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I saw this meme on [livejournal.com profile] mrissa's journal, and it looked like fun.

1. I don't read nearly as much as I used to. This is to some degree because I write more, which is extremely time consuming, and to some degree because when I say read I mean read books, and I read online content more than I used to. (Imagine, I didn't have access to the internet until my last year in high school.)

2. I like to read fiction in one gulp. This probably explains why I like short story collections more than I used to, and also why I haven't yet read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or the last two books in the Baroque Cycle. I know I'll like them (or rather, I know about the Stephenson and have a pretty strong good feeling about the Clarke), but they're so long.

3. Cryptonomicon took me an entire Thanksgiving weekend to read.

4. So did The Lord of the Rings the first time I read it. One book per day (including The Hobbit).

5. When I was in grade school my parents would take me to the library every Saturday, and I would get about 12-15 books, and I would read them all by the next Saturday.

6. I read constantly. I read between the words in spelling tests, and once missed a word that way. (Probably more than once, but I remember it happening once.)

7. By the time I was in high school, I was down to only 6-8 books a week, and sometimes I wouldn't finish them all in a week.

8. The library in the town where I went to college didn't make you pay anything for overdue books.

9. But it was really small. I don't know what I read in college, actually, because the library situation was rather bad. The college library didn't have much fiction, and the town library didn't have much at all. I think I brought back library books from the much larger library system at home, and renewed them a lot.

10. Possibly because of this, I tend to divide authors into those I read in high school and those I discovered after high school. It seems like a fairly even divide, but I could be wrong.

11. I like rereading. I would often rather reread something I know I like than read something new that I might not like so much.

12. However, there is a limit to how much I can reread. I reread Twenty Years After so much in high school that I haven't reread it since. I probably ought to try again some time.

13. The book that taught me you can outgrow books was one of the Oz books. I brought it along on vacation for the nth reread, and was amazed to discover that there wasn't nearly so much there as I remembered. I seem to have outgrown a lot of books since then.

14. I prefer fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, and historical fiction, in that order.

15. To me, books are the words, not the physical object.
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"Of course he had an idea. He had a whole lot of ideas, but a whole lot of ideas isn't a plan. A plan is a bunch of details that mesh with one another, so you go from this step to this step like crossing a stream on a lot of little boulders sticking out, and never fall in. Ideas without a plan is usually just enough boulders to get you into the deep part of the stream, and no way to get back."

--Donald Westlake, What's the Worst That Could Happen? (He being Dortmunder, of course.)

This is my new theory on why I rarely finish anything.


Which Chemical Element am I? plus commentary )

Quiz

May. 29th, 2005 10:28 pm
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Not really sure about this, but it amuses me, so...

The Outlaw: Sure, I'll do it. My way. )

I wish I could figure out how to see all the classic story roles in the quiz.

ETA: Okay, this lists the roles, but without descriptions and pictures, which seem to be on a separate site, which has predictable urls based on the role name, but still. Why must I work so hard to get what I want?
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It wasn't that long ago that I put in all my interests, just so I could do one of these things, and now I'm doing another, and I look at my interests, and find that some of them are really artifacts of that particular time. For example, I'd wouldn't put "learning french" if I were doing it now. And probably not "superstition". But I can't think of anything to replace them with that wouldn't be even more ephemeral, and I'm not uninterested in them, so I think I'll leave them.

Anyway... )

I think it's sort of funny that something with 839 other matches counts as unusual.

Games

Aug. 5th, 2004 09:07 pm
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I have been spending entirely too much time keeping up with my new role-playing game. And it's fun for now, but I'm not sure it's feasible for any longer amount of time. Of course, part of the problem is that I keep checking in to see if anything new has happened. If I could just break myself of that habit...

Speaking of silly habits, another quiz:

What a surprise... )

Interests

Jul. 19th, 2004 08:19 pm
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I filled in all the interests I could think of just so that I could do this (actually, I had been thinking of doing it before, but I probably would never had gotten around to it but for this and curiousity):

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. music score: 17
2. art score: 17
3. cats score: 15
4. shakespeare score: 14
5. lord of the rings score: 13
6. movies score: 12
7. buffy the vampire slayer score: 11
8. chocolate score: 9
9. ursula k. le guin score: 9
10. ellen kushner score: 9
11. fiction score: 9
12. computers score: 9
13. literature score: 8
14. neil gaiman score: 8
15. fairy tales score: 8
16. dragons score: 8
17. love score: 8
18. historical fiction score: 7
19. terry pratchett score: 7
20. pamela dean score: 7

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It did manage to find a few things I unaccountably left out (terry pratchett, pamela dean, ellen kushner--though I put Swordspoint instead as being more accurate), one thing I considered but didn't feel I was really interested enough in (shakespeare), some things I didn't consider but in which I'm not quite interested enough (cats, ursula k. le guin, neil gaiman, fairy tales, dragons, historical fiction), one things I like but am not interested in (chocolate), a lot of super-categories of things I was more specific about (music, art, fiction, literature, computers), a subcategory (lord of the rings), and some things I am not really interested in (movies, buffy the vampire slayer). And one I find I am not willing to categorize.

Interesting.
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Meme from [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr:

Write a random phrase from each of the following:
(I am interpreting "random phrase" to mean I open to a random page and then pick whatever I like best on that page.)

Nearest book to you:

One to either side:

"Always speak politely to an enraged dragon." From Jhereg by Steven Brust

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."
From Sea Fever by John Masefield in One Hundred and One Famous Poems

Nearest cd insert:

"Wishes may bring problems,
Such that you regret them.
Better that, though,
Than to never get them..."
From Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim

Nearest piece of paper that you wrote on:

"He wasn't scared of the dark. Not even this velvety blackness that seemed to press against his face and interfere with this breathing. He wasn't scared." From a very early draft of Bounded in a Nutshell

Nearest piece that was written to you:

"Dear ___,

Everyone likes to save money on everyday expenses." From random annoying junk mail letter.

Something on your desk:

These were all on my desk, so I think I'll just skip this.
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Yet another quiz. I wonder how many results I would have to post before the interaction of many differing generalities would form something specific. More than I ever will, I expect.

For what it's worth...

Neutron
Neutron -- You don't take sides, you just sort of
hang out and blend into the crowd. If someone
lets you loose though, you can cause some
serious damage. If you are around too many
other neutrons you get bored and start to
decay.


What kind of subatomic particle are you?
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Sometimes I wonder why I bother with these quizzes. But I see them, and if they're about something I recognize, curiousity usually wins out and I fill in the blanks.

"My #1 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Dragaeran House selector, is Athyra."

Athyra rules minds' interplay.

"My #2 result for the SelectSmart.com selector, Dragaeran House selector, is Hawk."

Hawk looks down from lofty flight.

I'm not sure if they left out some of the houses, or if the selector only shows a certain number of results, but I only got twelve, not seventeen, so I don't know which house the quiz would claim is the worst match. Orca is the worst of those shown.
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Saw this on [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr's journal, and since she posts something quite substantial, I didn't notice that it's only supposed to be a quote 'til I'd decided that if I were doing it, I would post this. At which point it was too late.

"Post a quote from something you've written (whether or not you consider yourself an author). It can be published or not, from any sort of writing--a poem, a fiction, a letter, whatever."

I wrote this when I was playing a Rohirrim sperewigend (Rider of Rohan) on ElendorMUSH a year or two ago. Like most of my MUSHing ventures lately, it didn't last long. I think I spent more time reading the info files than playing, but one of the things I found in those info files was a set of guidelines on how to write Rohirrim poetry. I don't remember all of what they said, only that rhythm and alliteration were considered very important and rhyme unnecessary. I don't like to write poetry without rhyme, but it's hard to do everything and still make sense. I think this ended up awkward in places because I was trying to force too much structure into it, but...

The sun has set; silent sit I
Listening, listening: hear the high cry
Of the whistling wind, wandering wild
Blowing grass gently, as if the night smiled,
Silver the moon; I sit beguiled
Under the dome of an indigo sky.

The sun has set; silent sit I
The horses are restless; roaming nearby
Nickering, whickering: comfortable sounds.
The sentry steps softly, making his rounds
Silver the stars; silver the ground
Under the dome of an indigo sky.

The sun has set; silent sit I
Dark shadows shift, hear the wind sigh
Harmonize hauntingly, like lyric choir
Of that sweet sound, I never will tire
So I sit silent by flickering fire
Under the dome of an indigo sky.

The sun has set; silent sit I
Watching and waiting, with wind whirling by
The wide world surrounds me, infinite grace
Flowing and filling an infinite space
I sit in the center, a perfect, pure place
Surrounded, and feeling the world's warm embrace
Under the dome of an indigo sky.

LotR Quiz

Dec. 15th, 2003 06:37 pm
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Elvish
Elvish


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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Interesting. It's a robust result, since changing the ones that I wasn't absolute about didn't change the answer I got.
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Mr. Darcy
You are Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
You're pretty arrogant, but that pride stems
from the deep-seated knowledge that you are
generally the most superior creature in any
given room. The good news is that you are
deeply loyal to your family, and you have a
generous and charitable streak, even though
most people don't notice because you are too
busy practicing a large vocabulary of stern
looks.


Which Jane Austen Character Are You?
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Not at all what I was expecting, but it does make sense, after a fashion. At least, the keywords on the picture do. I shall not comment on the description.

It made me laugh when I first saw it, and gave me a few thoughtful moments after; what more can one ask of such a quiz?

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