A Round of Tag

I was at Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium this past weekend and fell behind with this week’s Scarlet Order blog post. What’s more, I dropped my Kindle yesterday, damaging the screen, which put me all out of sorts. Fortunately, Susan over at Dab of Darkness tagged me in a round of questions, so this is your chance to learn a little more about the man behind the vampires, zombies, and other scary things that get discussed at this blog. What’s more, the graphic fits last weekend’s whole steampunk-vibe!


Four Names That People Call Me (Besides My Real Name)

  1. Dave – Yeah, I know it’s short for “David” but it never quite feels like my real name.
  2. Captain – My spontaneous college nickname.
  3. Angus – The character I played in Brigadoon, which also became my SCA name.
  4. Dad – The name I wear with the most pride.

Four Jobs That I Have Had

  1. Car Detailer for Toyota
  2. Ice Cream Shop Soda-Jerk
  3. Physics Tutor
  4. Web Developer

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once

  1. Plan 9 From Outer Space
  2. Nosferatu
  3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  4. Seven Samurai

Four Books I’d Recommend

  1. The Shining by Stephen King
  2. The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
  3. The Naval Institute Press edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Four Places I Have Lived

  1. San Bernardino, California – The place I grew up.
  2. Nantucket, Massachusetts – There once was a man from…
  3. Tucson, Arizona – I love the beauty of the Sonoran desert. The heat, not so much.
  4. Moriarty, New Mexico – I once heard Arthur Conan Doyle picked the name for Sherlock Holmes’s nemesis by seeing this town on a map.

Four Place I Have Been

  1. La Serena, Chile – Just after a few days observing the Large Magellenic Cloud from Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory.
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana – In the full sultry, summer heat to deliver my daughter to college.
  3. Times Square in New York – As part of a wedding party.
  4. Dinosaur National Monument – An amazing window into Earth’s past.

Four Places I’d Rather Be Right Now

  1. On the planet Sufiro after the war between New Granada and Tejo.
  2. Aboard the solar sail Aristarchus en route to Saturn.
  3. Back aboard the Queen Mary for Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium. The weekend was over far too fast!
  4. At home with my family. I enjoy my work at the observatory, but I miss them when I’m here.

Four Things I Don’t Eat

  1. Olives – never acquired a taste, though I do like to cook with olive oil.
  2. Pickled cucumbers – I would just say “pickles” but strangely enough I do like other vegetables pickled, including pickled beets.
  3. Fugu – I prefer my sushi when it’s very fresh and not going to kill me if the chef made a slight mistake in preparation.
  4. Veal – I have no problem eating meat, but I want it to have grown up first.

Four of My Favorite Foods

  1. Chicken and sausage gumbo
  2. Chicken mole enchiladas – In this case, mole is Mexican chocolate, chile sauce
  3. Posole – A stew of pork, hominy, and red chile
  4. Crawfish etouffe – When they were open, Cajun Kitchen in Albuquerque used to serve this over catfish. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Four TV Shows That I Have Watched

  1. Star Trek
  2. Firefly
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  4. Doctor Who

Four Things I Am Looking Forward to This year (The Next Twelve Months)

  1. Twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary
  2. Several different conventions, including Wild Wild West Con, Bubonicon, and TusCon
  3. Finishing The Brazen Shark
  4. The release of The Astronomer’s Crypt

Four Things I Am Always Saying

  1. “Basically…” – This seems to be an astronomer thing or maybe a scientist thing. Anyway, it’s the need to sum things up.
  2. “Craptastic” – Great for spectacular failures.
  3. “Awesome” – As an acknowledgement and an affirmation, particularly when everyone benefits.
  4. “No problem” – If it sounds interesting, necessary, or kind of fun, it usually is.

Four People I Tag

I’m going to be a bit of a rebel and not tag anyone. Sometimes I find the person I’ve tagged has already played. Sometimes life is in the way and the last thing someone wants is to be tagged in a silly blog post. That said, if this looks like fun, drop a note with your blog address in the comments and I’ll tag you here!


4 thoughts on “A Round of Tag

  1. Hi David,
    I loved this post! It’s nice to get to know the people behind the books. So glad I know you and your work!
    Lots of love, Emily

  2. nrlymrtl says:

    I love mole sauce too – especially chicken mole tacos. But, really, once you have made the magical chicken mole awesomesauce, you can do whatever you like with it – tacos, enchiladas, or just over rice.

    Bill and I went to the Dinosaur National Monument on a trip we took for a 9th anniversary. The main entrance was closed, so we got this short (but incredible) behind the scenes tour. There were dino bones sticking out of the cliff face! And we got to lick them – I just touched them. One was exposed enough to snuggle. It was truly great.

    • Absolutely agreed about the mole sauce. I’ve never had it in tacos. When I saw that in your post, I thought that’s something I’ll have to do.

      Yeah, Dinosaur is awesome. It was open when we went there, but the campground was full, so we went to the backwoods campground, which actually proved to be a great choice. It was a magical, secluded spot by the Green River. On the hike at the end of our stay, I found a fossil tooth lying on the ground. It was BLM land, so it stayed right there, but still very cool. I’ll have to see if I can find the photo and post it.

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