1. Leaving me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
The questions markiv1111 asked me:
(1) How much writing had you done previous to the current idea (i.e. stuff that could have turned, or did turn, into a salable short story or article)?
I've done a little writing over the years. I'm most-widely known in certain circles for the book I wrote for a role-playing game that described a fantasy version of medieval Spain. I've also written little fiction bits in support of a surreal collectible card game. For a few years I published a couple of gaming fanzines and wrote articles for them. I have yet to fulfill one of my goals, which is to get a piece of original fiction published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
(2) What does "jbru" mean and why do you use it?
It is an acronym for "Just and Beneficent Ruler of the Universe." Why I use it should be self-evident. ;)
Seriously, though, it arose from one of the aforementioned gaming fanzines. The first letter of comment I received was addressed to "Mr. Hentges." part of my philosophy in publishing the zine was to remove the people who wrote games from the pedestals that gamers placed them on, so I wasn't real comfortable with someone calling me "Mister." I joked that, "If you must use an honorific, I prefer Benevolent and Just Ruler of the Universe." Later, I used the modified form on an email list and it stuck. I currently use it to remind myself to not take myself too seriously.
(3) If you hadn't grown up in Minnesota, would you have still wanted to live in the Twin Cities? What other area(s) might you also (or rather) want to live?
Well, my dad was in the Navy for 20 years so I've seen many places around the country. I very much like the Twin Cities and am quite happy living here. In another life, I could see myself settling in San Diego, where my family was for about five years, or in Seattle, where I have many friends and some family.
(4) What are your favorite short stories and/or novels? Is there anything on this list that people might find surprising, and/or that you are afraid you might get on the defensive about if a discussion were to come up?
The Left Hand of Darkness, the Earthsea series and any number of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin are fast favorites of mine. I'd also put Stranger in a Strange Land on the list. I don't recall titles, but I've enjoyed some of William Gibson's short fiction. There was a story by John M. Ford in a Liavek about unlikely actors putting on a play that I liked a lot.
As for defensive, I don't think I would get defensive about any story I liked. Even in widely-ridiculed stories, I often find something that I like, be it a character, a concept or a well-written scene. I like discussing things like that with people, which is one of the reasons that I've come to love fandom.
(5) Same as 4, but for favorite groups/artists and songs.
My favorite rock band is The Replacements and, as you and I have discussed before, I think Paul Westerberg, their lead singer, is a great song-writer. I have wide range of taste in music, though, and often find, as I do in fiction, something to like about just about any song I listen to for long enough.