Author John M. Olsen Answers the Pivot Questionnaire

John M. Olsen     Author John M. Olsen and I both have stories in the Steampunk anthology Steel & Bone (Xchyler Publishing, 2015). Mine is Sindisiwe: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale. His is Revolutionary: A dirigible captain goes down with his ship, and wakes to find himself a captive of a sky-dwelling civilization.
     I asked him the questions of the famous Pivot Questionnaire. Here are his answers:
     1. What is your favorite word? I don’t have a single outstanding favorite, but I will go with veritable, as in a veritable cornucopia of (something).
     2. What is your least favorite word? Literally. Tracy Hickman has a shirt that says “Misuse of ‘literally’ makes me figuratively insane.”
     3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Truth, knowledge, and the application thereof. Learning about principles, which are always bottomless pools of potential.
     4. What turns you off? I get annoyed at those who purposely remain ignorant when they’re given the opportunity to learn. Also poor drivers. I’m waiting for the day when I get rear ended because the guy behind me assumed I would run a stop sign.
     5. What is your favorite curse word? That’s a hard one. There are probably less than ten people who have ever heard me curse, even counting most of the stand-in watered-down words.
     6. What sound or noise do you love? Crickets in the night. If you asked my wife, she would say a purring cat, but I’m sort of allergic to them despite owning one.
     7. What sound or noise do you hate? Curse words. 🙂
     8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I started college as a physics major, and have always been fascinated with astronomy. I also enjoy creating things, whether digital or physical. I do woodworking as a hobby, but would avoid it as a profession.
     9. What profession would you not like to do? I really can’t see myself doing anything out of the high tech industry or related to computers as a profession. To take that on an unusual and non-intuitive leap, let’s say professional gambler.
     10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? So, you remember how you didn’t think you made much of a difference? Let me introduce you to some people.


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