lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
Seen about the internets: Post your ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I have a problem getting up to ten on this, not least because much of the visual material I'd choose for this purpose is TV, not movies. Seriously, go watch all of The Sandbaggers, and maybe some Remington Steele, Blakes 7, and Burn Notice, then get back to me. And... you know what? I'm just going to do a TV list, too. But first, the movies. In approximate order of chronological influence, although it all blurs a bit at this point.

The Breakfast Club
Harold And Maude
Ghostbusters
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The Eighth Dimension
The Stuff
Ladyhawke
Labyrinth
Grosse Pointe Blank
National Treasure
RED

Okay, maybe not so much trouble, once I opened the movie cabinet; I had to cut Mortal Kombat (which most people think is about, um, whatsisname, the kid, instead of the characters played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Linden Ashby) to get it down to ten.



But if you really want to get to know me through video, you gotta watch some TV.

In no particular order:

The Sandbaggers
Remington Steele
Star Trek (the original, thank you very much)
Blakes 7
Burn Notice
Max Headroom
Campion (the Mystery! edition, if there's any doubt)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy (the TV programme, though the books and radio show have their place, too)
WKRP In Cincinnati
Waiting For God

The housemate has reminded me that I forgot Daria. Good grief, how could I have forgotten Daria? That pretty much is me. Um... oh, hell, make it eleven.

Which opens up space for a Spinal Tap joke, but that's enough pop-culture reference for one day. ;-)

lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
To distract me from being PO'd at LJ's latest downgrade, a meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] azdak:

Grab the nearest book. Flip to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life for the next twelve months.

It is just occurring to me that today is a Thursday and I am not expected to--no, scratch that, I am expected not to--go into the office today, and I haven't the foggiest idea what to do with myself.


Given that the book in question is The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross, I suppose it could have been a lot worse. But still... um.



And no, I did not pick that music specially; WinAmp did that all by itself.

Arrrr!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 08:28 pm
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
Arrrr? Arrrr.
lizvogel: Good / Bad (Good Bad)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] azdak, the WIP 7x7x7 meme:

1. Go to page 7 (or 77) of your current WIP.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.


The first novel seems to be in progress again, and the revisions are certainly work, so here goes. (I went with page 77, because that seemed more fun.)

"Don't get too smug," her mother warned. "I could still decide the whole idea's a waste of time." Which it might well be. Scott's plan B wasn't the worst she'd heard, but how much of her own agreement came from just wanting to see James again?

Haley sat straight up at Elle's remark, looking as not-smug as she knew how. Scott chuckled. "She can ride with me, in the surveillance van.

National Book Week

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 03:09 pm
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
via [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg:

It's National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book. Post these rules as part of your post.

"Good use of terrain, pre-registration of killing areas and firing points (a technique by which mortar and heavy weapons crews walk the ground before a battle and adjust their aim points for maximum effectiveness), and the use of bunkers, crawl trenches, tunnels, caches, and obstacle plans highlight this tactical proficiency."


Grin.
lizvogel: Good / Bad (Good Bad)
(To be crossposted to LJ, if it ever comes back up reliably.)


Gacked from synecdochic, I got an embarrassingly low estimated vocabulary on the Test Your Vocab quiz. 36,500 words. Better than the majority of native-English adults, but I still feel the need to spend some serious quality time with a dictionary.

On the other hand, I knew 44% of the hardest words on the test, and could doubtless make a fair guess at the rest of them in context. So at least I can fake being well educated.

(Note to self: adumbrate (to intimate, foreshadow, or give a sketchy outline of) is an awesome word, and I need to use it more.)

And yet, I still manage to use words so obscure that my beta readers don't even think they're words, and assume I must have made an impenetrable typo. Sigh.

Zombie Apocalypse meme

Saturday, July 9th, 2011 10:12 pm
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
Gakked from [personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist:

Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?


Heh. The last fannish thing I posted about was Burn Notice. I've got an team of tactical geniuses with extensive combat experience. I've got Michael, who might be a bit weirded out by zombies but is a past master at taking on the task at hand and wtf-ing later. I've got Madeline, who'll go after 'em with a blender when she runs out of shotgun shells. I've got Fiona, which means I've got enough firearms and C-4 to turn a whole state full of zombies into so much splatterific vapor. And I've got Bruce effin' Campbell.

I am golden.
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
No way am I touching that WIP meme that's going around. I am the Queen/Empress/fscking Goddess-Of-All of unfinished stories; if I never came up with another idea, and if I finished one old one a month, I would likely not run out of things to write for the rest of my life. Some of these stories are unfinished for sound aesthetic reasons, but many are languishing because I wrote so slowly that I lost interest, in the fandom/universe or in the story itself, long before they got anywhere near done. And there're quite a few that are still "live", i.e., jumping up and down in my head shouting "Now! Now!" -- but there's only one of me, drat it, and while I've improved my writing speed by orders of magnitude in recent years, they've still got me utterly outnumbered.


...Ack. In a moment of weakness, I started listing the shouters (concepts, not filenames; I doubt 8.3 would do much for anyone but me, even if some of them weren't paper- or neuron-only). I'm not sure if that was more scary or depressing, but either way -- no. I'm going to post this, and then I'm gonna go write something.

Does it count as procrastination if you avoidance yourself into doing what you ought to be doing?

Writing like....

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 06:25 pm
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)

Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] selenak: statistical analysis to tell you what famous author you write like. I fed it the entirety of Why I Have No Monument, and got:


I write like
Kurt Vonnegut

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Cool! Then I fed it a chunk from A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Preserve, which other than the title is probably the completed work I'm most proud of. And got:


I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Okay, not ideal, but not bad, either. And at least it's not Dan Brown.


...And the big climactic resolution of the original novel, I'm told, sounds like Tolstoy. IDK.

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