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.

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