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January 23rd, 2007


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02:50 pm - Character Conversations meme
I was tagged for this by whitemartyr:

You're at a one of those parties where you end up meeting a cool random person and talking to them about whatever for a few hours. Pick five fictional characters from five different TV shows (current or canceled) that you'd want as your conversation partner and what you'd talk about.


1. Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Numb3rs). He's a well-read theoretical physicist...the kind of guy who would stop me in my tracks as I walked by and heard him conversing about anything else. I think our conversation might start with his specialty, but given that I have a limited understanding of mathematics, I imagine it would quickly veer into philosophy and possibly a discussion of God.

2. Dean Winchester (Supernatural). Pure indulgence on my part, because I can't quite imagine that I would draw this guy's attention--but if I were in the same room with him, I'd be hard pressed to keep from staring. I'm sure there would be some flirting involved. Possibly more serious topics of discussion would come up, but not necessarily. :-)

3. Harriet Hayes (Studio 60). I would know her by reputation as a conservative Christian working in Hollywood, and would enjoy discussing the difficulty and pleasures of her position. I think I'd really enjoy her sense of humor, and I'd probably ask her outright if she has any tips on keeping my own convictions in the face of overwhelming disagreement or ridicule.

4. The Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who). I'd ask him about places he'd visited, and encourage him to keep telling stories as long as possible. It would be very tempting to ingratiate myself, in an attempt to get an invite to the TARDIS, but I might not be that brave. (I might follow him, though, even if that smacks a bit of 'creepy stalker'. *g*)

5. Dr. Janet Fraiser (Stargate SG-1). As an Air Force medical doctor (even assuming I didn't know about her work on the Stargate Project), Janet has about a million stories to tell, and she's a friendly, wise woman. We would probably have a lot to discuss about life, the strange beauty of people, and family.



Weirdly, all these people are from still-current shows ...though not all the characters are current.
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From:whitemartyr
Date:January 24th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
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Heeee about the Dean one. That amuses me. And you and me both with Ninth Doctor. :)

I want to watch Studio 60 now... darn lack of TV!!

I'm giddy today. Wheee! *bounce bounce*

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From:izhilzha
Date:January 24th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Heeee about the Dean one. That amuses me.

The level of my "crush" on Dean, currently, amuses *me*. :-)

I want to watch Studio 60 now...

I'm not sure I'd agree with everything Harriet has to say, but it would be fascinating to talk with her.
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From:wneleh
Date:January 24th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I thought this would be an easy one to answer, but the more I think about it, the more I'd rather talk to, yk, you, or kerravonsen, or many other people on my flist. Or one of my favorite cultural anthropologists (stopped reading baby books and started reading source papers when my older daughter was about six months old.)

There are a bunch of reasons:

(1) I really don't watch much TV (only what is required to support fanfic writing) so my choices are pretty limited.

(2) My favorite characters tend to be pretty messed up, and I know enough semi-angstful people IRL who could use attention.

(3) Some, I just don't know what we'd talk about. You know how people say parents are boring? Well, when one is a parent, non-parents can be pretty boring.

(4) How to describe this? I went into the ocean sciences so that I could have some adventure in my life - push back the frontiers of scientific knowledge and get wet and dirty in the process. I left science (I'm now more of an engineer) for many, many reasons, but it still sort of hurts. I've joked with other women I know who have done the same thing about "crying at weddings" - how we are crying because that's where we run into grad school friends who are still doing what we wanted to do. Anyway - Sam Carter and Rodney McKay and even Daniel are amped-up-for-TV versions of the sort of scientist I wanted to be. Meeting people like them makes me bitter and think things like, "Well, wait 'til YOU have kids," and that's not good for me.

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From:izhilzha
Date:January 24th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I thought this would be an easy one to answer, but the more I think about it, the more I'd rather talk to, yk, you, or kerravonsen, or many other people on my flist.

That's true enough. :-)
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From:scionofgrace
Date:January 25th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
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Dean? Oh, if he found you attractive he'd never quit flirting. I think Dean is much prettier to look at than Sam, and warms my little heart, but Sam would be the one I'd probably get in arguments with--good arguments, of the philosophical kind.

I'd probably go with Ten over Nine of the Doctors, mainly 'cause Ten is so gregarious, and more likely to tell stories. And probably easier to cajole into taking me on the TARDIS. :-)

Frasier: now that would be interesting! And she's so darn nice and down-to-earth!
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Dean? Oh, if he found you attractive he'd never quit flirting.

True. I don't know that he would, which is both a good thing on my part (I think he'd be one of very few guys whom I would find it hard to walk away from--in a purely charming/physically attractive way), and a slightly sad thing. *blushes*

And I fully agree with you about the Winchester brothers. Sam is the one I could have actual conversations with in a coffee shop somewhere; Dean is the one I would get a hopeless, girl-you-know-better-than-that crush on.

Ten vs. Nine...I am sometimes indimidated by extremely gregarious people. :-) I still think I'd go with Nine.
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From:ladybrick
Date:January 25th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Heh, Harriet Hayes was on my short list. Yay, my meme is spreading :D

I think I'm going to add you to my FL if you don't mind... we seem to have quite a bit in common!
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Did you start this one? Coooool. :-)

Go figure--Christian women in L.A. want to talk to Harriet Hayes.

I'll friend you back. Since we're local, maybe we should even get coffee sometime, huh?
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From:ladybrick
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
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That sounds cool :) Do you go to one of the local churches? I got to Hollywood Pres (though I've been a bit bad about attending the past two months)
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Indeed; Bel Air Pres. :-) I'm a regular attender and member (but then I've been in L.A. for over 3 years now, and begun to settle a bit).

I attended Act One:Writing for Hollywood in the summer of 2002, and that was headquartered at Hollywood Pres, at the time.
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From:ladybrick
Date:January 25th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I was at the Bel Air Pres Christmas Tea... I have two friends who go there :)

Act One is still run through/associated with Hollywood Pres, I thought. I need to learn more about their offerings... I'd be interested if they had some more advanced screenwriting workshops/classes (I got the impression from someone who worked with the program that it was catered more towards beginners)
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I couldn't make it to the Tea this year.

Yeah, I know Act One and Hollywood Press are still associated. Act One now has its own offices, though; and I don't know whether they still do the classes AT Hollywood Pres or not (they did when I took it, but that was before they got proper offices for themselves).

As for Act One being for beginners.... Well, on some levels, yeah, it is. A lot of Christians come to Hollywood not realizing what it's going to be like, or the level of quality they need to be producing to have a snowball's chance here. There's certainly a good bit of in-your-face stuff about both topics. And if you've been writing screenplays for a while, some of the classes *will* seem pretty basic. It was good for me, because though I've written stories for most of my life, I started with prose, and I am still most comfortable writing that.

The stuff I learned about structure and character arcs and formatting was invaluable. I wish I'd taken the TV track, though; at this point, I know that's where I want to be. Didn't realize that then.
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From:ladybrick
Date:January 25th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I spent several years and more money than I want to think about learning screenwriting in grad school. Formatting, story structure, character arcs, pacing, all that good stuff. At this point, I'm more interested in a workshop or a little writer's group for the input/connections rather than taking classes. Sort of like I know what to do but I need additional eyes to let me know if I'm actually doing it or not :)

I've written some TV specs (actually took a TV writing class before a feature class) but I'm just so in love with feature film structure :) Not to say I wouldn't be thrilled to do TV writing, but features are currently my twue wuv.
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, I haven't done grad school...Act One was kind of my luxury after my undergrad. A cheap alternative. :-)

At this point, I'm more interested in a workshop or a little writer's group for the input/connections rather than taking classes.

Oh really. I'm in an awesome little writer's group. We have TV and film writers, but we're all Christians--mostly but not all are from my Act One class, and we do add new members every six months, if there are people who want to join. Currently I think we have 10 active members. We meet twice a month. Might you be interested? Nobody can join till June, now, but we have occasionally brought guests to check it out.

As for TV--I've discovered I have a knack for writing already-existing characters, and for extrapolating new and exciting ideas from existing situations. Hence, my fan fic writing, and hence also my fascination with TV writing. :-)
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From:ladybrick
Date:January 25th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like EXACTLY what I'm interested in :D I'd love to be a guest sometime and definitely let me know when you're accepting new members. I really find myself floundering without deadlines and regular input after so many years of workshops.

Re: Existing characters & extrapolating new and exciting ideas from existing situations... LOVE. Actually, back when I used to write fanfiction a lot, my favorite thing was shoehorning complex stories into existing continuity and making it work.

I feel like we should carry this over into e-mail :p
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I'll run you by our group. :-) Like I said, not till June, but they'll like to know that you do stuff (I can point them to your webcomic!) and are interested in us.

Re: email, oh, um, yeah, let's do that. :-)

livefortheone AT hotmail DOT com

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