Ask @laureninspace:

What is one thing that you wish more people were aware of about you?

Emperor J
Thank you for this. I would like to tell people that just because I'm going to Japan in March doesn't mean I'm rich. The last straw was when my senior coworker, who makes double my salary, remarked that! Ever since college, I've been putting money away in a fund to save for Japan. I've also been taking Japanese lessons for two years in preparation to travel there. I realize that from the outside it looks like I just decided on a whim to dump a few thousand on a fancy vacation, but people don't see all the boring hard work that led up to it.

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Has a story/beat given you the opportunity to try something really cool?

Writing about technology has allowed me to actually improve my life in the name of a deadline. I learned how to use GitHub, I learned Python, and I built a VPN and a wireless print server out of my Raspberry Pi.
Writing about fandom has been even better. I waited tables in a frilly dress at the Katsucon Maid Cafe to write a first-person tale of what it was like. I've gotten to interview people I really admire, like Nobuo Uematsu. And constantly, I get to answer questions for myself that I've always had like, "Why do anime fans buy wall scrolls instead of posters?" or "how do blind fans watch anime?" all in the name of work.

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Will you ever make a foray into e-sports coverage?

I have considered it, especially now that DOTA is such big news. The thing I need to consider is that at Forbes, my coverage can't overlap with other contributors' coverage, and there are already several games writers. Of course, that hasn't stopped me from writing about Konami and Yokai Watch, so it just depends how I cover it.

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How do you motivate yourself to accomplish stuff?

At the end of every month, I write a list of goals for the upcoming month in my journal. I make a checklist and a list of action items. I try to write in it every day to check in on which parts of the list I made a dent in, and which parts I need to work on. When the month is over, I transfer over incomplete goals and make new ones.

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What do you think of canned foods and how often do you eat them? Is there any particular canned food brand that you like/trust?

This is the weirdest question I've gotten that wasn't offensive in any way.
After a workout, I like to eat canned tuna on a bed of kale because I am a basic bitch white girl.
After I came back from Hawaii, I went on a spam kick for a while. I made spam donburi and spam musubi by marinating the spam in a little soy sauce and mirin.
And as my editor Helen knows, whenever my husband isn't coming home for dinner, I like to pour myself a glass of wine and eat a can of beets in the dark.

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Other than anime and otaku related stuff (includes games) do you have any other interests?

I love cooking and baking new recipes. I enjoy knitting, especially socks. I enjoy painting, usually acrylic on canvas. But most of all, I love to read. My favorite is when I can find classic literature I haven't read yet. I also subscribe to several literary journals.
Sometimes you'll see my new recipes or paintings on Instagram, but I don't make these hobbies a part of my online presence first, because they're analog, and second, because they don't fit into my online otaku persona. People are extremely complex and nuanced, and no blog or social media account can—or should—fully capture your entire personality. And honestly, it's nice to have a part of my life that I don't share with the rest of the world.

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What do you like to do for exercise?

Ever since I got into sports anime, I've prioritized exercise that forces me to push myself and set new personal records. I'm bad at sports, so that translates to running faster and further. I injured my knee in January so I'm back to running short 2 and 3 mile distances, but I'm doing physical therapy exercises and stretches in the hopes that I'll be back to 18 miles a week in the next few months. You can see if I'm actually sticking to that by checking out my Nike+ updates: https://twitter.com/laureninspace/status/582633671263461376

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Ugh Lauren you got me into Yowapeda and before I even realized it, my Tumblr dashboard's full of Toumaki

Everything is going according to plan! If it's your thing, you ought to follow my not-so-secret Tumblr, toumakitime.
Honestly, Yowapeda is in my top three favorite shows right now. Fujoshi temptations aside, I love that it portrays a diverse set of personalities (and body types) while emphasizing the importance of supporting one another even to reach individual goals. It's gotten me more active (though I'm a runner, not a cyclist), and it's inspired me to write my own stories (well, fanfiction). It's a show with a ton of heart and something for everyone.

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Any particular reasons why you didn't find Gundam Seed as compelling as other Gundam series?

Blake Hollingsworth
No modern hype, no past nostalgia? All my favorite series have one or the other tied to them. In short, it's not just the qualities of the show that make it a good show for me. Who would say Gundam Wing is a work of art? I just have so many memories tied to it that I can't help but love it. As for modern shows, they've been hyped, they have beautiful animation, and I get the experience of watching them along with all the other fans. Gundam Seed is an OK show with great Gunpla and cute characters, but it's more in a vacuum for me than other Gundam shows are.

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Favorite board game?

You asked the right girl. My friends and I play tons of board games so I know what I'm talking about. Right now I'm really into Betrayal at House on the Hill, because even though we've played it to death, we still get a different betrayal scenario every time. Tokaido, which is about competing to have the most pleasant vacation during the Japanese Edo period, is delightful. Stone Age is like a more cerebral Settlers of Catan. I also like Powergrid, which I think I'd be better at if I didn't play with so many economists.

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Do you like other mecha franchises besides Gundam?

Giant Robo is the best mecha show I've ever seen in which a giant robot cries. Voltron practically invented the hot guy + hot girl + loose cannon guy + fat guy + kid mecha team formula. Protectors of Universe—featuring General Black Man, a blue mecha—is a hilarious hate-watch. John has been telling me to watch Patlabor for ages, and I hear he's not alone in thinking it's amazing.

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Any thoughts on Gundam Seed/Destiny?

I just watched Seed for the first time last year, so it's very fresh in my mind. I found it very unoriginal after watching a lot of other Gundam series, but that didn't make it unenjoyable, if you get what I mean. Obviously I appreciated the pretty art. I loved Cagalli and her Strike Rouge, and Lacus and her pink Haro.
As for Gundam Seed Destiny, that doesn't exist. Just like there's only one season of Heroes and only three Star Wars movies. I have no idea what you're talking about.

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