icewolf: amused Elizabeth Bennet (amused)
Swiped from the inimitable [personal profile] zvi :

Ask me for five things about a particular character and/or show/movie/book and I will respond with a list or a ficlet. You know the drill: "Five things Wesley wouldn't change if he could," or "Five times Neal couldn't talk his way our of trouble".


As an added bonus, I'm opening this up to my original and RPG characters as well. Have at!
icewolf: snowy wolf (I speak in Latin because...)
Okay, so I belong to this community called [livejournal.com profile] brigits_flame. It's a nice writer's community which has a monthly contest that I haven't gotten my act together enough to participate in yet. Every day there's a "chatter" post which gives general updates for the day and also has little things that make you go hmm. Not fully blown writers' prompts, but something to get the old juices flowing.

Today's made me think of my friends list in particular. Here it is, as written by [livejournal.com profile] tigerstriped86:

I really like the idea of Nerdy Personal Ads. It tailors itself to the notion that not only are nerds surprisingly social creatures, but that we share a lot of the same habits. When I finished hearing his list, I thought about making a list all my own. And I kind of came up with what I wanted.

Original Blue Power Rangers seeks Yellow or Red ranger to discuss favorite Sondheim songs, break out into classic Disney tunes, and debate the merits of the Whedonverse. Green Rangers and dessert sharers need not apply.

I think that pretty much sums up a lot about me, but it leaves a little bit to be desired. I think variety is great in a relationship, so here are a couple of other things to know about me:

-Family Guy is a guilty pleasure
-I enjoy a good game of Clue
-The first book I bought for myself in college was a Poe anthology
-I like dogs
-I liked the movie “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”
-I love performing Dreamgirls at karaoke
-I watch Friends reruns when they are on
-I sing in a church choir
-Anthony Bourdain on Deadliest Catch would be the most awesome show ever!
-The music in Glee makes me happy

So that's my ad and a list of things that you'd probably learn about me on the first date. What about you? Even if you're in a relationship, think about this as a fun exercise in learning about who you think you are! Give it a try!
What would your nerdy personal ad say?


The italics are mine, because I think that the original ad gets lost in the list of other stuff.

I'm still working on mine, but what would your nerdy personal ad say? And make it an actual ad, not just a list!
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
I did.

I used to write a lot. I'd spontaneously analyze the latest Lois McMaster Bujold novel, or write about politics, or religion, or racism, or something. I used to write fiction at the drop of a hat. I used to be out there, man.

Unfortunately, given a recent multi-year bout with depression and a daughter who just does not ever stop moving unless she's sleeping, my writing has gone the way of the dodo.

One of the things I want to do with this shiny new journal is write more. Write like I did in the earlier days of my LiveJournal. This is my resolution, albeit a couple of weeks early.

Oh, and yes, "A Room of One's Own" really took on worlds more depth for me once Herself (as I refer to my daughter online) got upwardly mobile. I intellectually understood it at 18 and 25, but WOW when every piece of food that goes in your mouth is shared, and your personal space has dwindled to nil, does the idea of a room of your own where you can go in and OMGCLOSETHEDOOR and no one will disturb you swiftly become your idea of paradise.

And now, since another of my resolutions is to get to sleep at a reasonable hour, I shall away.

Bleargh.

Dec. 2nd, 2008 11:00 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (shoot me now)
So I'm feeling antisocial and anxious and cranky and, in some ways, downright mean.

I have decided to take it out on The Girl.

No, not Herself.  This Girl.

I wonder if if Joss Whedon ever feels like this.

icewolf: snowy wolf (writing)
I have registered for NaNoWriMo. If you'd like to be my writing buddy, my NaNoWriMo ID is the same as my user ID here.

Holly's novel has been rattling around my head for a year and a half, now. The prologue and three chapters of it were lost when my bag was snatched out of our car in April of 2007.

Let's do this.

Holy Cow.

Oct. 6th, 2008 02:34 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (writing)
It has come to my attention that someone spent an hour yesterday reading my journal. Not just reading my journal, but reading only the public entries. I am boggled that my inane minutiae kept someone's interest that long. It is encouraging. What could I do if I were really trying?

And, oh yeah, dragon:

Adopt one today!
icewolf: snowy wolf (no standards anymore)
I am, at best, an interested onlooker in the world of comics. I owe most of what I know to my gaming group and husband. I don't read anything on a regular basis, although I try to remember to haul myself to the comic store for Buffy: Season Eight, Angel: Season Six, and Fables ([info]cats_n_crying , stop twitching).

That being said, I find this essay on the recent continuity rollback of Spiderman absolutely facinating, even though I don't actually read the comic. I'm interested in what the more comic book-literate of my friendslist thinks about it.

I do know that I've witnessed the same phenomena in "regular" fiction writers, such as Mercedes Lackey and Laurell K. Hamilton. Granted there were other circumstances to go along with the laziness/pandering to a misunderstood and underestimated fanbase that [livejournal.com profile] theferrett cites, but I find it interesting nonetheless.

YES.

Aug. 31st, 2007 11:45 am
icewolf: snowy wolf (dance a tango to hell)
So do we care more about dogs than uninsured kids?

Edit: I'm not answering the question with the subject line--this is just one of Dionne's patented kick-ass columns.
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
So, I went on a little something of a book binge at Borders last night while waiting for [personal profile] torberg  to be done with rehearsal. I got housemate [profile] charlotteb_  a copy of Widdershins by Charles de Lint for a sincerely belated birthday present, and we're going to be sharing custody of the first three "In Death" novels by J. D. Robb. For myself, I got Eats, Shoots & Leaves (complete with Punctuation Repair Kit! *squeee*), and last, but certainly not least, I picked up Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose.

Now, despite some rather disparaging--and sadly adept--comments on the state of academic literary criticism, I am thoroughly enjoying the book. It is going to change how I teach literature this Summer Session, that's for sure. I'm only on page 27, but I've already wandered off once to think and make a list and wandered back.

Prose talks about including the dead--both famous and obscure--in one's audience. She quotes Nadezhda Mandelstam's description of her husband Osip's relationship with his predecessors:

[He] had the astonishing ability of somehow bridging time and space when [he] read the work of dead poets. By its very nature, such reading is usually anachonisitic, but with [him] it meant entering into personal relations with the poet in question: it was a kind of conversation with someone long since departed.

Prose goes on to ask her reader whom he or she would want to include in this otherworldly audience. Earlier in the book, she talks about being taught by writers who have gone before. Now, I connect the two in the close relationship I have had with teachers over the years. For someone who has a fairly obnoxious problem with authority, when I liked a teacher, I adored him or her. I would bend myself into a pretzel to please. I wanted to prove myself and to make my teacher proud. As a result, my teachers--the authors I love to read and learn from--would be the most meaningful audience possible for me.

So I've taken a little time to list them. There aren't links to them all right now, and I don't have time to go into a whole lot of detail, but the list will do for now. The list is in no particular order.

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Austen
Geoffrey Chaucer
Bede
Prudentius
John of Salisbury
Jim Butcher
Lois McMaster Bujold
Elizabeth Buchan
Robert B. Parker
Virginia Woolf
William Shakespeare
John Donne
Marion Zimmer Bradley
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
I haven't had a chance to write about it, but yeah, I noticed that we lost a dear girl last week, Molly Ivins. I didn't know her personally, but I shall miss her terribly.

Coincidentally, I also happen to adore E. J. Dionne, and his tribute column to her was spot on. I love the term that Dionne coined for her: Joyful Outrage. It fits. Beautifully, hysterically.

So long, Molly. We'll keep an eye on the Lege for you.


(Photo credit: Carolyn Mary Bauman -- Fort Worth Star-telegram Via AP)
icewolf: snowy wolf (late to the party)
...I'm back!

Yay! Phone and DSL now work. If you need the number, drop me an email.

And my commute to CUA does not suck. Let's see how things go once PGCC gets added to the mix. (*crosses fingers that my fifth class does not wind up being a stinky evening class*)

And I am resolving to do at least cardio five days a week (and there's a large blond whom I think will just read my pathetically guilty face telepathically know if I've shirked).

Liking living in a city again. Buses! Oh, buses, how I've missed you.

Need an adrenaline rush? Walk into a medieval Latin class after a year's leave of absence.

And, an hour later, I'm up to date on Ye Olde F-List. Go me. (And yeesh I hope everybody feels better soon!)

Snack and bed now. After I take down the LJ Christmas decorations, that is.

And maybe make some notes on some story ideas that were discussed over dinner tonight. Hee.
icewolf: snowy wolf (oh crap)
Check out the Letters to the Editor.

You just might recognize a name...

*dies*

EDIT: Just got email from a copy editor. Looks like it's going in.

*dies again*

What huh?

Nov. 26th, 2006 07:07 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (pilgrim detectives)
Silly LJ quiz result under here. )

In other news, the usual 1.5-2 hour ride from my parents' took about four hours today. Oy. Good thing we left early.

In other news, I churned out a Harmony/Holly fic last night/this morning. The girls got hold of my brain and just WOULD NOT SHUT UP until I got it all down on paper. A red-headed snipped also reared her head for the first time. Should be interesting.

And one last hurrah for my pilgrim detectives icon.
icewolf: snowy wolf (Magna Charta)
I commented recently in [livejournal.com profile] cats_n_crying's journal on the nature of comedy. In it I summarized a paper I wrote for a doctoral seminar at Baylor. Now, mock though you might, for the year I was there I was able to study Shakespeare with one of our time's most respected scholars, Maurice Hunt.

I loved that paper, but looking back (and having revised and rewritten large parts of the thesis I had written a year earlier) I suspect it had its issues. Despite this it got a B+ from Dr. Hunt.

I'm now a good way through a new outline. Dammit.

Hee hee hee...
icewolf: snowy wolf ("Oh Joy")
Specifically [livejournal.com profile] strawberrykaren, [livejournal.com profile] severus_bracae, [livejournal.com profile] five_hole and [livejournal.com profile] charlotteb_.

I feel a cold coming on.

This would not normally constitute a press release, but you must understand that I have the Immunity System of Iron where respiratory problems are concerned (lets hear it for the immunological boot camp that is teaching). If I'm woozy, sniffly, and sore-throated, you all may already be dead. (I've also been listening to the Nigel Planer-performed audiobook of Witches Abroad. You've been warned.)

Also, since I plan to ensconce myself in my comfy, warm bed with pizza and tea ("It'll put a chest on your chest." See? Told you.), I hereby throw my hat into the Five Things Meme Ring:

Post a topic, list, category, whatever, in my comments section. (Examples: "Five Phrases Batman Will Never Say", or "Five Jobs House Wishes He Had" or "Five Things Dean Will Never, Ever Tell Sam.") Then, in a separate post, I'll post the answers to your Top 5 ideas, according to me. Serious or fun!

What will I write? BtVS, AtS, Firefly, what little FH I'm qualified for, Deadlands (Hi, Drew!), House, Stargate SG-1, West Wing, CSI (just the original), and anything else you know I know.

In completely unrelated news, Tor and I helped cook a feast yesterday! It was tres yummy. Espcially the rice with beaten eggs and parmesan cheese mixed in. And the lemon chicken. And the cherry-cheese-custard pie. And yay Alina winning the A&S competition! *toss confetti* And we had really posh accomodations: the infirmary cabin, usually reserved for visiting royalty. (Unfortunately, the visiting royalty had to back out last minute. Something about his majesty having to work late on Friday and living in South Carolina. Gotta love the SCA.)

And now some clean jammies and my oh-so-comfy bed and my West Wing Season 2 DVDs are calling and some new pens and nice thick paper are calling.
icewolf: snowy wolf (writing)
Who wants to be on my readers' filter? You will get to read both fiction and nonfiction. But I desperately need--and am not afraid to beg and plead for--feedback.

Any takers?

On Writing

Jul. 24th, 2006 04:00 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (writing)
This train of thought got started from an "open letter" which was linked to by [livejournal.com profile] tazira, An Open Letter to Peter Marks.

Now, I don't know if you've noticed, but I actually go to the trouble of trying to write well in this journal. Because I teach writing, I think about it a lot. And although I may not always succeed in my mission, I do try.

I would like to note, therefore, some things that do not necessarily good writing make.

Swearing and using scatalogical and obscene language does not automatically make you edgy. It means you don't own a thesaurus or an imagination. Seriously, swearing for effect is something 12-year-olds do. I know. I used to work with and discipline them. I'm supposing that if you care about the D.C. theater scene, you're older than that. But I could always be wrong.

Assuming a personal enough relationship with a public figure to call him by his first name does not bring him to your level. If your point is to criticize someone in authority, don't you need to recognize that authority? If the impetus behind your writing is to point out that someone is not doing his job right, don't you need to recognize that he has a job? Calling someone by his or her first name does not help either of those endeavors.

Also, assaulting New York theater does not build up D.C. theater. Rather than complaining about the commercialization of Broadway and the low quality of independent performance artists, perhaps the point would have been better made pointing to the myriad resident theater companies and plethora of plays that the area does have. Why not point out that most productions that end up in New York try out at least once at the Kennedy Center?

Oh, and ad hominem attacks speculating about someone's failed career ambitions are just bad form. They're also bad arguments.

And frankly, the 12-year-olds I mentioned earlier called better names. They were at least creative in their immaturity. I mean, 'pillhead'? Are you kidding me? And 'bitch' is just so last month. (Not to mention its misogynist leanings, but I'll let the hard-core feminists eat you for lunch there.)

Avoid these pitfalls, and you, yes, you, can manage to avoid looking like a bitter, discontented "ar-TEEST."

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