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• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.
These questions are from a_d_medievalist
1. Why beardies?
I first heard about them from a woman I shared a flat with in Toronto. She was a dog lover, and had had a Kerry Blue terrier (called Torquil) growing up, but said she had always fancied bearded collies. I looked them up, and was attracted by the look, and then, when I was looking for a new dog and researching breeds, their personalities ("joyous" is in the breed standard) appealed to me, too. Certainly I don't think I've ever had a _nicer_ dog, though they can be difficult (they are that deadly combination of very bright, independent, easily bored and stubborn). They are wonderful dogs, though, worth all the high maintenance.
2. Have you always lived where you are now?
No. I lived in England until I was seven, and have also spent a summer in Ottawa, two years in Toronto (grad school, the first time round), and two years in China. But otherwise, yes ;-)
3. Detective series? Which ones?
I'm not a huge mystery fan, but yes, there are a few series that I've really enjoyed. First and foremost, Dorothy L. Sayers. I read ALL of those when I was in my twenties, and have reread them several times with great pleasure. My mum introduced me to Reginald Hill, and I've consistently enjoyed his characters and the literary quality of his writing (he studied English at Oxford, I think, and it shows). I love Ian Rankin's Rebus novels (surprisingly read on the recommendation of a colleague at work with whom I very seldom agree) - they are dark and gritty and realistic, and really not my kind of book at all, but I always enjoy them. Rebus is such a great character. I have also liked some of Elizabeth George, although her books are not always equally good. I like the ones that feature Barbara Havers more than the impossibly good looking noble hero whose name escapes me.
4. If you could retire tomorrow, would you? What would you do?
In a hearbeat, if I could do so and still afford to travel and buy books and organic food and good gin. I mean, I love my job, but I have so many other interests that I'd love to have the time to indulge. I'd write more, and I'd take photographs every day and have an absolutely beautiful garden, and bake bread and possibly take up knitting.
5. Are you coming to the Zoo this year so we can meet up?
I doubt it, sadly. I'm thinking vaguely about going to Sirens, in Colorado, in October, and that will take some of my PD budget for next year. It's so bloody expensive to go to the Zoo, and the conference itself doesn't have the same level of interest for me as it no doubt has for you and other d-m's. I think it's more on the cards that we'll be in England again at the same time before too much time goes by.