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Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

And the questions I got fromheinous_bitca

1) Prior to your classes, have you had any personal experience with the foster care system? Any friends while growing up? Did your parents/other relatives foster care?
Nope, well, not really. My sister has been adopted by my step-father, but I don't really count that since it happened after my brothers and I were all out of the house. But, it's always been something I've wanted to do. When I was a teenager/young adult I never really thought much about having my own kids, but I wanted to help other kids that needed it.

2) Belly Dancing! What got you into that style of dance?
My friend duendegrrl  is a local troupe leader, and offers a bunch of classes. We've been gaming together for about four years, not quite as long as she's been dancing and teaching. But, I really liked the style of dance as I watched more and more of her troupe dancing at shows. When I was little, I always begged my mother for dance lessons (and piano lessons but that's a different story). She never gave into my dancing wishes, I'm not sure why. But somewhere in me, that idea never went away, and when I realized how cool bellydance was I asked duendegrrl  if she'd give me some personal lessons, last November, and after about two months, I started taking classes when a new one opened up. Haven't looked back. :)

3) You're very active in a variety of online environments. When did you first get online and get active in the online community?

I was slow to get online. As a matter of fact, I didn't have a computer at home until '98 when my mom finally caved and bought one for the house (that was my senior year of high school). I bought my own when I started college and moved in with my Dad which is when I really started to get online. I created my first email account in the fall of '98 with 

darkpriestss  help (I was such a newb.) But after that, I was everywhere. The first community I joined was for a game called Majestic that EA put out in 2000/2001. It was an interactive investigative game where the game actually chatted with you, called you, emailed you - very emmersive govement conspiracy type of game where you looked for aliens and other conspiracy theories. You had to search on websites for information for each quest, which amped up my knowledge of websites and chat rooms because you could chat with the game, or other players (and sometimes you couldn't tell which was which). The game was shut down in 2001 because of 9/11 and never came back, despite promises from EA. *shrug*
After that, I got into the online Art community (since that's what I was in school for and I found Ebony Keep on ezboards. It was a huge forum for artists and writers started by enayla  and I met a lot of my current friends through there like saskya , mugmoni, to_paraphrase and arletta and many more through there (or through people I met there) and I wouldn't trade them for anything. It was a great place, and there are days I still really miss it.


4) Have you ever run an RPG yourself? Tell me about it! What's your favorite game system?
Haha. Yes. I'm not great at running (I don't think) because I don't like sticking to the rules all the time, but I do run games from time to time. Currently, for one set of gaming friends I'm running a huge mish-mash sort of game that incorporates a lot of different games material from White-Wolf (Mage/Vampire/Exalted/Aberrant) in a Urban Fantasy type setting. At the moment we're on hiatus during November so I don't have to think about the game while I'm trying to write a novel.
I've also ran games for D&D 3rd edition, Warhammer Fantasy, Pathfinder (D&D 3.5 type rules) and I don't even know what else, but I think there's more.

5) Gimme your top 5 musicians!
OMG, so hard to do. I'm such a music nerd. And musicians =/= bands in my mind, which makes it even more difficult. I'm cheating and doing them by categories - several are toss-ups because they're people with very similar music in my head, which makes it hard to choose between them.
  • I'm cheating and saying John Lennon/Paul McCartney count as one. I grew up on The Beatles, and both men had a big impact in forming my musical tastes as I got older.
  • Is a toss up between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. They're two of the husky voiced crooners musicians I love, but I can't choose between them. (Although I'm seeing Leonard Cohen in concert tonight, and I've never seen Tom Waits live, so by default Cohen wins.)
  • Maynard James Keenan and Trent Reznor would tie here. I really love the stuff Reznor tries to do, and sometimes it wins and sometimes it doesn't, but he puts on a good show, and has a good sensability about what he's trying to accomplish. Maynard just puts out good music, but I love the style he's so good at affecting in his music - no matter the band it's with. And they both put on amazing shows (especially when teamed up!).
  • Amanda Palmer. Whether in Dresden Dolls or on her own. She's a crazy chick with weird songs and a non-standard voice, and I love her for it. (Regina Spektor comes in a very close second here for pretty much the same reasons. "Samson" is an AMAZING song.)
  • Man, for the odd dude out, I really want to put Eminem here. But I don't really count him as a musician - more a lyricist. So, for 5, it'd have to be: Prince. Whatever you might think of his music (I happen to like it - both new and old stuff) he's an amazing guitar player. I mean have you seen this? (he comes in at about 3:34):


(Other notes on that video: My dad looks A LOT like Jeff Lynne.  And Tom Petty is also high on my list of cool musicians, but that guitar solo by Prince blows me away every single time I watch that video.  It's amazing.  Plus, some day, I'd love to stick that little dude in my pocket and just take him out when I need a music pick-me-up.  Ha!)

I know my musician answers are sort of all over the place.  If you want my top bands that's a whole different list, with The Beatles exception.  Currently, my top 5 most listened to artists on Last.fm are: Lacrimosa, Regina Spektor, Lacuna Coil, Enya, are Sarah McLaughlan.  But since I mostly listen to my 8k song library on random, that has more to do with the volume of music I have by those artists, since the more I have, the more often they'll get played.  

ETA: HTML hated me putting this together, and then my browser crashed, which was awesome.  Should be all fixed now.


( 10 felicitations — Felicitate Me )
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Resistance is Futile!
Nov. 11th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
1) I know you have a thing for instrumental music - especially from movies - what is it that makes that type of music appeal to you?
2) What makes you want to write?
3) If LKH ever handed over the reigns over her smutty empire, and to you no less, what would you do with it?
4) What originally brought you to LJ?
5) (Another writing question) If you were to become a famous writer, but only if you used a nom de plume, what would it be and why?
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I love Prince, so you'll get no complaints from me here! :)
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Resistance is Futile!

Nov. 11th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Your 5 Questions
(It's times like this I miss some of the new features I've come to love @ Tumblr - like reblogging.)

1) Now that you're a super cool reviewer at Fandomania what one thing do you wish you were writing the reviews for that you're not, and why?
2) I know you also enjoy stories with religious elements like I do. What's your favorite movie or book with some religious element? (And SPN doesn't count.)
3) If you got the funds to write a script for a movie and had complete creative licence with the story, what would your movie be about?
4) I don't think I ever remember you mentioning whether you cook or not. So do you like to cook, or know any good recipes?
5) 5 Favorite Singers? (In a band or solo.)
Nov. 9th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh sure. Resistance is futile.

I don't have a Borg icon, but I do have Kerrigan. :D
Nov. 11th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
For the Broken of Gallbladder
1) Now that you've been to Ireland once, if you went back, where would you go, what would you see or do, that you didn't the first time?
2) If you could see a full-length movie about one of your RPG characters who would it be about and who would play her?
3) Are you looking forward to the new Zelda game? And are there any other games coming out that you're looking forward to?
4) Are we ever going to see a Pink Pumpkin comic from you? And what's it going to be about when we do?
5) Favorite creepy song?
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Nov. 11th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
For the quiz sheep. ;)
1) Are there any video games that you enjoy? If so, what's your favorite?
2) I know you like tea a good deal, what do you enjoy most about it, and do you have a favorite kind?
3) You may have mentioned this at some point, but I know I've forgotten if you did. What are you going to school for - are you working towards a specific degree? And how much of it do you have left to go?
4) What has been the best part for you about being a mom?
5) Favorite Irish or Celtic musician?
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
The resistance, futile it is.
Nov. 11th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Questions for you Sir!
1) I have only known you through LJ, so how did you first get online, and then what brought you to LJ?
2) If they made one of your stories into a movie, and you got free range to pick the cast of your dreams, what story would it be, and who would play the characters?
3) I don't see you talk about television a lot other than occasional mentions of LOST. Are there are any TV shows you're currently following?
4) I know you're a big fan of the Dune series. What makes them so appealing to you?
5) What are your top 5 non-metal musicians?
( 10 felicitations — Felicitate Me )