feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
My VP17 classmate [livejournal.com profile] captainecchi tagged me in this writing meme.

1. What am I working on?

Writing-wise, right now? Blessedly nothing. I have 3 stories (no, 4) on submission and a 0.5th draft of a novel, for which I am reading a book about the politics in Berlin in 1961 as research, and once I finish, I'll start revising it.

Not-writing-wise, I am in frantic pre-con mode for Shatterdome Atlanta (May 31) and taking exam 5 in my German-teaching class. I'm not certain I'll pass this one, and this time I actually mean it. Like, there's one 3-point (out of 30) question that's all or nothing. 19 points is passing. (The first exam I got 19.5.)

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Uh. Which genre? The most common theme/genre of my writing is (alternate) historical fiction with places as characters that is somewhere between fantasy and magical realism (that's 2 of the 4 shorts out right now; the novel is alternate history with superpowers and spies). They're also mostly set in Germany (and mostly Berlin).

One short is science fiction on a space station with cyborg prostheses and a bisexual dockworker protagonist. The last short is a flash pseudo-fairytale.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Because people seem to like it. My two published pieces are (alternate) historical fantasy, and a historical fantasy got me in to VP 17. I suppose that also means that I like it and that I'm good at it.

I wanted to write politically driven space opera, but it turns out I'm terrible at it. I love reading it, though.

4. How does my writing process work?

I've recently started using the outlining method Mary Robinette Kowal describes here. I find that it suits the way my brain works quite well, even if I kind of fudge the last stage and have a few "and then a miracle occurs" points (quite frequently the ending).

I tried not outlining a novel or two, but as it turns out, that means I have to delete a whole lot of words where there are plot holes or the plot sucks. In short fiction, if I don't outline, it's not as arduous to fix the broken shit in the middle.

In the novel writing process, the 0.5th draft (I don't call it a first draft until it's something I could give to a beta reader) is a detailed outline, and there's some amount of writing to figure out what happens next. There's not much description or emotion, especially at the end (when I just want to get the damned thing out of my head already). Then once I know how it ends, I can go back and fix the beginning and middle, add foreshadowing and characterization and description and all the other things. And take out the things I already said.

I use Scrivener on my Macbook Air, and I love it.

I'll tag whoever wants to do this.
feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
via [personal profile] firecat.

How it works: You comment, and I give you an age to ask about. Please let me know how old you currently are!

I was given 32. This was 5 years ago (2008). Not much has changed since then!

I lived in:
A 4-bedroom house in suburbia.

I still live there.

I drove:
A silver '05 Mini Cooper S.

Same.

I was in a relationship with:
[personal profile] kirin

Same.

I feared:
Sharing personal information with anyone, presenting vulnerability.

Same, with added fear that someone I love will die without me being able to say goodbye (including the cats). Being stuck in a rut.

I worked at:
A local health department, as a pharmacist.

I am currently not gainfully employed. I'm writing, though.

I wanted to be:
A writer.

I still want to be a writer, and I want to live in Berlin.
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
Guess what game came out yesterday. Guess what I'm spending many hours on.

Day 12 - Favorite scene

That's really hard to pick! Um. Anything with Karen Joshua being awesome on the 08th MS Team.

Day 13 - Cosplay of your favorite Gundam character

Why is there only bad cosplay out there?

Day 14 - Current (or most recent) Gundam wallpaper

I have a few I got at animepapers, but my current wallpaper is Hertha BSC.
feuervogel: (deayza)
Day 11 - Favorite Gundam series

Uh, I liked 00 a good bit, and G is awesome and ridiculous (and very serious at times).
feuervogel: (reading)
Day 10 - Favorite OVA

The 08th Mobile Suit Team is an OVA, right? I just finished watching it with Ben, and I remember why I liked it so much. Even if Ginias' motivations are tropey as hell, and Shiro's kind of a dork (and Aina gets all gooey-stereotype-girly after Reunion). It's a tight 11-episode series (episode 12 isn't that great, and it's sort of an epilogue, anyway) about how war sucks and is stupid and the "good guys" are as big assholes as the "bad guys."

Also, the closing credits are spectacular.

the rest so I don't have to keep scrolling back )
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
Day 9 - Saddest Gundam scene

The ones where my favorite characters die? Or the entirety of Victory (by reputation, anyway).

(Cheating, maybe. I'm in a hurry.)
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever

This is kind of cheating, but Puru's ending in Gundam Musou 1 is EPIC. I wish that had subs in English on it. In G Gundam-relatedness, Fuun Saiki (the HORSE) piloting the mech.

Other than that... this one is epic in its terrifyingness. (0083; The Nightmare of Solomon)
feuervogel: (deayza)
Day 7 - Favorite Gundam

I assume this means the mech, since there's a favorite series later on.

You think I'd say RX-78GP02A Physalis, but you'd be wrong. It's unwieldy and kind of slow.

The first Gundam I dug liek whoa was the XXXG-01D2 Deathscythe Hell and the Custom version of it (which I built a model or two of). I still have a soft spot for the Wing mechs, including Epyon (which I hate in Musou 1; it has no range!)

GAT-X303 Aegis is a successor to Epyon, and I have a kit of it upstairs I think.

For cool names, though, GFAS-X1 Destroy and GAT-X252 Forbidden get my vote.
feuervogel: (emo dearka)
Day 6 - Most annoying Gundam character

How to narrow this one down? Amuro's a whiny little shit, Shinn's a whiny little shit who thinks he's a badass, I want to kick Scirocco in the nuts (and the only Z I've seen is from Gundam Musou), Kiki in the 08th MS Team is an irritating shit, Monsha is a lecherous ass. Who am I missing?

I can't choose just one!
feuervogel: (buttsex)
Day 5 - Gundam character you relate to

Yzak Joule (Destiny era), I suppose. Anger management issues, wants to be in charge, hates lazy people.

Or Sumeragi Lee Noriega, who has a serious case of imposter syndrome.
feuervogel: (deayza)
Day 4 - Gundam series you disliked

I haven't seen all of the UC continuity yet, but I hear ZZ is ridiculous and Victory isn't worth it. So, hm. The second half of Seed Destiny was pretty crap.
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
Day 3 - Favorite Gundam character

Anavel Gato*, the Nightmare of Solomon. He's the extremely idealistic antagonist in 0083 Stardust Memory, whose devotion to the Zeon cause is terrifying. (He just wants the Spacenoids to be free from the oppressive Earth Federation...) He's also a terrifying badass who actually gets done what he set out to do with a minimum of emo whining and angst: the complete opposite of pretty much every Gundam protagonist or antagonist ever. (There's one scene, right before the start of Operation Stardust, where he's sitting in the window with his hair loose around his face and thinking about the ghosts of his comrades in the Solomon Sea.)

He steals the RX-78GP02A Physalis (prototype), the Gundam designed by the Feddies to launch a NUCLEAR WARHEAD (which is against the treaty they signed, of course), which is huge and slow and has ridiculous armor, and he still kicks Uraki's ass. Terrifying, competent badass.

*spoiler alert for the entire plot of 0083 and what Operation Stardust is all about

Also in contention: Lockon Stratos (S1), Yzak Joule, Sumeragi Lee Noriega
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
It's a Gundam!

Day 1 - Very first Gundam series you watched
Day 2 - How you discovered Gundam

These go together. Back in early 2000, Cartoon Network showed Gundam Wing. Pretty boys with angst and giant robots and politics (and that's when I first heard about BL, too).

Some of the rest will be hard to answer. Number 3? Easy as pie.

upcoming questions )
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
Jung Explorer Test
Actualized type: ESTJ
(who you are)
ESTJ - "Administrator". Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7% of total population.
Preferred type: ESTJ
(who you prefer to be)
ESTJ - "Administrator". Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7% of total population.
Attraction type: ESFJ



(who you are attracted to)
ESFJ - "Seller". Most sociable of all types. Nurturer of harmony. Outstanding host or hostesses. 12.3% of total population.

Take Jung Explorer Test

personality tests by similarminds.com






(I'd say I'm more the ESFJ than TJ, but whatever. The breakdown was like this:
Extroverted (E) 72.41% Introverted (I) 27.59%
Sensing (S) 53.33% Intuitive (N) 46.67%
Thinking (T) 56.76% Feeling (F) 43.24%
Judging (J) 65.63% Perceiving (P) 34.38%

Probably because I didn't "strongly" agree or disagree for a lot of things.)
feuervogel: (sakura)
I like this quiz a lot better than some other dialect/accent quizzes I've seen. I did, in fact, grow up south of the Mason-Dixon line, by about 20 miles. I spent 3 years in Pennsylvania for college (where people said don and dawn exactly the same) and a year in upstate Noo Yawk (where I picked up a habit of saying "kawfee," thankfully now relegated to the past), and I've lived in Nawth Caruhlahna for about 12 years (except the disastrous year in Oregon, which didn't affect my accent any).

Actually, several Oregonians commented that I didn't have an accent; it's not very strong unless I get around other heavily-accented Southerners. What I think they meant was "you don't sound like a hillbilly," because a lot of Northerners equate a Southern accent with mental deficiency or being an utter backwater hick (which to some people are equivalent), which makes me extremely stabby. One kid I spent a little time rotating with said he heard it after I said "Nice meeting you" as we left a patient's room. (It came out approximately "naahs meetin yeew.")

I have picked up one North Carolina-ism since I've been here, and that's the double modal: might could/might should, where might means approximately maybe. I like it, actually.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Southern. Love it or hate it, your accent says you're probably from somewhere south of the Ohio River.

If you're not from the South, you probably were overanalyzing the questions. Take the quiz again but don't think so hard next time.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



Meme.

16 Jan 2011 11:05 am
feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
Via [personal profile] acari, the record yourself saying things meme.

dialect meme by feuervogel-dw

Your name and/or username
Where you're from
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


And because acari wanted me to, here's me reading some things in German.

First, Goethe's Erlkönig,
Erlkoenig by feuervogel-dw

Then an excerpt from Das Paradies am Rande der Stadt.
Paradies by feuervogel-dw
feuervogel: (godless liberal etc)
Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Working Class Warrior, also known as a blue-collar Democrat. You believe that the little guy is getting screwed by conservative greed-mongers and corporate criminals, and you’re not going to take it anymore.

Take the quiz at
About.com Political Humor

Memememe

21 Sep 2010 12:58 pm
feuervogel: (giant robo gei)
Ms. [personal profile] kittenspyjamas tagged me on this.

First: if you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

Second: tag eight sexy people.
I'm going to skip taggage? If you want to do it, do it.

meme )

Answers!

20 May 2010 09:59 am
feuervogel: (anavel gato)
I unscreened all the comments to yesterday's post, but just in case anyone still wants to play along at home, I'll put the answers behind a cut.
answers )
feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
Via several people: Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/TV shows and put their summaries from Better than it sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

1. Three Funny Animals of indeterminate species live in a refurbished water storage device and spend their time driving people insane, making fun of their writers, and breaking the Fourth Wall at every given opportunity. Also features shorts of mobster pigeons, a jack-of-all-trades giant chicken, and a Genre Savvy retired actor.

2. A pizza delivery boy goes on a one-way trip to the future, where he meets and befriends a physically deformed orphan and an alcohol-fueled criminal. They all quit their jobs to work for the delivery boy's senile nephew.

3. Amnesiac with shitload of money tries to figure out exactly who was phone. Johnnies ensue.

4. A heavily tattooed kung-fu Dalai Lama, his Eskimo pals, a blind Chinese loli of mass destruction and some animals that don't exist (but should) take on an army of arsonists who wear giant shoulderpads.

5. In A World where not-terribly-nice people can kill you with their minds, a fat guy, a talking cat, an emotionless girl and a man with a bulletproof jacket take on odd jobs every two episodes.

6. Good-natured college kid wishes that he could find a girl, finds God instead.

7. A salaryman quits his job to run errands for and with unstable foreigners who frequently try to kill him. He still dresses like a salaryman, though.

8. A bunch of nerds sit around in a room writing pornography and talking about formulaic harem anime.

9. A poor girl is forced to pretend she's a boy and hang out with obnoxiously rich Bishonen as punishment for destroying private property.

10. An effeminate boy sells his soul for a highly skilled butler.

11. Humanity battles aliens with Transforming Mecha, The Power Of Love and/or The Power Of Rock and Lots and Lots of Missiles.

12. Two bishounen wage war against each other for 110 episodes.

13. A math teacher convinces her class she's a fan of yakuza films.

14. Kids play while wearing glasses. This often causes major problems across the city and has the potential to be life-threatening.

15. A big guy with an unfortunate tattoo tries to get therapy for the girlfriend who hates him after his pretty-haired, ex-best friend sells out the world for a makeover and a spiffy new Batman outfit

16. A girl falls in love with a man who once bought her a book.

17. A pair of fast-flying couriers get dragged into a war against their will.

18. Scientist makes his dead son the best robot in the world.

19. An immature computer geek gains possession of a giant steel samurai, and uses it to fight off Space Nazis.

20. What if Lupin the Third kidnapped adopted an 11-year-old rich girl?

bonus:
21. A boy who can talk to microbes attends an elite agricultural university.

22. On her first day of school, a girl falls in love with a drug addict who grabs her on the bus.

23. Moving is Serious Business. A one night stand nearly dooms the world. Giant robots dance the monkey.

24. Garbage collectors IN SPACE!.

25. A Japanese company can't build a rocket capable of lifting a full grown man into space, so they use a teenage girl instead.

26. Jesus and Buddha celebrate their divine bromance by moving to Japan and renting an apartment together.

27. A cold war between a sentai hero and his nemesis takes place in a small town. The town takes the nemesis' side.

28. A drone Dragon and a fiery Tiger neurotically fight to understand their purpose relying on breast enhancement, fine dining, life between vending machines and crystal chards as their map. Oh and Santa is a dejected teddy bear. Awesome!

29. A guy who eats vampires acts like a complete idiot while occasionally eating vampires and making a scythe out of his blood. Nanomachines started it.

30. A World War II-era battleship is equipped with a really powerful gun and sent off into space to fight alien invaders.

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