Meet DzyMsLizzy | A Self-Interview
Ho-ho! Availiasvision has issued a challenge to us Hubbers to interview ourselves. I have decided to respond to this challenge, so grab a seat, and hold on tight!
Below are the questions she has suggested be answered.
However, I'll throw in an added feature. I'm sure many are curious about my screen name. Well, at one point, I had to fit the name into a character-delimited field, so I had to take out all the spaces and vowels. It started out fully spelled out, as Dizzy Miss Lizzy, and was a stage name I chose for use with the comedy improvisation group, "Asylum," I was with for a few years.
Q. In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?
A. I think, Sally Field. She’s of a comparable age, and a very versatile actress, and I have many, many interests and have dabbled in a lot of different things.
Q. What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?
A. Hmmmm. This is a tough one. I’m going to say charisma. I’ve often found that no matter how I speak up in groups, no one hears or listens to my idea; I don’t seem to have that attention-commanding presence.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional character ever?
(I have to choose only one??? Not possible, sorry!)
A. That’s a tossup between a few of the characters from the various Star Trek incarnations, and Hank Morgan, the protagonist in the story, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
Q. If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?
A, Oh, that’s easy. It would be Lillian Jackson Braun, my favorite fiction writer of all time, who wrote a delightful series of mysteries, all beginning with “The Cat Who …”
Why? Because she was an "ordinary person" for many years, and began her writing career later in life.
Q. What inspires you?
A. A number of things: Classical music; peace and quiet; a summer’s day in the woods by a waterfall
Q. When did you first realize you were a writer?
A. That goes way, way back into my childhood. As a kid, I was painfully shy, and even as a young adult, it was uncomfortable for me to get up and speak in front of people. I found it much easier to express myself on paper.
And now, a Bonus!
The challenge hub included a clip from “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” in which various actors are interviewed, and all asked this same series of questions. I’ve decided to include them in my own challenge answer.
1. What is your favorite word?
Answer: Tough one, because I like a lot of words that are just fun to say, regardless of their meaning. I might have to choose something silly and arcane, such as “melcryptovestimentaphilia,” found in my hub, "Fun With Ridiculous Words."
2. What is your least favorite word?
- Answer: Snake. These creatures make me shudder and squirm; I hate even typing the word.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
- Answer: A spellbinding movie or play; a summer day in the woods; a gathering full of fun and games.
4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Answer: War and violence. Bigotry and hatred. Bad news; being ill; Things going wrong.
5. What sound or noise do you love?
Answer: The purring of a cat, or of multiple cats. Babbling brooks and waterfalls.
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Answer: Fingernails on a chalkboard! Ugh! I cringe thinking of it.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
Answer: Most often used are ‘dammit,’ or ‘sonofabi**,’ though I’ve been known to drop a very creative variety of “F-bombs” in certain circumstances.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Answer: Actress and Carpentry.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Answer: EMT. I admire the folks who can do this, but I don’t think I have the stomach for some of the grisly scenes they must encounter.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Answer: Well, as an atheist, I don’t believe in heaven, but if I did come face-to-face with some deity, I don’t think I’d give them the chance to speak first. I’d say, “Excuse me, but you’ve got some explaining to do!”
And there you have it. Sassy, irreverent, fun-loving, silly: “Me” in a nutshell. And as the saying goes, “Anything that can be put into a nutshell probably belongs there." Yep. I’m a nut!
To read the original challenge, read Availiasvision’s Hub.