TC and I both have stories in “The Toll of Another Bell“, a fantasy anthology from Xchyler Publishing (2015). My story is “The Year of No Foals“. His is “60 Seconds to Midnight”: In a world where the human conscience can travel, Ylana must escape Daimons to find her grandfather.
1. What is your favorite word?
Cognisant (or cognizant for you Americans who feel the need to put z in everything). It just rolls off the tongue nicely and I don’t get to use it in conversation anywhere near as much as I’d like to.
2. What is your least favorite word?
Overdue. I really don’t like reading anything which involves that word, particularly in the form of official correspondence.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Late nights when everyone else in the house is asleep and I can put headphones on and blast music into my skull. I always get my creative juices flowing deep into the night.
4. What turns you off?
People who aren’t interested in fixing problems and are just content to keep whining about it. Put up or shut up people.
5. What is your favorite curse word?
there are so many good ones to choose from, but an Australian I have a deeply ingrained, patriotic connection to the F word. On a good day (or when I’ve kicked my toe) I can make Gordon Ramsay look like a choir boy. It can be such a versatile word though and suits almost any occasion.
6. What sound or noise do you love?
The word “daddy” being shouted by my kids who are excited when I get home from work. That and the sound of rain on the roof whilst laying in bed.
7. What sound or noise do you hate?
The word “daddy” being shouted by my kids who are whinging about their blankets at 3 in the morning. That and plastic masking tape being rolled out – it sets my teeth on edge.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I know virtually nothing about the realities of the industry, but I’ve always been attracted to film making and special effects. I’d love to get involved with something like Weta Workshop or ILM.
Oh – and becoming a Mythbuster. Let’s face it, those guys have the best job on the planet.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Day care assistant. I’ve walked into my kid’s daycare on a rainy day when it’s filled to bursting with screaming, hyperactive four year olds – I swear I crossed into the seventh circle of hell on that day. They really don’t pay those guys enough.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Thank you for participating in our little experiment called existence and we are sorry to see your contracted time on earth has come to an end. We apologise for any technical difficulties you may have encountered throughout your time, and our service technicians would be keen to hear any suggestions you may have for our future scheduled system upgrades.
As an expression of gratitude for your ongoing participation please accept this free pass to our full service buffet. I personally recommend the deep-fried peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, you’ll find them on the left behind Elvis.
Also, in answer to your question, you were right in assuming that there was no there was no clear functional purpose for the evolutionary design of the platypus. It was intended as a joke, I’m surprised more people didn’t get that.