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31 May 2009 @ 08:44 pm
Birthday, beta, buying, baaaaa  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY this_girl_is ! I had hoped to have your fic back to you today as a present, but it is looking as though I will run out of day. This week, though! Thanks for all the enthusiasm and joy you bring, and I hope that every wish you have for the year works out as you would have it.

Happy birthday, too, to mytla ! I hope you have a lovely day!

In good news, I have sourced a local supplier for The Demon's Lexicon. Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney has a small number of the hardback books, which suggests that it's worth checking out specialty SF bookshops in other capitals.

This meme has been going around my flist. Because I had meant to post on writing strategies today, I am procrastinating and doing this instead. And if there was a question saying 'Are you at heart a Gen X Slacker?' my response would be: 'It's possible, I'll get back to you.'

1. Can you cook?
Yes. But I haven't in some time as someone who looks exactly like Mr Brammers has not cleaned the kitchen in ages. We live surrounded by cafes and restaurants, so aside from the disaster that is the kitchen, this is no great hardship.

2. What was your dream growing up?
I had several, but the one in which I was pursued across the rooftops of Paris by a hunchback haunts me still.

3. What talent do you wish you had?
Drawing. But I'm happy enough with the set I have.

4. Favorite place?
Here, for most values of here.

5. Favorite vegetable?
How can anyone pick one favourite vegetable? The delicious and versatile potato or the caramelly and scrummy kumera? The bright taste of broccoli or the nutty richness of celeriac? Garlic or spinach? How can any right minded person answer this question? And don't get me started on the glory of tomatoes and carrots.

6. What was the last book you read?
Er, several at once. Last actually put down was Kenneth Tynan's Theatre Writings, which I recommend to anyone interested in good writing.

7. What zodiac sign are you?
You know, back in the days when I was young, hot and single, that question would see me pat you on the arm and say 'you look so pretty, next time, just don't talk.'

8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
Three ear piercings, one left, two right.

9. Worst Habit?

10. Do we know each other outside of lj?
Yes! Or no! Depending on who you are.

11. What is your favorite sport?
Polo. Horses, big sticks, hot Chilean coaches, what's not to love?

12. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
Balanced. I like to think of things in an optimistic manner, but I am sceptical and have frequently had to revise my opinion of certain people in a negative direction.

13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
Wonder why I have started to refer to myself as a separate entity, then calmly press the Emergency button, then, if no help was forthcoming after a half hour or so, sit in the corner with my eyes shut chanting 'Wide open spaces, wide open spaces!' as I am not at my best in small confined spaces.

14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
You're asking me to pick one. I laugh at you.

15. Tell me one weird fact about you:
Animals like me; strays are always turning up at my doorstep, everything from a rabbit to several horses over the years.

16. Do you have any pets?
Two cats.

17. Do you know how to do the macarana?
No. And I would leave the room if you confessed you did.

18. What time is it where you are now?

19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
Who wrote this quiz? Who on earth thinks clowns are cute? What kind of a sick mind is this?

20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
The last fifteen years. I would like all of the evidence of them to be gone, especially the sundry broken bits.

21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
Depends on what you've done. And hang on, is that me again? Oh lamb, I'd be your very, very good disposer of incriminating evidence.

22. What color eyes do you have?
B ... why do you want to know? is this some sort of crazy stalking meme?

23. Ever been arrested?
Of course not. Who wrote this? Obviously it was an American ... is it an FBI trap? I was joking about the disposing of evidence!

24. Bottle or Draft?
An ATF trap? Do they let you lot do that after Waco?

25. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?
I would give it to a very worthy cause. I'm onto you, CIA. Nice try, but but not good enough! You can take the rest of your questions and go off and bemoan the return of due process.

Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on May 31st, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Do you think clowns are cute or scary?


*hides from scary clowns*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! Crazed, I tell you.
autumn_veelaautumn_veela on May 31st, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
*giggles* I love your answer to question 7.

And by the way, this is indeed a stalking meme, just perfect for creepy stalkers like me.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're not creepy ;-)

And in the middle of nowhere WA is one of the most middle of nowhere middle of nowheres anywhere, you're allowed a little weirdness.
Camden: DrakeGiggleabusing_sarcasm on May 31st, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
12. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
Balanced. I like to think of things in an optimistic manner, but I am sceptical and have frequently had to revise my opinion of certain people in a negative direction.

*makes guilty face*


And lol at the CIA meme! You sound like me... Next you'll be stockpiling canned goods for the inevitable government collapse.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's most often taxi drivers, the fuckers went from opening doors onto me to running red lights to plough me down. I miss cycling ...

Um, I may have recently written fic about your government collapsing, but on the whole history suggests that states with strong individual investment are quite resilient!
Amazing Little Ecosystemwinterthunder on May 31st, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: 17 - Would you stay if I explained that I had a gym teacher who thought that the best sight in the world was a bunch of hapless fifth graders in gym shorts doing their best to fulfill her commands to dance "with feeling"?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I would suggest that you had good grounds to sue on the basis of mental cruelty ;-)
Coffeejunkii: nancy: things that make you hmmm (by lafcoffeejunkii on May 31st, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
horses at your doorstep? now i'm curious :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I used to live on a horse farm, where it wasn't so ridiculous to occasionally find a stray, they smelled all the things a horse loves -- good pasture, oats, other horses -- and just trotted over.

However, I also lived in Kensington, and once walked out of the house to find one of the most beautifully turned out horses I have seen in my life cheerfully chomping on the bits of garden he could reach from the street. I took his reins and led him up the street, looking for the member of the Household Cavalry that had been left behind at some recent point. I found one of his mounted friends after a few minutes' walking, apparently my visitor had made a splendid escape.

When I moved to Sydney, I thought my horse finding days were over. But one of the first jobs I took on was teaching Aboriginal kids on the rural south coast to swim properly. I was out for one of my early morning walks when I came across eight beautiful horses merrily trotting down the road. I caught the youngest one and led him with my jacket towards the nearest gated field, the others followed. I locked them in and then wandered up to let the farmer know they were there.

Several years then passed, and I had moved to the inner city of Sydney when one morning I woke to a familiar sound. I pulled on a frock and shoes and went outside. There, wandering up and down the street, was a lovely chestnut. I had a little chat with him, scratched his ears, picked up his dragging reins and took him over to the park, where I could lock him inside the play area and sit and chat with him until I saw a car driving around looking for him a little later.

My flatmates thought I had been hallucinating, I had to take them to the park and show the prints and manure pile.

Since then it has been mostly cats and the one rabbit. I believe there is a secret sign outside saying: 'Easy touch! get your scratches and snacks here!'
rickey_a: rickeyrickey_a on May 31st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
waves at you

I recognize this meme from some time back... iz very lazy and just checked out my meme tag... I don't do them that often: oh look Mar 2007 :)
http://rickey-a.livejournal.com/14043.html (my journal)
http://mrsquizzical.livejournal.com/66458.html?thread=703130#t703130 (my answers) - you're missing the last 9 questions ;P
I only make mention of this b/c of the number of same or similar answers that made me LOL

now get back to work!!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
The crazy factor had me giving up before I got to the end, though I have immense sympathy for your answer to 31. Mind you, it has to be actual idiots. I have nothing against people who are just thick, it's like me being short ;-)

And it's 2am, I am going to bed!
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on May 31st, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
ahhh...you make me laugh.

Did you get my PM?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
yes! And I am blushing so hard that I have been at a loss in writing back! *mwah!*
(no subject) - sassy_cissa on May 31st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
wemyss: ex cathedrawemyss on May 31st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I too am finding other things to do to put off finishing another bit of Advice to Writers. This meme may help....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Snap!
I am about to have a read through your list, which I am certain will be both more erudite and less eccentric than my own.
Ha. - wemyss on June 1st, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
This Girlthisgirl_is on May 31st, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! *hugs you* I have had a really lovely birthday weekend.

I appreciate the birthday-beta thought, but as and when is fine. I really was just yanking your chain for my own amusement the other day. (It sounds so mean when I say it like that.) Hope you still got plenty of R/S reading done. :o)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Chain yanking both deserved and received with love. And I managed NO reading! People came out of the woodwork, I didn't even make it to my RL engagements. I worked through four paragraphs of your story, and did the very end of a fest beta for a lovely European girl and that was IT. BUM!

But very good news about your weekend, HURRAH!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on May 31st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I can't do the macarena, but can do the Hustle!

*cues disco music*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Now that I can at least fake!
anexianaanexiana on May 31st, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Cafes and restaurants FTW! I love cooking but it can be so much fun when someone does it for you. Especially when they're good. =)

Hehe, 17. I thought everyone knew how to do this. I guess it's my fault for thinking everyone practiced the macarena religiously (without much of a choice) in school just because I did.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I feel so old ...

And yes, Mr Brammers would die in my absence if we ever left the inner city, or else develop scurvy from a diet of toast and beef jerky.
(no subject) - anexiana on June 1st, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mific: Absolute Powermific on June 1st, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I fell about laughing at how you got more and more paranoid with this daft meme. Sock it to the forces of opression sister! Yeah!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh you may laugh, but echelon actually turned out to be real (believe me, I was surprised by that one at first, too ;-)

And really, why do all memes sound as though they are written by crazy people?
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on June 1st, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
YOU did a MEME? *falls over from shock*

And you took it very seriously, too. *snerk*

This was awesome. It totally gave me the grins.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 1st, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I've done at least four! Maybe three ... no probably four! And I gave it the exact degree of respect that it deserved. (Eye colour indeed!)
mytla on June 2nd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you Blame!

Sorry I'm late but I was out of town and computer-less.
By choice, since it was my all-theatre birthday.
I celebrated being at an experimental representation of "The Demons", 12 hours long.
I loved it. The best birthday of the last five yers.

Thank you for thinking of me darling.