Author Sarah Seeley 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. Hers is Curio Cay: The future of humanity rests in the hands of three time-traveling scientists battling biomechanical creatures in the Jurassic past.
I asked her the questions of the famous Pivot Questionnaire. Here are her answers:
“Remember.” Most people are a little selective about this verb. Myself included.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Peculiar observations, little discoveries about everyday life, learning something new about the world, doing something useful or helpful. Anything that puts my curiosity into motion and makes me wonder about the nature of things, myself, or other people.
4. What turns you off?
Noise. Specifically contentious noise, whether inside my head or out.
5. What is your favorite curse word?
“I swear to Science!” (Credit to my very creative boss who came up with this phrase at work). You know what I love about this? You can take the name of Science in vain, and Science doesn’t care.
6. What sound or noise do you love?
Crickets chirping outside my window at night.
7. What sound or noise do you hate?
When someone honks their horn while I’m driving.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to be a roller coaster engineer/theme park ride engineer.
I would also like to be a Pterodactyl. Flying around all day, snapping up fish, sounds like a great occupation.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
I would not like to be a window washer. Or a construction worker. Anything that has to do with performing meticulous tasks at perilous heights would be unpleasantly challenging for me (due to my fear of said heights).
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Be at peace. All is made whole.”