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TMI Tuesday by moult

There's a nice phrase in the latest edition of the book magazine I take, that an author 'carried discretion far beyond the point of impenetrability'. I might not be that bad, but I'm diffident enough these days. And yet, I feel the urge to do this meme whenever I see it.

So here goes. Anything you want to know about me, ask away. Candour is not my strong suit but I'll do my best. (Please bear in mind though that, owing to time differences and my sleep schedule, I might not get around to your question until tomorrow.)

TMI Tuesday


11 February 2014 at 12:09:02 MST

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    Curious to know what you do besides drawing for us (job)?

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      I work as a web developer; front-end stuff (HTML, CSS, Javascript) for an online advertising business. Absorbing, methodical work with a bit of scope for creativity. I like it.

      It was a lucky break that I ended up doing it, too. I was drifting around rather cluelessly as a temp until someone said, 'we've got an opening in the web team'. Thankfully I had enough sense to say, 'oh yes, yes please'.

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    what's your favorite way to eat couscous?

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      With halloumi cheese, red peppers and cherry tomatoes, all done under the grill, plus a bit of sweet chilli sauce. (Firm tofu with plenty of salt could probably be substituted for the halloumi.)

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    How did you become interested in Furries?

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      I think I'm like a lot of furries in that I always was interested: I liked animals in stories as a child (Fantastic Mr Fox was a favourite for years), and only had to discover that you could like them as an adult too to become a furry proper.

      If I remember rightly, it was when I stumbled across Ozy & Millie that I first realised 'sophisticated animal comics exist!', and when I explored a little more and found Gene Catlow, Newshounds and others that I thought 'sophisticated animal comics have an audience!' Very exciting no longer to be an oddball drawing esoteric things for no-one. I started my own webcomic and it went from there.

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        Oh my I was a big fan of Ozzy and Millie in high school. Just saw Dana Simpson at FC this year and commissioned her for a badge out of (I'm only slightly shamed to admit) sheer nostalgia.

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        Ooh, O&M was also my entry into adult furryhood.

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    Also, who are your favorite writers or poets?

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      This is bound to omit a few (I'm having to look at my bookshelf to remember), but

      • Alexander Pope
      • Samuel Johnson (The Rambler is a neglected classic)
      • Emily Dickinson
      • Virginia Woolf
      • John Cheever
      • Vladimir Nabokov
      • Peter Carey

      (I'm the end product of English taught the English way, so I have to struggle not to say 'Shakespeare' and 'Dickens' by reflex. Yes - but no, they ain't all that.)

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        You left out Whitman and Blake! (I'm ashamed to admit I had to look up Peter Carey, but I'm now anxious to pick up one of his Booker prize winners.)

        On Dickens, I could never get into 19th century/Victorian literature (thought I can still appreciate a Colin Firth Mr. Darcy). On Shakespeare, I understand the push-back but am always swept back into so-called "hero worship" by a quick glance at a list of words and phrases coined. Dramatic and narrative virtues aside, it's hard to argue with the brilliance and simplicity of "eyeball" or "lonely".

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          Bother, mis-replied. See below...

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    Whitman: never read. I should remedy that. Blake ought to matter more to me, as an innovator of visual-textual art; some of his verse is very stark and pithy, but he doesn't connect somehow.

    Dickens is great when he's angry or funny, but terrible at sentimentality and women; and like many Victorians his novels are such baggy monsters they're hard to approach.

    We do owe a debt to Shakespeare. The language was malleable back then, but he really did bend and stretch it. But it's an odd consequence of his later fame that most of his coinages made it into usage. There are still words in the OED where his is the one known usage! Wouldn't have happened with Massinger.

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    Why are you posting questions to your own journal via a second account, when it's not even Tuesday?

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      Quiet, you.