janetlin: (USS Buttcheek)
The last meme got no nibbles so let's try this one


Send me a show (check my interests if you're stumped) and I'll tell you...


- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:
janetlin: (Amy)
from [livejournal.com profile] queer_theory, 'cause it's been a loooong time since I did a meme here.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
janetlin: (Holiday: Halloween)
In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "Trick or Treat" to this post and... well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of your fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
janetlin: (Thinky thoughts)
Q&A MEME
- Leave a comment saying, "Die Fragen, Fraulein!" ;) (or, you know, whatever)
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
- Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

from [livejournal.com profile] trustme1013
1: World traveler that you are, if you could have it your way, what bits of Kiwi life would you incorporate to US life?
Oh goodness. I especially love all the little environment-friendly things that are just a given there and how there's no (or very little), "you're just an alarmist, tree-hugging hippie" attitude in backlash. New Zealanders know they have something beautiful and precious and they do their damnedest to take care of it. I like both the sentiment and the practice.

I also love the profusion of skirts and dresses. I never really thought about it before (though I had been told Americans are peculiar in the omnipresence of blue jeans), but the first time I went I was surprised by how many women I saw doing everyday, normal stuff in skirts, where I would have expected pants (be they jeans, capris, khakis, whatever). I don't know if that's because the feminist movement didn't hit there as hard or what, but I like it. Whenever I'm there I take the opportunity to buy cute and simple skirts and dresses, 'cause it's hard to find ones here that aren't, well, dressy.

2: What do you miss most about Cottey? (Besides me, of course!)
I miss the suite life, the socializing, the built-in circle of friends who were always nearby so I never felt awkward or that I was going out of my way or imposing myself upon them just to hang out and do... really not much of anything. I miss the five-movies-for-five-bucks weekends for those of us who were staying in the suite. I miss the goofy, housekeeper-angering shenanigans like upending the couch and making a tent (no we are not too old for this!). I miss coloring books as stress relief during finals week (again, not too old). I miss Raney and not having to think about what to fix for dinner. I even actually kind of miss the weather, the extreme differences in the seasons: the really hot and muggy summer and yes even the bitterly cold winter. If it's going to be cold, dammit, be COLD. Namby-pamby forties and fifties is just lame. If I'm going to bundle up in a coat and scarf I want it to be worth it. Also snow. Cold without snow is pointless.

3: What is it about Russian that rocks your socks?
Hee. It's just beautiful. And I found it much easier to learn (and remember) than German because it sticks to its rules of grammar better. I think the teacher plays a big role, too. I liked German with Dr. Pearson but when I took it out here it was meh. So I think I lucked out with a Профессор who made Russian very, very fun to learn. Also the alphabet is just plain cool. ;)

4: What one book would you have as required reading in school?
Hm. There's so much that already is required reading, it's hard to say. I think, though, rather than an individual book, I would wish for more cultural diversity, especially in high school. I took a "World Literature in English" course in college and it was _such_ a revelation. I think the only non-American book we read in high school was Les Miserables. And, well, Shakespeare. Also the insights I got from my Victorian Novel course, especially about the rise of commodification and xenophobia and racism are very relevant and would do more good for young adults starting to vote and going out into the world than, like, The Yearling.

5: Do you think your life would have been different as a younger sister instead of an older sister?
I really do, yes. Throughout my life I've felt like... a trailblazer, to put it nicely (less nicely but more often I call it a guinea pig). My parents were learning how to be parents, I was learning how to be a kid and how to grow up, without even older cousins to serve as any kind of example. So I was/am very timid and unsure and with a sometimes paralyzing fear of Doing It Wrong. I think if I'd had someone to look to and follow, I would be confident - and therefore more capable - and more of a risk-taker. That coupled with my insatiable curiosity (currently tempered by aforementioned paralyzing fear) would have led to a _whole_ lot of mischief, yes, but also a lot of valuable life experience in general that I think I really missed out on, and without which I kind of feel handicapped now that I'm staring down the barrel of 30 and big-time, no-doubt-about-it adulthood.
janetlin: (Thinky thoughts)
Q&A MEME
- Leave a comment saying, "Die Fragen, Fraulein!" ;) (or, you know, whatever)
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
- Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

from [livejournal.com profile] trustme1013
1: World traveler that you are, if you could have it your way, what bits of Kiwi life would you incorporate to US life?
Oh goodness. I especially love all the little environment-friendly things that are just a given there and how there's no (or very little), "you're just an alarmist, tree-hugging hippie" attitude in backlash. New Zealanders know they have something beautiful and precious and they do their damnedest to take care of it. I like both the sentiment and the practice.

I also love the profusion of skirts and dresses. I never really thought about it before (though I had been told Americans are peculiar in the omnipresence of blue jeans), but the first time I went I was surprised by how many women I saw doing everyday, normal stuff in skirts, where I would have expected pants (be they jeans, capris, khakis, whatever). I don't know if that's because the feminist movement didn't hit there as hard or what, but I like it. Whenever I'm there I take the opportunity to buy cute and simple skirts and dresses, 'cause it's hard to find ones here that aren't, well, dressy.

2: What do you miss most about Cottey? (Besides me, of course!)
I miss the suite life, the socializing, the built-in circle of friends who were always nearby so I never felt awkward or that I was going out of my way or imposing myself upon them just to hang out and do... really not much of anything. I miss the five-movies-for-five-bucks weekends for those of us who were staying in the suite. I miss the goofy, housekeeper-angering shenanigans like upending the couch and making a tent (no we are not too old for this!). I miss coloring books as stress relief during finals week (again, not too old). I miss Raney and not having to think about what to fix for dinner. I even actually kind of miss the weather, the extreme differences in the seasons: the really hot and muggy summer and yes even the bitterly cold winter. If it's going to be cold, dammit, be COLD. Namby-pamby forties and fifties is just lame. If I'm going to bundle up in a coat and scarf I want it to be worth it. Also snow. Cold without snow is pointless.

3: What is it about Russian that rocks your socks?
Hee. It's just beautiful. And I found it much easier to learn (and remember) than German because it sticks to its rules of grammar better. I think the teacher plays a big role, too. I liked German with Dr. Pearson but when I took it out here it was meh. So I think I lucked out with a Профессор who made Russian very, very fun to learn. Also the alphabet is just plain cool. ;)

4: What one book would you have as required reading in school?
Hm. There's so much that already is required reading, it's hard to say. I think, though, rather than an individual book, I would wish for more cultural diversity, especially in high school. I took a "World Literature in English" course in college and it was _such_ a revelation. I think the only non-American book we read in high school was Les Miserables. And, well, Shakespeare. Also the insights I got from my Victorian Novel course, especially about the rise of commodification and xenophobia and racism are very relevant and would do more good for young adults starting to vote and going out into the world than, like, The Yearling.

5: Do you think your life would have been different as a younger sister instead of an older sister?
I really do, yes. Throughout my life I've felt like... a trailblazer, to put it nicely (less nicely but more often I call it a guinea pig). My parents were learning how to be parents, I was learning how to be a kid and how to grow up, without even older cousins to serve as any kind of example. So I was/am very timid and unsure and with a sometimes paralyzing fear of Doing It Wrong. I think if I'd had someone to look to and follow, I would be confident - and therefore more capable - and more of a risk-taker. That coupled with my insatiable curiosity (currently tempered by aforementioned paralyzing fear) would have led to a _whole_ lot of mischief, yes, but also a lot of valuable life experience in general that I think I really missed out on, and without which I kind of feel handicapped now that I'm staring down the barrel of 30 and big-time, no-doubt-about-it adulthood.
janetlin: (English language)
Age: 29 (my birthday was only a month ago and still that looks weird)
Where you grew up (Ages 0-18): northern California, USA

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: creek or stream. Both of which have long e's.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called: Shopping cart.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in: Lunch box.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: Skillet.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people: Couch or sofa. Sofas are fancier.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: Gutters.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: Porch. If it's uncovered it's a patio, unless it's raised off the ground, then it's a deck.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: Soda. Soft drinks on menus or if you're trying to sound hoity-toity.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: Pancake. Unless it's an Eggo waffle. But I think it's asking for pancakes here.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: Sub.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: Shorts or (swim) trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports: Tennis shoes or tennies.

13. Putting a room in order: Cleaning/straightening.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark: Firefly. We don't have these here.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball: Roly-poly. Haven't seen one of those in a long time.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down: Seesaw or teeter-totter.

17. How do you eat your pizza: Pointy end first. What does this have to do with English?

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff: Garage or (less common) yard sale, estate sale if it's selling a deceased relative's stuff.

19. What's the evening meal?: Dinner.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are: Basement. We don't have these, either.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places: Water fountain or drinking fountain. Scuttlebutt if you're around boat people.
janetlin: (English language)
Age: 29 (my birthday was only a month ago and still that looks weird)
Where you grew up (Ages 0-18): northern California, USA

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: creek or stream. Both of which have long e's.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called: Shopping cart.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in: Lunch box.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: Skillet.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people: Couch or sofa. Sofas are fancier.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: Gutters.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: Porch. If it's uncovered it's a patio, unless it's raised off the ground, then it's a deck.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: Soda. Soft drinks on menus or if you're trying to sound hoity-toity.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: Pancake. Unless it's an Eggo waffle. But I think it's asking for pancakes here.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: Sub.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: Shorts or (swim) trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports: Tennis shoes or tennies.

13. Putting a room in order: Cleaning/straightening.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark: Firefly. We don't have these here.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball: Roly-poly. Haven't seen one of those in a long time.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down: Seesaw or teeter-totter.

17. How do you eat your pizza: Pointy end first. What does this have to do with English?

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff: Garage or (less common) yard sale, estate sale if it's selling a deceased relative's stuff.

19. What's the evening meal?: Dinner.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are: Basement. We don't have these, either.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places: Water fountain or drinking fountain. Scuttlebutt if you're around boat people.
janetlin: (Writing)
Been feeling like writing lately but the prompts in my Writer's Book of Days are uninspiring. So I'm pulling this from [livejournal.com profile] inell "because I'm curious and might possibly be inspired by something if y'all comment. I'm considering it a meme, since there are no promises/obligations here. If something does inspire me, I might just write it, though."

If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me? [You can be as vague or detailed as you want]
janetlin: (Writing)
Been feeling like writing lately but the prompts in my Writer's Book of Days are uninspiring. So I'm pulling this from [livejournal.com profile] inell "because I'm curious and might possibly be inspired by something if y'all comment. I'm considering it a meme, since there are no promises/obligations here. If something does inspire me, I might just write it, though."

If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me? [You can be as vague or detailed as you want]
janetlin: (Giddy)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, janetlin sent to me...
Twelve kiwifruitbats swashbuckling
Eleven mountains writing
Ten linguistics a-reading
Nine dragons gaming
Eight swords a-skiing
Seven books a-swordfighting
Six methos a-roleplaying
Five fa-a-a-airy tales
Four indiana jones
Three foreign languages
Two historical linguistics
...and a highlander in a chivalry.
Get your own Twelve Days:


Twelve of my husband?!! Oh my. I must have been a very good girl this year. ;)
janetlin: (Giddy)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, janetlin sent to me...
Twelve kiwifruitbats swashbuckling
Eleven mountains writing
Ten linguistics a-reading
Nine dragons gaming
Eight swords a-skiing
Seven books a-swordfighting
Six methos a-roleplaying
Five fa-a-a-airy tales
Four indiana jones
Three foreign languages
Two historical linguistics
...and a highlander in a chivalry.
Get your own Twelve Days:


Twelve of my husband?!! Oh my. I must have been a very good girl this year. ;)
janetlin: (NaNoWriMo)
This past week was a horrible mess. I'm very behind and honestly am not sure I'll make it to 50k by Monday. So I'm borrowing an idea posted in [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo to boost my count and get my characters talking to me again and doing interesting things. Also as a bit of a thank-you to you guys for patiently listening to me ramble about them for the past month and being such awesome cheerleaders.

I'll post my story's vitals (synopsis, setting, quick character descriptions), then if y'all would please make requests for short drabbles/scenarios based on pairings or situations you'd like to read about. The finished doodles will be posted as a reply to your comments and included in the story somehow.

So, My premise: Thirteen survivors of a colonial spaceship's destruction must establish civilization on their new planet, with no hope of rescue or help. (Eventually the facts are blurred by history and these figures are seen as gods/goddesses or saints or mythological figures or even just manufactured symbolic archetypes, instead of real people who once upon a time lived and breathed)

The cast:cut for space )
janetlin: (NaNoWriMo)
This past week was a horrible mess. I'm very behind and honestly am not sure I'll make it to 50k by Monday. So I'm borrowing an idea posted in [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo to boost my count and get my characters talking to me again and doing interesting things. Also as a bit of a thank-you to you guys for patiently listening to me ramble about them for the past month and being such awesome cheerleaders.

I'll post my story's vitals (synopsis, setting, quick character descriptions), then if y'all would please make requests for short drabbles/scenarios based on pairings or situations you'd like to read about. The finished doodles will be posted as a reply to your comments and included in the story somehow.

So, My premise: Thirteen survivors of a colonial spaceship's destruction must establish civilization on their new planet, with no hope of rescue or help. (Eventually the facts are blurred by history and these figures are seen as gods/goddesses or saints or mythological figures or even just manufactured symbolic archetypes, instead of real people who once upon a time lived and breathed)

The cast:cut for space )
janetlin: (Default)
Not too many nibbles on the Fandom Top Five meme but I'll answer the ones I've got before they get lost in the ether.

[livejournal.com profile] cat_i_th_adage Top five characters you really wish had lived.
* Janet Fraiser (Stargate SG-1)
* Laura Roslin (Battlestar Galactica)
* Fred Weasley (Harry Potter) - this one still makes me cry if I think about it too long
* Boromir (Lord of the Rings) - I wish we'd had more time with him for character study and backstory
* Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars) - people need to stop killing off Liam Neeson. Sean Bean, too, come to think of it.

[livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat Top five villains you fangirl over.
* Baal (Stargate SG-1)
* Lucius Malfoy (Harry Potter)
* Prince Zuko (Avatar: the Last Airbender)
* The Master (Doctor Who) - as played by John Simm
* ... I've been at this two hours and can't think of a fifth villain. Boo.
janetlin: (Default)
Not too many nibbles on the Fandom Top Five meme but I'll answer the ones I've got before they get lost in the ether.

[livejournal.com profile] cat_i_th_adage Top five characters you really wish had lived.
* Janet Fraiser (Stargate SG-1)
* Laura Roslin (Battlestar Galactica)
* Fred Weasley (Harry Potter) - this one still makes me cry if I think about it too long
* Boromir (Lord of the Rings) - I wish we'd had more time with him for character study and backstory
* Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars) - people need to stop killing off Liam Neeson. Sean Bean, too, come to think of it.

[livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat Top five villains you fangirl over.
* Baal (Stargate SG-1)
* Lucius Malfoy (Harry Potter)
* Prince Zuko (Avatar: the Last Airbender)
* The Master (Doctor Who) - as played by John Simm
* ... I've been at this two hours and can't think of a fifth villain. Boo.
janetlin: (Fanon-canon)
Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.
janetlin: (Fanon-canon)
Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.
janetlin: (Teh sm4rt)
You paid attention during 95% of high school!
 

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
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And apparently the 5% of the time I wasn't paying attention, I was making life harder for myself by double-guessing the semantics of test questions...
janetlin: (Teh sm4rt)
You paid attention during 95% of high school!
 

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
Take More Quizzes




And apparently the 5% of the time I wasn't paying attention, I was making life harder for myself by double-guessing the semantics of test questions...

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