aurora-boreali sent me 11 questions to answer in the tag game. Initially I wasn’t keen, but I did like some of the questions, so I’ve decided to answer them. I can’t imagine that anyone will be in the least interested, but for what they’re worth:
1. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Been there, done that. The name on my passport, driving licence, credit cards etc isn’t the name on my birth certificate. I always hated my birth name – both the first name and surname – and when I read the name ‘Callie’ in a book at the age of 11, it instantly felt right and so I adopted it, but only in my mind. The surname ‘Sullivan’ came to me when I was 15, for reasons far too complicated to detail here, but it wasn’t until I was 35 that I changed my name legally.
If I was forced to change it again – well, I think that Ariane DeVere is quite a nice name!
2. Can you root for an antihero, and if you can, who is your favorite? Feel free to pick from literature, film, whatever.
I can’t think of anyone specific, but a well-written character can sometimes provoke sympathy in me. I don’t know about actually rooting for them – I’m currently struggling with the character of Lester in “Fargo” because he’s quite a nasty git but he’s Martin fucking Freeman and so I can’t help but want to like him!
3. What gets you up in the morning? Birds singing, light in your eyes, an alarm, or something else?
The sodding alarm clock. I work because I have to, not because I want to, so getting up is always a chore!
4. I assume everyone watches Sherlock. What is one thing you hope to see in Season 4?
I think it’s been made fairly clear in season 3 that Sherlock is in love with John - and if that wasn’t the intention of the writers, then someone needs to have a word with Benedict because that’s exactly how he portrayed him, IMO. However, I’m not convinced that he wants a full-on relationship with John, whether it be a romantic relationship with no sex or whether he wants to slam him against a wall and have at him. What I would really like to see in season 4 is Sherlock coming to terms with his feelings, accepting that John’s unlikely ever to feel the same way, and their friendship settling down again to them being good mates, lots of banter, lots of humour and some giggling, and the unrequited love not being an issue any more.
5. Again, Sherlock. What is the one thing you just know will be in S4 and you are simply dreading it?
I suppose the obvious answer is the probable departure of Mary – whether because she dies or because she leaves, perhaps to go into witness protection or something. I’m dreading Martin Freeman breaking my heart with his reaction to her loss.
On a more technical point, I fear Mofftiss simply not bothering coming up with a decent explanation of how and why Sherlock is going to be pardoned for killing a man in cold blood. I don’t mind if they hold off the explanation until S5 but if they just ignore it, or Sherlock simply does a couple of good things for the government and they consequently turn a blind eye to the fact that he’s a murderer, I will be throwing things at the screen.
6. If you had one full day each week where you had no obligations and your time was all your own, name something you’d do in that time.
I would waste it. I’m bone idle at the best of times and frequently waste days off just slumping on the sofa and watching DVDs. But a good day off is being inspired with a Sherlock fic or ficlet and actually having the time to sit and concentrate on writing it.
7. What is your favorite vegetable, and how do you prepare it (or like it prepared)?
I recently re-discovered the joy of asparagus when a Sherlockian friend came to stay for a few days and cooked me a meal one night. I had always cooked it in the oven but she fried it in olive oil with salt, pepper and grated garlic, with some melted butter added once it was cooked, and it was bloody marvellous. Now one of my favourite meals is asparagus with a fish pie and potato topping.
8. If you could make two fictional characters trade bodies for a week, who would you choose and why?
Sally Donovan and Sherlock Holmes. I don’t despise Sally – I can absolutely understand why she can’t help be jealous of this man who can walk into a crime scene and solve the mystery in a matter of seconds – but I’d like her to understand what it’s like in his funny big brain. And Sherlock might find it useful to understand how ‘ordinary’ people, and police officers in particular, struggle to solve crimes.
9. Do you like your printer? If so, what kind is it? (I hate my Lexmark and want to replace it.)
I don’t have a printer at home. Any private printing gets done (sneakily) at work.
10. What is your favorite past or present road trip destination?
I haven’t driven for years, and miss it very much but there’s no point me having a car because I wouldn’t use it enough. Back when I did drive, the best trip I had was when I was going on holiday on my own to the south-west of England. I was driving along the A303 early on a Saturday morning: the sun was out, there was hardly any traffic on the road, I was on my way to a fortnight’s holiday, driving way over the speed limit(!) and I had Mike & The Mechanics’ “Living Years” album blaring out full blast on the car’s stereo. I hadn’t realised before what a great driving album it is. Fantastic!
11. What is the best apology you’ve ever given? No need to give the reason for it. And if you don’t have a good one, make one up.
When I was in my early 20s my parents were away on holiday and my dad was taken ill, so they had to stay away for longer than anticipated. During their absence we had a letter from the electric company asking for a reading of the meter. After I sent it in they sent a bill for a phenomenal amount. I rang my parents in hysterics and they said it couldn’t possibly be that large and, after investigating, I discovered that I had read the gas meter instead of the electric meter. I wrote to the electric company starting the letter with, “Dear Sirs, If you have an award for Idiot Customer of the Week, I would like to nominate myself …” and continued with a grovelling explanation of what a twit I had been. The revised bill arrived a few days later and they didn’t even insist on coming to read the meter to check!
The ‘rules’ of the game say that I’m supposed to make up 11 new questions and tag 11 more people, but I’m not going to do that. But thanks, Aurora, for the interesting questions!