1. Is there something you would love to be able to cook, but somehow it just doesn't work for you?
You know, I have alarming amounts of faith in my own cooking skills. There are things I haven't done successfully -- deep-frying, for example, and any kind of decoration that's very fiddly -- but mostly I expect that's because I haven't worked at it rather than because I Just Can't. And nothing particularly important to me has fallen into that category: as long as I'm well, I can do more or less what I want.
2. Do you ever get story ideas that appear to have come to the wrong address because they're not your sort of thing?
Not really, no. I don't have a lot of preconceptions about what's my sort of thing, since I read pretty broadly, so that probably helps.
3. If you didn't live where you do live, where would you like to live?
On the West River Road, maybe? It's really nice there, but there are places that aren't crazy-nice like around Lake of the Isles, which is my if-money-was-no-object place to live. Or maybe Linden Hills. They're kind of joiners in that neighborhood, which puts my teeth on edge a bit, but on the other hand it's got Rice Paper and Sebastian Joe's, and how could that be bad? Also I hear good things about St. Louis Park schools, so if it was a time that was relevant, I might have to investigate that.
4. What historical character would you most like to meet?
Aud the Deep-Minded. Certain Parties have opined that Aud is a perfectly terrible middle name for a child, so I think I'm going to have to do what I did with Nöe and find a story that has an Aud in the middle of it.
5. Mountains or oceans?
Only neither or both in conjunction. Mountains make me nervous. (Things can sneak up on you. Like other mountains. Large foothills. Etc.) On the other hand, if you have good reliable prairie and then ocean, the ocean can sneak up on you, too. But fjords are good. Fjords are about the best thing, if you can't have good reliable prairie.
And the phone just rang to say my dinner guests are on their way, so I'm going to