1. You're writing a personal advert for yourself. What does it say?
I'm really having trouble with this because it's something I'd absolutely never do - mostly because I hate the whole idea, but at least partly because they're about selling yourself and I couldn't write anything complimentary about myself because that would be boasting and thus Wrong. ~shrug~ Sorry - no can do. :)
2. Which piece of music has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Oh, heck. I don't think it's possible to choose just one. But I will, and it's 'Save A Prayer' by Duran Duran. It's the first Duran song I remember hearing, and every now and again I'll listen to it and be completely overwhelmed - moved to tears - by how beautiful it is. I love my band.
Oh, no, I can't choose just one. There's 'We Could Leave Right Now' by the Oysterband, which has broken my heart a hundred thousand times, or 'Eloise' by The Damned which was the first song I danced to, and 'Astradyne' by Ultravox which is *me* only made of stars, and 'Beloved' by VNV Nation which I don't know how I lived this long without hearing, and 'Cuts You Up' by Peter Murphy and 'Flames' by V.A.S.T. and everything by Tori Amos and, and, and, oh, everything.
3. Where do you see yourself in a year's time?
Probably sat here - or in college, singing, I suppose. I'm very happy for things to stay mostly the way they are. I wish I could have a pet goth boy as well, but alas, it's probably not to be. Never mind. :)
4. Using a scale where 0 = straight and 6 = gay, how gay are you? Has this always been the case? If not, when/why did it change?
2 or 3, I suppose, though it's difficult to say as I tend to fall for women (but not fancy many of them) and fancy men (but not fall for many of them, relatively speaking, honest, these days, oh ok then, but you know what I mean.) I thought I was actually gay for a while back when I was 13 and didn't realise bisexuality was a concept (it's hard to remember about boys when you're at an all girls' school, and somehow celebrities don't count) so back then I guess I was at 5 or 6, and certainly before the age of 12 I'd never consciously been attracted to a woman. I don't know why I suddenly started - it was someone I'd known for years - and there was a while where I tried to make it go away, but mostly it's stayed about the same since I was 15 or so.
5. Who is your favourite of the Mr Men, and why?
Stuck again, I'm afraid - I hardly know anything about any of the Mr Men. I only know that I really don't like Mr Tickle. :)
1. The door opens, it is dark outside; the grass is covered in a light frost that crunches under your feet and above you can see the stars twinkling gently in the inky blackness, the moon is a crisp crescent. What is the first thing that comes into your mind?
The impulse to stand and breathe in the frost. I love nights like that - I'd probably even forget to shut the door immediately, just stand there looking up at the sky and breathing. It's possible I'd look up at one of the stars and think "The same star is shining on [name]; we're not so far apart after all" but that would depend on what I'd been doing recently and would probably not be strictly my first thought.
2. Who would be your ultimate guest list for 'Never mind the buzzcocks'?
Well, me, obviously. Me as captain of one team, and Phill Jupitus and Bill Bailey as joint captains of the other. On my team, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. On theirs, Rick Wakeman and Midge Ure. Probably.
3. You are transformed into an item of lounge furniture, describe what you would prefer to look like.
Darling. A chaise longue. Of course. Probably mahogany, certainly upholstered in deep black velvet with silver trim.
4. Giant weasels from the Epsilon Aurigae system invade earth after having finally been driven mad by one too many episodes of 'pop stars', they round up all the musical artists of the world and line them up against the wall. You are randomly selected to decide which three get turned into weasel bait. Who do you choose?
I'm assuming bands are counted as one artist, and thus : Westlife (it probably still won't bastard stop them being popular), Will Young (because nobody should be that anodyne and alive) and Bob Dylan if I can retroactively get rid of everything he's ever made as well. Rejected : Bob Marley, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Bob Marley, and Bob Marley, on the grounds that at least they're dead already.
5. Whose fault it it?
Blame Trent. I blame my parents. It's not my fault. George W Bush's. Saddam's. The Nazis'. The squirrels! The squirrels did it all.
1. What age would you like to be? Why?
As things stand, I'm happy with the age I am. If I could go back and start all over again, I'd want to be of an age where I could have gone to see all my favourite bands when they were actually, like, touring and stuff...and could have bought Duran Duran bedsheets and Ultravox pencil cases and the like. But as things stand, it's quite good to be so young - although the way people respond to it is less good. But if I started wanting to be 21 just so other people would feel more comfortable around me, that would be much more worrying than my just being 19 and occasionally falling flat on my face. :)
2. Hair - straight or curly?
On other people, I assume? Erm...I don't really mind. I suppose it might look like I have a thing for straight hair, but really it's just that I have a thing for *long* hair - which often means goths and geeks, and a lot of them seem to have straight hair. But there are obvious and gorgeous exceptions, so I can't claim it matters to me one way or the other.
3. Do you know where all your limits lie? Do they change much?
I'm not sure anyone can know where *all* their limits lie, and I certainly wouldn't claim to. I used to think I didn't have any mental limits, until one day someone found one and I suddenly realised there was a whole collection of things I hadn't been including precisely because they were outside what I considered 'acceptable' - I'd somehow come to the conclusion that they 'didn't count', whereas of course they were precisely what did count. So now I'm much more aware of that kind of thing, but a sight more wary as well.
Physically I have so many limits I wouldn't know where to begin counting them, so I just notice the ones that get stretched or broken as it happens and try not to think about the others. They change all the time - my mental limits much less so, since I started with far fewer. And sometimes they come back, if someone does something or something happens that screws me up again. It's all always changing. I'd be worried if it wasn't.
4. Which gets deeper into your brain, emotionally speaking, the music or the lyrics?
The music. Which is not to say I don't absolutely adore some songs for their lyrics - I do - but although I can think of many songs which I like because of the music even though they have awful lyrics, and several where I love the music and lyrics equally, I can't think of anything I love for the lyrics even though the music does nothing for me. In those cases I'd much rather read the lyrics as poetry and not have the music interfering.
5. Do you think you'll leave your livejournal open permanently or do you think there'll come a time when you need to close it off or lock it down?
I can't really think of any reason why I might need to do that, but then, these are early days. I love having an LJ and it seems unlikely that I'd ever want to hide several years of who I was, but you never know. (If I were to, I'm fairly sure it wouldn't be these years anyway...) I'm a hoarder, though, so I'll certainly never delete it.
I've done questions for most of the people who asked me for them - anyone else want questions, or anyone care to ask me? Go on, I'll bounce if you do...