Whoosh! Issue 70 - July 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF PINK RABBIT
By Amy Murphy
Content © 2002 held by author
WHOOSH! Edition © (c) 2002 held by WHOOSH
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Introduction (01)
Pink's Head (02-198)
Pink's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF PINK RABBIT


You think she'll autograph this scroll for me?
Bards just have to write stuff.

Introduction

[01]This bard is one of the best. Her site is just as awesome, with days and days worth of hinder-kicking FF.

Pink's Head


Interviewer:
[02]What happened the last time you were sick?

Pink Rabbit:
[03]I moaned, groaned, and whined a whole lot. It wasn't a pretty sight. I don't recommend deep contemplation on the subject by anyone who wishes to retain any respect for me.

Interviewer:
[04]Who inherits your vast estate?

Rabbit:
[05]Both nickels are currently slated to go to a local charity for abused women and children.

Interviewer:
[06]Give us one line of description from one of your stories that you think is particularly good?

Rabbit:
[07]Ack, that would require reading them again. Seriously, I like and dislike different things at different times, according to mood and circumstances, and sometimes I even like, then dislike (or vice versa) the same thing. I tend to have a rather ambiguous relationship with my writing. Honestly, I never know whether it's good or utter dreck. I just try to write what I like to read and pray there won't be too many potshots fired my way as a result.

Interviewer:
[08]What are you doing to prepare for winter?

Rabbit:
[09]Shivering a lot. Actually, I wish to say, with some degree of pride, that I have bought myself a small space heater for my office. If you knew how disorganized I am, you'd understand why I say, "with ... pride". That seems to be about it for me.

Interviewer:
[10]What novel would you like to find yourself a character in? What era? Why?

Rabbit:
[11]Eeks! Too exciting for my blood. Is there one where the heroine just gets to sit around all day doing whatever she wants, eating calorie free chocolates while people wait upon her hand and foot, and gorge ous maidens offer themselves up to her lustful desires? No? D-mn. Truthfully, most novels are far more exciting than I have any desire to see my life be. I've done adventure, and while it's fun, it's also generally a pain in the -ss and quite stressful.

Interviewer:
[12]What story are you working on now?

Rabbit:
[13]A series of Stargate SG-1 stories actually. Mostly shorter and building a relationship over time, rather than in a single story. It's a rather fascinating study in allowing things to build i n a very subtle fashion. I'm hoping to start posting them to the site soon http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/RabbitLover.htm#SG1, and am currently posting to a Stargate femslash list.

Interviewer:
[14]Are you stuck on any particular problem?

Rabbit:
[15]Mmmm, I'm too poor for my tastes. Oh, you mean in writing. Yeah, one big one, I've been blocked on a Buffy story called "Whither Thou Goest" for months, and finally have a draft of the end finished, but I'm not especially happy with it. I hate having a story get blocked, then trying to make it flow again. It's just a royal pain in the -ss.

Interviewer:
[16]Who in your family would you want to show off to your friends and why?

Rabbit:
[17]My mom. She's totally cool, and is totally unflappable. This is a good thing, since some of my friends are a wee bit outrageous. She's also one of the most interesting people I've ever known.

Interviewer:
[18]What figure in recent history sparks your imagination?

Rabbit:
[19]There are so many to choose from. As a writer, I get ideas, and so many things and people spark my imagination, both good and bad. Right now, I'm playing with some ideas that would incorporate some of the ideas that went into the breaking of the German Enigma Code, as well as the work of Alan Turing, and the work done at Bletchley Park during World War II. Or maybe I could just write about sex instead

[20]For just the pure admiration of a figure in recent history, it would probably be Christianne Amanpour. Her work has just been so impressive in covering a variety of countries that generally aren't presented very well on U.S. news programs or in the papers.

Interviewer:
[21]What is the nicest view, nearest to where you live?

Rabbit:
[22]Out in my backyard, there is a gorgeous view of the mountains.

Interviewer:
[23]What is the worst story you've written and why?

Rabbit:
[24]Thankfully, the very worst of what I've written has never seen the light of day, at least I hope it hasn't. However, there was an early Xena story that was never finished that I posted what I had to a list. The story just sucked. It had some interesting ideas, but I didn't know where I was going with it, and a character bordered a little too much on a Mary Sue. It has since been consigned to the depths of discarded things on my backup CDs and I no longer remember the title.

Interviewer:
[25]Did you write as a child or is writing new to you?

Rabbit:
[26]I've written since I was old enough to start stringing words together. I have written quite a bit of original stuff over the years and fan fiction. But one of the first stories I remember starting was a Star Wars novel. And aside from the randomly shifting tenses, a hopeless Mary Sue character, and some punctuation errors it, um, sucks.

Interviewer:
[27]What is the largest object you have hanging on your walls?

Rabbit:
[28]A painting I bought from the artist on the streets of St. Petersburg. It's of a cathedral on the river and I can just kind of wander away from the real world when I look at it.

Interviewer:
[29]What is the last thing you celebrated?

Rabbit:
[30]Waking up this morning. Clearly, I'm easily pleased.

Interviewer:
[31]What bodily function do you most appreciate?

Rabbit:
[32]Breathing. With my allergies, I do it so rarely that I've learned to value the skill.

Interviewer:
[33]Do you have to understand your characters completely to write about them?

Rabbit:
[34]Yes. No. Maybe. I find I often learn about the characters as I'm writing, but when I back off and look at it, I realize I knew that all along, I just hadn't consciously integrated it into my thoughts.

Interviewer:
[35]What is the loudest noise in your neighborhood?

Rabbit:
[36]Probably the snoring, since I'm the only person in the area under about a thousand.

Interviewer:
[37]What is poetry for?

Rabbit:
[38]Are you trying to get me killed? Honestly, I'm a total philistine on the subject. I do enjoy Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allen Poe. Some of Shakespeare's sonnets are interesting, and I like Shel Silverstein for a laugh, but by and large, I generally look at most poetry and don't get it. Not always a popular sentiment with some folks I know.

Interviewer:
[39]What is your idea of a perfect party?

Rabbit:
[40]Good company, good conversation and debates. Maybe a corner with music and dancing. Some good food. Very mellow and doesn't break up till everybody's too exhausted to trade another idea.

Interviewer:
[41]What has changed about your world since September 11?

Rabbit:
[42]I'm still processing that. Some practical things. More careful about mail and such. At an emotional level, coming from a heavily military family, with a father who was in government service, some of the paranoia is like a weird flashback to the cold war days of my childhood. At the same time, I'm very aware of how painfully different it is for a lot of people to realize that, as Americans, they now are stuck being afraid, being cautious, etc. It's just a very strange time, and I don't know that I'll have much view on it until we're farther down the road.

Interviewer:
[43]What are you happiest writing?

Rabbit:
[44]Hmmm, not any one thing. It's according to my mood, but the best thing is when I hit a zone where it's all coming together and flowing, usually under the headphones with music blasting at this point. Writing then becomes much more right brain,more like my artwork.

Interviewer:
[45]If you could add one room to where you are living now, what kind of room would it be?

Rabbit:
[46]The biggest d-mn closet in the known universe. We're talking a TARDIS here. I have never had enough storage in my life.

Interviewer:
[47]What inspired you to start writing?

Rabbit:
[48]I dunno. I've just always felt the need to do so. I've always entertained myself by coming up with scenarios in my head, and it's really just an extension of that. I write what I want to read at any given point in time. Which probably isn't the question you asked, although I don't know how many times I've answered the right question yet.

Interviewer:
[49]Biggest problem in fan fiction: bad grasp of the characters, "Mary Sues", cliches, or something else?

Rabbit:
[50]It seems to vary by fandom, Affected, I guess, by who that show appeals to. But, if I had to pick one over-arcing problem I'd probably go with out-of-character characters, since if you keep the characters in line with what you've been shown, it will usually substantially curtail many other problems.

Interviewer:
[51]What place or piece of architecture would most upset you if it were destroyed?

Rabbit:
[52]My house (just being honest here). In all seriousness, buildings can be rebuilt. What truly would and does upset me are human losses.

Interviewer:
[53]If you could only have one of these items, to help you during the writing process, which would you choose: a dictionary or a thesaurus? Spellcheckers aren't available.

Rabbit:
[54]Probably a thesaurus. I'm forever losing words and it's a great help in coming up with them.

Interviewer:
[55]Where or what is the place you feel most relaxed at?

Rabbit:
[56]My home. It's mellow and comfortable. Has all the creature comforts, my computer, cats, etc.

Interviewer:
[57]What comic strip/comic book character do you most identify with?

Rabbit:
[58]Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes. He's always lost in his imagination and so am I. And I do have a few talking tigers, albeit of a smaller variety.

Interviewer:
[59]How conscious are you of cliches in your writing?

Rabbit:
[60]I don't know. I try to be so I can avoid them, but I don't guarantee that I make the grade.

Interviewer:
[61]How do you envision your stories during the writing process?

Rabbit:
[62]It's a fully realized, designed, edited movie in my head these days, though that tendency has steadily matured in the last few years.

Interviewer:
[63]What do you do to get 'in the mood' to write?

Rabbit:
[64]Often listen to music that fits the mood of what I'm doing and just leave the world behind. I just totally zone out, then start writing.

Interviewer:
[65]What can make you want to toss the computer through a nearby window?

Rabbit:
[66]Those stupid, farking error messages that you click cancel on and they just reappear ad infinitum.

Interviewer:
[67]What opportunity are you most happy that you seized?

Rabbit:
[68]The chance to travel and work all over the world.

Interviewer:
[69]What pets do you have/have you ever had?

Rabbit:
[70]We had a dachshund when I was a small child, but then wound up with a cat and have always had cats since. I remember each of them differently and each was very special and had a very special place in my life. Not that the dachsund didn't. By the way, she was a special little person.

Interviewer:
[71]Do you use people or incidents that are real in your fiction?

Rabbit:
[72]No. It always feels invasive to use real people to me. Fictionalizing real people or events unless it's removed by many centuries just isn't a concept I'm comfortable with.

Interviewer:
[73]Do you cry from commercials?

Rabbit:
[74]Nope.

Interviewer:
[75]What are your favorite books?

Rabbit:
[76]I love To Kill A Mockingbird. It's just such a beautiful piece of writing in how it presents the story at some many levels and tells several stories at once. Lord of the Flies has always been a favorite for some of its really haunting and evocative writing. There's a book called The Dancing Wu Li Masters that I've read a couple of times which is a sort of Zen and particle theory that really challenges me to think about the universe. Anything by Cecil Adams (Ask Cecil) for quick little packets of reading, since I'm fascinated by his ability to come up with answers to just about any question on any topic, and I always find the oddball topics interesting. I love Michael Crichton's stuff for the same reason. They're fun reading, but he also has a way of getting me to understand and think about things in new ways. And Douglas Adams and Dave Barry for sheer lunatic humor.

Interviewer:
[77]What is the most ridiculous website you've come across?

Rabbit:
[78]A fan fiction site I ran across a year or two ago that took about a year to load between several huge graphics and a sound file that you couldn't shut off - I hate the d-mn sound files to begin with since they interfere with my TV card or CD player, but to then make it impossible to shut off ... ugh! They also had a huge background picture, plus frames on three sides, so the viewable space was postage stamp sized and all it had was about two stories. That was just weird.

Interviewer:
[79]What is more precious to you: a tear drop, a snowflake, or a hummingbird?

Rabbit:
[80]A hummingbird, since it's alive.

Interviewer:
[81]Do you think more writers should analyze their character motivations more?

Rabbit:
[82]Absolutely. Many writers don't take the time to consider whether a character would actually do something. They just shoehorn them into whatever scenario they want to see whether or not it fits that person's internal landscape or not.

Interviewer:
[83]Describe what your life and writing would be like if you were totally successful in your goals as a writer.

Rabbit:
[84]Well, I would be much, much wealthier to begin with, and I would never, ever get writer's block. My plots would always make sense and I would have a research assistant to take care of the weird little details that I'm stuck dealing with right now.

Interviewer:
[85]In seriousness, what do you think the purpose of your in this lifetime is?

Rabbit:
[86]I have zero idea, and when I think about it too hard, I get the same headache that I get when I try to contemplate the size of the universe.

Interviewer:
[87]If you knew it was the end of the world in two weeks, what would you spend that time doing?

Rabbit:
[88]With my family, communicating with friends, etc.

Interviewer:
[89]What would you suggest as a writing-related discussion topic?

Rabbit:
[90]I have a couple actually: What is a plot, and why do you want one? Grammar and punctuation and why they really are important to effective communication. What's the difference between romance, erotica, and porn.

Interviewer:
[91]What is your favorite type/flavor iced dessert treat?

Rabbit:
[92]Mint, chocolate chip ice cream.

Interviewer:
[93]When you hear the word "writer" , what to you picture?

Rabbit:
[94]It probably doesn't bode well for the universe that to this day it's Carl Kolchak from the Nightstalker TV series: rumpled, overworked, slightly insane, and entirely too curious for one's own good.

Interviewer:
[95]What do you think of Shakespeare's work?

Rabbit:
[96]I love it, but it's meant to be performed, not read. Making kids read Shakespeare has probably turned more people off to the bard than anything else. My background is in film/theater, and I always enjoyed doing Shakespeare plays for their sheer grandiosity. As a designer, one can just have a blast and go to town. They're also wonderfully flexible in the ways you can play with them, set them in other times,etc. The themes Shakespeare played with were largely very universal, and as a result, well done can reach a myriad of different audiences.

Interviewer:
[97]What is your footwear of choice?

Rabbit:
[98]Nothing at all. I'm a bare foot kinda gal.

Interviewer:
[99]When you write, have you ever written with a theme in mind?

Rabbit:
[100]All the time.

Interviewer:
[101]What TV shows/movies influenced you as a child? Do they still influence you today?

Rabbit:
[102]Star Wars, The Bionic Woman, The Avengers, The Big Valley (okay, I confess, I had an awful crush on Linda Evans, even if Audra was generally useless ... but Barbara Stanwyck was kick -ss), and Bringing Up Baby. In a general sense, in that I still really value those shows and what they offered in the way of something new or interesting. The shows themselves aren't things I think about regularly, but they're still things I enjoy.

Interviewer:
[103]In 50 words or less, why or how was the world created?

Rabbit:
[104]I have no idea. I'm just glad it's here now.

Interviewer:
[105]What is your favorite character you created?

Rabbit:
[106]Melvinathoraxisthulixis (Melvin to his friends) An offbeat incubus in love that I created for a Buffy story named "It All Depends on Your Timing" http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timing1.htm. He was just fun to write since he never did what he was supposed to, and had a bizarre sense of humor. I have an awful feeling that, gender issues aside, he may have, unintentionally, been the closest thing to putting myself in a story that I've done in a long time since ... well ... I'm a rather offbeat, strange soul m'self.

Interviewer:
[107]The least favorite? Why?

Rabbit:
[108]The now forgotten Mary Sues. I think I bear them some resentment for the mistakes I made as a writer.

Interviewer:
[109]Who do you envy?

Rabbit:
[110]Any woman who's never had to fight with her weight and enjoys exercise.

Interviewer:
[111]What would you like put on your gravestone?

Rabbit:
[112]That I came, I saw, and I wasn't too terribly hated.

Interviewer:
[113]Big dogs or little dogs?

Rabbit:
[114]Cats.

Interviewer:
[115]What is the best movie you've seen this year?

Rabbit:
[116]Hate to admit it, but Harry Potter. I hadn't read the books, so went in knowing almost nothing, and I must admit, it's a nicely done script, solid performances, and while it's beautifully designed, I didn't feel they used that to try and replace or fix the script. Of course, I do have to admit that it's also about the only new movie I've seen this year, so it didn't have a whole lot of competition.

Interviewer:
[117]Assuming you have one (and if you don't just pretend) if your mother-in-law needed to live with you, would she live in the same house, in the garage, a bungalow on the back edge of the property, or some other creative arrangement?

Rabbit:
[118]Knowing me, I'd probably wind up being the one who moved into a mobile home or tough shed on the property. I'm not good at confrontation.

Interviewer:
[119]What author(s) most influenced your writing?

Rabbit:
[120]Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Dave Barry, PJ O'Rourke, Douglas Adams... or at least I like to think they have.... Of course, that could be pure ego.

Interviewer:
[121]What are some of the most frequently used bookmarks you have?

Rabbit:
[122]Cnn.com, newsweek.com, randi.org (the James Randi educational Foundation), yahoo.com, straightdope.com (Cecil Adams' homepage), bartleby.com (a wonderful writer's source).

Interviewer:
[123]What would you consider is the most important characteristic in a perfect partner for you?

Rabbit:
[124]Someone who is constantly interested in new things, learning, and expanding their horizons.

Interviewer:
[125]What do you think makes a good boss?

par Rabbit:
[126]You have to be willing to listen to the people you're working with, respect them, but also accept the responsibility of being the leader and not try and shuffle that task off onto others. Have to be organized, offer praise where deserved, and guidance where needed. You also have to trust people to do their jobs and accept that they may know more about details that you do, so you have to be willing to learn from the people who work for you.

Interviewer:
[127]Is the glass half empty or half full?

Rabbit:
[128]I live in a household of cats, so usually it's spilled on the table.

Interviewer:
[129]Tell us about the strangest inspiration you've had for a story.

Rabbit:
[130]Most of them are pretty weird or strike me at weird times. You're probably looking for some hilarious story here, but ... um ... I don't really have one.

Interviewer:
[131]Aside from the typical holidays like Christmas and New Years, what is your favorite holiday and why?

Rabbit:
[132]Not entirely certain what you mean by nontypical holidays (don't really celebrate any that are especially nontypical), but my favorite holiday as a kid was always Halloween. It was the perfect kid's holiday. Carved a pumpkin, which was artistic fun, and produced yummy, homebaked pumpkin seeds (which are about 8 million times better than anything you can buy), then you got to pretend to be someone else and lastly (and most importantly), you got to run around all night and feel like you were totally on your own and soooo daring (yeah, I realized as an adult that every parent in the neighborhood was watching us, but we felt so free). To this day, I smile when I think about those days and I feel bad for today's kids who generally don't have any chances at that really delicious sense of freedom and adventure we had.

Interviewer:
[133]Do you consider yourself to be a writer?

Rabbit:
[134]Can't decide whether I'm an artist who dabbles in writing, a writer who dabbles in art, or a computer consultant who enjoys the arts and letters. I guess all three since I never seem to keep my mind on one thing for very long.

Interviewer:
[135]What housework chore do you most detest?

Rabbit:
[136]You mean aside from all of them? Laundry.

Interviewer:
[137]What's a good question to start a fight in your neighborhood?

Rabbit:
[138]So, what do you think of Bill Clinton? We're kind of divided between elderly right wingers and middle aged yuppie lefties. Me, I'm a moderate, so I just keep my mouth shut in the interest of survival.

Interviewer:
[139]What country makes the best beer?

Rabbit:
[140]I don't know. I don't drink, and even when I could, I detested beer.

Interviewer:
[141]What job have you left undone the longest?

Rabbit:
[142]Becoming a responsible adult.

Interviewer:
[143]How high is the sky?

Rabbit:
[144]Infinitely.

Interviewer:
[145]Someone has left a bag of angry spiders on your doorstep. Who do you think it was?

Rabbit:
[146]A former friend who ultimately knifed me in the back for sport.

Interviewer:
[147]Of all the characters you have created which one was the biggest b-tch/b-st-rd, why?

Rabbit:
[148]I can't really think of any especially memorable villains that I've come up with honestly. I've used villains from various shows, and created circumstances, but offhand, no real b-tches/b-st-rds come to mind.

Interviewer:
[149]What did you not want to inherit from your parents, genetically or otherwise?

Rabbit:
[150]Well, they're still alive, so I think we're stuck with genetics (they wouldn't appreciate my trying to inherit anything else for the moment, methinks). I dunno, the rather extreme eccentricity we're all blessed with can be a bit on the annoying side. On the other hand, I'm seldom dull as a result.

Interviewer:
[151]Are you superstitious?

Rabbit:
[152]Generally, no, but I still have some funky superstitions left over from my days working in the theater.

Interviewer:
[153]If the color blue was a flavor what would it be?

Rabbit:
[154]Something tart and berry flavored but sweeter.

Interviewer:
[155]How can another person best help you with your writing?

Rabbit:
[156]I thank god for good beta readers. I can usually control the urge to go into stupidity land in a story, but it does help to occasionally have someone to just gently suggest maybe I want to rethink a choice. And catching my weird tendency to randomly drop words is also very helpful since that can change the whole meaning of a scene.

Interviewer:
[157]When the phone rings, do you assume good news, bad news, or indifferent?

Rabbit:
[158]I assume it's a telemarketer these days, since they outnumber everything else.

Interviewer:
[159]How much responsibility does a creative artist have to her audience? To her society?

Rabbit:
[160]Responsibility? None, I suppose. You can't take the attitude that you owe someone something with art. Or at least that's today's stance (ask tomorrow and you may get a different answer, since I'm rather ambiguous on the subject). That said, the artist does have a responsibility to be true to their own sense of things, their own morality and such. Doing things either to appease or to shock, or simply for attention is a fool's journey. And an artist needs to remember that they're a part of society. Too many view themselves as somehow apart and commenting on others, but it doesn't work that way. And a little common sense is never amiss. If I make a series of artistic choices guaranteed to offend people, wimping and whining about how they're being mean to me and trying to censor me by expressing their opinions and such is just silly.

[161]An artist has to be willing to accept the bad opinions with the good. "That sucks," is not censorship. Even, "You shouldn't have done that," is not censorship. The government stopping you from doing something or throwing you in prison if you do something, is censorship. All else, no matter how insulting, is just opinion, and if artists are to be allowed to do their thing freely, then audiences and critics have to be all owed to be as critical as they want to be. Hmmm, I could go on for a loooonnnnnggggg time on this subject (and probably digress just as badly each time ... the side effects of too much higher education, I suppose).

[162]Mind you, I can argue that there's a difference between art and simple entertainment (though there's a highly grey line between the two), and that where a product is being created for sale, then there is a responsibility to advertise it honestly and give the customer what they're looking for, so things do get very complicated when the business side comes into the discussion. But when it comes to moral responsibility, I think the artist should stay true to themselves ... and so should the audience. The marketplace of ideas is the ultimate measure of these things. Okay, gonna stop babbling now, before I lose all control and turn this into a poorly organized ten page essay.

Interviewer:
[163]LP's, Cassettes or CD's?

Rabbit:
[164]LP's from my youth, cassettes from my teen years and for my car, CD's for everything else.

Interviewer:
[165]Would you tell an intelligent child to be optimistic about the future of this planet?

Rabbit:
[166]Actually, I would. I was a child during the cold war when we were all convinced we were going to blow up the world, and as I've grown up, I've come to realize that the chances of that are almost nonexistent, and that generally people are pretty decent. Yes, there will be wars and terrorism, but in reality, they're not the dominant force in people's lives most of the time, and most people in the world want peace and want to go on with their lives. I've been lucky enough to get to travel and work in a lot of places all over the world and, in my experience, human nature is generally pretty decent. We're going to make mistakes, but I think the world will muddle through.

Interviewer:
[167]What kind of alarm clock do you have?

Rabbit:
[168]A nasty little electronic beeping one that I seldom use.

Interviewer:
[169]When you write, do you prefer to put it on paper or PC?

Rabbit:
[170]Ninety of my writing is directly on the computer, but I do carry a notebook around and will hand write to jump start things or just make assorted scenic notes and such.

Interviewer:
[171]Why did you start writing?

Rabbit:
[172]I just had to. I really don't get much choice in the matter. Even when I was working insane hours on my master's degree, I still found time for it. I simply can't not write.

Interviewer:
[173]Give us a brief day in the life of Pink Rabbit.

Rabbit:
[174]Stumble out of bed as late as possible (not a morning person here), catch All My Children over breakfast (toldya I'm not a morning person). Get in a ride on the stationary bike (okay, so more like every other day), attach myself to my computer and get assorted work done for clients, write, paint, do whatever is necessary till about 2am (with assorted lunch, dinner, and catplay breaks), fall into bed, do it all over again tomorrow.

Interviewer:
[175]How do you handle stress?

Rabbit:
[176]Surprisingly well, actually. I'm a good crisis manager. It's normal life that generally seems to confound me.

Interviewer:
[177]Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

Rabbit:
[178]As a good and loyal friend, ethical, honest in business, interesting and reasonably intelligent.

Interviewer:
[179]What is your pet peeve?

Rabbit:
[180]Spam (email and luncheon meat both), and people who pronounce the word nuclear, "Nuke-ul-ar."

Interviewer:
[181]Who is Pink Rabbit?

Rabbit:
[182]A slightly insane, vaguely artistic chick with the Peter Pan complex to end all Peter Pan Complexes.

Interviewer:
[183]What is your favorite lighting?

Rabbit:
[184]Sunlight.

Interviewer:
[185]What is the last joke you were told that made you laugh?

Rabbit:
[186]A joke about a guy who has three girlfriends, can't decide which one to marry, so he gives each of them ten grand to see how they'll spend it, and each one spends it in some wise fashion to prove what a great mate they'd make, so he thinks it over carefully and ... marries the one with the biggest b--bs.

[187]That describes my father perfectly. I swear, were my mom not a D cup, I would not exist.

Interviewer:
[188]What is your favorite meal to prepare for someone else?

Rabbit:
[189]I make a mean beef stroganoff, but can also do vegetarian curry to die for (Malaysian,not Indian).

Interviewer:
[190]What makes you a good or bad person for someone to collaborate with on a story?

Rabbit:
[191]I so rarely collaborate these days. Did on some early Xena stories, but generally, I think it doesn't work since I tend to find myself doing all the work, though I do like bouncing ideas off of people.

Interviewer:
[192]What questions should I have asked? Then answer them.

Rabbit:
[193]What's with the whole bunny theme? Obsession, perversion, some weird symbolism that nobody but you understands?

[194]Happenstance mostly. My nickname was Psycho Bunny at the time (owing to my less than polite response to a director who called me a very, very bad word after I hadn't slept for three days), and the person who helped me start the site (and who was my partner on the early Xena stories, though she has long since moved on) had the nickname Pinkie (due to a brief turn as one of the Pink Ladies in Grease when an actress was too ill to go onstage one night). And lo and behold, we started calling the website Pink Rabbit ... and put the Pink Rabbit Productions on things (I got custody of the name when she went off into the wild blue yonder). In short, the name just sorta ... happened (kinda like a train wreck, it's been suggested). And by the time it occurred to anyone that it was a really silly name, well, it had stuck. And it does have the advantage of not being identified with any specific fandom. And ... um ... well ... I kinda like it even if it is silly.

[195]Why do you absolutely refuse to take these things seriously?

[196]It's just not in me to take most of life very seriously, and I have a raving fear of being seen as some sort of prima donna, egomaniac out to rule the world (and I find the fact that idea even occurs to me vaguely worrisome, I might add). Plus, I was the kid who sat in the back of your classes and made rude (hopefully funny) remarks all during Jr. High and High School. In short, despite all training to the contrary, I am a wise-ss. That will probably be engraved on my tomb ... hopefully many, many, many, many, many, many ... well, you get the idea -- millennia from now (gotta think big in this life).

[197]If you could say just one thing, what would it be?

[198]Many thanks to all of the people who've been so wonderful and supportive in fandom. They've made it a real joy, and I've learned an amazing amount from the people I've met and corresponded with.

Pink's Stories

Pink Rabbit's e-mail address: pinkrabbit@altfic.com
Pink Rabbit's website: http://www.altfic.com/
Pink Rabbit's Xena Archive: http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/ rlxena.htm
Pink Rabbit's General Archive: http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/RabbitLover.htm
Pink Rabbit's Xena Gallery: http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/digital.htm
Pink Rabbit's General Art Gallery: http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/artgallery.htm

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS STORIES

Aftermath
A brief vignette about the night after the events in THE DELIVERER http://www.altfic.com/xena/pgfic/aftermath.htm

All Inn Good Time
A red candle district tavern, a cute bard, an ugly soldier, and a unique solution for escaping a confrontation without a fight
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/allinngoodtime.htm

All Tied Up With Nowhere To...Go?
When Gabrielle gives Xena a scare, the warrior princess just has to teach her lover a lesson--comedic bondage
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/Alltiedup.html

Blood For Blood
When Xena's poisoned by Ares, and becomes a warlord again, can Gabrielle save her--Some sexual violence
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/bloodforblood.htm

Demons In The Dark
Xena's illness leads to some new understandings http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/Demons.htm

First Time
Pretty much what it sounds like
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/Firsttime.htm

Lessons Learned...Or Teach Me Some More
Gabrielle's lessons with a staff lead to a dunking...for Xena http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/lessonslearned.htm

Remember Everything
Ever wonder what Xena was thinking during REMEMBER NOTHING? Sexual tension, but no sex
http://www.altfic.com/xena/pgfic/rememberevery.htm

Royal Colors
Set just after THE DEBT II--Xena and Gabrielle are having problems trusting each other when they come across a situation with painful parallels to their own
Part 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/royalcolors.htm
Part 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/royalcolors2.htm

Shadow Play
After THE BITTER SUITE, and still separated from Gabrielle, the warrior princess returns to kill a beast terrorizing the Amazons and winds up facing her own demons
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/shadowplay.htm

Those Whom The Gods...
Xena's doubts in the aftermath of THE FURIES, and Gabrielle faces down Ares with a little help from a Goddess
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/ThoseWhom.htm

When The Bough Breaks
Xena is forced to confront an evil from her past, when a murderer is on the loose
Part 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/WhentheBough.htm
Part 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/whenthebough2.htm
Part 3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/whenthebough3.htm

Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge
Really just too silly for words, but short
http://www.altfic.com/xena/pgfic/wink.htm

Xena's Present
A short vignette set just after A SOLSTICE CAROL http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/xenaspresent.htm

Series:

The Heart Knows
Still in Callisto's body, Xena must deal with what her arch enemy did to Gabrielle in her body http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/Heartknows.htm

Come Back To Me
Xena's back in her own body, but undealt with issues are holding her back
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/comeback.htm

Throw Of The Dice
Granted her sanity in a bet between the Gods, Callisto finds herself in a new world, with a new love...Gabrielle. Only Xena wants her life back
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/Dice.htm

Series:

Warlord
Gabrielle fantasizes about Xena the conquering warlord--some very mild, playful kinkiness
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/warlord.htm

Turnabout
This time Gabrielle gets to do some conquering--once again, very mild, playful kinkiness http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/turnabout.htm

ARTWORK

The Bath (Java required to view this piece)
http://www.altfic.com/lakeapps/lbath.htm
Steam Heat
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Steamyn.htm
NightTouch
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Cheektocheek.htm
Lost Souls
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Callisto.htm
Torches
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Torches.htm
The Temple
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Temple.htm
Untitled
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Profiles.htm
Atlantis
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Atlantis.htm
Ice and Snow
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/icen.htm
The Stone Men
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/stonehenge.htm
Not Quite A Queen
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Ephiny.htm
Lazy Days (with apologies to Maxfield Parrish)
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Pastoral.htm
Under Starry Skies
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/understars.htm
All Through The Night
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/bed.htm
Sunset
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/kissn.htm
Caesar's Vengeance
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/gladiator.htm
Acropolis
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/acropolis.htm
The Sea Cave
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/cave.htm
Aftermath
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/aftermath.htm
Dahak Or Strange Love
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/rape.htm
Carried Away
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/carriedaway.htm
Untitled
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/2shot.htm

SKETCHES

Cuddling
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/cuddling.htm
Her Smile
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/xenasm.htm
Adventurer
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/adventurer.htm
Madness
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/madness.htm
Warrior Princess, Amazon Queen
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/aqwp.htm
Chakram
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/xenach.htm
Temptation
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/ares.htm
Portrait of Xena in Charcoal
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/xenacharcoal.htm
Touching
http://www.altfic.com/xena/sketches/hugpen.htm

CALLISTO SECTION
The Fires of Tartarus (story fragment)
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/calfire.htm
A Certain Beauty to The Madness
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/BlueCallisto.htm
The Fine Line Between Love and Hate
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/calbak.htm
No Saving This Soul
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/calred.htm
To Know Thine Enemy, You Must Become Thine Enemy
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/calxena.htm
Smile When You Say That
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/smile.htm
The Rage and the Fury
http://www.altfic.com/xena/callisto/pastelred.htm

GUEST STARS
Boadicea
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/boadicea.htm
Cecrops
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/cecrops.htm
Cupid
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/cupid.htm
Draco
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/draco.htm
Ephiny
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/ephiny.htm
Iolaus
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/iolaus.htm
Melosa
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/melosa.htm
M'Lila
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/mlila.htm
Palaemon
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/palaemon.htm
Salmoneus
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/salmoneus.htm
Lao Ma
http://www.altfic.com/xena/gueststars/laoma.htm

STARGATE SG-1

STORIES

Everything
Has there ever been anything or anyone you'd risk everything for?
Part 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/everything1.htm
Part 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/everything2.htm
Part 3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/everything3.htm
Part 4 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/everything4.htm

Upset, Upended, And Upgraded
With the Tok'ra armband in place, Carter's hungry for more than just sweets.
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/upsetupendedandupgraded.htm

Series

Whispered Promises
Carter and Fraiser find themselves growing closer as they deal with injuries, would-be killers, and a hungry adolescent
Prologue - Ch. 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promisespro1_2.htm
Ch. 3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promises3.htm
Ch. 4-5 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promises4_5.htm
Ch. 6-7 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promises6_7.htm
Ch. 8-9 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promises8-9.htm
Ch. 10 - Epilogue http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/promises10_epi.htm

Coming Apart At The Seams
Past horrors come back to haunt Janet when she's accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy
Part 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/comingapartattheseams1.htm
Part 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/comingapartattheseams2.htm
Part 3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/comingapartattheseams3.htm
Part 4 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/stargate/prp/comingapartattheseams4.htm

ARTWORK

Once More Into the Breach (SG-1)
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/samnjanet1.htm
Illustration for Eco-Friendly?
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/ecofriendlyillo.htm
Illustration for Whispered Promises
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/promisesillo.htm
Comfort
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/sjcomfort.htm
Illustration for Another Sip of Wine
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/anothersipofwineillo.htm
Illustration for Imitations
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/imitationsillo.htm
Upgraded Temptations
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/upgrades.htm
Subtle Moments
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/sgsubtle.htm

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

STORIES

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Buffy and Willow have a tall and furry problem to work out http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/moon.htm

Series

Roommates: It's A Wonderful (Dorm) Life
Buffy discovers that sharing a dorm room with her best friend has some interesting results http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/wonderfulife.htm
Illustration for It's A Wonderful (Dorm) Life
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/dormlifeillo.htm

Roommates: Second Time's The Charm
So what do you say the day after taking best friendship to an all new level http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/secondtimesthecharm.htm
Illustration for Roommates: Second Time's The Charm
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/secondtimeillo.htm

Series

Spin, Spinning, Spun Out
A Tale of Love, Lust, Hormones, and an Empty Coke Bottle -- A study session goes awry during an impromptu game of spin the bottle, with interesting results http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/spin.htm

It All Depends On Your Timing
Buffy and Willow had put their night of passionate experimentation behind them, but everything changes when Willow is kidnapped by an incubus
Part 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timing1.htm
Part 2 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timing2.htm
Part 3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timing3.htm

Interludis Neanderthalensis
Cave-Slayer's on the loose and she's thinking some interesting thoughts.
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/neanderthal.htm

Whither Thou Goest...
A particularly dangerous vampire is in town and poses a threat to all Buffy holds dear
Prologue - Ch. 1 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whitherp1.htm
Ch. 2-3 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither23.htm
Ch. 4-5 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither45.htm
Ch. 6-7 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither67.htm
Ch. 8-9 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither89.htm
Ch. 10-11 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither1011.htm
Ch. 12-13 http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whither1213.htm

ARTWORK

Road To Somewhere
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/buffy2.htm
Best Buds
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/buffynwill1.htm
Untitled
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/buffynwill2.htm
Untitled
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/buffywill4c.htm
Illustration for Roommates: It's A Wonderful (Dorm) Life
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/dormlifeillo.htm
Illustration for Roommates: Second Time's the Charm
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/secondtimeillo.htm
Illustration for It Starts With Faith
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/dreiser/faith1illo.htm
Illustration for: A Two of a Kind Love
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/2kind1.htm
Illustration for A Wiccan Gets the Wiggins
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/wiccanwiggins1.htm
Illustration from It All Depends on Your Timing (#1)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timingillo1.htm
Illustration from All Depends on Your Timing (#2)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/timingillo2.htm
Photo Manipulation: The Prom Picture We'd Like to See
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/promnight.htm
Illustration for Interludis Neanderthalensis
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/neanderillo.htm
Photo Manipulation: Hugs and kisses
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/hugsandkisses.htm
Photo Manipulation: Oooo Baby
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/ooobaby.htm
Illustration for Chanukmas
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/pat/chanukmasillo.htm
Illustration for By the Light of the Silvery Moon
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/moonillo.htm
Illustration for upcoming story
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/bwkiss1.htm
Illustration for Whither Thou Goest...
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/buffy/prp/whitherillo1.htm

STAR TREK VOYAGER

STORIES

Not Just Strip Poker
Rumor has it Tom Paris is tutoring 7of9 in the art of strip poker and Captain Janeway is ready to kill, but Seven is far more interested in learning this new game from Janeway.
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/voyager/prp/notjuststrippoker.htm

ARTWORK

Emotions: All Too Human
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/voyager1.htm
Illustration for ...and your blood runs colder
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/andyourbloodillo.htm
Illustration for Not Just Strip Poker
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/voyager/prp/strippokerillo.htm
Confessions
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/voyconfessions.htm
Shared Glances
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/voyglances.htm
The First Taste of Love
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/voykiss.htm
Annika
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/astromet.htm
Illustration for Admissions
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/voyager/hughes/admissionsillo.htm

ALIEN RESURRECTION

STORIES

Alien: Odyssey
After crashlanding, Ripley and Call find themselves on an earth destroyed by war, quarantined by the military, and beset by internal tensions. Can they protect mankind from its own folly when they discover the aliens are still very much alive and building a new hive? Includes links to Illos.
Part 1 (Prologue-Ch 1)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey1.htm
Part 2 (Ch. 2-3)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey2.htm
Part 3 (Ch. 4-5)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey3.htm
Part 4 (Ch. 6-7)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey4.htm
Part 5 (Ch. 8-9)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey5.htm
Part 6 (Ch. 10-11)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey6.htm
Part 7 (Ch.. 12--Epilogue)
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/alienodyssey7.htm
Master Page of Illustration thumbnails
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/alienr/prp/illos.htm

ARTWORK
Untitled -- Java Required to view
http://www.altfic.com/lakeapps/lalien.htm
Alien Love
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/facehugger.htm
Almost
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/almost.htm
On The Run
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/looking.htm
Starburst
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/sunburst.htm
Interlude
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/interlude.htm
First Glimpse
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/firstglimpse.htm
Midnight Comfort
http://www.altfic.com/alien/digital/cuddling.htm

MISCELLANEOUS

STORIES

Well Met In Paradise
STRANGERS IN PARADISE
Katchoo and Francine face one another after ten years apart
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/sip/prp/wellmet.htm

Always There
PROFILER
A short piece with Angel and Sam discovering they're more than friends
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/profiler/prp/alwaysthere.htm

Unexpected
SEAQUEST
An undersea base, and some interesting confessions
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/seaquest/prp/unexpected.htm

ARTWORK

Two Forever -- B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/two.htm
Well, It's About Time... B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/b5kiss.htm
Starstuff -- B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/delennwindow.htm
Lady of the Lake -- B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/dulacflare.htm
Untitled -- B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/jdwind.htm
Shadowed Lives -- B5
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/jdshadow.htm
The Young Queen -- The Phantom Menace
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/amidala1.htm
At The Edge -- The Edge of Night
http://www.altfic.com/artgallery/eonart1.htm
Illustration for Day In Day Out by Sharon Bowers
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/lawandorder/bowers/dayindayoutillo.htm


Acknowledgments

Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.



Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy].One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)

The "Inside the Head of..." series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-66,68-70



Biography

a woman of mystery Amy Murphy
Thirty-one-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she has read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing fan fiction, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.


Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (24/124)
Favorite line: "I Have Many Skills" Various episodes
First episode seen: TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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