Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Introducing Corey R. Scales: New Contributor to M3

20 Questions for Corey
Adapted from Snoop by Sam Gosling

1. What's your full name? Do you have a nickname no one calls you anymore?

Corey Raymond Scales. My birth certificate says that my middle name is 'Ray', which is the same misprint that my grandparents made on my dad's. I was almost named after him, which would've made me Harvey Ray Scales, Jr. This would destine me to either have become a serial murderer, a political assassin (they always have three names), or that guy in the Ford pickup truck that repairs your septic tank. And, no, I never had a nickname.

2. If given the choice of any person alive or dead with whom would you want over to dinner as a guest? Why? 

Living: I think it'd be interesting to have iconic comic book writer Grant Morrison, mainly because I'm an enormously huge fan boy and he's a great conversationalist. Dead: Charles Mingus and Nina Simone, who were musical geniuses and possessed great dead-pan senses of humor.

3. Before making an important telephone call do you rehearse what it is you're going to say? What do you think about people who do?

I'm OCD, so I have a habit of rehearsing most stuff in my head before I do something. It's not the most fun thing in the world to leave it up to me to order takeout.

4. Explain in as much detail as possible what would constitute a perfect day for you.

What I consider a perfect day changes on a regular basis. I like having a great workout at the gym in the morning, since it's a lot cheaper than therapy and I don't have to look through expired copies of O! Magazine if I get there too early. It's also a great day for me when I can be productive, whether it be getting some writing done or an art project started. Add in preparing a great meal (or picking up one if I'm pressed for time) and catching up on my Netflix queue will make it all non-congealed gravy for me.

5. When was the last time you sang to yourself or to someone else? Would you ever sing in public in honor of someone you love?

I sing to myself regularly, but make it a point to not do it in front of others. This is based on the fact that I'm not especially thrilled with my singing voice and have no musical talent whatsoever, something which took me several years of varying instruments to realize. And the very fact that I loved someone would be the very reason I wouldn't sing to them.

6. If you could live to 100 and retain either your mind or your body at 30 for the rest of your life which would you choose?

Having the body of a 30 year-old and a mind possibly riddled with dementia doesn't sound like an amusement ride I'd like to board. Having my brain circa age 30 would ensure that I could continue to write and practice my blackbelt in advanced sarcasm. I might be wearing an adult diaper, but I could provide some killer color commentary while it's being changed.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? Would you want to know exactly how when and where you will die?

I'm hoping that I make my grand exit at a ripe old age in my sleep after getting laid (twice), but often obsess over especially fucked up ways that I could bite it. This is the downside to a life of reading horror and crime fiction. I have no interest in knowing when or where the grim reaper will show up, but just would prefer a death that wouldn't be featured on 1000 Ways To Die.

8. If you could change anything about the way you were raised what would it be?

I would've preferred a much better relationship with my father, who I had an especially uneven coexistence with. Also, I would've loved to have been encouraged more at an early age to pursue filmmaking and been given a camera/editing equipment. It would've made things a lot easier.

9. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality what would it be and why?

I guess it'd be a tie between telepathy (more so Emma Frost than Jean Grey, since I think I'd look horrible in tights) and having the ability to fully absorb the contents of books/documents just by touching them. I could catch up on my reading great that way.

10. Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?

Until the past few weeks I would've said to finally leave Maryland to embark on my career on the West Coast, but that's about to come to fruition in another two weeks (well, I'll be living in Houston for a bit until I land a book deal). So, I guess I'd say getting to travel more, which was hampered by lack of finances and opportunity.

11. What is your most treasured memory? How would your personality or life change if you discovered that the memory was false?

I have too many to actually list one as the "most treasured", but I can pick one at random. I'd say it'd be going to New Orleans for the first time, a city that I'd obsessed over for years but didn't get to visit until I was 20. I love that, despite it being in the United States, it feels a world apart from the rest of this country and is multi-layered in ways that it'd take you months to discover. It'd be especially upsetting to realize that my memories of visiting turned out to be fake, but would like to know who slipped me the ruffie.

12. If you knew that in one year's time you'd die suddenly is there anything in your life you'd change right now?

I'd convert to stealth mode in regards to creativity and make it a point to get as much accomplished as possible, leaving a mark before I died. What's wonderful about art is that it often outlasts the person that created it.

13. What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Do you still feel any embarrassment when you think about it?

Being in my first relationship and being informed by my boyfriend's ex that, despite my original perception, they were still sleeping together. It was like one of those waking nightmares that you keep pinching yourself to wake up from and only end up having to invest in Neosporin for your heavily bruised arm. I have no embarrassment about it these days, since I'm not even close to being the person I was then.

14. When was the last time you cried in front of another person? By yourself?

The last person I cried in front of would be a guy I'd developed intense feelings over, having an impromptu emotionally naked moment with him via Skype. My mom had just passed a month before and my emotions felt like they'd been run against a cheese grater. As for by myself, it'd been a few weeks ago when something on television triggered an emotion in me and the rest was a blubbering snot bubble mess. Glad no one saw that one.

15. What, if anything, is too serious to joke about? Why? Do people ever think of you as insensitive?

I inherited from my mom the ability to find humor in the most unlikely places, so I'd honestly say nothing. Humor can be a healing release and I've actually felt just a little bit lighter when stumbling across a comedic gem among the towering pile of dread. And, as far as I know, I've never been called insensitive by anyone regarding that.

16. What is the biggest misconception people have about you? Is there anything you can do to change it?

I frequently get labeled as "straight-laced" by people because I don't drink or smoke. Honestly, I have no idea how having zero interests in those things makes me a Mormon, since I'm an especially unconventional kind of guy. I don't drink because I never got anything out of alcohol except making me sleepy, something I could get for a lot cheaper with Nyquil (and no cover charge, either). I don't smoke because I'm the child of two parents that smoked until their 40's. My dad quit after he had a heart attack and my mom finally quit when I kept detailing how Oliver Twist-esque my childhood would turned out were she to suddenly die. I think my tacking pictures of diseased lungs on her door helped, too.

17. When was the last time you were afraid that you were about to die? Did you feel grateful or lucky to be alive afterward?

I came very near death several times as a kid due to being sickly; strep throat and I have a lengthy history. On a number of occasions my mom told me I ran fevers so bad they had to rush me to the ER to submerge me in ice. I'm naturally grateful to still be here and who exactly wouldn't be?

18. If you were to die tomorrow is there anything you wish you would have done? Not done?

I wanted to learn Spanish, something that I've had bad luck with mastering since high school (thanks a lot, ADD!). I also really wish I hadn't gone to film school in New York, since I'm still battling the organized crime agency known as Student Loans to this day. I honestly think I could've gotten a lot further taking the money my mom spent on college and just invested it in making a low budget film. Hell, Paranormal Activity got made for $15,000!

19. If you were forced to flee a burning house and you could easily save any item without endangering your life or others, what would you save?

That would be my computer, since all my music is on it as well as documents. I'd be especially upset about my books getting torched and probably have to be sedated by the paramedics at some point, but the majority of those could be replaced further down the road.

20. What do you feel most ashamed about doing in your life? Most proud of?

I still feel ashamed about having not asked for the help that I needed growing up in school, which might've helped my learning disabilities getting diagnosed early. But, I caught hell enough as it was from the other kids for being the weird one and really wasn't interested in arming them with more rocks for the catapult. After awhile I quit giving a shit and developed a skin thick enough to make a rhino look like Mary Kate Olsen in a one-piece. I'm most proud of the fact that I did exactly what I set out to do as a writer and artist, still intent on getting my work out there and won't stop until I do. I'm an especially tenacious bastard and it works for me.

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