primsong: (books)
I noted the 100+ title "what books have you read" meme going by and wondered if I might find somewhere a comparable sort of list to use that focused instead on titles considered a part of being classically educated or similar. Here's a compilation of gleanings from three such lists.

As is commonly done with such things, I've put the ones I've read in bold, the ones I intend to read in the reasonably near future in italics (in my case, this means I now own a copy and it is literally waiting in a pile). Feel free to pass it on, or adjust as needed.  Some of these I don't think I would ever read, but who knows? Perhaps.
Classical Book Meme List under here )
primsong: (prim's drabble write)
With thanks - or blame? - to both [personal profile] lost_spook and [personal profile] john_amend_all - I picked up that 5 fandoms meme today, except I don't seem able to think in 50-word bits just now, so after much pruning I've wrangled each one into a drabble-size instead. Brevity isn't always my strength.

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order. Okie-dokie...

1. All Creatures Great and Small
2. Doctor Who
3. Lord of the Rings
4. The Scarlet Pimpernel
5. Watership Down

2: Visit this site ( to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble
(Pfft! I need more words than that!) for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.

Well, here's the results! )
primsong: (meme)
Thanks to tree-and-leaf, I've now spent the past half hour playing around with a meme, but I can rationalize that I haven't done any memes for long enough I'm surely overdue.  Besides, it made for some fun memories.

Here we go..

Embolden the ones you did before you were 11 ¾ (as far as you can remember!)
Italicise the ones you have done since then.

I've done more of these than I expected )


primsong: (plotbunneh too much)


Once more - the 15 revealed )



Response for lolmac once more )






and finally, responses for kerravonsen )


 Whew! That took a bit of doing, some of those.  Thank you so much to everyone, that was grand fun. :-D


primsong: (brig snerk)

 My tags are being odd - apologies for the confusion!  Travels_in_time and Merfilly are also under the cuts.

Response for brewsternorth )


primsong: (fivey silly)
I may have had to miss Fic Rush (again) but at least I was not entirely without a bit of writing going by.  I had a lot of responses and it took a while to crack some of those literary nuts, but now it's done.  I'll post the results in chunks.

First of all, here's my fifteen:

Fifteen characters tossed in a salad bowl )

And now....




primsong: (plotbunny weird)
I've so enjoyed the results that I've seen with others, and I really could use something to help me get back in the groove of short-term writing blurblets - hence, here we go.... with fair warning that my characters are all over the map, but I don't think they should be too obscure for most of my flist.   And, as lost_spook said, "it's never not fun"!

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your flist to post questions in the comments. For example: 'One, nine and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?', 'Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?', 'Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?'

3) After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

I have my 15 - ask, ask away!

primsong: (snood)
Comment with BLUE SNOOD and I'll give you five questions to satisfy my curiosity. Go post the answers on your journal with these instructions and spread the madness!

And here are the questions [personal profile] nentari of the Orange Knickers asked me, under here )
primsong: (friendly)
Thank you to shanaqui for putting this together - let's spread the love for this friendly place.

What's so great about this place? )
primsong: (kitty jump)
If you read this, you're tagged (if you want to be). Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your circle the real you!

Hiii! )
primsong: (who)
Anyone who would like to ferret out a few folks within our common fandom may want to come on over to the The Doctor Who Friending Meme that's been recently posted at the 'doctor who' community at Dreamwidth.

The purpose is twofold - first to find and friend other likeminded fans, and secondly to see what communities and interests may be worth pursuing with new communities at DW, should any like to pick up the admin duties of the area their fannish passions direct them towards. I realize we still have a lot of folks who are still sorting out their icons, muddling over their new look and relinking their links but it's never too early to lay out the welcome mats to gather up some good reading, fanart and fannish discussions.
primsong: (books)
Snagged from [ profile] curuchamion, who had the good sense to yoink it from [ profile] eponymous_rose, the more the merrier - and besides, I needed something like this today.
The instructions )
Whew! Considering I had to do them while popping back and forth on errands and other tasks, and the mood being all over the map I think I'm fairly pleased with how they came out. Tiny snippets like this are strangely difficult to do, because of the constraint of the story arc to a mere 50 words. But hey, it had poems for the prompts! I couldn't resist giving it a try.

All Creatures Great and Small )
Doctor Who )
Gilligan's Island )
Horatio Hornblower )
Lord of the Rings )
primsong: (books)
Thanks to [ profile] padawanpooh for sharing the love - this was fun, even if it obviously can't be taken too seriously. (her experiment with pasting in a bit of Dickens, which was declared to be much like Asimov was rather telling, *snicker*)

Nonetheless, I enjoyed pasting in bits from various types of tales that I've written getting Dan Brown, Oscar Wilde, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Vladmir Nabokov (who?) and Stephen King (how did Rivendell Int'l Airport, a parody, land a Stephen King badge?) - then out of curiosity I went to "Stone of Erebor" where I had been aiming for a Tolkien feel for and bounced happily when it yielded this:

I write like
J. R. R. Tolkien

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Even knowing it's a questionable meme tool, it was worth it just because this made my day.
primsong: (Default)
Snagged from [ profile] infiniteviking, the DRABBLES IN SPACE meme!

1) Get a title from here or some other title generator.
2) Add "IN SPAAAACE" at the end.
3) Write a drabble!

Good fun for a quiet afternoon, excepting that mine went a fair bit longer than a drabble. Here is the result in which Ian takes an unexpected trip:

Something in the Spaaaace! )
primsong: (books)
Snagged this one from [ profile] curuchamion, just because it's kind of interesting, if a bit of a long list in this case. (can you imagine the people who have those fat wads of thousands of friends they somehow keep up with? Yikes!) I found a new friend with shared interests by poking about through her results, perhaps someone else can do the same here, I'm all for folks finding new friends. :-)

Who comments the most on this journal? )
primsong: (Default)
Heaven forbid I should neglect my lemminglike duty to fulfill the meme buckets on LJ - and besides, I have half an hour to kill and can't think of anything really useful I can do in that small of a chunk of time.
Three!, I mean, in a meme. Not in velvet. )
primsong: (flower)
[ profile] curuchamion told me I had to put up a 'retro picture' of myself - I'm sure I have more interesting ones if I dig a bit, but here's one that was convenient... I hereby provide proof that looong ago in Colorado I was a 7th-grade aged genuine treehugger.
clicky )
primsong: (pimpernel)
[ profile] stellastars and I were noting how so many of these multi-question memes seem to have been written up by bored 14-year olds with a bent towards the modern dating scene. Having never been of that variety even when I was teen myself, I thought I'd come up with a few questions of my own for the more old-fashioned among us. Shiny new meme as follows (modify as you see fit and send it out to play):

Old Fashioned Meme

01. Have you ever purchased old-fashioned clothing simply because it was old-fashioned? And worn it?

02. In public? When it wasn’t a ‘historic era’ event?

03. Have you ever been told that you were born in the wrong century? By who? Did they mean it as a compliment or an insult?

04. Men are at their most manly for me when dressed in: A) hoodies and trendy jeans. B) flannel and denim. C) tweed and herringbone with leather patches. D) silk and velvet.

05. Waistcoats. Reaction?

06. Long, thick, full skirts with enough material in them to dress an entire village of skinny urban waifs. Reaction?

07. Old style names: A) I wish I had one. B) I use one online/secretly. C) I name all my pets and children with them. D) I’m getting my name legally changed to one next week.

08. You’re stranded in the bucolic countryside. Who would you like to come calling?

09. You have the wondrous opportunity to recite poetry beneath a blooming cherry tree whilst others listen rapturously. What poem do you recite?

10. You’ve done something marvelous in the drawing room. What is it?

11. You’ve looked up a vintage recipe and managed to cook it just because it was mentioned in a book you were reading. Was it edible?

12. Piercing: A) Scream and faint gently but dramatically. B) Oh, nose, tongue, anything floppy is fair game. C) Odds fish, my dear, I wouldn’t dream of it!


And my own answers, since it wouldn't be fair to set it out there on the waves of LJ without doing it myself. )
primsong: (Default)
Got some lovely new laundry soap from a seller on Etsy - honey and sandalwood, mmmm - that and rosemary with mint - mmMMMmmm... I'm actually enjoying catching up on the laundry today, though that apparently doesn't stop me from dashing off a brief meme just because.

Yoinked from [ profile] curuchamion, because my curiosity got the better of me -

you are lavender

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz

I pretty much agree with it as well, good fun.
primsong: (books)
Yoinked from [ profile] lothithil just because my curiosity got the better of me.

1. Take five books off your bookshelf
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph

I really thought about 'cherry picking' some books for this based on what I know of their literary styles, but thought "Naaah - really pick up those five books!" The five books in question were the actual stack I currently have by my bed which happen at the moment to all be nonfiction and I just wondered what they would look like in a blender. It really isn't always like this...

Book #1 Parkinson's Law, Prof. C. Northcote Parkinson
Book #2 The Essential Erasmus, Desidarius Erasmus, Dolan trans.
Book #3 Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Thomas Cathcart
Book #4 On Government, Cicero, Grant trans.
Book #5 On Old Age, Friendship and Divination, Cicero, Falconer trans.

*place in a box and shake vigorously*

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. I feel that entirely too many people confuse what are really natural gifts or endowments with virtues! If we choose to behave as if there is a God and we get to the end and it turns out there isn't, it's not a big deal (well, maybe we've lost the ability to thoroughly enjoy the Seven Deadly Sins, but that's small potatoes compared to the alternative), if we bet there isn't a God, and get to the end only to find out there is a God, we've lost the Big Enchilada. For neither the Spartans, who invented your life-style and way of talking and who recline daily at their meals upon couches of wood, nor even the Cretans, who never even reclined at meal-times at all, maintained their states more successfully than the Romans - who find time to enjoy themselves as well as to work. "Nothing could please me better," Quintus said, and when this was said, we arose.



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