margaret at onr.com
Fri Dec 10 16:58:02 EST 2004
Name: Margaret Ball
Living in: Austin, surrounded by Texas
What I do when not playing here: Write science fiction and fantasy.
Avoid writing science fiction and fantasy. Practice flute, play chamber
music, feel guilty about not practicing enough. Hike around various bits
of Texas countryside when weather permits. Make things that usually, but
not always, involve some combination of fabric, thread and beads. My
older daughter's English homework. (Steve is doing her geometry homework.)
Married/partnered: Yes - husband Steve (a genius and a saint with a few
Offspring (human) Two daughters - Katie (19) and Sarah (18)
Offspring (non-human) Cats: Cookies & Cream (named by kids) and
Jean-Pierre Rampal (named by me)
Dog: Lab/Rott mix, originally named
Black Magic but subsequently re-christened Concealed Weapon because she
looks like a pure-bred Lab but has Rottweiler jaws, muscles,
agression, and aversion to cocker spaniels (except as snacks)
First DWJ: probably either Dogsbody, Power of Three, or Eight Days of
Luke - can't remember
When: during the early Pleistocene era
Favorite DWJ: Fire and Hemlock
Least favorite DWJ: Time of the Ghost
Other favorite authors/books: Cecelia Holland: Great Maria.
A.S. Byatt: Possession
Elizabeth Marie Pope: The
Barbara Kingsolver: The
Bean Trees, High Tide in Tucson
John McPhee: The Control
Diana Norman, Lois Bujold,
Angela Thirkell, D.E. Stevenson, Sheri Tepper, Robert Westall, Rosemary
Sutcliff, Rudyard Kipling
Music: 13-15C polyphony, most late baroque/early classical period,
Scottish folk, British folk/rock. One of my chamber music partners keeps
trying to educate my musical taste to include composers who haven't been
dead for at least 150 years, and I have actually voluntarily bought two
Shostakovich CD's, but no Stravinsky or Bartok or Glass or Cage. One
must draw the line somewhere.
Favorite movies: Amadeus, Rio Grande, Casablanca, The Wind and the Lion
Currently reading: Behind Time (Lynn Abbey), Selected Poems (George
Mackay Brown), Poser 4 User Guide (by a long list of sadists in the
employment of Curious Labs)
What I want for Christmas: Poser 5, silk velvet and organza to dye, and
a high school diploma in Katie's hot little hand.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen; whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
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