1. What would you do with your life if you didn’t have to pay the bills?
I would travel, write, and volunteer at about 10 dog/horse rescues. Then I would write about traveling and all of the beautiful animals I’d help who would, in turn, make my life more beautiful.
2. What cuts you the deepest?
Cruelty to animals and people. Inequality. Racism, sexism, bigotry. Mostly just ignorance in general. I also really fucking hate feeling/being patronized and/or being lied to.
3. If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
Leave this godforsaken office. Go home and be with my animals and my family ( this, of course, includes my fiancé). Put on comfy clothes. Watch silly movies. Cry a bunch, probably. Write a little. Put on some vinyl and listen a while. Stay awake until I couldn’t anymore, then be at peace.
4. Who do you love and why do you love them?
I will only ever be able to love my family. My family isn’t just my blood—there are a select few people in the world who’ve gained access to the place in my heart that is reserved for family. Family means trust, and forever, and limitless, and unconditional. All of those things equate to love. I used to give love and trust too freely, but I’ve changed that about myself out of the pain of necessity.
5. What do you quote?
Paulo Coelho, Sylvia Plath, Anäis Nin, Shakespeare.
6. In those rare but life-changing moments, how do you act?
Usually overwhelmed, undeniably (but covertly) anxious, articulate because that’s the one thing I can have control over. If I am angry (incensed), sad (inconsolable), or happy (ecstatic), I don’t hide it very well.
7. What do you think about most?
Being (not getting) married—with children who are old enough to converse with, related and read to. And teaching. Just being content to be back in the classroom (if only part time) with my home full and fulfilled. And being secure in my finances so that I can help my parents be secure in theirs.