Writer's Block: Unplugged

For how much money would you be willing to spend a whole week away from the Internet, TV, and mobile phones? Would you suffer withdrawal pains?

I wouldn't have a problem with it personally, but since I do business over the 'Net to some degree (i.e. that's how I keep in touch with the production editor at Hachette who sends me proofreading jobs) I'd charge more if I didn't get to pick my week or know ahead of time.  Say a couple of thousand dollars to double the maximum possible lost income.  If I got to pick my week and didn't have to worry about that, say a thousand.  Whoever it is still has to make it worth my while.

Halloween Fanfic Meme

I picked this up from rahirah , who challenged fanfic writers to post a link to their most Halloween-y story.  I wasn't sure I had one, but then I remembered this:

Title:Who Gave Me All My Will
Author:  Margaret R. Dean
Fandom:  Elfquest
Character/Pairing:  OC
Genre: weirdness
Rating:  Oh, PG, I guess
Warnings:  A little not-very-explicit sex
Disclaimers and Distribution Info:  Elfquest and its world belong to WaRP Graphics, not to me.  Pass it around as you like, as long as author information stays intact, and I'd also appreciate knowing where it goes.
Summary:  An Elfquest tale inspired by the Steeleye Span version of the ballad "King Henry", and that's all I'm gonna say.

The People in my Head - Lady Penthesilea

Let me introduce you to some of the people in my head.  Most if not all of the ones I intend to showcase here on LiveJournal are ones that have a) been around for a while and b) appeared in more than one incarnation, so to speak.  I'll discuss their initial inception and the various transformations they've gone through over the years.

I've been creating characters in one form or another since earliest childhood, when I bestowed personalities on my stuffed animals, but the more protean ones didn't start to surface until I discovered roleplaying games in my college years.  So I'm going to start with one of those (first in a series, collect them all!)...


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Hopefully I got the "cut" function to work this time. 



The People in My Head - Prologue

Last night I got at least a minor brainstorm about what I might do in the way of Livejournal posts.  I have all these characters sitting around in my head from various venues -- a number of them more than one -- and i thought it might be fun to introduce them to people.

However, I know already that some (if not all) of the resultant posts will be quite lengthy, and I haven't yet been able to get the "cut" function to work by messing about on my own.  I have a feeling a number of people may be quite annoyed with me if I don't use it, so I'd appreciate advice from those on my friends list who do use this function successfully.

Thanks in advance, and I hope to be able to introduce you to some interesting people.

Question Meme

This meme was passed along to me by princejvstin .

How to play:
- Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile".
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
- Update your blog/journal with the answers to your questions.
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

So here are princejvstin 's questions and the answers to them.

1. Suggest an author or book that you don't think I have read.

Just for fun, I'm going to suggest the historical mystery series I gave my younger son for Christmas, Holmes on the Range and its sequels by Steve Hockensmith.  Cowboy detectives with both humor and action.  Historical mystery is a genre I haven't seen you review, so I'm guessing it may not be one you normally follow.

2. What are your favorite moments as a roleplayer?

I can think of two right offhand, one from the Old Days and one more recent (though still some years back).  The first was an incident in a D&D game where my sawed-off fighter character, Blaze Nightchaser, managed to best a Type Three demon through a combination of luck and sheer chutzpah.  I liked that one so much I ended up writing a ballad of it, which later on I sang at the occasional Bardic Circle; it was enjoyed by the late Paul Edwin Zimmer, for one, which may give you some notion of how long ago that was. 

More recently, in an online game called "Westlands" run by an e-friend of mine, my street performer/thief character Merlette foiled another demonic foe by hitting her in the face with a cream pie.

3. National Geographic wants to send you somewhere in the world to do an article on birdwatching! Where do you go?

That's a tough choice -- but after the most recent Nature program I saw, I think I might go with the Balkans!  The wildlife there is seriously cool, and it wouldn't be too hot and sticky for the most part.  And they have griffon vultures!  Tropical places have a lot of showy birds, but the humidity...!

4. Someone has a day to see Santa Fe. Where do you take them, and why?

It would depend partly on who the person was and what their interests were, but I would probably concentrate on museums.  We have a history museum and an art museum pretty much on the Plaza (and right across the street from each other), with a number of interesting restaurants in easy walking distance.  Then a short drive away is another cluster of museums, including the International Folk Art museum and the Wheelwright (Native American art) where my mother volunteers.   A fellow birder I might drive out to the Randall Davey Audubon Center.  These are all interesting places and relatively easy to get to.  The downtown museums and restaurants could be done on foot from our house.

5.Your gaming tastes are strongly literary. If you could write a novel, what would it be about?

I actually do have several chapters of a novel on my laptop right now; it's a fantasy with an ancient-world setting (as opposed to, say, medievaloid) in a world with at least two intelligent species; my protagonist is a member of the non-human, immortal one.  Now, if I only had a plotline past the first five chapters...  I also would like to be able to write one or more novels starring my artist-detective character, Jean-Claude de Saint-Ange (you know him as Claudio Barimen in TUC), if there weren't so many difficulties about the setting.



Santa Fe Bird List for 2009

This is my list of birds seen in Santa Fe from October 2008 through December 2009 (a little more than a year’s worth, but the extra three months can be counted as part of the learning curve). Most if not all of these were seen on my morning bird walks in the neighborhood north of Paseo de Peralta and west of Old Taos Highway, an area mainly of juniper and piñon scrub land. Asterisks indicate life birds for this period.


Turkey Vulture

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel


Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon*

Eurasian Collared-Dove*

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Greater Roadrunner*

Common Nighthawk

White-throated Swift

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Lewis’s Woodpecker*

Williamson’s Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker*

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (Note: This includes Red-shafted [most common], Yellow-shafted, and intermediate forms.)

Olive-sided Flycatcher*

Western Wood-pewee

Say’s Phoebe

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird*

Western Kingbird?

Loggerhead Shrike*

Plumbeous Vireo*

Cassin’s Vireo*

Warbling Vireo*

Steller’s Jay*

Western Scrub-Jay

Black-billed Magpie

American Crow

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Mountain Chickadee

Juniper Titmouse


Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Rock Wren*

Bewick’s Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

Curve-billed Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler*

Virginia’s Warbler*

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler*

Wilson’s Warbler

Western Tanager

Green-tailed Towhee*

Spotted Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Sage Sparrow*

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (“Oregon”, “Gray-headed” and “Pink-sided” types)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Brewer’s Blackbird*

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Bullock’s Oriole

Cassin’s Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch

Evening Grosbeak

House Sparrow


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