I'm not feeling well in a physical as well a vaguely emotional sense, so pardon me for being a bit disjointed. *bumbumbumbumbumbumbuhnuhnuuuuuhhhhhhh!*
1. As a writer of fanfiction, what is it that draws you to write in a particular fandom?
Honestly? Shallowness. I get sucked into fandoms featuring (what I deem to be) pretty boys and girls. Truth be told, that isn't always the conventional. I also think that, a lot of the time, I get drawn in by a character I relate to or who reminds me of myself or a member of my family. (Yes, George does remind me a bit of my own father... don't read too far into that. It's mostly the big glasses in the end.) With characters that are initially read and not seen, it's all about personality. Got to admit, it didn't take much for me to fall madly in love with Ford Prefect; his characterization is amazing, though it's hard to put an exact pinpoint on the appeal. Remus' angst drew me into Harry Potter even before my own self-mutilation was an issue.
I think, also, it's the potential for more. When a movie or a novel leaves so many aspects of motivation to the imagination, it's easier and more fun to begin writing my own versions. Willard is a pretty blatant example of this, as are the backstories I've twisted in my head for River's Edge, Bartleby, Charlie's Angels, X-Men: Evolution, The Secret of NIMH, The Faculty, Discworld's Vimes and Vetinari (really... dormitory slut? Oh, that sounds like canon) ... I mean, the list goes on and on.
All in all, I think the draw is part visual, part emotional, and part logical.
2. Who/what are your greatest artistic inspirations (for either writing or visual art)?
Ouch. This is a tough one. Starting with the artistic then... my influences are decidedly scattered. From Naoko Takeuchi to Salvador Dali to every web artist I've adored and admired (heads up baby_pen, darthneko, elefwin, foxysquid, misshatter, sycoraxthewitch, wicked_deceiver, and many more... (alphabetical order, no less!)
My inspirations at the moment are a little more focused. Illustrators like Graeme Base, Stephen Gammell, and Paul Kidby all rock my socks off. In caricature art, Mort Drucker and Al Hirschfeld reign supreme, though I am constantly touched, pushed, and inspired by all the great artists at work: Jeff, Joe, Beau, Mike, and Casper all drive me to be better caricaturist, better cartoonist, and better artist. Classics-wise, Michaelangelo and Leonardo light a fire beneath my artistic little heart, as do most of the surrealists (Dali, Goya, Kahlo) and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Nightspore, however, reigns high and mighty in inspiration, providing visuals and just generally being insistant about all things art and writing (and Crispin). There's an Ani DiFranco lyric that goes: "The people who actually like me don't allow me to say 'no.'" I think that's essentially the point in this friendship, going in both directions. Lucky we found each other to feed off of our respective egos... otherwise, it'd just be wibbling all the live long day.
As for writing... I think it's plain to see that my sense of humor was heavily influenced as a child by Douglas Adams, Woody Allen, Dave Barry, and Far Side cartoons. (Terry Pratchett came later, though he is no less of an influence.) Stephen King and Bruce Coville have also been large contributors to my sense of plot and time elements in story-telling... particularly in the areas of the horrific or the mythical, and the poetry of Shel Silverstein and T.S. Eliot shaped a great deal of my love for words.
I still find inspiration from many of those authors, though much of what drives me now is poetry. Emily Dickenson, Dylan Thomas, Eliot (of course), and a great many others. Clive Barker's The Thief of Always and the children's novel The Westing Game are both huge inspirations to me, as is Brideshead Revisited. Shakespeare is the ultimate inspiration, naturally, being both storyteller and poet. Chris Durang, David Sedaris, and David Ives are also shaping my sense of humor these days, and Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Melville's Bartleby are perfect examples of the style and moral message I find most wonderful to imitate... though I think I tend to come closer to Stephen King's voice in his short stories.
3. Ah, the old desert island scenario. You are shipwrecked on one. you can pick one book, one cd (uh, imagine there's a stereo there), and one person to be stranded there with. What and whom do you choose?
Jack Sparrow, the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, and a book about rum. :D Haha. No, really... I'd probably take a book of Stephen King's short stories (probably Skeleton Crew), an Everclear cd (could I live without Volume 2? I doubt it), and... fuck, the person is always the hardest. I don't want to spend continuous time with another person on a deserted island. I'd take my rattie, McFly, I suppose. He counts, right?
4. If you could spend the day with one fictional character, who would it be?
Oooh, tricksy. There are so many I'd like to spend time with. Well, okay... in a non-sexual way... Trillian (HHGTTG) or Dan Rydell (Sports Night). Sexually... um, George McFly (BttF) or Natalie Cook (Charlie's Angels). Except that we'd feed Natalie ice cream and a ham sandwich first. Hell, we'd feed George that too. Skinny people.
5. How would you like to die?
In a car crash. Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse. Or suicide. Or both. Suicideal car-crash. Like Willy Loman, except... younger.
Now, you know the meme-drill. Leave me a comment, and I'll do my best to shove an interview on you in the timeliest fashion. Knowing me, this may take years. But don't let that be a deterrent.