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KnifeEdge

Yeah, sure, why not? :)

Posted on 2013.01.24 at 04:56
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Stolen from smells_corrupt

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's Parker ...she likes money and cereal." I'd love it if everyone who's friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal [only if you feel inclined]. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer*.

*Providing it's answerable/suitable for public posting

I'm going to be bouncing around like a loony tomorrow, but I will try to answer everyone within the next few days, if you do ask me something. 



Comments:


diebirchen
diebirchen at 2013-01-24 14:12 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmmm? Retired teacher. Tutor of all non-math portions of college and graduate school tests. Editor. Obsessive reader. Grammar Nazi, but not out loud, so as to avoid hurting others. Wears only one earring, and they're not really meant to be earrings: constructions of antique mother of pearl buttons, lavaliers, hand-made art glass, antique keys, etc. Waist-length hair with Mallen streak in the front. Wears late father's wedding ring on her right hand. Thinks normalcy is far over-rated.
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-24 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh. You and I could talk funky jewelry tastes all day, I suspect. :)

I don't wear earrings often, but I have two holes in one ear and only one in the other, so when I do wear them I tend to do funky combinations.

I love, love, love statement necklaces that are big collections of chains and pearls and ribbons and dangling things. I tend to wear a lot of rings. Right now I'm wearing five: an amber stone on my pinky that my sister gave me, my wedding ring set, a big chunky silver men's ring with a barbed wire pattern on my left thumb, a cheap-ish chunky silver plated ring with a big blue stone on my right thumb, and a hematite and silver poison ring on the right pinky finger.

I also like big chunky bracelets (particularly made of studded leather) and men's watches.

I think I was a pirate or a rock star in a former life. ;)

I haven't seen Normal in years. How's he doing?
diebirchen
diebirchen at 2013-01-25 03:01 (UTC) (Link)
One of my favorite earrings is circle of green glass from a very old insulator I found when gardening in Germany. Another is made from my mother's white gold and my mother-in-law's gold wristwatches. Each of my earrings is rather like Tigger: as you recall, he said, "I'm the only one!" I'm currently making a choker of lively carved antique mother-of-pearl and abalone shell button on a wide grey satin ribbon stiffened with belting material. I think I was a Victorian who refused to follow the rules. And Normal, I began to walk away in 5th grade, and by 7th, he was increasingly dimly remembered. I'm a RETIRED teacher/antediluvian, so you'll need to check with someone else as to his status. We ceased to send even Christmas cards many decades ago.
tallulah
tallulah99 at 2013-01-24 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
What the heck:

I am a stay at home mother of two with a pair of bachelors degrees in business management and information systems, neither of which I am using in my current incarnation as a Tupperware sales lady - an ironic career choice given that I mostly hate people. I love to read and write though I get to do so rarely these days. I have a five year old son and a two year old daughter, Jack and Madison, who are the lights of my life despite the fact that they are the reason I never get to read or write anymore. I have absurdly long hair because I vowed not to cut it until I lost the baby weight after my daughter was born and well...it's been more than two years. I also dress like a baglady for the same reason. I am hardheaded and stubborn about many things, contrary and argumentative about everything else. I am also obsessive to the point of absurdity and have unintentionally devoted like 2/3 of my mental capacity to song lyrics from the 80s.
jinx1764
jinx1764 at 2013-01-24 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
Bwahaha! So with the hating people, do you get many sales? Or do you only sell to your friends and family? Just curious how that would work out for you. You sound like most of my mom's side of the family. Which are many German, hence the hardheadedness, stubbornness and argumentative nature. If we ever met IRL we'd either get along famously or hate each other on site. :o)
tallulah
tallulah99 at 2013-01-25 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
I actually do pretty well with the Tupperware sales, believe it or not. I am SPECTACULAR at faking it. Even *I* am impressed at how well I smile and converse with people who irritate the ever living hell out of me.

I guess Germans and hard-core, southern rednecks have a surprising number of similarities!
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-24 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
I always liked the name Madison... :) and Jack is one of my favorite boys' names.

I have been vowing to lose weight for ages. It fluctuates so much, depending on what I'm doing, but I hover stubbornly at a weight that I'm not comfortable saying out loud. I don't dress like a baglady (though, when I was a kid I had a costume collection that I used to haul around the neighborhood with me in a wagon. My mother thought I would grow up to be a bag lady. ;) ). I actually really love clothes, but I keep telling myself that I can't buy new ones until I lose some weight.
tallulah
tallulah99 at 2013-01-25 03:55 (UTC) (Link)
I picked Madsion's name out after a bit I saw on Jay Leno FOURTEEN YEARS AGO. I am extremely bitter about how popular it became before I actually got around to giving birth to a girl:) I waffled on using it, but decided since I was only ever going to have the one girl, I was going to use it anyway even if she was one of nine Madisons in her class. I love her name, but mostly I just call her 'Sunny' which is both a play on MadiSON and the fact that she's got reddish hair and a sunshine-y disposition. Jack's name is actually Jonathan. We named him that with every intention of calling him Jack. Don't ask me why. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I am NOT HAPPY with my weight. I never have been, but I am borderline depressed/horrified with it how it is right now. I was doing okay until I got pregnant the first time, SIX years ago, but I've never really recovered and I need to get rid of ~30lbs now. It seems like such a Herculean task most days that I give up and eat six doughnuts by lunch. It's sad. I have this fairly large sum of money sitting in an account just WAITING for me to lose the weight so I can buy new clothes (or fit back into all of the beautiful EXPENSIVE clothes that I 'outgrew' from my pre-pregnancy days), but even that is not enough of an incentive. Neither for that matter is the new tattoo that I am allowing myself to get when I hit my goal. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much, but dammit it feels like a thousand pounds.

Aaaaand I've had too much caffeine today so I am chatty as hell. Sorry!
jinx1764
jinx1764 at 2013-01-24 15:18 (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I'm a full-time paramedic in my 20th year (eight left to retire, thank Gawd!!!!) Been writing since I was 15 and had originally gone to college for my English degree, but life has a funny way of derailing plans. Married, no kids, five miscarriages so I had to have my plumbing yanked which is fine with me cause no more periods. Woohoo! But now my hormones have a way of sneaking up on me since I kept the ovaries but my early warning system is now gone. Meh...

I consider sarcasm the highest form of humor, but I don't consider it a weapon to wield against others unless I know them. The better I know them, the sharper the knife. But I'll be the first to apologize if I go too far. I hate truly hurting someone's feelings, and I can take as good as I give.

Writing fanfic was a surprise to me. Woke up one morning about two a half years ago with an idea and wrote my first Laby fic in six weeks (100+k words). I'm totally a pantster now. I get an idea and dive in. I love the thrill of discovering the story as I write it. I used to outline my work years ago and all it got me was blocked.

I'm writing less fanfic these days and more originals but I can't say I'll ever stop writing fanfic. I love the community too much.

What got you started writing fanfic?
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-24 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
What got me started writing fanfic... oh, boy.

Well, I guess, technically, I started writing it when I was twelve or thirteen. I wrote this self-insert, mary-sueish Dragonlance fic in a battered, left over school notebook. It even had illustrations! I've kept it all these years as a reminder of my humble, self-serving roots. ;)

But my real start, with writing internet fanfic, came from a completely different impulse, if I'm going to be honest. It started because I thought fanfic was ridiculous and kind of stupid. It was something that thirteen year old girls wrote in their notebooks so they could pretend they were making out with their favorite characters. So I started this Pirates of the Caribbean fic over on FF.net that was basically me trying to write something that mocked Mary Sue fics.

And then... something happened. I was going through a really transitional phase in my life. I'd finished college, I was in the process of moving into my own apartment. In the meantime I'd moved back in with my parents who lived out in the sticks, far away from civilization. I was lonely, a little depressed, and scared shitless.

I remember that it started because I had just watched "Pride and Prejudice" and I suddenly wanted to read more. So I went hunting for P&P fic. Some of it was really good. And there weren't any Mary Sues. Then somehow that morphed into "I wonder if there's any Labyrinth fan fic."

There was. And I read a LOT of it over the course of about a week.

And then this little idea started to niggle at my brain, and I sat down at my computer and started pounding out "Immortal Love."

And that was how I got started in fanfic.

Nowadays, I have SO much respect for fic writers. Oh, sure, there's some real dreck out there. There are still Mary Sue fics and self-inserts, and OC characters that set my teeth on edge. I'm still VERY much a canon-snob. But I know now that there are also a ton of brilliant, talented writers out there in ALL the different fandoms, writing brilliant and incredible stories. I read more fic now, sometimes, than I do original novels.

On a different note: I totally get where you're coming from with the sarcasm. You pretty much described me to a T, there. :)
chrissyann
chrissyann at 2013-01-24 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
sounds fun!!

I am a single mom of 2 wonderful kiddos. Brandon is 11 and Elizabeth (Bit) is 8. I sing and play piano in my church choir. I work as a medical transcription/billing clerk, very boring but it pays the bills. I live in rural Arkansas and love it...most of the time. I read a lot but could not write my way out of a paper bag. I love to cook and knit.
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-24 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
How rural? Do you have horses and cows (or people with horses and cows for neighbors)?

Sometimes I think it would be really relaxing to live in the country. Then I go visit my parents, who live in a (only slightly) rural area and I think that I'd go completely nutty in about a week.

Also, I'm very jealous of your piano playing abilities. It is something that I've always wanted to learn how to do, but my brain doesn't appear to be wired musically.
chrissyann
chrissyann at 2013-01-25 07:16 (UTC) (Link)
Very rural, has horses, cows, goats, and a chicken coop. Closest town is 20 miles away, and its small. Closest city is 48 miles down the road.

I love the quiet we have here, it suits me. I also love gardening and having animals to get my food from. Milking the cows/goats is actually one of my favorite parts of the day lol. I love making my own cheeses and canning my own veggies, there is something very satisfying knowing where my food comes from.

It does get frustrating that things like a simple trip to the movies is a good hour trip away. I also do not like that some of the people in my community can be quite judgmental. When I adopted as a single parent it caused a stir for the Bertha-better-than-yous around here.

Cate
smells_corrupt at 2013-01-24 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
Fact: I'm ambidextrous. I don't have a dominant hand or foot. I write a little better with my right hand (although I can write legibly with my left), and if I'm using scissors, I'm slightly better with my left hand. But just about everything else I can do equally with both sides.

Question: Do you have any strange talents?
brutti_ma_buoni
brutti_ma_buoni at 2013-01-24 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
That *is* interesting. I'm a mild leftie, but if I learned how to do stuff right handedly, I'm mostly okay. The exception is cutlery - I hold knife and fork perfectly if left-handedly, but I can't use them. So instead I scrunch my fingers up weirdly around the handles and use them right handedly.
Cate
smells_corrupt at 2013-01-24 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
The only reason I'm stronger at writing with my right hand is because my first grade teacher encouraged me to use my right, tbh. Dominant vs. non-dominant limbs are really odd, when you stop and think about it...
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about STRANGE, per se, but I have a lot of "talents" (or so people tell me).

I suppose the one that's probably oddest is my ability to mimic pretty much any accent I hear. I've always had an ear for accents, and my time spent on stage has only increased it. My standard British accent is practically impeccable, at least according to the Brits I've had in audiences. I can do several different regional variants of an English accent, a fairly decent (although slightly more comprehensible) Glaswegian, a basic Irish accent, Russian, German, Australian, and several American dialects, all without having to concentrate too hard.

Anything else I just have to listen to for a few minutes and I can pick up speech and accent patterns very quickly.

I think this is part of why I enjoy writing characters like Spike, as I can memorize speech patterns fairly easily and it makes writing them come more easily than others.
Cate
smells_corrupt at 2013-01-27 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose the one that's probably oddest is my ability to mimic pretty much any accent I hear.

Oh, that's really cool! I have an ear for accents, and I can pick up on them fairly quickly, but I can't mimic them with my own voice very well. It certainly comes in handy with writing, though! *g*
singedbylife
singedbylife at 2013-01-24 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
Okay. I'm in my 40s, dying my greying hair and really, really not liking this whole age thing. I won't do botox or face lifts or breast implants but I'm having a really hard time accepting that YUP age got me too!

I mean, what's with the odd single facial black hair suddenly appearing on my chin, my throat, my cheek - or how about the one suddenly growing on the back of my thigh? Not to mention the throat skin getting a bit more sagging or the vertical perpetual frown line edged between my eye brows? Before I started aging I had this idea that I would love my wrinkles, that they showed that I had lived, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, it also makes my ugly and I have found out that I am shallow.

I think my friends will mention self irony if they were to describe me. I don't mind telling people about my foolishnes (although I do want them to think that I'm intelligent too - meh).

I have 2 kids, a husband who travels all over the world and a lot. I have my one single person company (accounting) and we have lots of pets. (dogs, cat, lizards, etc.).

I don't care about cooking, knitting, sewing or any old fashioned female stuff. I listen to music such as Coldplay, Marina & the Diamonds, Leonard Cohen, and you will also find Queen and Eurythmics or how about O Fortuna from Carmina Burana or Sibelius' Finlandia? You will not find ordinary pop music among my CDs. It's gotta have a twist of something.

If I hadn't married a man who's obsessed with order, I would live in absolute blissful mess. As it is, I tend to have tons of uncategorized stuff hidden in drawers, boxes, etc and hoping he won't notice much.

What do you do for a living and what music do you listen to?
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:33 (UTC) (Link)
What do I do for a living... boy, there's a question.

I guess, first and foremost, I'm an artist. I'm a freelance illustrator, mostly for a specific gaming card company, although I also do some book covers every so often (mostly for a publisher of erotic ebooks).

However, about nine months ago I was hired by my local community theatre to be their lead marketing, graphic design and social media person. So mostly I do that.

What music do I listen to? Mostly rock. I really love rock and roll, particularly classic and alternative rock. I'm not really a music geek. I like what I like, but I'm not a big fan of any band in particular.
brutti_ma_buoni
brutti_ma_buoni at 2013-01-24 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
I am so running out of interesting facts. Going to go with... I have been a student at universities in England, Scotland and Wales. But the last two for distance learning courses, which feels like cheating.

(I've used this one before but I like it!) If someone asks you that career question "Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?" how do you respond? Do you actually have a plan? Do you fake it? Do you curl up inside because you have *nothing* to say?
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
Well, my response tends to be pretty honest, because I'm a really (sometimes painfully) honest person. I don't have a plan. I don't really fake it. I don't curl up inside myself because I have nothing to say.

The truth is, I don't know. And maybe it's my library training coming through but there's no shame in not knowing something. I'll be doing... something, I can guarantee that. Ten years ago I was just graduating college and looking at a really bleak future where I wouldn't be doing the thing I loved most. I spent eight years not doing that thing, and then suddenly: BAM I ended up working in the field I wanted to be in, only not in any way I could have anticipated.

I'm the kind of person who finds ways to be busy, to be creative. I don't always know what form that will take. To be honest, that's really scary, because it means that ten years from now I might be totally lost, and everything that I might have built may crumble.

But I'll deal with that when the time comes.
Sarah Black
sarahblack at 2013-01-24 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
I'm obsessed with dance fitness and travel. :D
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:38 (UTC) (Link)
I never would have guessed that. :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin
quickreaver at 2013-01-24 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
Heh, you know me. I don't check out your LJ very often, though, so this is kinda cool to read some tidbits about you, see what's up on your life. Hmm. What don't you know about me...

I'm short. 5'1.5" on my tall days. Two of my three sons are officially taller than me now, which means it's official: I'm shorter than a 13 year old boy. And my third son, at 11, is coming up fast. Oh well.

I'm totally gray and refuse to dye. I get more compliments on my hair than I ever have. Take THAT, Miss Clairol.

Yellow mustard is the work of the devil. Dark chocolate is manna from heaven. I hate my thighs, but who doesn't? (Hate their thighs, not mine. That's my job.)

I've decided I'm not driven enough to be a really successful artist, so I'm settling for making a few bucks, when I want to. and that makes me happy. I'd love to publish something. Someday.

Sometimes, I'm really naive.

So, Mel ... way back when, I remember dogging on fan art and fan fiction (to you, I think!) I just didn't get it. I have long since changed my tune; you were right. It's moderately awesome.

How has participating in fandoms helped, and hurt, you creatively? What are your current creative goals?

faeries_midwife
faeries_midwife at 2013-01-24 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
I'm an administrative assistant, it seems to be my lot in life. I'd much rather be an in-demand author of suspense mysteries with a hint of romance, but ah well. Such is life. Married almost two decades, no kiddles of our own but tons of nieces and nephews and greats of the same. I'm slightly OCD. I can tie a cherry stem into a knot using only my tongue and teeth. I love science fiction, primarily Star Trek and Star Wars, but I also adore anything Jane Austen-esque. I love shoes and purses to a fault. I am also, admittedly, a chocoholic.
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:43 (UTC) (Link)
How has participating in fandomsed helped and hurt me creatively...

I have found, in fandom, an amazingly supportive group of people who totally enable my addictions. They are both the best thing and the worst thing that has happened to me, because they understand the love I feel for the fandoms I participate in, and they also keep me as part of those fandoms.

I have done more, writing-wise, with fan fiction than I ever have done with original fiction. I have written more, and BETTER. It has allowed me to grow as a writer in ways that I couldn't have with original fiction.

And yet... I do have original stories I want to tell, and I feel a certain obligation to finish my fan fiction stories that keeps me from focusing on my original work.

My current creative goals: Finish DUST. Finish "Unlikely Ways" (an unpublished Labyrinth fic that I started several years ago). Do more fan art. Finish my original novel "Scythe." Start and finish "Killing Time" (also an original novel idea). Do more paintings.

But so much of it is also subsumed by my other creative goals: Act. Design sets. Help the place I work at succeed, financially.

It's all relative.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin
quickreaver at 2013-01-26 05:54 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I wish being a Renaissance Woman wasn't so damned hard, that I wasn't distracted by more than, oh, ONE craft. Thanks for the response!
Knife Edge
knifeedgefic at 2013-01-26 05:58 (UTC) (Link)
Note to self: don't respond to questions when drunk... wow. Typos.
Lauren
risewiththefall at 2013-01-26 02:23 (UTC) (Link)
Umm, hello! I'm a twenty-something recent transplant to Boston, previously living in NYC, and born and raised in California. The East Coast never ceases to fascinate me, and because I travel quite a bit for work, I find myself keeping a running comparison/pro and con list of the people, food, and overall character of the several places I've lived. Something interesting, hmm... well despite the fact that I travel every month for work, I'm leaving the country for the first time in a decade in just a few months. I'm exhilarated and terrified at the same time. By the way, I found your journal after reading (more like devouring) "West of the Moon" on FF.net, and I'm so in love with "Dust," it's probably unhealthy. You write Buffy and Spike so well I wish it were cannon!
Kelsey
emynii at 2013-01-28 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
I'm an avid lurker because I honestly rarely have anything of value to contribute to a conversation most of the time. I'm a 26 year old Seamstress at Colonial Williamsburg (don't look for me, you'll never find me. Behind the scenes and all). I got a BFA in Costume Design. Big into video games and nerd culture. Currently I've been logging insane hours playing Skyrim (around 245 hours so far). I cross-stitch, paint, sew, draw, and collect random things. I also did Gymnastics for 13 years between the ages of 3 and 16. I stopped due to injury.

Live with my boyfriend of 7 years with two cats (Guybrush and Wally) in the house we just bought together.

Music-wise I tend to lean towards Rock and Roll, and various offshoots. Favorite bands include AC/DC and The Clash.

My favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
tiggerr0
tiggerr0 at 2013-02-08 17:10 (UTC) (Link)

Ummm me

A little about me I am a single mother of three girls (Charlie 3,Faith 13,and Diana 19) and perfectly content to stay that way. I work in accounting and going to school to get me CPA (eventually). I know that sounds boring but my personality so does not fit my job. I am a HUGE fan girl. I have so many fandoms and I am constantly adding to them thanks to Netflix. Buffy probably being my favorite. Though I just stumbled upon Dootor Who a few months ago. I really love sci-fi/supernatural stuff. Especially vampires. Love The Vampire Diaries but hate True Blood (those fangs are ridiculous). I love to read. I have probably read the Harry Potter series a few dozen time. I also listen to audio books while I work. I love fanfic but can't write and think people that can are so blessed. And I really wish I could find some of the incredible fic I've read for Buffy in other fandoms. I am also OBSESSED with music. And that is not an understatement. I literally love every genre except maybe polka! My friends use me as there own personal Google when it comes to music. Though the older I get the harder it is to keep up with some of this nonsense that is coming out. I am also a Southern girl (though not redneck) living in South Florida. I love it here and don't plan on going anywhere.
diebirchen
diebirchen at 2013-08-22 18:51 (UTC) (Link)

Something about myself

I found this late after having been told about the last 2 chapters of "Dust" that appeared. My computer is wonky. Back to me:
1. Obsessive reader
2. Have lived a year in Britain, 4 years in Germany, and a half a year in Austria
3. Have a Mallen streak in the front of my waist-length hair, odd in a woman my age
4. Am fiercely loyal
5. Played bagpipes in high school as well as violin
6. Deeply regret having moved from the Pacific NW
7. I see every error of grammar, diction, punctuation, parallelism, and whatever, though unless asked to edit, I keep my mouth shut. Blame my senior college credit English teacher.
A tad off plumb and proud of it!

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