I lifted this idea for a blogpost from Jessica Faust at BookEndsLLC, which is, by the way, a fantastic blog about reading, writing, agenting, and publishing books. The concept behind speed dating is that you get a short time, say ten minutes, to sit down with someone and get to know them. While I'm nobody important, I liked the interview format on BookEnds--it's very, well, bookish--and thought you might want to know a little more about me. So...
Name or internet pseudonym: Laura Wise (hence the @Laura_the_Wise of Twitter fame :P)
Currently reading: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, Lord Sunday by Garth Nix, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Next on the reading list: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman...and I'm probably overdue for a re-read of Harry Potter as well. ;) I also want to tackle a classic or two this summer, and I'm thinking about reading Vanity Fair.
Three authors living or dead you'd want to have dinner with: Stephen King, William Shakespeare, and...do I have to pick just three?? Oh fine, Philippa Gregory, because I'd want to talk to her about her historical interpretations of people like Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth Grey...
Glass half-full or half-empty: Well, that depends. Is it tomato juice or a frappucino? If tomato, half-empty. If frappucino, it had better be half-full.
Tea or coffee: While I love good coffee (two cream, two sugar), it's easier to get good tea than good coffee. So both, I suppose, but given the choice I'd probably take tea.
Live to write or write to live: A little of both. I get paid to write articles online, and will hopefully be paid to write other things in future. But mostly, since writing serves no practical purpose in my life, I live to write.