Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.
Today's I Need Friends Friday is particularly cool because she is ushering in the much-anticipated Return of INFF!!! Angie can be found on the web at her blog, "Notes from the Writing Chair" and over at the online science fiction and fantasy magazine, "MindFlights."
SME: Welcome to INFF!
Angie: Thanks for having me. I'm so excited to be here.
SME: You are the guest who is heralding in the return of I Need Friends Friday.
Angie: Wow. I'm honored. And I'm so glad that I Need Friends Friday is returning!
SME: So am I. I have missed making new friends.
Angie: I'm glad to make friends with you!
SME: So, Angie, what is your absolute favorite type of donut?
Angie: Fresh, hot glazed. I used to work as a donut fryer. There's nothing like a glazed donut fresh from the fryer.
SME: Mmmm. Glazed. I sincerely hope there are glazed donuts in heaven.
Angie: Oh, I'm sure there will be. How would it be heaven without?
SME: This is true. My vision of heaven includes a great many delicious things to eat. I guess we all know how I intend to spend eternity.
Angie: Yeah, me too. (Ice cream!)
SME: So when did you first become interested in writing?
Angie: I wrote a few stories when I was in Jr. High, but I didn't think it was something that I could really do seriously. It was when I was 22 that I first decided to give writing a real try. My husband told Orson Scott Card that I wanted to be a writer. After that, how could I not?
SME: The pressure was kind of on at that point, eh?
Angie: Yep. So, I started writing some sci-fi short stories and submitting them. It took nine years before my first story was published.
SME: I've always said that persistence is the most important character trait a writer can have.
Angie: I totally agree with that! Persistence is the key. One of my favorite quotes comes from the Red Baron: "Success flourishes only in perseverance--ceaseless, restless perseverance." It's my motto.
SME: Amen, sistah!
Now for the most important question here at INFF: What's your favorite continent?
Angie: Hmmmm. I think I'll say North America, since it's the only continent I've ever been on. I'm sure the rest of them are nice too.
SME: A very diplomatic answer. And that is one more vote for North America.
Angie: Long live North America!
SME: We could not have "The Return of INFF" without playing a game.
Angie: That sounds fun!
SME: This game is entitled "How Did THAT Make a Comeback?" I am going to ask you three questions about a phenomenon whose possible comeback would probably not be met with universal joy: The Mullet.
Angie: The Mullet. Okay.
SME: Pick the right answer from the choices I give you and you will be crowned INFF Champion!!
Angie: I'm ready.
SME: Okay. 1.) A well-known description of a mullet comes from the 2001 film Joe Dirt and goes something like this:
a-Business in the front, party in the back.
b-Shorong: Short & Long at the same time.
c-The only truly non-gender haircut on the planet.
Angie: I've never seen Joe Dirt, but I have seen mullets. I'll guess a
SME: I have also not seen the movie. But the answer is, in fact, A. *ding, ding ding*
SME: 2) The Oxford English Dictionary gives whom the credit for coming up with the word "mullet" to describe this particular hairstyle?
a-Billy Ray Cyrus
b-a small-town barber in northern mississipi named Jack Mullet
c-The Beastie Boys
Angie: That's hard. I'll guess C
SME: Whoa!!!! You know your mullet trivia. I'm not sure if that makes me respect you more or less. The answer was the Beastie Boys, they first used the word as a lyric in one of their songs back in the '90s.
You, my friend, are on a roll. Last question.
3) The future of the mullet began to look uncertain in July of this year when...
a-Iran outlawed mullets
b-The US's largest wig manufacturer discontinued their line of mullet wigs
c-FIFA officials announced their intention to ban mullets from all future World Cup games after complaints from attendees who found them every bit as unnerving as the buzzing horns in South Africa
Angie: Um, B?
SME: Oooh. So close. The answer was A. Iran outlawed mullets out of concern about Western influence in their country. In this instance, I can understand their worry.
Angie: Yes, me too. Well 2 out 3 isn't bad, right?
SME: Actually, with two correct answers, you are the winner and are officially the INFF Champion! *cue fireworks*
SME: That brings us to the portion of the interview where we take a stroll down to the portrait gallery!
*Sarah draws a portrait, just like old times*
Angie: Looks just like me! And I'm wearing flip-flops. Awesome.
SME: It is summer. Flip-flops must be worn. This should be law.
Angie: True. I also look thin which is nice!
SME: I draw what I see.
SME: I always wanted green eyes, so I'm just a tad jealous.
Angie: I like it. The rest of my family has blue.
SME: Thus you are the cool one.
SME: Now for the final question of the interview: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.
Angie: 1. A skinny picture of me.
2. Reminiscing about glazed donuts. Mmmm
3. I got to quote the Red Baron.
4. I learned something new about mullets.
5. I got to usher in the return of INFF!
SME: Yes, this is a very happy day. Not so much because of the mullets. Mostly because INFF is back.
Angie: Definitely a happy day for us INFF fans.
SME: Well, thank you so much for being my INFF friend and for helping to make Friday the best day of the week once more.
Angie: Thanks for having me, Sarah. It was fun!
SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!
If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!
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