A is for age: 56
B is for beer of choice: Mickey’s Malt Ale.
C is for career right now: homemaker (can’t retire from this one)
D is for your dog's name: no dog – have a Bengal named Sadie & outdoor moocher named Princess (or Miss Piggy, depending on our mood)
E is for essential item you use everyday: my computer
F is for favourite TV show: Criminal Minds and Fringe. Not sure which I like better.
G is for favourite game to watch: Figure skating or gymnastics at the Olympics (I otherwise hate sports)
H is for hometown: born Windom, MN, currently Arroyo Grande, CA.
I is for instruments you play: in order of skill: piano, organ, violin, flute, guitar, recorder, Japanese taiko drum
J is for favourite juice: cranberry
K is for whose butt you'd like to be kicking: Politicians who use fear as a wedge to fill an agenda
L is for the last place you ate at: Home.
M is for marriage: 32½ years.
N is for your name: Marlyn. Pronounced like the fish. Most who see it can’t say it, and the others who hear it can’t spell it right.
O is for overnight hospital stay: May, 1983. Delivering nearly full-term twins naturally.
P is for people you were with today: Hubby, oldest son & daughter.
Q is for what your best quality is: It’s always better to ask someone else than the person – maybe patience? I dunno…
R is for what you're currently reading: mostly fanfic. Need to start on Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
S is for your relationship status: Um, I'm with claudia603 and dreamflower02 on this one-- I don't know what it means. I already answered the one about marriage, so I'm not sure what this one's about.
T is for the time you woke up today: 7:07AM
U is for type of underwear you have on: need to take a shower, so…
W is for worst habit: procrastination. Never met a dust bunny I couldn’t get to know well…
X is for x-rays you've had: You gotta be kidding, right? Teeth, mostly. Spine. Shoulders. Knees.
Y is for some yummies: Nuts and crackers. Stuff I need to avoid if I wanna lose weight for ALEC2.
Z is for zodiac sign: Double Cancer.
Post a sentence (or paragraph) or two from as many of your WIPs as you want, with no explanation attached.
You know, I think some of the WIPs I posted about the last time this came around are still WIPs. I have finished a few others and started up a few more. All in all, I still have far too many WIPs (most of the novel-length) on my hard drive that I refuse to post until they're DoneDoneDoneBetaed&Concritted. But, just to tantalize any who might be interested...
( Snatches of unpublished works in progress under the cut )
That said, I'm gonna have to admit that with few exceptions (namely the one of these that is a one-shot) I haven't the foggiest idea when any of them will ever see the light of day. For those I believe were on the list the last time, the quotes this time take place several chapters later than the last quotes.
Just so you know that, even though I don't post anything to the archives but drabbles, I am writing on longer, more complex works.
3. Where do you live:
4: What are you studying/What are you working as:
5. What makes you happy:
6. What are you listening to now/have listened to last:
7. An interesting fact about you:
8. Are you in love/have a crush at the moment:
9. Favorite place to be:
10. Favorite lyric:
11. Best time of the year:
12. Weirdest food you like:
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A song:
4: A band:
1. Favorite Fandom:
3. Icon/Fic Journal (so I can join):
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Put this in your lj so I can tell you what I think of you?
( My Deep, Dark Fandom Secret, under the cut )
Name the towns where you have lived from earliest to now. GO!
1. Windom, Minnesota - I was born there and lived there until I was just 10. Dinky little town of less than 2,000 people that, at the time, had two stoplights on the 4-lane highway. You could stand in the middle of the street (which was that 4-lane highway) and look either way and see all the way out the other end of town.
2. Arroyo Grande, California - Grew up there. Went through culture-shock in moving from a >2,000 population place to an area with over 25,000 (at the time), not to mention going from a sheltered, Mid-Western environment to California Beach-front Cool.
3. Fresno, California - Went to university there (have a BA in Spanish.) Fresno is huge compared to Arroyo Grande (at the time, it was 200,000 - now it's around 300,000+.) It's in the middle of the San Juaquin Valley, so it has to rain to see the hills either on the west or the Sierra Nevadas to the east. When the air is clear, the horizon is great. Unfortunately, the haze is clear maybe 14 days out of the year. I hated not having hills close! Came home to visit a LOT.
4. Pismo Beach, California - Moved there directly after getting married, as Pismo is in the same general area as Arroyo Grande. This was before the gentrification process started there - had a 2nd story apartment that could see the ocean. But hassling with the tourist traffic and idiot mentality was a huge PITA.
5. Grover Beach, California - Moved here briefly when the stairs to the place in Pismo got too rickety to be safe.
6. Nipomo Mesa (out in the country) - Rented a small house on an orchid farm out in the countryside. Learned how to raise orchids, got pregnant with my first (a daughter) and enjoyed the peace.
7. Grover Beach, California - Into a different unit in the same apartment complex. Were the resident managers there for 2 years, during which time I got pregnant with twins.
8. Arroyo Grande, California - My mom & dad decided their 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 kitchen, 2 living-room house was too big for just the 2 of them, and since we had twins on the way... (fraternal boys.) Hubby helped with the remodeling. We still live in that house, 28 years later. It's a 100-yr-old California ranch-style house with LOTS of character (which what one calls the things that end up being black holes into which one pours money from time to time.)
The character I first fell in love with: Elrond. That is just one cool Elf! He rules over one of the most breathtakingly peaceful places in the whole land, and keeps his doors open to all who seek his refuge. Loremaster, Master Healer, High King with no crown, he is absolutely awesome!
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Hands down: Thranduil. He's not given much play time, neither in the Hobbit and even less in LotR, but he is a striking individual in that he stands strong against having Sauron literally in his backyard, and does it through the power of his will, his stubbornness, and his wisdom. Not only does he outlast the Enemy, but apparently outlasts most of the other Elves in Ennor.
The character everyone else loves that I don't: Frodo. I get tired of hearing about how noble and damaged he is. Yes, yes, he saves the day for everybody when he manages to get the Ring close enough to Mt. Doom that Gollum can finish the job. But, ya know... *shrug*
The character I love that everyone else hates: Ungoliant. This was a character that I honestly didn't expect to like, and have developed an understanding for.
The character I'd want to be like: Erestor. He gets to work in the biggest, bestest library in all the land, is an extraordinary teacher, one of Elrond's advisors (which means he's plenty wise). And I like a dry sense of humor - and that's what I see him having.
The character I'd slap: Can I slap more than one?
1. Fëanor. Spoiled brat! Causing all that ruckus over jewelry! I mean! *huff!*
2. Manwë. All of the Valar, really. Just who do they think they are, removing the Elves from Middle-earth, and then cursing those who have the audacity to want to go back? For all their power, they are much less than wise.
3. Tom Bombadil. A useless waste of printer's ink.
Favorite LotR movie adaptation: The depiction of Rivendell. Absolutely stunning!
Least favorite LotR movie adaptation: The battle for Helm's Deep. I hate that PJ killed off Haldir.
Favorite unsolved Tolkien mystery: Can I have more than one??
1. The fates of the sons of Elrond and Celeborn. Did they ever sail, or did they remain in Ennor? Should I be looking around and seeing if I can find a spectacularly handsome guy with pointed ears?
2. The fates of the other Istari. What happened to the Blue Wizards, and what happened to Radagast?
Least favorite unsolved Tolkien mystery: Just how many millenia separate Middle-earth with Our Modern Times.
Five favorite characters: 1. Elrond (already explained) 2. Thranduil (ditto) 3. Maglor (he's a fellow musician, and I have a soft spot for what he ended up going through.) 4. Gilraen (she's such a cardboard cutout placeholder, as Tolkien presented her, but think: she raised a child in Imladris surrounded by five alpha-male Elven Lords. She had to have something on the ball or they would have eaten her for lunch!) 5. Celeborn (quiet, lordly, incredibly wise, what's not to like [except his wife?])
Five least favorite characters: 1. Tom Bombadil (see above) 2. Fëanor (see above) 3. Finwë (for playing favorites with his kids and being 3/4s of what was wrong with Fëanor) 4. Manwë (for not using common sense when dealing with the Firstborn) and 5. Melkor/Morgoth (for being such a greedy, power-hungry poopie-head.)
Which character I am most like: Frodo, believe it or not. (I'm short, round, think about food a lot, and love to study things Elvish.)
My deep, dark fandom secret: My deep, dark fandom secret is that I haven't got one. Sorry, folks; what you see is what you get. What might not be well-known, however, is that Aeärwen is my second authorID. For years, I wrote for The Pretender fandom as MMB.
In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer; and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer. 93% won't copy and paste this. Will you?
In my case, this is for my maternal grandfather, who died of lung cancer; maternal grandmother, who survived breast cancer WAY back in the 50's and lived more than 20 years more, well into her 80's; to my mom, who survived losing a kidney, a hysterectomy and skin cancer and died in 2007, my dad, who survived prostate cancer and died in 2007; and my dear friend Linda, who just found out she has breast cancer and is just starting the treatment.
This was part of a meme posted by heartofoshun, who snatched it from someone else. The whole idea is intriguing. Anyway, the terms were:
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions!
( Aeärwen's Nattering (otherwise known as answering questions) under the cut )
You are The Star
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
This is fun!
(stolen from galantha_nivala) Picture Meme:
• Post ten of any pictures currently on your hard drive that you think are self-expressive.
• NO CAPTIONS! It must be like we're speaking with images and we have to interpret your visual language just like we have to interpret your words. Ok, so I cheated. It's funnier.
• They must ALREADY be on your hard drive - no googling or flickr! They have to have been saved to your folders sometime in the past. They must be something you've saved there because it resonated with you for some reason.
• You do NOT have to answer any questions about any of your pictures if you don't want to. You can make them as mysterious as you like. Or you can explain them away as much as you like
( Ten Pictures Culled from Aeärwen's Questionable Hard Drive - with apologies for not knowing how to trim them so that they all are a uniform size. )
Evidently the BIG QWest Internet hub decided to have a melt-down yesterday, and took out 12 states' worth of internet traffic from a number of providers, including mine and Verizon, I understand. Of course, coming on the heels of having intermittent drop-offs due to old connectors and such here at the house, we (and by this, I mean all the gamers in the house) decided our provider was getting flakey again. So I called, and so a tech came out. Our personal equipment was OK, and so the only thing he could think of was that the line "drop" to the house had somehow flaked out; he'd call in a half-hour to schedule maintenance to come out and replace it.
Three hours later, I called again, only to be told the horror story of massive outages - complete with anecdote about how their phone system fell apart when they ended up with over two thousand people sitting on hold to complain about no Internet. I went to bed, not knowing if it truly was that, or if we did indeed need our "drop" replaced - and/or if I would have access in the morning.
I'm baaaaaaaaa-aaaack.... *smirks happily*
On to the fun...
Snagged from aranellaurelote, figuring it might be nice - or interesting, at least - to give my readers here hints as to what I've been spending my time writing lately.
Meme: Post a little bit of each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations.
( Tantalizing and Misc. Snatches from my WIPs to whet your appetite, with no promises as to when any of these will see the light of posting )
All I can promise is that I am working on them all, as my Muse allows. When they are finished and have been run through whatever beta/concrit process they need, they will be posted.
So read at your own risk....
( List the first lines of your last twenty stories. See if you find any patterns. )