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21 July 2006 @ 08:54 am
Friday Sort Of Post  
Since it's Friday, let's play the 'ask me a question' game again. And if you ask me a question, I'll ask you one in return -- if you want :) Any topic, but don't expect answers on anything too TMI or personal.

Amy H. Sturgis: Forever Knight/Janetteeldritchhobbit on July 21st, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
Okay! :) If you could have lunch with any five fictional characters, who would they be, and why? (Lunch is all you get with them! LOL.)
Ith: Callanishithildyn on July 21st, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
I have a question on the new member survey on my House list that asks what three historical figures would you have over for dinner.

Hmmm... Okay, this first one's a gimmee :) Methos.

Four more...
Sir Adam Sinclair (from Katherine Kurtz's Adept novels), Galadriel, Master Robinton of Pern, oh heck... this is harder than I thought. Oh, I know! Aeron Aoibhell from the Keltiad books by Patricia Kennealy.

(Lunch is all you get with them! LOL.)

Why, whatever do you mean?? [bats eyelashes demurely]

Good question! Now, do you want a question in return?
Amy H. Sturgis: Forever Knight/Janetteeldritchhobbit on July 21st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Oooh, great answers! Wouldn't meeting Galadriel be awe-inspiring? I think you'd have a great lunch roundtable! :)

Good question! Now, do you want a question in return?

Sure, why not? Thanks!
Ith: Ithildinithildyn on July 21st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Galadriel is probably my fave Tolkien character, followed by Elrond. Yeah, I have to be different!

On to the question! I'll do my best not to be all fangirly on you :) I've been to your website, and you are such an accomplished woman. Actually, I'm rather in awe of you. Seriously [g] Though more in a "she's so cool!" sort of way, than an afraid to talk you way. Heh.

So my question: Cherokee civilization and Tolkien being your two 'specialities'. They seem quite diverse, but I'm wondering if they really are -- is there a connection between the two subjects for you?

And if this is a dopey question, please just tell me, and I'll change it to what's your favourite colour or s
Amy H. Sturgis: Dancereldritchhobbit on July 22nd, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh wow! I ask you a cheesy question and you give me this fantastic one! Thanks for your kind words, by the way. Seeing that I started kindergarten wearing Chewbacca kneesocks and only got geekier from there, "cool" isn't usually a word I associate with myself! ;)

The "big answer" is that I see history (my training) and science fiction/fantasy (my lifelong love) as two sides of the same coin, since they're both trying to get at what it means to be human. One looks backwards, and the other looks forwards, or away altogether, but at heart, they are searching for what is common to humanity across time and space, who we are and what we dream. That appeals to me.

The specific answer, though, is that you cannot consider the Cherokee Nation post-contact, post-Trail of Tears, post-Dawes Act, post-Indian Reorganization Act, (I could keep on going and going here), without a profound sense of displacement. And one of Tolkien's recurring themes, as he wrote in a letter to his son Christopher, is that humanity is "soaked through with a sense of exile." The two are sympathetic to one another, then - they fit. The Cherokee intellectual tradition was one of the first influences for me into thinking, also, that stories need not be factual to be true - in fact, some of the most truthful words are not factual. This freed me to understand the truths that Tolkien and others like him reveal in their work.

I hope that isn't too long-winded or lame. :) It's a beautiful question, and I'm honored that you'd ask!
Ith: Bloom No Moreithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
I enjoyed your question :) Chewbacca socks, huh? [g] Cool *and* fashionable!

And one of Tolkien's recurring themes, as he wrote in a letter to his son Christopher, is that humanity is "soaked through with a sense of exile."

You've hit one of the things that so draws me into Tolkien's works. There's a reason I get weepy through most of the end of RotK. Frodo's journey, his suffering, and then his exile in his own home, his own land, is heartbreaking. He doesn't get a fairy tale happy ending. He gives up everything to protect what he loves, but doesn't get to enjoy what he saves.

I hope that isn't too long-winded or lame. :) It's a beautiful question, and I'm honored that you'd ask!

No, no! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I almost didn't ask, but I'm very glad I did.
Full Circlesteelvictory on July 21st, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
What inspires you to write crazy fix crossovers? I only ask because I do the same thing, so I'm always curious as to other writers' motivations.
Full Circlesteelvictory on July 21st, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
*fic crossovers

(Hanna needs sleep, and is happy she gets to leave at 3 today.)
Ith: Wildwoodithildyn on July 21st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't see them as crazy [g] It's all perfectly logical in my head.(isn't that scary?) Some shows just fit together. Now, the first fanfic I posted was Forever Knight, but Methos and LaCroix were just meant to snark at each other [g] (did you know they actually considered doing a real TV crossover of the two shows once upon a time? Like they used to do on CBS back in the day) Okay, so you put Methos and LaCroix together, and their universes work well together -- I think. But then you have immortal beings, and you want to move a few centuries down the road, and you've just seen First Contact, and you have a fondness for post apocalyptic fic, and there you have Star Trek for a preexisting future history. So that was sort of an accident. We had an IRC conversation one night about what would happen if a Borg tried to assimilate an Immortal [g] Look where that got us!

Are you sorry you asked now? [g]

And do you want a question?
Full Circlesteelvictory on July 21st, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. And very similiar to the conclusions I came up with when my crossovers started happening. Neat!

Sure, ask away!
Ith: Yoda guyithildyn on July 21st, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
What fandoms were used in your very first crossover? And what two fandoms would you like to cross that you haven't yet?
Full Circlesteelvictory on July 21st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Man, I had to actually go check my archive to figure that one out.

Here's the order I think it happened.

I came up with the idea for "Demon's Triangle II: Of All Immortals, Dark and Light" first, so the original would have been Highlander/Buffy. But then the story altered when I got into Anita Blake, so I took the time out to write "Demon's Triangle I: To the Power of Three," which includes all three. And while all of this was going on, I was plotting out my Highlander/Poltergeist: the Legacy beast ("Shadows of Forever").

I started working on a short story earlier in the summer that crosses one of my original HL characters with the world of Eric Flint's 1632 universe. I keep writing bits of it in snatches, and it's an interesting concept (20 year old Immortal gets dumped back in time and has to figure out who he knows who's been born yet, where they might be, and whether they'll kill him). Hopefully I'll finish that one soon.
Mischief: To Die Forem_kellesvig on July 21st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
What is the first thing you'd do if you actually met the REAL Methos?
Ith: Wolfithildyn on July 21st, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'd know who he was, all about him? Or meet him as Adam Pierson?

[stalling tactic whilst I think of an answer]
Ith: Burnithildyn on July 21st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll assume I know who he is and all about him...

Well, there the NC17 version of my answer [snicker] But we won't go there.

First thing I'd do is introduce myself, then I'd ask him what one book he thought I should read.
Mischief: MacLeodem_kellesvig on July 21st, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Interesting answer either way. Now, where's my question??
Ith: Danceithildyn on July 21st, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
If you say so [g]

Your question... sorry, got distracted by the new Peter job...

What one fictional world/universe would you want to live in?
Mischiefem_kellesvig on July 21st, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Accckkkk!!! OMG!! Ith, how do I answer that one?! Okay, I cheat. The Lazarus Long/Highlander/Magnum,PI/JAG/NCIS/Star Trek Continuum. Hey, they all flow together so nicely. I'll bet even Stargate and The X-Files would fit in there if I fudged it a bit.

(Laughing hysterically)

You just had to ask that one...VBEG
She went that-a-way...jinxed_wood on July 21st, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
To which he'd answer promptly, 'Green Eggs and Ham' :-)
Ithithildyn on July 21st, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Well since i've read that, he'd have to try again!
She went that-a-way...: Bugger this for a game of soldiers...jinxed_wood on July 21st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
...and six recommendations later, he gives up trying to find a book you haven't read and drags you to a hotel room instead...

Ith: Afternoon Delightithildyn on July 21st, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
ROTFL! I like the way you think, I really do.
Sophiesophiedb on July 21st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
What would be your ideal day? :)
Ith: Eyesithildyn on July 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
A day off where I didn't have to clean, or cook, or do anything at all.

A fantasy ideal day would be a cabin on the Oregon coast somewhere in the winter, watching a storm roll in while I sit in front of the fire with a book and a glass of wine, relaxing after a day of walking on the beach looking for agates.

Now, your question, should you choose to accept it...

What's your image of what you'll be doing, or where you'll be, in ten years?
Sophiesophiedb on July 22nd, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Oregon, but that sounds like a fantastic day - interesting beach, cozy indoors, book, WINE.. Very nice indeed.

Ok, me in 10 years. Right. First off, I hope to be living in New Zealand, preferably in the Marlborough Sounds region *cough* can't think why *cough* but more likely Christchurch or Blenheim, where hubby's family is mostly located.

As for what I'd be doing.. by the time we get to NZ we should have enough cash to buy a decent house outright, or a larger place with a relatively small mortgage (exchange rates are wonderful and my family's company is currently up for sale - unbelievably, I get 10%). This should mean that neither of us has to work full time and can therefore spend more time with the kids that don't exist yet. I don't think I could be a housewife though, much as I like pottering around, so am hoping to buy or start very a small business - exactly what changes on a regular basis, but this week's idea is tours (walking, cycling, motorcycling, minibus..) of wherever we end up. NZ is the size of Great Britain with only 4 million people.. plenty of countryside, and most of it's gorgeous :)
Ith: Callanishithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
If you look here, they have a rotating slide show of photos.

Now, if I'm being totally unrealisitc, I'd go back to this place :)

I've always wanted to visit NZ! Sounds like you have a wonderful plan!
Sophiesophiedb on July 24th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Ooh, nice piccies! Where's a Star Trek-style transporter when you need it? Quick, efficient, more environmentally friendly than a Boeing.. :)

She went that-a-way...jinxed_wood on July 22nd, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
So there you are, minding your own while walking down the road, when suddenly a Dalek verrs around a corner screaming


Um, so, what do you do?

P.S. Mea Culpa, these kind of memes bring out the inner twelve-year-old in me :-)
Ith: Ithildinithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
Why, scream and wait for the Doctor to save me! [weg]

Now, for your question.... If you were going to give yourself a new first name, what would it be?
She went that-a-way...: Right - Vachonjinxed_wood on July 22nd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Naming the beast...
Oh bugger, I don't have a clue...probably something mysterious like....like...she-whose-name-shall-not-be-uttered.

Um, yeah, that's it...

Or, possibly, Oonagh...no, scratch that, Caoibhe...or maybe...oh, I give up!

*Sneaks off*
Ith: Eyesithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Naming the beast...

I don't get the reference, I'm afraid.

LOL! Sorry bout that :) That's what I get for trying to be creative question girl!
She went that-a-way...: Right - Vachonjinxed_wood on July 22nd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Naming the beast...
A variation of a Buffy thing, though not taken word for word (Glory's real name, apparently, could not be uttered)

...sorry, I didn't mean to be obscure, I was just inferring that my name would be so cool, you wouldn't dare utter it :-)
Ith: Danceithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Naming the beast...
ah hah! Thanks for letting me know so it didn't eat at my brain all day. Now I get the reference :)
ursus_trollkinursus_trollkin on July 22nd, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
This seems such a silly question compared to many of the others, but it is something I am curious about. Why, in the "oddness meme," did you describe yourself as a spinster instead of just single?
Ith: Camelias & Titmouseithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Because spinster is a more accurate description IMHO. Once you pass a certain age and have never been married, and are childless, single doesn't quite cover it. Single seems like it may be temporary, while spinster indicates a more permanent state of affairs. And spinster is a good word in general :)
ursus_trollkinursus_trollkin on July 22nd, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
I don't know. Spinster, to me, is a relic of an age when women were considered wives and home makers, and nothing more, and a woman who reached a certain age without ever being married, and are childless were viewed as failures. I guess in the long and short that is why it puzzled me. The term spnister, again to me, carries connotations of failure, which I do not think you are.
Ith: Danceithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
That's okay :) I disagree though, I think it's a perfectly good word myself. It's not about being a failure, more a state of being. Heh.
ursus_trollkinursus_trollkin on July 23rd, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I never meant to imply that being a spinster meant failure. Just that due to usage the word has that connotation. I personally prefer to think of you as a well seasoned bachelorette. And I got by without a question. haha.
Ithithildyn on July 23rd, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
"bachelorette" give me afwul 70s flashbacks of the who the Dating Game [g]

Your question: what mythical creature would you like to be?
ursus_trollkinursus_trollkin on July 24th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Good point. I prefer to think of it in the terms described in Heinlein's To Sail Beyond the Sunset.

As for what mythical creature . . . I would have to say I would want to be an arktantherope. Or werebear.
enchantersnightenchantersnight on July 22nd, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
OK here goes (combining two loves Methos and Dr Who)

You are walking along a deserted beach with your long time partner Adam Pierson when the Tardis appears before you with the doctor (incarnation of your choice) offering to take you away with him. What do you do?
Ith: Absinthe Posterithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be boring and old fashioned :) If I ever had a life partner/spouse, whatever you want to call it, no matter who it was, running off with the Doctor wouldn't be a temptation. So I'd politly decline his offer :)

Good question!
enchantersnightenchantersnight on July 22nd, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
I suppose that he could always come with you, that would be interesting Methos and The Doctor.

We can make it an incarnation that was fatherly hmm how about 2 (patrick Troughton)?
Ith: Wolfithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, see I thought choosing to go with the Doctor meant leaving significant other behind. I actually don't crush on any of the Doctors, so that's not an issue. If I could bring SO along.... Hmmm... Okay, that would tempt me :) As to which Doctor, probably Peter Davison's incarnation. I like those companions best. I don't think I could take days of Rose [g]
Ith: Jack  Sparrow - Horizonithildyn on July 22nd, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, forgot your question!

What one -- or two -- fictional characters could you see yourself dating, that you'd be compatible with?
enchantersnightenchantersnight on July 22nd, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh lets see I was very fond of Dr. James Sheppard from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd(Agatha Christie)the book version though.