As sometimes happens, a couple of things came together to inspire this post. First, one of my nephews interviewed me for a school assignment and asked some good questions about how one gets a book written, edited and published, an ambition we share. Second, I know a couple of cartoonists using Formspring.me, which is a very simple web thingie where anyone who wants can anonymously ask you anything they want, and you answer. Really. That's all it does. But it's interesting.
I don't want to do Formspring. The last thing I need is another Internet time-sucker demanding attention. However, I do like the idea of an "ask me anything" Q&A and thought I might just try it here. Serious, funny, trivial, anonymous or not. Anything. Ask your questions in the comments for this post and I'll reply.
I see two hazards: someone asks something I don't want to answer, or no one asks anything at all. I expect the latter. If the former, I reserve the right to evade or, if the question's completely out of bounds, delete (that's true on Formspring as well, BTW). But I promise I'll make a good-faith effort to answer as honestly as I can.
Keeping in mind that I'm not expecting the Spanish Inquisition--NObody expects the Spanish Inquisition!--let's see how it goes.