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I did this meme a couple years ago. I have more images now.

1) Post ten of any pictures currently on your hard drive that you think are self-expressive.
2) NO CAPTIONS!!! It must be like we're speaking with images and we have to interpret your visual language just like we have to interpret your words.
3) They must ALREADY be on your hard drive - no googling or flickr! They have to have been saved to your folders sometime in the past. They must be something you've saved there because it resonated with you for some reason.
4) You do NOT have to answer any questions about any of your pictures if you don't want to. You can make them as mysterious as you like. Or you can explain them away as much as you like.

Images, yeah. And I'm 90% sure there are no dups with the past iteration of the meme. )
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Still living on the outskirts of Ann Arbor with my husband and his daughter, and I am 36. Kayla is now 16, and looking seriously at colleges and her future career path. At work, I'm in the midst of promotions, myself and people under me, and reorganization. It's the first real movement in my dayjob career in 5 years. However, in December 2009 I sold a novel, and have been waiting (and working) on it since then--my book comes out in September of this year. My mom has moved to Michigan (via the circuitous route of Montana then Seattle, Providence, San Francisco and LA). She's about 3 hours away now, which is the closest we've lived to each other since 1993.

Have moved to the outskirts of Ann Arbor with my boyfriend and his daughter. Kayla is in first grade, and we chose this small town turned bedroom community because of the excellent schools and the location. We almost moved another half hour down the highway for a cheaper house, but my boyfriend's father advised us that moving closer to work was worth a slightly more expensive house. (He turned out to be right.) I'm working at the University and have been since 1995. I have started taking classes again after a financial snafu forced me out of college in... 1995. I got promoted quickly to a pretty high level that I will not advance beyond for ten years.

Living with my mother in Durham, North Carolina; attending the new high school, and generally being an overworked-by-self 17-year-old. Choices, man, choices. My sense of youthful immortality wasn't manifested in the "do dangerous things" vein, but more in the "I can do EVERYTHING!" vein. Being run-down via overscheduling became a prominent theme of my life for some time. (I think this choice was a reaction to living a relatively quiet and secluded childhood; as soon as I obtained any degree of control over my own whereabouts and activities, I went crazy.) I spent a fair amount of time in those days hanging with my best friend, Chaitra, but we were drifting socially; I spent a lot of time with a wider social network that I felt less close to. I was co-editor of the school lit mag that year, and wrote and costumed and stage managed and acted for local children's theater, and babysat a LOT (three school evenings a week from 5-10PMish), and was taking AP classes, and, and, and.

Living with my mother in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. I was six. It was the first time we'd lived more than an hour away from my dad (my parents had been divorced for 2 years) or my grandparents. I was incredibly lonely, being so far from my bevy of adoring cousins and aunts and uncles; realizing that I only had my peers to socialize with regularly was sort of a nightmare. We were living in family housing at Lake Superior State, while my mom finished her bachelor's in nursing. I did enjoy the random collegiate adults Mom associated with. One of them held fondue parties and owned an Afghan dog. I am partial to fondue and Afghans to this day. I went with Mom to night classes on occasion, and began my love affair with college campuses, I think. It was my first time living in a college town, but I've never left college towns since, not really.
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via the hockey mom of punk rock.

A - Age: 35

B - Bed size: Queen.

C - Chore you hate: Cat litter boxes

D - Don’t eat: uncooked tomatoes, mainly.

E - Essential start-your-day item: breakfast, a shower, a podcast on the way to work.

F - Favorite board game: old school, Clue; new school, Word on the Street

G - Gold or Silver: Gold

H - Height: 5' 4"

I - Instruments you play: none

J - Job title: Information Resources Supervisor Intermediate-Moving-to-Senior; Novelist

K - Kid(s): stepdaughter K, 16

L - Love or lust: a little from column A, a little from column B...

M - Mom’s name: Beverly

N - Nicknames: Mer

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: besides 2 sleep studies which only barely count? numerous nights in the hospital as a daughter of a single nurse when the power went out in ice storms or I had an illness so bad I couldn't be left alone or with a babysitter. I can only readily identify six or seven of those events, except I'm sure it happened in times before I could remember, too.

P - Pants or pantyhose: PANTS. Pantyhose are the devil. Tights are okay now and then.

Q - Favorite Movie Quote: Er. I don't really think in quotes.

R - Right or left handed: Right.

S - Siblings: 3 half-sibs, only one of which I ever knew more than passingly.

T - Time you wake up: 7, 7:30. Ish.

U - Underwear: Yes, please!

V - Vegetable favorite: Probably a good Brussels sprout. I like things that are layered, bitter, and that others find challenging.

W - Ways you run late: usually, stopping to check my email.

X - X-rays you’ve had: One ankle (sprain); one foot (soft tissue injury); one foot (bone spur). Nothing else, but I have had an MRI of my head (hearing loss).

Y - Yummy food you make: enchiladas?

Z - Zoo favourite: well, frankly, zoos kinda depress me. But if you said, "what non-domesticated animals do you like watching?" -- I find olive baboons absolutely fascinating.
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We all talk about our jobs--obliquely at times, clearly at others--but too often we have no clue what we all do every day. What do you do? In more than a three sentence summary, with as little unexplained jargon as possible.

What I do at my dayjob. )
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I stole this from [ profile] aliettedb:

The Rules of the Game Are:

Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

Read more... )

More 5 Q's

Nov. 23rd, 2009 12:40 pm
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[ profile] mykkel also did this meme thing.

Leave me a comment saying you want to play.

* I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
* Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
* Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1. Will you write an Arthur story (If I have missed it, where can I find it)?

I have not yet--well, not since before college, and trust me, it's not publishable. Six months ago, I would've said I'd never write an Arthur story, because, well, they've. All. Been. Done. Except I did think of one a little while back! It would be a kid story, actually, a girl story, called "Green Girl Magic" (or perhaps Green Girl Magic--or maybe that's a series title) about a girl who is Guinevere reborn.

2. Assuming no restriction on money, or time to spend with them, what number of pets would you prefer?

Fantasy land is fun. Well, I'd want a couple of horses (at least), and a few dogs, as well as the cats we already have. In fantasy land, I probably don't have guinea pigs, though I guess the ones we already have are there, living out their lifespans. I would love to have some goats for the making of goat-cheese and because goats are kind of hilarious. So. Not a lot more. But if there's no restrictions, and the idea of pets is expanded, I'd love to own some serious acreage so I could have loads of visiting waterfowl (swans, cranes, geese) as well as deer such.

3. Do you get more writing done in your office or at the cottage?

Totally depends. If I get on a good daily schedule, my office is just fine. But sometime I get in a rut, and breaking out for a retreat to the cottage (or just a coffeeshop) ends up being really productive. Non-retreat time at the cottage can be difficult, but that's just because there's not really a good work-space without a TV in it.

4. What is the best fondue menu for a party?

Well, since you asked... If you want a real fondue party, you gotta have three kinds of fondue. Just a law. So, one broth fondue (oil = death, at least for the accident prone like me), one cheese, and one dessert. More would be good? But one cook who also wants to enjoy the party cannot attend to more.

5. You are casting director for The Blue Sword, who do you cast?

Interesting question! I only have one immediate, visceral thought, which is Bryce Dallas Howard as Aerin (a minor part in The Blue Sword, but hey, if it works, they'd have to make The Hero and the Crown). I'd love to see, maybe, Patrick Stewart as Jack Dedham, though he might be a little too old. Finding a Hari would be hard--young actresses with the appropriate gravitas seem hard to come by. (I would have said Anna Paquin when she was younger; most are too pretty, too fragile, too modern, too short, and too high-voiced.) I think pretty much it would be best cast with unknowns and Bollywood actors. (I think John Abraham -- -- would be a terrific Corlath, and Aishwarya Rai should just be in EVERY MOVIE EVER -- --actually, why not have Aishwarya play Aerin and Howard play Hari? Hm.) Luthe? Dunno. Mathin? Dunno--what would happen if we gave Tony Shalhoub a haircut and got him all buff? That might be fun.
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Seriously, after reading about [ profile] matociquala's caving adventure and watching a documentary on the Darien Gap and spending much of yesterday watching North & South and cleaning, I'm feeling a bit wanderlusty, which is at distinct odds with the weather, which makes me feel stayinsidey.

So, a meme, stolen from [ profile] vincam, originating somewhere in the vicinity of [ profile] autopope, customized by me.

* Age when I decided I wanted to be a writer:
Eleven, I think. Before that, I think I thought about it? But at 11, I really knew that was what I wanted.

and so on. )

Let's revisit that bad boy in ten years' time, let's say...

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