Jul. 13th, 2010 08:18 am
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For the Ur-Bar story (I'm taking this as a compliment, since I was trying for a Victorian horror style):

I write like
Bram Stoker

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

For the WiP (now if only I could earn his royalty checks...):
I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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William Shakespeare

Look like the innocent flower, but be the pbray under't.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

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There are indeed ten (and only ten) rules for being a successful writer. Unfortunately, as soon as you discover all ten, they have to kill you.

Thus for self-preservation and to ensure your website doesn't describe you as "a brilliant talent whose life was tragically cut short just as she was coming into her prime" I suggest that you stop trying to figure out the ten rules.

It's better just to bumble along and make do, like the rest of us. There's no harm in having a few maxims to follow--I'm fond of the sages:
If it's not fun, why do it? --Ben & Jerry

Do, or do not. There is no try. --Yoda
But please, do yourself and your loved ones a favor. Stop collecting rules. It's safer that way.
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Gacked from [ profile] kristine_smith: Each year, hundreds of words are dropped from the English language. Your job, should you choose to accept it--save one. Just hit the adopt-a-word link, and go from there.

My word is igniparous which means bringing forth fire. Sample usages provided were:
The heroes were scorched by the dragon's igniparous emanation.

We were all amazed at Mr. Copperfield's igniparous act until we discovered a box of matches up his sleeve.

Alternate definitions found on the web include:
1) Producing fire
2) Giving "birth" to fire
3) Experiencing a burning sensation during the birth of a child.

Yeah, not so much on number three.
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As tagged by [ profile] kristine_smith

1.Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store your pictures.
2.Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
3.Explain the picture.
4.Tag 4 people to do the same.

Chief Warrant Officer Alice Slomko (middle row, far left) with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 in Iraq, Spring 2006.

I tag [ profile] fireun, [ profile] jjschwabach, [ profile] jennifer_dunne and [ profile] lnhammer.

Book meme

Jan. 16th, 2009 11:12 pm
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Gacked from everyone.

Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The outside of the container must be labeled ORM-D, Cartridges, Small Arms.
--Handbook of Forensic Services, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division
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[ profile] suricattus is asking folks to consider sending e-cards instead of holiday cards, and then donating the money you've saved to charity. It's the best idea for a meme I've heard in a while, so I'm passing it along.

I'm glad she did this, since it's something that wouldn't have occurred to me to post. It's probably my Yankee upbringing that says you don't talk about money, and you never talk about charity. It's simply assumed that if you have a bit to spare, you'll share it with others. And you keep your mouth shut, so no one ever has to know which years you were the giver, and which years you were the givee.

But in the spirit of the meme, I'll report that as I do each year, I started my Christmas shopping by writing checks. The community food bank gets a nice donation each year, as do two other worthy charities. To me, this is what the holidays are all about. Being able to help others is a great feeling, one I cling to as I'm standing in the endless lines at the mall, or battling the traffic on the Parkway.

And if you're wondering what to get me--a donation to your favorite charity works just fine. Though I wouldn't say No to a nice pair of socks.
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Gacked from [ profile] suricattus, [ profile] rolanni and others.
William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the pbray
They kill us for their sport.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

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Snurched from [ profile] eeknight

Your home is a

Magic Muse's Villa

Your kitchen is manned by a team of Keebler Drow Elves. There's a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Having one is also becoming a trend among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom has a bedside table with a pad for writing down late-night inspirations. Your study has every fantasy novel ever written, including multiple editions of the Silmarillion and advance copies of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. One of your garages houses your Hummer, and others contain your H2, and H3... with room for an H4, if they ever invent one.

Your home also includes a gallery of your favorite works -- the originals, of course. Your guests enjoy your home theater with hi-def plasma screen TV, and the thrones you watch it from. Outside is the moat that protects your home from goblin invaders and extended family.

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Build YOUR Dream House!

Except for the fact that it's a general library not romance, and I'd never let myself be down to a single escape pod, it's eerily accurate.


Sep. 13th, 2007 01:18 pm
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From all over the friends' list:

1. Go here:
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top results.

Jobs I've held are in bold.

1. Criminologist (ironic considering the current project)
2. Political Aide
3. Critic
4. Writer
5. Public Policy Analyst
6. Translator
7. Market Research Analyst
8. Activist
9. Communications Specialist
10. Print Journalist
11. Lobbyist
12. Historian
13. Computer Trainer
14. Lawyer
15. Computer Programmer
16. Criminal Lawyer
17. Civil Litigator
18. Professor
19. Judge
20. Business Systems Analyst

Interesting number of results in the legal profession, which is a default career in my family. Not only is my brother an attorney, but three out of my nine cousins are also attorneys, and a fourth cousin who's a Jesuit studied law at Oxford.
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Once the shock of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the fifth time in a row wears off, some readers may be wondering what they can read next. So why not start a meme of suggestions?

Rules behind the cut )

And here's the list so far:

Patricia Bray [ profile] pbray recommends:
1. Diana Wynne Jones's Charmed Life (YA)
2. Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone (YA)
3. Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three (YA)

Patricia's picks are books that are marketed as YA, but that she first read and enjoyed as an adult. Much like the Harry Potter books, come to think of it.

Janni Lee Simner [ profile] janni recommends:
1. Lene Kaaberbol's The Shamer's Daughter (YA)
2. Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (YA)
3. Tamora Pierce's The Magic in the Weaving (Circle of Magic, Book 1) (YA)

(All books that are, one way or another, about learning magic.)

Joshua Palmatier [ profile] jpsorrow recommends:
1. S.C. Butler's Reiffen's Choice (YA)
2. Jim Hines' Goblin Quest (YA)
3. Patricia Bray's The First Betrayal (A)

Alex Jay Berman [ profile] alexjay recommends:
1. Alma Alexander's Worldweavers (YA)--about learning magic despite yourself; despite being a bust at being he seventh child of a seventh child, and what a Potterhead would call a "Muggle".
2. Diane Duane's So You Want to be a Wizard (YA)--a very up-to-date, very American take on the schooling of new wizards and their first clashes with Evil. Perhaps even better than the Potter books for young adults, as it offers a very good reason why Evil exists and continues to exist. (first in a trilogy)
3. Either Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow or Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (very much A)--we've already got them hooked on the drug of reading with Potter; now it's time for them to start mainlining the hard stuff ...
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AFI listed what they considered the best films, but they missed gems that must be watched over and over again, those movies where you drag your friends over, hand them a drink and insist that they watch.

Here's some of mine:

Split Second
"We need bigger guns" and "You want me to put out an APB on Satan?"

Major League
Wild Thing and "You trying to say Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?"
"Hats. Hats for bats. Keep bats warm."

The Replacement Killers

American Dreamer
The 1984 movie, about a woman who becomes convinced she's really a famous writer, living a life of international intrigue.

Terminator and Terminator 2
T2 is better than T1, but T1 gets bonus points as an 80s movie. (The hair! The clothes! I remember wearing those!)

There are also classic Schwarzenegger flicks including Raw Deal, Commando and Predator, which are all worthy, as well as Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Unforgiven may get the AFI's nod, but A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly go better with beer.

So what movies would you put on your list?

Film meme

Jun. 21st, 2007 08:16 am
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Gacked from [ profile] mizkit

The American Film Institute has released an updated 100 best films listing. Bold those you've seen, strike out those you couldn't make it through, italicize the ten *you'd* have put in the top 10.

My list here )
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[ profile] jpsorrow tagged me with the Eight Things Meme, and I'm in writing-avoidance mode, so here goes.

The rules are:
- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I put myself through college--a private engineering school. I was eighteen and figured that between scholarships, student loans, and what I'd saved from working through high school I could afford freshman year. I could have gone to the state university at a fraction of the cost, but instead I took the leap of faith and figured that I'd go for a year and figure out how to pay for the next year when the time came. My parents never saw a single bill.

2. I'd always wanted to learn how to ride a horse, so I took lessons when I was in my twenties. I wasn't good, but I was determined.

3. The first time I was in an airplane I jumped out. Also the second and third times. I was in college, and 3 parachute jumps equaled a term's worth of required gym credits. On my first jump, as I was crouched next to the door, the pilot asked me "First jump?" I replied "First plane ride." He was laughing so hard, he was bent double over the controls as we took off.

4. I'd also missed out on Irish dance lessons as a child, so as an adult I took lessons and joined an adult dance troupe. This was a few years before Riverdance made Irish dancing popular. We rehearsed in the back room of a bar, and rather than warming up and stretching we relied on the properties of alcohol to loosen our muscles.

5. After three years and two completed novels, I realized that I was never going to be a published romance writer. I decided that if I was still going to be unpublished, I'd rather be an unpublished science fiction writer, so I canceled my plans to attend RWA's annual conference and booked a ten day bike trip in Ireland for that same week, so I could clear my head. Right before I left on the bike trip, my agent called to say that Zebra wanted to buy JANE AND THE BLACK SHEEP.

6. I studied Spanish and French in high school, and took awards for both. I minored in German in college. And I'm ashamed to say that I've lost virtually all of what I once knew.

7. I have an extensive repertoire of Irish drinking songs, folk music and sea chanteys, due to a youth well-spent haunting bars. (Yes, Virginia, the drinking age was 18 when Patricia was a wee lass and used to go out every weekend to hear her favorite groups.) When I'm working hard I sometimes find myself singing without realizing it. One bike group figured out that I'd passed them during a rest stop when they could hear the echoes of my singing coming back over the hill.

8. People tell me that my brother Andrew and I look eerily alike. Neither of us can see the resemblance.

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you'd like to play along.

Quote meme

Sep. 14th, 2006 01:21 pm
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Falling into the meme trap, stolen from [ profile] jennifer_dunne and others.

Go here and look through random quotes until you find 5 that you think reflect who you are or what you believe. Repost in your journal.

I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do? Ronnie Shakes

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong. H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956), Prejudices: Second Series, 1920

I'm not worried about the bullet with my name on it... just the thousands out there marked 'Occupant.' Unknown

Oh, come on. If you can't laugh at the walking dead, who can you laugh at? Unknown, Dan Fielding in "Night Court"

Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. Unknown

When I was in college my father gave me a poster with the "Eat a live toad" quote. It showed a cartoon toad sitting on a plate, holding a knife and fork and glaring at the viewer with a "Come on, go ahead and try and eat me" glare. I loved it, and in fact I think I may still have that poster packed away in a box somewhere.
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Ten Top Trivia Tips about Pbray!

  1. Pbray is incapable of sleep!
  2. In the kingdom of Bhutan, all citizens officially become pbray on New Year's Day.
  3. Pbrayology is the study of pbray.
  4. South Australia was the first place to allow pbray to stand for parliament.
  5. Pbray can drink over 25 gallons of water at a time!
  6. Pbray is the world's smallest mammal!
  7. Pbray is the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World that still survives!
  8. The pharoahs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten pbray.
  9. It is impossible to fold pbray more than seven times!
  10. During severe windstorms, pbray may sway several feet to either side.
I am interested in - do tell me about


Jun. 25th, 2006 09:44 am
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Stolen from [ profile] mcurry

Dworkin was a member of the royal family of Chaos until he rebelled and drew the Pattern - the supreme artifact of Order. It was he who was Amber's first king and the father of Oberon. Somewhere during this time, his humanform became hunch-backed, though he still retained the power of shapeshifting. A sorceror of unimaginable power, he was rendered unstable for awhile because of his intimate link to the Pattern - drawn using the Jewel of Judgement and his own blood. By the time Merlin meets him in Roger Zelazny's Knight of Shadows, Dworkin had recovered from his malady and was still enigmatic.

Which Amberite are you?

It's been so long since I last read them, I now have a craving to reread the Amber novels again.
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After reading everyone else's 10 Things list, I decided to give in to my inner lemming and post one of my own.

10 Things I Know About Writing

Warning: the following advice has not been proven to be generally safe and effective. As with all writing advice, use at your own risk, under the supervision of a professional. Your individual mileage may vary.

1) Your book is never as good as you think it is.

2) It's also never as bad as you think it is.

3) It is good to have a routine for writing.

4) Except, of course, when it's not.

5) Being with other writers is energizing.

6) Comparing yourself to other writers can only lead to unhappiness, as there will always be others who are more successful (however you define this) than you are.

7) It is good to have a career plan.

8) Having a career plan does not mean that you are in control of your career. There are too many variables outside your control that can alter your career path for good or ill.

9) The longer you've been in the business, the more you know. I am constantly learning new things about writing and being a succesful author.

10) Anyone who tells you they know the one true secret to being a sucessful writer is deluded, angling for you to buy them a drink in the bar, or both.


Feb. 6th, 2006 10:13 am
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I blame [ profile] kaygo for this.

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