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28 August 2006 @ 08:52 pm
About a million years ago, some of my flist asked me some questions.

*apologies because links to friends' journasl within the cut tags aren't working. meh*

1) Kelly, I've been speaking with my friend at Harper Collins. He owes me a big favor, and I'm pretty sure I can get him to approve the next manuscript I send his way, and that means something by you. Pitch me your favorite story, not necessarily the one that you think will be the most popular, but the one that you're in love with.

Mad Gen. The simplistic description: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ meets ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ Gentian has inherited the role of mac tire, one who stands as a buffer between the world of humans and that of Faerie. I don’t want to say too much, just because this is the internet and I’m protective of my baby... But honestly, I’m not skilled enough to write it yet. I’ve a short story that is rather good, but I don’t yet have the chops to make the novel work. But I will, or so I dearly hope, and when I do... And while I like Gen very much, I rather love some of my secondary characters. Smith and Thomas, in particular.

2) You are granted a limited wish: You may either change a minor decision made by someone (including yourself) in the past, or in the present. (Note: While I'm leaving the definition of minor to you, I will give you two examples. I couldn't get Laura Prepon to love me, but I could get her to go out on a date. Whether she'd have a good time is another matter. While I couldn't bring a friend back from the dead, I could keep him from driving that night.)

Hmmmm. I’m fully tempted to be selfish, but no. I’d wish that my sister had simply said ‘no’ when a certain man asked her out. And I’m leaving it at that.

3) So, you’ve had it with the rat race and feel you’ve just got to get away? I’ll arrange an escape for 2 or 3 months, far from everything, snowed in at an isolated cabin in Montana’s Yaak Valley or, if you prefer heat, on a desert island. What would you need to maintain your sanity? I’ll supply you with plenty of food, of course, a dictionary, a Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, and the tools of your trade, but what else must you have? Eight items, no more.

If I had this, oh, let’s call it a ‘Survival Kit,’ it would consist of the following:

1. The complete arc of James Robinson’s 'Starman.' I keep saying I’m going to reread it and somehow never find the time. It’s marvelous storytelling with the bonus of being a DC comics geek’s delight; I was new to comics when first I fell in love with this story. I know there are things I’d pick up on now that would make me *squee!*.

2. Notebooks and lots of different pens. I would spend a lot of time, or so I hope, writing. Before I became computer dependent, I wrote longhand. I still have file folders of handwritten sheets as well as dozens of notebooks filled with my mostly-legible scrawl. I’d try to reconnect to that earlier time. Plus, writing longhand is FUN! As are little sketches and doodles in the margins.

3. A modified kitchen set: one good chef’s knife, one paring knife, two cutting boards, one stockpot, two sautee pans, one saucepan, one casserole dish. So equipped, I could cook pretty much whatever I wanted. I can not go too long without cooking; I dream about it, else. And I can NOT cook with inferior knives.

4. T.H. White’s ‘The Once and Future King.’ I was waffling between this and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ but I chose White’s book because it is so simple, really, and so very beautiful and sad. I reread it every few years and it never fails to break my heart, nor to stir my imagination. (and I might yet boot this for Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia trilogy, for which I have a persistent urge to reread obsessively)

5. Yarn and crochet hooks. I’m a decent crocheter... basic, really. I’d love the chance to just play, and try to figure things out, and mess up and rip out stitches and start over again until I managed to suss it out and get it right.

6. Various stage combat weaponry. I’d make up pseudo-katas with swords and staves and sais and fans and daggers and anything else that struck my fancy. They’d take the place of the weight set I’d otherwise request.

7. A limited DVD library. There are certain movies/shows I can watch over and over: Firefly. Dead Like Me. Peter Pan (2003). Eccleston’s run on Doctor Who. The Hudsucker Proxy. The Iron Giant. Labyrinth. Hellboy. Due South. A Little Princess (1995). Galaxy Quest. Dogma. The BBC Pride and Prejudice.

8. My pennywhistle and bodhran. With enough time to practice, I might manage to be more than barely-passable.

4) I would like to introduce you to three fine young ladies that I would like you to mentor. On the left is you at 30, on the right is you at 13, and in the center is you at 21. Perhaps you might have a word or two (or a sentence, or a paragraph) of advice for each?

~30, don’t lose sight of the magic that you used to see so effortlessly. Do not forget to stop and drink in the sight of sunlight through the leaves, the scent of the wind just before the rain, a night sky thick with stars, the cardinal’s song. They keep you connected, they make you thankful, they make you more. Remember when all you wanted was to be special, to matter. Remember when you believed you would.

~13, don’t be afraid. Yes, people tease you and I know it is rough. Shrug it off, kiddo. These are the awkward years for everyone, no matter how easy it may look for others. Embrace who you are. Don’t hesitate to let others know you are smart, you are quirky, you are creative. If you let fear hold you back now, it very well may do so for the rest of your life.

~21, take chances. Travel. Submit your writing. Audition. Talk to that cute guy, because you know what? He just might respond, and out of nowhere - bam! - you’re conversing with a member of the opposite sex. Amazing! Explore. Do not accept limits. There are no boundaries. There is nothing beyond your reach. Dive into life.

5) Of all the memories I have, all the people I've known, and all the things I've done, I am most proud of or thankful for...

Shallow as this may sound, I’m going to have to say my time at the Faire. In particular, my time as a jouster and as Marian. I’ve had boys and girls ask me to sign lance shards. Women and men alike have thanked me for being a role model... me! That floors me. I’ve had the chance to be a hero, even if it was only pretend.


1. If you could recommend only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

You’re mean.

All right, then... one book, and one alone. Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman.’ The writing is superb, and the storytelling is just gorgeous. It never fails to move me: to laughter, to introspection, to tears. Every time I read it, I find something, some subtlety or joke I’d not noticed before. It is smart and engaging and moving, and it never assumes the reader can’t keep up.

2. What shirt is your favorite and why? (Picture optional.)

There is a simple black cotton peasant shirt I bought when I was in college. I was thin and possibly pretty (I didn’t think much about it at the time) and had long, wild hair and wore big dangly earrings... this shirt with my faded, torn jeans and scrunched down suede pirate boots made me feel the most me. The shirt is holding together, barely. It has been laundered to near translucency. The elastic in the sleeves has dissolved. Still, I do wear it on occasion. And there is a ghost of that girl I once was that hovers about the ‘me’ of now, if only for a few moments.

3. What was your favorite toy when you were seven?

My Breyer horse models. In particular, I loved the model of Man o’ War. I fully expected, at age seven, that I would grow up to be a jockey.

4. Which is your favorite version of Robin Hood (book, movie or other)?

Robin McKinley’s ‘Outlaws of Sherwood.’ I adore that she has a reluctant Robin Hood, a strong Marian, and a tightly woven supporting cast (Cess and LJ? that is joy; POOH! to you naysayers!). I can only hope that my version of Marian might one day make it onto such a list... Yeah. I desperately need to rework ‘Rook’s Haven.’

5. What's something you can't do and really, really wish you could?

Sing. I can carry a tune, but I desperately wish I could sing well. Beautifully, even.
melkorspawn on August 29th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Once again, Kelly, you have strengthened my limerence for you.
Kel: broody Nineladyjoust on August 31st, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)

To quote the guy in my icon, I am so glad I met you.
rrrragganald on August 29th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
now you gone and made me wanna watch anne and her red hair :O(
Fjordhopper: Aurora - dreamerfjordhopper on August 29th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
I was a big Breyer fan as a girl too. And Man O' War was one of my favorites as well. I used to spend hours with them, playing, and then making tack, (saddles were tough, and usually didn't come out to well!) and blankets and halters for them. Man O' War was one of my "special" horses, who actually had a stall (with his name on the door) in the stable that my dad built for me.
Horse Crazy Girl
Jobs, baby, Jobs!: Tony Pimppicoland on August 29th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
ummm.....Hum Bull I say ( like a Humbug but bigger!)

you can sing, and it has been a pleasure hearing the progress in your voice ( and your hubby's) over the past few years.
Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat: Canterbaronspoint on August 30th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
Pretend hero you are not. Real? Most definitely. I never got a chance to watch you joust, hell, this is the first time I've ever posted in your LJ (sorry for being a creepy lurker kid...), but I still see you as a role model.

And I love my breyer models :)
Kel: Barbara Batgirlladyjoust on August 31st, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
You are very sweet, and I thank you. *squish*

Out of curiosity, how do you know me/my LJ?
Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat: Jack Piratebaronspoint on August 31st, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Long time ago I posted at Sheroes, I kept checking this every once and a while cause the jousting fascinated me... Though now your kitten does, so there.