chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Ahh, college (university)! When romance and sex became real, and where I had my first clinically diagnosed depression (brought on by loss of socialization as I left my high school friends behind and lack of sleep from the noisy dorms, in which the rest of the students were discovering alcohol). Once I settled in, the major social axes for me were the Historical Simulation Society (strategy gaming club, where the hot new thing was this little game called Dungeons and Dragons) and the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The latter introduced me to British folk/rockers Steeleye Span. I quickly obtained most of their extant albums. At one Yule Revel, the Princess of Atlantia requested a carol, and everyone in the shire who could carry a tune was rounded up to sing this:

I was also into the art-rock group Renaissance at this point (Carpet of the Sun, live) and the Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin, live) — the latter actually old stuff by this time, but I loved them.

A young rocker named Bruce Springsteen had started to burn up the airwaves on radio at this point, but I loyally agreed with my Styx-loving housemate who called him "The Employee" (vs. "the Boss"). Fifteen years later, Springsteen would become one of my favorite artists.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

By the end of high school, I was active in the Diplomacy Club (we played the strategy board game Diplomacy), the Science Fiction Club, the school literary magazine, and Stage Crew, where I held the lofty position of Assistant Electrician and got to help order costume supplies from New York, from a real Broadway costume outfit.

On the other hand, inviting friends home was almost impossible (mom needed enough lead time to make everything spotless, and we were always on tenterhooks for her to have a meltdown).

But I had *friends* with whom to share books and music. And a regular babysitting gig. I was able to buy record albums and concert tickets. During this period, acts I saw included Rick Wakeman, Paul McCartney and Wings, Seals & Crofts, and David Bowie. But my favorite act was Queen, recommended by my friend Charles' younger brother. I barely knew the word "androgyny," but there was something very special about Freddie Mercury. A Night at the Opera was *the* album at that point, but "Killer Queen" pretty much sums up what drew me to the band:

Like everyone else in DC (it seemed), I was a fan of "Bohemian Rhapsody," but other favorites from Opera included guitarist Brian May's science fiction ballad "'39," the sweet love song "You're My Best Friend," and the music hall-inspired "Seaside Rendezvous." And Brian May had a university degree in astrophysics! It just didn't get any cooler than that for me at 17.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

I see that I did this only about 6 months ago, but the heck with it, I love me some constrained randomosity (in that there is a set number of songs, but within that set, it's random)... .

You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod/iPhone/iTunes/media player and write down the first 10 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. ... No tagging here, but I'd enjoy seeing your song lists.


  1. Hakol Over (This Too Shall Pass) - Idan Raichel Project
  2. A Lonely Voice - October Project
  3. Come to My Window - Melissa Etheridge
  4. Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
  5. Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money
  6. Downtown Train - Everything but the Girl (Rod Stewart cover)
  7. Helen O'Grady/Drops of Brandy - Maggie Sansone (solo hammer dulcimer)
  8. East St. Louis Toodle-oo - Steely Dan (Duke Ellington cover)
  9. Car on a Hill - Joni Mitchell (YouTube link)
  10. Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers

The Joni Mitchell is one of my favorite songs ever, from the opening sax riff to the strange bridge in the middle to the sad, dreamy finish:

"It always seems so righteous at the start
When there's so much laughter, when there's so much spark
When there's so much sweetness in the dark ... ."

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Haven't done a meme in, like, forever. I narfed this one from [livejournal.com profile] oonaseckar.

Using only song names from one artist/band, cleverly answer these questions. Pass this on to 15 people (hey, you guys, do it if it strikes your fancy - that's all!). Try not to repeat a song title.


Pick Your Artist/Band: Billy Joel

Describe yourself: All About Soul

How do you feel: And So It Goes

Describe where you currently live: Sometimes A Fantasy

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Zanzibar

Your favorite form of transportation: Downeaster "Alexa" [ETA: a "downeaster" is a type of boat, usually a fishing boat ... but hey, it's a boat)

Your best friend is: Uptown Girl (my sister Amy, in this case)

You and your best friend are: Keeping The Faith

What’s the weather like: Scandinavian Skies

Favorite time of day: This Is The Time

If your life was a TV show, what would the title be: A Minor Variation

What is life to you: Everybody Has A Dream

Your relationship: A Matter Of Trust and/or You're My Home

You Fear: I Don't Want To Be Alone

Whee! Hey, I have an alternative call to action for you: link me to a meme that you particularly enjoyed doing, on your journal. Thanks muchly!

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

This is [livejournal.com profile] telophase's fault.

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

According to them I read 683 words per minute. But I really can't keep that up for very long.

chomiji: Saiyuki's Hakkai with a pile of clean laundry and sparkles (Hakkai - fresh & clean)

You are now a Time Lord. The object closest to your left hand is your Sonic item. One of your parents’ occupations is your title. Your last text is your catchphrase.

I am the Naval Engineer. I have a sonic tea tray. My catchphrase is "Do I know you?"

(The tea tray protects my desk from my breakfast. I don't text much ... most of the incoming texts are junk. And why am I doing a Dr. Who meme? I blame [personal profile] telophase/[livejournal.com profile] telophase.)

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

What have you just finished reading?

Seanan McGuire's Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea (vols. 4 and 5 of the October Daye series), vols. 1 and 2 of the manga A Bride's Story, and vols. 1 and 2 of the manga adaptation of the anime Tiger & Bunny.

I liked One Salt Sea better than Late Eclipses, because in the latter, Toby is back to doing impulsive stupid things that have me going "Um, no, Toby, don't do that," with the result that I knew roughly what was happening about halfway through the book. In One Salt Sea, I knew to some degree whodunnit, but not how, and it was interesting to see it play out. There were also a couple of very funny scenes.

(On the other hand, I continue to twitch from time to time and wonder what happened to the Native American spirits in this completely Euro-fae-occupied America.)

A Bride's Story is just beautiful, and I liked Amir's feistiness and mad hunting skillz. On the other hand, there's almost no exploration of how it feels to be a 20-yr-old woman married to a 12-yr-old boy.

Tiger & Bunny was cute, but after two volumes, the underlying emotional arcs are only just getting started.

What are you currently reading?

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells, and The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit. I am enjoying them very much.

What do you think you'll read next?

I have Throne of the Crescent Moon queued up, and also some re-reading for another writing exchange.

 

chomiji: Gojyo from the manga Saiyuki, with the heart and letter K from the King of hearts in a deck of cards (Gojyo - hearts)

Personal DNA

I think I must have done this one before at some point, but I can't find a post. Anyway, it says I am a:

Considerate Idealist

Or, as I usually say, a big bag of mush, wear my heart on my sleeve, and so on.

(From [personal profile] rroselavy and [livejournal.com profile] rachel_reicheru.)

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

What have you just finished reading?

Among Others by Jo Walton (yes, i found it!). I really enjoyed the first seven eighths of it, and then it sort of petered out. I should do a proper writeup of it sometime.

What are you currently reading?

I have started re-reading The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin.

What do you think you'll read next?

Something for a writing project (that shall go un-named for now), and then, clearly, I should re-read The Shadowed Sun by Jemisin.

 

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] rachel_reicheru:

Ask me about my top five anythings, food, activities, fandoms etc. Go ahead!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Oh yay! Thanks, [personal profile] scribblemoose!

A - Age: 54
B - Bed size: King size.
C - Chore you hate: All of them. Because you can't stop doing any of them.
D - Pet's name: No pets right now. :-( Biscuit the dog and Strega the cat are visiting with us, though.
E - Essential start to your day item(s): Fresh blueberries. Yes, I'm picky.
F - Favorite color: ALL THE COLORS except muddy greeny browny orangey tan things. Yes to intense reds, roses, blues, purples, emeralds, teal to peacock, soft grey, black, chocolate brown, etc.
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5 ft 5½ inches. I'm shrinking. It's sad.
I - Instruments you play(ed): Guitar, recorder, bamboo flute, tongue drum (to be fair, I just noodle formlessly on the latter).
J - Job title: personnel classification: IT Specialist; functional title: Intranet Content Manager.
K - Kisses or hugs: Hugs. Snuggly, full-body hugs.
L - Living arrangements: With my Mr. (and sometimes our college girl daughter) in a beat-up 1920s vintage house with lots of character
M - Mood: Is this mood I like, or mood I am now? I like contented and calmly happy. I am anxious and scattered.
N - Nicknames: cho, Ruthless, Ruthefluss, Ruthie (family only, most of these)
O - Overnight hospital stays other than birth: Butt surgery (don't click if you're squeamish, although it's just a verbal description), 5-day wait for a bed for an angioplasty, giving birth to my daughter, observation for angina. More recently everything has been done as an outpatient procedure.
P - Pet Peeves: people being pretentious about educational and certification qualifications at work ... especially our personnel training group, which styles itself a "university" and calls the department heads "deans."
Q - Quote from a movie: Why a movie? Not everyone watches movies. OK, this one: "I want my father back, you son of a bitch." Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, of course.
R - Right or left handed: Right.
S - Siblings: Two younger sisters, one born to us, the other by mutual agreement.
T - Time you wake up: 6:30 by alarm on weekdays (sometime the Mr.'s morning routine wakes me before then); 8 or 9 on weekends.
U- Underwear: Jockey Elance Bikini briefs in 100% cotton. Usually pastels.
V - Vegetable you dislike: Hmm? Okra, maybe.
W - Ways you run late: "I'll just finish this one more thing ... ."
X - X-rays you've had: Loads and loads, plus ultrasounds and MRIs. Teeth, wrist (broken at age 8), feet, boobs, ladybits.
Y - Yummy food you make: Pot roast, matzoh ball soup, baked cup custard
Z - Zoo favorite: Fennec fox. So adorable!

That was an amusing way to waste 15 minutes!

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

What have you just finished reading?

Volume 1 of the manga series Bunny Drop. I've started re-reading the series because the next volume (vol. 8) was just released. I'm also still working my way through Starve Better.

What are you currently reading?

Predictably, volume 2 of Bunny Drop. And lots of bits of things for writing reference.

What do you think you'll read next?

Sadly, I really don't know, except for more Bunny Drop. Brain doesn't seem to be functioning at a high level tonight. :-(

chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

What have you just finished reading?

Seanan McGuire's A Local Habitation, blogged here.

What are you currently reading?

My writing assignment re-read. It will have to remain a mystery until the challenge is over and revealed. Also, I'm slowly making my way through Nick Mamatas' Starve Better (essays on writing and being a writer), one or two chapters at a time.

What do you think you'll read next?

Probably some Rosemary Sutcliff. [livejournal.com profile] smillaraaq has loaned me a couple that I don't think I've read yet (although once I start them, they may come back to me ... it's happened before).

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Got this from [livejournal.com profile] gwyneira ... a meme at the level of brain candy!

WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother's & father's middle names): Rosenberg Ira (This is what happens when both sets of grandparents were 1920s immigrants to the U.S. ... Mom didn't really have a middle name but used her maiden name as one after she got married.)

STAR WARS NAME (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name): Pi Ruth (Sorry, my first and last names are both only four letters long.)

DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color, favorite animal): Crimson Fennec (That sounds more like a villain in a superhero comic.)

SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, city where you live): Susan Takoma Park (Bzuh?)

ROCK STAR NAME (current pet's name, current street name): Well, at the moment, I have no pets. I can either claim [personal profile] smillaraaq's dog or use my most recently deceased pet's name. Biscuit Columbia and Brownie Columbia are equally unlikely ... .

PORN NAME (1st pet, street you grew up on): Tiki Blaine (Actually, that's pretty good as a porn star name!)

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] lawless523 and [livejournal.com profile] indelicateink.

Respond to this post (with something specific, like "Meme!" or "Pick me!") and I shall:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character/pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favorite userpic of yours.
8. Ask you to post this in your own journal.

Have at it!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Snarfed off [livejournal.com profile] nekonexus/[personal profile] tessercat ... I saved it up for later 'cause I was too busy in August.

1. Link me to a fic of mine that sticks with you, good or bad.

2. Ask me a question about it, from 'why did you do that' to 'what happens next'.

3. I will answer, either in meta or fic form.

4. Adopt the meme if you so choose.

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

Once again, it's Five Things! These are from [livejournal.com profile] rushthatspeaks, who asked me:

Cut for answers )
chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Gojyo  - King of Hearts)

This is [personal profile] tessercat's fault:

"chomiji rides an unimaginable dragon into battle. Also, she has mastered the ability to block lightning bolts and deflect them in a field around herself, however only during a new moon. chomiji has the power to become incorporeal, but using this power draws a lot of attention. She also has an astonishing sense of smell and she is able to become invisible. Sadly, chomiji becomes extremely smelly in the presence of sand."

- Get some superpowers for yourself!

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Default)

OK, It's actually an LJ meme, but many of the DW folks who'll be reading it are former LJers, anyway. Seen at [livejournal.com profile] evilchuckles's place:

So, chomiji, your LiveJournal reveals…

You are… 1% unique, 24% peculiar, 46% interesting, 21% normal and 9% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 31

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 69% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

OK, then!

The writing journal was rated as weirder, with an "intellectual" writing style. I'm wondering what they're using to derive that rating. The fact that most of my recent actual content on that journal has been on other sites (like AO3) - I just post the summaries and links to the LJ - may have something to do with it.

chomiji: Kitty does not understand!  A kitten snarling, with the word 'wut?' as a caption (kitty - wut)

chomiji is made of sleepy, wine, and reclusive. With a dash of Picasso.

That actually works with how I've been feeling lately.

Check your own ingredient list here.

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