my classmates, and, when he was presented with the same problem he actually cited me.
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From:ounceofreason
Date:September 1st, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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What are you most proud of having written?

This.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 1st, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)

*sniff sniff*

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This is a certain smartass Ph.D. candidate, just letting you know I haven't laughed quite this hard at anything in a long, long time. I'll have to show your response to #girlfriend later; she'll also find it rather amusing, I'm sure.

And I'm pretty sure anybody on your list who knows your friends well know who wrote you that one. It just happened to come up while working on my thesis.

And, for the record, I still don't have a satisfactory proof. ;-)
From:lhexa
Date:September 2nd, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
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This.

I apologize for not asking a serious question; my outstanding curiosities about you were things you were already detailing.
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From:elynne
Date:September 3rd, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
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In fact, come to think of it, why don't I open that one up to the floor. I'd like to ask you all: What are you most proud of having written?

Hmph. I'd have to say the one time I finished NaNoWriMo (The Novel-Thing Which Currently Does Not Have A Title That I Do Not Hate) is the one I'm most very very proud of, though omg it needs some serious editing. Glargh.
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