Wow, guys! I'm sort of overwhelmed with all your thoughtful questions in yesterday's comments. I'm going to get to the ones that strike me as easily answerable tonight, and perhaps I'll touch on some more tomorrow. Feel free to ask more, if you feel like it, and feel equally free to tell me if this was boring. :)
Daniella asks: "What colour are your eyes? I always thought they were hazel but in some videos they look blue."
Answer: I call them green, but your guess is as good as mine.
Alcnor asks: "What... is your favorite color of nail polish... OF ALL TIME?"
Cat asks: "What is your favorite thing about the internet? What do you do when you can't sleep? What other blogs do you read? Who are the people that you look up to the most: family? internet? famous people? etc.?"
Answer: 1) The ability to connect with people based on common interests, rather than common location. 2) Talk on Skype. 3) Tons! My favorite bloggers are Jess McFadden, Kristina Horner, Mindy Kaling, and Nikki Malvar. 4) My parents, my siblings, and my boyfriend.
Marwa asks: "What made you first realise you wanted to be a writer?"
Answer: As soon as I realized writing could be a job, I knew it was the only one I'd be happy having.
Christina asks: "What is your favorite part of Ohio University? What is the one thing that can always make you smile, no matter what? When is your first novel being published?"
Answer: 1) The campus! Rolling hills and old brick buildings. 2) The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. 3) Whenever I manage to get it out of my head!
toastburntbread asks: "Did you ever envision who you are and where you are, when you were still in high school?"
Answer: At the end of my senior year, I knew I'd be at OU, but I never would have guessed I'd be so happy.
Katie asks: "What's your favorite childhood memory?"
Answer: I have this vivid image in my head of getting stuck in a mud puddle with Jess, when we were about eight years old.
Tom asks: "With writing, what are your thoughts on the whole idea of 'inspiration?' Are you one of those people who thinks that one must just sit down and WRITE and that hard work is all that is required, or do you believe in, I don't know, Muses, or whatever?"
Answer: I love the idea of Muses, but I know for a fact that the only way to write well is to write. You won't accomplish as much meditating on a story for a year as you will working on it for a week. That being said, I hypocritically do a lot more meditating than I do working.
Dinah asks: "I know both Kayley and Lauren have expressed on their blogs (or maybe just in Kayley's comment section) that they sometimes resent aspects of having an internet fanbase and occasionally find it more frustrating than rewarding, so what are your thoughts on the whole thing, and how do you keep yourself from feeling that way if you ever do?"
Answer: I can easily understand that feeling of overexposure, and every once in awhile, I'll find myself wishing for a vacation from broadcasting my soul to the world. But at the end of the day, I positively love my job and my hobbies, and you guys make it all so fun.
Sarah asks: "What character to you feel you best relate to from a novel written by John Green? If you could have any animal as a pet, wild or otherwise, what would you pick?"
Answer: 1) Lacey from Paper Towns. Actually, I'm not sure if I relate to her, but she's my absolute favorite John Green character. 2) Elijah Wood.
Jane asks: "Do you ever feel overwhelmed going to such a big university? Why do you belong to Gryffindor?"
Answer: 1) No-- most of our classes are small enough that you get to know people. 2) I was obnoxious when I was eleven, and would have been sorted in with the other uninhibited people.
Ben asks: "Apart from English, what was your favorite subject at school? And worst?"
Answer: Hello to Ben Cracknell in Lowestoft, England. I liked French, and I'm terrible at math.
Allison asks: "What is your favorite thing to dress up as?"
Answer: Madonna. Honestly, that answer has nothing to do with Glee. I just love being Madonna.
Erik asks: "Are people inherently good or bad?"
Answer: I very much believe they're good.
Claire asks: "What's your favorite poem (pre-1950)? Favorite contemporary poem?"
Answer: 1) "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne. 2) Sharon Olds is amazing, but I'm not sure I have one favorite.
Julia asks: "Favorite movie?"
Ansley asks: "ARE YOU GOING TO VIDCON?"
Answer: Nope. It's the same time as the camp I work at. Aaaand I have no money.
Chipotle burritos this year: 14
Nail color: "Green with Envy," ORLY