I don't really have a bedside table as such - a couple of chests of drawers laden with books and Bibles and various bits of paper and a large tray of pens is about the best I can manage.
What is the geekiest part of your music collection?
I don't really know. It probably depends on what you consider to be "geeky". As I'm pretty geeky anyway, it's difficult for me to really know what either people might think to be the geekiest aspect of any given part of my life. Off the top of my head...well, I've got the whole of the Star Wars radio drama on my iPod (including Return of the Jedi, by which point they hadn't even got Mark Hamill in there so it sounds really weird...).
Actually, no, the really geeky thing is that when Logopolis came out on DVD I ripped the isolated music score to mp3 format, and cut it up into little individual tracks, some of which are no more than about 5 seconds long. It's quite fun, especially when I put iPpy the iPod onto shuffle mode and one of them comes up...
What do you eat when you raid the fridge late at night?
A bowl of cereal. Normally Coco Pops, for preference.
What is your secret guaranteed weeping movie?
I don't tend to cry very easily, and I can't think of any film that I regularly cry over. So I'll cheat and say the Press Gang episode Love and War - the final moments used to regularly bring me to tears.
If you could have plastic surgery, what would you have done?
I probably wouldn't. But I suppose some sort of lipo-suction could be helpful.
Do you have a completely irrational fear?
No, all my fears are perfectly rational. *g* I don't know, honestly. I mean, I'm scared of spiders and wasps and sharp objects...in fact, I'm always kind of scared of the possibility of breaking glass, to the extent that once in a previous job I, with a colleague, had to lift and carry some fairly large pieces of glass (probably about 6 foot tall) and I was having major panic attacks. Yeah, probably that.
What is the little physical habit that gives away your insecure moment?
Do you ever have to beg?
It's been known.
Are you a pyromaniac?
As a child I used to build little model spaceships out of cardboard and then set fire to them in little carefully created crash scenes. Never filmed them, though, and a career in special effects never happened. But even so, I think that's probably a "yes".
Do you have too many love interests?
Well, there's Sarah. I suppose there are some other people I crush on, but I wouldn't call them love interests.
Do you know anyone famous?
Well, I'm sort of vaguely on good terms with Rob Shearman - I was always a bit flattered when he'd recognise me and stuff. Same goes for Steven Moffat, actually. But on the other hand we're not talking about actual friendship here. So probably no.
Describe your bed
It's a bed. I sleep on it. The sheets need changing. There's not much more to be said.
Spontaneous or plan?
I prefer to plan, but increasingly I just end up winging it.
Who should play you in a movie about your life?
I can't really think of anyone who would capture my innate charm, sex appeal, and overweightness.
Do you know how to play poker?
What do you carry with you at all times?
Keys, money, wallet, glasses. iPod, watch and mobile normally.
How do you drive?
Not bad, all things being considered. Looking forward to getting good enough to take my test.
What do you miss most about being little?
Are you happy with your given name?
Yes, it's not bad.
How much money would it take to get you to give up the Internet for one year?
A lot. I don't think I'd cope.
What color is your bedroom?
A sort of pale near-pastel blue.
What was the last song you were listening to?
Anything is Possible, the 12" version, by Debbie Gibson.
Have you ever been in a play?
Yeah, a few school and church pantomimes. There's even video evidence of one where I'm an ugly sister.
Who are your best friends?
Sarah. Anyone else who wants me. God.
Have you ever been in love?
Yes, although when I was young I used to confuse "being in love" with "having a mad lustful crush".
Do you talk a lot?
Sometimes. Depends on the situation. With people I don't know very well, no. Although sometimes I keep jabbering just to stop a conversation from coming to a horrible pregnant silence...
Do you like yourself and believe in yourself?
Mostly, yeah. There are some things about me that I could be happier with, but on the whole I have faith that I'm not a bad person. And if anyone dislikes me, it's their loss.
Have you ever done any illegal drugs?
Do you think you're cute?
Um...I don't know, but I doubt it.
Do poor, homeless, or starving people sometimes annoy you?
The fact that poor, homeless, and starving people annoys me. They as individuals are no more or less annoying than anyone else - it depends what they do.
Do you consider yourself to be a nice person?
See the answer four before this one, I think.
Do you spend more time with your boy/girlfriend or your friends?
Well, I guess I spend more time with Tim (on the strength of sharing a house with him) than with Sarah (on the grounds that I normally only see her at weekends). But in terms of quality time, most of it's with Sarah.
What's one thing you wish you could do but can't?
Finish what I start. Especially fiction - whether short stories or projected novels, I've got loads of projects that I've started any haven't got beyond a couple of chapters. It's bloody annoying.
What is your ideal marriage location?
Chorleywood Free Church. Daft question.
Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?
I wish I could be better at playing guitar. Particularly playing a wider range of chords.
What's your favorite sexual position?
I don't really have one.
I don't really have one.
Something you love and hate?
One of each, or just something that inspires both love and hate at the same time? 'Cos I don't really do hate. I get irritated and annoyed by things, but hatred isn't really me.
What kind of bedding do you use?
Erm, sheets and a duvet.
What kind of soap do you use?
I used to use Cusson's Imperial Leather, but as I now shower rather than bathing, and as solid soap makes Sarah's hands dry, I use liquid soap. Can't remember the make. Possibly Sanex.
Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
I don't have a sex life.
What's the one language you want to learn?
How do you eat an apple?
Cut into quarters, cut out the core bits, and then eat.
What do you order at a bar?
Lemonade. No ice or lemon.
Have you ever pierced your body parts?
I remain unpierced.
Do you have tattoos?
Would you ever admit to having done plastic surgery of any kind if confronted?
If I could get as much removed as I'd hope, I wouldn't really have a choice. "Gosh, David, have you had surgery?" "No, I've just been on a really extreme crash diet..."
What's one of the "funniest" things you've ever done?
Probably loads, but I can't think of any.
Do you drive stick?
Yeah. Assuming this means stick shift rather than automatic.
What's one trait you hate in a person?
Homophobia. Particularly when combined with apparent ignorance about what homosexuality is and what homosexual people are like. I swear, anybody who uses the expression "the homosexual lifestyle" is really going to incur my utter utter wrath. Well, I'll give them a sound talking-to, anyway...
What's the soonest that you've slept with someone (or hypothetically)?
I've only slept with one person. I can't remember the exact timescale, but...sooner than I'd've liked (it was before we got married...it was probably within weeks of meeting, actually...)
What kind of watch(es) do you wear?
Old-fashioned analogue number.
Most frivolous purchase?
Dunno. Recently, on a groceries trip round Sainsbury's, I picked up Heroes season 2 on DVD, as well as a couple of other DVDs (Hot Fuzz and The Brave One), taking the shopping bill to over £100:00.
Do you consider yourself materialistic?
Yes. I don't really like to throw things away.
What do you cook the best?
I don't know. I like to cook anyway, but it's cooking to survive rather than cooking to be a flash chef, so it's all pretty functional. I've never died of food poisoning yet.
Favorite writing instrument?
AppleWorks. OpenOffice. In extreme circumstances, MS Word.
Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
I don't like to stand out, but on the other hand I don't really want to be part of the herd.
Do you have anything monogrammed?
Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
Probably not, but never say never. I'd actually quite like to wear a skirt one day, just for the hell of it.
What's one car you will never buy?
Have you ever done drugs?
What kind of books do you like to read?
Science fiction, fantasy, and/or humour, mostly.
If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Pay off my debts. Buy a laptop. Buy a house for me and Sarah.
Burial or cremation?
Just so long as I'm definitely dead, I don't mind. I've got this fear of waking up in a coffin.
How many online journals do you read regularly?
Between journals and comms, I've probably got about 150, although most of them I tend to flick past. I often set it to just read personal journals.
What's one thing you're a sore loser at?
I never like admitting defeat or failure in general. I prefer to just keep trying.
If you don't like a person, how do you show it?
Normally, don't talk to them. But it takes a lot to make me not like someone.
How many drinks before you're tipsy?
As I'm teetotal, that's a bit of a n/a
Favorite kind of porn?
Don't really have one. I'm fairly vanilla.
Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
It's not a situation that's ever arisen.
Do you cry in front of friends?
I have done, but these days I'm not much of a cry-er.
What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
Hopefully a good one.
What's one thing you like to do alone?
What's the worst thing you ever said to someone?
I don't know. I hope I'd never say anything really bad to anyone.
Are you a giver or a taker?
Probably more of a taker than a giver. Unfortunately.
What have you stolen before?
As a kid, I once walked out of a shop with a bag of crisps I'd not paid for. I then ran back and apologised. And paid for them.
When's the last time you cried?
Favorite communication method?
What is one thing you don't leave home without?
How often do you have sex?
What's the most painful experience you've ever had?
People I thought were friends treating me like dirt. That's never a pleasant thing.