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And I think the winter will be wonderful [Feb. 5th, 2011|10:34 am]
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ENTRY FROM GERMANY:

Okay, that first flight was annoying, but mostly because of the usual 12 screaming babies. I slept. Some.

I just keep telling myself that after we get off the next flight, we'll be home. Dc! Yay!

Yes, after leaving the Chennai airport, I was mostly over my sadness about leaving and more thinking of my own bed and my cat and writing stuff. Balaji is already fantasizing about Phil Simms. Er, i mean watching inside the NFL. AND Phil Simms.

Long ass layover in Frankfurt this time, a lost 5 hours, and they threw out our duty free scotch from India because apparently you can only carry it on if it comes through another eu country. Which makes sense, admittedly, but I do wish theyd thought to tell us that in India.

Ah well, talk to y'all again soon. Mmmmm home. I have to admit that I do love the USA... Especially when I'm out of it. It's not so bad, sometimes! :D

Right, my €8 is about up. Later!

ENTRY FROM NOW:

Aaaand I'm home-as it turned out, my €8 was up just before I went to press send. That's what I get for admitting to liking the US, I guess. The world disagrees!

Last night I slept for about 12 hours and have a fucking headache, but the lag won't really catch up to me until tonight. Balaji's already watching nonstop Super Bowl coverage (thank god we were gone these two weeks...). Phil Simms, last night. Yeah. He went there.

Today, I'm going to sub the full of Equilibrium, send out acknowledgments for RPP, and send out no thank yous/short list notices for the first week of stories. Because yes, I read them in India. The pile is thick this time, I didn't want to get buried alive. Also, write Mark and let him know about the sub I read in flight.

But I gotta do all this before the lag hits me, so I'm off!

[ETA: Success! Now, to do nothing!]

Also, I stole this from Sarah:

Your result for The RPG Class Test...

Spellsword

59% Combativeness, 40% Sneakiness, 71% Intellect, 25% Spirituality

Aggressive, but with the brains to back it up: You are a Spellsword!


Score! You have a prestige class. A prestige class can only be taken after you've fulfilled certain requirements. This may mean that you're an exceptionally talented person, but it probably doesn't.


Spellswords combine arcane might with combat know-how. They're much tougher than mages, like to wear armor, and can cast spells through their weapons. They're very, very, good at doing lots of damage to a single target very quickly, and while not quite as tough as most fighters, are still pretty hard to kill.


You're both smart and aggressive, which means that you're probably pretty dangerous when pissed off. You also tend to be somewhat straightforward, which is nice, and don't have much use for spirituality or mysticism.

Take The RPG Class Test at HelloQuizzy

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He promises me I'm safe as houses, as long as I remember who's wearing the trousers [Jul. 19th, 2010|04:20 pm]
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Dude, something was wrong with Balaji's stomach yesterday, but something's always wrong with his stomach. Now today something's wrong with mine and I realize too late that the fucker had a bug. Dammit!! Queasy and gross, but hey, if he's any indication, it's a 24 hour thing. Still, fuck.

So I took him to Union Station a few hours ago and put in Aldo's CD on the way back. It is seriously my favorite fucking CD ever:

1. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side - The Smiths
2. Endlessly - Muse
3. Never Let Me Down Again - Depeche Mode
4. Poison Heart - The Ramones
5. Hateful - The Clash
6. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
7. The Hand That Feeds - NIN
8. Nobody Loved You - Manic Street Preachers
9. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
10. Angie - The Rolling Stones

So now I'm in an Aldo Mood: listening to NIN very loud and drinking Coke.




Icon Meme, since my brain is broken anyhow )
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just wait until the shine wears off [Nov. 12th, 2009|02:28 pm]
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I feel like shit today, and it's raining again, so I can't get to the store. Which I guess is good, since I feel like shit, but still!

Yet I'm in a decent mood because I have stuff to do, which keeps me busy. The "Scirpped" edit goes well-- this is the first time I've ever edited a book and not been in a state of absolute despair over it in the middle. I think this is mostly due to Meghan's unwavering support of it, honestly, but that's really good for me just now. Seeing as my heart is still mostly full of hate.

But I need a break in the middle here, and if I log on to LotRO I'll lose a good three hours. So I'm going to do this music meme I got from Leah over on LJ.

You know you want to do it! I'm insane and want your answers! )

Right. That was a fun time-waster!
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I'm ugly and you know it, but you think I'm a poet [Mar. 9th, 2009|12:56 pm]
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[Current Music |Flogging Molly - The Ol' Beggars Bush]

Before I get started for today (note to self: Flogging Molly is extremely agreeable to Izzy. Wonder why I didn't figure that out before, since it seems obvious now.), wanted to remember to say this!

I did that huge 50 song shuffle meme this weekend, but with the top 50 most listened artists at last.fm for me, which made it way funner. If anyone wants something with which to kill loads of time, go and do it. And you know, give me a reason to stop editing and read about random ass music you love.

Mine's here.

ETA: Holy shit, I totally just remembered when I looked at my last.fm that I had a Kasabian dream last night. I was still living in Columbus and they were coming to that--er, whatever that place is, the Newport I think, where I saw like everyone. Anyhow I was going to miss them coming because I had to go home for... some inane reason, but I decided I couldn't stand it and would go see them, then drive home after the show-- which apparently would take me five hours. (What, did my parents move to New York or something?)

Because I needed Tom Meighan's autograph apparently. Which in real life I would never get even if he was right in front of me, because I have a policy about never wanting to be too close to rock stars, lest I realize they're douchebags. Not that it's a real threat, but just saying.

Sara Gencur was going to be there. And some dude I don't actually know who was apparently a very good friend of mine and bore a strange resemblance to that little-boy looking dude from Across the Universe-- and who played George in The Other Boleyn Girl, which is what I watched before bed last night. I think Sara might've been dating him, actually.

What the hell, brain?

And what the hell, Kasabian. I CLEARLY need a tour from you fuckers, like NOW. *changes post icon*
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I've a little money and a take-away curry [Jan. 8th, 2009|03:02 pm]
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Okay, I'm trying not to tweak over how many bookmarks I lost somewhere in the deep dark places of this journal. I found the ones I needed for the worldbuilding (got distracted sorting new things into the timeline from hell, gah!), I found the Wolfton sequel post, and I found the short story list. And I can't remember what else I had. I think there was an important one for the DC crack somewhere in there too, but... grah.

Distraction. Normal service shall resume tomorrow.

MAH ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
none
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 123
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 300
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: Golly, no.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Definitely not. Oh wait, I mean yes, they say that I'm a fucking genius, I'll bet! (See Irony Icon for reference.)
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: X-Men, no doubt-- or at least Marvelverse
AND THE SECOND MOST: Does rock n roll count?
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Weird story: I don't seem to have any actual ship icons. Pietro probably counts as one all his own, but he's sort of the closest I have to JP/Pietro, which is clearly my weird little equivalent of an OTP. (Evo-verse, anyhow. *shudder*) I do have one of Liam and G, but that's as close as I got. Fuck, I need to dig up some old JP/P ones!
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Yeah! I have lots by [info]fantastisucks and [info]tootsietoo, actually. Plus random people I don't know.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yeah.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: Nope.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Really fucking annoying... but oftentimes hilariously awesome enough to make up for it.

DO THE MEME.
Coding can be found here


Dude I have like NO sexy icons. WTF is going on?! (Though I just changed it to Liszt, because I realized that's the closest thing I have, after all. Forgot he was there!) And really, that one of Nicky and Richey isn't the best textless one I have. It's just that it's very them, so I love it. I'm also very in love with my newest one, which is one of Caravaggio's John the Baptist paintings. He looks like someone I'd write.

(ETA: On second glance, he looks like Liam the Vampire, just with slightly darker hair. Like exactly. Fuck, I just noticed that!)
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you know you should so I guess you might as well [Jan. 2nd, 2009|08:27 am]
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[Current Music |Anthony Bordain is on TV...]

So I'm a day late, but I've had company, so happy new year, y'all! My dad looked at me last night while we were watching the College Football extravaganza (he's a big Penn State fan since, you know, he grew up in PA, but he also watches anything football that's on at any time. Ever. Seriously, it's weird as hell.), "It doesn't feel any different."

No, it never does, but we have to get used to the idea that it's 2009. Annoying when I write out the rent check.

In case anyone is wondering, this is, of course, my writing journal. No matter what other shit I rant about, it's really not the point of this thing being here. If it were, I'd have lost interest in IJ a long time ago, since reality never does much for me. I usually f-lock these writing entries though-- my endless lists and whatever. But since this is sort of the year end wrap-up of Everything I Did, I'm just gonna leave it unlocked. My friends who just stop by and don't use OpenID or anything (as in, the blogger/LJ people who stop by to say hi sometimes) can either look at it or not, but if you glance through it'll tell you the kinds of shit I do every day like way more accurately. (Also: Hi!)

The rest of you will just sigh and say "here she goes again..."

First up: The Resolution. Sort of discussed this on ye olde author blog, but I'm not going to explain why I talk about my characters like they're real anymore. I feel like I'm making excuses. You know why I do it, don't pretend you don't. And if you really don't, that's cool, you probably don't care anyhow.

That said, I'm now going to discuss things that went on this year, for comparison with next year, since I'm crazy like that. This is sort of for my own records and motivation, and I'm doing it today because it's the New Year. Nano felt more like the turnover writing-wise actually, but what the fuck, I figure. It's 8.30am and I'm actually awake. And I can't resist a chance to make a list.

That means it's time for a list of crap I did this year!

Stuff I Did )

So in conclusion, as accomplishments this year go, it's fair to say I've made some important steps. I've proven to myself that I can write well enough to make people take a second look at giant novel projects. I've learned more about pacing, though I'm far from perfecting. I've learned that people will in fact pay me for this-- if not quite a professional rate, yet. But I'm actually confident that I'll get there some day. might take me a few years, but I'm good with that.




And now the obligatory second part. The stuff I want to do.

Up Next... )

And god knows what else, but those are my guesses. It'll be amusing to see how much of it actually goes this way-- especially since we'll be house-shopping and other weird shit this year. Hmmm!

Okay this is a novel in itself. I'll stop now. Just... the lists! They call to me!
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Newwwwws of the word! [Dec. 7th, 2008|03:36 pm]
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The Year In Review LJ/IJ meme-- last seen in Sarah's LJ, but it's been going around since December hit. The idea is to take the first line or two from your first post from every month in 2008.

Here goes!




JANUARY:

So no research today but I did want to jot down some junk for the secondaries, now that I'm kinda gunning for a sequel. So these are post-book versions of the questionnaires I did for Alex, Jeremy, and MJ.
Er, guess it'd be nice of me to cut this! )



Final verdict: Holy shit. I think I became a writer this year. Maybe a hack writer, but fuck dude, that's EXACTLY what I always wanted to be! Sweet!
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the freaks are rising up through the floor [Nov. 15th, 2008|11:39 pm]
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[Current Music |er... Liszt!]

My day/life. Let me tell you about it with a meme I just snagged off i_hate_music @ lj.

Three things you did today:
1. Saw Quantum of Solace (And heartily enjoyed myself. And Daniel Craig.)
2. Ate something called "Thai Dynamite" at Pei Wei (Which wasn’t very Thai, but had a lot of tasty tofu involved.)
3. Went to Whole Foods (The crowning purchases being a six of somethingorother brand "Dutch Brown Ale" that had one of those lovely Hieronymous Bosch bird-demons eating some poor damned fellow (ala The Garden of Earthly Delights) on the side, and a bottle of that freakishly cheap but delicious Argentinean Cab I got last time.)

Three favourite drinks:
(Apart from water, which I drink constantly because I apparently cannot hold any kind of hydration. Possibly due to the fact that all my other favorite drinks involve caffeine or alcohol. Sometimes both.)
1. Sapphire and Tonic (Yeah, I know, you know.)
2. Really good Supertuscan blends (ibid)
3. Earl Gray (I drink this pretty much all day long, though lately I'm developing an addiction to Tazo's Om blend.)

Three favourite foods:
1. My mother-in-law’s coconut chutney (The dosa’s good too, but I can’t stop with the chutney.)
2. Potatoes. (Any kind. Seriously.)
3. Guinness. (What do you mean it should be in that last question? Shows what you know.)

Three things you currently want:
1. To know how to finish this damn Aldo story. (It's weird, but I really, really want to right now. I'm just really blocked about it because I know what happens in the book and... it can't happen here. But THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS! Still, he seems to want a short story, so I'm sure I'll sort it out.)
2. To skip the post-rough-draft depression I’m about to slip into. (This shall be partially deferred come Monday when I see Reenie, and then Tuesday with Ahalya. I somehow know two people from opposite ends of my existence, not to mention the world, who are going to be at the exact same neuroscience conference in the District this weekend-- strange but true. So good timing on that!)
3. All the obvious things that come with trying to be a Writer, or whatever is going on here. (Which is to say that I want to be magically awesome, I think. An agent would be cool too, though.)

Three songs you like at the moment:
1. Franz Liszt – Piano Sonata In B Minor, but especially movement IV (Paganini Etude No. 3, "La Campanella" Oh my god it’s heavenly.)
2. Manic Street Preachers - Sleepflower (I think I finally get that line, "I feel like I’m missing pieces of sleep" after the last two weeks…)
3. Oasis – Bag It Up (It’s so addictive. Oh my god. The sneer! The groove!)

Three of your favourite bands/singers:
(Right, leaving out the ones I used in the favorite songs bit…)
1. The Kinks
2. The Charlatans
3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Three things on your desk:
1. External hard drives (Two of them, for my insane music consumption, and insane backing-up needs.)
2. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Look, I know you won’t believe me, but it’s always here, and yes I do read through it again before I edit every draft. Really!)
3. Chocolate covered espresso beans (which will take me forever to eat because I can’t handle sweet things, but dammit I love them anyhow.)

Three things on your bed:
1. My husband
2. My mutant cat
3. Some PG Wodehouse he’s reading. (And has probably read 20 or so times before.)

Three things on your shelf:
So this is the shelf next to my desk…
1. Research books for The Resurrectionist, the next rough draft I want to start working on in a month or two. (They have their own little cube, and include such delicious titles as A Traffic of Dead Bodies and Body Snatching: The Robbing of Graves for the Education of Physicians in Early Nineteenth Century America.)
2. Research books for The Arthurian Project. (Also have their own little cube, though they spill over into several OTHER cubes on the real bookshelf, I have the most pertinent ones here beside me. Though I won’t write that fucker for quite a long time, I’m sure.)
3. Issue of Uncut with Alan McGee doing some tell-all bullshit inside, and Liam and Noel Gallagher on the cover (Tara gave it to me for my birthday.)

And that's all!

ETA: Yeah I just noticed that all the favorites are spelled with extra vowels (for an American.) Copy and pasted. I'm lazy.
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the world around us makes me feel so small [Sep. 20th, 2008|01:50 pm]
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Destroyed!

We were finally about to go see Burn After Reading, and Balaji noticed the truck was a bit wobbly. The back two tires, the NEW tires, were woefully low on air. He's gone to put some in and see if it happens again. Might've been something the inspection guys did yesterday.

Or both tires are going wonky at the same time? Fuck!

Since all the Forces of the Universe (sans the ones in my head) seem to be conspiring against me for the last day or two, I thought I'd take a little Dante Test I saw in Kim Paffenroth's journal this morning.

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test

See you all there.
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I don't even know what to do at that stage [Sep. 15th, 2008|01:27 pm]
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[Current Music |The Charlatans - Mis-Takes]

I'm interested in opinions from the writerly types, after some discussion with Meghan on the topic today. (Whether you write your own stuff, fanfiction, or just want to write some day maybe.)

My question is along the lines of "why do you write?" but a little more focused, since that's a stupid question anyhow. (You pretty much have to, don't you?) Is there one story that is really yours, that you really want to do right, that you've carried around with you and is your motivation for wanting to do this in the first place?

As in, a story you like to tell/want to tell/need to tell so much that it makes all your other stories feel secondary. Not that you don't love them, you wouldn't write them if you didn't. (Or at least, you wouldn't write them well.) But the thing that's your reason, your imaginary drug of choice, whatever. The one you're willing to jump through a lot of hoops just to be able to tell right. (Either just for yourself and your personal circle, or with hopes of publication some day-- doesn't matter.)

If you have a minute and feel so inclined, I'd really like to know what your story is, where it came from, why it's important, whatever you can think of that would shed some light on the subject of your extraordinarily busy imagination. Or if there isn't anything like that in your head, what is it that makes you want to be better? Maybe you love to entertain, love the feeling of the language, love arranging chaos so it communicates something (oh, you ARTIST!), trying to shut up the rotating voices in your head, whatever. I'm interested in all of it.

(Also, if you want me to F-Lock this entry so only people here can see it, I'll do that too. It's just unlocked because I have some friends without OpenID or IJ who might have some enlightening answers.)

Everyone already knows mine, but I think my way of looking at this comes from the fact that I'm not very good with words. I just make up stories a lot. That gets frustrating.

Lists! Information! Oh please, humor me!
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Meme! [Sep. 1st, 2008|11:19 pm]
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What better way to employ a useless brain that drove 5 hours through beautiful mountains today than in producing a meme. A writing meme! I stole this from Cat and Stef, and it's really pathetic to see just how shit my first lines are.


The 25 First Lines Meme

In sort of chronological order, skipping a whole fuckload of junk... )


Okay, so those are all in order except the very last one, which should actually be number 21 or so. But yeah, since it typifies almost everything I've ever written, it gets to go last. Also, Pietro is a Pretty Pretty Princess who always gets his way. Lest we should forget. (He also gives a damn fine BJ. Just sayin'.)

Let's see...

11 is my favorite fanfiction I've ever written. It's why I based Izzy for the Audio File off my weird version of Evo!Wanda.

1 used to be something different, but it's been that for at least three years.

13 and 15 begin with the same character, but from different points of view. Max is Alex's Evil AU Self. (Scary thought, if you've ever met Alex.)

16 is historical fiction type stuff. You love the flowery shit, admit it.

That's all I got. Brain too dead. That was really weird going through some of that stuff-- especially the very first fanfiction. Wild dude.
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I'm having trouble just finding some soul in this town [Aug. 10th, 2008|06:58 pm]
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Stolen from Bridgie at LJ:

RULES:
_ Pick your birth month.
_ Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.
_ Bold (or italicize) the five-ten that best apply to you.
_ Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months under a lj-cut.
_ Tag 5 people from your friends list.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

[COMMENTARY: Suave and caring? Is that a particular kind of caring? I'm pretty caring if I like you, but I'm totally not suave. I'm brave (often known by its other name, "stupid"), but not fearless, so I just counted the one. I'm not really afraid of things, but I can be for the sake of self-preservation. Also, I'm not technically romantic in real life, I just like writing it sometimes-- and my thoughts are totally unoriginal yet sometimes independent so... yeah. And how can someone be an egoist and generous-- that's not real generosity is it? Generous for the sake of egoism, maybe? This is a really strange meme...]

All the months under the cut! )

I think there are only five people on my f-list that read this anyhow. So y'all, let's see how much random coincidence we can get together!
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I won't let you, please don't go [Jul. 16th, 2008|05:32 pm]
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[Current Music |The Kooks - Gap]

Sarah tagged me!

List 7 songs you're currently into then tag 7 peoples to do it.

1. Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (first movement is my favorite)
2. The Kooks - Do You Wanna
3. The Beach Boys - Caroline, No
4. The Fratellis - Babydoll
5. Franz Schubert - Piano Sonata in A, D537 (third movement is my favorite)
6. The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
7. Scissor Sisters - Lights

I don't know seven people here Sarah didn't already tag, but I would like to see anyone's answers-- and I'm sure Megh and Bec haven't been tagged, so yes, yay!

I know, I've owned most of those for forever (apart from the two new ones-- The Kooks and the Fratellis albums) but there we have it. Sad but true.
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now there's never gonna be an intermission. [Jul. 7th, 2008|11:47 am]
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Meme assigned by [info]dejenerate!

♥ People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

♥ Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

I don't know eight people here that haven't ALREADY been tagged, but I'm sure [info]abrasivesmut and [info]seanchai haven't done it. So if you're bored, have at it!

monday meme! )
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there's pigeons there on market square [Jun. 30th, 2008|12:57 am]
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Here's a writing meme I just stole from frozencatnip.livejournal.com, because I was so entertained by her answers. And hell this is a writing meme. I might be amused by it if I come back and look in a year or two!

Meme! )

Okay come on, do it! It'll be fun!

And I'm still quiet and boring. So very, very boring this week. All week.

I'd be annoyed if it weren't so peaceful. I hardly ever get this. I'm taking advantage of it and doing a lot of nothing. And being boring.
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[May. 23rd, 2008|12:20 am]
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I never do memes here, but this week is kinda me being in pain (I won't go into it, you can all imagine by now), not packing fast enough, and extremely distractable. And drawing stuff, apparently. I've drawn a weird amount of stuff-- I did a couple of RP characters and then the one I did for Megh of The Muse seemed to work out well... very strange, normally I get one or two that I like and I'm done. So I'm going with it. More tomorrow, hopefully!

So anyhow. Meme. Because... I can. Got this from clawfoot over at LJ.

59 Questions )

Well that was useless! Yay!
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