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If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately
be looking for a body in the coach. —Alfred Hitchcock


When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?


If you told me you expect troubled characters to have epiphanies in bathrooms, I wouldn't be surprised. After all, I have an actual series by that name.

Voice meme

Jan. 17th, 2011 12:46 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42  did a voice meme where she read aloud a list of words with quite variable pronunciations. I thought it would be interesting to do the same - so I did. Unfortunately my microphone isn't good and my voice sounds muffled and staticky. I hope you can still make out what I'm saying here...

ETA: REDONE! CLICK  HERE INSTEAD!

Same crappy microphone but better recording software, converted to MP3.

I started out by reading the following list of words in my "normal" everyday accent...

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pyjamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, Direction, Naturally, Aluminium and Herbs.

...and then saying them again in the accent I slip into when talking to my parents.

After that, I answered the following questions...

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

A few more things...

- Here's the wiki article on Sunshowers.
- When I describe my Pakistani accent, I say "My /a/s are longer, /k/s are less aspirated, and my /t/s sound more like /d/s."
- I just remembered - we called gym shoes "joggers" in Pakistan. I think my parents say "tennis shoes" these days. I say "sneakers", and my brother may say "trainers".

Here's the original muffled recording, for historical purposes.
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You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer
Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.
And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing sci-fi.
Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...
Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!

Meme!

Jan. 25th, 2010 08:05 pm
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Via [livejournal.com profile] angearia and [livejournal.com profile] snickfic 

Reply to this post with "ME!", and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then re-post this and spread the love.

Fandom meme

Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:49 pm
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Following in the footsteps of [livejournal.com profile] snickfic and [livejournal.com profile] angearia from the Buffy fandom, but feel free to ask me about any fandom I've dabbled in.

Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Favorite character, favorite moment, unpopular opinion, something about a fic of mine... whatever. Subparts allowed. Wackiness encouraged.
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From [livejournal.com profile] forest_rose   .

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Leave a comment if you want your own questions.
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TV Meme
1. Pick 10-15 of your favorite TV shows.
2. Go to IMDB, and find a quote from each show.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the show
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions.


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