Silly Survey

Carolina Beach in Puerto Rico

I found this really silly survey on the web and thought it looked like fun. So here you go; everything you never wanted to know about me.

State your name for the record:
My full name is Elizabeth Joan Poole. Both of my brothers and I have middle names that start with “J”.

Please state your birthday:
January 3rd, 1985. I share that birthday with my twin brother. I was out first though, so technically I’m older by a minute. Hey, a minute counts.

Identify your place of birth:
I was born in Kingston, New York.

Where do you live?
The Atlanta Metro-area, in Georgia.

Hair and eyes:
Brown and blue, respectively. Although it would be pretty cool if I was born with blue hair.

Height and size:
Honestly? I am 4’11 and ¾. I am a quarter of an inch shy of being five foot even. It’s really sad. I measured myself in middle school and thought, “Okay, quarter of an inch, and I’ll at least be five feet.” I never expected to be tall, since I come from a family of extremely short people. So I didn’t have very high expectations (pun intended). But still. Most of the time, I lie and say five foot even because it sounds ridiculously precise to say 4’11 and ¾. I refuse to round down.

My husband is a foot taller than me. I *might* have laughed hysterically the last time we went to the movies and the ticket agent asked my husband, “One adult, one child?” The long suffering look on his face was priceless.

What is your current OS?
Despite my friend’s assurances that Mac is everything that I’ve ever wanted in a computer, I’ve stuck with a PC. Mostly because it’s what I know and I am comfortable with. I’ve typed my novels up in Microsoft Word for much the same reason for years until Scrivener came out for Windows. I tried the program and haven’t looked back since. It’s amazing.

What is your favorite color?
Red. My favorite crayons growing up were Brick Red and Cerulean Blue.

What is your favorite hobby?
Writing, of course. Although, I guess I’ll have to think of something else since I consider writing my job as well. Reading. I love to read. I’m a pretty boring person. When I’m not reading or writing, I am usually chatting with one of my friends, probably about books we’re writing or reading.

There are other hobbies I’d like to get into when I have more time and money, like picking up violin lessons again. I used to play in grade school. I stopped lessons after moving to a high school that didn’t offer lessons for people who didn’t know what they were doing. I also like to draw, and play around with other art mediums, like oil pastels and acrylic paint. I’ve moved beyond stick figures, but no one is ever going to pay for me for my drawings.

What are your favorite TV shows?
Supernatural, Penny Dreadful, Leverage, The Librarians, Game of Thrones, , Criminal Minds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the sadly canceled Firefly.

What are your favorite movies?
This list is probably already outdated, but some of my all time favorites are: Hellboy I and Hellboy II, The Prestige, Equilibrium, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Man on Fire, the Pirates of the Caribbean quadrilogy, and any movie that features an apocalyptic scenario like Deep Impact and The Day After Tomorrow no matter how awful it is. I don’t know why, but I just love watching the world go down in flames.

What is your favorite music?
I listen to a wide variety, and make special playlists for each book I write, so what I am currently listening to changes depending what the tone of the book is.

Some favorites are: Guns and Roses, Metric, Beautiful Small Machines, HIM, Meat Loaf, Nightwish, Kamelot, VNV Nation, The Family Crest, The Protomen, Florence and the Machine, 80’s hair metal, and Nick Cave.

What is your favorite book?
Can’t pick just one. I just can’t. Some of my favorite authors are Seanan Mcguire, Robin McKinley, Stephan King, Jim Butcher, Deanna Raybourne, Stephen Blackmore, Matt Wallace, James Tuck Jr, Delilah Dawson, Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger, Susan Palwick, Robert Cormier, Joe Hill, John Horner Jacobs, Kelli Ireland, Rachel Aaron, Patricia Briggs…okay I have to stop sometime. But know there are many other wonderful writers out there.

What are some of your favorite webcomics?
I read Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell,
El Goonish Shive by Dan Shive
XKCD by Robert Munroe
And Order of the Stick by Rich Berlew

What is the best feeling in the world?
Getting into the shower, and hot water hitting your neck. Bliss.

What is the worst feeling in the world?
Cold, wet socks. Yuck.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Sleep. Loaf around. I have a four and a half year old and a day job on top of writing, I’m tired. Usually we go to the park.

What is one vain thing about yourself of which you are proud?
Hmmm…I would say it’s my writing. If you think about it, you have to be pretty confident in your ability to tell a compelling story to work at writing for as long as I have. I know there’s still a ton of stuff I need to learn and master, but I know I can tell stories that will interest other people. That, or my friends have been lying to me for years.

My husband and son

What is your ultimate vacation spot?
Ultimate is pretty big. What’s with all the “best” and “favorite” qualifiers? I guess my ultimate vacation would be a cabin in the woods. I miss living in the mountains very much, so any chance to rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere and have a quiet couple of days sounds like heaven.

I also really enjoy aquariums, more than a grown woman should. I would love to go to SeaWorld someday and see the whales.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
No, no God no it’s too early.

What are your favorite foods?
Oh food. I love food. Chinese food. Reese’s peanut butter cups. Chocolate covered cherries. Puerto Rican rice and beans with chuletas. Guacamole. Fuij apples. Shrimp. Red velvet cake. Broccoli. French fries. BLTs. Reuben sandwiches with provolone instead of Swiss. Mashed potatoes. Spaghetti. Chicken Marsala. Milky Way Midnights. Godiva dark chocolate with raspberry bars. Am I making you hungry yet?

What foods do you hate?
I can’t stand coconut or Swiss cheese.

Weirdest pregnancy craving?:
Spinach and a banana split. I didn’t want the spinach on the banana split, but I wanted one right after the other. Also, I craved hot dogs, which is strange because I hate hot dogs. My parents were grilling really nice ribeye steaks, but no. I wanted the hot dog.

If you could have any job, what would it be?

A writer, of course. It’s already my job, but it’s currently unpaid. We’re working on changing that. 😀

Current Job?

I am a licensed massage therapist. I’m trained in neuromuscular therapy, which is the really clinical type of massage that focuses on getting your nerves and muscles on speaking terms again. I love working out the knots in people’s back and giving them relief of discomfort and pain.

What is under your bed?
Dust bunnies. A gigantic Chronicles of Narnia movie poster I haven’t hung up yet. Probably a loose sock or two.

What is one thing you wish people already knew?
That boy-girl twins aren’t identical. That it’s physically impossible for a set of boy-girl twins to be identical. Identical twins come from one egg splitting into two. Therefore, they have to be the same gender. Boy-girl twins come from two different eggs in the mom’s womb at the same time, and are called fraternal twins. Why does this matter? Because whenever people find out that my brother and I are twins they say, “You don’t look alike.” (for the record, some people think we look alike, but then again, we ARE siblings).