Thoughts, Expressions, and Insanity

Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

What Do You Have To Say? - Writing: Makes Me A Better Writer
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What's been your biggest influence in making you a better writer?

What's been my biggest influence? I'd have to say it's all of the like-minded writer friends I've made through Elfwood. If not for the encouragement from all of those who have gone to my Library shelf in Wyvern's Library, I'd probably have stopped writing years ago. Their suggestions on how to improve my stories has helped me grow in leaps and bounds, and has shown me where both my strongest and my weakest points are.

Many of the people on my flist have come from my associations at Elfwood. The writers on my flist and I share stories of the pain and frustration of finishing that first draft, reworking it until you're so sick of it you want to burn it, and the bittersweet joy of finishing what we all hope is the final draft. Then, of course, there's the finger nail biting moments when you send your manuscript off to the magazines or the agents, hoping for a positive response from someone other than your usual fan base. When the inevitable rejections come, we console each other and encourage each other to get back to work.

Friday Five
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Imagine you are on your deathbed. Recommend to those who remain in your life...

1) One book to read.
A Little Princess

2) One movie to watch.
The Dark Crystal

3) One food to eat.
Spinach! (You would not believe how many people I've met who have never tried it. It's my favorite veggie...other than dill pickles, of course.)

4) One place to go.
The shoreline along the Pacific Ocean, specifically either in Oregon or Washington.

5) One life lesson to leave behind.
The love of your family is worth more than material objects or millions of dollars.

Found on MySpace by my husband...
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...Wow. And these are all living, real people!

Check out this video: Amazing Choreographed Samsung Stadium Dance

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I'm alive.

More later.

Cthulu soap? Uhhhhhhh...
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Elder Clean Soap
by *ursulav on deviantART

Right. For the all of 2-3 of you on my flist that don't have ursulav on YOUR flist, here's one of her latest creations. And it looks like there might actually be homemade soap to go with the label some time in the future.

I wonder what Cthulu soap would smell like?

the friday five
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1 What was the best gift you received?
The best gift I received? It all depends on how old I was. When I was little, the best gifts were the ones in big boxes wrapped in shiny paper. As a teenager, the "best gift" was always money. Now? The best gifts I've ever received? Kathleen, Jessica, and Mikael. My kids are the best gifts any mother could want. Even if they do drive me nuts a lot of the time.

2 What was the worst gift you received?
Having my husband (who was only my fiance at that point) and our roommates get drunk and completely forget me on my 24th birthday.

3 What gift did you wish for, but never got?
Lots of things. I don't know anyone who's gotten every gift they ever wanted.

4 What was the best present you gave?
That's such a subjective question. I can't really answer it. Everyone has their idea of a "best present", so what I think is mediocre someone else might treasure. And what I think is fantastic others might think is mediocre.

5 What was the worst present you gave?
See my answer to the previous question.

The Friday Five.......a few days late
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1. If you were going to remake a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?
Any of the Little Women movies. I don't know who I'd cast. I'd also remake the 4th Harry Potter movie. I'd keep the cast the same, but I'd actually make it follow the book rather than act like a travelogue of some of the points in the book.

2. If you could turn a book into a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?
I'd like to see the Pern books turned into movies. I don't know who I'd cast, though. Or maybe some of the Velgarth novels by Mercedes Lackey - Owlsight, Owlflight, and Owlknight or her Gryphon books, to be precise. And I wouldn't want to see too many big names in the movies. I'd like to see some new faces. Although seeing Viggo Mortensen as a Pernese dragon rider might be kind of fun. *grin* Or maybe see Gerard Butler in a more dramatic role like Silverfox or maybe one of the Tayledras scouts out of the Owl books.

3. If you were going to turn a video game into a movie, what would it be? Would it be animated or live-action?
They already made one of my favorite video games into a movie - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. And Parasite Eve was a movie first and a game second. The only other game I really enjoy that I might want to see as a movie is Valkyrie Profile Live action would work (the LOTR movies were MOSTLY live action), but I think if they did a VP movie it would have to be a CG animated movie.

4. You're going to turn a book into a TV series. What is it? Why would it make a good TV show?
I can't think of anything I read that would translate well into a TV series. Maybe a two or three part mini-series to tell the whole story, but that's it. And even then way too much would get lost in the translation.

5. Do you generally prefer the movie versions or the novel versions of works?

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I looked up Nightwish on YouTube.

All I can say is...


That is all.

friday five
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1. Do you download music not from the popular genres of Top 40, pop, rock, rap, dance, R&B, or country?
When I still downloaded, yes. Show tunes and world music, a lot of Celtic and Japanese stuff that's never hit the states. Usually through Rhapsody or - free music downloads from artists just starting out or artists that are trying to get their work known outside their own country.

2. Are there any musicians for whom you've downloaded a significant amount of their material yet own few or none of their albums?
Not really. I tend to download a few songs at random from the album. If I like it, I'll then go out and try to buy the album. Unless I can't find someplace to buy the album, at which point I just keep my eyes peeled for the artists.

3. Have you ever enjoyed a downloaded album so much that you went and bought the physical album?
I love supporting my favorite artists by buying their music.

4. How many different ways of playing music do you own (such as radio, stereo system, computer, Walkman/Discman, mp3 player, mp3-ready phone, etc.)?
Stereo, generic brand Discman, computer, mp3 player, cassette player, CD player in the car...that makes six.

5. Do you still have and/or play a favorite vinyl album, cassette tape, or 8-track tape?
Yes, I still play my old cassettes, though I've pretty much purchased all of the albums on CDs. Except for the compilations I made from selections from either the radio or my older sister's CDs.

Youtube stuff
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When Graphic Artists get gets moderately amusing.

When I saw this, it just blew me away. The Blue Man Group has always interested me - in a weird, kind of frightening way. This is their tribute to 9/11.


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