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13 April 2004 @ 09:52 pm
'cause sometimes, being a sheep is fun!  
Question meme!, courtesy of several but most lately of bunnymcfoo

Right, then! Ask me four questions, and I will answer them as best I am able. Yes, I know some requested three, but I rather like the even number vibe. When you're done, trot off to pose your own queries.

(special thanks to youraugustine for answering my question, and so promptly!)
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Kelladyjoust on April 13th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
The very same! Thank you kindly!
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Kelladyjoust on April 14th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)
1. Cell phone rudeness. I have a cell phone myself, but I try to use it in consideration of those around me. I'm weary of hearing full-voice conversations (one side of them, anyway) on the train, in the grocery store, waiting for my chinese food... I work at a bookstore. When a customer whom I am assisting answers their phone, I consider our interaction terminated. They can feel free to hunt me down when they're done. Now, add driving to the mix, and you really get me going. My car was rearended - badly - last summer, while at a stoplight. The man who caused the accident was paying no attention whatsoever to the light or to traffic; he slammed the car behind me so hard it crumpled the back end of my poor car. I believe he was on a cell phone at the time.

Worst I've seen? Someone driving a Humvee while on the phone. Unconscionable gas-guzzler, cell phone use while in transit... if he'd been kicking a kitten as well, my hatred would have been complete.

2. No offense taken, no defenses raised. I was raised to believe in a higher being, and that I should be good to others. From there, I slid into my own cobbled-together sort of paganism. I believe that the higher power is interconnected with the earth. I believe there is a power in the changing of the seasons, in the cycles of the moon. I believe that you should 'take strenghth from the earth, repay it with beauty,' and that said beauty can be kindness to others, responsibility, nurturing one's talents.

3. Peru.

I know this, because she put the 'miss' in misdemeanor when she stole the beans from Lima.

4. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I think it's a bad idea, and arrogant on the part of the filmmakers, to show disrespect to good story. I'm not saying elements can not/ should not be altered. Sometimes it is necessary, for clarity or pacing, to tweak and shift and reshape. This worked to excellent effect in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Lord of the Rings. I know some people had issues with his choices. I really felt he held true to the heart of the story and the characters. Cuaron's 'A Little Princess' is another example of a slightly altered adaptation that really works. 'The Princess Bride,' 'Sense and Sensibility,' and, most recently, 'Hellboy' also shine.

'The Princess Diaries' was a cute fluffy little flick, but it had next-to-nothing to do with Meg Cabot's book. I'm blanking on other examples now (although I believe I can predict that the forthcoming 'Catwoman' movie is going to be abysmal, whereas the DC stories are quite well told).
Dev Singerdevrose on April 13th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC)
Drat. I hate not having examples...

How'd you come to join Sheroes?

What kind of music do you listen to?

What makes you like jousting so much?

What do you write?
Kelladyjoust on April 13th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
Sans examples, your questions are just fine!
1. I came to Sheroes when I was trying to find a way to contact Tammy. A few months prior, I'd had several girls approach me after a joust. They asked if I knew about Tammy's books. I decided to write to her to tell her about it, and, in poking around her website, found the link to Sheroes.
It's the first discussion board I ever joined. I had no idea what I was doing, or what I could or should say!

2. I like to listen to all kinds of music, but I admit that I tend to fall back on traditional English/Irish/Scottish tunes. Give them to me done with very traditional arrangements, or with electric fiddle and guitar and screaming vocals, I just love the stories and the tunes. Wolfstone, Oysterband, Deanta, Altan, Great Big Sea, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention... I'll stop listing now, 'cause I could go on for some time. I also love folk music (Dar Williams and Lynn Miles spring to mind!).

3. It's not an easy skill to master. I am proud that I've done well with it. Too, the idea that I'm doing something that was done hundreds of years ago is really rather amazing. And, of course, there is the sheer adrenaline rush. Nothing beats the speed, the narrowing of focus, the shifting muscles of the horse beneath you, the weight of the lance slamming into your shield. It's scary, yes. But it's worth it.

4. I used to write a lot of poetry and songs. I've written two novels (one pretty decent and one horrid beyond description), both fantasy and both aimed at a teen audience. I've written several short stories, again in the fantasy genre. There are also a few superhero fics in my murky past. I'm part of a group that, as a lark, occasionally issues challenges that involve Marvel/DC characters. I like that. It's a good exercise for me. I crave deadlines.
Dev Singerdevrose on April 13th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
Lemme give you another round number...

If I want to put this in my lj, should I just copy the middle paragraph thingy, or is there something else that it should have been?

Could I read your writing sometime??? (Just cause I'm a nosy person and it's always awesome to read people's writing...)
Kelladyjoust on April 14th, 2004 04:29 pm (UTC)
1. Copy what you would like... I sort of rewrote what others had been writing. Nobody else suggested that anyone 'trot,' for example. :)

2. Sure! Thanks for asking! I'll poke through my stuff and send something your way soon.
Dev Singerdevrose on April 14th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
What is it that the others are putting?

(Sorry, odd number!)
Kelladyjoust on April 15th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know, off the top of my head. Bunny had one such entry; you could check hers out. Others are doing it with just three questions.
Peregrinejperegrine on April 13th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite...
1. How are Don and Kelley doing?
2. Are all of you coming back for Pirate weekend at Scarborough?
3. When is the new CD due?
Kelladyjoust on April 14th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay, I'll bite...
1. Don and Kelly are fine, thank you so much! We're getting into Faire stuff already (scripts, scheduling) and buying a house (EEEEEP!!!!!).

2. Some of the Crimson Pirates will be there. Don and I, veryvery alas, will not. We've our School Days show coming up at the end of May, and there is limited time for joust rehearsal. I need to make sure I'm fit and, more importantly, safe. I don't want poor preparation to be the cause of injury to my fellow jousters.

Now that I've been all professional and responsible... I WANNA GO TO TEXAS!!!!!!! I am so very sad I won't get to see you lot. I would not take it amiss if, sometime during that weekend, someone might say, "Gee, I really wish Kelly were here."

3. I'm not sure. We've recorded everything; now it's on to production. Robin would know an exact date, or pretty close to. Just to warn you, I sound like ASS on 'Henry Martin.' It was the 14th song of a 16 song day. meh.

And, since you didn't ask the fourth question, I'll give you an answer anyway.

4. Shelley would kick Keats' ass.
Peregrinejperegrine on April 14th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay, I'll bite...
1.Sounds like things are good but hectic - about like they are down here. Congrats on house buying! We got lucky in that regard. The house isn't anything amazing, and it's bloody old, but it was our inheritance from Lynette's grandmother. One of these days we'll be able to afford to put in washer/dryer connections....

2.DAMMIT!!! I miss you guys! However, having several friends who do or have jousting, I understand the need for both fit and safe. And for the record, you've already got my "Gee, I really wish Kelly were here."

3.Having heard you sing, I don't think I can imagine you sounding like ASS. On the other hand, we managed to croak out a new CD through rotating sinus colds and othersuch ickiness. There are some real clunkers hiding in the new Corsairs CD if you know where to look.

4.Percy, Mary, or a tag team?
The Only Sane Oneravenclawizard on April 14th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
1. Would you rather be a pirate or a viking?

2. Which do you prefer: english longsword or rapier?

3. Who is cooler: Daine or Kel? (Lets see how this one turns out...*grins*)

4. Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Kelladyjoust on April 14th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC)
1. Pirate. The costumes are much better, and the odds you get to sail to a warm clime are far better. Oh, and you get to say things like 'Avast, ye scurvy dog.' At least I do, rather indiscriminately and in a far cheerier tone than it might warrant, when I'm CPing.

2. Hmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Rapier suits me better. I'm long and (fairly) lean, and I'm pretty quick. I like the finesse moves, even if they don't always read well in a large performance venue. Plus, I like the combinations. Rapier/cape and case of rapiers have done well by me.

3. Since you're making me choose... oh, wait, I begged questions from y'all! Right, then. I'm going to go with Daine. She can do a heap of things I never can, thanks to her wild magic. Shapeshifting? Oh, yes. Communicating with animals is also high on the 'envy!' list.

Kel is great, but I relate to her a whole lot more. In some ways she reminds me of me, and I know I'm not as cool as Daine. Twisted logic, but there it is.

4. I think so ravenclawizard, but "instant karma" always gets so lumpy.
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Kel: crichton gauntletladyjoust on April 15th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
1. A whole-wheat soft taco with lettuce and tomato.

2. Oof. Tough as it is for me to choose just one, I will say Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. A beautiful story in both content and structure, it was the first book that made me want to be a writer. I reread it about a year ago and found that it still made me weepy.

3. Hellboy. It was surprisingly lovely.

4. Great Big Sea!!!! They performed at Irving Plaza a few weeks past. It was a terrific show; I always leave their concerts wanting to see them again immediately. Or just to go have a beer with them. I'd be happy with that, too.
Jessica Vaughnrenzolla on April 14th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
1. What was your favorite book as a child/young adult?

2. What was the last book you read?

3. Do you believe in reincarnation?

4. What are your thoughts on the nature vs. nurture debate?
Kelladyjoust on April 15th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
1. While A Wrinkle in Time had a big impact on me, I think the first books that I read over and over were Walter Farley's Black Stallion books. I was horse-mad and gobbled up anything books that were even remotely horsey. Of the series, The Black Stallion's Filly was my favourite. I decided that I would be a jockey, and that one day I would race a horse like Black Minx. Alas, a growing spurt ended that dream for me!

2. I just reread Elizabeth Peters' Crocodile on the Sandbank. Just delightful! Peters' characters are all engaging, but my-oh-my the woman can sure write men!!!!

3. Yes.

4. I can’t call an absolute on this one. I think we are all products of both. Some things are genetically predetermined, but that does not diminish our ability to choose. There are certain things that are absolutely byproducts of ‘nurture;’ we aren’t born knowing how to hate. So sez I, anyway.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on April 15th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
1. When you first met Don, at what moment did you realized you wanted to spend your life with him?

2. Do you remember what was the very first story you wrote?

3. Have you ever lived alone?

4. What is your favorite sound? (very actor studio, huh?)
Kelladyjoust on April 16th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: questions
1. I remember it very clearly. We were on our second date, dinner at Otis Cafe on 9th ave. He got up to go to the restroom, and as he walked behind me, he leaned down and murmured "I don't want to scare you, but I'm falling in love with you." If you know my history of self-confidence issues, you'll understand why that panicked me. My heart was racing, my stomach full of rattlers. Then I thought, "Oh, gods. I'm going to marry him." I truly never, NEVER thought I was going to meet the 'right guy.' It wasn't in my plans. It was both terrifying and wonderful.

2. I remember the first really structured story I wrote. When I was in the fourth grade, I wrote an allegory entitled 'The Story of Truth and Beauty.' Truth and Beauty were horses, snow white and obsidian black, respectively. They had three foals, Joy, Hope and... argh. I can't remember the third. I'll have to dig it up when I next visit my folks. I illustrated it and put it in a 'bound' format (folded and stapled!).

3. No. I regret it a bit, but... I was still at home at a time when my grandmother had moved in with us and my father had a stroke. Mom was still working full time, so I was really able to help her out. I am glad I was there for my family.

4. Hmmm. Just one? Rain on the rooftop, be it house, car or tent. Love it love it love it.
Kerryscreamingdolai on April 16th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
I found you!
Are we all on Live Journal now? Geez! I'm adding you to my friends list, if'n you don't mind. Also read your post about writing scenes for School Daze and you better actually put "wha' happen'd?" in there...you made me snort.
Kelladyjoust on April 16th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: I found you!
I just friends-ded you as well!

Y'know, I am going to have to find a way to work that into the scene now. If it gets axed, I charge you with adding it in during performance!
Kelladyjoust on April 16th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I found you!
by the bye... since you responded to this particular post, you need to ask me four questions. ::grin!::
Kerryscreamingdolai on April 16th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I found you!
oh yeah, I should.

1. If you could play any other character at the faire, who would it be?
2. What's your favorite cheese?
3. What was your favorite Buffy episode?
4. Did you know Johnny Depp guest-starred on a "Vicar of Dibley" special?
*we must see it!!!*
Sunflower Inkwellwritingrat on April 16th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
1. What's your favorite type of houseplant?
2. Roast turkey or roast beef?
3. Dogs or rats?
4. Being locked in a room alone or being deprived of any means to write or read?

Is it just me, or is that last one rather odd? (why did I ask that one, anyway?)
Kelladyjoust on April 16th, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC)
1. Houseplants and I do not, in general, get on very well. I put them in sunny spots, water them and assume they'll be just fine. They, in turn, die. That being said, herbs and I get on nicely, even when grown indoors. So I'm choosing chives. (Basil is too tall; must be out of doors, that!)

2. Roast beef! With mashed potatoes and gravy and yorkshire pudding. Mind, I can't remember the last time I had such a meal, but I long for it!

3. This is a toughie. I think I'm going to have to go with dogs, despite my fondness for Dangerous Beans.

4. I'd sing. Or, I'd have conversations with characters in my head. I do it when I'm driving, so it's not entirely off-the-wall.