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The (unenthused) target of these questions is Ming Jian Yuan.

1. If your doll was a reptile, what sort of reptile would he or she be?
    Leiolepis gutata (Giant Butterfly Agama).
2. Your doll has decided he or she is sick of living with you. Why?
    He doesn't get to be nearly active enough when he's stuck keeping an eye on me. Also, he's
    read every book in the apartment twice, and is more than ready to move on to a larger selection.
3. What is your doll’s favorite condiment?
    Dou ban jiang. It makes him think of home. Though he doesn't have it often.
4. Would your doll survive the zombie apocalypse?
    Not only would he survive, he'd organize a successful resistance force, probably using a
    stolen airline carrier as a base (Miles and miles of ocean make a great barrier to zombie attacks,
    didn't you know that?), with stolen helicopters and destroyer-class battle ships tacked on
    to the flotilla for assault capabilities (After all, the best defense is a good offense.), and over time
    he'd add a few captured cruise ships for extra housing space. He would also rescue as many
    scientists and medical doctors as he could, for the express purpose of attempting to find a cure.
5. If your doll was a cheese, what kind of cheese would he or she be?
6. Quick! Before it drives him or her crazy, what song can’t your doll get out of his or her head?
    "Amnesia" by Chumbawumba. He heard it on the radio once, and can only remember the chorus line: "Do
    you suffer from long term memory loss? I don't remember."
7. Oh no! Your doll has suddenly become a pound of ground beef! What dish are you having for dinner tonight?
    A pasty. A whole bunch of them, in fact. Sub-par, since they'll be made with ground beef instead of
    steak, but better than meatloaf, which is pretty much the only other thing I know how to make with the stuff.
8. Your doll has taken up a pretentious hobby. What is he or she snootily doing?
    Re-potting a bonsai.
9. What was your doll’s imaginary friend like when he or she was just a little tiny?
    His name was Xiao, and that's all Jian Yuan will say.
10. Cake or death?
    He doles out death pretty regularly, yes. However did you know? Did the guns tip you off?

If your doll could be Truffle for one day, what would he or she do?

    Figure out how to catch his own tail.

Food Meme

Aug. 14th, 2010 11:54 pm
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1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you've eaten.
3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Put in italics the ones you haven't had but WANT to try.

Ganked from [ profile] calalillith, who ganked from [ profile] radiotrash, and so on.

The long list of foods. )


Apr. 6th, 2010 09:21 am
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Your result for Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test...

You are the Creator

57% Innocent, 8% Orphan, 96% Warrior, 63% Caregiver, 63% Seeker, 63% Lover, 33% Destroyer, 100% Creator, 56% Magician, 82% Ruler, 96% Sage and 53% Fool!

Goal: Identity.

Fear: Inauthenticity.

Response to Dragon/Problem: Claim it as part of the self.

Task: Self-creation. Self-acceptance.

Gift: Individuality. Vocation.

Addictions: Work. Creativity.

The Creator is the center of improvement, always striving to create and better her/his surroundings. The Soul is the center of the Creator’s dance, and it seeks to find a deeper sense of self and wisdom even at the price of the Ego’s functions of keeping us healthy and functioning. The Soul is the source of our freewill, and the healthy creator can tap into the potential, creating circumstances while others feel acted upon by her/his actions.

The Creator is driven to be authentic despite the costs. Creators are threatening to Warriors and Seekers, who are very concerned with how things are ‘supposed’ to be.

Shadow Creator:

The Shadow creator creates without any sense of responsibility for what s/he is making. The Shadow Creator often will deny his/her responsibility in events. Most often, the Creator is shunned by the community, and a Shadow Creator seeks to create to disturb the community from which s/he is shunned. If a creation comes out badly, a Shadow Creator will blame circumstances.

Take Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test at OkCupid

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So my refrigerator is broken. Not making anything cold. Freezer not freezing. This has been going on for two days. Complex maintenance came in yesterday and replaced the thermostat, but that hasn't helped, so tomorrow morning they're just going to replace the entire fridge. Yay for new fridge! It sucks that half of the food in my freezer will probably be spoiled, though. I didn't have much, but the shrimp shaomai will have to be thrown out or eaten within the next 12 hours, no question, and those were tasty.

Also, I gakked this meme from [ profile] sedens.

Yes or No Meme )
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Shamelessly ganked from [ profile] greenjudy.

A - Age: 24

B - Bed size: Full.

C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming. Always have, probably always will.

D - Dogs' names: Dogless. Cat's name is MingMing.

E - Essential start your day item: Shower. I get grouchy if I haven't gotten to take a shower.

F - Favorite color: Transitory. It's easier to say what colors I don't like.

G - Gold or Silver: Silver.

H - Height: 5' 4"-ish.

I - Instruments you play: Flute. Though I haven't touched mine years? Eight? And I was never very good to begin with, mostly because I didn't want to play it and was required to by the school.

J - Job title: Security Officer.

K - Kid: At this point in my life? Hell no. I can barely handle my cat.

L - Living arrangements: Apartment.

M - Mum's name: Renee.

N - Nicknames: Kiyakotari, Kiya, IQLS (don't ask), Peanut, Midget, Turbo, The Diplomat. Older sister used to call me "Lor-lor."

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Appendectomy in 3rd grade. Pneumonia when I was...very young, I don't know how old. Also, does working the graveyard shift (11p-7:30a) five days a week at the local hospital count?

P - Pet Peeve: Grammar/spelling/punctuation errors, especially in any kind of signage or "official/professional" presentation. Inconsistency/implausibility in fiction. Poor characterizations, especially the "weeping uke" (and the "seme or uke" trope) in yaoi. Being called "woman" or "a woman." Call me by my fucking name, not my gender, asswipes! **climbs down off soapbox**

Q - Quote(s) from a movie: (All from the same movie.)
- "Brilliant! So now we got a huge guy theory, and a serial crusher theory. Top notch."
- "And shepherds we shall be for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand. Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomini Patri, et Fili, et Spiritus Sancti."
- "Fuckin'-- What the fuckin' fuck-- Who the fuck-- Fuck this fuckin' -- How did you two fuckin' fucks-- Fuck!
Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word."

R - Right or left handed: Right.

S - Siblings: Older half-sister. Younger sister.

T - Time you wake up: Extremely variable - I work graveyards. I usually stay up until 2-3pm, then get up at 10pm, or I go to bed straight off work and get up in the early-to-mid afternoon. Sometimes I go to bed around 11am and get up around 5pm.

U - Underwear: At the moment? None - I'm sitting here in a bathrobe. In general, unadorned thong (I think they're comfortable) and plain bra or sports bra.

V - Vegetable you dislike: Eggplant. Also bell peppers, onions, tomatoes (I know, fruit, not veggie, but whatever), cauliflower, cooked carrots.

W - Ways you run late: Usually procrastination or alarm-clock error.

X - X-rays you've had: Feet (both), neck/shoulders/head (SEVERAL times - multiple cases of whiplash), abdomen (I think - I seem to remember that when I had appendicitis, along with an ultrasound).

Y - Yummy food you make: I do not cook. I microwave (canned beans, mostly).

Z - Zoo favorite: I haven't been to a zoo in...a very long time. But I used to especially love all the wild cat houses and the butterfly tents, where the butterflies would land on people.
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There's a thread on DoA in the Games subforum where people are posting pictures of their dolls next to unusual items to provide relative and amusing measurements. This thread has featured things like stacks of DVD cases, soda bottles, and quite a few different kinds of collectible trading figure. I decided to have a go at it, seeing as I'm just as dorky as everyone else who spends time poking around the Games subforum. Of course, I don't have a lot of trading figures laying around, and the DVD case thing is already far overdone, and there's too much variation in books, so...

As a result, I discovered that Wren is approximately as the same height as a stack of empty bullet casings (also known as "brass") in the following combination of calibers: Eighteen (18) .45 ACP, Four (4) .40 S&W, Three (3) 9mm Luger, and One (1) 300 Winchester Magnum. Manufacturers vary, as is obvious by the differences in the brass in the image below.

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Ganked from [ profile] calalillith.

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 books from this list. Copy the list into your own note. Look at the list and put an 'X' after those you have read. Delete the 'X' from any you have not read.

Sure, BBC. Sure. )


Mar. 30th, 2009 11:19 am
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Stolen from [ profile] askerian. Apparently the "best meme ever."

Ask any character I've written for advice, and they will provide it, advice columnist style. Your problems or fictional characters' problems both welcome. Management is not responsible for the results of following said advice.

Okay, ladies and gentlemen. Hit me. I just got an IUD put in and need something to take my mind off of the incredibly ridiculous cramping. $@&#*$@&#$!!!


Nov. 30th, 2008 05:23 pm
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In a classic example of what NOT to do when you have only two weeks of school left, and tons of papers and projects due, and tests to study for...I made some macros. Blame it all on this thread.

Three more. )
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I am easily amused. Also, I am procrastinating on starting the rough draft of my critical analysis of Dickens' representations of Victorian feminine ideals in Great Expectations, due Monday.


Aug. 15th, 2008 06:45 pm
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Ganked from [ profile] greenjudy.

Haiku2 for kiyakotari
awning he crosses his
arms unhampered it is
the only one who
Created by Grahame

It was so fun, I had to do a couple more. XD )
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Because it was too amusing to pass up.

More under the cut. )


May. 24th, 2008 07:22 am
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Meme ganked from [ profile] askerian, [ profile] sasori_katana and [ profile] oceanica.

Name any story/drabble I've written, and any character in it (major or minor), canon or OC. I'll tell you three things about that character which I didn't put in the story.

(As a side note, I may end up telling you something that is part of the story, but just isn't in a part that's been written or shared so far.)


May. 19th, 2008 11:11 pm
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Blame this meme on [ profile] lionhearts. Hers are better than mine, though. ^_~

Because it's long. )
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Prompt Submission Closed for Now

(While I work on what I've gotten.)
May open again later.

What it says. I want some prompts, and I want them to be about other people's characters. I want to write using characters other than the ones I normally work with. I might produce a drabble, it might be a ficlet. I doubt anything will really qualify as a full short story, but you never know.

There ARE rules.

1) No matter how well you think I know the character, I want at least one link (or you can eMail it to me, if you prefer, at to an example of YOUR writing about them/using them. Character profiles would be nice, if you've got them already put together, but aren't what I'm talking about. I want some fiction that uses them, so I can get a taste of their personality, their quirks, their tendencies. Their brain, if you will.
2) Can be one or more characters, but if you give me a huge group I can't promise I'll use them all.
3) I don't care how often you write with them...if they're fanfiction characters, I won't do them. I'll do characters named after or inspired by the characters of others (doll people, this probably mostly applies to you), but that's it. And I reserve the right to decline such characters (though if I do, you can suggest another), because in many cases they aren't really the point of this exercise. For example, a character named Gaara who lives in a big city in the somewhat distant future, has red hair and green eyes, and fights zombies to survive each day would be totally appropriate (and fun). A character named Gaara who lives in the desert and likes sand would get a big fat middle finger.
4) I want more than just character names. Names, locations, situations, items to interact with, things to muse on (for first-person pieces), anything. But not just names.
5) You want smut, I'll write smut. But you'd better give me some DAMNED good insight into the dynamics of the relationship first. I won't write non-con for these requests.

For examples of previous successful prompts formats (though of a different nature than these), see This Post. It should give you an idea of the kinds of suggestions that will get the most response from me. There is such a thing as being TOO specific.

If I think of anything else, I'll add it, but that's all for now. So Prompt Me Hard!

(This experiment brought to you by the fact that I'm taking creative nonfiction right now, and I want to write some fiction so bad I'm going to start chewing my toes off soon. And this week's prompt at Resinality just isn't doing it for me.)

NOTE: I've screened most of the posts of character writing examples, because quite a few people have indicated they didn't necessarily want their work-in-progress type stuff bandied about the internets. And I know that I usually feel that way myself.


Finished Prompts
[ profile] greenjudy: Ira. The Prospect of a Car (red). Echoes of Uncle Arved (take however you like). Girls. Eric Tseng's private study.

In-Progress Prompts
[ profile] doll_paparazzi: Christian, Trent, and Apollo (and the rest of the Loft) dealing with an injured Darryl (and vice-versa).
[ profile] lionhearts: Not yet decided.
[ profile] annie_chan: Sashenka Romanov (Sashe). Dietrich. Manhattan, 1949. Hotel lobby - spy as businessman. Night scene in hotel dining room - "Have we met?" He asked, "A man does not easily forget seeing eyes like yours."
[ profile] urchinmoppet: Christopher. Noah. Prompt not yet decided.
[ profile] torimiko: Not yet decided.
[ profile] kurimja: Kaelen with broken chalice. Young Umbrae. Forest or mansion gardens.
[ profile] mamon_lugi: Older Luke. Older Bu. Bu was missing, and now he's back.
[ profile] mamon_lugi: Marduk. Umbrae. Sparring. Rain.
Prompt Submission Closed for Now
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A great tool for writers young and old - the Mary Sue Litmus Test! Now revised to make scoring as simple as clicky boxes.

I did a kind of "group" one, using all the major players in the trilogy I'm working on (basically, if it fit any of them I clicked it, whether it was just one, or more than one). They scored a 4. So then I went back through and added in all the ones I'd considered, but not selected (there were only a few). They scored an 8 that time. I went back and checked a few others, just for the hell of it, and hit a whopping 14. So I figure it's pretty Mary Sue/Gary Stu safe, for now.

There were some aspects of this that were a little bit difficult, because I was doing this purely as an assessment of the group's "in-story" characteristics. Since nearly all of them also exist in doll form, there are definitely areas of dissension in some places. Things that may be true for their "doll" characters (for whatever reason) are not always true for their "novel" characters.
kiyakotari: (Default) personality type is apparently INTJ.

I received the following quantitative score:

Introverted: 11%
Intuitive: 25%
Thinking: 38%
Judging: 1%

Which gives me qualitative results of:

- a slightly expressed introvert
- a moderately expressed intuitive personality
- a moderately expressed thinking personality
- a slightly expressed judging personality

I suppose that fits me. Here's a link to the test, for anyone else who wants to take it, and here and here are some pages with information on what my INTJ rating supposedly says about me (actually, it seems pretty accurate, which is surprising).