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You know when you were a kid and you played board games and needed a certain number to get into a prime spot? I remember always calling out, "Got what I wanted!" if the dice were favorable. Anyway, that's how I feel about the results of this quiz:

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)

21 High-Brow, -5 Violent, -3 Experimental and 11 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is definitely one of the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers of all times. Her most famous fantasy work to date is the Earthsea suite of novels and short stories, in which Le Guin created not only one of the most believable societies in fantasy fiction, but also managed to describe a school for wizards almost three decades before Harry Potter. Although often categorized as written for young adults, these books have entertained and challenged readers of all ages since their publication.

Le Guin is no stranger to literary experiments (see for example Always Coming Home(1985)), but much of her story-telling is quite traditional. In fact, she makes a point of returning to older forms of story-telling, which, at her best, enables her to create something akin to myth. One shouldn't confuse myth with faerytale, though. Nothing is ever simplified in Le Guin's world, as she relentlessly explores ethical problems and the moral choices that her characters must make, as must we all. While being one of those writers who will allow you to escape to imaginary worlds, she is also one who will prompt you to return to your actual life, perhaps a little wiser than you used to be.

You are also a lot like Susan Cooper.

If you want some action, try Michael Moorcock.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, C S Lewis.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetical, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 21 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -5 points, making you more Peaceful than Violent. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you aren't, and you don't, then you are peaceful as defined here. At their best, peaceful people are the ones who encourage dialogue and understanding as a means of solving conflicts. At their worst, they are standing passively by as they or third parties are hurt by less scrupulous individuals.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -3 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received 11 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

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Ganked this from [ profile] suburbanbeatnik , BTW.
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I always seem to get the good ones with these things.

Just don't tell my husband. :-P
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...although I would never commit the costuming faux pas of wearing purple at Faire. Purple is for royalty, not wenches!

Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

The Renaissance Faire Wench (QLAF)

Quirky Liberal Alpha Female

The hardest part about being the Renn. Faire Wench is that people often mistake you for a beta female. This is not so. You might be quite flirtatious, but you are hardly reliant on men. You like to do things the mainstream would consider weird, (like dress in costume, perhaps?). Eat, drink, and be merry, but make sure whoever you date respects you and does not take advantage of your laid-back attitude. (BTW, you are likely the only type who can see That Creepy Guy (NLBM) for who he is, helping him to bring out the Manga Geek (QLBM) inside. This does not mean you have to date one, however. You are quite flexible and can enjoy the company of many of the types.)

You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more LIBERAL than TRADITIONAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: The Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Fratt Boy (NLAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), The Manga Geek (QLBM), or That Creepy Guy (NLBM).

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Take The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)
at HelloQuizzy

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Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi
Will Riker
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Geordi LaForge
Mr. Sulu
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Mr. Scott
Beverly Crusher
A lover of Shakespeare and other
fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

Actually, he is my favorite. And I always wanted Troi's blue dress. :-P

In other news, you know those days when you want to rip out your uterus? This is one of those.
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...but I already knew that.

Your Inner European is French!

Smart and sophisticated.

You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.

Ganked from [ profile] mustafear .

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It is as fixed as the north star (or words to that effect...I'm too lazy to look up the actual quote).

Your result for The Sorting Hat Test...


You scored 37% Order/Chaos, and 33% Moral/Rational

Chaotic Rationality. You don't think much of rules and restrictions; you look at things from an analytical perspective and probably think morality is relative to some extent. Your strength lies in being able to make your own judgments and form your own strategies uninhibited by others; your weakness lies in the wariness other people may have of you, perceiving you as dangerous.

You join people like Theodore Nott, Severus Snape, and Horace Slughorn.

The 4-grid I used to determine this is as follows:
Chaotic Orderly
Moral Gryffindor Hufflepuff
Rational Slytherin Ravenclaw

Take The Sorting Hat Test at HelloQuizzy

That's me...Ms. Dangerous. :-P

I finally got started on the great office-cleaning project of 2009. I think even Ms. Niecy Nash would be proud. I still have a ways to go, but I managed to clean off my desktop and one section of my hutch, along with getting rid of some miscellaneous crap that was clogging the corners near my desk. Erik did his share, too, and unearthed a mountain of crap on his side of the room. I should have taken a "before" picture to show how truly bad it was in here, but I'll post an "after" once the room is truly done. Just getting that much accomplished makes me feel worlds better. And I finally have my "writer's bookshelf" set up right at eye level instead of having the books scattered in various bookshelves throughout the house.

This is our mantra for 2009: Simplify, declutter, destress. So far, so good.

P.S. This is a little after the fact, but this year I finally got around to trying turkey tetrazzini with our holiday leftovers. I used the recipe from the Joy of Cooking, and it was amazing! OK, it dirtied pretty much every pan in the kitchen, but it was worth it.

christinex1001: (Default) a long series of diversions designed to distract me from doing anything worthwhile.

Stole this from [ profile] kingpig because I actually am curious about this. (The whole wasting time at work thing is just a pleasant fringe benefit.)

If you could force me to write anything, what would it be?

At this point I'd be happy with anything. Oh, writer's block, how you suck major big wang.

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Meme stolen from [ profile] irishmagik7 .

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

Come on, all you crazy liarmouths. Show me what you've got!
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Did you guys know that my first jobs were at libraries? I worked at the public library all through high school and college, and my first job out of UCI was working in the catalog department of the main library there. I really wanted to get my MLS, but at the time the only place to get one in SoCal was at UCLA, and the logistics were just too difficult (basically, my ex said no way were we going through two more years of the whole "starving student" thing). Anyway, my library background is probably why I liked this meme so much!

Joy Sillesen's Dewey Decimal Section:

999 Extraterrestrial worlds

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You're connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You've had some conflicted times in your life, but they've brought you to where you are today and you don't ignore it.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at


Nov. 10th, 2008 08:55 am
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Got this from [ profile] thelauderdale . Not that the results are any big surprise. :-P

Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...


22% Logical, 35% Spatial, 75% Linguistic, 22% Intrapersonal, 18% Interpersonal, 53% Musical, 4% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 8% Naturalistic!

"Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words and dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and via discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include writers, lawyers, philosophers, journalists, politicians and teachers." (Wikipedia)

Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at HelloQuizzy

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You Should Be Allowed to Vote

You got 14/15 questions correct.

Generally speaking, you're very well informed.

If you vote this election, you'll know exactly who (and what) you'll be voting for.

You're likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.

Wish it had told me which one I got wrong, though. :-(
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Gacked from [ profile] oqidaun. I should be writing, but... :-P

Total length:
6,588 songs, 51.3 days

First and last songs (by title):
'A' Bomb in Wardour Street by The Jam
2815 A.D. by Thomas Newman

Sort by time - shortest and longest:
Halloween Sound Effects, Evil Laughter :04
The Odyssey by Symphony X 24:11

Sort by Album - first and last:
The Ghastly Ones/A-Haunting We Will Go
300 Soundtrack/Tyler Bates

Sort by Artist - first and last:

Top five played songs (mine are all from soundtracks because that's what I listen to when I write):
Main Title, Black Beauty soundtrack / Danny Elfman
Another Story, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix soundtrack / Nicholas Hooper
A New Life, Girl With a Pearl Earring Soundtrack / Pro Arte Orchestra
Main Title, Morgan's Ride, Cutthroat Island Soundtrack / John Debney
Awakening / Red Moon

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Sex: 19
Death: 39
Love: 166
You: 310
Home: 64
Boy: 90
Girl: 98

First five songs that come up on Party Shuffle:
Alone Again, or / The Damned
The River and the Sun / David & Diane Arkenstone
Flash / Queen
St. Jimmy / Green Day
Devil in My Car / B-52s

Five Most Recently Added:
Opening Titles / The Other Boleyn Girl
The Banquet / The Other Boleyn Girl
Henry Is Hurt / The Other Boleyn Girl
Henry Returns / The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary Tends to Henry / The Other Boleyn Girl

Five Songs Most Recently Played:
Queen Katherine's Trial / The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary Lies for Anne / The Other Boleyn Girl
My Sweet Lord / The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary Leaves Court / The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary in Labor / The Other Boleyn Girl


c - Cosmic Thing / B-52s
h - How Soon Is Now / The Smiths
r - Run Like Hell / Pink Floyd
i - I Don't Like Mondays / Boomtown Rats
s - She Is My Sin / Nightwish
t - This Is Not a Love Song / Public Image Ltd.
i - In God's Country / u2
n - Nights in White Satin / Moody Blues
e - Enola Gay - OMD
x - X Offender - Blondie
(I'm leaving out the "1001" for obvious reasons)

Silly meme

Aug. 27th, 2008 02:43 pm
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Whoever wrote this quiz seriously needs a copy editor. But I digress.

Stole this meme from [ profile] bemoan1000.

created with
You scored as Draco Malfoy

If you went to Hogwarts Draco Malfoy would be doing you...not the other way around. He's mean, rich, and dark. But those aren't the only parts parts of him you love. He had you on your back the second he threw you down and had his way with you. And you loved every minute of it. The two of you have fucked just about on every surface of Hogwarts...including that rediculus Harry Potter's bed.
Go head girl go head get down.

Draco Malfoy


Victor Krum


Harry Potter


Fred and George Weasley


Cedric Diggory


Ron Weasley


Percy Weasley


No one, your a prude


Once a Slytherin, always a Slytherin! (I don't think there was an option for Snape...this seemed to be aimed at the younger set.)
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Ganked this silly meme from [ profile] laeticiav .

Haiku2 for christinex1001
any of this stuff
lusting in my heart oh god
do i want want this
Created by Grahame

I suppose I do lust in my heart more than I probably should. :-P

Speaking of which, sometimes when I'm in the middle of writing a story I start thinking about the characters in terms of astrology (I wouldn't say I was a full-scale believer, but it does seem to be accurate more than statistical anomalies can account for). I was leafing through my astrology book (The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, which, oddly enough, is just about the only astrology book you'd ever need!), and the description of someone with their moon in Scorpio was so dead on WRT the male lead of the original romance I'm writing right now that it's not even funny. I won't quote the whole thing here, but some of this was just scarily accurate:

"You are very clever at hiding your true feelings.... Though you are driven by strong passions, you tend to deny that they are your motivations.... You particularly dread any form of rejection.... There is usually a secret sorrow or trouble in the lives of Moon-Scorpios that very often concerns family problems.... Without even being aware of it, you possess a sensuality that attracts the opposite sex...."

Well, that's Pieter Van Rijn right there. Hoo, boy. And I hadn't even looked at this astrology book for at least six months, so I don't think I had any of that in my mind when I started writing. Hmm.

Speaking of Mr. Van Rijn, Fringe Benefits now has a soundtrack! Of course, since [ profile] anna_disgrace is the only person reading the story, she's the only one who will see the significance of this, but what the heck. :-P

MixwitMixwit make a mixtapeMixwit mixtapes

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Ganked this meme from [ profile] bemoan1000 because I'm bored, cranky, and hormonal (never a good combo). However, this did make me happy.

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Snape

You like a guy of loyalty and intelligence and don't really mind if he comes across as a bit harsh. Or a bit bastardy. Or if he happens to terrify every child who crosses his path. The point is that under that rough exterior lies...well, a rough interior. But under that is a soft, squishy center and you don't mind at all that you're the only person in the world who gets to see it.

Take The Harry Potter Husband Test at HelloQuizzy

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If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

You guys are great. If I haven't said it before, thank you for your insights, your humor, your support, your amazing talents...well, you get the point. Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without you.

Stolen from [profile] oqidaun and  [profile] little_oracle.
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Mostly because while I have a bunch of crap going on, I just can't articulate it in writing right now. I'm hoping by the end of the week I have some stuff in my life straightened out, because if I don't, I'm either going to kill somebody, end up heavily medicated, or be jobless. Possibly all three.



Give me one of my own stories, and a time stamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

All of my fanfic is here, in case you need a refresher. This also applies to my original stuff, for those of you who might have read any of that. :-)
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Yeah, I'm old, but the music from when I was in high school and college kicked ass over the crap those whippersnappers are listening to today.

Meme stolen from [profile] little_oracle.

Go to
- Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
- Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorites. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember/care about.

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Especially if I get to live in that yummy villa in Tuscany.

Your result for The Attachment Style Test...

The Free Agent

You like to be independent, to play by your own rules. You're not terribly interested in finding a partner and settling down, and it makes you nervous to imagine that someone might depend on you for anything. Were you to find the right partner--someone as independent as you, probably--you'd not be too put out about sharing your adventures with him/her.

Fictional characters with whom you might identify: Han Solo (Star Wars), Beatrice ("Much Ado About Nothing")

HanSolo.jpg Beatrice.jpg

Other Attachment Types:
Secure: The Unicorn | The Cuddleslut | The Free Agent
Preoccupied: The Cling Wrap | The Squid | The Insect
Fearful: The Doormat | The Leper | The Exile
Dismissing: The Hermit | The Stone | The Player
Confused: The Waffler

Take The Attachment Style Test at HelloQuizzy

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These have been sort of making the rounds, so I thought I'd see how one of the chapters from Sympathy for the Devil turned out, considering I'm editing it right now.

I kind of hoped "Devil" would be one of the main words. But "didn't"? I didn't know I used it that often. (Oops...there's another one!)

Unlike some of my other edits, this one's been kind of fun so far. I like writing Beelzebub and Asmodeus. ;-)


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