May. 25th, 2017

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I should be working on my sci-fi novel, but after writing all day long at work. Just can't. So doing a meme instead. And no, this isn't the same thought process. It's easier somehow, more interactive.

1. Place of Orgin

Illinois, US

2. Where I've Lived

Kansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York

3. Places I've stayed.or lived for one-two months

Brittany (Bretagne), France, London, England, Wales, Australia

4. Favorite Movies of the 1980s (from memory, don't look them up)

* Dirty Dancing (1987)
* Raiders of the Lost Arc
* Empire Strikes Back
* Pretty in Pink
* Silverado
* Die Hard
* Top Gun
* Risky Business
* Chariots of Fire
* Breaking Away

5. Star Wars or Star Trek

Star Wars

Why?

Weirdly? The characters. I just found them to be more relateable and better developed somehow. I'm not really into world-building all that much. Nor do I care about theme. If I did, I'd have chosen Trek. But I'm more character and metaphor driven, also like mythology.

But mainly: I fell in love with Leia, Han, Luke, Chewie, R2D2, CP3O...they lived in my imagination long after the movies ended. There was a richness there that stayed with me years later. It's also the first ones I wrote fanfic about...if only for my own eyes and in my own head.

6. Buffy or Angel

Buffy.

My brother didn't get this -- he thought I'd prefer Angel, because he saw it as more adult. I didn't. I thought Buffy was more innovative and broke more rules. Angel, well, I'd seen it before with Forever Night, Brimstone, Koljak the Night Stalker, and half a dozen noir anti-hero mystery/horror shows. I mean yeah it was different in some respects, but overall, it felt like well-traveled dirt.
Buffy on the other hand surprised me. It basically subverted so many things, including old horror tropes...and high school show tropes. I found it harder to predict, and in many ways more relateable than Angel.

And I liked the characters better. My brother, of course, completely disagrees with me.

7. Favorite 1980s songs/artists...

* The Cure
* Berlin
* Pink Floyd (okay maybe not exactly 1980s, but I saw them in concert in the 1980s)
* Peter Gabriel
* Kate Bush
* Fleetwood Mac -- although more 70s in some respects
* Stevie Nicks

I can't frigging remember song titles. I have no memory for songs, lyrics or tunes. No matter what they are. It's one of the reasons I can't sing to save my life. I might be able to recall half a tune in my head but not enough to reproduce it. I don't have much of an auditory memory -- can't remember anything spoken well either, unless I write it down, and repeat it in my head. This throws off people who do have auditory memories. They just don't get it.

I'm a visual think not an auditory thinker. It's what makes me a good artist. I think in words and pictures and images, not really sounds.

8. Favorite Children's Books that you read as a kid

* Chronicles of Narnia
* Circle of Light books
* Nancy Drew mysteries
* Witches of Worm by Zelphia Keatley Snyder
* The Hobbit
* The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
* Watership Down by Richard Addams
* Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
* Restoree, Dragon Riders of Pern, Crystal Singer, Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
* Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The Outsiders by SE Hinton

9. Five Favorite Television Shows from 1980s

* Hill Street Blues
* Night Court
* Cheers
* St. Elsewhere
* Dynasty

10. Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunset

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