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Year in the Life Meme: [personal profile] oursin gave me 2003.

Age then: thirties

Age now: forties.

Relationship then: Recently divorced and not dating.

Relationship now: Married to Spouse.

Where I lived then: house in the unpopular neighborhood.

Where I live now: same house, but the neighborhood's now very popular. Would be great if I wanted to sell, but since I want to stay here for the forseeable, the higher property taxes are a drag.

Was I happy then: Overall, yes. As difficult as it was to be the single parent of a mentally disabled child while working full-time, my life was still so much easier than it had been while I was living with my ex. I had just discovered international folk dance and was enjoying the music and the exercise, as well as meeting new people (one of whom was Spouse).

Am I happy now: Reasonably. My income isn't keeping up with rising expenses, and the prospects for my finding a better-paying job aren't great, but I make enough to keep us fed and housed, and I have sufficient sick leave to deal with the routine ills of young children. I'm still physically functional; I have some in-person friends; my family life is decent. I'm frustrated that my writing has dried up again, and I'm concerned about my family's longer-term future, but right now things are okay.

Ask for a year in comments if you'd like one. If I happen to pick one you're not comfortable writing about, please let me know and I'll choose a different one.

letter meme

Feb. 7th, 2015 10:30 am
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Via [personal profile] oursin; my letter was S:

Something I hate: Sinus infections.

Something I love: Spinning (fiber version, not exercise version). And one of my current spinning projects is a blend of Southdown wool and silk; it's a great spin, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished yarn turns out.

Somewhere I've been: South Dakota, for a music camp reunion many years ago. I don't remember much about it, other than a Viking sculpture on the university campus.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Scotland. A local musician runs an annual tour there, and I'm hoping family, money, and time will converge before he stops doing them. And Salt Lake City, when I have time to spend a week immersed in genealogical records.

Someone I know: My sister-in-law, whose name starts with S, and who is an excellent scholar of post-colonial North American literature.

A film I like: Well, there's of course Star Wars, the original; several of the original Star Trek movies and the first Star Trek reboot; and the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. If we're going for a less popular film, Mel Brooks's Silent Movie.

Comment if you'd like a letter!
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Meme via [ profile] thesmallhobbit:

Pick 12 characters from any fandoms and list them before you read the questions that follow.

castiron's picks:

1. Polly Milton
2. River Song
3. Fiver
4. Jordan Cochran
5. Gonzo the Great
6. Aeron Aibhell
7. Faramir
8. Mrs. Hudson (ACD canon version)
9. Alys Vorpatril
10. Dame Philippa Talbot
11. Fanny Price
12. Joe Willard

well, this should be interesting )
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Via [ profile] tweedisgood and [ profile] smallhobbit: Pick a question, and I'll answer in the comments.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
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Via <user name=oursin>:, who gave me 35.


I lived in: my own house with my son

I drove: a white Pontiac Grand Am

I was in a relationship with: an interesting guy I'd met through folk dancing

I feared: that my son would never be able to communicate

I worked at: a university press as their website manager

I wanted to be: able to write again


I live in: same house, more people

I drive: a Cutlass ciera, a Dodge Caravan, or a Plymouth Voyager depending on which is working

I'm in a relationship with: same guy

I fear: that either I've already accomplished everything important I'm ever going to do, or  I'm oblivious to something important I'm still supposed to be doing with my life and therefore am failing to do it

I work at: same place, digital publishing manager

I want to be: certain of my vocation

Comment if you want an age -- you can give me an upper limit, or just subtract 10 or 20 or so if I overshoot.


What struck me about this was that I had a much harder time coming up with the answers for 35 than I would've for 25.  Well, house/car/relationship/job were no problem, but my inner life? I can't remember that as clearly as I can remember what it was ten years earlier.
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Via half my friendslist; I think I saw it on [ profile] tweedisgood's journal first.

Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fanfic at AO3
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G characters:

1. Leave a comment to this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

Meme via [personal profile] oursin, who gave me G.
G is for...drat, I should've included Grover from Sesame Street! Consider him #6. )
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Via [personal profile] oursin and [personal profile] heleninwales:


1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 20 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ (or DW) denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ (or DW) denizen wins admiration.

(My modifications: I'm including the non-English-language ones I have lyrics for as extra bonus entries. I'm tempted to skip duplicate artists -- like any proper random selection, certain musicians are over-represented -- but am leaving that as-is.)

alas, Kansas's Play the Game Tonight wasn't in the top 20, because that would have been appropriate )
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Via [personal profile] legionseagle:

You, the reading list, give me two characters you know I'm familiar with from different fandoms, and I'll give you a dialogue between them, without justifying how the crossover would work, how their worlds clashed, or how they could even meet each other -- just a silly crossover conversation for fun with no backstory.


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