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4) Prompt: a hostage situation

"I think negotiations have broken down,” I said, holding my forehead in my hands. Dealing with this woman was giving me a headache.

"The hell they have, I'm still willing to deal."

I glared at her, trying to not let her see my fists being balled under the table. "Your 'deal' is the same thing it's been since we started; you haven't budged at all!"

She shrugged, smiling condescendingly . "I said I'm willing to deal, not to change my demands. It's you who won't just give in."

“What you’re asking for is way beyond what I want! It’s too much!” I growled at her. Time was running out; checking the clock, there was only five minutes until it would be too late.

“Nothing’s too much to the person who wants what I have,” she said, her Cheshire grin getting bigger.

I considered my options; give in to what she wanted, be a damned fool, and at the same time be a hero. Refuse; walk into a living room of friends and family, tell them I failed, and have the parlor of death hang over our heads. Joy.

“Fine.”

She sat up straighter, apparently not thinking I’d give in. “You sure? No going back on this?”

“Yes, yes, just give it to me.”

“Two weeks washing dishes, no using the machine? Foot rubs anytime I want for a month? Date night at a place that doesn’t include the words ‘steak’, ‘bar’, or ‘grill’? Those cute shoes I saw yesterday?”

“Yes, damn you, yes, I said yes, will you give me the damn remote already?!”

She sighed, a little disappointed her fun was over, and slid the TV remote across the table. God, she was cutting it close, kickoff was in two minutes. She got up and went to the fridge. “Remember, you spill it, you clean it, and tell John to keep his boots off the coffee table this time.”

“I hate you.”

She smiled sweetly and kissed my cheek. “I love you too honey.”

I grabbed the remote and stood up, mumbling something under my breath and walked into the living room. Fifteen pairs of eyes of looked at me expectedly. I held the remote up, triumphantly.

“Ladies and gentlemen;

we have football.”


The list )
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It's June already! Where did May go?

Rules; 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything are listed. Match whatever genre you feel the title would fit, or even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Then go back to your own journal, list your own made up titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).
    1. Gutters of the Silver City

    2. Jabber Wock

    3. I'm in Love with Thomas Colt

    4. Twenty-five Towers

    5. Snow of Leaves

    6. I'm Not Crazy (I Just Live Here)

    7. Lesser God of the South Borough

    8. Maxinne Marvelous' Madness (and other More Murderous Mumblings)

    9. The Swamp Witch's Hut

    10. Inside the Golden Egg
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I made my own 30 Day writing meme; huzzah! As evident by the title, it's all about flash fiction and the short little snippets of inspiration to get you going (maybe). I tried to keep it as genre neutral as possible to allow for the greatest range of ideas. And hopefully their abstract enough to make for a wide berth of influences, but still direct enough that the prompt isn't confusing in what the basic idea should be. Or maybe I'm just overthinking this.

Basic rules: Try to keep it to 250 words per entry, give or take 50 words. Go wild with genres (ex; prompt 25 is "noir" but it's meant as more a mood/flavor). No poems; rhyming verse/prose is okay. Have fun.

Your month of prompts are:
    1) Write a scene saying “hello”
    2) Write a scene with a drunken mythological creature
    3) Write a query letter for a fantasy (any kind) novel
    4) Prompt: a hostage situation
    5) Write a scene entirely in dialog
    6) Write a scene with people talking, but without any actual dialog
    7) Write something dirty (take that how you will)
    8) Write a scene as a cat
    9) Write a scene working from the title “Roses are Red, Violets are Dead”
    10) Write a scene focused around a musical instrument
    11) Prompt: a dragon and a princess
    12) Write a scene at a sushi bar
    13) Prompt: underwater
    14) Write the final scene of a romance novel “Never Been Caught”
    15) Prompt: shots fired
    16) Write a scene on horseback
    17) Write a scene with a character in a foreign land, unable to speak the local language
    18) Prompt: the name “Thomas Daniel”
    19) Prompt: in the marketplace
    20) Write a scene with the opening line “I hate you; I just want you to know that”
    21) Write a scene with a drink(ing) of some sort
    22) Write a scene with children
    23) Prompt: falling
    24) Write a scene on a movie set
    25) Prompt: noir style
    26) Write a personalized rejection letter for the YA novel “Sparkle Lust”
    27) Prompt: trapped
    28) Prompt: overhearing a conversation
    29) Write a scene about a [person] and their [animal]
    30) Write a scene saying “good bye”
So yeah, hopefully this is fun, and you all enjoy it!
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Well, I missed out on being about to use a First of May joke, so I guess I'll just throw out some titles instead.

Rules; 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything are listed. Match whatever genre you feel the title would fit, or even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Then go back to your own journal, list your own made up titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).

1. Brownie Points

2. Sift

3. Fire at Winter's Dawn

4. The World in a Room

5. Mirror Ripple

6. Seventh Lance

7. Dead Surfing

8. Arrow into the Ocean

9. The People v Demonic Holdings Inc.

10. The Third Sock
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It's that time of the month again, where I spout titles and you fit it into a genre. Hurray!

Rules; 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything are listed. Match whatever genre you feel the title would fit, even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Then go back to your own journal, list your own titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).

1. Caught Between 20 Seconds

2. Kissing During the Fall

3. Lu La Lay

4. Pixie Cut

5. Dancing Between Raindrops

6. The Butterfly Revolt

7. Taking Myself Hostage

8. Faceless Masks

9. Blue Sky Void

10. Moments Between Moments
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Let's try getting back into the swing of writing things, eh? That MLP post took me three days (of admitedly start and stop going) to finish, and just makes me want a webcam that much more.

Anyway, a new month's upon us, so let's imagine some books that don't exist, shall we? If you don't know the rules:

Here are 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything. List whatever genre you feel the title would fit, even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Go back to your own journal, list your own titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).

1. The Fibonacci Breakdown

2. Stutter/Skip

3. Blind in One Eye

4. Lions in the Birdcage

5. The Day I Traded My Soul For a Cupcake

6. Seven Ate Nine

7. Glass Foot

8. You Want Mr. Gregor

9. My Birthday's On Feb 29th

10. Dex Wexell and the Ballerina Tutu Wager
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A little later posting this than I planned, but still the title goodness has come.

Rulings; 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything. List whatever genre you feel the title would fit, even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Go back to your own journal, list your titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).

1. Corpse Frost

2. Eighth Thrown Stone

3. Louis Vuitton Killed My Husband

4. London Influenced

5. Treehouse in the Desert

6. Silverlust

7. The Tide is With Us

8. I Had Hoped, Never Again

9. On the Nineth Day She Wept

10. Always a Bride, Never the Bridesmaid
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First one of the year! I'm planning on doing one of these once a month, just to keep the process going. They're fairly simple to come up with, but it's still a creative endeavor, so I'd just as well like to keep it up. Even if I'm not writing something more substancive, this little bit keeps the whole thing flowing.

Same as before, 5 to 10 new titles that don't go to anything. List whatever genre you feel the title would fit, even a one sentence synopsis if you'd like. Go back to your own journal, list your titles, and pass it on (if that's how you roll).

1. Magpie's Collection

2. Lord of Day

3. If Boredom Can Kill, I Must Be Immortal

4. Broken Flight

5. Your Shallow Complexity

6. Angel With the Voice of an Devil

7. Long Yawn Shawn

8. Hollow Run

9. Shy High Girl

10. Fallen From Below
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Being a fan of lists and such, I personally love filling out profiles of my characters. I like the database feel of being able to open a book or file and see a character charted out, like I'm a special ops commander and I'm putting together my team.

But, on the whole, it's hard to find one on the internet that doesn't degrade the concept into too base a survey. A lot of writers I've met online hate the concept of characte profiles (to each their own), but this one is pretty awesome. It's very indepth, but asks a lot of questions that make you think more about the character than many others I've found. Part of it is that the survey doesn't ask you list off numbers or stats, but asks questions about the nature of the character. I used it once already for my MC from Tigress.

And feeling a bit brain fried at the moment, which is making me useless in regards to beta, I'm going to find out what more I know about my new Domme madam, Miss Crow. I shiver in antici-

The New, Improved Character Survey of Doom )

-pation.
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Double-ganked from [personal profile] limiinal:

Reply to this post and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then, you post the same in your journal. :D
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Sweetness, another 30 meme for fun and enjoyments. Softly lifted from [personal profile] limiinal when she wasn't looking (*shrss* don't tell her). I'm looking forward to this, because I love movies and love ranting about what i love (or hate) about them. I'm trying not to read the list to come, because I want to be surprised by what's to come.

1. The best movie you saw during the last year

Calendar year or year to date?

How to Train Your Dragon hands down. While I haven't seen a lot of new movies over the last year anyway, this is the one that I spent money I didn't have on and then watched it ten days in a row.

I love this movie. The animation is beautiful, and the best DreamWorks has ever produced. Part of this is because they brought in cinematographer Roger Deakins to help them with visuals and lighting, giving it a much more "real" feel like a live action movie. It's gotten some crap about being an "basic origin story" plot getting dragons and humans togther, while the book it was based on already had them togther, but that's weak to me. There's a lot to get audiences to accept, and working them into it for this movie works when you want to franchise it and make sequels. And that doesn't take away from the fact that this is still an amazing movie.

The whole schabang )
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The return of a meme I created I was told to turn into a meme! Hurray! If you missed the last one,

Here's the downlow. There are 5 to 10 random title names I just made up. Your part is to come up with the genre you think that book title. Then, should you choose to continue it, copy and paste this part to your journal and make up your own titles. Wash, rinse, repeat. Have fun!

1. A Good Yarn

2. King Dragon

3. And Together We Perish

4. Twelve Points North

5. Child's Child

6. Crack Shatter Smash

7. One Soul, Spice to Taste

8. Genre World

9. Devil's Proposal

10. Crowded in Solitude

11. Hide Me From Myself

Memeness

Nov. 13th, 2010 12:08 pm
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Ganked from [personal profile] limiinal who ganked it from [personal profile] azhure before her.



MUSIC: (Bold the ones you like or have fond memories of still!)
Acceptance. Coldplay. Dave Matthews Band. David Bowie. Foo Fighters. The Killers. James Blunt. Teddy Geiger. Linkin Park. Muse. Panic! At The Disco. Peter Bjorn. The Postal Service. Timbaland. Jack Johnson. Norah Jones. The Wreckers. Michael Bublé. Beyoncé. Metallica. Massive Attack. Queen. Journey. The Cars. Supertramp. Eurythmics. Sublime. The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Wu-tang Clan. Fergie. Sarah McLachlan. Band of Horses. John Mayer. Jason Mraz. Justin Timberlake. Michael Jackson. Kenny Chesney. Carrie Underwood. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Neil Young. The Beatles. Brad Paisley. Taylor Swift. P. Diddy. Jay Z. Lil’ Wayne. Lil’ Jon. Three 6 Mafia. Nelly. Young Joc. T.I. Sean Paul. 50 Cent. Eminem. Eiffel 65. Ace of Base. The Underdog Project. Dream Theater. Santana. Alicia Keys. Incubus. Victor Wooten. Gorillaz. Matchbox 20. Paramore. Say Anything. Taking Back Sunday. Eric Clapton. The Darkness. Weezer. Eagles. Jimi Hendrix. Maroon 5. Billy Joel. Reel Big Fish. Mae. Family Force 5. AC/DC. Hootie and the Blowfish. Electric Six. Outkast. R.E.M. The White Stripes. Prince. Mika. Crystal Castles. Britney Spears. Spice Girls. NIRVANA. Smashing Pumpkins. Third Eye Blind. Metro Station. All Time Low. Motion City Soundtrack. The Rocket Summer. Tenacious D. Something Corporate. Miley Cyrus. The Moldy Peaches. Macy Gray. Mandy Moore. Plain White T’s. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. My Chemical Romance. Fall Out Boy. We the Kings. The Rolling Stones. Angels & Airwaves. The Beastie Boys. Black Eyed Peas. Boys Like Girls. Jonas Brothers. Demi Lovato. Selena Gomez. The Cure. Cobra Starship. Death Cab for Cutie. Deftones. Team Sleep. Filter. Honor Society. Katy Perry. Kid Cudi. McFLY. The Summer Set. Marianas Trench. Ashley Tisdale. A Rocket To The Moon. Never Shout Never. Glee.

(I recognize a lot of these bands or singers, but don't have fond memories of, even if I may have liked their music.)

MOVIES: (Bold the ones you like!)
Pride and Prejudice. Glory Road. The Princess Bride. Goonies. Center Stage. Ocean’s Eleven. Seven. Newsies. 300. Robin Hood. Men In Tights. Love Actually. Garden State. Donnie Darko. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. My Best Friend’s Wedding. Anchorman. Drop Dead Gorgeous. Wedding Crashers. Elf. Zoolander. Austin Powers. Clueless. Mean Girls. Hairspray. Moulin Rouge. Fight Club. Rocky. Pulp Fiction. What A Girl Wants. Kill Bill. Thank You For Smoking. Little Miss Sunshine. Requiem for a Dream. The Departed. Dawn of the Dead. Memento. The Lovely Bones. 17 Again. 8 Mile. Office Space. Snakes on a Plane. Boondock Saints. Say Anything. The Silence of the Lambs. Saving Private Ryan. Superbad. The Prestige. Just Friends. The Devil Wears Prada. Saw. Ace Ventura. Under the Tuscan Sun. Titanic. Steel Magnolias. She’s the Man. Because I Said So. Catch and Release. Music and Lyrics. Spanglish. Stick It. Step Up. The Fast and the Furious. Joyride. Halloween. The Italian Job. Crash. Must Love Dogs. The Last Kiss. Chicago. Harry Potter. Rush Hour. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Clerks. Shooter. The Bourne Identity. Meet the Parents. Dirty Dancing. A Christmas Story. Rudy. Miss Congeniality. National Treasure. Sleepless in Seattle. The Science of Sleep. The Matrix. Good Will Hunting. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Empire Records. Phantom of the Opera. Lord of the Rings. Click. Scarface. District 9. The Notebook.

(Why no love for animated movies?)

TV SERIES: (Bold the ones that you’ve watched more than a couple of times!)
ER. Grey’s Anatomy. Saved by the Bell. Man vs. Wild. Scrubs. South Park. America’s Next Top Model. Gossip Girl. Sex and the City. Friends. Dawson’s Creek. The Big Bang Theory. Seinfeld. The Office. Lost. Miami Ink. Arrested Development. That 70’s Show. Family Guy. The Simpsons. Veronica Mars. Project Runway. Iron Chef. Alias. Pushing Dasies. Gilmore Girls. The Colbert Report. The Daily Show. Mythbusters. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Will and Grace. 24. House. To Catch A Predator. Whistler. Heroes. Aqua Teen Hunger Force. 7th Heaven. Unsolved Mysteries. Everybody Loves Raymond. Boston Legal. Bleach. What I Like About You. Reba. King of Queens. Survivor. The O.C. American Idol. Days of Our Lives. How I Met Your Mother. Boy Meets World. Law and Order. CSI. Reno 911. I Love New York. Step by Step. Little People Big World. What Not To Wear. My Wife and Kids. Moonlight. Supernatural. Ace of Cakes. White Collar. Nip/Tuck. The Biggest Loser. Beauty and the Geek.a. Battlestar Galactrica Stargate SG1. The Inferno. Scarred. Wild N Out. Real World. Trinity Blood. Dead Like Me. Whose Line is it Anyway?. Dragon Ball Z. Futurama. Firefly. Star Trek. X-Files. Cowboy BeBop. Sailor Moon. My Name is Earl. Six Feet Under. Dancing With The Stars. Degrassi. Greek. Glee. Secret Life of the American Teenager. The Hills. Laguna Beach. Vampire Diaries. Cake Boss. Jonas. Hannah Montana. Sonny With A Chance. Wizards Of Waverly Place.

(I've actually seen a much bigger portion of these shows, more than once, but didn't mark them because while I'd watch them I didn't always like them. They were interesting but not memorible.
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Random quotes from absolutely nothing. Your mission, whether you choose to accept it or not; name that book.

1. "It is possible that I'm just crazy. It's just as possible you're crazy. Maybe we're both crazy. All I know is that you're wrapped up in duck tape and I have a stick of dynamite, so where do you see this leading, hmm?"

2. "Opps? What do you mean 'opps'? This is not the time for 'opps'!"

3. "I'm sorry, what? I got distracted by our waitress' cute ass."

4. "You know that threat killers like to make, that they'll hunt you down and kill everyone you ever loved, slowly, and then finally put you out of your misery at the very end? I'm not like that. Your family, friends, girlfriend, co-workers, dog; I'm not going to touch any of them. They're safe, and frankly I could care less about them. You, however? You and your existance I will wipe from the face of the earth."

5. "The 'kill it with fire' method has, admittedly, not worked well for me so far in life. But damned if I'm not going to try it every time until it does."

6. "Momma was pimp. Daddy was a stripper."

7. "At what point did I realize it was going to be a weird morning? I'd like to believe it was when a man painted green, wrapped in vines and wearing a large flower around his head, standing on in a large ceramic pot, holding a cardboard sign that said "Feed Me Seymour" was the least interesting thing I saw on the way to work."

8. "I stepped off the plane. Three thousand miles, two jobs, and an undisclosed airport restroom incident later, and here I was, ready to start over. No money, no friends, no contacts, and little idea as to what I was going to do with it all. I don't think I packed enough underwear for this."

Tagged

Oct. 20th, 2010 04:14 pm
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I've been tagged by [personal profile] limiinal. I guess I'm "it" now.

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

Second: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. I'm making it optional to respond to this tagging, because NO MEME TELLS ME WHAT TO DO.

I tag:
not eight people, because i don't know that many who haven't already done this
[profile] charlottehywd
[profile] lccorp2
[profile] seraphania
[profile] bs_08

Lots of pillows or just one?

Three. One usually ends up on the floor.

What kind of books do you read?

Whatever. Just make it interesting.

What's your favorite soda?

Big Red. Followed by Pepsi.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?

Pillage THEN burn.

What's really annoying?

At the moment, the fuckers in the apartment above me playing their goddamn music. On average, people who think they're big shit, don't have any idea that no one really cares, and there so brag about how big they are.

What's your biggest accomplishment of the day?

Woke up. Filled out a job app.

Do you prefer your junk food sweet, salty or savory?

Sweetness.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Questionable Content, Dreamwidth, LJ, YahooMail, Project Rungay, a few others.

What was the last thing you bought?

How to Train Your Dragon.

What is your greatest fear?

That I'm skating by without accomplishing anything, and will continue to do so.

Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave?

Bloo-wait, that's taken. Monte Cristos!

What do you do to change your mood?

People watch in public places.

What was the last meal you ate?

Leftover microwave pizza.

Do you want to learn another language?

Yes, Japanese. I love anime and animation, and knowing the language would help immensely.

Somewhere you want to travel to?

Japan. Love the culture (from the perspective of someone who's never been there) the sense of it. Also London. Been there once, want to go again and just live it.

What are your dietary restrictions?

Love peanuts, hate peanut butter. Like ketchup, slowly warming to tomatos. Daily intake of Pepsi. Nothing that would kill me though.

What's something that you'd like to say to someone right now?

Get off my lawn.

What are you looking forward to?

Knowing that I'm not just playing house and can sustain my own life.
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Ganked from [personal profile] limiinal.

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations, no more than one sentence!

Oh jesus, this may take a while.

1. "You're simply the one who didn't die."

2. She nodded in agreement, placing her small hat with it's single black feather in the ribbon band on her head and walked away.

3. Those were the times I'd get ice cream before and after.

4. "That bastard, he told you I was crazy didn't he?"

5. "No, see, I am, but I also am not, but even though I really am I'd like you to not say I am, because bad things happen if you are, which I am, but not, and since I'm not really, but am, they don't."

6. But, anyway, I'm well aware of the ramifications of my actions.

7. How from the legs it would all bloom out from the inside of her thighs and circle around to curl and cup her cheeks.

8. "You will be less than deja vu to them, because they won't even remember if they forgot about you."

9. "You don't get to leave yet, you wait your turn like the rest of us."

10. You get shiny coppers like Arthur O’Hara, who truly (if you believe it) think that the system works, and in their favor no less.

11. She wears wildfire for clothing, and the dancing flames of a campfire as anklets and bracelets.

12. Grey silk whispered in flight as she turned and dropped.

13. The rock sat there, unmoving, but she didn't dare approach it, least it bite her.

14. Feeling your spine twist and snap is the worst part, but you get used to it.

15. Four years of planning, two of fighting, one night of depraved lust, and it was would all worthless if he decided he didn't like the color.

16. The scream was heard throughout the palace.

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I could do more, but then I'd just depress myself with how much I have open but unfinished. Not bad depressed, but just irritated-god-why-can't-I-finish-something annoyance.
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Hey, that could be a title.

I just spent the better part of an hour staring blankly at a Word doc, trying to make words appear without my doing anything. My trials have bore no fruit, but I shall continue unhindered.

What I did come up with, however, are several titles of stories. Stories of what, I couldn't tell you. That's all that appeared, and really I don't need to focus too much energy on any of these. The names were just fun to come up with. Ironically enough, however, I still can't come up with something that sounds good for the ever labelled Noir story.

- A Disaster of Moments
- FollowThrough
- Fatal Mortality
- Volume of Elements
- Silent as Thunder
- The Infinity Cannon
- King of Second Firsts
- Scarred
- Demon From Heaven
followed of course by
- Angel From Hell
- Reverse
- Never'd


Some seem interesting, some I'm really tempted by, and then there are the ones that I feel nothing for. Those are my favorites, because they want nothing from me.

*Edit*: [livejournal.com profile] limiinal had the most excellent idea of viewing this as a Rorschach test, which lends itself ideally into a new meme. SO; have you're own go at it. Based just on the titles, what genre or basic idea do you see each title bearing? Write it next the title, then tag someone else. Feel free to add new titles should you come up with one.
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Seems to be the latest meme, though substantially more thoughtout. Mine were gotten from [livejournal.com profile] limiinal. Comment and I give you five new questions, and so on and so forth.

1. Do you have any recurring themes or concepts in your creative projects? If so, what are they and why?

Not really that I can think of. It helps that I usually don't try to repeat myself, but most of what I'm working on don't have too many overlapping ideas. Those that do tend to be born from the same cloth, so I don't quite count those as they're just the same idea told in different ways.

Actually, I take that back; one theme I find is trying to find your place in the world. Several works-in-progress have the character trying to figure out where they stand, whether it be with what they grew up with or, feeling different from those around them, with others who share the same qualities.

2. What did you hate most about working as a waiter?

...okay, at first I thought that was "writer", but limi does read my journal so now it makes more sense. Also, at no time in the following is my use of the possesive "you" directed at you, it's the royal usage so please don't think I'm pointing fingers.

John Q Public for the most part. Few people know what actually goes on inside a restaurant, and not enough think about what your server has to go through in a day. "Don't you just take orders, bring drinks, and clear tables?" Yes, and it's not that simple. On some level, you have to entertain. The people who enter didn't want to cook for themselves, but still feel that because it's their money, they can act how they want. So I'm forced to put on a happy face, regardless of how my day is going, and crack stupid jokes to keep a light mood. If the food is bad, I'm the go-between, and the rule of "don't take it out on the messenger" isn't kept in mind when they wanted their steak medium-rare with fries and the cook made medium-done with cheese fries. The cook apologizes, but he has five orders of parties of four, and if in the rush either he misread a ticket, or the wrong plate was grabbed, what the fuck do you care your order was just either paid for or reduced, maybe you got a free dessert, shut up I have other tables to deal with.

On top of that, most of the time, your jokes aren't funny. Yes, yes, we've all heard it, ha ha, yes it is just a tiny bit busy, how observant of you. No, really, I can make a "dinner and a show" joke all by myself when I break a glass, thank you. It's not that the attempt to lighten the mood isn't appreciated, it's that coming from you it isn't all that funny. Let us make those corny jokes; it shows we're not going to take it hard and be nervous the rest of the meat around you, and it allows us to break the our own tension. You want to help? A few extra bucks at checkout time would help, most of us live off our tips and state law rarely supports minimum wage for servers.

On top of that, you're not my only table, depending on the time of day I could be juggling anywhere from one to twelve tables, not counting the counter seats or the seasonal outdoor tables. That's somewhere in the range of 60+ people who I need to seat, drink, move to the next, bus, order, send orders to kitchen, restock salads and beverages, re-drink, handle mistakes, bring out your food, bus, clear tables, set tables, print checks, wash, rinse, repeat at the same goddamn time. Jesus I'm glad I got out of that!

3. Is there any book, movie, play, or episode from a show that has or continues to scare you shitless?

Mmmyes and no. I remember being scared a lot when I was younger, which lead to me being a big "where's mom and dad" kid growing up. There was the opening of Nightmare Before Christmas, the opening alone freaked me out the first time I saw it; seeing only the melting faces of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and only that scene without any context did a number on my psychi.

But still to this day?...noooot really. There's the Saw series, but that's more of "ew, god, ew, ew, ew" than scary. There are certain concepts that freak me out, but most of the time it only works once.

4. Which appeals to you more, speculative fiction or literary fiction? Why?

What the Sam Hell is "literary fiction", isn't that just "the fiction of literature"? Let's see here, Wikipedia...speculative...okay, "literary fiction focuses more on style, psychological depth, and character, the plot may or may not be important". Ah hah.

Speculative, hands down. I'd rather be attracted to things that actually make up a story and be snuck up on by the themes and subject matter, instead of reading something where the definition of it is that the writer is trying to write something obviously of worth. You know what that is? It's called "the Great American Novel", and no one ever achieves it. It's the goal of people who get into writing for all the wrong reasons shoot for, because they want their work to "mean something" and "have worth" and mainly talk about something without saying anything. Literary fiction, to my mind, is masturbation with a pen, literary self-gratification.

Speculative fiction may not outright deal with the issues of our day, but they're gonna be damn more entertaining.

5. What is the earliest memory you can remember, and how old were you?

Texas. I was born in Washington state, but I only know that because I know that. I lived in Texas, San Antinio more precisely, sometime after birth until I was five, when we moved back to Washington (my dad was in the Air Force). Right now I can't think of too much in a linear timeline, but I can pick out pieces from back then.

One that I didn't remember until my mom reminded me is probably one the best. Texas, for anyone (actually) reading this might not know, is pretty lightning-pretty in the summer time. Huge electrical storms. Awesome. Anywho, my mom would take me on walks through the neighborhood and to a local football field/park area. She'd do this before a storm would actually come overhead, so I would hear the thunder and, once at the field, could see the lightning in the distance. She'd do this multiple times over the year, mainly depending on if she was home at the time and if she knew the storm was coming. But, alone with the 4th of July, sometimes we'd get Chruch icecream bars, climb to the top of the bleachers, and watch the lightning.

I didn't remember this for a long time, until I mentioned I missed the awesome lightning storms from when we visited relatives in the mid-west. She mentioned she took me on walks so I wouldn't be frightened of the storms, because I guess one of her sisters was scared of thunder storms as a kid. So she brought me up so I wouldn't be. Which is cool, because it gave me a new story idea, Lightning's Child, and also makes me crave the few times thoughtout the year I can just relax in a chair and listen to the rain and all the flash and boom of the storms.
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Mary Sue is you! You is Mary Sue! Today!

Okay, the task is seems is to write yourself (your real life self, mind you) into what is the most hated of literary characters, the Mary Sue. Or Gary Stu, should you be picky about naming conventions and/or a guy who doesn't like being called by female dominant names. To those, I direct you to the late Mr. Cash, and his thoughts on Sues.

Also, I'm in no way taking this seriously, and will enjoy this trash as much as possible. Like a fat kid on a cupcake.

***

The throaty laughter started deep inside, rising to the deep pitch and ringing tones that surpassed even the greatest of legendary B-movie mad scientists. It was so simple, he thought, again and again with so little effort on his part. Take a simple picture, not even with a good camera, a mere three generation old cell phone lens, and place it on any one of the many social networking sites. Within minutes he had been friended by people across the globe. How did they find him? He'd stopped asking that question years ago, figuring what worked in middle school would work outside those hallowed halls. It wasn't like he didn't have the time to practice back then, he'd hardly needed to study to pass those pedantic tests anyway.

"Yes, bask in my glory bitches, bask!"

The not-a-smile-not-a-smirk grin that had stopped so many before. Hair that perfectly spiked forward, yet had never felt the too-smooth slide of any product on the market, brushed forward and back in that devil may care fashion; so many tried to achieve, so few actually could. He didn't know where the t-shirt came from, it could've been old or new, but regardless, like all others, it fit him in such ways as to accent his physique without making it look like he was begging. Not that he wasn't proud of his body, but a sane person could only handle so many, shall we say, incidents that occur when shirtless that he erred on the side on modesty as much as possible.

He rubbed his chin, wondering if he should've shaved. What hair that did grow on his face never bothered him; why worry about what wasn't going to look bad? The goatee to sideburn look was pretty in right now anyway, no need to go beyond in effort. He stared at the screen, wondering if anyone else could make a five-year old laptop go as far and as powerful as he had. Why upgrade when you can simple make what you have go beyond anything new anyway? More and more, people wanted to know him. He chuckled again, soon he could turn the full force of this controlled public opinion on his designated targets. They would burn, if not in cyberspace then possibly in the real world, where the more, ahem, devoted would take actions into their own hands.

He didn't worry; they would never connect themselves back to him, least he himself get in trouble. And even if a connection was somehow made, he had thousands of "friends", and more by the hour. Who was he to pick even one of them apart from the pack.

"Soon. Like the tsunami pack of wolves, this wave will ravage those who I deem worthy. Or, unworthy, as the case may be." He laughed. He had made a funny. "No fourth season of Avatar the Last Airbender? Target! You leave a franchise hanging with so many unanswered questions?! You will burn, in fire! Oh, yes, your crimes with the Shyamalan will be held accountable, you cannot hide. Allow such atrocities to occur for mere pittances of simple money? TROLL, my minions, troll them until their servers crash! I have the internet, and what's more, access to that interent! My righteous opinions will be heard and made real!"

***

Hmm, perhaps I have issues.

Also, for reference:

Bask, I say! Bask!
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Found this while profile hopping. Looks interest, and it'll give me an excuse to flesh out a character I've been meaning to work with. Her name is Tai-Lan, by the by.

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