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“Comment to this post with “I love libraries!” and I will give you seven topics I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list to your own blog with your commentary.”

Zombres gave me:

Greek mythology!
Steampunk!
Werewolves!
OT3s!
Jeffrey Dean Morgan!
Gay rights!
Formative Film Experiences!



Greek mythology:

One of my first loves. The first book I can really remember reading is D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths— the illustrations were just gorgeous and the stories had me hooked. Then I kindof got to rediscover everything all over again as I got older and realized, “Wow, there are a lot of rapist douchebags in these stories”. I will also grumble about Hades not being a bad guy in the stories to anyone within earshot when something like Clash of the Titans or Hercules or … well, 3/4 of Greek Mythology movies come on.

Steampunk:

One of my latest loves. ;) I really started getting into it at an anime convention Ashley took me to last year; they had several steampunk booths in the vending area and I was immediately addicted. I’ve combined my first and latest loves and am working on a steampunk novel about the Greek Gods and Goddessess. One of my main concerns with it is that I’ll accidentally do the literary equivalent of the “stick a gear on it and call it steampunk” thing that seems to be a constant grumble in the craft circles. So research research research.

Werewolves:

I do not care if they’re one of the major standbys/cliches/tropes/what have you of the horror genre, I adore them. In the same way I adore haunted houses and vampires (okay, aside from the Twilight version)— they’re timeless, and so much can be done with the idea. Possibilities everywhere! The ones who can control when they change and the ones who can’t; the ones who keep some shred of their humanity after they turn and those who don’t; full-out wolf or some combination of the human and the animal; gimme them all.

OT3s:

My bread and butter, and I’m constantly finding new ones. Just today I read one of goddamnhella’s fics, which was Tony/Loki/Pepper, and HNGH. I just love the character interaction potential, and OT3 stories tend to have more than their fair share of snark, and I’m big on my snark. That type of romance is starting to show up more and more in my novels, too, which doesn’t surprise me one bit. Though I cannot seem to figure out whether the endgame in the Greek Steampunk novel might be Aphrodite/Dionysus/Ariadne, or Aphrodite/Dionysus/Hephaestus, and I have the sinking feeling that “hey, why not three?” is going to quickly turn into “hey, why not four?” My brain is clearly not going to be satisfied until I write a novel called “First There was Drama but then Everyone had an Orgy”.

((OT3s I love can also be platonic: see zombres’s Weird USA, with Charlie, Olivia, and Ben. There are some characters who are great on their own, fantastic playing off of one other person, but get the three of them together and everyone just SHINES.))

Jeffrey Dean Morgan:

So I have a feeling it would be cheating if I just keysmashed for this entire entry. ;) I first saw him on Supernatural (wish I could still see him there on occasion, AHEM WRITERS) and then in P.S. I Love You. By this time I was in fangirly enough mode that I went ahead and looked up some pictures online, and also found some interviews. He rescued and bottle-fed a two-day old puppy. He saw a guy beating his girlfriend and ACTUALLY INTERFERED instead of doing the whole ‘eh, it’s not my business’ thing that’s so horrifically widespread. He seems to be a genuinely good guy, and see above: keysmash-levels of attractiveness. I’ll basically watch anything he’s in (except Grey’s Anatomy. That I just cannot do. Sorry!)

Gay rights:

Should not be any different than ‘straight rights’. That seems absolutely obvious to me now, but it didn’t always. I grew up (and still live) in the middle of the Bible Belt, and “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” is still considered witty commentary in way too many places here. The “I don’t really care one way or another because nothing they do hurts me, but— ew. I just don’t get it” is really one of the better attitudes I’ve found. ((don’t even get me started on ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ bullshit)) It wasn’t anything that really crossed my mind for a long time, and then during stage setup for one of our plays, a friend of mine put on the soundtrack to RENT. And it was literally like nothing I’d ever heard, told from the pov of people whom I’d always heard spoken about in sneering tones, if they were spoken about at all. I remember thinking, “okay, if I’m wrong about that, what else am I wrong about?” And thus a conservative became a liberal. :)

Formative Film Experiences:

Stand By Me— LOVE ETERNAL. The first Stephen King movie I ever saw. It came out when I was five (yes, I am an Old Lady of Thirty) and I think I saw it about three/four years later. Can still quote it in full, and it remains the movie with the absolute best film-dialogue-to-ending-song transition ever for me.

FernGully— my love of faeries, OT3s, animation, and extraordinarily bright colors can all probably be traced back to this film. First soundtrack I ever bought.

Labyrinth— Given the aforementioned Greek Mythology love, anything about a labyrinth was immediately interesting for me. This was the movie I’d most always put on first any time I was home sick from school (other one was Muppet Christmas Carol). Also, when I first saw it I identified with Sarah so. much. Watched it again recently, thought that she was being such a brat at the beginning. Heh.

Beauty and the Beast— Favorite fairy tale! A heroine who’s a bookworm! SIGN ME UP. The animation and the music are so gorgeous.

My cousin and I also used to build enormous pillow forts on/around the couch and watch a triple feature of The Little Mermaid, Singin’ in the Rain, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just about every weekend.

Meme!

Mar. 1st, 2012 05:14 pm
changeyourstars8: (Smut Muse)
Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.



Angie gave me these:

01. What is your cast-iron, forever favourite fairy tale?

Beauty and the Beast. Pardon while I sound like a complete dork, but it is a timeless story. And it shows up everywhere. ((hello, Wicked-the-musical)) Also, it has a happy ending, which is basically required for something to hit my favorites list.

02. You could bring one fictional character to life. Who do you choose?

What have I ever done to you?!? AUGH INDECISIVENESS.

I will resist the immediate smartass answer of "anyone Tom Hiddleston's played".

Hmmmm.

Possibly Harry Dresden. There would be no more boring days ever (though various people's life spans could be threatened by ghosts/demons/random dinosaurs, so...)

Or Sherlock Holmes. But I'd have to be able to bring Watson too because it just wouldn't be fair to either of them otherwise.

Ooooh! The Firefly crew! (that counts as one; they are a matched set dammit)

03. You have a time machine: what's one period in history/major event that you would NEVER EVER WANT TO GO NEAR NO MATTER WHAT?

After reading 11/22/63, I'd have to say the Kennedy assassination. Closely followed by WWII. I'd have an allergy attack and Hitler would win or something.

04. If someone gave you the opportunity to look into the future, would you and why/why not?

No. I literally cannot pick up a book and read it or watch a movie if I've seen/read the last part, so I can only imagine what kind of mental fit I'd have from looking into the actual future.
Unless we're talking only far enough ahead to get some winning lottery numbers. Then, hell yes.

05. Name one show or book that you've always meant to pick up but haven't yet.

Only one?? Doctor Who. Sherlock. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I NEED AN ALTERNATE SELF WHO CAN JUST DO FANDOM THINGS.

06. Which movie would you consider your guiltiest pleasure?

Sabertooth. SyFy Original, Josh Holloway, HORRIFIC AND SO DORKY. I'm pretty sure the cat changes color from scene to scene. And I love it.

07. In terms of personal accomplishments, what are you most proud of?

Well, I'm pretty proud that I don't seem to have given the kidlets huge psychological problems yet. ;)

Writing-wise, In the Darkness Find Me, because that's the first book I put out that was entirely mine, flaws and all. Once Faerietale's done my answer's going to switch to that, not because of the 'entirely mine' thing but because I've always wanted to have something to do with a reimagined-fairy-tales project and that one is SO AWESOME. :D

Serious-subject wise, I haven't self-harmed in over a year. I remember when making it three days seemed impossible. Take that, depression.
changeyourstars8: (Castle squee)
Since I haven't done one in a while and this one looked potentially amusing:

RELATE ME! When you think of me, what is the first thing that pops into your mind related to me in the following 10 categories:

TV Show
Actor/Actress
Song/Musician
Catchphrase/Word
Color
Food
Drink
Icon
Website/Community
Other LJ user
The first word you think of when you think of me
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Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

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Top 5

Aug. 29th, 2011 01:08 pm
changeyourstars8: (Castle squee)
Not too long ago [livejournal.com profile] zombres did a Top 5 post, and one of the subjects was Favorite Fiction Tropes. I absolutely could not resist that one, so here are mine:



1) Father/Daughter, No Relation

Favorite Example: Artie and Claudia on Warehouse 13. Their interactions have me in a constant state of Dorky-Clapping-and-Grinning when I watch that show.

Example of Mine: Jaren and Thiare from Karavan's Dawn.


2) Epic Quest

Favorite Example: The Stand. Always and forever The Stand. I remember lugging that enormous book around middle school and not even caring because I *had* to find out what would happen next.

Examples of Mine: Stealing Time; Jia's Charms; Karavan's Dawn; And This is Fate; Atmidos, to an extent. I think Pale Moon is the only project of mine where Epic Quest isn't used. That might change between now and publication. ;-)


3) Enemies Becoming Friends ((or at least starting to grudgingly respect each other))

Favorite Example: Jake Lonergan and Col. Dolarhyde in Cowboys and Aliens. My love for that movie is all-encompassing. I need fanfic and icons. And a chance to morph myself into the movie and pounce on Daniel Craig.

Examples of Mine: Simon and Finn in And This is Fate.


4) "Have you ever been with a warrior woman?"

Favorite Example: Beckett & Castle. Castle definitely has his badass moments, but when it comes right down to it, Beckett's going to be the one drawing a gun while Castle asks if anyone in the room's heard of a little something called diplomacy. I think she's physically braver than he is, but he's emotionally braver. Which is partly why they balance each other out so well. Why isn't Season 3 out yet I need my fix

Examples of Mine: Jaetina & Kynn from the Karavan series; Stace & Finn from And This is Fate; Maia & Xavierre from Stealing Time.


5) Threesomes (no, not that kind**)

Favorite Example: Zoe, Wash, and Mal from Firefly

Examples of Mine: Kynn, Ki'Rana, and Trader from the Karavan series; Finn, Stace, and Simon from And This is Fate; Persephone, Iris, and Hades from Atmidos.

**except when they are-- Maia, Nayara, and Xavierre from Stealing Time

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Top 5

Aug. 29th, 2011 01:08 pm
changeyourstars8: (Default)
Not too long ago zombres did a Top 5 post, and one of the subjects was Favorite Fiction Tropes. I absolutely could not resist that one, so here are mine:



1) Father/Daughter, No Relation

Favorite Example: Artie and Claudia on Warehouse 13. Their interactions have me in a constant state of Dorky-Clapping-and-Grinning when I watch that show.

Example of Mine: Jaren and Thiare from Karavan's Dawn.


2) Epic Quest

Favorite Example: The Stand. Always and forever The Stand. I remember lugging that enormous book around middle school and not even caring because I *had* to find out what would happen next.

Examples of Mine: Stealing Time; Jia's Charms; Karavan's Dawn; And This is Fate; Atmidos, to an extent. I think Pale Moon is the only project of mine where Epic Quest isn't used. That might change between now and publication. ;-)


3) Enemies Becoming Friends ((or at least starting to grudgingly respect each other))

Favorite Example: Jake Lonergan and Col. Dolarhyde in Cowboys and Aliens. My love for that movie is all-encompassing. I need fanfic and icons. And a chance to morph myself into the movie and pounce on Daniel Craig.

Examples of Mine: Simon and Finn in And This is Fate.


4) "Have you ever been with a warrior woman?"

Favorite Example: Beckett & Castle. Castle definitely has his badass moments, but when it comes right down to it, Beckett's going to be the one drawing a gun while Castle asks if anyone in the room's heard of a little something called diplomacy. I think she's physically braver than he is, but he's emotionally braver. Which is partly why they balance each other out so well. Why isn't Season 3 out yet I need my fix

Examples of Mine: Jaetina & Kynn from the Karavan series; Stace & Finn from And This is Fate; Maia & Xavierre from Stealing Time.


5) Threesomes (no, not that kind**)

Favorite Example: Zoe, Wash, and Mal from Firefly

Examples of Mine: Kynn, Ki'Rana, and Trader from the Karavan series; Finn, Stace, and Simon from And This is Fate; Persephone, Iris, and Hades from Atmidos.

**except when they are-- Maia, Nayara, and Xavierre from Stealing Time
changeyourstars8: (Garcia)
Gotten from [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes--

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined.


1) Dean (Supernatural)
2) Garcia (Criminal Minds)
3) Hatter (SyFy's Alice)
4) Sayid (LOST)
5) Abbie/Connor (Primeval. I cannot choose between them do not make me)
6) Angela (Bones)
7) Zoe (Firefly)
8) Tessa (The Constant Gardener)
9) Hermione (Harry Potter)
10) Wat (A Knight's Tale)
11) Jordan (Scrubs)
12) Elphaba (Wicked)
13) B.J. (M*A*S*H)
14) Eddie Dean (Dark Tower series)
15) Al (Quantum Leap)
changeyourstars8: (Inner Dork)
Criminal Minds

01. The first character I fell in love with: Elle

02. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Jason Gideon. I was a little standoffish with him at first, but then the episode with the two killers (brothers, I think) in the woods, and he comforted one of the killers when he was dying because at that point he wasn't a threat, just a human being in pain, and he didn't ignore that out of a sense of vengeance.

03. The character everyone else loves that I don't: Oh man I just blanked on his name. Penelope's boyfriend? I'm on-again off-again with him.

04. The character I love that everyone else hates: Probably Elle. I see a lot of "feminist ball-breaker" stuff associated with her. Which would be why I don't hang out in the fandom at large.

05. The character I used to love but don't any longer: Hm. Don't really have a character on there that I don't like.

06. The character I would shag anytime: Spencer. Because he's adorable.

07. The character I want to be like: Penelope. She's such an amazing character, holding on to her joy and sense of self in a job that you'd think would break her.

08. The character I'd slap: Morgan, but only when he was going over to that one woman's house and insisting it was something he'd do for any family member of a crime victim. And even then, I would probably just roll my eyes at it, but then he snapped at Penelope when she called him on his self-delusion. At any other time, I love Morgan.

09. A pairing that I love: Morgan/Penelope. Though their friendship is awesome enough that I almost don't mind if the show never takes it there. And I know that she's married and all, but a teeny part of me still loves the whole Spencer/JJ thing that they seemed to be playing with at the beginning of the show.

10. A pairing that I hate: Can't think of one. Not a ton of pairings on the show.

11. Favorite character: Cannot decide this. On to the next question.

12. My five favorite characters: That's better. Sortof. Penelope, Spencer, Morgan, Prentiss, and Hotch.

13. My five least favorite characters: Does not compute.

14. Which character I am most like: No idea.

15. My deep, dark fandom secret: Don't really have one.



Supernatural

01. The first character I fell in love with: Dean. The smart-alecks get me every time.

02. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Castiel.

03. The character everyone else loves that I don't: Hm. Ruby near the end of her run, I guess? The manipulation and everything skeeved me out so much that I couldn't really enjoy her one-liners like I once had.

04. The character I love that everyone else hates: Judging from what I remember from my brief journey into fandom, that would be Bela. I loved her so much and I hated how the end of her storyline was done. Feh.

05. The character I used to love but don't any longer: Not any characters who are still around that I don't love. Can I say that I don't love how there are very few of the main cast left?

06. The character I would shag anytime: Dean, or John. Sam would be on the list, but he has creeped me out one too many times.

07. The character I want to be like: Ellen. In the "absolute badass" sense, not in the "eventually loses everyone she ever loves" sense.

08. The character I'd slap: Well, I think practically everybody on the show has had a slappable moment. Don't know.

09. A pairing that I love: I really liked Sam with Sarah. I know, Season 1 episode, she's never been back, etc. And I think if they'd been able to work more with Bela's character, eventually Dean/Bela could've been interesting.

10. A pairing that I hate: Dean/Jo. The vibe between them always struck me as more brother/sister than lovers.

11. Favorite character: Again, not picking. Can't.

12. My five favorite characters: Dean, Sam, Bobby, Ellen, and a tie between Mary and Castiel.

13. My five least favorite characters: I suppose it would probably be cheating to put YED and Lilith and whatnot here, wouldn't it?

14. Which character I am most like: Dunno.

15. My deep, dark fandom secret: ???


And he is still not asleep. Oh well. If he keeps up with the insomnia, maybe I'll do one for Firefly later. :-)

Day 30

Sep. 22nd, 2010 11:27 am
changeyourstars8: (Kath and I)
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

I tag Kath. :-) I've worked with her for over ten years now, and she's always coming up with fantastic ideas. She's great with description and helping me to pause and think when I'm too far into Tasmanian Devil mode to remember that the scenario I've come up with in Chapter Thirteen completely contradicts something I set up in Chapter Two.

And now I'd like to open this up to anybody reading this-- any question you want to ask that wasn't in the meme, or do you want me to elaborate more on any of the meme questions? I could talk about writing stuff 24/7, so ask away!

Day 29

Sep. 21st, 2010 07:06 pm
changeyourstars8: (MASH)
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

Constantly. I'm rarely without a notebook; I'd carry one to class in high school and college, and now I carry one in my purse. When I worked at the donut shop, I'd use Post-It notes when we had a lull. Sometimes I'll see a news story that inspires an idea, and sometimes I'll see a person who really looks like one of my characters. Once a young woman came into the donut shop-- probably 5'11 or so, angular face, auburn hair, and she looked so much like I imagined Kath's character Onnoree looking that I was tempted to ask her to pose for a portrait photo. :-)

Day 28

Sep. 20th, 2010 06:25 pm
changeyourstars8: (Name faery)
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

Haven't done it; it's not something I have personal experience with and I'm not quite confident enough in the research I've done to tackle it yet. I expect my comfort level with it will change soon, and then so will my answer to this question.

I'm not sure if the term for them is really 'disabilities', but Ki'Rana from Karavan is working through a pretty bad case of PTSD, and Lauren from Jia's Charms has depression.

Day 27

Sep. 19th, 2010 10:34 am
changeyourstars8: (Default)
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Looking at my character designs for non-humans, I seem to really like the cool colors on the spectrum-- Ki'Rana's hair has green streaks; Maiza's skin is blue; Thiare has violet skin and blue hair; Lyric's skin is pale green. I need to create a character with red or orange skin somewhere in here. *s*

Though I have recently realized that I fell into the whole Least Common Skin Tone trope (obligatory warning for TV Tropes and getting trapped for days in it, etc.). Will be rectifying that.

It depends on the story, as to whether appearances play a big role. In my book Memories of Her Singing, Qinvara is a dimension-traveler with fully black eyes; her eyes are brought up more than once because they're an extreme oddity in most any world she goes to and she has to take measures to hide them. I'll toss in short descriptors sometimes-- mostly hair and eye color, height-- but I don't usually go for the paragraph-long elaboration on exactly what someone looks like and what they're wearing.

How I design them: I'll generally get a feel for a character's 'voice' first and their appearance follows after that. And some of it is "this would look really cool when I ask Mandy to draw it". :-)

Day 26

Sep. 17th, 2010 12:29 pm
changeyourstars8: (Karavan's Dawn)
26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

I have tried to draw my characters. Results-- sooooo not pretty. So now I pay other actually talented people to draw them!

Since I refuse to pick just one character portrait, these go below the cut:

Read more... )

Day 25

Sep. 15th, 2010 11:57 am
changeyourstars8: (Calvin and Hobbes)
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Yep!

Connor from Redemption has a cat named Charlie. Connor adopted him when he was an adult cat, and he has issues from a previous owner. He somewhat tolerates Connor, but if anyone else comes into the house, their ankles are fair game.

Thiare from Karavan has three kittens. In her universe, strays at space ports are a huge problem; people will make impulse purchases while visiting a planet and then leave the new pet behind when they realize how much work it is, or they'll dump litters because they figure with so many people passing through, someone will take them in. That 'someone' would always be Thiare if she had the time and room.

Abigail from Pale Moon has a giant squirrel (it's a long story).

And I just realized that out of the common domestic pets, none of my characters have a dog. I should rectify that. I like dogs, but I've always had cats and I'm much more familiar with their brand of oddball aloof affection.

Day 24

Sep. 11th, 2010 04:03 pm
changeyourstars8: (I kill with my heart)
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

I'm willing to kill a character if I think it's necessary to the plot. To me, 'necessary to plot' means that it's unrealistic for a large group of characters to go through a situation like the one I've got them in with all of them making it out unscathed. Or if a character's in a seriously bad spot and there's no way to get them out of it and it's either kill them or come up with a deux ex machina, then they're toast.

I do specifically work on not killing one character just in order to motivate another. I hate the whole 'fridging' thing and when LOST started to do it is when I had to stop watching. And while I know that sometimes crappy, unexpected things happen in real life fights, I'm not much for Death As Gritty Shock Value either ((I'm looking at you, Serenity)).

It also partly depends on the universe I've got it set in. There'll probably be more death in the Pale Moon universe, with its vampires, zombies, werewolves, banshees, and all the accompanying inter-group battles than there was in the We Were Strangers universe, which was at heart a kids-style fantasy story.

As for interesting ways to kill someone: I did have someone attacked by a Demonic Creepy Thing and then thrown out a window in In the Darkness Find Me.

Day 23

Sep. 6th, 2010 10:15 am
changeyourstars8: (Default)
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

It so, so varies. Redemption is a story that's existed in my head in one way or another for about six years, and I'm only now really figuring out how it's going to work. In the Darkness Find Me, on the other hand, was probably a year or less? I had a dream about one of the main scenes in it, woke up and wrote it down, and the rest of the novel followed quickly-- helped that it was more a novella than a novel. :-)

I've got an alternate-reality series planned, but it'll be a while before I start on that, and while I've started on Pale Moon it might be a little bit before the book's ready, largely because of time. And I'm trying to get more organized with which project I'm working on when, so that I can get books put out probably around once a year or so instead of having fifty pages done on four different projects.

And speaking of projects done-- Jia's Charms should be available for purchase by November 1!! Going to put it out through Lulu, and I'm also going to try having it available on the Kindle.

Day 22

Sep. 1st, 2010 04:55 pm
changeyourstars8: (Stace by Warsheep Productions)
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Well, there is the fun little conversation where Stace and Simon discuss the finer points of attack strategy.

And I've got a scene in mind in the Pale Moon universe where an agoraphobic alien gets into a heated argument with her spaceship.

I don't know; it's easy to think of stuff I haven't written but a lot harder to remember scenes that I haven't discussed with somebody. :-)

Day 21

Aug. 30th, 2010 01:52 pm
changeyourstars8: (Crysta)
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

Several of my characters have kids-- Lauren has Ivy and Kae; Rick has Kaveri; Geneva has Ian; Elspeth has Abigail; Maia has Darshana; Durai has Mairi. I think I write the younger kids pretty well-- in the ones Kath and I work on together, she's helped me with the older kids because so far I've spent a lot of time around kids from infancy to age 2.

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