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28 February 2003 @ 10:59 pm
wringing the meme  
How much do I love kita0610? Well, she took that Magic 8-Ball Meme and stripped away the mystery, and that was all I needed to jump on the bandwagon. The point of the original version has left me scratching my head, and I don't know why, because it's very similar to the "mystery friend" meme (where you describe everyone on your Friends list without using their names), and I got the appeal of that.

Anyway. Ask me any question, and I'll answer here in my LJ...in some fashion. Honestly, inventively, evasively, morbidly. Feed my meme.

Me. Spotlight queen for a day long enough to need therapy.

No fancy form box. Just type questions as comments.

Edited to add: Am slumping off to bed now. Will be in later today, though, to answer questions. Ask, ask! I beg like the junkie whore I am! I beg like Madonna! This is the good crack. This is the serious shit. Two hundred questions would not be too many. It gets my motor running--or, you know--revs up the mice on my mental wheel.


 
 
Dreagodreago on February 28th, 2003 11:34 pm (UTC)
Where is the little blank space where we can type our question? Can I leave it here?
Anna S.eliade on February 28th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry--no form. Just through comments. I'll edit to clarify. And that's your question! Sorry! You've used it up!

Heh. Just kidding. That was genie logic. You can ask another. {g}
Re: - dreago on March 1st, 2003 09:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on March 1st, 2003 09:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Your start in fandom - (Anonymous) on March 28th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Call ofkita0610 on February 28th, 2003 11:52 pm (UTC)
Why do you like the format of no secret questions better?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:01 am (UTC)
The obscurity was hurting my brain. Too much effort to try and backwards-engineer what the question is. Not as interesting without knowing the context. Whereas, maybe, now that I think about it, the friends meme was all about poetry.
(no subject) - rliz on March 1st, 2003 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: A twisted way of asking if you're a cat person...
It rains cats. Small, wet, slippery cats. They kind of tumble down awnings, paws all akimbo as they scrabble and skitter, and then they land in a twisted thump and quickly upright themselves, plunk their asses down, groom their fur, and then shake it off and walk away in quiet dignity.

I would not try to catch them. I would simply watch this.
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Jennifer-Oksana: noirjennyo on March 1st, 2003 12:05 am (UTC)
Of all the Buffy/Angelverse characters, which character do you wish that you wrote better/heard better in your head, and why?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:12 am (UTC)
My first, reflexive response: Angel. Because I have done *nothing* with him, and I'm curious to see what would come of it.

My second answer: Spike. But also Giles. I dearly wish that I grokked Brit-speak on a cellular level, so I could feel more certain that I was nailing voice. However, I console myself with the suspicion that Americans write most of their canon dialogue.

And hmm. I realize now that I've gone to "voice" for these answers, in a very specific way, which is curious. Oh, wait, because you said, "heard better in your head."

To open it up, I wish I wrote Buffy better. I wish I intuited her. I don't get heroes. I don't feel their angst. That's a problem when trying to write them. I feel like I'm faking orgasm.
Dammit, Clark's penis is going in *something*.: soft twatthete1 on March 1st, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
Hmmmm... do you want more tattoos? If so, what and where? And can I see?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:15 am (UTC)
Yeah. When I got my snake, I flipped through the tat artist's book, and he'd done some *gorgeous* blue-and-white waves, Japanese in style--one was what I'd call a knotted wave, a kind of three-pronged swirl, blue with white tips. Stunning. I'd love to have that on my back, or perhaps on an arm.

I've also been thinking, for a few years now, of having birds fly across my breastbone.

Armbands, too, and anklet bands. Kind of a slavery kink there, maybe. But I'm no one's slave, so that'd just be...lame.
flaming june: MistinguettPersan_flaming_june_ on March 1st, 2003 12:20 am (UTC)
Where would you most like to be right now, other than where you are?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:23 am (UTC)
I'd like to be in a swank hotel room in some big city. On an upper floor. Lights glittering below, visible through a wall of windows. With a balcony, and a chill breeze. I'd own it, and I'd be a person with no life, just a hotel room and a computer through which to type.
(no subject) - eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Tiatiashome on March 1st, 2003 12:23 am (UTC)
Do your friends and family know that you write Buffy fan fiction and have they read your stories?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:25 am (UTC)
I haven't talked with anyone in my family since moving across the country more than four years ago. They probably remain safely ignorant.

My friends are all fans.

I also live in a giant bubble, and obtain all oxygen through this plastic tube, decorated with bright pink streamers!

Or feel like that, on occasion....
(no subject) - eliade on March 1st, 2003 02:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Destinadestina on March 1st, 2003 12:32 am (UTC)
What do you love about writing fan fiction, and what do you maybe not love quite so much? (As applied to process, community, self, other, connection, characters - any and all, if you like.)
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:43 am (UTC)
What do you love about writing fan fiction,

I love that moment when, after lots of work and immersion and hammering, I step back--and this can come months later, even--and reread for a while, and then suddenly realize that I can in fact hear and see everything being played out exactly as I meant it to be, as if it had been filmed on set. That scenes are scrolling along in my head with sharp visuals and pitch-perfect voices, everyone hitting their marks.

Sometimes I love skewering a sentence and holding it up--this wriggling bug of mindless words all going in different directions--and then, like a god, ripping off its legs one by one and reassembling the creature so that it flies instead of crawls.

and what do you maybe not love quite so much? (As applied to process, community, self, other, connection, characters - any and all, if you like.)

Realizing that old stories of mine I once thought successful do, in fact, suck ass.

The gradual, cyclical process of fansanity--the incremental rise of volume that abrades the nerves, until every little noise in fandom makes you twitch and bug out, and you can't turn it off. Somehow it tends to subside without your noticing it. (Then again, other people may have healthier coping mechanisms.)
Jimmy Petstoresnoopypez on March 1st, 2003 12:52 am (UTC)
How on earth do you write such good Spike/Xander sex?! ::cough:: I mean.. where do you get your inspiration for such deep and moving.. oh, forget it. The sex question. ;D
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 01:03 am (UTC)
That's like, "When did you stop beating your wife?" Because I have to admit I write good sex to answer, yes? {g} Well, okay. Um. I have an extensive resume of sexual deviance, twenty-one years of experience in my field, fantasizing about hot gay sex. That could be one reason. I also think vampires and carpenters are hot when mixed, though saying so just gave me a sudden vision of an alternate "Village People" line-up and that's just wrong, yo.

I like canonicity. Not necessarily of *fact*, but of *feeling*. So you can drop people into an AU, sure, go for it--what you need to nail is voice, characterization. Flavor. Reactions. Canon whore here, but fuck, I have to say it again: canon is not facts, as so many people seem to think. Canon is potential. It's a set of ingredients. Look at BtVS, season five. They introduced a sister that Buffy had never had before. Out of thin air. Could anything *be* more arbitrary? They utterly and totally reinvented the basic structure of the show. Its narrative. Canon is *not* about narrative. Narrative is arbitrary, because it's just shit happening--it's as random as fate. What's not arbitrary is character, which is why AUs work, which is why we can posit such things as slash, because we're reading the people, not the recitation of dry, historical facts. Dry facts don't make people. People are chemistry sets and insane hormonal storms and whimsy, but with this ineffable set of rules and logic that you nonetheless have to adhere to, in order for your world to gel.

Dude. ::stares at you, blinking:: Trick question, much?
(no subject) - snoopypez on March 1st, 2003 01:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
10zlaine on March 1st, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Which is your favorite eppy of MST3k?

Your favorite 'Not Ready for Prime Time Player'?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
I am totally and utterly the bitch of Manos: Hands of Fate. There's a reason this is a classic. But second and third favorites, easily tying: Horrors of Spider Island and The Final Sacrifice. I've actually seen very few Joel episodes, and haven't ever tried to navigate the trading scene to collect them because, well, I have nothing of interest to trade. I have most of the Mike eps, at least the ones aired on SciFi, and have rewatched them all so many times it's kinda sick.

Least favorites are that Clonus one, Riding with Death, and Squirm. I'm ambivalent about Quest of the Delta Knights, but its unintentional homage to pedophilia is just so mesmerizing that I sometimes get sucked in with slack-jawed wonder.
(no subject) - 10zlaine on March 1st, 2003 11:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - 10zlaine on March 1st, 2003 02:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Lady_of_Asherulady_of_asheru on March 1st, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
OK, I have two questions (is that allowed, or do I have to create an alternative persona to ask the second one? No, wait, that makes it three questions...argh!)

Q1. If you could look like any of the characters you write about, which one would you chose and

Q2. What is the question you have been waiting all your life for someone to ask?

Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
OK, I have two questions (is that allowed, or do I have to create an alternative persona to ask the second one? No, wait, that makes it three questions...argh!)

Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

Any excuse to quote that. But no worries. You clearly already have multiple personalities, so ask as many questions as you like!

Q1. If you could look like any of the characters you write about, which one would you chose and

Any of the characters I *write* about? Crap. Because I wanted to pick Wesley. Oh well. {g} Um. Willow.

Q2. What is the question you have been waiting all your life for someone to ask?

Oh, tricky now, are we. I had a bunch of them in my head last night--oh, ask me this--no, wait, ask me this! But now I can't recall any of them. No, wait--I lie. I think one was, "What's your most perverted fantasy?" But then I'd have to, you know, tell y'all in some form or fashion. And then we'd really hit the TMI zone, and the engines would overload from the strain of attempting to make really sick shit sound palatable, and we'd all burn up in a fiery implosion or perhaps get flung into another spacetime continuum, so don't ask me that one.
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(Anonymous) on March 1st, 2003 11:46 am (UTC)
Well, the PMS has passed and I no longer thing this whole LJ thing was devised to make me crazy. Well actually, I still think it was devised to make me crazy, but now that I’m all tampony, it doesn’t upset me as much. Besides, I just figured out that Kita and Kalima are not the same person, so LJs can’t be all bad. I won’t mention why it took a LJ for me to understand this.

Ok, I’ve got a question for ya. It’s hypothetical. Let’s say there was a writer called Bananas who happened to write a story called Slidedelines, which pleased the monkey that lives in the head of another person for ease of reference we’ll call Phonie so much that Phonie reread the story until she memorized it and stole a line, with minor changes, but still stolen, and used it in something completely inappropriate that if Bananas ever knew she’d stroke out but Phonie didn’t really give a shit because it was the most perfect line ever and she really wanted it and she gave it it’s own paragraph and made it the punchline of a whole scene which is more than Bananas ever did, and even though Phonie is completely insane she was willing to tough out the guilt and tra la la over the beating heart under the floorboards until she discovered Bananas had this freaking LJ which meant that Phonie had a simple way of telling Bananas what she had done and now Phonie’s all aggravated because she doesn’t want to tell Bananas or give the line back, besides, she changed it so it’s not even really the same line much, more like a homage, really, except in her heart, where she knows she stole it and she feels bad because she totally worships Bananas and doesn’t feel worthy of being in the Banana worshiping world any more.

So my question is, what’s your favourite colour?

Nonnie
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well, the PMS has passed and I no longer thing this whole LJ thing was devised to make me crazy.

Oh good. I was guilting myself because I had yet to follow up on my promises to follow up with you, but here you are, letting me momentarily off the hook. Yay. :)

Besides, I just figured out that Kita and Kalima are not the same person, so LJs can’t be all bad. I won’t mention why it took a LJ for me to understand this.

I do that kind of stuff all the time. Sad, when the sheep eat your brains.

that Phonie reread the story until she memorized it and stole a line, with minor changes, but still stolen, and used it in something completely inappropriate

Coolness!

willing to tough out the guilt and tra la la over the beating heart under the floorboards

::eyes you admiringly with a stopwatch in one hand and an oxygen pump in the other::

it and she feels bad because she totally worships Bananas and doesn’t feel worthy of being in the Banana worshiping world any more.

Fan-fiction is the art of appropriation. Be not afraid.

So my question is, what’s your favourite colour?

Indigo. For at least--::checks watch::--five more seconds.
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(no subject) - eliade on March 1st, 2003 04:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Tuesday Has No Phones: confusedthebratqueen on March 1st, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
What's your biggest fandom pet peeve?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
Peeve would first have to be defined as a term, I guess. Set the range--i.e., an entire fandom is too large to be a peeve, a single individual too small, and a complaint like, "People should write more S/X!" is more of a prescription than a simple whine of irritability.

A peeve then is, in size, somewhere between a mosquito and a small dog. And I guess mine would be: stories and web sites formatted so that text requires horizontal scrolling across the monitor, line by line, which for those of you with larger monitors than mine, is about 70-80% of the sites and stories out there. Pisses. Me. Off. Especially when all other methods of attempting to reformat the story in one sweep--saving the file, or copy-pasting the text, or resizing the font--fail, or you end up with even worse results, like an unreadable lump of prose with no pargraph breaks.

...she said cheerfully!
Annetobyfan on March 1st, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
My Question
Why didn't you ever finish the ``Down to the Woods'' Sentinel series?
Anna S.eliade on March 1st, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: My Question
Well, I thought my story notes covered it, but when I went to look, I realized that all I said was, "I've lost momentum and vision." So...

- The fandom was winding down for me.
- I found that I couldn't beat the shapeless thing into a coherent story, with a point and an ending, and didn't beg aggressively enough for outside help in doing so.
- I started a totally new case-related subplot late in the game and realized that, with all the things I wanted to put across in the story, my efforts could easily drag on for a few more years, which struck me as gruesome.
- I'd achieved some kind of closure by getting the guys together, and I knew that Blair was in good hands and Jim could take it from there. :)
- I'd intended to make Blair lose his shit in the worst way, have him think that his trauma was just a shamanic initiation. He'd have gone on to pursue a shamanic path, but in a really scary way--not scary dark, necessarily, but scary crazy, because he would have believed it so utterly, would have *needed* to believe it. And that was kind of epic and off-putting. And I was ambivalent and uncertain about where I wanted that to end up.
- I got restless and needed to move on.
Rebecca Lizard: 5rliz on March 1st, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
If I asked you really, really nicely, even though you don't know me at all, would you consider writing another 100 Things meme? I so loved reading your previous ones.

Okay, maybe not. All right, what made you choose "eliade" as a name?
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