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My favourite kind of meme [Mar. 8th, 2012|10:17 pm]
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Usual meme rules - comment back if you'd like questions for yourself. (If you'd like to comment without getting questions, feel free, just let me know)

The delightful kt_peasant asked me these 7 questions:

1. Would you rather watch something done well, or do it yourself, possibly less well? Discuss.

Both. I love watching people who are better than me at things; its one of the best ways for me to learn. There's a guy called Nigel who climbs at Mile End who is just one of the most graceful people I've ever seen and he climbs in a way that makes ... jealous is entirely the wrong word. He inspires me to climb better, even though I doubt I'll ever climb half as well as he does.

So both - give me someone good at what they do to watch and to learn from and to inspire me, and I'll be happy.

2. What does the word 'cabaret' evoke for you?


At its best, cabaret is entertainment. Related to Q1 it's watching people good at what they do, up on stage, making other people feel emotion, usually very positive emotion.

And I get to stand at the back and watch the audience and be aware that I've been a part of making that happen.

Running an event is something like I've always imagined surfing to feel like - it's chaos and you're thrashing away and it could all end up with you flat on your back with the waves about to crash down on your head. But then you reach this balance point, where the chaos is going on around you, but you know that you're better than it. That you've got everything you need to make it through to the end, and that you're poised on top of the wave and that there's nothing coming that you can't cope with. When I got to that point in the evening with Planet Angel I used to go and sit on a speaker at the front of the room, face the dancing crowd and I would just burst out laughing with the joy of that feeling.

With cabaret, that would disrupt things rather too much, so I laugh on the inside instead.

Still get the feeling though.

3. Have you ever taken IC learning/development back into real life? When?

Not sure. Things like confidence? Definitely. But that's a gradual grow rather than specific instances. I once went into a work evaluation meeting as Jarane because they were trying to pull a fast one with The Code the HR Policy regarding bonuses. That was fun :-)

4. If you could be anywhere, with a forcefield beneath to prevent InstaDeath, what would you most want to climb?

I wouldn't.

There's two reasons. Firstly, for me, climbing is about the route, not the destination. It's lovely to be at the top of a rock knowing that I've just achieved it. Which rock it is isn't as important (at the moment. As I get more outdoor experience, that might change.)

Secondly, the challenge in climbing isn't really the fear of falling. It's "Can I make the next move?". I might not be able to make it because I'm scared to fall, but your forcefield isn't as reassuring as a stout rope and an alert belayer. But it's much more likely that I won't be able to make the next move because I'm too tired, or not quite strong enough, or my balance isn't right, or I haven't approached the hold intelligently, or I'm just not good enough.

And sometimes that all happens when I'm only 2 feet above the floor.

There's lots of places I want to go - many of them I want to go and climb. But no need for a forcefield. :-)

5. Are cities at night better in winter or summer?

Depends on the city. Prague at night in winter; you wrap yourself in the blanket that the bar provides and sit outside, drink the winter ale and watch the lights of the Old Town all around. London at night in summer. Walking through Bloomsbury when it's warm, and almost silent. The stones breath out and everything is calm; a side of the city that you rarely see.

6. Name five books you would want with you on a desert island.

  • Dante's Divine Comedy, if only because I might have time to make it all the way through.
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Because they're beautiful, and if I'm going to be talking to myself (I do it at home, no doubt I'd do it on a desert island) I might as well have something good to proclaim.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary - as large an edition as you'll let me get away with. If it has the etymologies, so much the better.
  • The Times Atlas of the World - because even place names make my imagination fly.
  • Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. Just because ....

7. Which tabletop game have you found most immersive? Tell me a story from it.

I don't find tabletop immersive when I'm playing. I focus too much on the 'game' part of RPG. This is not something I'm very proud of.

But as a GM? 3 stories.

An Ars Magica game where an old Diedne came out of Faerie to negotiate with the characters about bringing his house back into the Order. They'd sent him because he was dying, and tough enough that the PCs wouldn't be able to force any information out of him. And he'd gone because he just wanted to sit in Snowdonia once more, and to die in Wales. As I was playing him, his voice kept dropping quieter and quieter as he slowed further and further towards death. And when I looked up, at least one of the players was crying.

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer game where a friend called Caroline, in her 3rd ever RPG, was playing a 'Cordelia' like character. She was walking through a vampire infested warehouse when another PC dropped a bundle of sticks near her and used magic to change them to snakes. Caroline said "I pick my feet up carefully and move slowly", whereupon the character who'd dropped the sticks shouted "Don't be scared. I'll command the snakes away from you." Without a pause for breath, Caroline retorted "I'm not scared, you stupid man. These are very expensive shoes!". For a handful of breaths, I honestly felt like I was watching a TV show being created in front of my eyes.

An Unknown Armies game, where forbinproject was playing an Avatar of the Architect, and he and his group had been sucked into a dreamworld where another Avatar of the Architect was trying to make Simon's character break taboo. The party were stuck at the top of a towerblock with the Chinese Triads coming in through the ground floor with lots of guns. Simon's character could change the building they were in to escape, but only by adding things to it. If he subtracted them, he broke taboo. He not only got everyone out, he got me (as his opponent) to break taboo because I honestly couldn't think of any other way to slow them down. Very few dice rolls, no preplanning, just trying to inhabit the mind of the architect faster and better than he could. And failing. It was awesome.

[User Picture]From: plucky_lass
2012-03-08 10:22 pm (UTC)


Well, since we haven't known each other face to face for years, I'm intrigued as to what you will ask.
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-08 10:39 pm (UTC)


Lets see :-)

1. You were a Hart for a while; you've been a Lion for ages. What is it about the faction that's held your attention for so long?

2. How has being a Mum changed things? (Deliberately vague question).

3. From this point on, you can only do one. Tabletop or LRP - which is it?

4. What's been the weirdest thing about moving _back_ to the UK?

5. What's the thing you've sewn that you've been happiest with? Why?

6. Is there anything you miss about Belgium?

7. Is your accent audible when you speak French / Walloon? Could people tell you were Scottish?
[User Picture]From: misspotsitt
2012-03-08 10:23 pm (UTC)


I haven't done this for a while, so go on....
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-08 10:30 pm (UTC)


1. What inspired you to take up belly dance? And why tribal fusion?

2. What's forensic archeology? (I know I could Google it, but what is it to you?)

3. Why the Therapy? quote for your LJ title?

4. Where's your favourite place in the whole world?

5. Assuming money was no object, what would you be doing?

6. What's the worst thing in the world?

7. And what's the best?
[User Picture]From: ellefurtle
2012-03-08 11:11 pm (UTC)


Go on then :)
[User Picture]From: ellefurtle
2012-03-08 11:11 pm (UTC)


And to comment - I get the watching someone graceful thing. I was transfixed by this guy in the gym last week - not for the usual reasons, but because he was SO strong, yet graceful - it was awesome.
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-08 11:21 pm (UTC)


1. Is there anything that would persuade you to go back to the world of archeology?

2. What's the best bottle of wine you've ever tasted? And what was so great about it?

3. Where are you happiest?

4. Marriage aside, what's the biggest change in your life in the last 10 years?

5. Where do you want to be in 10 years time?

6. Who inspires you the most?

7. Money no object, where would you want to live?
[User Picture]From: ellefurtle
2012-03-08 11:32 pm (UTC)


I must mull! Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-09 08:30 am (UTC)


1. Where do you wish you'd been that you've not been to yet?

2. What was your favourite bit of NWO?

3. Do you think Britain is getting better? More or less tolerant? (define your own timescales)

4. Regrets - healthy for you or not?

5. Was there a particular incident that made you resign, or was it more of a 'last straw ...'?

6. What was the best bit of Florida to visit?

7. What inspires you?
[User Picture]From: xullrae
2012-03-09 07:04 am (UTC)


A meme! Haven't done one for ages - may I please have some questions?

Loved your answers by the way :-)
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-09 08:33 am (UTC)


Thank you :-) Implicit 'Why?'s in most of the questions below.

1. What was your favourite thing about the trip to Japan?

2. Any regrets about moving to NZ?

3. What's the best thing about living there?

4. Which was your favourite LRP?

5. Is there anyone in history you see as a personal hero?

6. What's the next dream holiday destination?

7. How are the eyes doing? Glad you had the lasering?
[User Picture]From: kt_peasant
2012-03-10 08:51 pm (UTC)


Some of those were deliberate, because I knew I was going to get excellent answers. I love how you describe places at night, for example, and your stories are always deftly told. You've a gift for word pictures I appreciate very much.

The climbing question was very much a bow drawn at a venture, because it's the side of you I understand the least. Some day, we'll meet OC, and actually talk :)

(And go on, questions please)
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-03-10 09:54 pm (UTC)


Climbing took me by surprise. I took it up at Liana's suggestion - it was something she wanted to try, and once I'd realised the difference between a fear of heights and a fear of falling, I realised I was really enjoying it.

Sailing seems to have taken me the same way - when I did my Day Skipper last September, off the Essex coast in a Force 7 and the sail ripped, a bit of me was thinking "I should be terrified" while the rest of me was aware just how much fun I was having.


1. Had you realised that the Gathering has its 20th birthday this year? How does that make you feel?

2. What's the best bit about being a GM?

3. How much has your day job changed over the years? I know you have minion(s?) now - is that something you like, or something you endure?

4. You've just ticked over 8 years of LJ - why are you still doing this?

5. What's your favourite game?

6. Despite how long we've known each other, I realise I know very little about your taste in music. So (money and time travel no object) - if you were going to take me to see your favourite band play live, who are we going to see?

7. Where's the best place in the world?