Oct. 16th, 2011 01:59 am
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Hey! I'm doing a meme! How did that happen?

It happened because I saw [ profile] rainylemons do it, and hers was awesome. Here's how to play!

Comment to this post with "THE VERY NERVE!" (that's all you need do to start, seriously!) and then:
  • I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.

  • You update your journal with the answers to the questions.

  • You can include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions (but only if you want to).

Here are the questions [ profile] rainylemons posed to me (in italics), with my answers (and apologies for rambling).

1.) I love art - sculpture and paintings most especially. I could spend a whole post on things I love, but what I want to know is one piece of art that you most enjoy. Show me what and tell me why.

Can I pick two? I have a couple small sculptures in my writing area - both copies of course. I have always (always! - from the age of 6 or 7) loved history and stories/TV shows/movies about war - stories of people who risk their lives to safeguard others, or for a cause, and that's where I got my first taste of h/c. The first sculpture I have on my desk is called The Dying Gaul. (Image from a museum, not my desk.) What are his last thoughts, I wonder?

The second: Achilles and Patroclus is more commonly seen from a red-figure kylix by the Sosias painter, from about 500 B.C., but mine is a plaque and I don't know who made the original (or the copy). But I bought it on a visit to a Greek island, so it's special for that reason, too! (The h/c is a given, of course!)

2.) Think about your music and tell me what the top five most played tracks are. (Or CDs/albums if you're using the more physical means.) Tell me what, by who, and why they figure so heavily into your musical listening of late.

Ah, you picked one of my shameful secrets - I'm not musical at all! I like music fine - it's just not part of my daily life. Growing up, we listened to classical music (my dad loved opera), and I did take cello lessons for several years. My high school orchestra was so bad that after years of playing at graduation, they asked us not to play any more! But I never listened to 'modern' music until college. And now, I almost never put music on. I just feel like there's nothing I do in my day that seems improved upon by having music accompany it. (Hangs head in shame.) So I'll give you some random music-and-me factoids, instead?

  • Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is a favorite, I think because it feeds my love of sacrifice and loss (in fiction).

  • the last concert I went to was the Madison Wisconsin symphony chorus production of excerpts from Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov (plus some Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov).

  • when my son got married, he told me I had to pick a song for the traditional mother-son dance, and I picked the theme song from Firefly because it was the shortest song I knew.

  • 3.) If money were no object, what's one place in the world you'd most like to visit?

    That's a really tough question. I've always wanted to go to Ireland - the land of my forefathers, or 58% of them anyway. I want to walk where they walked... look up at the night sky and wonder what dreams and prayers they had. And I love to research family history, so I'd be rooting around in libraries, too.

    But my ideal day of vacation is to spend the morning hiking some remote wilderness, the afternoon reading, and the evening watching DVDs/TV shows/movies or playing games with family or friends. It doesn't matter much where.

    4.) What's your favorite/most effective way to salvage a crap day and put yourself into a good mood?

    Babies! I find a visit with any relative under the age of two or three puts me in a bubbly mood that's good for up to a week. For example, meet wee!Olivia!

    But when babies aren't available, my salvage-a-crap-day involves immersing myself in research. Sometimes for fic (orthopedic trauma... history...), sometimes for genealogy, sometimes for useful strategizing (travel research, medical research, financial planning). Get me in a library or surfing online and I'm mellow again.

    (Which isn't to say that random fanfic reading while eating junk food hasn't also been put to the task!)

    5.) What are some of your favorite SPN fics and why?
    Very tough question! It's much easier for me to pick authors than individual fics. I find my favorite fics are never the *best* fics, but the ones that most closely hit exactly what I was craving at that moment. That being said, here are some favorites:

  • We Mortals Be by [ profile] debbiel66 just nailed what I was in the mood for, when I didn't even know it: 11K of SPN gen Angry fairies cast Sam and Dean into a deadly forest where they come face to face with what it really means to be brothers. Her characters break my heart, in a good way, and I just wallow in the whump!

  • I only rarely read SPN slash - I don't see slash when I watch the show and only a handful of writers can make me want to imagine that it could happen. One of those is Treasure by [ profile] sonofabiscuit77 for the 2011 [ profile] spn_j2_bigbang. It’s 2018 and the human race is almost extinct, wiped out by a mutant threat not even the angels saw coming. Sam and Dean live on a military compound, one of the few remaining human communities still fighting for survival. Dean is one of the military leaders, dedicated to wasting as many of the mutants he can, while Sam, permanently injured and confined to the base, is desperately searching for the answer that will save what’s left of humanity, and finally bring both boys the peace they crave. And if you guessed that the "permanently injured" Sam played a part in my love of this fic, you wouldn't be wrong.

  • favorite writer who isn't writing any more? [ profile] kroki_refur. I ♥ EVERYTHING by her!
  • current favorite writers ? [ profile] roque_clasique, whose every word is a polished gem, and who writes Dean and Sam both with all the affection that each of them feels for the other. [ profile] ratherastory who delivers such entertaining h/c so prolifically (and also treats the brothers equally), and a special shout-out to [ profile] rainylemons and her Will You Serve 'verse.

  • It goes without saying that I'm an h/c junkie (and partial to limb trauma), but my real kink is for self-sacrifice, and that applies just as much to sacrificing something you want as it does to offering your life. My favorite fics usually feature that, and always are all about both brothers.

    Whew! Are you sorry you asked?

    Date: 2011-10-16 06:23 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    I'm jumping in (but not uttering that phrase *g*), just wanted to say yay for doing the meme. I always get a kick out of learning more about other people.

    And also. How the hell have I not read We be Mortals.?!! it's seems like everyone else in the world has. Awesome... it shall be going to the top of my reading list. <333


    Date: 2011-10-16 08:00 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    I love Will You Serve. The podfic is amazing and I've listened to it five or six times. Mm, horse liniment... ♥

    Date: 2011-10-16 10:56 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    *clears throat*

    The very nerve!

    In short, ask away!

    Date: 2011-10-17 11:54 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Yay! Thanks for diving in!

    1. Who was your hero when you were around 10 years old or so, and why?

    2. Tell me about a favorite book - favorite childhood book, favorite book you've read lately, and/or all-time favorite book.

    3. I'm equally curious about your job, but I know some folks don't like to get too personal online, so you choose. Answer any or all of the following - what's your current career and what led you to it, and/or what did you dream of growing up to be when you were a kid, and/or if you weren't doing X professionally, what could you see yourself doing instead? (And if you answer writer - be more specific about the kind of things you would write!)

    4. What are you afraid of?

    5. Okay. What's your secret to being a successful writer? Do you carry a notebook and jot down ideas when they come to you all day long? Do you organize and plot before you start? Do you set aside specific times of day and chain yourself to your desk? Do you limit your reading time to make time for writing? Do you edit as you go so that your first draft is pretty good-to-go? Do you use photos of the characters around your writing place to inspire you? What's the hardest thing about writing? Don't feel obliged to answer each of these specifically - just whatever you feel like babbling about!

    Thanks! Now, go post the answers on your LJ so we all get to know you better -- and if you want to invite others to submit themselves to the same challenge of answering questions from you, that's an option but not required.

    Date: 2011-10-21 12:20 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Hee! Sorry. I DO have this in a pending file. I've been unpacking and doing house stuff. I swear I haven't forgotten! :D

    Date: 2011-10-21 12:18 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    nudge nudge

    Date: 2011-10-21 01:01 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Olivia is SO CUTE!!! I am totally squeeing. No wonder she makes your days happier! Beyond salvage-a-crap-day. Thank you for sharing!

    I love that you chose the Firefly theme because it was shortest. And I am totally with you on the traveling (both Ireland and the remote wilderness (as long as I can give the creepy plants wide berth).

    We are opposites on the music question, however--music is through/around everything I am.

    But with that said, (deep breath): THE VERY NERVE!

    Date: 2011-10-21 12:18 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    Yay! Post these these questions (and your answers!) to your LJ - and invite others to play - if you want!

    1. Who was your hero when you were around 10 years old or so, and why?

    2. Tell me about a favorite book - favorite childhood book, favorite book you've read lately, and/or all-time favorite book.

    3. What was your first 'fandom' ever? Favorite TV show(s) as a kid or teen? What was the first fanfic you wrote?

    4. Talk to me about siblings. How many you have, where you are in the birth order, do you think you have the typical characteristics of someone in that slot... Are you close to your siblings? Closer to some than others? Has your relationship with them changed over the years?

    5. favorite all time vacation(s)? Or tell me about your dream vacation.

    (And if any one of these really doesn't inspire, feel free to make up your own replacement question and answer it!)

    Date: 2011-10-26 06:31 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    OMG THAT BABY. *eats her*

    I am quite flattered to see my name on your favorite authors list!!! What joy. But I am no good at memes so I will not say that sentence, LOL, though of course if you want to ask me something you're welcome to ;)

    Date: 2011-10-30 09:37 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    You know, there are authors whose knack for dialogue makes me envious, and authors whose ingenuity makes me applaud, and authors who are so prolific I only wish I could aspire to emulate them...

    But the writer I wish I could be when I grow up (no matter that I'm closer to Mary and John in age than Dean and Sam) is you. Because every word is pitch-perfect, carefully selected and yet seeming effortless. I never think about the writer when I read your fics - I'm completely immersed in the characters' lives and dilemmas, and you make me care about every character (even OCs) with equal compassion.

    So--anyway! My question for you *g* - what do you see as the future of books and publishing, and how does that affect your career aspirations? Does it?

    Date: 2011-11-02 05:42 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile]
    The future of publishing, oy...

    well, I think, of course, that more and more stuff is going to go digital, which isn't necessarily a BAD thing for authors... it will lead to more self-publishing, I think, and expand the publishing industry beyond just New York City and university presses, but I also think that Amazon is going to become an e-publishing Leviathan and eat everything with its ginormous scary mouth.

    It doesn't much affect my career aspirations, only because I don't ever see myself becoming the kind of writer who will make a lot of money -- I hope, I HOPE, that I'll eventually publish enough to land a university position teaching creative writing. That's about as ambitious as it gets, for me *g* But who knows. If that doesn't work out (and it very well may not), I'll try something else. *shrugs* I am pretty flexible right now, though I think that'll change as I get older, LOL. I told my Dad I'll try and do this writing thing for 6 more years, and if at age 30 it's gone absolutely nowhere, I'll re-route my life in a different direction.


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