March 3rd, 2012

language, voyage

Meme: Seven Random Things

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.