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.

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