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20 January 2013 @ 11:31 pm
LJ Idol Exhibit A Introduction: "C'est Moi"  
C'est Moi
LJ Idol Exhibit A | week 0 | 187 words
Introduction

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I could start with the small stuff, but what is the small stuff? Is it the shy childhood in an isolated area, or the burdens of being a supertaster? (Because it is possible for a sandwich to have too much bread, or to undermine a perfectly good sauce by adding even the slightest hint of mustard.)

Is it straddling both sides of the brain and being good at literature, language, music, and math, but never truly outstanding at any single one? Or simply the unusual fact of being both an oldest and middle child, where both halves sometimes cancel each other out?

What about the uncertain passage into motherhood giving way to the looming fear of the eventual empty nest? Or loving temperance and cracked-out humor in equal measure?

The truth is, it's all of these things. They all play a part in the embrace and avoidance, the inspiration and dread, the laughter and regret.

But they still won't prepare you for fables about doomed frogs, or the menu at the Quarketerium, or a Luddite dystopia.

In other words… these are not the Freuds you're looking for.

 
 
 
Domcomedychick on January 21st, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)
I can certainly relate to the straddling both sides of the brain. It's kind of funny in a way, how I seemed to do best in school in maths, and then somehow ended up pursuing more creative arts as soon as I finished the old Bachelor of Science in a probably now outdated degree of Internet Computing. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
It's not very common, and sometimes it seems to make you an outsider in both camps. The creative/language people sometimes think, "You understand MATH?!?" and the numbers people, "Words. What AM they?" *kidding*

My undergrad degree was in Music, with a minor in Math. And the graduate degree was in Computer Science. So, I've been to both worlds, really. :)
(no subject) - comedychick on January 22nd, 2013 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Pika the Brazen Ninjaporn_this_way on January 21st, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
"Not the Freuds you're looking for" should be an automatic trump card in this (or for that matter, any) competition. Jedi mind slip, is it? Total love.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Haha! That came to me out of the blue, and I thought, "There are SO many uses for that phrase." It might come back again later, you never know. ;)

FEELS TERRORIST!momebie on January 21st, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Too much bread is an easy enough travesty to solve, but nothing will get rid of mustard if it's unwanted.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's easy to dial down the bread at home, but harder with takeout stuff. It's one of the issues I have with Subway sandwiches, to be honest. I can hardly taste the inside of the sandwich because of the bread!

Funny, I like mustard _as_ mustard, such as in sandwiches and on hotdogs and hamburgers. But as part of a more elegant sauce... no. I don't know why, but it's on the same level of 'hate' as 5-spice powder. :O
baxaphobiabaxaphobia on January 21st, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you are here! You were one of my favorite writers from last year! I look forward to much more goodness!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, what a sweet thing to say! It's nice to be back, and I'm hoping a mini-Idol is less insane (in terms of length) than the last season was!
alien_writings: Happinessalien_writings on January 21st, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I remember your SATED stories. Those were awesome! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm just sorry that I didn't wind up writing any more of them for writerverse, though I thought about it a lot. I don't have that "big picture novel-about-to-be-born" kind of mentality that you and n3m3sis and theun4givables have!
unmowngrassunmowngrass on January 22nd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
This was a nice introduction, and I;m looking forward to hearing more from you/getting to know you a bit better. I am regretting that I didn't get to know you a little better last season!

Good luck with the competition,

Katie
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2013 07:36 am (UTC)
:D I think back to the beginning of last season, with the 300+ contestants, and my head wants to explode all over again. SO many people!

I'm glad you're back for this round, too. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. :)
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cindytsuki_no_bara on January 22nd, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
oh man, i hate it when people over-bread the sandwich (altho i think it's more often that there just isn't enough filling). and i like bread! but sometimes there's just too much.

also? "these are not the freuds you're looking for" made me giggle.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
Sometimes, you really could fix things by adding more filling. But if it's one of those Subway-type sandwiches, it'd be too tall to fit into your mouth. Thinner bread, that's my though!

I'm glad that last line made you giggle! I wasn't sure whether it would wind up in this story or another one, but by the time I was winding this up, I realized that was exactly the right place for it. :)
Vice Captain of the Universe: mr hell snailsweeny_todd on January 22nd, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
love the opening line :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Glad to see you back for this round, too. :D
Myrnamyrna_bird on January 22nd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! I can't wait to read more of your stories!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ditto! I'm glad you made back in this time, too!
idol_sileri: toucanidol_sileri on January 22nd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for a silly pun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I usually avoid them, but this one? It demanded to exist! :D
Maerhysmaerhys on January 23rd, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
I didn't know you are a supertaster?! That's really cool.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
:D I think of it more as a curse, really! Great for identifying herbs/spices in foods, but mostly unhelpful. A lot of it has to do with proportions, I think because things that have little flavor to other people have a LOT of flavor to me, and they dominate. Bread, pasta, rice (I hate rice, so it has to be drowned with spicy sauce). Pumpkin is too much when it's in pie, but once it's been toned down with flour (for muffins or bread), then it's irresistible. Mini-Reeses-cups are the best, mini-Reeses second best, and then the bigger ones just have way too much peanutbutter compared to the chocolate.

I was talking with my husband about avoiding fish in restaurants, unless it's salmon. Otherwise, there's the risk that the fish will taste like snakes smell.

He had no idea what snakes smell like (I have super smelling, too, which is probably why the tasting thing is epic). I said they smelled kind of like beetles. That was a big ?!? too.

But really... I'm not sure there ARE many people who would have understood what I meant! It sounds kind of nuts, really. ;)

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Jemima Paulerjem0000000 on January 23rd, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Glad to see you back! I look forward to reading more from you. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And the feeling is very much mutual. :)
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Yelеna: Bridget - dear diarykehlen on January 23rd, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Is it straddling both sides of the brain and being good at literature, language, music, and math, but never truly outstanding at any single one?

This. I also feel like always in between and never really in very deep with either side in so many things.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
I wonder if, given that facility with all those things is rare, this typically leads to breadth and not depth.

I've actually gone fairly far into all 4 areas at various times, but it may also be that the brain only has so much room, and if you don't stick with a single thing forever, you'll forget some of the groundwork.

I went clear up to Linear Algebra in college, but I never use higher maths. So by now, some of grade school math would have to be relearned. :O Similarly, those 3 years of German won't stay forever if you don't actually use it. And the genders, of course, are the first to go for any native English-speaker. ;)

Your translating of books from Russian<=>English really helps keep your English fresh, so that would help. But I always wonder what's falling out of the queue when my back is turned. Remembering what key 5-flats is? Or which play certain Shakespearean quotes are from? :(
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whipchickwhipchick on January 27th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce :) Can't wait to read more of your entries!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
As many as I can get out, while I'm still "standing".

Too bad winning bars you from playing again, though I guess it's only fair.

Unless Gary decides to have an all-winners shootout somewhere down the road, and I can totally see him doing that!
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