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1. Full Name? Lynne Diane Drury2. Parents? Ryan and Diane Drury3. What is your relationship with your parents like? I dislike my mom greatly. My dad is hilarious and we like to joke around, but he’s distant.4. Places lived? Kalamazoo, MI; Mulliken, MI; Fenghuang, China.5. Significant other? Jacek Lerych6. What languages does he know? Japanese, Chinese, German, English, Polish, Latin, Italian, French, and Spanish.7. What brought him to China from Poland????8. Where did you meet? China (teaching English)9. Favorite food? Prime rib10. Eye color? Pale blue11. Favorite drink? Martini12. Height? 5’3’’13. Your age? 2514. Skin tone? Ivory, a little on the tan side.15. Favorite childhood pastime? Asking questions. Always.16. Did you grow up poor? My parents were middle-class.17. Did you have pets? Growing up I had a hound dog named Captain Kirk and a Maine Coon cat named Russet.18. Personality type? ENTJ19. Birthday? March 12th, 196020. Favorite color? Spring green21. Characteristics? ambitious, bold, brilliant, cheerful, clever,critical, confident, curious, efficient, energetic, fair, fearless, funny, harsh, honest, impatient, independent, intelligent, sarcastic.22. Religious affiliation? Vulcan23. Political party? Democrat … but we’re all screwed; I preferto just call myself a lefty.24. Fan club? Star Trek - Trekky all the way25. Birthstone? Bloodstone (dark green with red specks)26. Degree? Masters in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University27. What is your idea of perfect happiness? I adore writing plays. There’s nothing better on earth.28. What is your greatest fear? That I’ll get caught up in “the system” of the world and forget to live.29. Favorite quote? “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.” 30. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Impatience(with stupidity)31. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? humility32. On what occasion do you lie? I value truth over all things, so I try never to lie.33. What do you most dislike about your appearance? My chubby cheeks.34. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Uh, ya” (sarcastic tone)35. When and where were you happiest? Sitting on a rooftop in China with Jacek holding me and dreaming of the yearsahead.36. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d want to be less critical of others.37. Hobbies? Playing french horn, writing, traveling, acting.38. Where would you most like to live? Some exotic place with sun, beaches and lush grass…39. What is your most treasured possession? A yellow topazpendant Jacek gave me.40. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Loose ends of a story; regrets or injustices that go unaddressed.41. How do you deal with conflict or change? I take both very well; I keep a cool head and I actually enjoy the occasional change.42. What is your favorite occupation? Teaching. I adore teaching.43. What is your most marked characteristic? My short, curly blond hair and my energetic nature.44. What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, intelligence, and an open mind.45. Who are your favorite writers? Percy Bysshe Shelley (English Romantic poet), William Shakespeare (I call him Old Bill), Henri-Frederic Amiel (Swiss poet), Theodore Dreiser (Novelist/Journalist), David Foster Wallace (novelist, short story writer, essayist).46. Who is your fictional hero? Hamlet47. What is your goal at this moment? Find out how to explainto my student why the English language has silent letters.Notes on how Lerych would tell this story:She likes to be sarcastic and playful; not too serious so when things get a little serious, she’ll throw in some joke so she doesn’t feel uncomfortable.She doesn’t like to admit her strong emotions, she would rather talk about the emotions of fictional characters. That is how she connects with people; through stories that are not her own. This is why love is strange to her. The first person she ever admitted to loving is her little student, Ai. When she has to leave, she says I love you for the first time in her life. She says it to both Ai and herbrother Song that she doesn’t really love. Ai makes her a little Chinese doll with blond curly hair, which she loses without realizing.Lynne loves Chinese culture and loves traveling. She gets tired of rice, though. The green she says she will always miss. When she moves to Washington, it reminds her a little or the green. Sitting on the hotel roof in Washington with the man she will soon marry, looking at Mount Rainier, she can’t help but breathe and lie back into Jacek’s chest. The beautiful peace of the night is passing and another story is on the horizon.Her writing isn’t dumbed down. She states her opinion, she states her facts. No “I think” or “I


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