I think X-Stacy is one of the first active commenters on the HeroMachine blog who I actually recognized and look forward to hearing from. Her comments are always intelligent, well written, and entertaining, the kind of digital guest every host wishes would be more common.
Plus, she has the coolest collection of action figures I’ve ever even heard of set up in her house.
I thought it would be fun to find out more about this witty, erudite person, so it is with great pleasure I give you the woman herself!
- Online name used in HeroMachine environs: X-Stacy
- A photo (or drawing) of you in “real life”: I couldn’t possibly show my naked un-goatee-ed face. Instead, here’s an example of why I need HeroMachine!
- Real name: Not provided.
- Real city/state/country: Colorado, USA
- Real job: Wal-Mart
- Real age:36
- Gender: Female, last I looked. *checks* Yep, still female.
- Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, “it’s complicated”, etc): : Pleasant!
- Online archive of your creations (if any): Not provided.
- The best piece of HeroMachine art you’ve created: Honestly, I’ve yet to create anything I’m proud of in HM3. I just haven’t put the time into getting familiar with it, though, so that’s on me. I hope to change that when I go on vacation in a couple months.
- Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: My favorite ever has to be Tron. It blew my wee little mind when I saw it. I especially loved the look of it. Still do, in fact.
- Favorite all-time geeky book if any: Well…I’m tempted to say Stephen King’s It, because I read that once a year, every year. And you can’t say a book about a monster from Tibetan mythology that turns out to be both an Ancient Evil from Beyond the Stars and a giant spider that can only be fought telepathically isn’t geek-flavored. But it’s probably too mainstream for most geeks to claim it. So instead I’ll go with Dream Park by Larry Niven and Stephen Barnes. If you haven’t had the pleasure, it’s a murder mystery set in a high-tech future theme park built around industrial-strength LARPing. Anybody who loves RPGs should probably read it.
- Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: Fringe is my favorite thing that’s still on the air. But for all time? To my own surprise, I’m thinking Misfits of Science. I loved it like you can only love something when you’re ten. And thinking further about it, I believe the fact it wasn’t on the air very long is actually in its favor. If a show stays on long enough, it tends to disappoint you–like X-Files, or Battlestar Galactica, or Heroes. If it gets cancelled prematurely, you’ll always have your dreams of how great it could have been.
- Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Renee Montoya. Whether she’s the Question or not.
- If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you’d choose: Teleportation. I’d like to see the world, but I only want to see the good bits. I don’t need to see Kansas, for instance. Plus I could maybe find a way to make some money with my power, which wouldn’t hurt my feelings any, and it would let me avoid my unfortunate road rage. (Ask me what superpower I want when I’m in traffic, and I’ll say “Telekinesis–so I can crush that jerk’s car like a beer can without getting criminally charged!”)
- In your leisure time you like to: Mess with the space-time continuum. Okay, not really, but I can make hours disappear when I’m surfing the internet! Other than that, though, I like watching WTF movies. Whether they’re intentionally crazy B movies like Bitch Slap, or low-budget weirdness like Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, or foreign insanity like the Machine Girl, I just love movies that make you drop your jaw and laugh like a loon.
- Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Clean designs. Nothing wasted, nothing included that you couldn’t explain if somebody asked.
- Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): Muddy colors. Not, you know, stuff that’s mud-colored, but an entire outfit that’s shaded so closely together that nothing pops.
- Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: I hardly think I’m qualified to hand out advice! Everybody here who goes out for the contests or puts their creations up for critique is a rock-star in my book.
- Any personal message you’d like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: This is very important, so pay attention. You know how teachers are always telling you to follow your dreams? Well, they never mean the one where you’re naked in class. Never. They probably don’t mean the falling one, either.