Monday, December 17, 2007

Vacation game

Because I'm on vacation and Christmas approaches and all through the house...

Let's play with memes.

The following is taken verbatim from the Livejournal of author and editor, Cat Rambo. (Yes, that is her real name.) Instead of friends, put in the word commenters/readers/people who happen on LIT SOUP, and answer away.

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. (Some I know too well. You know who you are.) I read your journals, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you for your interest in my words.

But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...they listen in rapture to the love-music of she-turnips." I might feel compelled to mock your musical taste, but I'll certainly remember you.

I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal and see what gems of knowledge appear.


Kalika said...

I'm owned by two chinchillas named Pikachu and Raichu. From that fact, you should know which language I'm currently learning as my third one. :)

Renee Lynn Scott said...

Hi I'm Renee and I'm a lurker because I've never felt as if I belong in the 'in-crowd'. I love classical music to hard rock. And I've never eaten a turnip but I love okra and spinach.

Thacher said...

My name is Thacher E Cleveland, lurker, who writes and just opened a comic book shop this past August, one week after getting married.

Gina Black said...

I've worked in television (PBS in fact) for over thirty years. I don't watch TV when I'm at home except for The Dog Whisperer--and I don't have a dog.

This summer I visited Japan for the second time and again climbed through the awesome Torii at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Tokyo.

Anonymous said...

I lurk from time to time, so I'm not sure what I could tell you about myself that you would be interested in knowing.

I'll tell you two things anyway:

1. I love to compose music and wish I had a tame orchestra at my beck and call.

2. I love Richard Armitage. He is to die for.

Nadine said...

I'm a lurker as well. My husband and I moved to Hawaii with only two suitcases to live the dream for a year, but a year and half later, we're still here. Can you blame us? I also could eat Thai food or Sushi every day of the year and never get tired of it.

Matthew E Taft said...

Hmm. Okay--I visit your site because I met you at the SDSU Writer's Conference in 2007, and still like to check in to see what you're up to.

I lived in Germany for 3.5 years and speak German. My first son was born there.

I am married with two sons.

I worked in a medical software company.

I write music--more accoustic recently, but I was in a metal band for some years a while ago, and my drummer went on to be in a pretty well-known metal band called "As I Lay Dying."

In eight grade, my brother finally convinced me to read this book he got really into--"The Sword of Shannara" by Terry Brooks. My eyes were opened to the world of fantasy, and I have been reading and writing ever since. I hope to one day be that kind of inspiration to someone through my writing.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Susan Helene Gottfried here. I write about rockers and the people who orbit their world. But books about rock bands are hard sells. So I fill my time buying beautiful wire-and-bead jewelry like this place has:

and I wait to see what other gems of knowledge Jenny has to share.

And most people thought agents who blog were only good for industry advice; Jenny's good for jewelry, too.

Mary Robinette said...

I can turn my feet backwards.

SaraMurphy said...

I'm a writer/computer geek. I live with my two kids, two dogs, and a husband. I love every kind of music.
As a child I daydreamed about being Wonder Woman. I still think it would be cool.

D. Robert Pease said...

All my pets are named by my daughter, Brownie the dog, Goldy, Blacky, Whitey, and Mutant the fish (Ok that last one was named by my son). That's about the extent of the excitement in my life.

Megan Frampton said...

I will not start reading a book unless I have a bookmark at hand.

I cannot stand the cotton in medicine bottles, and usually need someone to pull it out before I take any pills.

I secretly love it when my eight year-old son joins me and my husband in [our double] bed because he's so warm and cuddly. My husband usually doesn't get anymore sleep that night.

Kim said...

I'm Kim, a sometime lurker, sometimes not so much. I've only ever read one book by Jane Austen(for a college class) and I fell asleep every time I opened it, so I haven't read anything else by her. I love cheesy 80s hair metal music (takes me back to my high school days.) =)

Julie Elizabeth said...

Hi! I'm Julie, and I'm a lurker.

I'm the momma to three very affectionate cats, and I prefer tea to coffee.

Thanks for the blog!

Rachel said...

I'm Rachel. I write fantasy, read everything, watch anime, read manga, and play videogames. I'm 25, married, and only now realizing that geeks run the world.

I cook the best bread pudding in the world and am actually looking forward to having kids, which terrifies the ten year old that still lives in the back of my brain.

Jan said...

I'm one of the anonymous people who always clamor for more Zoe info and photos. My husband and I are involved in feline welfare, currently a TNR program (in which feral and barn cats are trapped, neutered, and returned to their territory to help keep the cat population down). And you know what happens when you work in feline welfare? You acquire cats! More than you ever wanted because there's always one that's too cute and friendly to go back to the barn or the street.

So...we have nineteen cats. As I said, more than we ever wanted, but I wouldn't give any one of them up. And they all say happy holidays to Zoe.

Wilfred the Author said...

I lurk at a quite a few agent/editor/author blogs. I received a contract for my first novel this year from a small press. I'm looking forward to the release of my first book, A REASON FOR DYING. in April.

Anonymous said...

Hi There,

I love this idea. I'm a lurker also, and I have a link to you on my blog. Okay, something about me. Hard one.

I was born in Hawaii because my father was in service. My first name is a made up name that actually means Goddess of Serpents in Greek.

When I was young, before I met the mysterious Greek Professor who told me the meaning of my name, I used to have snakes as pets.

Anyway, happy holidays!!

Nerd Goddess said...

I'm a lurker who just found your blog through "101 reasons not to write." Um...

I used to sleep with a giant stuffed animal dragon on my bed, and I stroked its head and told it secrets.

That's about it.

Colleen_Katana said...

Sometimes people try to switch my coffee from caffeinated to decaf. I can always tell the difference.

I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they aren't as greasy.

I make the best mac and cheese you will ever taste.

If I had one wish, it would be for a remote control that controlled time. I could rewind things I wanted to redo, fast-forward through the bad times (like my recent horrific move to Brooklyn), and pause the moments that mean the most.

Life has kicked me in the balls, but I always kicked back harder.

Gina Black said...

Addendum to my post:

When I'm tired my fingers do unpredictable things. Like spell Kyoto as Tokyo (see how they are anagrams?).

I just want to make sure that you and your blog readers don't think I moved the Fushimi Inari Shrine 'cause I didn't. :)

Elissa M said...

I am a lurker, mostly because I don't feel I have anything relevant or interesting to say. I am owned by two cats and a horse and I can relate to the Zoe posts. I am a professional artist and amateur musician, and am polishing up a completed fantasy novel to query in the new year.

K.W.H. said...

I am currently a BA English student (1st year) and loving the fact that my first term is almost done!
The first anime I watched was Sailor Moon and it have only gotten better since then.
I'm learning Japanese and hope to travel there on exchange or as part of the JET program.
I love writing fantasy and hope to one day be published. ^_^

Jeff Strand said...

I'm Jeff. I'm one of your clients. I recently shaved off my mustache and goatee. Right now I'm eating from a bag of Jelly Bellys flavored like various brands of soda pop. I have never knowingly practiced cannibalism. A couple of weeks ago I cleaned up my entire garage, and it sucked.

Ryan Field said...

I look like Brad Pitt with brown eyes. And one of the things I do is write slightly naughty erotica for an e-publisher that actually pays (I want to plug them, but I won't on a blog because it's a cheesy way to plug), under a female pen name, where all the women characters are slightly overweight and extremely beautiful (I actually was inspired to do this from one of your previous blog posts, Jenny, and it was a hit with these guys). But it's their aggressive, dominant personalities the men love most. I usually go to Kristen Nelson's blog first, and then check out all her agent links to lurk and learn and laugh. Oh, and I proudly lie about my age in every 50 word bio, for every book I've ever been in.

~~Olivia said...

I'm Olivia and a lurker.

I've done two really cool things in my life.

One, I walked on a glacier. A real glacier, you know, "miles of snow beneath your feet" thing.

Two, I stood at the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

I'm still looking for a third "really cool thing to do" that doesn't involve free fall through space or airplanes.

Anonymous said...

I'm responsible for introducing the term "weredingo" into EvilEditor's vernacular.

Have a lovely day! :-)

Bernita said...

I love lobster sandwiches.

Anonymous said...

I'm Joyce Reynolds-Ward, and I'd participate more except that I have a day job that sucks up a lot of my time, and I only usually read blogs at night (morning before work is for writing; today's an exception because of personal life stuff--hubby was in surgery yesterday for a broken shoulder).

I teach middle school special ed (not the lower level kids but the kids with ADHD, learning disabilities, etc and I modify instruction/set up accommodations to help kids succeed). I spend a lot of time teaching remedial writing skills, and if there were ever to be a job description of Writing Specialist (there *is* such a thing as Reading Specialist), then I'd do it.

I'm also a wannabe SF/fantasy writer and am actively writing/marketing novels and short stories.

Oh yeah, for fun I do downhill skiing and ride horses.

Demon Hunter said...

I am a horror/fantasy/sci-fi writer, who writes in other genres when the mood hits me. I write mostly novels, but I also write short stories, screenplays, essays, poetry, and children's stories.

I am rewriting, polishing, screaming, revamping the 1st book in my dark fantasy series and will send it out to my betas in January. After a quick edit from their feedback, I'll begin the query process.

Christine said...

Lurkers (not so quite) Anonymous

Hi! My name is Christine and I'm a lurker. When not writing, reading, or at the day job, I like yoga, video games, cooking, gardening (though I have an awful black thumb!), and biking. I have 2 cats - one named after a tv character (Xander from Buffy), the other from a Stephen King book (Kyra from Bag of Bones).

cyn said...

hiya! when i was in elementary school, i'd be embarrassed by the chinese lunches my mom packed for me. now i'd give my pinky toe for some good chinese packed lunches! =)

December/Stacia said...

I'm an insomniac.

James Dashner said...

I'm James. And I'm also one of your clients. I really like to eat cheese. I almost wet my pants with joy when I found out Peter Jackson agreed to produce The Hobbit.

And I think Jeff Strand is funny.

Kelly Swails said...

I'm Kelly Swails. I will read anything with words (cereal boxes included). I am a writer.I earn my living as a clinical microbiologist. I have three cats named Kahlua, Morgan, and Moonshine.

DoE Writer said...

I am a lurker from Germany with the same obsession with cats as yourself.

I am a fantasy writer, and in the day job I'm a Technical Writer for a large Human Resources software company. It rocks.

I read anything I can get my hands on - preferably English, as written German makes me want to pull my fingernails out without anesthetic.

I long for an English bookstore.

Richmond Writer said...

I brew my own beer.

I still talk about hiking 21 miles in a single day (I was 40 pounds overweight too!)

I make calendars for my family with every month a collage of visual memories.

I watched a tarantula and wasp fight a life and death struggle and I've flown through a hurricane.

As a child I looked into the eyes of another child who was starving to death at the very moment I stepped out of a shop where my mother had just purchased two hand made and very expensive dresses.

Josephine Damian said...

I'm such a true crime freak than one of my cats is named Cosima, after the daughter of Klaus and Sunny von Bulow. But none of my cats are named "OJ".

In my past life I grew and hybridized rare African orchids.

Rebecca Mother of A Tribe said...

Besides writing, I like to design and build harps.

I've been lurking, hoping to pick up some hints on how to interest a literary agent in my work. Instead, I've gained a new respect for literary agents as real people, and if ever I do get one I'll know not to call her twice a day or freak out when she doesn't respond to my e-mail.

Impy said...

Typically, I'll only post if I feel I have something important to say. I guess that's the Quaker in me.

However, since you asked so nicely...

My name is Hilary, but more than 90% of my acquaintance calls me Impy. This is probably because an unhealthy amount of my acquaintance dwells on the internet, and knows me first by my all-consuming dedication to my job in webcomics (I was a fangirl first).

I am not actually a writer, I'm more like a born editor. You know... the sort of person whose writer friends all hand them a couple pages to a full manuscript at a time, and instead of reading it to be supportive as any sane person would they whip out the colored pens that they carry in their purse. I suppose I feel honesty IS being supportive.

To the lasting relief of my marriage, I have managed to (mostly) avoid this habit when it concerns my husband's work (the aforementioned webcomic). Except that now we're revising it for print, so I suppose I've failed to really leave it alone, I've just waited until he agreed with me to start editing.

I started reading your blog because at some point we're going to want to market the comic to publishers, and I thought I should probably take the time to learn everything I could about the industry first. If it's any consolation, though, I stayed for the kitten. ^-^'

kiwi said...

I'm nocturnal, love snacking on weta and have a passion for social justice.

Merry Christmas, all.

danceluvr said...

I guess I'll join the crowd. I, too, mainly just read and learn since my fiction is unpublished -- so far.

I earned an M.S. while applying to veterinary school (didn't make it in!).

My twin sister and I wrote a "Man From U.N.C.L.E." script while we were in high school but never sent it anywhere. Named it the Months Affair because it had triplets named April, May and June in it.

Kasthu said...

My name is Katherine, and I'm a newcome-lurker to your blog. I've spent the past two years looking for a full-time job. I love indie punk, and I was born in Tokyo, Japan.