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#585178 - Mon Jan 10 2011 12:26 PM Interview with Bionic4ever
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Gatsby722
I've always wondered: considering that there are so many strong and rather fearless women in all genres of fiction, what was it about the Bionic Woman that made her stand out so vividly for you - over and above some of those other powerful heroines that might have impacted your life?


I really admire that while she was strong and brave, she was not afraid to let her vulnerability show. She also remained feminine despite being able to knock any man clear into next week!

satguru
How is your website devoted to Bionic Woman going?


We are still going strong, after more than three years! We have over 60 members (about a dozen who are staunchly active) from all over the globe – and over 40,000 posts! We have become a great outlet for posting fanfiction and getting feedback from the other members before we post the stories on the bigger sites. One very exciting recent development is that several of our members for whom English is not their native language have begun to post stories....in English! They say they are very happy for the opportunity to hone their writing skills and their English at the same time.

cydonia325
You waited so long for an MS (multiple sclerosis) diagnosis. How did you know before your physician could exclude everything else?


When I started having tremors, I suspected MS. And the very same day that the thought first occurred to me, my Disability Specialist suggested I do some research on it. Everything fit. It was like reading a summary of my life for the last few years. While it is not a diagnosis anyone would want to get, it is a relief to have everything finally make sense.

cydonia325
Are you reaching out to others via online communities of people living with MS?


Yes, I have joined the Facebook MS board and met many wonderful people there. I'm finding myself able to help and encourage others now, the way I was helped and encouraged when I first found the site. I still go there to have my own virtual hand held every now and then, too.

Gatsby722
In following your posts, it is clear that you've had a very challenging stretch of time these past few years. It's terrific that you survived it with your head held high and your good spirit intact! After living through daunting events, though, I'm wondering what is the most important (one) thing you've carried forward?


I remind myself (sometimes daily!) that no matter how bad things seem, there is always the opportunity to better our circumstances – either on our own or with the help of those around us. Connected to that is learning not to be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed.

satguru
I know a little about your family, having followed the story in your blog. Can we learn a little more?


My mom moved back to Wisconsin last year (hooray!) and she and her husband are doing very well. My daughter (the one I raised) has been married for 4 years now and manages a party outlet store. My other daughter (the one I found after so many years) is an RN in a cardiac intensive care unit and has recently married a wonderful man. Bubba and Rocky (also considered family) are finally learning to get along and might actually like each other, although I suspect they don't want me to know that!

cydonia325
What can you tell us about your unbelievably super-sized cats--specifically Bubba, who appears in your avatar?


Bubba once weighed a whopping 21 pounds! Through a very careful diet, I got him down to 15 or 16 pounds, but buying the diet food on an extended basis unfortunately doesn't fit in a Disability budget. He is back up to 18 pounds now, but I will not allow his weight to climb any higher. He and Rocky (who has remained at a svelte 16 pounds) get carefully measured portions now - and not quite so many 'nummies'. They have proven that they are able to tell time (or at least 'tummy-time') because if I am even a couple of minutes late in getting their food, they are both certain to let me know! I call them my DestructoKitties and they never fail to provide me with new material to write about!

sue943
If you could wind back time, but with your current knowledge, is there anything that you would change about your life?


I would have left an awful job at the convenience store much sooner, before the stress had a chance to damage my health. In the same vein, I would have found some way to move out of my mold-filled apartment sooner. Good health is something to nurture and treasure!

Gatsby722
I know you're an avid writer! As such, I suspect that you've experienced more than one bout with "writer's block"? If so, have you found a way to get over those spells when nothing spills onto the page? How do you get your creative juices flowing again, when (or if) that happens?


This happens a lot! If I'm trying to write a Bionic Woman story, I might read over some of my older stories or set the two dolls (oops...action figures) on my computer desk for inspiration. I'll also go back and watch some of the episodes on youtube or my old VHS tapes. If I'm trying to write a blog entry for an unidentified Jane or John Doe, I sometimes have to walk away and do something else until they are ready to 'talk' to me. With general writing, I'll occasionally just go 'stream of consciousness' style and write, write, write until something useful comes out!

satguru
What are your plans as a writer and have you had anything published and where?


I've had numerous requests for a book about my two DestructoKitties, so that's what I hope to be working on soon; perhaps both a children's book (with pictures) and an Erma Bombeck-style book for grown-ups. I don't have anything published yet, just the stories that are posted online. When I was much younger, I used to say I wanted to be a writer; now I say I'd like to be a PAID writer!

Pagiedamon
I know you have written at least 140 fanfiction stories online--but only six quizzes for FunTrivia! Will we ever see more bionic4ever quizzes on FT?


I've been thinking about that a lot lately. Hopefully, in the near future I will be able to get back into the swing of doing that.

Pagiedamon
Besides writing, what is your real-life occupation?


I used to be a restaurant manager. I am retired now (even though I'm not really of retirement age) due to my disabilities.

cydonia325
Can you tell us a little about your collection of action figures?


Yes, I do still have them! They're no longer on my computer monitor, as I have a flat screen now, but Jaime Sommers is sitting on Steve Austin's lap, over on my TV shelf. Steve's Space Module/Diagnostic Center sits nearby. The others in my collection are really dolls and not action figures, but I have a Growing-Hair Chrissy, A (Topper) Dawn Doll and a reproduction of an early Barbie. They all stand behind Steve and Jaime, who have the front-and-center place of honor.

satguru
Something I always like to know: what originally brought you to FunTrivia?


When she was trying to get me interested in computers (and I was being quite stubborn about NOT being interested), my daughter Googled 'Bionic Woman' and then 'Bionic Woman – quizzes'...and here I am!

sue943
What do you most enjoy about being a chat board moderator and what do you most dislike?


I really enjoy the insight it gives me into what our members are thinking and feeling. I don't like it when I see someone disrespect the site or my fellow mods.

Pagiedamon
You've been moderating the chat boards for ages. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen over the years?


Things have changed a lot! I was here for the politics and religion boards – and they got quite unpleasant before they were eliminated. I remember a couple of times that I stayed up most of the night, just pulling posts off of those threads! In the last few months, it's been great to see the chat boards growing more lively again. We can have plenty of interesting discussions without all the verbal sparring!

sue943
If you could have an all-expenses vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?


I would love to go to Disneyworld! Haven't been there since I was very young, and I love to read the dining and trip reports on the Disney forums; they always make me smile.

sue943
Who in history (alive or dead) would like to have dinner with?


I would really enjoy having dinner with Kenny Johnson – the man who created The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk and so many other wonderful characters. I think he is a creative genius. If Lindsay Wagner could be at the table, too, that would be a bonus.

Pagiedamon
What is your greatest strength? Weakness?


I think my greatest strength is determination. If I set out to do something, I WILL do it – which ties into my greatest weakness....I can be very stubborn! I need to work on being willing to admit when I need help!

Gatsby722
What's your favorite adjective?


Comfortable.

Well, that's me in a nutshell. I hope I wasn't too boring! Thank you for all of these great questions!


Thanks to all who took part.

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#585205 - Mon Jan 10 2011 12:52 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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That was a good interview, Bionic4ever. I'm glad I finally got to "meet" you. I hadn't known hardly anything about you until this interview. smile
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#585206 - Mon Jan 10 2011 12:53 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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I was very happy to have the opportunity to do this. smile
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#585738 - Tue Jan 11 2011 07:27 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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Very interesting to learn Beth, I am also a writer waiting to be a professional after my first public magazine article last year. I've got the full picture of your family as well now, which I could never quite piece together till then. I hope your career takes off though, you are certainly determined as you say in every respect!
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#585765 - Tue Jan 11 2011 08:22 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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Beth, this is a lovely, warm, friendly thread.
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#585773 - Tue Jan 11 2011 08:42 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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Very nice, Beth! grin I loved reading the whole thing! More...whenever you're ready. smilee Thank you!
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#585801 - Tue Jan 11 2011 11:28 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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What else would you like to know? I guess I should have said that although I'm retired, I work with several different online missing persons groups to get Amber Alerts and Endangered Child Alerts spread across Facebook. I also spend some of my online time writing blog entries about unidentified (deceased) Jane and John Does. The blog entries are written from each Doe's own perspective and so can be quite challenging. I try to find ways that I can be useful that don't require two strong legs and a lot of stamina. Stick-to-it-iveness, I've got. Stamina...not so much. The time I spent homeless made me want to make life better in whatever ways I am still able to do so. Staying useful is very important to me.

I should have mentioned my Dad in the family question (because not everyone got a chance to read my blog). He passed away in 1991; I still miss him terribly. I know he'd be so proud of how his only granddaughter grew up...and he never had the chance to get to know my second daughter. Also gone from my life are my beloved old Tabby cat, Tigger - and Bubba'a mama cat, Buttin. My daughter built a memory shelf and a photo collage of each of them, which I treasure.

And to answer the MS question a little bit better, the neuro says I have lesions on my brain and smaller ones on my spine that are 'consistent with MS' but he is 'not comfortable with that diagnosis' until I have the lumbar puncture (spinal tap). It is finally schdeduled for Monday the 17th at 7:30 for prep. The procedure is at 9 and then they will be 4 - 6 in the same-day surgery ward before I can go home. People are calling me brave, but I really am not so brave. When I found out IV sedation was offered, I asked for it. Oh yeah...if that's available then please put me out. This will hopefully be the last test, at least for awhile. Then, hopefully, treatment can begin.

Thank you so much to those who took the time to provide the questions - and to you for reading them!


Edited by bionic4ever (Wed Jan 12 2011 04:29 AM)
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#585814 - Wed Jan 12 2011 12:33 AM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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bionic4ever, it was good to have some "post blog" news of you and the felines.

That was a lovely interview with such thoughtful questions and answers.

I'd suggest, if I may, that your Dad would be immensely proud of you, too.

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#585965 - Wed Jan 12 2011 03:44 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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Originally Posted By: Tobyone


I'd suggest, if I may, that your Dad would be immensely proud of you, too.


Thank you; that really means a lot to me. smile
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#589564 - Wed Jan 26 2011 01:51 PM Re: Interview with Bionic4ever
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Very nice interview; thank you.
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