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Shoot. Who did I gack this from?

I Am A: Neutral Good Elf Druid/Wizard (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:






Details for the uber geeky )

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

In other news, I have washed a pan. Slowly this place is getting cleaned up, slowly.
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[personal profile] lauramcewan gave me "17."

When I was 17, I was in 11th grade.

That year I went to Germany as an exchange student for two and a half months, danced with a soldier in a German disco... )

None of this is covered in the questions.

I lived... in Union Lake, Michigan, also known as paradise. We lived 50 feet from the water and wore bathing suits all summer. My brother and I drove an hour, each way, to attend the Waldorf school in downtown Detroit.

I drove... nothing. My parents wanted me to get my license so they could be spared the two hour per day drive in rush hour traffic. I refused. My brother did get his license, and thought I'd relent and share the driving. I slept on the way instead.

I was in a relationship with... Oh, who was it then? I had a secret fling with Judd, the class "nice guy" who was desperate to be anything but, then later Lars, a German exchange student who didn't speak English but liked to climb. He was vulnerable, unhappy, and had a beautiful chest. (I had priorities.)

I feared... the cool kids who picked on me, and Ian, he of the crush-or-maybe-he-was-a-gay-misogynist. High school sucks.

I worked... at, oh God, other than tutoring clarinet, I think I worked at McDonald's over the summer, and then as a cashier at a drugstore.

I wanted to be... in New York city with a apartment that had nothing but wood floors (for the acoustics) and a piano, working quietly in an art museum. My art teacher thought I had a good shot at a scholarship at the all-scholarship school, Pratt.
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I've been resisting this one:

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

Intentions and aims: You will achieve them.
(It's a divination manual.)

The other book is likely to be weirder:

From eastern Tibet I received word of a man who had a copy of the medium-length sadana.
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I'm borrrrrred, and feel like kicking back ... and writing fic.

Give me one of my own stories, and a time at some point after the end of the story or before the story started, and I'll write you at least 100 words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story begins or ten years in the future.

SGA preferred. First come, first serve. :) Those who reply tonight or before noon eastern time tomorrow are most likely to get a ficlet.

I made homemade chocolate whipped cream (with maple syrup) to dip my raspberries in. And, ah, I just discovered I ate the all the whipped cream without touching a single raspberry.

Raspberry, anyone?
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Quite fun. Gakked from [personal profile] boxofdelights:

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

As a matter of fact, I am from the Great Lakes region.
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I'm late to the party, but these days, that's a given. Snagged from Auburn:

Ask me a question about one of my stories or my approach to writing in general. It can be absolutely anything in any fic/general writing experience and I will tell you the honest-to-god answer. Don’t hold back. Anything. Whatever you ask, I will try my best to answer.

Of course, it's been so long, folks have probably forgotten that I've ever written anything, lol.

Lately I've been hearing about:

Out Of Bounds
All Dressed Up And...
Tanlines and Dogtags
Breeding Ground
No More Quasi-Religious Alien Sex Rituals
Beg Me For It

See? I used to be a fanfic writer. ;)
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From [personal profile] mecurtin:

Don't use I Write Like

Jim McDonald did some digging into that "I Write Like" meme, and what he found isn't pretty.

I looked at the rest of the text on the results page:

Great job! Do you want to get your book published?

“I have personally read through thousands of book proposals in my career as a publisher and agent. I know what these professionals are looking for—and what they are not looking for.”
— Michael Hyatt, Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

That little bit includes two links, both to the same page: http://michaelhyatt.com/products/ebook-writing-a-winning-book-proposal

Yep, it’s SEO. And they’re using social engineering to get those links wide-spread and high in the Google stats. Helpful little cut-n-paste code to put in your blog!

But wait! There’s more!

Go over to that advertised page, and you’ll find a pair of $19.97 e-books by the above-said and afore-mentioned Michael Hyatt. These books promise to tell you such insider secrets as how to avoid the three items you should NEVER include in a fiction book proposal. Wow, I can’t wait to find out.

So, who’s Michael Hyatt, and what is Thomas Nelson?

Basically, a former legitimate Christian publisher, now a vanity press.

This “I Write Like” site isn’t remotely legitimate. No, they aren’t trying; or, anyway, they aren’t trying to analyze writing samples: They’re trying to lure newbie authors to the rocks and shoals of vanity publication.

I will also note that there's a "sign up for our awesome newsletter!" box on the side, which says that by doing so you can download FREE a "classic" book on writing by Charles Raymond Barrett -- a book which is, it *doesn't* tell you, also available at Project Gutenberg because it's from 1898.

I *strongly* recommend removing any links and code from "I Write Like" that may be in your posts.

Boost the signal.
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G-nabbed from [personal profile] wickedwords:

Code redacted: "I Write Like" meme boosts hits to a sleazy vanity press. More here: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012502.html

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Seriously? I don't see that. The writing sample was from Out Of Bounds.

But this was amusing. This is from a Harry Potter fic where I very consciously imitated J. K. Rowling.

Code redacted: "I Write Like" meme boosts hits to a sleazy vanity press. More here: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012502.html

The writing sample was Primer to the Dark Arts.


Mar. 21st, 2009 04:32 pm
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I have cocoa, cookies, and some leftover cookie batter.

I have an overdue paper I'm picking away at by proposing my zaniest theory (the theory is called "pure dumb luck" or "delimited options" -- historians, how mad am I?). It's guaranteed to get completely shot apart by my professor, but after the shitty week I've had, I don't care.

I have the next chapter of Out Of Bounds rewritten and (probably) ready for reposting. I have WG here reading the Watchman. (I figured he'd better read the novel first or he'd be bewildered and frustrated by the movie.) I'm making minor edits to the epilogue. The music for the short program is queued up.

I have two movies on hand. I am fully equipped to ignore all RL disasters for the weekend. If all this doesn't work, there is also popcorn.

And oh, look, this quiz result surprised me with a writer that I...

a) know, and
b) respect.

How unexpected.

I am:
Ursula K. LeGuin
Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field.

Which science fiction writer are you?

And now... dive! *The yellow Icarus submarine burbles beneath the surface of reality*
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski: Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

1. "Ah, good." Rodney snatched away one of the buckets and padded barefoot to the bathroom. Several other buckets of ice were lined up on the tile. "I waited to run the bath." He turned the cold water on full.

2. Based on dad's journal he'd narrowed the possibilities to a curse, possession (which he quickly disproved), the influence of a demigod, or a complete mental breakdown on Dean's part. As Dean smiled at a biker who bent over to dump his trash, Sam decided not to rule out the last.

3. "Jack. Okay. Let's say I did have a yard sale. How many people in Boulder do you think will buy Epistemology in Ancient Mesopotamia for fifty cents?"

4. "You may play with my hair," Arthur said.

5. "Pick it up!" Arthur actually whacked Merlin's bottom with the flat of his blade. "No cowards on the practice field. I won't allow it."

6. "I shall mock your tonsure," Arthur assured him, although it was a little too soon for lightness and Merlin flinched.

Now which do you think is from part two from The Care & Feeding of Unicorns?
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Your Spiritual Number is Three

You bring creativity and meaning to people's lives.

You can help someone see a whole new world and possibilities that they never imagined.

Right now, your life is about compromise and union.

A close friendship, partnership, or romantic relationship is very important to you right now.

And while you may be primarily focusing on one person, you never forget how interconnected the world is.

You try to respect and understand those you have differences with.

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Picked up from [livejournal.com profile] sage_theory:

The one who seduced you and fucked you over and broke your heart in a million pieces and laughed about it: Stargate Atlantis

The old flame you don't see very often any more but whom you still really enjoy getting together with for a few drinks and maybe a pleasant nostalgic romp in the sheets: Harry Potter

The mysterious dark gothy one whom you used to sit up with talking until 3 a.m. at weird coffeehouses and with whom you were quite smitten until you realized he really was fucking crazy Christian: Lord of the Rings (book fandom)

The one you spent a whole weekend in bed with and who drank up all your liquor, and whom you'd still really like to fuck again although you're relieved he doesn't actually live in town: Supernatural

The steady: Stargate Atlantis

The one you repeatedly cheat on your steady with: Merlin

The alluring stranger whom you've flirted with at parties but have never gotten really serious with: Ironman

The one you hang out with and have vague fantasies about maybe having a thing with but ultimately you're just good buddies 'cause the friendship is there but the chemistry ain't: Supernatural

The one your friends keep introducing you to and who seems like a hell of a cool guy except it's never really gone anywhere: (I don't really have a good answer for this one)

The one you slept with on the rebound who still smiles at you, yet you have no interest in any more: Stargate SG-1 (so I made up my own)

The one who's slept with all your friends, and you keep looking at him and thinking, "Him? How the hell did he land all these cool babes?": Dr. Who

The one your friend has fallen for like a ton of bricks and whom she keeps babbling to you about on the phone for hours, and you'd be happy for her except you just know it's going to end badly: Supernatural
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Meme from [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic.

I wasn't going to do this, but I couldn't resist. My first thought was Hustler Magazine vs. Falwell. And that post-bellum decision that upheld racial segregation on trains and mandated it at the federal level (the name of which I'd have to look up). But then I found a much more appropriate decision for an election year: Watergate.

The Meme: As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

United States v. Nixon (1974)

Five men broke into the Watergate complex and were arrested with cameras and bugging equipment. The men all worked for the campaign to re-elect President Nixon. They went to jail, but one of the men wrote to the judge detailing pay-offs from the highest levels of Nixon's office in return for his silence. It was then discovered that Nixon taped all of his conversations. The special prosecutor subpoenaed those tapes.

Nixon stonewalled the investigation by invoking "executive privilege."

The case tested the limits of presidential power. Does executive privilege mean that the president has absolute power to withhold any information he likes from the other branches of government? If his power is not absolute, can he withhold tapes pertinent to a criminal investigation? Does it breach the separation of powers if the judicial branch investigates the executive branch? If so, wouldn't that mean that the executive branch would have to investigate itself? Did invoking "executive privilege" violate due process for the man trying to defend himself?

Result: The President could not withhold information from a criminal investigation simply because he was president. Nixon had to turn over the tapes. Nixon resigned shortly thereafter, rather than be impeached.

Why is this relevant today? The Bush administration has claimed executive privilege more times in the last eight years than we've seen since Nixon. McCain refused to turn over his notes concerning his meetings with Kenneth Lay of Enron. This week, the White House stonewalled investigation of the suspicious firings of nine US attorneys.

...the White House refused to turn over to Justice Department investigators emails and other documents that investigators believed were crucial to uncovering the truth as to why the U.S. attorneys were fired, the report said.

Raises a lot of questions, eh?
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As seen in [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic's LJ:

First lines of my last 20 stories:

Is the idea to see if your first lines are eye-catching in and of themselves? )
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From [livejournal.com profile] squishtoy:

Well, if I'm bummed out, at least I can do something for world. Donating clean water by playing a game? I can do that. [livejournal.com profile] squishtoy did much better than I did (I didn't realize that you had to put the flag not just in the right country, but near the city they give you -- and then I did worse when I started doing that, ha). WG is going to blow this game away. He can list all those countries in Africa.

Though I'm quite proud I nailed Thimphu, Bhutan. (Psst. It's tiny and next to Nepal.)
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Does this mean I've been demoted? (Meme from [livejournal.com profile] threnodyjones, she of the coolest recs.)

I love some of the more creative early questions. What magical item would you choose, and one of the choices was 'a book of smoke.' )
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This is Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 movies of the last 25 years list.

1) Bold the ones you have seen.
2) Put an asterisk after the movie title* if you really liked it.
3) Cross it out if you saw a film and really disliked it.
4) Underline the ones you own.

It appears we like movies. )

Er. Yeah. We watch a lot of movies around here. Most of these were picked out by [livejournal.com profile] wildernessguru. I give a nod to his good taste.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] girly_curl_3.

This quiz result is genuinely surprising. Puzzling even.


Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Gently is Frodo avenged for my testing of his heart....
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Borrowed this from [livejournal.com profile] greedy_lover:

The most accurate meme I've ever done. )



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