1. Is it possible to train kittens, while they are kittens, the difference between pants and flesh?
Sad to say, I have not been able to train them to know the difference between clothing and flesh, yet. But, I keep trying. Mostly, kittens are little furry Ids on claws and cuteness. If they want, they climb/jump for it regardless of fabric or flesh.
2. Who is your Wicked Witch of the West?
I think this question is: Who is the personification of my Nightmare or Enemy?
If you mean my personal Nightmare, I would rather not name names out of politeness sake. But, it is a person who has ample opportunity to write but spends much of their time whining about being afraid to write and being afraid of success. It is a person who has some talent but it needs a LOT of honing and practice. But, this person does not realized that they really are not as good at writing as they believe they are. My nightmare is that I could possibly become like this person: Someone with the opportunity but not the will nor skill needed. [Edit: This person does not have me on their friends list. I won't say whether or not this person even has an LJ. If they read this LJ, they do it in stealth mode. If you have me on your friends list, stop worrying, it's not you. I didn't mean to upset so many people. Man, we writers are quite the neurotic lot, aren't we. *smile*]
If you mean my personal Enemy, I cannot point to any particular person who personifies this archetype. The short answer is that it is the criticizer in my own head. The part of me who believes nothing I do will ever be good enough.
3. How would you describe your interactions with typical expectations of gender roles in the U.S. as opposed to Europe? Failing a lack of knowledge of European gender roles could you compare them to your favorite fantasy setting?
Coming from a female perspective, it has been a long time since I have been in Europe. But, over all, I am beginning to think that European women have the best of both worlds. They have the modern opportunity to go out and work as the men do and they are making their names in the top corporate ranks. At the same time, they have the opportunity to continue to enjoy their more traditionally feminine and domestic side, if they so choose, to by remaining at home to care for house, husband and children.
More and more in the United States, I see women striped of their rightful dignity if they "stay at home." For some, the term "housewife" has become a derogatory term and that is incredibly sad to me. People appear to be defined by their "job" - job defined solely has work for another person or a company (even if owned by them). Not "working" is looked down upon with contempt despite the fact that most housewives and househusbands work just as many, or more, hours than the average 9 to 5 job.
I have been in the workforce for more than half of my life. I would like to shift a more domestic lifestyle at some point. I want to be a housewife. I want to take care of the house and husband. But, I honestly do not know if that would ever happen due to the pressure put on ALL people (male and female) in the US to "have a normal job."
4. Elizabeth Haydon, a little sentimental, but overall a pretty good book, at least the first two. Have you read her work, and if so, what did you think?
I'm sorry. I haven't read her work that I recall.
5. What is you favorite music type/band/composer?
My favorite type of music is the kind that I like to call "Epic." It has a big feel to it and the possibility of many untold stories. Some examples are:
- Rock: Evanescence, Rhapsody, Blackmore's Night
- Classic: Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, the piece called Bolero