COG: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a ballet dancer.


COG: How did you become you instead?

I discovered I could not dance.


COG: Fave lesser-known hero (personal or fictional)?

Anna Netrebko (After wanting to be a ballet dancer, I wanted to be an opera singer.)


COG: What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your work; the least?

Most enjoyable: Writing the next sentence – always such a surprise. Least enjoyable: Sitting sitting sitting.


COG: If you were a hybrid, what would your two halves be?

I would be half eagle, half sand piper


COG: Describe a teacher, student or colleague you hated (or hate, you big meanie); why?

I once had a colleague who lied and smiled, lied and smiled, but I could not tell you which I hated more: the lies or the smiles.


COG: In desktop publishing, a character tag is embedded code defining the style of a word or phrase. But in the literary lexicon, “character tags” refer to fictional characters’ habits, catch phrases or other distinguishing marks: Yoda’s syntax. Hello Kitty’s bow. Clint Eastwood’s rugged squint. What’s your character tag?

Molly’s yes.


COG: What’s the last thing that made you laugh, cry or cuss?

My daughter (all three, in succession, several times).


COG: Describe your ideal road trip.

I would like to do the London-Mongol car rally, only in a reasonable vehicle and with a car mechanic in the back seat.


COG:  What problem, large or small, are you hell-bent on solving?

What to write next, and what after that.

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