CB Monet

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Not So Frequently Asked Questions

Morning person? Or night owl?  I am unreservedly more of a night owl. It doesn’t matter how early I go to bed, how much sleep I get, etc… I do not bound merrily from bed. It takes me at least an hour or two to accelerate into a day. 

Going-out or Staying-in?  I’ll admit that I do trend towards staying-in, but with the right person/people I absolutely love a night out at a nice wine/cocktail bar or restaurant. (I am a sucker for long, coursed meals with good company.) 

Any pets?  Very much so! Five cats. 

FIVE?? Whoa. Why do you have so many damn cats??  Hey, I know it sounds ridiculous; but this was never the intent. They started out as two sets of siblings that needed homes, that’s why. Two brothers + two sisters = immediate four kitty family. 

Nine years later, Ginger Rogers (Gin) was found trying to live under our deck as a wee orphan kitten. After two days of giving her food, she was talking/purring, trying to climb into my lap, and following me back to the house. We searched for a reliably good/safe home for her, but to no avail. She was a talky, cuddly sweetheart, and we did not want to risk her life at a shelter (since the various no-kills in our area only take from the shelters, it would have been a gamble.)

The kitties get along very well (aside from the mild squabble here and there), and they all absolutely love talking at / spending time around people… ill comprehending that not every person necessarily loves them back. 


Do you have any undeniable “favorite” movies or tv?  Many. I love stories, period. I have my biases and tendencies, but I also have moods. I could point you to numerous stocked shelves scattered all over my house. Instead of asking me for a favorite, it’s generally better to ask about a specific title.

What about games?  I have played every single Bioware title and (more often than not) loved it. Overall, I’m inclined to RPGs that story/character focus. Either that, or I swing the other direction and enjoy simple, goofy side-scrolling button mashers (e.g. Streets of Rage 2 or Castle Crashers.) I don’t care for anything that requires actual button dexterity or better hand-eye coordination — i.e. shooters, fight games, or platformers. Aw man am I TERRIBLE at platformers… And for Borderlands 2, I basically level the fuck out of my turret and grenades, and then find out of the way places to hide with a sniper. 

As far as tabletops, I’m not particularly into bluffing games or deck-builders, and shy away from most things that are super competitive (though there are weird, random exceptions to this!) I generally prefer cooperatives, or more Euro style games that (while technically a competition) leave room to let me merrily focus more on managing/building resources/systems as opposed to going hardcore head-to-head with someone. I like that it feels less like you’re competing against eachother, and more like you’re both competing against the system.

Music?  I honestly have little bits of everything. Seriously. I can be quite indiscriminate when it comes to music. I guess I just like whatever touches my imagination or creativity in some way, and that can be very random / diverse. Either that, or it’s something I can dance to in the kitchen, or sing badly in the car. As a result, I seem to always somehow offend the tastes of someone scrolling through my I-Tunes. Every. damn. time.  

You’re a writer. What about books / authors that you love?  Again, there are many authors I love for various reasons. I am a writer, after all. I find that a difficult question. Maybe I’ll do a separate page just for that… Hmmm… 

What’s your sign?  *sigh* I am a Taurus. And for those who care about such things, you can also know that I am a Taurus moon as well. And Virgo rising. Make of all that what you will.

Coffee? Tea? Both?  I prefer coffee. I admit I have a hard time with tea. I don’t have the palate developed for it. Most tea just takes like unpalatable dirt water to me. 

What’s your favorite season?  Other than Awards? **joke courtesy of Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek** My favorite season is autumn. Easily. Sunny but cool, sweaters and layering jackets, chic boots, red wine, warm comfort food, blankets, fires. 

Have you ever broken any bones?  I have never broken a bone. Never even twisted a wrist or ankle. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?  For most of my childhood I wanted to be an Olympic equestrian. I even took riding lessons for years (and showed in Horsemanship.) I quit riding in high school. Because teen girl = dumb choices sometimes. From about teenage years onward I started wanting to be involved in writing and film (though at one point I had a brief flirtation with the idea of pursuing chemistry.) 

What’s the first thing you remember writing?  The first things I remember writing (and finishing) were stories about my aunt+uncle’s dogs when I was about 8 yrs old. I think unknowing classmates may have been involved too..? They were all part of a special team that helped people in trouble. No, I have no idea if those stories still exist. 

Did you ever fan-fic? Yup. Totally did. From about 5/6th grade through high school I wrote fan-fiction for various Star Trek properties (but it was a lot of Voyager at the time.) I also dabbled in a little-known-or-remembered Sci-Fi channel series called Invisible Man, and even some Lord of the Rings. Actually there may have been some Farscape in there too…

What’s your favorite job you’ve ever held?  Other than getting paid for writing? I worked in a stable for a couple years. It was part of a camp. We helped kids do trail rides and the like. It was active and put me around horses/riding again. I enjoyed it a lot and quit only because of an illness that affected my ability to keep up with the physical demands (lugging/throwing hay bales becomes a wee bit difficult when you have a wicked case of mono.)

I also did work in a wine bar for 4 years. Overall it was your standard customer service nonsense, but in hindsight I adored that job for the simple fact that it was the thing that kicked me hard into a deeper exploration of wine.

Do you get many Silence of the Lambs jokes?  I promise you: I have heard them all.

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