Random Interview Saturday! Vincent Trigili

The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

Today we have Vincent Trigili, who has trekked from afar to regale us with his tales of wonder!

Vincent Trigili
Author Bio

Vincent, father and husband of nearly two decades, holds degrees in both Math and Computer Science. In addition, he has published an astronomy journal, numerous articles, poetry and other works.
He got his start in writing fiction as a small child, losing himself in the worlds he dreamed up in order to escape the doldrums of normal life. Now, using his formal education and extensive career experience, he excels in creating fictional worlds of depth and rich fantasy, while maintaining a foundation of reality based on science and technology. 
His Lost Tales of Power series is a clean Space Opera that one reviewer called "Harry Potter mixed with Rambo"  is similar to Star Wars with a much stronger fantasy element. 

His The Dragon Masters series follows the life of Silverleaf, a dragonmaster who was born into a world without dragons, and doomed to die as a madman alone in the wilderness until a young woman enters his life, and a mysterious army marches across the land destroying all in its path. 

The Interview

Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order?
And end to daylight savings time. All clocks are returned to reading the actual time of day as per the permanent astronomical clock in the sky. Anyone caught violating this order will be forced to listen to Vogon poetry all the days of their lives.

Describe your life as a film genre. Probably an Action -> Comedy -> Crime ->Thriller -> Feel Good Movie.

Tree House or Cave? And why?
Having grown up on the coast where hurricanes routinely show trees how weak they are, a cave. Besides, with a cave, you can draw on all the walls! No to mention you can tunnel down to an underground river for a swim, and have vampire bats for guards.

During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice? 
Well duh! Did you not see Independence day? A Mac Book computer, obviously!

On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion? 
Pretty darn good. At least an 11 or 12. See, I know this because all of those Facebook quizzes about who will survive a horror movie say that I am the lone survivor. Given that they are highly accurate and trustworthy, I feel sure I will be fine in any such scenario.

If you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be? 
It would have to be something plus a tardigrade. Maybe a peregrine falcon and tardigrade! Think about it. The fastest animal alive, and the toughest combine forces. Man, I think I want to be one. Would make Iron Man look like Paper Boy. :)

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon? Zen Pencils did a take on Bill Watterson's advice that basically says - Do not let your job define your life, find your own meaning. The cartoon talks about taking other jobs so that you can build up to the career, the life you really want. I think there is a lot there in for all of us. You can either work a job you hate all day long and have no emotional energy left to give your family and your night, or you can choose a career that allows you to enjoy life. That is second only to watching out for falling anvils. Man, those things can come out of nowhere!

If you were the captain of a space ship, what would its mission be? Exploration? Colonization? Partying? Exploration. Probably too serious of an answer for your interview, but as an amateur astronomer, I have seen many beautiful sites from afar. I would love to visit them. I want to see the star nurseries and where planets are born. I want to race a comet around a supernova. But, I will have to settle for just writing about them for now...

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What advice would you give to a new author coming up? - Persistence over skill, every time. Start small, pick small goals, and achieve them. Then go a little bigger. Then a little bigger. Keep feeding the next step with the out of the prior step. Forget flash in the pan success and think multi-year or longer. But mainly, persistence over skill, every time.

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  1. Funny interview with a funny, interesting guy.
    My 2 cents: Persistence often begets skill.


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