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17 February 2011 @ 11:58 am
Meme Time!  
Have begun work on my revision of my NaNo script.  I had a brilliant day yesterday, which is always exciting, though I am continuing to find it strange that the movie I find myself looking to (and remember, I am writing a gothic vampire horror movie) is Air Force One.  Strange how things like that work out.

Now for fun meme time!

The Five Questions Meme

How this meme works:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.  Feel free to ask me questions back, if you like.  Also, if you'd rather just answer questions in the comments and not repost, that's fine by me.

From hollywobbles:

1) Other than LA for work-related reasons, where would you most like to live? Or visit someday?

I'm pretty happy living in Kansas, to be honest.  There are a lot of places I would like to visit - England, Italy, Egypt (maybe not right now), New Zealand - but I very much like where I'm from.  I actually did not enjoy living in LA all that much, and would prefer not to move back there.  Obviously if it means I get to be an actual writer, I will, but eh.

2) What's your favorite book? Why?

The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) by Kim Stanley Robinson.  They are hard SF, speculative fiction, so they wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.  Basically, the books start with the first permanent human settlement on Mars, which is made up of 100 scientists (The First Hundred).  They establish the first city, explore the planet, chart its resources.  Almost immediately, conflicts arise - will Mars be an Earth colony or will it be independent?  Will they attempt to keep the planet as pristine as possible (the members of this movement are called the Reds), or will they terraform the planet to make it easier to sustain human life (the Greens)?  These are dense, incredibly well-written books, with wonderful characters.  In fact, the chief Green, a physicist named Sax Russell, is my favorite fictional character of all time, from any medium.  Why are these my favorite books?  I've always loved science fiction, and I've read a lot of science fiction, and as far as I'm concerned, these are the best science fiction books ever written.  The end.

3) What's a historical period or individual you're particularly interested in and why?

Ancient Rome, and Julius Caesar.  Loooooooove.  In May, I will have hit three years in teaching myself Latin, which I started doing because I love Ancient Rome so very much, and want to be able to read the primary sources in the original, as opposed to translations.  I'm not sure why exactly I love Rome so much; I just do.

4) What's something that gets you really stirred up and passionate? Really excited, or angry, or motivated to change something, or just really happy and convinced that at least this one thing is right with the world?

Perhaps not surprising considering #2, but I am really, really into space exploration.  Actually, just plain any money put into science (excluding cell phones, naturally).  I find it really irritating that human beings walked on the moon when my parents were alive, but not while I've been alive.  I think part of what gets me so worked up about it is that we are right on the cusp of a new, great frontier, and goddamn it, I want to see it in my lifetime.  I want to see mankind living somewhere other than Earth.  I want to see us exploring.  I want to see us try to be better and more than we are.

5) What do you love most about B5? Why is it such a good show? (See what I did there?)

What do I love most?  That's a tough one.  I'd have to say that overall, what I love most is that it is so complete.  It's a world that is comprehensive, with all the little details planned out.  There's rarely anything superfluous, and by the time you get to the middle of the second season there's this wonderful sense that everything - everything - is coming together in a way that rarely happens on TV.  Like, take the stretch of BSG episodes from Colonial Day till Resurrection Ship II - that's a good stretch of episodes, right?  Pretty much one long arc, even if there's an episode or two that aren't quite as strong as the others.  (Though I maintain that The Farm is still a great episode.)  That's...about fifteen episodes, yeah?  So Babylon 5 as a whole is like one single arc for two full seasons, plus the end of S2, so you're talking about 55-60 episodes.  And it's just like that, everything building and building, but piece by piece, so that you aren't really aware that you're watching one huge comprehensive story until you're in the middle of it.  It's hard to describe, because I've never really seen anything comparable on TV before.  I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at that.  :D

6) Why haven't you made any/many Roslin icons, huh? You brought it up recently that you hadn't and that ought to fix that, but the latest BSG batch still didn't have any. [taps foot, demands roslin icons] [not really, do whatever you like] [dude, srsly, no roslin icons? that's kinda weird with her being your fave female tv character and all]

Well...quite simply because I tend to watch BSG on a DVD player.  I like to icon based on making my own caps, because I hate looking through cap galleries.  And I haven't really found a decent, comprehensive BSG cap gallery that I like.  So I tend to make a lot of icons based on what I'm watching on my actual computer.  That's why I made a ton of TNG icons, and have recently been making B5 icons - watched both as downloads on my computer.  There are exceptions, especially recently with my landcomms, but that would be the reason.  Maybe one day I'll sit down and make some, though.  

From enigmaticblues:

1. In an ideal world, where will you be in five years?

I would very much like to be a professional screenwriter, meaning that I have sold something that I have written.  For money.  I don't care at this point if it gets made, I just want to sell something.  Obviously, it would be great if I could get something produced, but that's so unlikely that I don't really let myself hope for it too much.  But selling something...I could sell something.  That's doable.

2. What's your favorite TV show of all time?

Oof, that's a tough one.  I'll have to answer this the same way I answered the same question when I did a big TV meme last summer.  It's a tie!  I have to go with The X-Files, which was the show of my childhood, and informed so many of my preferences when it comes to entertainment, and Battlestar Galactica, which was the show of my adulthood, that I watched when I was learning to be a writer and so it ends up kind of tangled up in my mind.

3. If you could hang out with one historical figure (i.e. someone who's dead), who would it be?

Julius Caesar.  I find him an endlessly fascinating figure, and of all the biographies and fictional books I've read, no two authors seem to view him in the same way.  I want to know what really made him tick, if he conquered Gaul for Rome or for his own aggrandizement, if he genuinely hoped for peace between himself, Pompey and Crassus, or if he was always planning on breaking the peace as soon as he got the chance; I want to know if he knew what would happen when he crossed the Rubicon, and if he really was willing to end the Republic because he had been treated unfairly by the Senate.  I have so many more questions, but I won't bore you beyond that.

4. What kind of writing most draws you?

If we take the basics as read (i.e., grammatically correct, no spelling errors, no huge plot holes or dropped characters), I think for me what I like most are stories that tell me about something I don't get to experience in my daily life.  This can be an alien world, a historical period, a particularly nasty villain, whatever.  I'm just not all that interested in regular stuff, and regular people.  For me, reading is about experiencing something I would be able to otherwise, so that's what I'm most interested in.

5. What's your biggest pet peeve?

This is a tough one, because I have so very many pet peeves.  I'm going to go with rudeness in general.  There's no excuse for it, but it seems to be more and more prevalent.  Rude drivers, rude people when I'm out shopping, rude people at work.  That combination of a sense of entitlement and no sense of empathy.  It just kills me.
enigmaticbluesenigmaticblues on February 17th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for answering! And that's pretty much my top pet peeve, too. I hate it when people are rude.

And, I need a distraction. If you want to ask me anything, go right ahead.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 17th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
1. What is your favorite song and/or artist?
2. What would you want to eat for your last dinner?
3. What film or television character would you most like to bang? (Pretend you're not married...or don't, if that floats your boat.)
4. Death is not an option: Londo or G'Kar.
5. What exotic animal would you most like to have as a pet? (Assume it would not attack and kill you.)
a universal sigh: DW - Nine - that's what i thoughtnaushika on February 17th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I love Ancient Rome! I took Latin in high school and it made me a big fan of the time period in general. I don't remember much of the language except for some simple stuff (NOMEN EST NOELLE!) but it was my absolute favorite class and is why I got a degree in history. It's so neat that you're teaching yourself Latin! Julius Caesar was pretty awesome, but I admit to having a fascination with Augustus Caesar, personally.

Also, that trilogy of books sounds interesting. I'll have to put them on my to-read list.

Oh, and I'd like some questions! Pretty please. :D

Edited at 2011-02-17 07:07 pm (UTC)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 17th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Salve Noelle! Quid hodie agis? (My love of Ancient Rome is why I have a minor in classics. :D) And yes, those books are amazing and perfectionary, so you should definitely read them.

1. Your favorite Doctor?
2. What was your favorite book as a kid?
3. What song(s) do you play when you drive at night?
4. Any weird phobias/anxieties?
5. What snack food do you most binge on?
Holly: BSG Kara blue cream fight til we can'thollywobbles on February 17th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I always think of Sagan's Contact when I think of the love of space exploration -- I feel like you and Ellie would be two peas in a pod.

Any questions for me?
Shannon: bsg callykungfuwaynewho on February 17th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
I love Contact. Love. I remember watching it in the theater for the first time, having not read the book yet, and just crying the whole time.

1. What other old-timey crafts would you like to learn?
2. What is your favorite episode of BSG?
3. Which TV character would you most like to be intimate with?
4. Favorite YouTube vid to watch when you're sad?
5. What is the one thing you have to watch at Christmastime?
Holly: Six makes her entrancehollywobbles on February 17th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Contact is easily in my top 5 favorite movies.

Fun tiems. Also, I'm amused that you asked Jerusha who she'd like to bang, while you asked me who I'd like to be "intimate with."
Shannon: bsg ellenkungfuwaynewho on February 17th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
If you would prefer to answer as to whom you would like to bang, I will allow it.
nhpwnhpw on February 17th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
You have effectively convinced me that I need to read the Mars trilogy, and also, since that will likely take me awhile, that I should ask you to pretty please read my NaNo and tell me if it's unintentionally too much the same story. (Yay for Mars colonies! Yay yay YAY!)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 17th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, you need to! They are fantabulous! Also, I am pretty sure I have said from the get-go that I want to read your NaNo, so obvs yes.

You didn't ask for questions, but I give them to you anyway.

1. What is your biggest fear? (Like, sharks or high places or whatever, not some existential thing.)
2. What is your favorite book?
3. Any hidden talents?
4. What can someone say that will make you want to smack them?
5. If you had to eat only one thing for dinner for a month, what would it be?
singer_shapersinger_shaper on February 18th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I can haz interview?
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 22nd, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Eek, sorry! This is what happens when I delete comment notifications before I reply; I just plain forget.

1. What is one place, real or fictional, that you would most like to visit?
2. What is your least favorite chore?
3. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
4. Best song to dance to?
5. Favorite TV show of all time?
ghanima sun: scienceghanimasun on February 18th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Interview me?

You have intrigued me about The Mars Trilogy. You've made it sound really interesting, and if I ever start reading actual books again, I'm definitely checking those out.

Also I understand completely your feelings about space exploration. Sometimes it makes me really angry about how far we "should" be in exploring space. I mean we've only landed on the moon, which is kind of pathetic. I haven't kept up on NASA news but I hope they are planning some kind of realistic Mars mission. But as an astronomy major this shouldn't sound too surprising. There's so much more out there and we really need to start actually tapping into it.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 22nd, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Ack, should never delete comment notifications before I reply, or else I forget. Questions!

1. If you could live on one fictional spaceship, which would it be?
2. Ship you wish you had more canon kisses/romance from?
3. What is your favorite snack?
4. Desert island - you only get one book; what is it?
5. Any hidden talents?

(The Mars Trilogy is amazing. I have the e-reader versions, if you ever want.)