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25 February 2009 @ 07:01 pm
Random association meme!  
Random association meme.
Ask me to associate you with five things. When I do this, post this meme and an explanation of your interest in those five things in your journal.

No one has to play, and I'll caution that it may take me a little while to get around to associating you if you do choose to play, but any comments are welcome!  I decided to play in raputathebuta's sandbox, when she posted her tag here.

raputathebuta associates me with the following five things:
1. Supernatural (of course)
2. Fanfic
3. Freakin' awesome episode reviews
4. Road trips
5. SPN University


1.  Supernatural:  When I saw the description of Supernatural in the fall preview issue of TV Guide magazine back in 2005, its billing as a horror show was a strike against it because I'm not a horror fan. In its favor was Jensen Ackles, who had caught my eye the first time I ever saw him as a guest star in the Pollo Loco episode of the first season of Dark Angel, because until I saw his Ben, I would never have thought that I would feel compassion and grief for a psycho serial killer.  I tuned in and enjoyed the pilot, particularly the true brother chemistry between Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, but I was only a casual and occasional viewer until I saw Faith.  That episode sandbagged me with its depth, and I realized that by being superficial in my watching, I had missed what was right in front of my eyes:  that these brothers were among the most complex and real characters on television, and they had a lot to say to me courtesy of sharp writing and extraordinary performances.  I went back and rewatched the earlier episodes, including major ones I'd missed (like Home),and I was lost, converted into a Supernatural evangelist preaching the word of what to watch to all and sundry. And the rest is simply history.

2.  Fanfic:  I wrote fanfic before I knew it had a name.  I always enjoyed watching selected television shows, usually because specific characters and their relationships drew me, and I imagined what would happen if those characters confronted situations that simply didn't arrive in the aired episodes.  Usually, I just jotted down ideas and wrote isolated scenes, but I wrote my first full-blown long story for the Western Lancer (another show with two very different brothers and a Dad!) back in 1971.  The first draft was 79 pages in my handwriting; the redraft was how I learned to type, because I refused to edit and rewrite it by hand!  It wound up being 81 pages, typed, double-spaced.  I haven't stopped writing fanfic since.  I'm not prolific, because I need a strong inspiration to write anything of any length -- I've got to have something significant to say -- but telling stories is how I process the things that happen in my own life, both the good and the bad, and how I explore what I believe and what I feel.  And yes, I'm writing more Supernatural fanfic; there's another story in the works, this one pre-series.

3.  Freakin' awesome episode reviews:  Thank you, Rap; I blush!!!!  I never blogged before Supernatural, and even when I got addicted back in season one, I lurked on other blogs and fansites, and only occasionally submitted comments.  When the second season began, however, I was dismayed by the negativity of many fans who expressed disappointment at how the show and the boys had changed since the events of the first season.  I thought that a lot of people, in wanting to keep the surface-simple characters of the early first season, were missing the very point that made Supernatural great in my eyes:  that Sam and Dean were complex characters who grew and changed because of the things they experienced.  I started writing episode commentaries just to make the positive points about the new second season that many fans seemed to be discounting or missing, and began my own blog over on the now-defunct TVGuide.com community website and started submitting my reviews as freelance alternatives over on www.supernatural.tv.  Now I can't imagine not writing them, whether anyone reads them or not ... but I'm really chuffed when folk read them and leave comments!  I've always been fascinated by storytelling, and particularly how ideas can go from mind to script to screen, so expanding the reviews to talk about the production aspects of the shows was just irresistible to me.  And then there were the haiku ... *grin*

4.  Road trips:  All my life, my family took vacations by taking to the road. (I came by my love of 1967 Chevys honestly, by the way; my Dad's pride and joy was Big Red, a 1967 Chevy Bel Air station wagon, and we criss-crossed the country taking vacations in that car!)  When my sister Terry bought her first Harley, with a sidecar, she invited me along with Mom on vacations on the bike, and I -- being a writer -- kept journals of the trips.  Even when I fly places, I enjoy driving on the far end, as was demonstrated when I visited Vancouver to attend the fan-run Something Wicked convention and drove other fans in search of Supernatural shooting locations.  And I still love nothing better than getting behind the wheel of Skywise, my sweet 2004 Sebring convertible, and taking him on the road, preferably topless, with my tunes blaring through the speakers!!

5.  Supernatural University:  Once I started blogging on Supernatural, I couldn't resist getting into some serious analysis of the show, indulging my education in aspects of psychology, theology, myth structure, philosophy, law, and everything else even tangentially related to the show, its characters, and its plots.  Those meta discussions read like lectures, and prompted discussion in comments from others that took me straight back to college days.  I enjoyed cutting loose and not writing down to people, which I have to do in my real life work, and it paid off in spades as far as I was concerned, because it prompted other people to respond as analytically as I had begun, and those comments often made me think harder and deeper and enhanced my experience of the show and the community around it.  It was only natural that I would christen those meta posts Supernatural University, and they just took off.  I'm really happiest when I'm in my little cyber classroom ... and SU expanded to invade my review commentaries when my real life work made it hard for me to write standalone SU class posts.  And other folk got involved (I really miss Ghost!) to provide guest lectures in my little university ... Maybe someday I'll open an SU community here on LJ, and invite folk to guest lecture again.

Whew:  that was a lot longer than I had intended!  But hey -- I had a tough day at work, so I guess this is escape!

Anyway, if you would like to play, just tell me, and I'll tell you five things with which I associate you!  And if you just want to comment on all the stuff I spewed out here, that's perfectly fine too -- no need to put yourselves on the spot.

Hope you enjoyed!

And we have season five on Supernatural: best Mardi Gras celebration EVER!



 
 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: "Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)" by Kansas
 
 
 
originalcindyroriginalcindyr on February 26th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Oh, my dearest Professor! It's been too long since we've had a chance to chat. Needless to say, I was delighted when LJ actually alerted me this evening that you had something for me to peek at. *hugs*

I can't believe it took you till Faith ... I really thought in our talks that you had been with it totally from the beginning. The things we learn. ;-)

As for the reviews and the University ... I couldn't agree more with Rap. I can't imagine Supernatural without you and both your wonderful thoughts and your classes. I still remember your first ... Sam & Dean and Myers - Briggs ... so awesome! You should repeat it for the many who missed it! Then, of course, there was your "Lessons from BDW" *sighs*

Roadtrips ... I'm on the hook! This year Baby and I are heading north but next year, look out ... we're planning to see cherry blossoms in DC and will have to hunt you down!

As for your fic ... well, my dear friend ... I have three words ... Last Rites *sob* ... :-) Still. It was your 41 days of Metallicar drabbles that made this last summer truly bearable. Thank you!

As for playing the game ... okay ... I'll bite ... and, as I told Rap ... I'll even post it! :-)
bardicvoice: John Hero by <lj user=janglyjewels>bardicvoice on February 27th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, Cindy! I'm SO happy to see you!

Yeah, I was slow to get on the bandwagon; I watched with distractions at first, and missed quite a few episodes until Faith just knocked me right over. I wasted no time catching up on what I missed!!

And I will look forward to having you visit me next year! Cherry blossom season is GREAT, and very beautiful; the trick is timing is right, because everything depends on the weather, not the calendar! I would be delighted to play local tour guide ... *grin*

And on playing the game, well - here are five things I associate with you:

1. John Winchester
2. Tea
3. Supernatural Sanitarium
4. Oooooooak-lahoma! (Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains! Where the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rains!)
5. Rambles
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bardicvoice: BardicImpala by <lj user=janglyjewels>bardicvoice on February 27th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Welcome aboard!

Hmm, five things I associate with you are:

1. Alias (Oh, gee - what a surprise!)
2. A certain 1967 Chevy Impala ... and maybe a few other classic cars
3. Music
4. Icons
5. Supernatural

You're on!

Edited at 2009-02-27 12:41 am (UTC)
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bardicvoice: Invictus by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>bardicvoice on March 1st, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! That was fun!!
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Danipinkphoenix1985 on February 26th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Bardic- that's so true! *nods*

you're welcome to do the association meme on me if you want
bardicvoice: Family Laugh anibardicvoice on February 27th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
All-righty!

Let's see ... five things I associate with you are:

1. Supernatural (gee, I wonder why ...)
2. Israel (I love having friends from everywhere!)
3. Tweets
4. Family
5. Stats

If you're willing to take this on, I'm definitely willing to read!
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)

It made me remember how I got into SPN... It was just before the beginning of season 3, and I watched a few episodes of season one, and the whole season two on streaming. I was drawn in because it was a show about brothers, and I've always been interested in sibling relationships, but at first I wasn't really involved, probably because a) I missed a lot of first seasons episodes (including "Faith"), and later, when I came back and watched the entire first season with my sister, I realized that I have missed a lot of character development that way ; b) I first watched season one dubbed in French - you wouldn't believe how much Jensen and Jared's real voices add to the Show, and I'm not even mentioning the translation mistakes. I think I fell in love with "In My Time Of Dying".

Wow, that was a lot of... words. I'll just say that you add so much to my enjoyment of Show, so... thank you!

PS: Yay for season 5!!! (not that I was worried; not at all).

Elsa.
bardicvoice: BrotherHug by <lj user=katysam>bardicvoice on February 27th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you, Elsa!!

When I traveled in Europe years back, I'd sometimes run into dubbed movies or television shows, and it never failed to throw me - hearing voices other than the ones I expected! Especially when the dubbing artist had a vocal timbre totally different from the original actor ... And I always laughed to see lips moving without matching the dialogue words!