I keep seeing the meme going around about finding out how many people read your journal (though, as someone pointed out, it's more about finding out how many people read your journal and respond to memes), and I'd respond except I can never think of a one-word description of the day I'm having that starts with A.
Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favourite word is now your catchphrase.
I'm the Interactive Transcriptionist (beats being the Customer Service Representative). You know what, forget that, I'm the Cartoonist and I always have been.
I'm in my fourth incarnation.
There's a ballcap with old paystubs in it on top of the stereo console next to the mail bin.
qtrhorserider is my companion of course.
Do I have a favorite word? I think the character string I voice most often is one I swiped from Sidney Freedman, "We'll see, then we'll know." Or, from Henry Blake, "I was just going to suggest that."
All the meme lacks is, what is your TARDIS stuck disguised as? But then, what could be used to determine that?
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 screwed are you?
The Doctor, Jamie, Zoe; and Samantha and Darrin Stevens.
Everything's going to be just fine.
Edit: Nowait. I didn't link the whole cartoon I was working on in that post, I only linked the two likenesses of Darrin Stevens to ask my flist whether they're differentiated enough. I'd be facing the zombie apocalypse with only Darrin Stevens. (Though perhaps with two of him.)
The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble [or draw a cartoon, my choice] of any pairing/character of their choosing [with characters I'm familiar with; if you're not certain, go with your first choice but be prepared to pick again]. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.
The holiday season doesn't really start on LJ till the annual first-sentence-of-every-month-this-year meme, and I haven't seen anyone else doing it yet, so:
- 17:46:14: In 1999 I first globally replaced proper nouns in Star Trek/Doctor Who crossovers with proper nouns from the King Arthur legends #10yearsago
- 12:44:34: Nothing moves one like unexpected familiar music.
- 09:00:46: @cartoonmoney I see you and I see some others. More of you than of others, but that's normal for my followees for this time of day CST.
- 23:52:15: Comic updates delayed by home internet trouble. #akotas #3faces
- 02:59:21: #AKOTAS updated: the gag I didn't use earlier in the week. http://tinyurl.com/akotas/2171.htm #webcomics #kingarthur
- 09:36:32: @ubersoft Ports. Flight ports.
- 09:42:35: Caught up on #buffer work for the week last night. This morning, fully executed and uploaded one gag even before work.
- 14:15:40: I thought we'd missed most of this season of Smallville, but the reruns keep being ones I've seen. Not sure about this week's yet...
- 20:31:59: #AKOTAS updated: even Lancelot has good ideas. http://tinyurl.com/akotas/2295.htm #webcomics #kingarthur
- 20:06:52: If you don't want the commoners cruising your subdivision you should make it easier to find the goddam way out.
- 07:28:11: Kitten can't just run off when she's swatted, has to knock something over and run off.
- 00:36:09: #AKOTAS updated: peril. http://tinyurl.com/akotas/2385.htm #webcomics #kingarthur
- 12:57:09: "The Doctor is a better superhero than Superman, anyway." Apples and oranges. ...Apples and jelly babies.
- 14:23:08: Just took "Which Crazy Writer Are You?" and got: Tom Wolfe! Try it ➔ http://bit.ly/dpvf8M
- 16:21:33: @GiniJudd I don't have much experience with the former but, given the choice, I'd like to try it.
- 19:49:02: Hero of Three Faces updated: Whose side are you on? http://tinyurl.com/3f4c3s/aard.htm #fanfiction #doctorwho #stargate #sgu
- 19:49:16: Now I need a gag for tomorrow's AKOTAS ...
- 20:26:27: #AKOTAS updated: used one of today's twits for tomorrow's gag. http://tinyurl.com/akotas/2153.htm #webcomics #kingarthur
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Seems to me I last saw this meme about a year ago, when my only WIP was the script for STAR WARS Episode VII: The Battle for Coruscant. Now, I have bits from the scripts of Episode VIII and of the running series at Hero of Three Faces in which Buffy's crew learns to travel fiction-planes and Angel becomes the Doctor's companion at the outset of the Time War.
RIVER How goes the chancellorship?
LEIA I'm beginning to understand why it took a Force master as Emperor to keep the Galaxy united. Even Darth Tristas was a more unifying executive minister than I am.
LUKE Doctor, I know you don't want to be a Jedi, but Nephthys could use a special tutor.
DR10 Certainly, we've grown quite fond of each other in a short time. ...Er, where's she gone? She was just here.
DR8 I told you not to try to rescue the hostages, Angel!
ANGEL Right, fine. Your plan was to let the Daleks retcon the Third Zone experiments and get access to all timelines for themselves?
DR8 No, my plan was to disable their static-tachyon generator and cut off their power broadcast. Which I did thirty-five seconds ago.
2. Do you own an iPod?
No. I have an MP3 player that hasn't synced with my computer when WMP says it has.
3. What person on your flist do you talk to the most?
4. What time is your alarm clock set to?
At the moment, 07:30.
5. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
6. Do you remember where you were on 11/9/01?
7. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
8. What was the last movie you watched?
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I think. On YouTube.
9. Do any of your friends have children?
10. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
11. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
12. What cd is currently in your cd player?
I don't listen to a CD player. I think there's a CD in the car player at the moment but it's qtrhorserider's; I listen to the radio.
13. Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?
Chocolate milk, I think, but if you have it all the time it's not special.
14. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
15. When was the last time you had Starbucks?
I don't drink coffee.
16. Can you whistle?
17. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
18. What are you looking forward to?
Doctor Who April 3.
19. Did you watch cartoons as a child?
"As a child"?
20. Do you own any band t-shirts?
21. What will you be doing in one hour?
I'll be at work at the tack shop.
22. Is anyone in love with you?
23. What was the last song you heard?
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer end title.
24. Last time you cried?
Earlier this week, sometime during one or another scene between Buffy and Angel during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season three two-part finale.
25. Are you on a desktop computer or a laptop?
26. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
27. What’s the weather like?
Sunny with snow on the ground.
28. Would you ever date a girl/guy covered in tattoos?
No thanks, I'm married.
29. What did you do before this?
Showered for work.
30. When is the last time you slept on the floor?
Twenty or twenty five years ago.
31. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
Five or six minimum.
32. Do you eat breakfast daily?
Lately I'm more likely to skip lunch, because of my work shift.
33. Are your days fast-paced?
34. What did you do last night?
Drew cartoons, caught up on internet forums, fiddled with my fanfiction crossover chronology spreadsheet.
35. Do you use sarcasm?
36. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
37. Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
38. Have you ever been to six flags?
I don't remember whether I've been to Great America since it was acquired.
39. Do you get along better with the same sex or the opposite sex?
Given my work history I'd guyess the opposite.
40. Do you like mustard?
41. Do you sleep on your side?
Or my front, yes.
42. Do you watch the news?
I turn it on because qtrhorserider likes to see, but left to myself ...
43. How did you get one of your scars?
Slipped on the ice and head hit the curb.
44. Who was the last person to make you mad?
Um ... that guy at the Republican convention who spoke out against the organization of gay Republicans? Now you know why I don't watch news.
45. Do you like anybody?
I like everybody.
46. What is the last thing you purchased?
47. What side of the heart do you draw first?
48. Can you dive without plugging your nose?
49. What colour is your razor?
50. What is your blood-type?
51. Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
52. What is a rumour someone has spread about you?
I heard at the time that people said my marriage wouldn't last.
53. How do you feel about carrots?
Not raw. Sliced, cooked, buttered.
54. How many chairs at the dining room table?
Four. (not that we use it)
55. Which is the best Spice Girl?
How old is this meme?
56. What colour are your eyes?
57. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song?
I know none of the words to the Fresh Prince theme song.
58. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Hopefully I'd brought a book.
59. What’s your favourite kind of gum?
60. T or F: All’s fair in love and war?
61. Do you have a crush on anyone?
62. Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?
Yyyah, but I can't think of an example now.
63. Do you like to sleep?
Yes. I just wish I could be conscious to enjoy it.
64. Do you know which US states don’t use Daylight Savings Time?
I know some cities don't.
65. Do you know the song Total Eclipse of the Heart?
Sort of. Don't know the lyrics.
66. Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang?
A second car would be nice. Trade you a jeep with no brakes.
67. What’s something you’ve always wanted?
Not to have to worry about rent and bills.
68. Do you have hairy LEGS?
69. Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?
70. Do you wear a lot of black?
I have one black item I wear a lot, my sweatpants. Edit My new shoes are black.
71. Describe your hair:
Needs a haircut; Einstein is frequently invoked.
72. Do you have Entomophobia?
Fear of talking trees?
73. Are you an adult?
I've been twelve years old since 1971.
74. Where is/are your best friend(s)?
On the other end of the couch.
75. Do you have a tan?
76. Are you a television addict?
We're about three weeks behind on the DVR. You decide.
77. Do you enjoy spending time with your mother?
She comes over for SyFy Friday.
78. Are you a sugar freak?
No. But I salt food before tasting.
79. Do you like orange juice?
80. What sign are you?
If you tend toward books (and if you don't at least somewhat, the odds of you being an LJ devotee to whatever degree are pretty slim), then it's a good bet that you've got a number of books that really resonated with you, often to the extent of informing your development as a person and your view of the world. These are not always classics of literature. Often they are, viewed objectively, really deeply awful books. That's not the point. The point is that they were the right (or wrong, nothing says they had to have a positive influence) thing for you to read at the right time, and they stayed with you in a meaningful way.
The number of these varies, but most people if queried can come up with three of them. One or more of them were likely encountered between the ages of 11 and 13, and may have been the first "grown up" book you read. Beyond that, I can't think of any set pattern, and even those may just be a coincidental cluster of data points. Nonetheless, I'm newly fascinated by this question and I wish to ask it here.
Help me out then, my friends. Name your top three core texts. If you wish to include age when encountered, positive or negative influence, general summary of the text, or type of influence it exerted on you, that would be likewise awesome.
- A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. My first exposure was so far back that my earliest recollection of it/them is bringing Winnie-the-Pooh home from the the day the first grade was taught how libraries work, and my mother saying, "But we have that." I was not yet articulate enough to say that (or had not yet articulated that) I just wanted the first book I took from a library to be Winnie-the-Pooh. Years later when I read Hoff's The Tao of Pooh it not only made me realize that my values and worldview come largely from this Bear and his, but validated those values and worldview with a major world religion/philosophy. And if you don't believe that, notice that the hero of my webcomic, his familiar name and supporting cast notwithstanding, is Pooh made human (and tall and thin).
- T.H. White, The Once and Future King. When we were reading Tennyson in tenth grade my mother mentioned that there's a novel out there that Camelot was based on. I read the tetralogy annually throughout high school. Between Pooh, Charlie Brown and Henry Blake my heroes had always been nice guys who never really knew what was going on, and here in contrast to Henry Blake was one who became a famous leader, the most famous king of Britain ever. This story tells us that kingdoms are brought down not by those who love but by those who hate. If you want spoilers for the fairy tale time zone of my webcomic, you may as well read this.
- Hm, one slot left and no science fiction yet. Well then, there's the other book I read annually in high school, Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle's The Mote in God's Eye. Continuing the thread of influence, this must have been off my mother's shelf, and when it was just about new. Additional to its appeal was that it was a starship story like Star Trek, but also it's a good story with characters I could visualize and was interested in playing onscreen (back when I aspired to a screen acting career). To this day, when I work somewhere I have a desk, I keep this book and its sequel The Gripping Hand on my desk so I'll never be without something good to read.
I woke up this morning in the universe where Al Gore was elected President in 2000. There are flying cars and personal jet packs. Internet/phone/tv is on full sensory VR headsets. Everyone has robot servants. Dogs and cats are lobbying for civil rights. At least I think that's what they want; I don't understand the language here. Daniel Radcliff quit the lead in Doctor Who last year and Helen Mirren is wrapping up shooting for this year.
Your result for The Fan Fiction Personality Test...
The True Fan
OOC is blasphemy, canon is everything.
Once you fall in love with a movie, book or TV series, you are loyal like an old dog. You take fanfiction quite serious and use it as a substitute after the canon ran out.
You are probably a walking dictionary of your favourite fandom and you are picky about what you write and read. The closer to the "real thing" fanfiction is, the more you like it.
You rather explore a character in all depth, see new sides and learn more about them than creating new characters or mix up the situations they are in.
- Per Aspera (Doctor Who, the Doctor, End of Time casting spoiler)
- Not Either/Or (Star Trek, Spock/Uhura)
- How Weird Is That? (Star Trek, Kirk/Spock/Uhura, McCoy)
- STAR WARS Episode VII: The Battle for Coruscant (Doctor Who/Star Wars, the Doctor, Luke, Leia, Han, River Song)
- Broken? (Doctor Who, Rose/Doctor Blue)
- Spoiler (Star Trek, Kirk, Spock)
- Certain Rules (Doctor Who/M*A*S*H, the Doctor, Henry Blake)
- Something New (Doctor Who/Torchwood, the Doctor, Tosh)
- Clueless (Doctor Who, the Doctor, Peri)
- Amicable (Doctor Who, Francine and Clive Jones)
- Male Bonding (Doctor Who/Torchwood, Jack, Mickey, the Doctor, Amy)
- Finally (Doctor Who, the Doctor, Peri, MPAA-R)
- Walking in Eternity (Doctor Who/Torchwood, the Doctor, Sarah Jane, spoilers for CoE)
- When Everything Changes (Doctor Who/Torchwood, the Doctor, Martha, spoilers for CoE)
- Disorderly (Star Trek/Doctor Who, Kirk, the Doctor)
- Dinner and a Show (Doctor Who, the Doctor, Martha)
- Plan C (Star Trek/Doctor Who, Spock, McCoy, sequel to Small Soldiers)
- Force of Habit (Doctor Who, Rose/Doctor Blue, Jackie)
- Denoument (Star Trek, Kirk, Spock, sequel to Spoiler)
- Happy birthday, trinalin.
- Happy birthday, scalderwood.
- Happy belated birthday yesterday, athelind.
- Here are cartoons from Arthur, King of Time and Space since last Friday.
- Happy birthday, judiang.
- theferrett asked what we'd like to see in the next Star Trek movie.
- Happy birthday, pete_wisdom.
- Happy birthday, mary919.
- Title: Historical Revision 3/4
- Here are cartoons from Arthur, King of Time and Space since last Friday.
- 10:33:13: Groggy as if I'd taken NyQuil last night but I didn't
- 12:47:58: Got up this morning, my sinus was full and my eyes wouldn't stay open. Going to work would have been agony and possibly contagious.
I think signing onto Twitter in October improved my LJ signal-to-noise ratio.