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30th-Mar-2007 11:47 pm
As I Would Be Heard
Never did get around to writing my uber-profound (HAH) turning-forty post on my birthday on Monday. Is that cheating? It feels like cheating.

But to make up for it in some small way, I have *two* entries in the ever-loving, ever-circulating Interview Meme. ;)

The rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "INTERVIEW MY MAGNIFICENCE, PEON."
2. I'll then respond by asking you up to five questions. You will answer them, because you like talking about yourself.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

The Q&A:

From twilight_mash (Twi, hon, I am SO VERY MEA CULPA that it took me over two months to answer these! *abases self*):


1. Top 5 shaggable Eddie characters?

Well, geez, I can only pick 5? Eddie ALWAYS = shaggable, except possibly in Stand and Deliver and most of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit ... but I'll do my best.
  1. William Adama from BSG (a total GIVEN)

  2. Martin Castillo from Miami Vice (DITTO)

  3. Roberto Mendoza from The West Wing (because smart + principled = sexy.)

  4. Eddie Holt from Wolfen (does this one even need an explanation?)

  5. El Pachuco from Zoot Suit (he was duking it out with Gaff and Matt Juarez for this spot, but dayum, the amount of sheer heat Eddie put out in this role. *fans self* Plus, the LOINCLOTH. *swoon*)
2. Chocolate should be eaten, drunk or anyway you can get it?

Chocolate should be eaten, drunk, slurped, allowed to melt on the tongue, bathed in, smeared on to a lust love interest of choice and licked off ... you get the picture. (pops another dark chocolate malt ball) :9

3. (I asked Kim this but it's a good question) If you got to ask THE MAN any one question, what would it be?

If I got to ask Edward James Olmos (I'm assuming you're referring to him and not God. ;) one question ... boxers or briefs? No, no, it would have to be something respectful. I would probably wind up asking him what projects he's involved in, just because a) actors never get tired of talking about their current work and b) I'd want to make sure I don't miss it!

4. Best book you've ever read?

Only ONE?! You harsh wench, you! ;) I'll have to go with The Lord of the Rings on this one, if only because saying "anything by Lois McMaster Bujold" would be cheating.

5. Battle weapon of choice?

My sense of danger-avoidance has been finely honed by watching three older sisters get in and out of scrapes. When that fails me, I rely on razor-sharp wit. Mine, by preference. *cough* But I do think it would be rather cool to master the yawara. Not likely to happen, but cool. B^)


From datsue (who still hasn't responded to my 10 Weird Things tag. ;):


1.) If you could specialize on a certain animal (as a vet tech), which would it be?

Guinea pigs, undoubtedly. I've had them as pets for years, and they're extremely gentle little animals. I'd get stressed out monitoring them under anesthesia though.

2.) What's your deep dark writing secret?

I have a few, if we're talking about my writing process. I'll let you in on one that I don't think I've spelled out before, at least not here on lj. It is this:

I have to get my own brain out of the way.

Yeah. I could probably take up a lengthy post trying to explain the concept fully. For now, like Inigo Montoya, I will sum up. Please forgive any resulting oversimplification.

We've all read fan fiction that's completely out of character. We've all read original fiction with uninspired, stereotypical cardboard cut-outs in place of characters. Sometimes such writing is the result of laziness, but even when writers are putting in an honest effort, we can still fall into the trap of bringing too much of me into the characters. Too much of my point of view, too much of my values, too much of my wish-fulfillment, too much ME.

"Getting my own brain out of the way" is my description of the mental process I use to avoid inflicting too much of myself on the characters I write. The process will differ for every writer, but it should involve experience, observation, listening, and immersion in the character to the point where I (or you) can set aside ego and open up fully to the character's reactions to situations. Of course there will still be a filter of the writer there; that's as it should be. But the more I can get myself out of the way, the clearer the characters' voices become. They become people, and the writing becomes something that comes through me rather than from me.

*blinks* Did that make any sense?

3.) Which A/R-plotline would you love to read written in a fanfic?

I'll tell you, if Bill and Laura don't wind up in Laura's cabin in canon, enjoying the peace, contentment and closeness they've so richly earned, I'm damn well going to write them there! *determined nod*

4.) Picture or Music?

Hmmmmmm ... without more context, I don't think I can choose.

5.) A place you'd like to see in your life?

Everywhere. Or at least everywhere my friends live. I love having someone to show me around. ^_^

Gonna try to post an actual update later this weekend. A few things have happened since my arrival here in AZ, some of which have pictures!
Comments 
31st-Mar-2007 07:13 am (UTC) - *WAVES LATE HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLAG*
You're sorry? *I'm* sorry! Meant to post you a happy birthday message all week and haven't. So...HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY!

Mmmm...VERY good characters! I'd have to put Gaff as 3rd though... bonus points for insulting Indiana Solo!

*snicker* Yeah, I made you choose one book. I'M FUN LIKE THAT!

And SWEET WEAPON!

*squish*
13th-Apr-2007 02:32 am (UTC) - Re: *WAVES LATE HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLAG*
*HEE!* *tickles* *blink* I insulted Indiana Solo? ;)
13th-Apr-2007 08:49 am (UTC) - Re: *WAVES LATE HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLAG*
Not you! In the Blade Runner book (not the novel, book behind the scenes of the movie), it's mentioned that Gaff was insulting Indiana at one point, but Idiot Scott decided to put crappy 80's mood music over it. *sigh*
31st-Mar-2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
hehee...well...I admit...and that is the honest to God truth...I just can't think of 10 bad habits that won't bore everybody to tears. Not that I'm a goody two shoes...but erm...I can't think of any *embarrassed*

As for your explanation - I can sure understand it. A friend and I write mindless dialogues (well, not mindless, but unplanned dialogues) to go with the characters...to dvelve into them and not bring up our own opinion. And not mix different characters into one big Mary/Gary Sue (eeewww).
Oh and btw...it works well for you - I'm glad you took Bill ;o)

Hmmm...so, I can already expect a fitting cabin story? (I don't get my hopes up for seeing this in canon, so I wait for you)....yay

As for #4: Do you rather look at a picture or rather listen to a song to let imagination take flight? (me, I am a music type...instrumental music it usually must be...or better the melody...I never hear the lyrics)
13th-Apr-2007 02:30 am (UTC)
*hee!* They don't have to be bad habits ... just little factoids that you probably haven't mentioned on lj before. ;) And yes, a cabin story is in my back brain, but it will be a while before it sees the light of day.

Okay, so to properly answer #4: For me inspiration can come from either pictures or music. To maintain the flow, though, I also rely on instrumental music. No lyrics to interfere with my words, and no visuals to screw with my visualization. A Secret Garden is really lovely to write to, for example. :)
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12th-Apr-2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
*hee!* We've all been there, Dar.

Sorry it took me so long to come up with these (*^_^*), but here you go:

1. What class would you most like to take that has nothing to do with your major?

2. Being a vet tech, I have to ask about pets. I have seen you mention your cat (or cats?), but I think I missed out on description. Name, appearance, personality?

3. Would you rather be stranded somewhere with Bill or Laura?

4. What is *your* deep, dark writing secret? (Hey, if someone's gonna ask me, I figure I should take my opportunity to learn something. 8^)

5. What is your favorite fiber to knit and why?
31st-Mar-2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I, respectfully, see things a bit different.
1. William (dayum squared)
2. Mendoza (for your reasons - which excellently sum it up)
3. Matt (I'm sure you understand why)

Thanks for the writing tip.
Any tips and tricks you have to dispense are very welcome.

*ponders*
Canon cabin or kari cabin ....
Hmmmm
*unsure*
Maybe you should give RDM a chance to learn from your example ....

INTERVIEW MY MAGNIFICENCE, PEON.

(BTW: you DO understand that this does not replace the profound turning forty post? Right?)

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13th-Apr-2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Gah! Almost two weeks! *headdesk* But you can ponder these over the weekend. ;)

1. If Laura Roslin met Deborah Fiderer, what (if anything) would they have to say to each other?

2. What most motivates you to write?

3. Okay, you gave us the first three out of five ... what would be your next two Most Shaggable Eddie Characters? You *had* to know I was going to ask.

4. What is your favorite dessert, and why?

5. I'm in a squee-sharing mood, so what are the five things you love best about William Adama?

(I can't promise profundity, as it wasn't the most profound of days. But I'll see what I can come up with. ;)
1st-Apr-2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to interview you, but I hope you don't mind if I friend you. I've come across your name quite a few times in nnaylime's LJ and over at Survival Instinct (I love your fic!!) and we have a few favourite fandoms in common too, outside BSG :-)
13th-Apr-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
A heartfelt if rather belated welcome to my flist! *peeks at interest list* We do indeed share several fandoms. It's kind of a shame I'm not interviewing you; I could ask questions like which man-with-a-goatee would win in a fight, Marcus Cole or Bialar Crais? ;)
17th-Apr-2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Looks like I didn't read the meme properly, since it invites people to ask -you- to interview -them- *facepalms*
I'm supposed to be smart ;-)

And Marcus vs Crais? Gods, but that's a tough one to call!
Crais may be the meanest of the two, but Marcus is a wizard with the Den Bok, and I can't remember how good Crais is in hand-to-hand..
But from the POV of "good always prevails" I'd have to say Marcus would win ;-)

And that's a good question!! Got any more for me? ;-)
I can't guarantee that I'll be able to answer them soonish, internet's not the most reliable thing out here.. but then again, nothing's reliable here ;-)
9th-Apr-2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Well ... as I am flailing around on LJ like the newbie I am ... I figured I'd try this as a way to meet some people ... so ...

INTERVIEW MY MAGNIFICENCE, PEON.
13th-Apr-2007 02:21 am (UTC)
And welcome to you as well! Lessee ... you haven't put too many interests up yet, so some of these will be a little general ...

1. Do you have any pets?

2. Was there a particular scene that sparked your interest in Laura Roslin and Bill Adama, and if so, what?

3. What is your favorite dessert, and why?

4. What sets Taosit Tai Chi apart from other forms? (I'd like to get back into Tai Chi myself some day. 8^)

5. You've been to Tunisia; where would you most like to travel next?
16th-Apr-2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Nice ... thanks ... answers are on my journal now :)
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