Merwolf and The Pup Pack
I have a really high chaos
tolerance. It comes from working in the IS business. I'm also just
naturally really laid back. (G)
It's cute. I think it's fun to
watch... I'm glad you guys are having such a good time.
Only in that tiny bits get
tossed in for fun, like having Lunacy nutbread, and the Amazons
eating nutballs.. that kind of thing. Otherwise, the stories are
pretty much self driving -
One person told me they were
absolutely against two women being in love, and they had read my
stories several times just to make sure. All of them.
Merwolf, the X:WP Fan
I wouldn't - because that's
their vision - and they're entitled to it. Oh.. wait, yes - I'd like
to eliminate the first ten minutes of Bitter Suite. But I think that
goes for a lot of people.
Ummm, as I recall, you did change this
scene in Darkness Falls. And I believe it is the only thing you
have actively varied from the series. I have to admit that I now
view the series though the Merwolfverse version lens. Are you
planning on writing us a more satisfying explanation to
Gabrielle's rescue from the fall in Sacrifice?
I might.. it depends. I
haven't come up with a really good explanation save one, and I might
I'd love for X and G to fight
like heck and finally realize they answers they've been looking for
have been right next to them all the time. I don't think it'll
happen, though. (G)
My favorite subtext moment?
Hmm. The dream sequence in The Quest, I guess.. but there have been
a lot of them.
Merwolf, the Author
I did some short stories for
Anne McCaffrey's Pern universe - five, six page things. Other than
that, the Xena stuff is all I've written. I haven't had any classes
or training..it just sort of comes out.
Sometimes.. yes. Usually when
I've got nothing else to do, like when I'm driving, or waiting
around in airports. (or on airplanes)
The emotional ones - between
the main characters. Also.. the funny ones.
She's aware that I write Xena
stories - but she doesn't read much (she has vision problems) so
she's not really aware of what they're about.
I don't think there's one - I
keep redefining them.
Other than noticing that
people do tend to be multifaceted, and interesting - no.. it's all
They live in my world - and
it's a great deal of fun being able to write about our time period,
and the things that we all go through on a day to day basis.
(laugh) no.. EDS is not aware
of Tropical Storm - at least not officially.
Being as they are copyrighted
characters, no. I did drop a note over to Naiad Press, and asked if
they entertain unsolicited manuscripts, and they told me they had
enough authors, thanks.. and patted me on the head. So.. (G)
Merwolf, Member of the Secret altBard Society
The following agenda items were obtained
from the Secret Bard Society's November meeting in a clandestine
Whenever I name body parts, it
starts sounding clinical to me.. and I hate that. (G) I just try not
to get specific.. and I try to describe feeling, sensation, smells,
and sounds more than the actual act.
It was very nice.. I was
surprised and amazed with the generosity of the pups and others...
of course, everyone knew I was down before I did.. I came home to
three hundred and sixteen messages telling me the site was locked
out. It took me about an hour just to answer them with a brief
"i'm checking on it.." mail. Then I contacted MaryD and
arranged to get my files over to her to host until I got things
Actually, I think the best
thing that happened was that all the folks that are enjoying the
stories got to say hi to each other, and form a little community.
That was very way cool. That it crashed the site.. (laughing)
I really don't have any
trouble with any of it - the fact that folks knew who I was did
startle me at first, and it took a while to get used to that..
because you don't know what to say to people when they meet you and
start gushing, but I usually just kind of start asking them
questions like are they having fun, and it works out.
I don't maintain an online
'persona' (some bards do, some don't), so there really isn't a
public/private split - what you see is basically what you get. I'm
really straightforward, and not very complicated, so... I do this
because it's fun, and interacting with other Xenites is a blast.
BL Miller and I trade hints
and tips sometimes. (g) Seriously.. I just have to find a logical
ending place to finish typing for the night - sometimes it's a
resolution, sometimes it's a cliffhanger - it's not on purpose.
(G) I'll never tell.
Can you give an instance of a story
particle colliding with your real life?
In Tropical Storm, when I
described those airline printers going down - that actually happened
the night I wrote it in.
Any personal flashbacks to doing
technical theatre in college that you'd like to share?
Other than being hit by
lightning on the roof of the Ring Theatre? Not really. (G) It's a
lot of fun, and a lot of hard work, like anything else. Color
gelatins smell very weird when they burn, and chemical fog is bad
for your throat. Asbestos in the cabling makes you itch.
Did I read that right? You were hit by
lightening? Do you remember anything about it? Did it leave you
with any super powers?
I've been hit twice,
actually.. the first time when I was out in marching band practice
in high school, and the Ring was the second. I remember the Ring one
- it's like getting hit on the head really hard with a two by four.
It knocked me off the roof, but I didnt' black out. The first time I
did. The only lasting effect is an unsual tendency to pick up a lot
of of static electricity. Inconvienient in the winter, trust me.
How did you enter the world of EDS?
What drew you to an IS career?
I've always been mechanically
inclined - I saw an ad for a technical temp agency (Alternative
Resources) and decided to see if I could do the geek thing for real
money - my first placement was at EDS, and 90 days later they asked
me to become permanent. That's really all there was to that. I'd
been doing software support for a couple of years previous to that,
but EDS was my first introduction to networking, telecom, that kind
In most of the non-deadly
confrontations, you are able to solve conflicts very
non-traditionally; Rena offers a "tickle challenge" and
Elana gets taken down by a food fight! These are wonderful because
they come out of left field, when most people would get caught up
in a direct confrontation. Are you able to do this in your life as
well as your writing? And if so, are there any such incidents you
Direct confrontation generally
gets you no where in the support business. We have to find ways to
get often angry, usually clueless people to cooperate with us, and a
sense of humor and laid back attitude really helps. I find humor is
much more useful in dealing with tense situations than anger is -
you really do get more with honey than with vinegar.
Outside of writing, and a minimal
amount of sleep, what other hobbies do you/would you like to
I stick to one hobby at a
time. (G) Other than computers, that is.
How did you get interested in the
Creative Anachronism Society? Was it just out of a need to cook
for large groups?
Nope.. a friend got me and my
ex involved.. and it sort of snowballed from there. I didn't start
out to be a feastcrat, but I helped out the local group's feastcrat
at an event, then when the group was doing another event, that
feastcrat asked me if I wanted to do the cooking. Like an oblivous
idiot, I said sure.. figuring it was one of the little, local events
we have near home. Then, about a month and a half later, my ex calls
me at work and asks me if I realize I volunteered to feastcrat the
Kingdom's second largest event of the year? Whoops. It turned out
okay, though.. and I had a great time. I've done ten or so events
Are you tapping into a renewing
fountain of mushy moments in your creation of the Merwolfverse? Or
as Gabrielle would say, "What is your source?"
Those parts write themselves -
don't ask me where all that mush comes from. (G)
Did you have a "Flameball"
when you were growing up? Can you describe him/her?
(laugh) No. I had a Bozo the
clown doll, though, which talked.
Siblings.... are there any Lila's or
Toris's in your life?
Nope.. just me.
If you were a Disney ride, which would
(g) I dont' think I could pick
one - at Epcot, my favorite place is the communicore, the Land,
Living Seas, and any place you can learn new things at.
Under what circumstances have your
oxytocin levels been raised?
(laugh) when I was in a
relationship, and when I got my new puppy.
Which is your soap of choice: xenamon
I like them both. (G) I have
one of each.. and I trade off. But I do like the cinnamon a little
Would you personally be more attracted
to Dar or to Kerry, or a combo? (no, I don't mean a 3-way).
Hmm.. that's a hard question.
Kerry, I think.
Would your friends describe you as
being more similiar to Dar or to Kerry?
Neither.. or, a mixture,
actually. I have Dar's sense of humor, but I generally am not
confrontational like she is, and I prefer to cooperate like Kerry
does, but I'm not as smart. (g)
You have a great depth of
understanding in your writing of the defining moments of your
characters. What was a defining moment for you personally?
What was a defining moment for
me... well, walking across the courtyard at Fisher Island at 2am,
and almost tripping over a peacock when I realized I was in love for
the first time. That would have to be one.. and then.. it's kind of
melodramatic, but I used to run a Pizza Hut, and one morning we got
robbed. A guy came in the back door and held a 357 magnum on us, and
I found out right then that I was able to function under dire
circumstances without panicking. That's a very comforting feeling.
Ah, so Fisher Island has fond memories
for you, not just a place you used to work. So, will you tell us
which scene in your stories comes closest to describing what
happened before the near-peacock-colliding moment that led to your
Dar's being told by her doctor
what her problem is. (G) Her reaction in the car was pretty much
what mine was, though I didnt' have any bad experiences in my past
to cloud the issue.
Of course we want a full description
of the now famous Pizza Hut Robbery. Were you killed? And then
Well, fortunately, I had most
of the store's cash in my back pocket, since I had been about to
head out to the bank, and lied when the robber asked me if I'd
already been there. I directed my folks to lie down, gave him the
sixty bucks in change that was in the safe, walked the employees
back to the fridge and closed the door until we heard the outside
door close, then came out and called the cops. My most important
task was to keep the robber calm - he was young, and my staff was
also very young, and I didn't want anybody getting either nervous or
We have come to expect hay lofts,
beaches full of ducks, and even an apple tree. You have lately
shown an affinity for couches. Are there personal experiences that
have inspired this preoccupation?
Nope... in Kerry's case, it
was less threatening for her, because she was a little nervous, and
going in the bedroom would have stressed her a little. She was more
comfortable where she was, and so that's how I wrote it.
Now a very important question. Food
figures prominently in your stories, and in TS, particularly, you
have started a chocolate milk craze that has swept the globe (we
won't even mention everyone's cravings for strawberries and melted
chocolate). So, do you prefer milk chocolate over dark? We had
figured Dar for dark chocolate, and thought you might be trying to
lighten her up.
I'm a dark chocolate kind of
person. In fact, I got a large canister of Godiva dark chocolate
cocoa mix just the other day, and have been enjoying it during this
cold snap we've been having.