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10 May 2013 @ 03:17 pm
One last pimpity-pimp try...  
Still a little time left to sign up for LJ Idol. Do it ! DO IT! If you want better-worded reasons, consult my post here.

Just finished biking a route near the office that I haven't done in about two years. Past the farm full of warm strawberries, around and up some light hills past a high school, down and then up a rural road that no longer has the random sculpture garden thingy I used to like. Surprise!Eucalyptus trees (forgot about those—the other ones I used to bike past elsewhere were cut down), narrow bridge over muddy water (yuck), fields-that-sometimes-have-cattle, loop back onto a road I already did earlier... Some not-great surfaces and more hilly than usual, so it was tiring AND I hit about 95% of the possible lights, but it was still a nice adventure!

I found out something last week that surprised me, though many of you probably already knew this: Scots and Irish Gaelic are very closely related. Boy, I thought they were as different from each other as Welsh is from either of them! But no. They're more like alternately-spelled-with-local-dialect versions of each other. They both confound me, regardless—all of those bizarre silent or mispronounced letters? What is that all about? By comparison, Welsh is a walk in the park. :O

Speaking of Welsh, I go past a name-listing on one of the walls at my office for someone whose last name is Marth. I kept thinking that should be 'Mawrth', so I Googled mawrth to see if it's a Welsh word. D'OH! How quickly I forget-- it means "Mars." And is also the Welsh name for the month of March.

I R old...

lriG rorriMlrig_rorrim on May 11th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Your posts pimping LJI almost make me want to create an alt just so I can sign up again. Almost.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Haha! Yay!

The writing double entries would sure be a downside, though. Unless you went for something like Realz under your main account, and Crack Nation under the other. ;)

Do it! Doooo eeet!
Cislyn: reflectioncislyn on May 11th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
My very first reaction to this was "ohhhh no. Nonononononononononono." But then, because I am a contrary creature who overthinks everything, I tried to figure out why.

"Well," says me, "for one thing, I'm just not that comfortable posting lots of things publicly under my main account, and that's a thing you just have to do to stay in the game."

"That's a point," says mirror self to me, "but you could always make up Yet Another Account for doing Realz."

"Gah! But I suck at writing Realz! I'm lousy at it! And it scares the crap out of me for no discernable reason.... why are you looking at me like that, mirror self?"

"Because being scared of something is exactly why you SHOULD do it. And if you're bad at it, you need to practice."

"This isn't a thing I NEED to get better at, like creating universes and writing fiction."

"Baloney. You're just making excuses now, because you think you're bad at it."

"But, but, but... all that work! Twice the entries?"

"Look, treat it as an experiment. FOR SCIENCE. Like so. Make another account - it doesn't have to be super sekrit (because you suck at keeping yourself secret anyway), but your family hopefully won't be watching it and getting all bent out of shape if you write about them in veiled terms. Give yourself a very limited amount of time to work on the Realz entries and turn off your inner perfectionist. And if you start to get overwhelmed and don't feel like you can keep up the pace, THEN and only then can you drop out with that account."

"Sigh. Your logic is impeccable, mirror self. I hates it, I hates it forever."

So... I'm still on the fence. But it's looking more likely that I'll do this.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! *evil grin*

Well, for the Realz, I was thinking about what you usually write-- generally fiction, generally really well-crafted sci-fi/fantasy stories.

But for the other... any damn thing you want. Loony humor! Pure insanity of any type! Rants galore!

It would give you the freedom to try new areas and have fun with it in a "This sock puppet account's going to get voted out in about 2-3 rounds, so why not go nuts?" kind of way?

Two of our f-listies are doing it this round, and the now-scrubbed mc_lji went for it bigtime last round, doing almost entirely music.

Plus, would you feel better if I said that I joined Idol in S8 to try to force myself to write Original Fiction? I'd written exactly one OF story prior to that season.

So if you want to stretch, or just have ridiculous fun... this is a good way to do it!
Cislyn: cunning plancislyn on May 11th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
See, I hear "Realz" and think to myself "real stuff. Like non-fiction of some kind." And then I cringe, because I am crap at writing essays, terrible at writing about myself, my rants fall flat, and I have no idea how to do humor (which is part of why I admire porn_this_way so very much). mc_lji was AWESOME. I loved his stuff!

I pretty much do anything fictional that I can think of with lrig_rorrim anyway. I think of that as the crack, because it takes over my brain and goes nomnomnom and doesn't let me sleep until the stories are done and perfect. Difference in terminology there. ;)

I... I think I'm going to do this. I mean, you're right. It'll get voted off in 2-3 rounds, if not sooner, so why the hell not join the sock puppety crowd, eh?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Exactly-- why not have fun with it? And you could try out a radically different style, too, if you wanted. All kinds of possibilities. :)
Cislyncislyn on May 11th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Also, I find it AMAZING that you had written only one original fiction story before season 8. Your stories are fantastic, and I love them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Well, clearly it paid off, then. I always felt like I had no "ideas" for original stories, but Idol really helped me stretch into new areas. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Dorkus Maximustuesdaeschild on May 11th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
As a native of these islands I know that Scotland and Ireland are very closely linked in many way. I think the Welsh and the Cornish share some vague similarities though. Both claim the word oggie/oggy!! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
That's what wiki said-- that Welsh and Cornish started in the Old Breton, though Welsh is considered to be its own language family now.

This explains why the Port Wen in Doc Martin always puzzled me. That would be a combination of Welsh/English if it weren't in Cornwall. "Wen" (from gwen) is the masculine form of "white".
Maz (or foxxy!): Sweet Boytuesdaeschild on May 11th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Languages certainly are fascinating, aren't they? :)
whipchickwhipchick on May 11th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
That bike ride sounds lovely! I biked today, too - down the beach to the cafe, and then back home - I went along the beach in our development, too, and it was so cool to see the back sides and porches of all these gorgeous big houses! We're in a little condo, but there are some really interesting architectures along the water.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds so nice! I've never actually biked along a beach-- I've always lived too far inland, and never drive over with my bike.

Sounds very refreshing, and like a very nice way to spend a Saturday. :)