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Random Song, Musical Tastes, and Fanfiction Memes

20 Random Songs from Your MP3 Player Meme
Ayup, it finally got me.
Thanks, rsmit212 and masteralida!
Listen now and the teunciness have thee!

Thus is Banazir ibn Ranugad avenged!

  • Mary-Chapin Carpenter - How Do (State of The Heart)

  • Brooks and Dunn - The Best of My Love (Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles)

  • Collin Raye - Not That Different [recommended by kissmyascii]

  • Shirelles - One Fine Day

  • Rosanne Cash - Roses in the Fire (The Wheel)

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt - (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away (Jennifer Love Hewitt)

  • Five Iron Frenzy - Stinky Hippy (Cheeses)

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Garden (Let's Go Bang)

  • Hollies - Just One Look

  • Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Sudden Gift of Fate (A Place in the World)

  • yodge - Waiting for December [remix]

  • The Goons - Goodbye

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt - Let's Go Bang (Let's Go Bang)

  • jereeza - Uzas

  • Sarah McLachlan - Good Enough (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)

  • Sarah McLachlan - Possession (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)

  • Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Why Walk When You Can Fly (Stones in the Road)

  • The Heebee-Jeebees - Use the Force [recommended by yodge]

  • Dynamite - De Pizza Dans [recommended by dragnflye]

  • Garth Brooks - Same Old Story (No Fences)

Musical Tastes Meme
rsmit212, rsmit212, why dost thou persecute me?
(A CHOKLIT prize to the first person to identify both refs.)

Put the titles of songs you like in boldface and explain why you do or don't like each.

1. We Built This City - Starship - I have heard sound bites from this on TV commercials for "greatest hits" compendia that I didn't buy, but you know, I haven't actually heard the whole song before.
2. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus - Dissemble no more! I confess! I confess the Dragonheart vid! (This filk, too.)
3. Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung - just because, as in Firefly, there is an obscure Chinese phrase (wang2 zhong1, "perfect pitch") that I couldn't recognize
4. Rollin' - Limp Bizkit - haven't heard it
5. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice - didn't even like this parody ("Rice, Rice Baby" - Mark Jonathan Davis, often misattributed to Weird Al Yankovic)
6. The Heart of Rock & Roll - Huey Lewis and the News - nice beat, nice slow pace
7. Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin - Bobby is the teunce! How can you knot liek this?!
8. Party All the Time - Eddy Murphy
9. American Life - Madonna - ugh, I really tried to get into this, and I really couldn't
10. Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
11. Invisible - Clay Aiken - just acos this is a perfect Samwise song!
12. Kokomo - The Beach Boys - one of my favorite songs as a teen
13. Illegal Alien - Genesis - haven't heard it
14. From a Distance - Bette Midler - I like Nanci Griffith's rendition best
15. I'll Be There for You - The Rembrandts - but have you heard the whole song?
16. What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes - haven't heard it
17. Pumps and a Bump - Hammer - ditto
18. You're the Inspiration - Chicago - ditto
19. Broken Wings - Mr. Mister - this is a good shower song, I confess
20. Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
21. Two Princes - Spin Doctors - haven't heard it
22. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith
23. Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart - haven't heard it
24. Superman - Five for Fighting - oh, my, yes; and thanks for identifying the band name, which I never knew
25. I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy
26. The End - The Doors - haven't heard it
27. The Final Countdown - Europe - ditto
28. Your Body Is a Wonderland - John Mayer - very boring treatment and delivery for such promising title and lyrics
29. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something - haven't heard it
30. Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston - it's a wonder I do after actually having to perform this in concert choir!
31. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies - haven't heard it
32. Will 2K - Will Smith - ditto
33. Barbie Girl - Aqua - ditto
34. Longer - Dan Fogelberg - ditto
35. Shiny Happy People - REM - I admit my crime: I put the parody idea "Tiny Wireless Camera" into the minds of my poor grad students. I am going to the Speshul Hell.
36. Make Em Say Uhh! - Master P featuring Silkk, Fiend, Mia-X and Mystikal - haven't heard it
37. Rico Suave - Gerardo - I made this Paganini's TEUNCmusik (acos he's El Suavo, yernow)
38. Cotton Eyed Joe - Rednex - haven't heard it
39. She Bangs - Ricky Martin - I hated this song during and after William Hung's rendition, and I would have hated it before, too
40. I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd - haven't heard it
41. We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel - Awesome song!
42. The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel - haven't heard this one
43. Follow Me - Uncle Kracker - ditto
44. I'll Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf - ditto
45. Mesmerize - Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
46. Hangin' Tough - New Kids on the Block
47. The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You - Bryan Adams - haven't heard it, and might I add, some country songs sound cheesier than they are
48. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles - so chime-in-able!
49. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred - because it's for Smeagol, see?
50. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion - *sob* I confess already!

Fiction Titles Meme
From suricattus and thanatos_kalos, by way of lizbetann.

Pick five, or ten, or more, of your fic titles. List them in your journal and explain how you came up with each one. Post this prompt as well, so that the meme spreads.
D00d, my titles suck armadillos through a crazy straw!
Well, they used to. Since getting an LJ, I've become better at coming up with titles for entries and comment threads.
It's even helped with papers and grant proposals! :-)

First, some corny wordplay:
1. "The Grey Liver" (July, 2000) - Chapter II.9 ("The Great River") of The Lord of the... Whatever, the parody of The Lord of The Rings edited by Steuard Jensen and O. sharp, and written by denizens of rec.arts.books.tolkien - I wanted something that sounded like "The Great River", and I wrote this while on a conference trip in Minas Vegas, so odd engrish ideas started occurring to me. This is how I got the other two titles, too.
2. "The Back Gate is Hosed" (April, 2001) - Chapter IV.3 ("The Black Gate is Closed") - Just a little play on words, showing how Cirith Ungol turned out to be a major detour. It only occurred to me much later that this title sounds notoriously tildy and possibly slashy.
3. "The Land of Mojo" (March, 2002) - Chapter VI.2 ("The Land of Shadow") - a little Austin Powers ref, baby.

Here's another humor fic:
4. "The Scouring of Balrog Cuttings" (July, 2000) - an interactive story about the end of mrowe's restaurant, 50 Ways to Cook A Dragon, co-written with her and tamf. I would personally have called it "50 Ways to Trask a Restaurant".
There's much more of this kind of stuff at The Middle Earth Irony Menagerie</i> (a blatant rip-off of O. Sharp's Tolkien Sarcasm Page, stolen with permission and reverence).

5. [Serious fic title goes here when I can remember one...]

I can't remember the titles of my fics from 10th grade honors English: one was about a scientist who hijacked and deliberately used a Roddenberryan Genesis device; a cautionary tale about a cryogenic mishap; and a tongue-in-cheek story about the destruction of the universe over a bag of Doritos.
Finally, I have a couple of as-yet untitled works in progress from SW roleplaying.

Fanfic Meme
Gacked concurrently (just acos I'm pantemporal that way) from bktheirregular, butterflykiki, and thanatos_kalos.

Once again deire's friends (many of whom are lately my own) infect this humble Jedi hobbit with their insidiousteuncy memes:

1. When did you write your first "Fanfiction" piece? What was it for?
The very first derivative fiction I wrote would probably have been in the vein of Gary Stu/Mary Sue essay and self-insertions into Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress - because after all, who goes to a Baptist elementary school without being asked to introspect that way? (This would have been 3rd or 4th grade.) In 3rd grade, I read a Christian-themed rip-off of THX-1138 and what I later realized was Logan's Run (I can't recall the title); after reading parts of THX-1138 itself in early 5th grade, I remember designing a future city and writing some fanfic-like backstory for it.

Aside from these and Biblical self-insertions, these were my first untitled fics. I vaguely remember some faltering starts at Gary Stu-ish Narnia fic (C. S. Lewis) in 5th grade and a lot of daydreaming about Prydain (Lloyd Alexander) in 6th. I'm quite sure I wrote a Madeleine L'Engle Time Trilogy fanfic when I was introduced to A Wrinkle in Time later that year.

In 10th grade I wrote a Star Trek-themed fic about the Genesis device (set in a universe where ST is fiction); I'm not sure whether that qualifies. My first actual, titled fanfic would have been a Foundation-inspired short story (the one on cryogenics) which was set on a Trantor-like planet and was set in a Galactic Empire AU.

2. Did you actually post it anywhere?
I never posted any of these, as they were written between 1984 and 1988, when I hadn't gotten into the habit of posting fics yet.

3. What series have you written fanfics for?

  • The Lord of The Rings (Tolkien) - parody (3)

  • Foundation (Asimov) - set in Foundation universe (2)

  • Star Trek (Roddenberry, various others) - set in ST-inspired universe (1)

plus humor fics based upon:

  • Star Wars (1)

  • Star Control computer game series (1)

  • Pliocene Exile / Galactic Milieu (May) (1)

and one mega-crossover set in Middle-earth, alluding to (in descending order of relevance):

  • Amber (Zelazny)

  • Pern (McCaffrey)

  • Dr. Who

  • Hyperion/Endymion (Simmons)

  • Dune (Herbert)

4. If you had the chance to have the original creator turn any of your fanfic into an actual real piece, which story would you choose?
I'd choose the Genesis Device story, as it would fit as an ST episode, though I saw the ramifications as extending into an Uplift story arc.

5. Any Original Characters (ones that got named) that you had inhabit the series universes? If so- who/where? (yes, this is where we embarrass you by revealing your dark secrets!)
I can only remember the protagonist/villain's name from the Genesis Device fic: Dr. Hiduran Rasitseb.
It was gibberish, meant to be ethnically hard to trace (unidentifiably Indian, Egyptian, etc.) cf. some of Asimov's Foundation/Empire characters.

6. Do you have any weird music quirks that help you write?
I write best with bright and optimistic music, melodically if not lyrically so.
When writing, I have a slight bias towards contemporary country or crossover artists, especially female singers.
(Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Rodney Crowell, Kathy Mattea, Don Williams)

7. What are common "themes" you hide in your stories?
a) Faustian deals, Faustian deals, and... um, more Faustian deals.
I personally like cautionary tales about the awful rewards of hubris a la Poe and Hawthorne.
b) The solitary nature of greatness (whether it be political leadership, scientific notoriety, or just plain infamy).
c) Nostalgia: a lot of looking back at past civilizations
d) A lot of hand-wringing. My morality plays are rather angsty.
:blush: (OMG WTF LOL.)

8. What are your favorite characters to write POVs from?
Speaking in general:
a) newcomers to various orders (the Jedi, the Heralds of Valdemar, etc.)
b) well-developed canonical characters (Samwise Gamgee, Corwin of Amber, etc.)

9. What story of yours do you wish more people would read and love?
"The Scouring of BC"

10. If you could pick a specific scene of your story to be made into a comic-book/doujinshi format, what scene from what fanfic would you pick?
That would be the cryogenics disaster (Foundation/Trek/2001-inspired)
I also wrote a genre-indpendent fic once about a low-gravity planet populated by giant flying cetaceans, who were hosts to sentient microbes. The microbes lived entire generations in the time each one spent out of the ocean, and each host's colonies had to plan for mass destruction and near-extinction each time it dove back underwater.

11. And last but not least - why do you like writing fanfiction?
It is by turns very inspirational (in that it kick-starts my ideas about technology, human society, and destiny) relaxing (in that it affords me the time to think about themes I do not touch when writing technical papers and other nonfiction.

Edit, 14:15 CDT Wed 05 Mar 2004: Apropos of the fanfic, here is a SIKRIT about French hell dimensions. Oh, you know I have so found my cool word for June. (Spoiler warning: Plot details of Angel Season 5, episodes 17-19, are discussed under the cut in that post. Those who haven't seen them yet might want to come back to this thread later.)


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