2021 Edition: 1
Q: How did you find The ToO?
Brownie: I stumbled onto the SS first, and I'm not really sure how. Then the SS was down for a while and I found the ToO and migrated over here. I think what kept me here was the chat. I was so scared of everybody at first (everybody seemed so much cooler than me xD), but now y'all are some of my favorite people in the entire world!
Q: Do you have any pets?
Brownie Yes! I have a little parrot (green cheek conure if any of you out there are bird people) and my parents have a retriever mix that I occasionally claim as mine. Both are rescues and I love them to death! #adoptdontshop
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Brownie: I have always loved animals, so I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. I even went to college as a biology major with the intention of going to vet school. But I quickly discovered that life was not for me.
Q: Can you tell us what you do for a living?
Brownie: I'm an assistant editor at a textbook publisher. In addition to the books themselves, we edit and plan out curriculum supplements like lesson plans, test banks, PowerPoints, etc. I am currently in the business, computing & careers editorial department, but I've worked on a variety of projects including a nursing assistant curriculum, a health book and various family & consumer sciences titles.
Q: How would you describe your perfect coffee?
Brownie: Does a peppermint mocha count? Peppermint mochas are my all-time favorite coffee drink! On a day-to-day basis, though, I like a home-brewed cup of Starbucks mocha-flavored coffee with a splash of flavored creamer. And in the summer, make it iced!
Q: What is one lesson that the COVID pandemic has taught you?
Brownie: Patience! I've never done well with sitting still, but this time has taught me the value of appreciating all you have in the exact moment you're in rather than jumping ahead to whatever's next the minute you start to feel the least bit uncomfortable. I'm not sure what God's plan is in all this, but I'm learning to just be still and trust his timing.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Brownie: I think it depends on the weather. If it's nice outside, I like to just wander around and explore my city or go to the zoo or hike a nature trail. If it's rainy or cold, I prefer indoor activities like going to museums or having movie marathons at home.
Q: What is your most favorite thing about The ToO?
[Brownie:[/b] Bahahahaha, the money? But it's gone now
So, BART'S PORK RIND CLOSET
Q: If you could teach any lesson through AIO to reach your generation, how would you do that?
Brownie: Ooh, this is a great question! To be honest, I have so many ideas I can't list them all here (that's why I write fanfic lol). One topic I'd definitely like to address is legalism in Christianity. A lot of people in my generation have turned away from the church and their faith because the brand of Christianity we grew up with emphasized conformity and rule-following over a real relationship with Christ. That said, I would really like to see a character struggle with their faith and question if it's really real or all just a performance. Another theme that would be interesting to explore is, for lack of a better description, "when heroes fall." In my experience, Christians like to set up certain people, particularly church leaders, as almost super-human demigods. Then when these people fail or hurt us, it causes us to question our faith because we've placed it in the wrong person. It would definitely be interesting for the show to explore the fallout when a major leader-type character fails in some way.
Q: What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Brownie: Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
God gave this message to his people Israel when they were in captivity in Babylon because of their unfaithfulness to him. Even though they had turned away from him, he still had something amazing in store for them. This verse reminds me that there's nothing I can do to mess up God's perfect plan for my life. He's in control even when things feel out of control, and he is working everything out for his glory and my good.
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