Meet my friend Nathan Waddell

I have a lot of talented writerly friends.  I'm a lucky immortal!  Today I get to introduce you to another one of them: my friend Nathan Waddell (best known to me as Homie Bear).  Quick facts: Nathan and I used to be roommates.  We traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, and New Zealand together.  Homie features frequently in the early years of The Crypt.  We both love books.

"Tell me more!" you cry.  Well why not let Nathan tell you in his own words?  Here are five quick questions I posed to him and his replies. 

1. Tell me your favorite story from the early days of our friendship, Homie.

Hmm, there are quite a few but I think I love that we flew out to Vancouver to see Marilyn Manson, and got all dressed up for it. That was awesome. Also, that whole Malaysia/New Zealand thing was fun too.

2. What is one of your fondest travel memories (and where were you)?  

Hmmm, probably the week on the Perhentians (in Malaysia), just relaxing and then taking SCUBA school after we met those Calgarians. Who, incidentally, showed up on my doorstep completely coincidentally (they were here for book club through a mutual friend and had no idea of our prior connection until I pointed it out to them "I know you from somewhere. Perhentians, right?") one night and our families have been great friends ever since, though they moved to Ohio just now sadly.

3. What are the top three life lessons you want most to impart to your two daughters?

Oh my god. This is the hardest question of all time! Reserving the right to say this isn't set in stone: 1. Don't give up, you can be awesome but you have to choose it. 2. You kick ass. 3. I love you more than you can ever know and there is nothing that will change that. Ever.

4. What's your favorite book?  Why?

Top ten you mean? ;) For now I'll say The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. LOTR of course. A lot of Dan Simmons' stuff. But yeah, The Diamond Age. Read it five times or so now.

5. If you could be best friends with one fictional character, who would you pick?

Hm. Maybe Tigger? Weird choice I know but he has the attitude and outlook on life that is pretty inspiring, especially when you compare it to his peers like Pooh Bear and Eeyore and Rabbit and Owl. Always enthusiastic and excited to be doing whatever he's doing. It's infectious.

You can find Nathan at his blog or on Twitter.


- Corinne Simpson