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china_shop asked about a favorite t-shirt or other item of clothing...
I have *never* thought about this before. I am of the Einstein school of fashion sense, whereby I could absolutely have seven identical outfits in my closet and happily wear the same thing every day of the week. (Srsly, I get multiples of the same style of shirt, sometimes in the same color, even. If it fits and looks okay on my shape, then great! That is what I will get FOREVER. Which causes problems when they change the cut of jeans to something I don't wear. Gah.)
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I've been dealing with GAD for thirteen years. I honestly never thought a life without it would be possible.
And actually, it's been a little worse since we started dealing with infertility -- a LOT of symptoms have come back -- but now I have a doctor who will adjust my meds if she needs to, and is willing to prescribe me Ativan for the days when I know I'm going to be overwhelmed with anxiety and need more than the Effexor to function. (This isn't very often anymore, thankfully!)
Today's Topic comes from: shaggydogstail, and is "Nigella".
I know I share my love for Nigella Lawson with a few people on the flist, and probably for much the same reasons. She is someone with a true love of food, who makes no pretence at being a chef or a trained cook, just someone who likes good food and cooking it and providing it. I am not going to address everything in the news about her currently because we don't know the full story, and that isn't the point of why I love her.
I love Nigella because seeing her on my television means seeing someone who eats food from the fridge at midnight and who cooks more than is possibly necessary, and who thinks that chocolate is great, but chocolate plus more chocolate is even better. I read cookbooks like novels, and I like reading Nigella's because her writing is evocative of her food. Have I cooked much from Feast? No. Have I read it three times? Yes. I have very little cause to ever cook giant meals (there's only three of us, and my mother isn't spectacularly interested in food) but I love reading Kitchen and Feast because there is a certain quality to Nigella's food writing that makes me stop, and pause, and consider. She really really loves food, and writing about it, and, in particular, about the rituals and intricacies that make a recipe something to be treasured.
I know a few people who find her television persona to be off-putting, but, look, I like both sexual innuendo and cooking gusto, so her programmes are basically tailor made for me. I've been watching repeats of the Nigella Christmas series on one of the many food channels we get, and I never really tire of the production values and enthusiasm that go into making them.
And, you know what, it doesn't hurt that I find her staggeringly attractive.
I mean, I just ... asdfghjklas.
The first question is easy, and for a while I enjoyed telling this story to people, especially Japanese people, because it was so clearly, from their reactions, entirely not what they were expecting.
This story begins in 1999, my freshman year of high school and the golden age of Toonami. My sister and I started watching Outlaw Star on Toonami the same semester that I started watching Revolutionary Girl Utena in my high school's anime club. I talked up Utena to my sister enough that our aunt sent my sister the first two DVDs, which had the first arc of the anime between the two of them, and they arrived on a day when we were making Christmas cookies. That was a good day. From those anime, and then from others that were broadcast relatively quickly after that, I decided that I wanted to study Japanese, a modern language, in college, since up to that point I'd only seriously studied Latin (aside from brief episodes of French and Spanish) in college, and I was soon to add ancient Greek. I did just that in undergrad, which was also when I started to get into manga, after we were required to read a volume of Doraemon in second year because "Nobuta-kun is the walking personification of the adversitive passive." I wound up double majoring in classics and Asian studies, and I made the decision to concentrate on Asian studies for my graduate career because I figured I'd have a better chance of making an impact there than in a field with a millennia-long history. I've done comparative empires (Rome and China) as my second field in history here in grad school, though, so I'm definitely still not completely out of the classics game.
Five things I'm looking forward to about living in Japan again! Well, to be honest, I'm not exactly relishing spending a year very much on my own, and I actually had a stress dream about it last month (which was probably connected to other things going on at the time, in fairness). My social circle in Kansai has eroded by about 95% compared to the first year I lived in Japan, and doing archival research can get pretty lonely. One thing I like about Japan which is also a problem with me living in Japan is that it's very easy to indulge my introvert tendencies; the first time I lived in Japan was also the time I joined online fandom, not coincidentally. I'm stockpiling media and making plans to visit friends and to have friends come visit me, and I know I'll meet new people in Japan, and I'm looking forward to seeing old friends again, and I know once I get there I'll be largely happy, but I of course anticipate being homesick for my friends in the Bay Area, too.
1. Food! I love Japanese food, and there are just so many kinds of it that are difficult to find even in the Bay Area. (I almost just said parfait, but I do miss more Japanese food than just parfait, as awesome as parfait are.)
2. Manga! Imported books are so expensive here that I've been forced to cut back drastically on my buying them (though in fairness I also lack a lot of time to read them). Being actually in Japan tends to fix both problems.
3. Onsen! It's been cold enough here lately--the coldest the Bay Area has ever been in my experience, actually--that I've been missing both Japanese bathtubs, which are generally deep enough for you to soak up to your shoulders, and Japanese onsen. Luckily rachelmanija and I are talking about taking an onsen trip to Kyushu next fall…
4. Sake! I really like sake, but thanks to a convergence of factors I have weird tastes in it, and the sake I like best is either impossible to get here or prohibitively expensive. But neither of these things are true in Japan, luckily.
5. Being back in Kyoto. I know the city pretty well, there's always something interesting happening at temples, and it's close to the rest of Kansai and not prohibitively far from Tokyo, either. It's the best city in Japan, to my mind, and I love it to bits.
There's a fun meme on Facebook at the moment: list the 10 books that have most influenced you, the 10 that first come to mind not the list of 10 you might carefully craft to show the world. I've variously seen it as the books that specifically influenced you as a writer, or more generally influenced you as a person. My list is a mixture of both approaches.
In no particular order:
1. Piers Anthony - Bio of an Ogre with a side of not his novels but the novels' Author's Notes (I read a ton of his novels when I was younger)
Anthony wrote long, ranty author's notes, and since it's been a decade-plus since I read Bio of an Ogre, I suspect parts of it would infuriate me now. But what Anthony talked really frankly about was the business and mechanics of being a writer--things like arguing with editors and royalties and whatever. I found this very helpful.
2. Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
I read this at a time when I was basically a fantasy writer wannabe (in high school) and decided that I aspired to military sf that dealt with both ethics and tactics. I don't think I'll ever write something I consider its equivalent, but that's okay. I'm not really rational about this one and I'm aware it has problems, but without it I wouldn't have written, well, most of what I write.
3. Philip J. Davis & Reuben Hersh - The Mathematical Experience
One of the books that subterraneanly influenced me to major in mathematics (although the real push came when my calculus instructor emailed me and asked if I had considered it--I hadn't, I was going to major in history and nobody had previously ever suggested I might do such a thing--because I had done so well not just in the class but in answering a question on the final that apparently everyone else flubbed). But besides that, mathematics has been a source of inspiration in my writing, both its imagery and its modes of thinking. I wish I had been able to stay with it longer.
4. Harlan Ellison - Deathbird Stories
Primarily for "The Deathbird," which put me into shock for two days (I was a Christian at the time I read it), and whose narrative structure rearranged the way I thought about, well, narrative structure.
5. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
My friend G got me into Pern. She started with Dragonsong, and sure, the fire lizards are cute, but it was Dragonflight with its time travel plot bit that really fascinated me; the science fictional aspect. (You would think that Dragonsinger would be more fundamental, because of the music school aspect, but while it is one of my favorite McCaffreys, I can't say it changed my life. And Crystal Singer is amusing because it's the only perfect-pitch-centered sf/f I know of, but man, I can't stand Killashandra.)
6. Steve Jackson - The Seven Serpents
#3 in the Sorcery! sequence, the gamebook that got me into gamebooks and into the entire pile of Fighting Fantasy, which I've only touched the surface of (aren't there more coming out, even?). And from gamebooks into interactive fiction into games as narrative into Winterstrike, etc.
7. Patricia A. McKillip - The Book of Atrix Wolfe
This isn't remotely my favorite McKillip; I'm not sure I'd even ordinarily reread it, not because it's bad but beecause there are other of her novels I like so much more. I was late to McKillip, having read this one in HS. I bounced off the Riddle-Master books hard in elementary school and still don't love them the way others seemed to. For a long time I aspired to clear, plain, unremarkable, get-the-job-done prose. But in HS I was ready for something different. I read this particular book by McKillip because the library had gotten it in, and suddenly I understood that language could be beautiful for its own sake, and I wanted to learn to do that. Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber was also influential here, but The Book of Atrix Wolfe was where I remember that realization going click.
8. Simon R. Green - Blue Moon Rising
I picked this up in middle school and for years it was the fantasy novel I aspired to write. It's still probably one of Green's best novels: well-paced, back-and-forth plot with betrayals and revelations aplenty, interesting just-off-of-standard worldbuilding (basically Western-Flavored Medieval-Style Fantasy, but still), lots of action, larger-than-life but interesting characters with sympathetic protagonists. I still enjoy Green's works but this one remains one of my favorites, and I've read it many times.
9. Michael A. Stackpole - Lost Destiny
This is #3 in the Blood of Kerensky trilogy, which itself is a subseries of Battletech tie-in novels. I read this a couple years ago when I was on a Battletech tie-in novel kick. These are among Stackpole's earlier works, so they're a little uneven, but they're a lot of fun, they're very plotty, and moreover, they clarified something for me while I was working on Ninefox Gambit. There's a particular character who does some particular things (I'm trying not to spoil old news, ha!) that Stackpole has to nail for the story to work out. And you know what--he nails that character. It was really inspirational.
10. Geraldine Harris - Children of the Wind
This is #2 in the Seven Citadels quartet, a YA bildungsroman fantasy series centered around the spoiled Prince Kerish-lo-Taan, his traveling companions, and his quest to save the extremely troubled Empire of Galkis. The description makes this sound utterly cod-generic. It's not. The fantasy cultures are described with loving and unusual detail, and the series has some wonderful, memorable side characters (sheesh, I almost wrote "NPCs," I am such a gamer), including the proud Queen of Seld (women are dominant in Seld) and her sister Kelinda, the ugly but clever and musically-gifted Gidjabolgo, the philosopher-king-sorcerer Elmandis and his brother whose name I can't spell anymore...I could go on. I love this series unreservedly and the ending always makes me cry; I wish I wrote fantasy this beautiful and moving.
- Geoffrey Parker, ed. - The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare (surely you can guess?)
- Marion Zimmer Bradley, ed. - some Sword & Sorceress anthology (I don't recall which was the first I read); those were the first grown-up markets (as opposed to, e.g., things like Merlyn's Pen) that I submitted to IIRC
...but I don't really do writing rituals. I have a routine, but it's not a particularly ritualistic routine. In general I think it's a bad idea for a serious writer to be very ritualistic about their writing, because I don't think it's a good idea to look at writing as some mysterious dark art that can only be unlocked when the stars are properly aligned and the writer has discovered the perfect combination of secret acts. That's a good way to give yourself permission to never get anything done.
But if having a ritual works for somebody else, hey, it works, and that's all that matters!
My routine is that I sit down and write every day. That's all. I usually listen to music, but it doesn't have to be any particular music; it's really only a way to not hear anything else. I usually write at the library or at a coffee shop, because I don't have a desk at home, but I do sometimes work at home. I write on my computer, but sometimes I write in a notebook. I always work in the mornings, but sometimes I also write in the afternoon, or at night, or whenever. I usually work for three or four hour stretches before I take a break. I don't go on the internet while I'm working, only during breaks, but that's just being sensible about avoiding distractions. I don't answer my phone either, but I don't like answering my phone even when I'm not writing, so that's mostly me being weird about phones.
Is that a ritual? I don't know. It's a way to get work done every day. The only absolute requirement is that people leave me alone. I can be surrounded by people, even people who are making noise, as long as they aren't talking to me.
I feel like I couldn't possibly have a more boring answer to this. Here, I'll make up a better one: I only write in a dark, smoky bar where I sit in at corner table, dressed in scarves and fingerless gloves and ill-fitting tweed, and I drink absinthe and listen to jazz on vinyl, and I write everything in longhand on handmade paper using an antique fountain pen that requires nibs that can only be found at a small shop with no name in Paris.
There. That's better. Much more exciting than "I get up every day and I type a lot."
I kind of wish I did have fingerless gloves right now. My hands are cold.
Style-wise I just got my ends trimmed - I think she took off a couple of inches. The length is starting to irritate me quite a bit, and I'm tentatively beginning to fantasize about having an actual hair style, but I've always said that the next time I cut it significantly shorter than it is now, I won't ever grow it super long again. So I'm holding off until I'm absolutely sure I'm done with having princess hair.
In terms of no-'poo I've continued using the sulfate-free baby shampoo. I tried using baking soda + lemon juice again a couple of months ago, and my hair was completely fine with it. I took that to mean the effect of the switch-over is still holding and that I don't need to bother with the bs+lj stuff. I've also used a tiny amount of regular shampoo a couple of times with no ill effects (except that my hair got greasy faster). At the moment my hair gets greasy after three days. I usually wear a ponytail on the third day. If I'm working or going to be out in public I'll wash it after three, but otherwise I try to ignore it, so sometimes I go 4-5 days, with 2-3 gross/ ponytail days. I really wish I could push the limit to four or five, but I just don't think I have the hair for it :/
This made me wonder about relative ethnic makeup. I'm not surprised that I've got more students with obviously francophone last names in Canada than in the US (not least because I teach at a francophone/bilingual university, and a reasonable chunk of my students have French as their primary language), but the Mac/Mc thing is throwing me. Generally, when we think about the European-descended populations of the US and Canada, we tend to assume that they look similar. Do they really, in terms of country/ethnic group of origin?
So I went to Statistics Canada and the US Census Bureau's American FactFinder. FactFinder is great because you can get some pretty specific queries in there; I'm not as experienced at using StatCan for getting data, but I was able to get to ethnic breakdown fairly quickly.
Here's the tally: In the US, 35.7 million people said they had Irish ancestry, 4.2 million said they had Scotch-Irish ancestry, and 5.8 million said they had Scottish ancestry. The ancestry question allows for multiple answers, so we don't know if there's any overlap there. This means that 11.2% of the US population has some Irish heritage, 1.8% has some Scottish heritage, and 1.3% have some Scotch-Irish heritage. Now, obviously not every person with Scottish/Irish heritage has a last name starting with Mac/Mc (says an Irish-American named Regan*), but that gives us a potential universe.
For Canada, the stats are different. 4.7 million Canadians said they had Scottish origins, with 568,000 saying they had only Scottish origins; 4.3 million people said they had Irish origins, with 491,000 saying they had only Irish origins. (Canada doesn't have a Scotch-Irish category.) Now, these numbers are lower than the American ones, but it's important to remember that Canada has a population about 1/10 the size of the US population. So, of the entire population of Canada, 12.2% has at least some Irish heritage, and 13.3% has at least some Scottish heritage. The Irish number isn't much higher, but the Scottish is much higher. So the frequency of individuals with some Scottish or Irish heritage in Canada, as a whole, is likely higher in the US (caveat in place because overlap is always possible).
And, in fact, in Ontario (where the majority of my students are from), the situation is even stronger. There are 2.1 million Ontarians with some Scottish heritage, and 1.98 million with some Irish heritage. Ontario has about a third of Canada's population (the GTA alone has 1/6th, which is freaky), but still, this means that 15.5% of Ontario's population has Scottish origin, and 14.7% has some Irish heritage. In New York State, where I've done all my teaching, it's 1% Scottish, 12.5% Irish, and .3% Scotch-Irish; in Pennsylvania, where I'm from, the Irish proportion is about the same and the Scottish and Scotch-Irish are both equally low.
1. Yes, it is not surprising that I'm seeing more Mac/Mc names in my classes than I ever have before, because it's likely that a higher percentage of my students have some Irish and/or Scottish ancestry.
2. While the proportion of people with Irish ancestry in the US vs in Canada is fairly similar (a percentage point is usually inside the margin of error), the number of people with Scottish ancestry is much, much higher in Canada.
3. The ratio of Irish-to-Scottish in Canada is also much closer to 1:1 than it is in the US, where it's, what, 6:1? *does math* Yeah, 6:1 if you take only Scottish and don't count Scotch-Irish.
Without knowing anything, I'm going to guess this has something to do with the dynamics of Canada's relationship to the United Kingdom--whether this was about Irish non-immigration to Canada because of the UK relationship in the 1800s (before formal Irish independence from Britain) or high Scottish immigration to Canada (facilitated by the formal relationship), I can't guess. Of course, I'm sure there are also reasons to do with chain migration, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were immigration-law reasons as well. In other words, it's caused by stuff. (Anyone know the stuff?)
Now I really should start grading...
*Regan is the name of my more-Irish side of the family, which is also the only side of my family to have decent genealogy records**. I'm not terribly into genealogy, but I'm glad to know it when someone else has done the work...
**Fun fact: the only ancestor from Ireland whose entrance details I'm 100% sure...arrived in North American at Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the Famine. How she ended up in Glens Falls, New York is anybody's guess. Will that make naturalization easier, do you think?
It's my Christmas scarf. And for the record, I think I look quite smart in it, Wylla. There's nothing funny about it.
I wouldn't be surprised if Mom got you one, too. I bet she's going to take our holiday photo.
See, here she comes now. Uh oh. What's that in her hand?
I don't think I have enough girth to dress as Santa. Perhaps, I would make a better elf.
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( cut for navel-gazing )
To make this post not a complete waste of other people's time: I have seriously cried reading some of the things on the fandom love meme thing. I don't know what I've done to deserve you, but you are all blessings in my life. You humble me, in the best way. I love you.
Thanks to RM and SW for posting about this elsewhere!
There’s a recent book out entitled, “Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830” by Peter Park. (link to Amazon US)
Has anyone read it yet or have any thoughts? I’m considering getting it for winter break reading – though I’m somewhat baffled as to why the Kindle version is $64 (£39, €46) when then paperback is $25. (£15, €18)
Here is the summary from the SUNY Press page:
A historical investigation of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from modern histories of philosophy.
In this provocative historiography, Peter K. J. Park provides a penetrating account of a crucial period in the development of philosophy as an academic discipline. During these decades, a number of European philosophers influenced by Immanuel Kant began to formulate the history of philosophy as a march of progress from the Greeks to Kant—a genealogy that supplanted existing accounts beginning in Egypt or Western Asia and at a time when European interest in Sanskrit and Persian literature was flourishing. Not without debate, these traditions were ultimately deemed outside the scope of philosophy and relegated to the study of religion. Park uncovers this debate and recounts the development of an exclusionary canon of philosophy in the decades of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. To what extent was this exclusion of Africa and Asia a result of the scientization of philosophy? To what extent was it a result of racism?
This book includes the most extensive description available anywhere of Joseph-Marie de Gérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie, Friedrich Schlegel’s lectures on the history of philosophy, Friedrich Ast’s and Thaddä Anselm Rixner’s systematic integration of Africa and Asia into the history of philosophy, and the controversy between G. W. F. Hegel and the theologian August Tholuck over “pantheism.”
“Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy is a welcome addition to a neglected area in the history of ideas. Philosophy has long suffered from exclusions that keep us from fully appreciating the contributions to our field from Africa and Asia. Park’s book uncovers some of the sources of philosophy’s exclusionary practices. The historical detail is impressive.” — Elizabeth Millán, author of Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy
10 Books That Influenced Me
1. Enid Blyton - The Famous Five
The whole series, not just the first book. It was my first(?) introduction to the idea that a girl could want people to think she's a boy, which had a huge impact on me in a wide variety of ways. I'll summarise it as: I am called Alex, not Alexandra, because of George.
2. Lylat Wars (for the Nintendo 64)
It's not a book, but rules are for breaking. I can't talk about influences on me as a writer or a person without mentioning this game! (Called Starfox 64 in non-European territories.) It's what started me writing, before I ever saw the word "fanfiction" - I discovered the internet a year or two later and was delighted to find other people writing stories about Starfox. It's key to my love of science fiction. It's also one of the fox-related narratives I adored as a child, which has had obvious consequences for my fiction and poetry.
Then, in my teens, I started to lose interest in fantasy or science fiction. I'd go to that section in the bookstore and be utterly bored by everything I noticed, which was dominated by things like Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind and other names. The backs of their books bored me so much. (I never even liked Tolkien! That kind of fantasy has never been my idea of fun, and that's all I was seeing.)
Around 2006, I stumbled across some interesting writers.
3. Andreas Eschbach - The Carpet Makers
4. KJ Bishop - The Etched City
5. Catherynne M Valente - Yume no Hon
6. China Miéville - The Scar
7. Nalo Hopkinson - Midnight Robber
Thanks to them, I started writing fantasy and science fiction again. It could be weird, beautiful, thought-provoking; it could be about things beyond the Tolkien-style fantasies or Star Wars.
I also expanded my limited literary reading into work that ignores the literary/SFF boundary that a lot of people are fond of, that stands with its feet in many genres. Of these books, the most memorable I've read remains the following, but there are others I could name.
8. Milorad Pavić - Dictionary of the Khazars
Aside from Anne McCaffrey, I've read very little older science fiction and fantasy, which included Le Guin until fairly recently.
9. Ursula K Le Guin - The Wild Girls
10. Ursula K Le Guin - Always Coming Home
The Wild Girls is, of course, quite a recent work of hers, but it prompted me to read more. It is such a perfect, beautiful, angry, cutting story. Meanwhile, Always Coming Home is the construction of a huge body of cultural output from a group of people in a post-apocalyptic near-future: poetry, plays, prose, histories. It's affected what I want to do with the Tuvicen stories and poems I'm gradually assembling.
The reason why everybody in depictions of Victorian Christmas festivities looks so jovial? - Christmas was considered one of the approved times for the respectable and restrained Victorian middle class couple to engage in ye conjugalz. (The other day was Papa's birthday, but health warnings were issued to men with birthdays in Dec or Jan about the potentially harmful drain on their vital fluids, recommending 'an official birthday' in some other month.)
There was a London charity, supported by Angela Burdett-Coutts, Charles Dickens, Mr Gladstone and many more of the great and good, which provided a Christmas dinner for prostitutes, along with a goody bag containing: a tastefully-bound copy of A Christmas Carol; an improving tract; and information about schemes for assisted emigration to The Colonies.
Modesty forbids an account of some of the 'Christmas games' traditional in certain men's clubs.
So I took a nap with the cat keeping me company, got up, took a shower and got more work done. At this point, I have a finished draft, am getting comments from someone else, and will soon take another nap before editing it again.
On the upside, when I hand it in this afternoon, we will watch Kingdom of Heaven and drink a glass of wine.
Note to self: Four classes with three major deadlines on three days in a row in the last week of classes = OMG WTF DNW.
A request for help from philosophers of religion — if you qualify, why not take the survey?
If you are a professional philosopher of religion (this includes graduate students) and have a moment to spare, I would be very grateful if you could fill in this survey: https://surveys.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV
_4UvmgvHInmoRgkR The survey is part of my British Academy project on religious epistemology. The purpose is to get a qualitative picture of the motivations of philosophers of religion for taking up this subject. Participation is anonymous. The format of the study is an open survey, where you will be asked to respond to a series of open questions. As the questions are open, it is entirely up to you to decide how long or detailed your responses are. You can also decide to leave the study at any time. I already have a good number of responses, but so far only a small percentage of my respondents are women. The more people participate, the better and more nuanced the results will be. Ideally, I would like to recruit people of various levels of seniority (e.g., graduate students, faculty members, non- tenureline faculty), male as well as female participants, working in various countries, and with various religious outlooks (including lack of religious belief). The study is designed and carried out by Helen De Cruz, postdoctoral fellow of the British Academy at the University of Oxford. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact helen.decruz[at]philosophy.ox.ac.uk
This parody of silent historical drama The Battle of Waterloo (also 1913), which was the first epic British film and ran for about 90 minutes, begins with an intertitle: "A true and faithful / representation of this / historic event produced by / Pimple / at enormous cost. / Employing over 5000 arteests." (the "ee" becomes a running joke about French accents).
The first scene depicts Napoleon riding his one-man pantomime horse across the Alps. He falls off, which is the first of many occasions Napoleon falls over for laughs. The French army, including Napoleon, are then attacked by a lone suffragette wearing a "votes for women" sash and wielding a placard.
( More, obv. )
( Spoiler cut to protect Elementary newbies )
What is your usual everyday outfit? A long skirt, a nice blouse, and my vans. This week I've been shaking it up with a Welcome to Night Vale tshirt and jeans. (I also need to do laundry. *shamefaced*)
What school memory do you think about fairly regularly? Um, I don't know actually. I think that my memory is so visual, that unless I'm thinking about something in particular, I usually end up thinking about the outside of the buildings and grounds and stuff. Yeah, I'm weird.
What did you want to be when you grew up and why? For a while I really wanted to be an oceanographer because the idea that the ocean was so unknown to us was fascinating to me, or something with NASA but nothing that would require going into space. Then I wanted to be... I dunno, something, anything that would help people out. I ended up super nebulous in college after working as something like an ombudsman left me really dissatisfied.
Now, I'm hoping to figure out how to attach my now reactivated bank account to amazon and make a little doing audiobooks.
Clearly, I'm flexible. ^u^
Dancin' Once upon a time I was in little kid's tap. Um. I really like dancing in clubs and at school discos and parties and such, and I was one of the few people dancing at prom. (Yes, I've gone to English and American schools.) I just like dancing even though I suck at it.
Crockery I have a bunch finally. I hate washing dishes though. Give me any other chore but dishes.
Dreamcasts I really wanted one, but it wasn't until years later I got a PS2 (and then my sis nicked it *sigh*) and I like a couple of games on it, but I have more on the laptop and I actually usually play flash games because I love puzzlers and platformers.
Top five desert island books I honestly do not know anymore. I haven't really read much stuff that wasn't fanfic in ages and I'm just now getting back into reading actual books. I feel like this could be construed as a wiggle out, but this is my very best answer, sorry!
(If you'd like to ask me a bunch of different questions based on the fanfic I've read though, that I can answer!)
No meme post today. Instead, it was thingswithwings' birthday
(Set during early s4, for Reasons.)
ficlet: the way the autumn came
1200w, Parks and Recreation, Leslie/April. "I hate corn," April tells her, "I hate mazes, I hate corn mazes, I hate trees and I hate cotton candy and I hate parks and recreation."
( getting a rollercoaster is stupid if everyone in town can have a ride at once )