(Classic Peter) 5 Qs with J-Sto
Somehow in the transition from typepad.com to wordpress.com, I completely missed the button that lets you easily move your archives over. Apparently it was too big and obvious for me to notice it. Well done.
So, here is a re-post of my interview with Jessica Stover. I lost my original intro, but let’s assume it was glorious. I do recall saying “She’s a very talented writer and mediocre ninja.”
Please note that this was done before her awesome book was released to her adoring public. I actually have said book right here… No wait. Right HERE. Why don’t you?
So, without further ado, 5 Qs with JSto…
1) Can you tell us a little about your AOL history?
I could, but I’m going to pass. The story is too long and there is some bitterness involved. Overall, I learned a lot at a young age and wouldn’t trade the experience, but I’ve been done with all that for nearly a year now and am glad that it is over.
2) At what point did you set up your own website?
When I knew that I was leaving the show. I wanted to transfer some of my audience and I needed an outlet. Plus, I was used to being online and couldn’t imagine things any other way. I also wanted a place where I could do whatever I wanted instead of having to stick with Jessica’s Crush stuff and AOL’s limitations. The Gunn joined up and JSDC began.
3) What has been the most rewarding thing you’ve received from running your site?
The product and joys of teamwork: The Gunn, my family, my friends and the readers all work together to make JSDC work. Also, having a place where I can groundwork material and put up whatever I’m feeling in the moment. I love that the Internet is always changing and is not permanent like film or books. And, I’ve made friends via JSDC, which rolls us into your next question. (Zing! Transition.)
4) Do you have favourite blogs?
I don’t like blogs in general. I don’t even like the term “blog.” Incidentally, if you have linked me from your website or posted your website link as your URL in a comment, or have e-mailed me, then I have seen your site at least once.
That being said, the few sites I do like tend to be more personal in nature.
I enjoy the stuff that Wheaton, Nicky “KlingonSpeaker4Life” Nickerblog, Bonner, Magazine Man and Art Lad put up and I send people over to Paul Davidson when they need to laugh hard at life’s idiosyncrasies.
Of course, I know most of those guys now, but if not for websites (and the Star Wars Nerds), then I wouldn’t know them at all. And no, I don’t know MM’s identity. People ask me that off and on. I don’t. I don’t like to see behind the curtain. So, unless I have good reason to know, I prefer the wizard remain anonymous.
As for Wheaton, I’ve been reading his site ever since one of the tech guys at AOL found out that I liked ‘TNG’ and e-mailed me WWdN. It would be ridiculous for me to say that the way Wheaton has written hasn’t influenced me or that what he has accomplished hasn’t made my online endeavors easier. I wonder: If he hadn’t self-published a book, would I have thought to do so myself?
5) What kind of goodness can we expect from your book?
A haiku about Ensign Wesley Crusher, photos of your mom– Oh fine, I’m not saying those things aren’t in Aidmheil, but I suppose I should be serious for a moment and market the work properly.
You can find the table of contents here: http://www.jessicastover.com/book
But, it is rather vague in that you won’t recognize most of the titles listed. There are personal narrative/creative non-fiction chapters, a myth/fiction chapter, a chapter of selected journal entries (which may or may not mention Worf, Wesley, Ninjas and Pyrates) and there are poems and other prose. It’s a collection of works with a certain dichotomy that readers of my site will recognize. People are having a hard time grasping the idea of a collection. I think you’re supposed to wait a while to do something like that, but I’ve never been interested in norms that don’t fit my game. Anyway, I am keeping a list of who buys my book and who doesn’t so that I can decide who I want to be friends with in the future.