Shannon (kungfuwaynewho) wrote,

Getting to Know You Meme - Day 1


How-do.  My name is Shannon.  I'm the oldest of four kids; I have two younger sisters and a younger brother.  Born and raised in Kansas, and my mom went to KU, so November-March (April if we're lucky) is ALL KU BASKETBALL ALL THE TIME.  I cried, literally cried, when we lost to Syracuse in the 2003 Championship Game.  I also literally cried when we won in 2008. 

I am amused that the first thing I thought of, after discussing my family, was the KU Jayhawks.  So.  That should tell you something.

Growing up I wanted to be an actress.  I did school theater and was ~awesome.  Then when it came time for college I randomly applied to USC's Film School amidst all my other applications to theater programs and was accepted.  And got a scholarship and hella financial aid because hi, middle-class girl from a big square state.  So I went to film school, and it was pretty fantastic.  I specialized in post-production sound which means that I know how to make fake footsteps by crunching through old used film to make it sound like walking through grass, and I'm one of those annoying pedants who says "level" instead of "volume," and if you want to make someone's voice sound like it's coming out of a telephone all you have to do is cut out all the low-end.  THESE ARE ALL CLEARLY USEFUL LIFE SKILLS.

Then I went to the University of Texas in Austin for grad school and learned how to be a screenwriter.  Grad school was even more awesome than undergrad.  I miss academia.  It is a very safe, nurturing womb-type place for me.  If the whole actually making movies things doesn't work out, I would be quite happy teaching screenwriting at a college somewhere.  Of course,  you pretty much have to sell something and be a professional screenwriter before any school will hire you, so it's kinda a Catch-22.

I love the following: science fiction.  Julius Caesar.  Sleeping with my window open on cold nights.  Apple cider.  Snuggling my kitty cats.  Halloween.  The internet.  Reading while I eat.  Television.  Driving at night.  Candles that smell good.  Starting new hobbies I will eventually abandon.

When I was a very small kid, in the 6-8 year old range, I used to lie in bed at night and fantasize about walking.  I would imagine waiting till my parents went to bed and the house got very quiet, then sneaking out of my room and packing my backpack with a change of clothes and some peanut-butter sandwiches.  Then I would slip out the door and just start walking, on empty, moon-lit streets, never passing another person.  Just walking.  Sometimes, I will think about how much I would still like to do that, and decide that one day, I will.  I will pack a bag and drive out to some lonely one-lane road late at night and I will just start walking.  It will be great.

Day 02 – Your first love
Day 03 – Your parents
Day 04 – What you ate today
Day 05 – Your definition of love
Day 06 – Your day
Day 07 – Your best friend
Day 08 – A moment
Day 09 – Your beliefs
Day 10 – What you wore today
Day 11 – Your siblings
Day 12 – What’s in your bag
Day 13 – This week
Day 14 – What you wore today
Day 15 – Your dreams
Day 16 – Your first kiss
Day 17 – Your favorite memory
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday
Day 19 – Something you regret
Day 20 – This month
Day 21 – Another moment
Day 22 – Something that upsets you
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry
Day 25 – A first
Day 26 – Your fears
Day 27 – Your favorite place
Day 28 – Something that you miss
Day 29 – Your aspirations
Day 30 – One last moment

(I cut out all the "in great details" from this because it made it look cluttered, I think it's kind of implied, but I also won't necessarily be able to write in great detail about all of these, so.)
Tags: meme, real life, rock chalk jayhawk, writing

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