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Interests update

This is mostly for my own records, because how many times have I heard that my LJ is just for me? (What a crock. But anyway.)

Have revamped my interests list. Deleted some that seemed bland or redundant or outdated, and added new ones. The new ones are, in alphabetical order (the librarian in me really loves that LJ alphabetizes them):

caverns, which are apparently not exactly the same thing as

caves. I don't know the technical difference, but I think I really like both of them. Have never been particularly claustrophobic.

choral music. I get goosebumps at musical moments like the last 60 seconds of "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum" on the FOTR soundtrack. I stand in awe of humans who can sound like angels. [This statement has not been tested by anyone who has actually heard angels.]

cinerama. But I like Britpop too.

comets. Certain astronomical happenings can lure me outside on a cold night very fast. Comets are especially rad. My Outdoor School name was in fact "Comet" when I was 10.

elbow. The band; not the body part.

folklore. I had "mythology," so thought I should round it out. Have to include fairies and selkies and things.

ghost stories. Just an oversight that this wasn't already on the list...

gilmore girls. The show is still not great, but I watch it anyway. Has its moments.

herbs. Rosemary, marjoram, oregano...what's not to like?

hildegard von bingen. Female composer from Germany, 900 years ago. An abbess. Heard some choral music composed by her on classical radio the other day and was transfixed. Simple, but unearthly-sacred. Like standing in Westminster Abbey and looking up, up, up those Gothic arches and feeling steeped in history. Felt almost like hearing actual voices of medieval nuns through some magic time portal. Either I'm gettin' religion after all, or I was just really bored that day.

lime. I already had "lemon," but really they're both good.

meteors. Almost as cool as comets. Better, sometimes.

mst3k. Fits my sense of humor so well. Why wasn't it on the list already?

musicals. Replacing "show tunes." Seemed more accurate.

northern lights. Which I've never seen, and which were apparently visible in Seattle last night, and NO ONE TOLD ME, and tonight it's cloudy, and ugh.

spices. Cardamom, cumin, clove...what's not to like?

the delays. Pretty pretty music.

young adult fiction. What I think might be my true calling. Lots of people have suggested it, based on my style and my usually-tending-toward-young protagonists. Best part, though? You can mix up whatever genres you want, and as long as you have teenagers in the focus, you get to call it "young adult." So much handier than the usual quandary I end up in: "Um, well, it's kind of a paranormal/romantic/mythological/surreal/mainstream/women's-lit story. With some recipes."

Now, if only there were space for the interest "writing LJ instead of getting other stuff done".

P.S. This band Gregorian, who does popular songs in the style of monks singing plainchant? Actually kind of cool. Or silly and dorky. I can't decide.



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Nov. 9th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
"Um, well, it's kind of a paranormal/romantic/mythological/surreal/mainstream/women's-lit story. With some recipes."

Hee. Great description of YA's relative freedom from generic contraints, and this is one reason, maybe, why so many YA books seem so fresh and interesting. They're receptive to fantasy, but not trapped in it, if you see what I mean. And they don't seem burdened by this imperative to weigh the fantasy down with metaphysical hoo-ha that you get when serious adult lit strays into fantasy.

I think you'd write great YA books! Your style is lucidity itself with a twist of snark. Perfect.
Nov. 9th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
You're so diplomatic, calling a lack of complexity "lucid." :) Seriously, though, thank you. I know you are a big fan of several YA books, so your encouragement makes me happy. I honestly don't think I could match the complexity of some of the most lauded "serious adult lit" anyway, so it's just as well--and, yeah, what you said about the metaphysical hoo-ha.

It's probably also a good sign that when I think of reading more YA novels, to get familiar with what's out there, I perk up and think, "Yeah, that would be fun." In contrast, when I think of reading standard romance novels--a category I've sometimes shoehorned myself into--I think, "Ugh, do I have to?" Probably has a great deal to do with the "fresh and interesting" quality available in YA books. They really aren't tied to any formulas, except maybe "character should come of age in some way." But that holds true for any novel at all, in some fashion.

Nov. 9th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
I get goosebumps at musical moments like the last 60 seconds of "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum" on the FOTR soundtrack.

Right on.
Nov. 9th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
I think that was the moment, in the first viewing of FOTR, that made me think, "Holy cow, this isn't just a good movie; it's great." All hail Shore!
Nov. 16th, 2004 03:44 am (UTC)
no kidding
I'll tell you what else, the Rohan theme is frickin' incredible. In all it's incarnations: Eowyn standing outside Edoras, the battle at Helm's Deep, the Rohirrim charging at Pelennor Fields... fantastic. It makes me swoon everytime I hear it. All the themes are incredible. I can't wait for the EE of Rotk so I can hear Shore talk about it some more.
Nov. 9th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)
Re choral music: allow me to recommend the Morehouse College Glee Club (especially if you don't mind a bit of a religious bent). I've seen these fellows live, and it will stand your hair on end with awe. You can hear sound snippets on their web page. I especially recommend any album with "Betelehemu" on it.

Re musicals: What's your favorite? Do you go see the stage versions, or do you prefer films? Have you ever been IN one?

Re comets: Think you'll still be around when Halley's shows up again? My odds aren't good, but I'm holding out hope anyway. :-) Re meteors: fine, so long as they keep a respectful distance. Ever seen Meteor Crater? Ouch.

Re YA fiction: Just go easy on the slash. ;-)
Nov. 9th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
Morehouse College samples: ooh, yeah! That's what I'm talking about. *makes note*

Musicals: my current favorite is the new 'Jane Eyre.' I loved the book, and they're faithful to it, and the songs are beautiful and moving. Musicals are a visceral thing for me, though. The ones I love, I love deeply and sometimes for reasons I can't explain. The ones I hate: ditto. :) I seldom get out and see them onstage anymore, but via high schools and community theatres and the occasional professional troupe, I've seen a couple dozen. When you count films, a couple dozen more. Either medium can be good. I loved Moulin Rouge to pieces, and I doubt it would work quite as well on stage (or without Ewan McGregor...I'm biased there...). Definitely looking forward to the film version of Phantom of the Opera.

I have been in the pit orchestra for Brigadoon (which I more or less like), the light booth for Oliver (which I more or less dislike), and the chorus for Tommy (which I liked way better than I expected to).

Comets: heh, my dad and I went out trying to see Halley's comet in '86 several chilly nights, but never succeeded. It was way too faint that year. I'm hoping to live long enough for its next go-round, but there have been some great ones in the interim. Comets Hyukutake and Hale-Bopp, in '96 and '97 if I remember right, were awesome. And, yeah, seen Meteor Crater. Wow. :) Technically, though, I think it should be called Meteorite Crater, since if it makes it all the way to the Earth without burning up, it gets the "-ite" attached.

YA slash: hahah! Yeah, I think the trick with YA books is to keep them technically slash-free, and low-key on the sex in general; but to recognize that this will not stop your fans from writing lots of sex and slash about your characters for you. I, as an author, will welcome it. ;)
Nov. 11th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Morehouse College samples: ooh, yeah! That's what I'm talking about. *makes note*

They are an *amazing* group of young men; their discipline is staggering, and they can make the walls shake when they get going. If your email server can take a good-size file without blowing up (mine won't) I'll send you an mp3 of Betelehemu (their best song, IMO) so you can see if you want to order a CD.

Jane Eyre is a musical? WOW! Like you, I love the book. Is it on film yet, or still a stage production? I agree re Ewan McGregor; N. Kidman said she fell in love with him every time he opened his mouth to sing. The "Like A Virgin" number in MR, though, makes me want to hide under a (soundproof) blanket for a year or so. Love the Argentine tango/Roxanne bit, though. (I also love the Argentine tango numbers in Evita; do we see a trend here?) Re Phantom: Who's starring? I have a hard time imagining anyone but Sarah Brightman singing Christine. And Tommy kicks ass. Are you a soprano, an alto, or something in between? I'm so close to tenor I might as well be a boy.

I love being in musicals. I'm a stage slut; I'd rather be in front of an audience than eat. Unfortunately, health problems have put an end to that. Probably my most amusing turn was as a Shark's girl in West Side Story; given that my ancestry is largely German with hints of Brit and Scot, you can probably imagine how poorly I matched the expected appearance of that role. Thank goodness for heavy makeup and wigs. (My own boyfriend walked by me w/o recognizing me.)

Re Halley's: I remember standing in a parking lot with strong binoculars, trying to decide if that vague blurry spot just to one side of the Pleiades was the comet or a blot on the lens. Hale-Bopp *was* amazing, though.

Re YA slash: Years from now, I expect there to be a web page devoted to slashing your terribly famous, oh-so-innocent characters. And you can write your own slashy parodies, under an assumed name, to make those of us who knew you when laugh our butts off.

Nov. 11th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think my email can take it. Send away!

Yup, Jane Eyre is a Broadway musical - you can hear samples at Amazon there. As far as I know, there's no film version of that yet.

The Phantom movie is coming out this Xmas: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293508/
Looks to be mostly unknowns in the cast. No Brightman or Crawford. (Btw, did you know Michael Crawford was in the film version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as the cute young hapless Hero? Quite a distance from the formidable Phantom. Hee.)

Oooh, the "Tango de Roxanne" leaves me breathless, especially Ewan breaking in with, "It's more than I can staaaand!" :) And the operatic ending of the song too. But, yeah. I fast-forward "Like A Virgin."

I'm an alto, and if I were a better singer I'd be really annoyed at how few alto or lower parts are written for women. Do we all have to be freakin' sopranos if we want the big roles?

Hah...yeah, I think I will have to write my own slash and parodies, under a code name. An underhanded publicity technique, we could call it.
Nov. 9th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
Siggy owns 2 of the 3 gregorian cds. I was thinking of putting one of them on this years xmas cd.
Nov. 9th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
A couple of the tracks I've found actually work quite well. Others are rather silly. :)
Nov. 10th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
Out of curiostity which CD did you pick up?
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, none, actually. Just found some mp3s.
Nov. 9th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hey girl what's up? Yesterday I picked up a couple from the airport that had just been in Seattle, and they were telling me about the Northern Lights. I thought of you, and hoped you had gotten to see them. But, it looks like you didn't! ; (

I should add lime to my interests as well. It's the best when added to equal parts of cranberry juice and sprite. (which I like to call my 'work martini')

Well, we haven't chatted for a while so I thought I'd drop ya a line and see how you're doing. Are you locking yourself in dark rooms, starving yourself, and mumbling grammar rules...all for the sake of art? Or is that next week? ; )
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
Hehe...well, I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, if that's what you mean. In fact, I recently finished a novel, so I'm relaxing for a little while. Then we have house repairs and decorations to begin doing. Grammar may have to be shelved for a while. :)

Still waiting on those Northern Lights. Someday...
Nov. 16th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm currently working on formulating a question/title for a dissertation involving Hildegard von Bingen, and since I've been thinking about it she keeps popping up everywhere - even on LJ. Weird!
Nov. 21st, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Heh! Funny how that happens, isn't it?
She seems to have been a very interesting person. Good subject of study.
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