Feb. 22nd, 2012

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[personal profile] eurydicebound and I went to Kentucky over the weekend, hit a couple of wineries, wandered around Transylvania University and took pictures for my new Dresden game, and generally had fun. We didn't count points while there, which I suspect I may come to regret, but what're you gonna do.

Pictures will come later (maybe; they're just of Transie because I forgot to take my camera with me when we went other places), but we're back, I'm at work, time to go do speech!

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I got this from [personal profile] nagaina. It's your basic leave a comment and I'll tell you shit I want you to blog about, but honestly I don't promise I will because I'm lazy like that. But hell, if you want interview questions, comment and I'll see what I can do. At least I'll give you one question.

1. Your favorite published project to date?

Ooh. Rokea has a spot in my heart because it was my first solo project. Keys to the Supernal Tarot, too, was one I enjoyed both because it was mine and because I got to write about Tarot in Awakening, which was fun. The Promethean books, Magnum Opus in particular, were awesome because they were so much in line with my own brand of humanism.

But I gotta go with Innocents. That was a real labor of love for me, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

2. What do you like most about being a teacher?

The students, of course. I like being able to help people communicate. That's not something you see happen on any given day, but every once in a while, you notice that a kid is starting to get it. And then there's ongoing stuff like being a safe place for the kids that need it, which is awesome.

3. What do you dislike most about being a teacher?

It'd be tempting to say that the worst part is what my kids go through, and having to do things like go to CPS sit-downs with abusive parents and not, like, strangle them. But honestly, that shit happens everywhere and I'm just glad I can help when I can. No, I think what I hate about this job is the bureaucracy. It's having a bunch of idiots in Columbus who have never seen a classroom and have no idea what I really do set the rules for how I do my job. That's frustrating, but that's management.

4. What made you decide to embrace atheism?

Oddly phrased question, this. :) Atheism isn't a belief system. Sorry, but it isn't. I have a belief system, and it's probably best described as humanism. I probably always had bits of humanist in my philosophy and was trying to make them fit with a strong desire for magic to be real and for there to be some kind of divine order to the world. Because wouldn't that be cool?

But there isn't. And the more I learn about people and the way our brains work, the less sense that really makes. I didn't so much embrace atheism as stop kidding myself - there's no magic, no gods, no divinity and no purpose. And that's OK. That doesn't make life not worth living, that means we, as people, decide what life is worth. I choose to see life and precious and people as awesome and worthwhile. And it saddens me when they prove me wrong, but at least when that happens I don't have to make excuses for why, if there is a divine order, it includes such horrible things.

5. GenCon or Origins?

Oh, y'know. Either's good. :) I think I like Origins more, just because it's closer and it's all in one building. I like GenCon, but walking around Indy in August kind of sucks. Also it's much more expensive.

6. Best game you've ever run?

Ooh. Hard to say. I gotta say, though, my current Changeling game is pretty amazing. We're in the last story, and I'm hoping it goes a nice long time and provides some good closure and drama to the characters, 'cause they deserve it.

7. Favorite movie?

Not even remotely possible to say. In terms of rewatch value, emotional impact and just value as a movie, it might be Shawshank Redemption, but in terms of sheer quotability and rewatch value, Super Troopers is up there. You really need criteria to judge something like that.


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