Icon Meme!

Jan. 7th, 2009 09:25 am
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
MAH ICONS.

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HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 118
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 125
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: No
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Practically everything I love is British.
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Doctor Who.
AND THE SECOND MOST: House.
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: House/Cameron.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: About half and half.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yes, for myself.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I like to think so.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Fun when done well, annoying when not.

DO THE MEME.
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Okay, so this isn't something that made me happy TODAY, exactly, but I still treNational Library of Wales, AberystwythImage by rj-anderson via Flickrasure my many fond memories of that late August research/anniversary trip to the south of England and Wales. Waaaaaaaales. Oh, Susan Cooper, how I blame you for writing The Grey King and kicking off my passionate love affair with all things Welsh.

Anyway, I will just shut up and let you enjoy the pretty pictures now. First off, me looking understandably happy in front of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. WhichGardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr was, not surprisingly, a thoroughly brilliant place.

Then, since I am rambling around in no particular order, we have the gardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, which are utterly stunning and have probably been used for the setting of any number of Regency-type movies. Tier upon tier of gorgeous blooms and immaculately trimmed hedges, and magnificent architecture all around.

Oh, and did I mention the view? Yeah.
View from Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr
Also, the back roads in Wales are made for midgets driving incredibly tiny cars, which we were not (and were not driving) so we had to get used to the glorious fun of driving very cautiously around all the blind corners just in case we happened to meet somRoad to Blaencelyn, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickreone coming head-on the other way. Fortunately, as we were travelling deep in the Welsh countryside, this hardly ever happened.

I have many more pictures from the UK trip to share, but I'll save them for some posts in the New Year...

Anyway, that's it for me. If you'd like to do the "Five Things That Made Me Happy Today" meme, consider yourself tagged; otherwise, never mind. :)
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Lovely Pile of Books
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
I usually buy books for all my nieces and nephews at Christmas, and I had a particular book in mind for one nephew that I thought I might be able to find at BookCloseouts.com.

I... may have got a little carried away. But -- they were incredibly cheap! AND they delivered in just two days!

Mmmm, books.

Menorah
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
My oldest son, who is 8 years old, has been studying seasonal traditions at school. He became fascinated with Hanukkah, and on his own initiative went back into our shed and built a menorah -- all by himself. All my husband did was the spraypainting afterward.

He took it to school, and his teacher displayed it in the library for the month of December. I'm really proud of N's talent with woodworking.

Snickers
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
She's grown so much since we got her from the shelter in September! And she has really been the most wonderful cat we could wish for.

Among other endearing traits, whenever we go out she waits patiently at the window for us until we come home. She's a very social, loving, patient sort of cat -- even when my 3 yo squashes her in one of his enthusiastic hugs. He calls her "my best friend".

Bookshelves of Awesome
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
[livejournal.com profile] shoebox2 tagged me for this meme, and [livejournal.com profile] cesario tagged me for a similar one a few days ago, so I guess it's time to pony up... but I'm going to do it with pictures.

Here's #5: the Bookshelves of Awesome.

Basically, I told my husband I would like another bookshelf because the ones we had were overflowing. He took this as a personal challenge to get rid of the old, mismatched bookshelves we'd accumulated since our marriage and make some new ones from scratch.

Next project: a new desk. Because he's just that crazy, yes.

Up next, #4.


ETA: Link to the large version so you can see the spiffy detail work.

Gone to Earth

Nov. 28th, 2008 09:07 pm
rj_anderson: (a-ha - Take on Me)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] anywherebeyond, though I've seen it about a million places by now:

DIRECTIONS
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it makes you look.
4. Title this post what the answer to your last question is.
5. Good luck and have fun!

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
After Here Thru Midland - Cock Robin (I can only assume that means "not now, but possibly later"?)

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Heaven That I'm Making - Crowded House (sorry, don't believe in salvation by works, try again *g*)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
I Will - The Fixx (make me sound desperate, why don't you)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
The Width of a Room - Japan (hey, that's mean! I'm Canadian, I didn't even eat Thanksgiving dinner yesterday!)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Spider-Man Theme '67 (so that would be saving the world and climbing walls?)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Call Me, Call Me - Cowboy Bebop (actually I think they talk to me often enough, seeing as they live downstairs)

WHAT DO YOU OFTEN THINK ABOUT?
God Man - David Sylvian (well, if you stuck an ampersand in there, it would be fairly appropriate)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Dark is the Night - a-ha (nope, can't figure that one at all)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Northern England - Wild Swans (so... a little melancholy but essentially melodic? And of British stock? Sure)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Café Europa - David Sylvian (I guess this means I want them to take me to a nice restaurant? That would be pretty accurate)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Live This Mystery - Michael Card (not a bad choice, really!)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Thought That It Was You - a-ha (which, given the lyrics, would not be inappropriate. You know my deepest sin / you've seen me deep within / so fill me now like wind / and let the miracle begin...)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Go The Distance - Clay Aiken (which part was more scary, the title or the artist here?)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
For What It's Worth - Talk Talk (apparently this secret is so dull that nobody really wants to hear it)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Straighter Line - Cock Robin (not as delightfully skewed as I thought you all were?)

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO NAME THIS POST?
Gone to Earth - David Sylvian
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In reference to the "Senior Picture Meme" that's been going around -- would you believe I don't have a senior picture? But it's the truth. I have pictures of myself at that age, but no school pictures, and definitely no graduation picture.

It's funny -- I was extremely anxious to get good marks and maintain a high average all through high school, but when it came to my actual graduation, my English teacher had to bully me into going at the last minute. And even at that, I opted out of wearing a cap and gown (a decision I did not in the least regret, especially when I looked around the school auditorium and saw a hundred of my fellow students sweating it out in their robes).

Anyway, I will have to scrounge around in my photo album and see if I can find any amusing pictures circa 1987. But not today.

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In other news, I met [livejournal.com profile] risti for the first time today. We've known each other since 2003 or so, having met way back in HP fandom. But this was the first time we'd had the chance to get together, since she lives about a thousand miles away. Anyway, it was a nice experience -- we chatted about books and fandom and our respective experiences in church and Bible college, and browsed around a couple of bookshops, and drove all over creation because I kept getting turned around, and had a nice lunch in a restaurant overlooking Lake Ontario. Hope the rest of your visit goes well, [livejournal.com profile] risti!
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Picture Meme

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:37 pm
rj_anderson: (Author Portrait)
Since I am taking a short break from churning out words, why not?

The Rules:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.




Glassy, unfocused eyes for the win!
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Breaking my usual habit of political radio silence:



Your Issue Profile: 44% Obama, 56% McCain



Truth be told, you're not really satisfied with either of the candidates.

You could vote for either of them. You are the typical coveted swing voter.

You may want to narrow yourself down to a particular set of issues in order to pick your president.

Or start looking at third party candidates. One of them might suit you better.



Truthfully, seldom have I been so glad to be Canadian. Though we have an election coming up, too. *tears hair* There's no escape!
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Page 123 Meme

Apr. 21st, 2008 02:28 pm
rj_anderson: (Doctor Who - Five - Books)
I always did like this meme, and now I've been double-tagged so I'm going to do it twice.

Grab the nearest book, open to page 123, find the fifth sentence. Then post the next three sentences. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you (your taggees will post to you).


For [livejournal.com profile] megancrewe, this is from A Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] sartorias, which has the worst cover art and design ever*, but is a quite charming book if you can get past that:

A quick shadow flitted across the other side of the window. What had to be the other parent bird darting at a third bird, larger, with bright red and yellow feathers. Again and again it darted, warbling a loud, excited fall of notes, until the strange bird flew off, skimming over the treetops.

And for [livejournal.com profile] anywherebeyond, from Sarah Beth Durst's Into the Wild:

"Thanks for saving my life and all that. Can we leave now? Please?"

I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen
[livejournal.com profile] megburden
[livejournal.com profile] reveilles
[livejournal.com profile] lizbee
[livejournal.com profile] cesario

Though you may of course feel free to ignore the tag if you like.

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* I'm sorry, [livejournal.com profile] sartorias! But it really is awful, and doesn't do your delightful story and diverse cast of characters justice.
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My annoying female hormones have declared war on my brain again, so I can't write worth a flat raccoon. This is really getting old. So while I flounder, I shall meme of happier writing days gone by:

Quote a bit of my fic at me? Find that one fic of mine that you really like, and find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it? Don't care how long or short.

That part is gacked from [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, but I'll add a Part Two for my fellow writers, because nice prose always makes me happy:

Quote a bit of YOUR best writing at me. Find a sentence or paragraph you're particularly proud of, and comment here with it.
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] carbonelle:

What music did you listen to when you were a teen? Search YouTube for the album that you played the most in your green youth, and post the results...

You're all tired of hearing me burble about my love for Talk Talk and David Sylvian by now, I'm sure. Time for some Aztec Camera!



Love that pink eyeshadow and those red parachute pants... and now you know where the icon I've used on this post really comes from. But did you know that the album on which this fabulous song and cover art appears is called Knife? S'true.

Also, speaking of musicians who influenced my writing, you all need to go watch this video, because "Waning Moon" is a wonderful song and Peter Himmelman is the one who introduced me to the concept of synesthesia, and YouTube has disabled embedding by request, humph.
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Userpic Meme

Mar. 24th, 2008 11:08 pm
rj_anderson: (House - Lost in Thought)
[livejournal.com profile] snowrabbitses asked me to explain five of my userpics, so here are the ones she picked:

Icons and commentary under the cut )

That's the lot. Anyone else care to play?
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I have a bad habit of coming up with Awesome Things to Blog About in my head and then never writing them down, or talking myself out of writing them. So I put it to you, guv'nor:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, etc. Repost in your own journal if you are so inclined.

Go to it!
  1. Cruel to be kind. At some point in the story, someone is going to do something that seems appalling, inexcusable, even unforgivable. They may well be hated for it. And then, somewhere down the line, you're going to find out something about that character that turns the whole thing around and makes everybody feel like crap for misjudging them. (I blame Dorothy Dunnett.)

  2. God exists. Deal. Which is not to say that the characters are always pleased with this arrangement, or even believe it to be true; and even those who do believe are apt to struggle mightily with doubt, anger and confusion. Faith is a challenge, not a crutch. I've even thought out the theological implications of my worldbuilding, though you're unlikely to find those particular philosophical ruminations in the text -- I hate preachy fiction.

  3. Guy power. The heroine may have any number of female friends, but her closest friend is male. He may not be destined to be her love interest, but he will probably have at least a slight crush on her, which can make things complicated or even dangerous. Still, he's not a bad guy.

  4. Hair, and plenty of it. Silky, feathery, tousled or sleek; straight as a waterfall, or tumbling about in curls; gripped in agony, tossed in impatience, or caressed in some tender moment. It will flop boyishly into the hero's eyes, or feather around his ears and the nape of his neck. No significant character will appear onstage without their hair receiving some description, even if it's only the color.

  5. Love is NOT blind. In fact, it's often acutely aware of the beloved's shortcomings, but committed to loving him or her anyway. Anything less is just infatuation, and therefore fails at romance.

  6. Sacrifice. More specifically, self-sacrifice. Someone has to give up something that means a great deal to them, for the sake of someone else who may or may not appreciate it. It's going to be scary, and it's going to hurt, and it may seem like the end of everything to that character. But until they screw up their courage and take that step, nothing will be resolved.

  7. Semicolons. They're all over the place; I can't get enough of the things. Also, there are colons: and many a dramatic em-dash at the end of paragraphs--

  8. Sexual Tension. Subtle for the most part, but it's always going to be there, even in my MG novels. I don't do explicit sex scenes, or even much sex at all, but the UST will always be with us.

  9. Tea. It cures all ills, soothes all sorrows. It may also be hurled across the room when someone is in a temper, or used as a precursor to romance. Other beverages need not apply.

  10. You don't have to be rich. My characters tend to be supremely unconcerned about money, even if they don't have a whole lot of it. Having food and raiment, they are therewith content. Even the villains are unlikely to be motivated by simple greed.

Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] fangs_fur_fey, where it is the Meme That Ate The Community.
[livejournal.com profile] jamesbow tagged me for the iTunes meme, which was a little tricky for me to do because I don't have an iPod and have never really used iTunes before, so I had to import my music library first AND I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK I DID FOR YOU, JAMES. ;)

How many total songs? 611, 1.8 days, 2.77 GB.

Sort by song title - first and last
(Seemingly) Nonstop July - a-ha
245 Days - Peter Himmelman

Sort by time - shortest and longest
Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo) - Beethoven (1:16)
Before the Bullfight - David Sylvian (9:45)

Sort by Album - first and last
After Here Through Midland - Cock Robin
Wild Seed - Morten Harket

Sort by Artist - first and last
a-ha
World Party

Top five played songs:
Can't do this, since I'm a WinAmp girl and it doesn't keep records of plays. However, I can tell you five songs I've been playing a lot recently:

I Don't Want to Save the World - Cock Robin
Too Far Gone - Sixpence None the Richer
Name - Peter Himmelman
Transit Lounge - Crowded House
Some Kind of Fool - David Sylvian

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Sex: 0
Death: 0
Love: 25
You: 72
Home: 13
Boy: 20
Girl: 1

First five songs that come up on Party Shuffle:
Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
No Aphrodisiac - The Whitlams
I Need Love - Sixpence None the Richer
Eden - Talk Talk
Summer Moved On - a-ha
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(Ow! That iron's hot!)

As my Facebook friends will have heard but I stupidly forgot to mention here until now, I got my signed contracts and my first cheque back from HarperCollins this week. Woo, yay, whee, etc.!

Still no revisions, though. O Editor, Where Art Thou? Never mind, I know the answer: working frantically on other projects which are due RIGHT NOW, or possibly yesterday. Editors are perpetually and incurably busy.

In other happy news, I'm featured in the Fall 2007 newsletter (PDF) from my agent, Adams Literary. They've done a little piece on my blog, and included two of my contract-signing photos. Very exciting! (And if you're reading this and have just arrived here from there, hail and welcome.)

Also, if you're interested in learning how to write a successful query letter, you may want to check out the [livejournal.com profile] fangs_fur_fey community, where a number of us have been sharing our queries and answering questions about them. I'm not scheduled to post mine until Sunday, but as most of you know, it wasn't the letter that made the difference for me, it was the referrals. So while I am including the letter for folks to look at, I'll also be talking about networking and the importance of maintaining good relationships with agents and editors, even those who reject you.

Finally, I've just swiped this meme from [livejournal.com profile] mistraltoes, and post it here for anyone who may feel inclined to answer:

What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed? What is it that makes a story by me -- well, a story by me?

Go on, mock me. I know you want to. :D
And all of them are of a Doctor Who nature. How very neat and topical!

First, my result on the Companion Quiz:

I could not be happier with this, personally )

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Then there is the Dalek Pumpkin, which has to be one of the best ideas ever. Once you've looked at the design specs, make sure to watch the YouTube video of it trundling around the kitchen. I want one RIGHT NOW.

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Finally, a conversation in [livejournal.com profile] calapine's journal inspired me with a highly amusing new theory regarding Rose. Unfortunately, it kind of depends on the Big Finish audios being canon, but that's not too much of a stretch really, is it? Especially with BF stories being adapted for New Who, and all those canonical actors doing the voices.

Anyway, I hereby propose that Rose is Nine's subconscious attempt to find a substitute for Charley.

Explanation, with spoilers for 'Scherzo' and all three seasons of New Who )

Seriously, though, it makes at least as much sense as some of the other theories I've seen out there. I like it. *nods emphatically*
Look at this animated JPG of a dancer.

Is she twirling clockwise (CW) or counterclockwise (CCW)? What if you stare at her extended leg and blink -- does she switch?

Apparently, if she's twirling CCW for you, then you are using the left (verbal/logical) side of your brain to process the image; if she's twirling CW, then you're using the right (visual/creative) side.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make her spin anything but CCW.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] jenny_moss has wisely pointed out this article which explains that the left/right brain stuff is rubbish and that this is simply an optical illusion.

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