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If you read my fics, you will hopefully find a recurring thread of family, hope, and self-sacrifice - qualities that make for a interesting story (I hope!) and an admirable hero. They are just works of fiction though.

We'd all like to have a John Sheppard, wouldn't we? Someone we can count on to be there for us no matter what, someone who'd die for us if necessary. Well, good news! There is One.

A True Story of Triumph )
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I have declared this to be the Year of Doing Something Different. You know, doing things I haven't done before, trying something new, getting a little out of my comfort zone.

So far, I went to a black-tie New Year's Eve ball, flew over 20 hours on a plane by myself to visit friends in Kenya, attended my very first SGA Con (something I NEVER thought I'd do), and signed up for online dating (the jury's still out on this one). And one of my fics, A Time to Heal, was nominated for the SG Awards. (A big thank you to whomever nominated me! I'm so honored!)

Today I walked to the grocery store. What's the big deal? you ask. Nothing, really. I'd just never done it before. We like our vehicles in my part of the world. Public transportation is almost nonexistent here in the suburbs. No one walks if they can help it. Almost everyone in Kenya does. It was...bizarre to see people streaming down both sides of the road just because that's how they get from Point A to Point B. So, today I walked to the store.

What did  you do today?
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gakked from [livejournal.com profile] squonk79 

I want to know 33 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine...You're on my list, so I wanna know you better! :)

1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you ?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of lj?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you:
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the macerana?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or Draft?
25. If you won 10,000 pounds/dollars today, what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What 's your favorite bar to hang at?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Help!

Dec. 10th, 2008 04:42 pm
wildcat88: erika made this (Bite Me)
To my UK friends, I need some advice. I am headed to Bedford in February for Chevron 7.2. Yay!!!! However, I'm coming the long way - through Nairobi, Kenya. Which means I'm going to have a ton of luggage.

Here's my question - what's the best thing for me to do to get from Heathrow to Bedford? The instructions from the nationalrail website makes it sound like I'll have to do lots of changes. My flight lands at 5:30 on Friday morning (you know, they don't have flights from Nairobi to London every half hour...). So my original plan was to work my way through the rail system, get to Bedford and take a nap since I don't have any place to store my luggage.

Do I?

Will that be during rush hour?

I know a couple of people are meeting up and taking the train together. I wish I could do that, but I won't have a cell phone and no way to contact anyone if something comes up. That's why I'm hesitant to buy my train ticket in advance.

Help me, Obi-wan!

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Nov. 18th, 2008 05:34 pm
wildcat88: erika made this (B&W film)

I have been considering purchasing a permanent LJ account when they go on sale in a couple of weeks. As you can see, I use my LJ for fic posting 95% of the time. Is it worth having a paid account?

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What do you think makes one story easier to write than another? Is it the point of view, the storyline, the amount of research, how much sleep you've had.... A combination of all of the above? Something else?

I've had a few that made my brain almost mush yet the one I'm currently working on is flowing easily. I can't figure out why exactly.

What do you think? 

Help!

Jun. 16th, 2008 03:59 pm
wildcat88: erika made this (Bite Me)
Can anyone think of an SGA ep where the Stargate is inside a building (other than Rising and Progeny)? Have all other gates been outside?
wildcat88: erika made this (B&W film)
It's time to get out of the rut, broaden my horizons a bit. 

So tell me:   what is your favorite book/novel? Who wrote it? Why should I read it? Expound on its virtues and/or the author's brilliance if you so choose.

Any genre, any length, any decade.

Just don't give away major plot points. I like surprises. :)
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We rarely see the SGA team get captured by anyone except the Wraith whereas SG-1 seemed to get captured every week. :) I read a discussion once about what would have happened to Sam if she'd been captured in "reality." 


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To the writers out there:

I read a story today in which the character made an statement that was totally in character yet completely opposite of my beliefs.  I have no idea what the author's personal beliefs are which is what prompts the question:  Do you have to consciously put aside your own personal viewpoint/beliefs when writing?  Or does the character's voice reside so strongly that you automatically write from their viewpoint without having to separate their beliefs from yours?
 
wildcat88: erika made this (Default)
Cats or dogs?  Which do you prefer?

I prefer cats.  Nothing against dogs.  I like them.  Really.  I think it's more a lifestyle thing.  I live alone (maybe I should get a dog...), and I have a long commute.  A dog needs regular walks and potty-breaks, and I don't have the time to do so.  I live in Texas which means excruciating heat in the summer (too hot to leave an animal outside in my opinion).

So, I have cats.  Two to be exact.  Most of the time they play with each other instead of destroying my house.

This is Sabrina.
 
Sabrina )

She is a wild woman.  Never met a stranger and completely unafraid of anything.  She loves to sit in your lap and be petted, but don't pick her up.

This is Mayla.

Mayla )


She is scared of everything.  She also likes to sit in my lap and be petted.  She even likes to be held.  She does not like strangers.  Most people don't believe I have 2 cats since they never see Mayla.  They are not related.  How to tell the difference?  Mayla has a white nose.

So, cats or dogs?

 

 

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The part for my sunroof finally came in so I'm in good shape there.  Of course, I managed to rear-end someone last week.  No damage for me, but dented his car.  And some crazy man got out of his car and yelled at me at an intersection this morning when I had the audacity to beep my horn at him when he wouldn't turn.  TGIF!!

OK, on to the question.  This is open to anyone.

What do you think separates a good story from a great story?  Not necessarily just fanfic, but stories in general, be they a TV show, a book, a movie, etc.  What moves you from simple enjoyment to thinking "That ROCKED"?

Me?  I have to be totally engrossed in the story - feel like I'm right there with them fighting the battle or drinking the cup of coffee or whatever is going on.  I need to totally identify with the characters and find them totally believable.  If a character does or says something that "releases" me from the fantasy that is being created, it moves to the good, but not great area in my head.

What do you think?

Musings

Jul. 16th, 2007 12:37 pm
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A hot, sunny (finally) day here in the North Texas area.  I discovered that the sunroof on my vehicle was broken yesterday when I tried to pop it open for air circulation when I went to church.  So it's at the dealership now trying to get fixed before the next round of thunderstorms show up.

Today's question:

For the writers out there, what is your writing method?  Do you...
 
  * type away on the computer as ideas come
  * write consistently each day
  * handwrite everything and transcribe
  * edit chapter by chapter
  * write the entire story and then edit
  * other

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