Athena Scalzi

Ask Me a Question!

Athena ScalziHey, everyone! Today I thought I’d mix it up and have a Q&A. I’ve been writing on the blog for over a month and a half now, and I thought to myself, these people read my posts, but how much do they really know about me? Obviously, you probably know at least some stuff, considering how much my dad has posted about me in the past, or if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you probably know a considerable amount! But I thought it would be fun to open up more and have y’all learn some trivial information about me.

So, if you would like to know something, leave me a question in the comments! Please leave only one question, but it can be about any topic! You can ask me about writing, my home life, my favorite ice cream flavor, or even something philosophical or political — but note, since this will be for just one entry, my response will probably only be a paragraph, at most. I plan to pick a handful of questions and answer them all in a post sometime next week. Fair warning that your question may not be picked, but I will definitely read all of them.

And as always, have a great day!


By Athena Scalzi

Twenty three year old girl living life.

80 replies on “Ask Me a Question!”

Are you thinking of being a writer, like your dad, or other things? If you want to be a writer what genre? If other things, I dunno, Wall Street pays smart people well.

Or I hear Organic Honey sells well in Ohio (not kidding, the wife and I bought a bottle at a cute stop in the middle of a 300 mile drive that gave an excuse to get out and walk around.

What are your thoughts about growing up in a rural area – plusses, minuses, whether you ultimately want to stay or move to a different setting? (As someone who grew up in rural Wisconsin until age 11, then moved to suburban Maryland, it was quite a transition…)

Do they still have that place with the neon “burritos as big as your head” sign in Oxford? (My brother moved away years ago and so the burritos in my life have all been regular-sized since.)

Do you think the best way for readers to get to know you is through answering general questions, or by reading your work and seeing how you reveal yourself through your writing? Is it your opinion that these are complementary? How do you wish to communicate yourself?

(If the above is coming across as snarky I don’t mean it to. I mean it in a general philosophical way.)

Someone already asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?,” but you are, in fact, technically “grown up” already. (I won’t impose the label if you don’t identify with it, though; I’m 28 and definitely don’t feel like a real adult in a lot of ways!) So, what *did* you want to be when you grew up, when you were a kid, and how did those hopes inform/lead to your current career/life goals?

You are kinda nerd-famous once removed (though becoming more known in your own right esp. over the last month)… do strangers ever recognise you in the street, and is that kinda creepy if they do?

How did you pick the college you attended last year? (For me, I went to the very big state school in the state where I lived, the school where my parents met, so it has always seemed like I had a boring decision and everybody else must have a more interesting thought process. That being said, I loved that school, it was great for me.)

You are the same age as my son (born 1998).
I’m wondering if you feel like social media is a net positive on society as a whole and individuals in specific; or is social media a social ill? And please define social media as you see it.

How do you feel about being photographed so thoroughly, by you dad? Is having a camera in your face something you had to get used to, or has it been like that as long as you can remember? My uncle was an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and I remember my cousins being a lot more natural in front of cameras than I and my siblings were (and more photogenic, possibly owing to that fact).

Hi Athena,

a question: What’s it like being your age in the US right now? I’m from Europe and not in my twenties anymore, and I find what’s happening in your country in equal parts strange and terrifying.



A magical spell has been cast upon you! You must now choose any one person living or dead, and fight them to the death in an arena and weapons of your choosing. At the conclusion of the death match you will both be magically reincarnated, and treated to a sumptuous brunch before being returned to your respective realities unharmed. The evil wizard who has cast this spell on you has tied it’s fulfillment to an adorable kitten. If you refuse the deathmatch the kitten will be…. (lets not go there, but the wizard implies unpleasantness.)

So, who do you choose, what are the terms of the death match, what do you talk about over lunch, and how do you see the scenario playing out?

Ps. I just went through this, be sure and try the lox during brunch.

Expansion on the first question – do you read much science fiction: If so, what sub-genre do you like, why do you like it, etc.
Bonus question: do you like that Scalzi guy’s writing? :p

Hi, Athena.

All things being normal and safe, what advice would you offer scared college freshmen to help them make the transition from high-school to college?

I ask because I’m an instructor and would like students to hear from someone who has been there within the last decade; it’s been about eighteen years for me. 😊

Based on some of your posts, you have quite different musical taste than your dad. Have you attended/listened to any of his dance DJ’ing at cons, and if so, what did you think of that event and the music?

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