?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Seven Interests Meme - Light One Candle

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile

Other Places My Fics Are Archived
FanFiction.Net
The CalSci Library (A Numb3rs Gen Archive)
The Invisible Man Virtual Seasons
The Sugar Quill

October 4th, 2007


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
01:56 pm - Seven Interests Meme
Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Seven of my Interests hand-picked by
ladybrick:

American Sign Language
Exactly what it sounds like: a language of hand signs (and facial markers) used by the American Deaf community. [ASL is derived from French Sign Language--if you watch Dear Frankie, you can see British Sign, and it's quite different.] I first became interested in ASL when I read a children's biography of Helen Keller (I think I was...8?); the idea of being able to communicate without hearing fascinated me. I taught myself the alphabet, so I could spell with my fingers; took classes at my town's junior college; and both spoke and (clumsily) signed my high school graduation speech. I'm not fluent, nor have I ever really grasped the grammatical principles of ASL, but I still find the language fascinating. I often spell things to myself for emphasis, I use my fingers to help me remember long strings of numbers (like PIN codes), and my roommates mock me because I randomly call them things with my hands. Someday, I'd like to take more classes and become truly fluent--it's hard to retrain the brain to accept language in a visual/kinetic form rather than aurally.

Diane Duane
Author of quite a few Star Trek tie-in novels...really good ones. That's where I first discovered her. Then I realized she'd written the Young Wizards series, and proceeded to go and plow through them all. Excellent YA fantasy, with a lot of theology and fascinating ideas mixed in with the magic and adventure. I recommend (nearly) everything she's ever written.

I-Man
The Invisible Man is an action/adventure spy drama (sorta) that aired on SciFi in 2000-2002. Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca) is a thief who's just been caught. His scientist brother gets him a pardon in exchange for his participation as a government guinea pig for an invisibility project. Needless to say, things go south. Darien ends up with a gland in his head which secretes "Quicksilver" that turns him invisible; but the stuff is a toxin. When it builds up in his system, he goes crazy--and the Agency who funded the project owns the counteragent he needs to stay sane. So he becomes their invisible agent. My first large fannish project was in this fandom: I still participate in The Invisible Man Virtual Seasons.

LICC
Actually, L.I.C.C., or the League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions. :-) This was a pretty silly action/adventure superhero RPG I participated in a few years ago. You can see an image of my main character (Artsy-Fartsy) in my default icon. Artsy had amazing artistic skills, superspeed, and minor levitation--she fought by turning her enemies to living artwork. Also, her hair and eyes changed color with her emotions (she's happy in the icon).

Midrash
From Hebrew; a Jewish term for a particular type of scriptural inquiry or exposition. Wikipedia gets nicely technical about the whole thing, but I use it mostly to mean exposition of scripture through storytelling. Bible fan fiction, if you will. I've written 4 pieces of midrash myself, all centering around John during the arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.

Star Wars Extended Universe
Everything related to Star Wars that is not the films themselves--particularly, the novels written in that universe by various authors. I'm particularly interested in the continuing saga of Luke, Leia, Han, and the Solo children in the years after Return of the Jedi. Some of the novels are horrible (The Courtship of Princess Leia; the one Vonda McIntyre wrote), and some of them are really great (I, Jedi; Traitor; and I devoured the Young Jedi series when I was in high school).

Stephen King
A writer with a great knack for creating compelling, believable characters. I avoided him for a while, because I'm not all that into horror, but then a friend convinced me to read The Green Mile, which blew me away, and then I read The Stand, and The Dead Zone, which I've re-read multiple times now. I'll probably never read all his work (I tried Carrie and couldn't get more than a chapter or two into it), but I respect and admire him a great deal.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

(18 lit candles | Light a candle)

Comments:


[User Picture]
From:astrogirl2
Date:October 5th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
(Link)
I was taught finger spelling in -- I think -- the fifth grade, as part of a lesson about Hellen Keller. I still remember at least some of the letters, too. It was possibly one of the coolest lessons I ever had... Why don't they teach more nifty stuff like that in schools?
[User Picture]
From:feliciakw
Date:October 5th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I totally think sign language should be a second language option in schools. It's just as useful as Spanish, German, French, Russian, Latin, etc.
[User Picture]
From:lizamanynames
Date:October 7th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
(Link)
IAWTC
[User Picture]
From:dunv_i
Date:October 5th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
(Link)
(loves Diane Duane's stuff)
[User Picture]
From:wneleh
Date:October 5th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
(Link)
RE: ASL - my grade school housed the county program for hearing-impaired students, so everyone was taught some basic ASL including letters, numbers, and signs/grammer. The signs didn't really sink in for me - I have a lousy memory for vocabulary of any sort - but ever since I've done ASL letters whenever I've spoken them. I didn't realize how much I did this until I had kids, and saw them doing the letter signs. So, at six they have trouble remembering the sound 'b' makes, but at three they would make a 'b' in ASL unprompted. The difference between visual and auditory learners!

Though I know it's not *real* SL, finger spelling has come in handy quite a bit, actually.

- Helen
[User Picture]
From:izhilzha
Date:October 8th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
(Link)
The signs didn't really sink in for me - I have a lousy memory for vocabulary of any sort - but ever since I've done ASL letters whenever I've spoken them. I didn't realize how much I did this until I had kids, and saw them doing the letter signs.

Hee! That's great. I'm sure that's what'll happen when I have kids, because I didn't realize how much I fingerspelled and used some of the basic signs until I moved in with new roomies and they were like, "what are doing with your hands?"
[User Picture]
From:kalquessa
Date:October 5th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'll probably never read all his work (I tried Carrie and couldn't get more than a chapter or two into it), but I respect and admire him a great deal.

Yoooou muuuuust tryyyy the Daaaaark Tooooower seriiiiies! *usues mind powers*

Oh, and meme me!
[User Picture]
From:izhilzha
Date:October 5th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Please to explain: colin firth's sideburns, conlang, fencing, pre-raphelites, narcissism, penguins, and urban exploration.
[User Picture]
From:dodger_winslow
Date:October 5th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
(Link)
I'll play. :D

I have a cousin who is one of the country's leading experts on ASL. When their kids were young and they wanted to chew them out in a public place without an audience, they used to do it in sign language. They also used to give their dog orders in it. My dog understands sign language, too; but it isn't ASL ... ;)

I, too, love Diane's SF work. And bought my neices and nephews her Young Wizard series to counterprogram against that fella with the lighning bolt on his noggin.

I love the way Stephen King writes ... the way he uses the language, the characters he creates, the scenarios he sets up. But he drives me nuts (in a bad way) with the way he takes a chainsaw to his characters in the back forty of most of his novels. Best book he ever wrote, IMO: On Writing. That was an awesome read, and an excellent resource full of kickass advice. I recommend it often and fervently.
[User Picture]
From:izhilzha
Date:October 5th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
(Link)
For the meme: american gothic, bobby goren, driving fast, eternal truths, parapsychology, ravens, westerns.

I have a cousin who is one of the country's leading experts on ASL. When their kids were young and they wanted to chew them out in a public place without an audience, they used to do it in sign language.

Ooo, another good reason for me to become fluent. :-)

I, too, love Diane's SF work. And bought my neices and nephews her Young Wizard series to counterprogram against that fella with the lighning bolt on his noggin.

Heh. I love Harry Potter for different reasons than I love Kit and Nina and Ed and the rest, but I see myself reading both series to my own children (or my nieces/nephews, whichever comes first).

I love the way Stephen King writes ... the way he uses the language, the characters he creates, the scenarios he sets up.

Exactly. :-) (Johnny Smith is still one of my favorite fictional characters ever; and there are multiple people from The Stand who are branded into my brain.)

Best book he ever wrote, IMO: On Writing. That was an awesome read, and an excellent resource full of kickass advice. I recommend it often and fervently.

I just purchased my own copy of this! I've read bits and pieces, but never the whole thing, so I'm looking forward to it.
[User Picture]
From:dodger_winslow
Date:October 5th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Heh! I love the interests you chose. I'm going to give them some good thought and I'll post soon.

On HP ... he bores me.

On On Writing ... the autobiographical stuff is interesting, but distractive to the real value of the book, IMO. The advice on writing, especially in the context of theoretics and some brass tacks foundational stuff like quote attribution? Those are the kind of things the writing teachers never tell you because they aren't writers, they're teachers. That King put this stuff to words and slapped them in a book? He rocks beyond all measure for that. Seriously. Needs to be canonized or something. ;)
[User Picture]
From:jhall1
Date:October 5th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I've read and enjoyed Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" and "Firestarter" and some of his short stories. But I rather gave up on him after "Tommyknockers", which was a 500 page novel which should have been half the length.
[User Picture]
From:tomh1138
Date:October 6th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
(Link)
Are you reading Star Wars Legacy novels? The storyline sounds pretty good from what I've heard.

I'm reading my first Stephen King book right now: On Writing. He was just writing about the process of crafting The Stand; I think I'll have to pick that up next.
[User Picture]
From:izhilzha
Date:October 8th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
(Link)
Legacy...*thinks* Yes. NOt entirely sure I like where they're going with Jacen's character, but there are certainly some fun things happening, and interesting subplots being established (I'm only 2 books into it, and I know there are several more out by now).
[User Picture]
From:scorptilicus
Date:October 6th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Artsy had amazing artistic skills, superspeed, and minor levitation--she fought by turning her enemies to living artwork.

Ah, so that's what she does. I remember my guy being on the wrong end of that once.
[User Picture]
From:lizamanynames
Date:October 7th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I also rather love Diane Duane's stuff, both her young wizards/cat wizards stuff and her Star Trek stuff - I think I accidentally deleted her the last time I revamped my intrests... must fix that...

*comments*
[User Picture]
From:izhilzha
Date:October 8th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
(Link)
Yeah, I have Book of Night with Moon sitting next to me as I type. :-)

For the meme, please discuss: (platonic) love beyond timezones, found family, surreality, the animatrix, world-as-myth, xenolinguistics, being sufficiently obsessive.
[User Picture]
From:lizamanynames
Date:October 8th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
(Link)
Only one of those wasn't asked before, I'm afraid, but here you go: http://lizamanynames.livejournal.com/128919.html#cutid4

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com