Member Site of the Month: Meet Caprice Hokstad

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Name you use for posting/chatting [and/or lurking ;-)] at Toasted Cheese:

Caprice: Caprice or cfvici.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Caprice: It was a simple site for a roleplay character. I made it with one of those utility programs, which back then were very limiting. I soon started writing my own html, so I could do more.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Caprice: Lyrics. My daughter wanted the words to some Lizzie McGuire song.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Caprice: Hand code.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Caprice: Potato skins with lots of cheese and bacon, and a dash of chives. Dip in sour cream or ranch dressing…yum.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Caprice: Pizza Hut pan pizza with mushrooms, sausage, & onions. I’m not a pepperoni fan, rather have the less-spicy salami. Canadian bacon is also fine, but not alone.

TC: Name your poison.

Caprice: Poison? Hmm, only poison I have named so far is pentahask venom. I have yet to kill anyone off with it yet.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Caprice: Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for writing anymore. I homeschool two kids and work nights 30 hours a week. Even when I get a day off, there’s always a pile of laundry and dishes. And when there’s time leftover (HA!) I rarely have any energy left. I have literally fallen asleep at my keyboard. I have been working on my second novel, but at this rate, it’s not going to get done any time soon.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Caprice: Computer. Thesaurus. Word Menu.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Caprice: I wrote a sci-fi “story” in first grade. It was maybe 4-5 sentences. I still have it. (Isn’t that pathetic?)

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Caprice: I had encouraging English teachers, but their comments didn’t mean a whole lot to me, since I really hated English class. I hated being told what stories/books I had to read, and when. And I hated the way they always tore stories apart and inferred crazy philosophical themes into them, and made up hypotheses about what the author REALLY meant. English class sucked all the enjoyment right out of literature for me until way into adulthood.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Caprice: Tired.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Caprice: Watching Shrek, yet again.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Caprice: Define “great” first. I’m pretty fond of indoor plumbing, electricity, and telephones, but I’m not sure these conveniences qualify as “great”. I’d probably have to say something like penicillin or the small pox vaccine.

TC: What is your least favorite word?

Caprice: The f-word, especially when used more than once in a sentence.

TC: What sound or noise do you hate?

Caprice: Rap “music”.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

Caprice: I’d like to work in a crime lab. I wanna be the DNA guy who gets paid well, but doesn’t have to go out in the field and see the gore, just samples in jars or on Q-tips. Can you tell that the only TV show I watch is CSI? Love that show.

TC: What profession would you not like to do?

Caprice: Firefighter. I really hate fire.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Caprice: Well done, my good and faithful servant.

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Caprice: Southern California. I’m there now, but I wish I could move. It’s just getting way too expensive to live here. I know I’d hate the weather anywhere else but Hawaii (which is no cheaper in cost of living), but I’m starting to think maybe the sacrifice would be worth it.

Caprice’s site:

:: What is Latoph? ::

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Member Site of the Month: Meet Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

Conundrums to Guess

TC: What name do you use for posting/chatting at Toasted Cheese?

Jayne: To be honest, I do more reading/absorbing than posting/chatting. I’m kind of quiet. The quirky sense of humor combined with legitimately helpful information is what drew me to TC; I speak up when I feel I have something to say that might benefit my fellow writers.

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Jayne: Passionate. Committed. Broad. Accessible. Professional.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Jayne: The current one is my first, last, and only. I just keep tweaking it.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Jayne: “Anyone for Tennyson.” It was a fabulous program about poetry on PBS back in the 70s. It just came to mind out of the blue one night, and I decided to see if I could track down a video–or, better yet, the whole series.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Jayne: Option Three: I pay my techno-savvy son to create what I tell him I want.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Jayne: My homemade baked french fries, with lots of salt, pepper, and ketchup. Yum.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Jayne: Ground beef, onions, bell pepper, FRESH mushrooms, black olives, and not so much cheese, pleeze.

TC: Name your poison.

Jayne: Chai tea in the winter, cranberry spritzers in the summer. Amaretto on the rocks anytime.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Jayne: That would be the press release I wrote today explaining why I wrote a book about daughters when I don’t have any.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Jayne: A black Precise V Extra Fine pen, an endless supply of Post-It notes (preferably colored), and a box of Kleenex (whimsical designs only).

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Jayne: The very first thing I remember writing was a story called “Jet, the Race Horse” when I was in the first grade. I still have it.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Jayne: Indirectly, my mother. She used to call out letters for me to draw while I sat at her feet as she sewed, and she was forever bringing home books and word workbooks for me. The first person to directly encourage me was my sixth grade teacher. She had us write stories and read them aloud in class every Friday.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Jayne: Content.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Jayne: Baby giggles.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Jayne: Internet. Having so much information at my fingertips is incredible.

TC: What is your favorite word?

Jayne: Denouement.

TC: What is your least favorite word?

Jayne: Fat.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Jayne: Music.

TC: What turns you off?

Jayne: Discord.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

Jayne: Flippers!

TC: What sound or noise do you love?

Jayne: Rain falling as I’m drifting off to sleep.

TC: What sound or noise do you hate?

Jayne: Anything being sanded.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Jayne: I think event planning would be great fun.

TC: What profession would you not like to do?

Jayne: Nursing.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Jayne: It definitely does, and I hope He says, “Come right in!”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Jayne: The Blue Ridge mountains. Are you there now, and if not, where are you? I actually live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, before I die, I hope to move another half hour up the road!

Jayne’s site:

:: Jayne Jaudon Ferrer ::

Member Site of the Month: Meet S/E Lenz a.k.a. Baker

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Baker: Woman, writer, witch, American, satisfied.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Baker: I had a front page w/ many images on it. I used them b/c I liked them and they were cool. It was a Geocities site and I used their “PageBuilder” feature to create and modify it.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Baker: “The Sims Official Site” b/c I couldn’t remember the URL.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Baker: I hand code everything. I’ve used a program in the past but the pages I create w/ them always have errors and it’s too much trouble to make changes.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Baker: Either skin-on fries or a mashed potato casserole (I got the recipe from my friend Carolyn).

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Baker: Deep dish w/ a slightly crispy and buttery crust, extra cheese, green peppers and onions.

TC: Name your poison.

Baker: Long Island iced tea.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Baker: For a substantial amount, I’d say some scene sketches/ideas in June or July when I was like eight months pregnant. It didn’t work too well. My focus was way off.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Baker: Besides the computer, I’ll say a tasty beverage, music and a scented candle.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Baker: I have a single-subject, orange cover spiral-bound notebook here w/ my first “book” in it. It was a story about a girl in 6th grade, which was my current situation. My favorite part was actually coming up w/ all the characters’ names. My protagonist was “Jill.”

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Baker: My fifth grade teacher Mrs. Crum, who had me go read a story I’d written (about a boy and an alien and a bike) to the fourth and the third grades.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Baker: Anticipatory.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Baker: Eddie Izzard’s standup.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Baker: Plastic.

TC: What is your favorite word?

Baker: Gobsmacked.

TC: What is your least favorite word?

Baker: Bawl.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

Baker: People who present things in new or unusual ways spark my brain. Even if I disagree w/ what they’re saying, if the presentation itself is convincing, I can appreciate that. Inflexibility and fundamentalism turn me way off.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

Baker: Fuck (I’m a traditionalist).

TC: What sound or noise do you love?

Baker: Gathering thunderstorms, surf, songbirds, wuthering wind.

TC: What sound or noise do you hate?

Baker: Anything loud and/or sudden, like pots banging together.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Baker: Archaeologist, architect or marine biologist. “You know I always wanted to pretend to be an architect.”

TC: What profession would you not like to do?

Baker: Assistant crack whore

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Baker: “The show starts in five minutes.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Baker: Wherever my husband, dog and baby are and I’m there.

Eden’s Sites:

:: piggyhawk.net ::

Reasons for Moving

:: so anyway... ::

Member Site of the Month: Meet Renee

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Renee: I am anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive, and silly.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Renee: The first one was Sonny and Renee’s Homepage, but it’s not done yet. The second one was my blog, which is updated almost daily, but generally not on Saturdays.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Renee: I searched for Party City…needed to get HP accessories for Halloween.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Renee: I use templates, as in the templates that Comcast and Blogger provided.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Renee: It varies, but right now I’d like a baked potato, loaded.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Renee: Pepperoni and pineapple, not too much sauce.

TC: Name your poison.

Renee: I don’t really have a particular one, but I like Amaretto sours.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Renee:. I’m working on a short story about a compulsive shopper. I think it’s almost done because I’m sick to death of looking at it.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Renee: A clock, so I don’t forget to pick up my son from school. A thesaurus because I need it badly. A comfortable chair for obvious reasons.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Renee: I wrote a story when I was seven or eight (I think) about a girl whose mother bought her this awful shirt that was itchy and ugly, but it turned out to be a magical shirt.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Renee: My mom…she liked to read my stories.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Renee: Decent.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Renee: Remember that “Dinner and a Movie” thing that one of the cable channels used to do? Maybe they still do, but I’m not sure. They had this song that went “Beans and Corn Bread”…it cracked me up, and I have no idea why because it’s really dumb. But I like to sing it, and it makes me laugh.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Renee: Spell checker. I’m a lousy speller, and it keeps me from looking like a moron (at least in the spelling department).

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

Renee: Favorite word, hmmm, I’d say “scrumptious”. It sounds like what it is, and I like that. Least favorite, hands down, is “nipple”. Hate it…don’t know why.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

Renee: What turns me on creatively is pretty much anything…whatever makes the juices flow, even if they don’t flow far. I think anything can be inspiring, even if only a little. Spiritually…honestly, that side of me has yet to be uncovered, but my mom said something recently that helped. We’re both total control freaks and she has given that up recently because it wasn’t working for her. She said she had screwed up directing her play (i.e., her life) so badly that all the actors and crew had quit, so she gave up control and put it in God’s hands. She said let Him direct the play and ever since she quit trying to control every little detail, things have gone smoothly. I’m not there yet, but it’s nice to know that she could do it. Emotionally…laughter. I love to laugh. Feels so good!

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

Renee: Fuck. Sorry about that! There are just so many ways you can use it, but oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever used it in a story.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

Renee: I love the sound of a filtered fish tank. I hate the sound of a dental drill.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

Renee: I’d love to be a judge…just so I could yell “Overruled! Counsel, you are way out of line! Chambers, now!!!” Either that, or I’d like to be a professional ice cream taster. I would not like to be a dermatologist.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Renee: I would like God to say I could look up close at the rest of the universe. It really pisses me off that everything is so far away, and while we can see it, we can’t see tiny details. I want to see if there are lights on other planets, like Jodie Foster saw in Contact.

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Renee: Dallas is home. I lived there for twenty-five years. I’m not there now, I’m in Albuquerque. I want to go back.

Renee’s site:

:: Renee's blog ::

Member Site of the Month: Meet Deoris (Boots)

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Deoris: Eclectic. I like everything.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Deoris: This is actually the first website I ever owned. It has grown as I have. It was very basic, with a page for ‘about me’, one for links, and one for my husband. Ah, the simple days.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Deoris: Carol Mosely-Brown (Should be Mosley Braun) She was a Democratic candidate for the Presidential nomination. She was mentioned all of ONCE in the news story (national) about the recent debate, and that was at the end of the NEXT story. She’s a black female, and I really wanted to know about her policies. So, I went and found out.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Deoris: I use Microsoft Front Page, have since I first began. While there are some things on my site that I had to hand-code, I usually translate it so FP can understand it.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Deoris: Scalloped. I really love them to death. Must be the cheese. Sadly, we rarely have them this way.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Deoris: Canadian bacon, black olive and tomatos (raw, not cooked). Thick crust, filled with cheese.

TC: Name your poison.

Deoris: Shaun.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Deoris: I wrote my part of a continuing, ongoing, story.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Deoris: Thesaurus, dictionary, and the computer.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Deoris: A diary. I have it, even. Creative writing, I used to write little mysteries. I was a huge Nancy Drew fan.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Deoris: My mother. She always bought me more paper, better pens, and diaries when I lost or filled them.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Deoris: Bemused.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Deoris: My son talking about his girlfriend.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Deoris: Notebooks with spiral bindings. (1924, I looked it up. I still use these to write in.)

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

Deoris: Favorite: Serindipity. Least Favorite: Swear words. Takes all the fun out of colorful metaphors and honest cursing.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

Deoris: On: Usually watching badly done stories. Friends. Family. My past. Tons of things, really.
Off: Memory. It can shut me down fast. Game playing, which doesn’t mean I don’t play them less. LOL

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

Deoris: Sadly, “God”. I’m trying to change it to “goddess” or even “By the Gods”, or something a little more . . . unique. I really do try very hard to use ‘alternates’.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

Deoris: The radio, and almost everything on it.
Rap. Just about any rap. Especially the ‘true’ rap. I just can’t get behind it. Give me the blues anyday.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

Deoris: Try: Nursing, strangely. I have a need to help people and I think nurses have a really hard job. But I doubt I could deal with a LOT of the more ‘ew’ aspects of that particular career.

Not try: High-rise window washer. No. Freaking. Way.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Deoris: “Sure, we take pagans.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Deoris: Portland, Oregon. Yap, I kind of am.

Deoris’s sites:

:: The Fifth House ::

:: Amazon Way::

Member Site of the Month: Meet janra

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

janra: Dunno, it’s just there, eh?

TC: Tell us about your first website.

janra: My first personal one, or first ever? My first ever was when the local college was making a website, and wanted a student representative from the high school. My compsci teacher picked me. I didn’t know HTML at the time, at all; that’s how I learned it. Fortunately, I’ve unlearned most of that, and learned to do things properly since then.

I cringe to think that the website is still there. And no, I’m not telling you where it is.

My first personal website… I think I was never a fan of personal websites because all the ones I saw had pictures of cats and dogs on them, and nothing I was interested in reading. I did several non-personal websites and finally did up the one I have now. It has been redesigned and moved a couple of times though, and I (thankfully) can’t remember what its first incarnation looked like.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

janra: steam locomotive restoration

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

janra: By hand of course. I’ve never found an HTML “authoring” program that I liked, and I have found a few text editors that I like.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

janra: I don’t have a favourite, I just like potato

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

janra: Home-made

TC: Name your poison.

janra: I don’t like putting poisons in my body, even the socially acceptable ones.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

janra: Well, I was working on my novel this past weekend…

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

janra: pen, paper, and inkwell

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

janra: Can’t remember the grade, but a boy in my class and I collaborated on a story; we worked it out together, then I wrote it and he illustrated it. Early elementary, but not sure how early.

All I remember about the story now was one of the illustrations; a stegosaurus stretched out on his belly, drawing something on a piece of paper with his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth in concentration.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

janra: Can’t remember… I started writing longer ago than I can remember. Presumably my mother.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

janra: A really awful pun.

I may follow the laugh with an object thrown at the perpetrator of the pun, however.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

janra: Good question. Most of the things I can think of were either invented before 1900 or don’t qualify as “great”, much less “the greatest”. How about liquid nitrogen ice cream? that’s pretty great.

(I bet you thought I was going to say something about computers, didn’t you?)

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

janra: interest (as distinct from inspiration). I’m very rarely what I would call “inspired”, but I spend a lot of time cruising with a high level of interest in some subject or another.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

janra: I love to hear a purring cat. There’s just something about that rumble that gets me (especially when I have my ear pressed right against the cat’s ribs).

I hate wobbly fans worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Wobbly fans drive me nuts.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

janra: oh, loads… photographer, writer, astronaut, and any number of volunteer societies that do things I enjoy but wouldn’t want to do as a full-time job…

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

janra: I call several places home, depending on where I am at the time. I have even been known to call a hotel room “home” when I’m tired.

janra’s sites:

:: the paradox ::

:: write on! ::

Member Site of the Month: Mister Queue

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Mr. Q: Eeney Meeney Miney Moe Curly

TC: Tell us about your first website.

Mr. Q: It was absolutely horrid. One page with pictures and words back in 94/95. You just kept scrolling down for more delight!!! (Do not fear the sarcasm) Also, it probably contained < BLINK > tags.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

Mr. Q: I don’t know if it would be proper to post such a thing at TC, I might offend ana’s delicate sensibilities; let’s just say it included cattle prods.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

Mr. Q: I hand code the basics, but the site is run through Scoop, so it jumbles the whole mess together for me and makes a much nicer little bow for the gift that is my insanity.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

Mr. Q: Potate…. barring that, Yukon Gold.. just because it makes me feel like a miner 49er.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

Mr. Q: One that would do the dishes and give you sweet sweet lovin’ all night long… barring that, it should contain garlic and pepperoni.

TC: Name your poison.

Mr. Q: Okay… I name it Q, because if it’s my poison, I’d want no one else to die of it. Then I’d probably draw one of those adorable skull and crossbone sets on it. Also, if I could somehow rig it so that the bottle bubbled “suspiciously” and gave off smoke whenever you opened the cap that would be great thanks!

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

Mr. Q: An awful bit of awful… it needs major major editing… which I’m not so good at… thanks for bringing up a painful topic by the way.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

Mr. Q: Writing space? Is that in Einsteinian theory? Essential? Um… keyboard and rum I guess.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

Mr. Q: It was a masterpiece. It took me nearly all afternoon, but I finally got it down on paper for all the world to glimpse till the end of time. As I stood back, admiring my genius I noted the thick black crayon work that said “Airplane”… I think I was 4… maybe 3… I dunno… am I answering these correctly? There’s no guidelines here… it’s chaos man… utter chaos… where’s my hidden pencil?

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

Mr. Q: When they start doing so I’ll let you know. Some misguided fools have said they wanted to see more.. do you see them around any more? No! Connection? I think so. Now about that hidden pencil.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

Mr. Q: Pencil… hrm… or… hidden

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

Mr. Q: If I say the truth everyone who reads this will think me a horrible horrible person… let’s just say I have a very dark sense of humor… and a strange one at that.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

Mr. Q: Hidden pencils.

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

Mr. Q: Favorite: Saturnine, Least Favorite: blog

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

Mr. Q: Part: The Emotional:

Turn-ons: Walks on the beach, corndogs, clowns… (that’s not true except for the clowns bit)

Turn-offs: Rude people, bad breath, hidden pencils, bland people (that’s not true except for the bland people part)

Part: The Creative:

Turn-ons: Change, Driving, Liquor

Turn-offs: Stagnation, John Fucking Updike, Liquor

I have no spiritual turn-ons or offs as I haven’t the spirtual… rather long story I’m afraid and though it’s full of danger and hidden pencils, I shan’t be telling it today.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

Mr. Q: fuckmonkey… or fuckstick… actually anything that has fuck and another word attached amuses me… the same could be said for ass… as in asshat… or asspencil

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

Mr. Q: Love: Sighs and groans of a lover. Hate: Sounds of a baby doing ANYthing

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

Mr. Q: Hrm… I think it would be fun to be Inspector 37… he seems to like checking out my pants, so that’s gotta be a sweet gig… What not to do? Anything that involves me being waist-deep in mewling human spawn day in day out… I have nightmares that start like that… and dreams that end with me eating them.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Mr. Q: “Hi, I’m not a deity, as there isn’t one, just a democratically elected representative in our perfect democracy up here. I’d just like to welcome you in, elections for next week’s heaven president start Monday and you’re welcome to run. The library contains all the questions you didn’t think of asking but no answers and the bar is completely free.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

Mr. Q: I call home from a telephone usually. I’m not at a telephone but I could get to one if you liked.. why do you want me to call home so badly? Did my mom get in touch with you somehow? Is she in trouble? Is timmy down a well again?

Mr. Q: In conclusion, I’d just like to say a couple final words: hidden pencil.

Mister Queue’s site:

:: mister queue ::

Member Site of the Month: Meet Acire Sadeur a.k.a. Gargoyle

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

AS: Hmm…random, deep, angsty, funny, true. Describing all the pieces so far on the site. I’m funny, my friend is angsty, and anyone else who writes for us is deep.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

AS: I still have it! It’s a Gundam Wing website, with a fanfic and pictures on it. I host it with the same friend. It hasn’t been updated in months.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

AS: “hedgehogs” My friend (different friend) and I saw a picture of the cutest little baby hedgehog, and now we want one. They’re so adorable! I want to get one and name it Peter.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

AS: I started out hand-coding the site. That was when it was being hosted for free at Dreamwater.net. Then they deleted my site, so we bought a site, and I had to start from scratch. So I used Macromedia Dreamweaver, but it was trial version, so when the trial was up, I used Microsoft Front Page. By the way, I don’t recommend that program. It’s confusing, and doesn’t work right. It kept changing my text and wouldn’t change it back. Then I ::ahem:: got my hands on a…pirated copy of Dreamweaver ::looks around guiltily::, and I’ve been using that. Hey! I’m a starving college student! I can’t afford that program!

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

AS: Mashed, with the ranch stuff in it. And for some reason, I don’t like baked.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

AS: Pizza Hut cheese pizza. But not the kind the school serves. The last one I had tasted like paint. Which causes me to worry a bit.

TC: Name your poison.

AS: Uh, caffeine? Or do you mean, like arsenic? I don’t know, I hated chemistry. Something fast. That would put me to sleep first.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

AS: I started writing a story inspired by the lines “Cause the players tried to take the field but the marching band refuse to yield” from American Pie. I was sorta part of the marching band in high school, and I thought it would make a funny story.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

AS: A black gel pen. My notebook. And some form of music. All right, something to eat, too. Arrgh, that’s 4, though. Well, that’s what I’d have to have!

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

AS: A poem about fall. I managed to rhyme orange with storage. I wrote it in the 7th grade. My grandmother still has it. I hate it.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

AS: My grandmother. After she read the aforementioned poem. I wrote one other, started a story about a cat, lost the story, and put it down until about sophomore year.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

AS: ::blank:: Hey, I just got up for an 8 AM class, wrote a 3½ page essay in 1 hour and 45 minutes, and I haven’t eaten yet.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed to make you laugh?

AS: Friends! (the show, not MY friends, though they make me laugh, too)

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

AS: You want me to pick *one*? The internet. It helps me procrastinate. Long live procrastination!

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

AS: Ooh, I had one about 2 weeks ago, and I forgot it. But I noticed that, if you say a word for awhile, it starts to sound really weird. And I had a friend who didn’t like the word “gouge.” Squirmed every time we said it. I don’t think I have a favorite or a least favorite word. I like saying words that are sort of hard to pronounce, but I can pronounce them. My friend said I like the word “hi”, because I say it a lot.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

AS: Creatively, reading about writing. I just read Writer’s Digest last night, and I feel creative, even though I’m not. Spiritually? Kind of hard to describe. Emotionally? That one’s hard too. What turns me off… I can’t think of a specific thing. Bad fan fiction turns me on creatively. I can write better than that! Sometimes, reading a certain book does. Some literary fiction does.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

AS: I don’t curse very often, but I would think “shit.” At least, that’s what I said when someone backed into my brand-new, three week old car. And I said it again when she blamed it on me, insisted on calling the police, and I realized I forgot my license. Thank God my father is a cop!

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

AS: Hmm, I don’t like the sound of my roommate on the phone at two o’clock in the morning. Buzzing. Like, bee or fly buzzing. Or really loud noises. Sounds I like? Sometimes, I like the way people talk. It’s very pleasing to the ear. I like the sound of stand-up comedy, too. I like the sound of the old Gameboy Super Mario. The music is satisfying, in a way.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

AS: I currently don’t have a profession. But if I did, I would be a journalist. And I would attempt to…be an English teacher for juniors and seniors at my old high school. Maybe a web designer, too. What wouldn’t I do? Teach little kids. Or be a sanitation worker.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

AS: Hmm…Hi. And a big hug.

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

AS: I am currently homeless (not literally). My parents are in the process of a divorce and finding a new place to live, so I consider myself homeless. I think I really consider the Monterey Peninsula to be home, though.

Acire’s site:

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Member Site of the Month: Meet Trina Talma a.k.a. Banker

Conundrums to Guess

TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

TT: Eclectic, introverted, thoughtful, strange, blue. Some of those words describe me, some my site, and some both.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

TT: My first site was on AOL. It had my journal, some stories, an FAQ list for a cats newsgroup I belonged to, and bits of pieces of news I found interesting. Later it included a “pregnancy primer” I wrote during my first pregnancy.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

TT: According to my Googleometer (I just made that up) it was “The Young Riders.” I was looking for an episode guide for all the episodes I’m putting on DVD.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

TT: I use the template code. I know a tiny titch of HTML, but nowhere near enough to do a whole web page.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

TT: Lefse, with margarine and sugar. I also like raw-fried potatoes, but haven’t had them for a long time.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

TT: If it’s for comfort food, I like extra cheese and black olives. If I’m looking for more excitement, it’s pineapple and jalapenos.

TC: Name your poison.

TT: Margarita (which was also a cool song by the Traveling Wilburys, you should know).

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

TT: I often do some creative stuff in my journal/blog; I’d say at least 50% of the better entries are made up. I’m trying to get back into the groove of working on actual stories, but right now it’s a combination of not enough time and not enough inspiration. My muse has been on extended leave.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

TT: Paper, my Dr. Grip pen and the stereo. (I suppose I need a desk and chair too, but I could write sitting on the floor if I had to.)

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

TT: I have an actual diary page I wrote when I was 7 years old and on a train trip to New York. I also remember writing a short synopsis of Heidi when I was in first grade and drawing a picture to go with it.

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

TT: I had some very good teachers in high school and college who led me to believe I actually showed some talent. I plan to dedicate my first book to them. It was a good thing I had them, too, since no one in my family thought writing was a particularly clever career choice.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

TT: I’m working on “relaxed,” since I finally finished reading the ezine submissions this morning.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?

TT: The element of comedy I find most important is surprise. I hate the previews for sitcoms where they show the same line over and over; by the time I watch the actual show, it’s not funny anymore.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

TT: There are so many to choose from, but what springs to mind first is the PC. So much of my work and recreation revolves around mine; I can’t imagine living without it.

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

TT: Favorite: Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. It is so a word; ask Big Bird (it’s pronounced abkeedefgeejekelmanopkerstooviksez). It’s my favorite because you can make so many other words from it. Least favorite: I can’t think of a word I don’t like, but I really hate it when people misuse or invent words, and then say that since everybody else is doing it, it must be proper usage (like using “impact” as a verb).

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

TT: It’s hard to pinpoint, because usually it will be something very small that inspires me. A phrase, a picture. Often something in the natural world. What turns me off? People who say or imply that I’ve made wrong choices about how to live my life, just because they aren’t always conventional ones. I shouldn’t care about what they say — even if they are my “loving” family — but I do.

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

TT: Lately I’ve been visiting with a good old German one: “scheisse.” I like the way it rolls off the tongue, and the kids don’t know what it means.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

TT: I like nature sounds – birds, waves, etc., but also manmade music. I HATE the sound of my children screaming.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

TT: I used to think about doing something in the animal care field. But overall I’m pretty happy with my post as writer/mother/TC editor/SimCreatrix (bow before me, puny mortals!)

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

TT: “Come in.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

TT: I think of “home” as a relative term; the house I live in has never felt like a home to me despite the fact that I’ve lived here for eleven years. That’s mainly because I never chose to live here, and also because of some of the people I have to live with. I have an imaginary home in my mind (and my blog) where I live with a much different group of people, and actually have some say about what goes on there. One of the long-standing regrets of my life is that I can’t live there in reality.

Trina’s site:

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Member Site of the Month: Meet Ana George

Conundrums to Guess

Toasted Cheese: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.

Ana George: Saucy; Literate; Confused; Surreal; Erotica. Some for me, some for my site; some for both.

TC: Tell us about your first website.

AG: anawrites.com started out as a geocities thing, a place to park my racier writings so people I knew could have a look at them. I started keeping the online diary about the same time, I think. It’s a nice place to post rants & fictional scenes as well as the more usual diary-type stuff.

TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?

AG: involuntary celibacy.

TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?

AG: A then-unemployed webmaven of my acquaintance set up the template, photoshopped the image, etc. for a remarkably modest fee. She’s since gone on to actual remunerative work, or I might hire her for a makeover. But yeah, given the template, the rest is hand-coded.

TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?

AG: Hash browned.

TC: Describe the perfect pizza.

AG: Pineapple. Probably ham, though of course it’s not pizza without pepperoni.

TC: Name your poison.

AG: Hmm. Caffeine.

TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?

AG: I’m working on an idea that’s developing into a novel; I call it a “saga” so as to not prejudice the form it’ll end up in. It’s kind of a between-the-genres idea piece: fantasy/scifi, romance, and lit fic.

TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?

AG: Coffee. Paper with personality. A good pen. Yes, I actually do most of my writing with a pen on paper.

TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.

AG: Ack. I’ve been doing creative (i.e. fictional) writing only for a few years; the first piece of any consequence is still on my site. It’s pretty intense. (“More than just the two” under short stories.)

TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?

AG: A friend of many years who was kind enough to point me at some of the stuff she’d been writing. Different, and yet not so different, from the aforementioned hothouse piece of my own.

TC: Describe your current mood in one word.

AG: Amused.

TC: What one thing is guaranteed to make you laugh?

AG: Generosity.

TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?

AG: Refrigeration. Or central heating. It’s a toss-up.

TC: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?

AG: Fave, this week: “Ungruntled”. Unfave: probably “botulism” or “ebola”.

TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?

AG: Turn ons would include intriguing ideas; the scent of frankinsense; the taste of some wines; good coffee. Turn offs include noise (the fan noise in my computers grates on my nerves); music with words (it’s nice if I can pay attention, but not while trying to write).

TC: What is your favorite curse word?

AG: Shallzbat. It’s from Mork & Mindy.

TC: What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?

AG: love: good music, especially Renaissance polyphony. hate: fan noise; sirens.

TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?

AG: Dunno, really. Mine’s a pretty good fit. I’m not at all sure I’d like writing for a living, for instance; right now it’s just good fun. Selling stuff is something I’d hate every minute of.

TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

AG: The words greeting the prodigal son on his return: “This my son who was dead is alive; he was lost and now is found.”

TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?

AG: I grew up in Colorado; when I’m going to visit the phrase “going home” comes fairly naturally. Though I’ve lived away for many years; and Boston is “home” now.

Ana’s sites:

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