Wade and I started following each other on Twitter early on in 2009. We were both in readerly circles and in bookish and pop culture-ish conversations that continue to this day. I think we have passed each other at book and blogger events here and there in the way that Twitter users do. Wade Bowmer has been part of the Hatchback Hero debate right from the argument’s inception.
Can you describe yourself?
What is your main reading medium (books, blogs, games, news, etc) and how much time do you spend reading a week?
My main reading has shifted drastically over the decades. It used to be novels, often borrowed from the school library. Then I could start buying them myself.. Nowadays, living on my own and looking after myself, most of my reading is articles linked off social media or just social media itself. Or work research, usually with the help of Google or other websites. I have no idea how to quantify that. Most of the time I’m awake, I guess!
What or who is your joyful reading (guilty or otherwise) pleasure?
My main joyful reading is social media – Twitter and Facebook – and webcomics. And I know this isn’t really “reading”, but there are some YouTube channels I like (such as Techmoan) which are documentary or instructive in nature, and I also appreciate a number of the investigative shows that SBS has.
Do you have a favourite storyline or plot? And do you have one you will not read?
I don’t think I have a favourite story line, to be honest. Genres, though… Most of my fiction reading would be loosely called “adventure fantasy” (or scifi). This extends to TV and movies, too. They do make for great story telling. I tend to avoid romantic reading, mostly because I never got interested as a teen, and I also tend to avoid teen “coming of age” stories as my teenage years were invariably nothing like that. That said, I have read and rather enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.
Why do you/don’t you use a public library?
I don’t use a public library because I forget they’re there! This is probably because except for the high school library, I never lived near one that was decent for fiction. And although the local one was part of a network, it was a pain to get inter-library books. Even now when I finally do live near a large public library, I still prefer to read from my own small library of 700 or so. It has a terrible fiction section, anyway.
Do you RUI*. If so, what?
Do you have a favourite reading spot?
Romance fiction of the Happily Ever After (not the love tragedy) kind – are you a Lover or a Hater and why?
What would you give up reading for**?
Can a romance/crime/super/etc hero be the driver of a hatchback?