Friday, March 19, 2004

If I Answered a Friday Five, What Would I Say?

If you...

1. ...owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
Probably Italian. I love Italian food, and this town could really, really use a decent Italian restaurant.

2. ...owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell? Books, of course. I have occasionally entertained the daydream of owning a small used bookstore. Not that I have any interest in going into business. Quite the contrary, in fact. But the thought of being able to sit surrounded by books all day, with no boss to report to... Ah, it's a nice dream.

3. ...wrote a book, what genre would it be? You're all expecting me to say "science fiction," aren't you? And maybe that's the answer, but, I dunno. I know myself and my own strengths and weaknesses and abilities well enough to know that I am not a novelist by nature. Short stories, now, I could do, assuming I ever had any ideas that didn't involve characters and settings that would have the lawyers after me if I actually tried to put them in a book and publish them. Which, um, I don't.

I have occasionally thought that I could very easily write one of those books that combine an episode guide and a critical analysis of a TV show. (I'd be happy to tackle either Farscape or Blake's 7 at the moment.) I particularly tend to think that when I've been reading something like, say John Muir's A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I could have done a better job on the subject than that. So, uh, you know, if anybody wants to throw some cash my way for such a project, I'm open to offers. Hell, I'd write it for free and post it on the internet, except that I have no idea where I'd find the time.

4. ...ran a school, what would you teach? Umm... How to analyze TV shows?

5. ...recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it? None. I don't sing, and I don't play any instruments. Maybe it would be me reading an audiobook. I could probably do that. (Again, anyone who wants to pay me to do so is more than welcome to inquire.)

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