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Meme: Seven Random Things 
3rd-Mar-2012 10:57 pm
language, voyage
Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

retsuko gave me the following:

high school: After I finished 10th grade, my parents moved us across the country from Orlando, FL to La Jolla, CA, in the process moving me from a smallish private Episcopalian prep school to a medium-sized southern Californian public high school. What I remember very vividly about my early weeks at my new school was the exhilirating sense that I could completely reinvent my identity. I'd been at my previous school since 6th grade, and was pretty well pigeonholed socially as The Huge Nerd. For a very brief period at La Jolla High, I didn't have to fit anyone's preconceived notions of who I was. In the end, my essential nature won out, and I became The Huge Nerd in Doc Martens. Which was a small but surprisingly crucial difference.

aliens: The first piece of fiction I can remember writing was a story about an alien visiting me and taking me on a visit to his home planet. I was about 8. I illustrated the story in crayon, and then alien looked surprisingly like a Terileptil, even though I'd never seen any Doctor Who when I wrote it. I still have the story.

yogurt: Tzatziki sauce recipe: About 1.5 cups Fage Greek yogurt; 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, grated, and with as much water as you can manage squished out of it; a couple of cloves of garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane grater, salt and pepper to taste. Lovely with pita and anything you might put in a pita.

fanfiction: Prior to this year, I'd have said I wasn't really a fanfic writer. I'd done a few bits and pieces of Doctor Who fic, but never really got into the swing of it. So far this year, I've written two short Dr. Seuss/Doctor Who crossover pieces plus a dozen short Skyrim vignettes, which is a lot of fanfic for someone who never writes fanfic.

My fanfic in general is characterized by being both funny and sentimental. (Even when I initially attempt to evoke a different mood altogether.) I would like to write a something dark and cynical some day, just to prove that I can. Although dark and cynical doesn't really work with my core fandoms.

Wonder Woman: I think I may have seen a few episodes of the Wonder Woman TV show in reruns when I was a kid. Never read the comics. Wonder Woman was undoubtedly an important influence on my favorite female superhero, Promethea, but other than that I got nothin'.

cats: When I was 4, I fed a stray cat that wandered into our yard. She lived with us for the next 17 years. I think this shaped my attitude towards pets in general - I always feel that they adopt me, not the other way around.

Halloween candy: I really dislike candy corn, and used to give away any I received when trick-or-treating. The items I always most hoped to find in my trick-or-treating bag were miniature Hershey's Special Dark and Nestle Crunch bars. I liked Sweettarts and Jolly Ranchers pretty well, but really when it comes to candy, I've always been into chocolate. Easter always knocked Halloween into a cocked hat when it came to candy anticipation.
Comments 
4th-Mar-2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Woo, random topics. We'll see if I actually get around to posting about 'em.
4th-Mar-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Let's go with: travel, singing, modern art, ginger, waistcoats, Batman, and pie.
4th-Mar-2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
What I remember very vividly about my early weeks at my new school was the exhilirating sense that I could completely reinvent my identity. I'd been at my previous school since 6th grade, and was pretty well pigeonholed socially as The Huge Nerd. For a very brief period at La Jolla High, I didn't have to fit anyone's preconceived notions of who I was. In the end, my essential nature won out, and I became The Huge Nerd in Doc Martens. Which was a small but surprisingly crucial difference.

This story is extremely charming and not at all surprising.

I had something of the opposite high school experience. I went to high school at a school where there was only one middle school feeding into it, so the only "new" people were the juniors and seniors you hadn't been in middle school with two years ago.

When I signed up for debate, my mom asked rather dubiously whether that would just get me to meet more nerds instead of different kinds of people, and I peered at her and tried to figure out how perception of the world around us had broken down so badly that she did not realize that 1) I was the biggest nerd the school had seen in years or possibly decades, and 2) I already knew pretty much everybody ever, because while I had not gone to middle school with the juniors and seniors, my cousin Kari had and was happy to introduce me to the nerdy ones, and also I was in band so that pretty much covered all the nerdy ones Kari didn't know. I could buy myself Docs, but reinventing myself to include them? Totally not an option.

Also you are totally right on Easter vs. Halloween on the candy front. Go Easter, with its many and varied kinds of chocolate egg, many of which contain the word "truffle" in their description.
5th-Mar-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I don't think my mother ever worried that I might be meeting too many nerds, although she might have occasionally worried that I was meeting too many non-nerds. (One thing I didn't mention is that my mother was the librarian at the small private school in Florida I attended, and was not the librarian at La Jolla High School. So when we moved, we went from a place where she knew all my friends and most of their parents to a place where she didn't know any of them unless I brought them over to the house. This caused some tension, initially.)
5th-Mar-2012 01:31 am (UTC)
It's not that my mom disapproves of nerds, it's just that she didn't want me to limit myself to only nerds. And while I get that, I was already limited to only nerds in some very real senses by some very real social forces at work there.
5th-Mar-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
While admittedly I've never met your mother, the idea that she might disapprove of nerds in any general sense *never* crossed my mind.
4th-Mar-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I like this idea. I used to love Wonder Woman but I'm not a lover of fanfic, I'm afraid...

I'm fascinated to see what random subjects you want me to talk about :)
4th-Mar-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Let's go with: summer holidays, Star Trek, cities, pop music, dogs, Radio 4, and cake.
4th-Mar-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
FWIW, at LJHS, you were The Cool Nerd I Aspired to Be. :)

Fanfic sneaks up on you, doesn't it! I always thought I'd never write any, and then there were a few anime series that I loved so much that I had to fill in the loose ends.
5th-Mar-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
FWIW, at LJHS, you were The Cool Nerd I Aspired to Be. :)
Aw! *blush*

I do think that that sense of needing to fill in loose ends is key in fan fic. Certainly a lot of the Skyrim stuff I've been writing is more or less motivated by, "If we pretended that this was actually plausible human behavior, rather than a breakdown of the game AI, how would we explain it? How would characters actually address it in dialogue?"
4th-Mar-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
What an excellent meme.

I love tzatziki sauce and live with a partner who loves candy corn. It is strange to buy halloween corn and vacuum seal it for later consumption but it makes him happy!
5th-Mar-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
You know, I have been tempted in the past to freeze Cadbury creme eggs for year-round consumption, so I completely understand the vacuum-sealing of candy corn.
5th-Mar-2012 09:07 am (UTC)
I'd love seven topics.
5th-Mar-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, how about: baseball, mountains, Saturday morning cartoons, dust jackets, driving, cinnamon, and orchids.
5th-Mar-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm curious -- what topics?
5th-Mar-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
How about: World of Warcraft, mystery novels, pine trees, lemon zest, poetry, Tuesdays, and time travel.
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