September 17th, 2005
Taken from many people around LJ:
Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have fewer than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.
I honestly have no memory of putting this on my list of interests. I'm not even sure what I meant by it. Although, I certainly do enjoy making lists of my favorite books, and reading lists provided by others. Usually the one is to help make my friends read my favorites; and the other is to find books I have not yet read and might really enjoy.
Yes! Finally, an excuse to pimp one of my favorite fantasy authors. I knew of her books early on, but did not read them, for some silly reason like thinking they might be slightly more occult than the fantasy I usually read. Riiiight, whatever. After I read her Star Trek tie-in novels and found them to be the BEST of pro-fic evar, I decided I needed to read her Young Wizards series, or at least try them.
They're a lot of fun, quite exciting and creative, and all but one of them has made me tear up. Duane has a way of telling her story and establishing her characters that leads to directly to the heart of some of the brighter mysteries of the universe. The stories may be classed YA, but I hand them to my "grown-up" friends as often as I can. I highly recommend her work.
G. K. Chesterton
Ah. I haven't read nearly all of his stuff yet, but he is an insightful, intelligent, slightly insane Catholic theologian and storyteller. I liked his Father Brown mysteries, but The Man Who Was Thursday even better. Not to mention such works as "The Everlasting Man," which I have persuaded my book club to read.
Heh. Short for The Invisible Man (the 2000 Sci-Fi channel version), this name started appearing in the show's main title sequence AFTER it had been coined by the fans. I love this show, and am a writer for the Virtual Seasons. There's just something so appealing about Darien Fawkes, ex-theif turned unwilling government agent, and his constant battle to stay himself against the madness created by the science that gives him invisibility, and against the government agency that essentially holds him hostage.
League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions. Yes, it is exactly as silly as it sounds. The first online community I fully particpated in, LICC was a message-board Role-Playing Game involving superheroes. My default icon depicts my character, Artsy-Fartsy, who used her skills in making art to fight the forces of evil alongside such shipmates as Commander Milkshake, The Observer, the Furbies, and Lt. P.D. Insane.
This used to be my only interest unshared by others on LJ....until jd3000 and scorptilicus joined LJ. :-)
Do I have to explain this? Gaiman is the myth-maker/poet behind such novels as Neverwhere and American Gods, and the comic-book series Sandman. He is one of two people I have met in my life (though it was only at a distance, at the SD ComiCon) who shone in my mind as if he carries a burning star around inside him. I have no idea what that means, but that's the image I got as soon as I saw him, and that's only happened once before.
Screenplays, Television Writing, and Writing
I am amused that the last 3 interests I grabbed are all aspects of one interest. I love to tell stories. I am here in Los Angeles because I want to tell stories on the big and/or small screens. Writing is something I do because I adore it; it's an incredible high, finding the exactly right pace, words, moments. If I go too long without writing, I get depressed. It's a function of my very being.
I am a Sub-Creator, as Tolkien would say.
Current Mood: cheerful
I knew of her books early on, but did not read them, for some silly reason like thinking they might be slightly more occult than the fantasy I usually read.
Yes, well, that's the reason I haven't read her stuff either. You mean it isn't occult-y?
|Date:||September 18th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)|| |
You mean it isn't occult-y?
Nope. Certainly no more so than Harry Potter or Star Wars. In fact, what I'm reminded of, by the way I react to her books and by the way spiritual truth crops up in them all the time, is Bujold's Chalion series.
Mind you, I've only read the Young Wizard books plus her Star Trek novels. I tried the first in her "grownup" original fantasy series (The Door Into Fire) and found it completely bizarre. But I think you might like the Young Wizards. Book four was the only one I didn't care for as much--that's out of, currently, eight.
|Date:||September 17th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Don't forget darmok47
Ahh, LICC was so much fun. Even when it was tremendously serious. BTW, I found out Josh was really the one who nom'd Cardiac in the Nitties. I couldn't figure out who besides you and me would
|Date:||September 19th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Who was the other one with a burning star?
|Date:||September 19th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)|| |
A guy I knew slightly at my university. He was intelligent, articulate, and a poet...so maybe what saw is related to the poetry thing. *shrug*