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Five Things meme

Meme from telperion_15</lj> - comment and let me know you want to play, and I'll tell you five things I associate you with- then post in your journal, enlarging on the five things.

I got into role-playing games at university, and now most of my RL friends are people who I met through the university RPG Society. I currently play in two D&D games every week, with another intermittent one more or less every month. The three games that I'm in range from intense high level politics and world saving quests, through to straightforward monster-bashing quest-of-the-week type, and my characters vary from the motherly healer priest, to the excitable pyromaniac wizard, to probably my favourite at the moment - the sneaky engineer who is largely known for having no tact and being crap at chatting up women, and who also has an unfortunate reputation for being the one who gets poisoned on a semi-regular basis!

The pairing that I am probably most associated with in the Primeval fandom, despite the fact that I'm a not-so-closet Connor/Abby shipper at heart. I've now written over 100,000 words of the ongoing Connor/Ryan series, but it started simply because I wanted to write a 'trapped in the past' adventure fic, and I wanted to use a couple of characters who didn't normally interact on the show to see what happened if I threw them together. If the soldier/scientist dynamic is a cliche in sci-fi shows, then Connor/Ryan must be one of the extreme examples of this cliche, but they seemed ideally suited to be the pair who could best survive the Five Days scenario if they could work together. It was only supposed to be Five Days, but then I got the bunny for Three Years, and then it all spiralled out of control... Plus, you know, they're both hot and pretty when they're broken.  Which nicely leads on to...

Maiming and killing
I would protest that I'm being maligned, but... *points to icon*. It seems I have a reputation for killing characters and causing lots of pain and angst (both physical and emotional/psychological) for my favourite characters in my fic. Maybe it's all the hospital emergency casualty department type dramas that I've watched over the years, but I like pushing my favourite characters to breaking point just to see what they do when they get there. Plus you can't beat a good bit of hurt/comfort fic.  

It's been my favourite dinosaur since I was about ten years old. Me and some friends formed a club, we called ourselves the Triceratops Gang, and we used to play at being explorers in the lost world of the dinosaurs, and we'd quizz each other on our dinosaur general knowledge (yes, I really have been this much of a dino-geek for a very long time!) and one of the things we used to argue about was which was more dangerous - a T-Rex or a Deinonychus. Pure size and power versus speed and intelligence. I think I always wanted the deinonychus to win, partly because I tend to champion the underdog. When I was about thirteen I wrote a fairly long (for a thirteen year old) adventure story about a group of kids who invent a time machine and accidentally send themselves to the early Cretaceous, and the big action climax of the story was a fight between a T-rex and a deinonychus (yes, I knew even then that the T-rex was in the wrong time period, but dammit I wanted a T-rex v. Deinonychus fight and I wasn't going to let a little matter of fifty million years or so get in the way!). In my story, the T-rex won, but only just.

Creative writing
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember being able to read and write. One of my school reports from when I was maybe seven or eight said 'her stories are becoming more imaginative and varied - they are not *all* about spaceships and dinosaurs any more'. That one always makes me chuckle given what I'm writing these days. These days it's mostly fanfic, but I keep wanting to get back into writing original fiction and entering competitions at the writers club that I've been a member of for several years, and that I am on the committee of and co-edit the club magazine.

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telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: March 2nd, 2009 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
The Triceratops Gang! That's so cute! :D

And the excitable pyromaniac wizard would seem to tie into the maiming and killing... *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 2nd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
there weren't that many of us in the gang, and unsuprisingly I was the only girl. The wizard just likes blowing things up, and he has a magic familiar coelurosauravus - yes, my wizard has a 'Rex' familiar pet.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: March 2nd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can so see you as a pyromaniac wizard!!

I'm not a big one for doing memes, but if you want to ask me, I'd be happy to reply here, if that would do instead.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 2nd, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
oddly enough, I hardly ever play magic user characters in D&D, Jonas is the first one I've played for years. I tend to go for fighter types usually.

hmmm, things for you:

caving, F1, Stephen Hart, Denial, Munchkinofdoom (aka the Evil Twin).
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: March 2nd, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hhmmm, Ok :_

- Caving. I've been caving properly for 30 years, but one of my earliest memories is from 1964 when my Dad took me to White Scar caves in Yorkshire, and told me that my grandfather had been one of the first people into the cave when it was discovered. I'm hugely into prehistoric cave art and have been lucky enough to visit the vast majority of the sites in France that are closed to the public, like Lascaux and Chauvet. I adore caves for their beauty and mystery.

- F1. It's just a bloody great big fast soap opera, and I think I find the politics and the personalities more interesting than the actual racing at times, which can quite often be pretty dull. I support Ferrari and loved Schumacher as a driver. Felipe Massa is cute and I was gutted when he lost to Hamilton last year. I am NOT a Hamilton fan, I think he's a charmless, arrogant wanker.

- Stephen Hart. He elevates looking pretty to an art form. He was the first character in Primeval that really grabbed me and I remember thinking after the first episode that I felt I knew more about him as a character, and that he actually had more charisma and interest than Cutter. I was gutted when he was killed off and that night I got very drunk and behaved badly at a party with oddegg and telperion_15. Naturally I blame them. Stephen's death then led me to ....

- Denial. Teh comm was started by bigtitch and I, and jhava, as we wanted somewhere to rant and rave about Stephen and Ryan's death where we didn't have to behave politely, and the only other comms then were primeval_itv, on which one needed to mind one's Ps and Qs, and primeval_fanfic, which has always been more of a fic archive than a comm. So Denial was born. We didn't expect the comm to grow like it did, but we love it to bits, and it's my spiritual home. I've made some great friends in Denial, many of whom, like you, I now know outside of the comm as well.

- Munchkinofdoom is 17 days older than me and we reckon we were separated at birth to prevent us conspiring to take over the world, but thanks to the internet, we found each other. We share a deep-seated love of many the same fictional characters, including Ryan, and we're now co-authoring a massive AU together and having huge fun. We've now also managed to chat to each other on the phone as few times, which has been lovely. She's like the sister I never had and I love her to pieces!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee! I think that you and Munchkin being on the same continent would be a very scary thing indeed. You manage enough mischief just over the internet together!
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: March 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Separating us at birth clearly didn't work!
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