|The Laughing Muse (laughing_muse) wrote in striking_muse,|
@ 2007-09-16 10:01:00
|Current mood:||slightly decaffeinated|
|Current music:||Stellamara - Kyrie Eleison|
Ta daaaaa...it's me!
Name: Laughing Muse
Outlets: writing, coloring (usually geometric patterns), coding (yes, you read that right), graphics
Joined because: I've joined two writing-challenge comms, but no writing-inspiration/talk comms. Time to balance the scales a smidge.
Anything currently ongoing?: making icons, doing fiction challenges in two IJ communities...oh, yeah. And preparing to move 1200 miles, towing all my stuff. And with three cats. That's a different kind of "creative".
I write as laughing_muse and lethlogica. I had a half-formed notion of keeping the first as my creative-identity label and the second as my daily-blather identity, but that notion has gotten off to a wobbly start. The lines are sort of fuzzy. But, hey - you try being a demideity with a bifurcated personality, see how well you're able to keep track of your car keys. :D
When I was in third grade, a friend and I wrote a horror novel. With illlustrations. For two third graders, collaborating at recesses, it wasn't half-bad...but plotwise, it was a wee bit on the thinnish side.
When I was in secondary school, I wrote a story that used my friends as characters and the school as the setting. I got a lot of very enthusiastic demands to read it ("So what did I do today?!??"), the dialogue was good, and the grammar was excellent; but again, plotwise, it was a bit leaden toward the end. (Treacly wrap-up, even. I think there's a subclause that mandates that all people who write in their teens must produce at least one Mary-Sue romance-type-thing.) I have since come to the conclusion that I'm better at wind-sprint cleverness than marathon bouts of creativity.
I'm a bit of a science/speculative fiction fan. Right now, my primary fixations are "Doctor Who" and Firefly/Serenity. Next summer, I'm flying back down from my new home just to go see the latest Indy Jones and Batman movies with my dad (my sci-fi pusher), so that tells you a couple of things:
1) that I've got a good relationship with my dad
2) that, while I loathe seeing movies in theatres because of cellphones and adverts, these two are good enough to override those objections
3) that I won't pay $400 for an iPhone, but I'll fly 1200 miles to go see two movies
Never let it be said that I'm logically consistent. Or coherent.
I've been using the online identity "Laughing Muse" since 1995, but since I didn't join LJ until about a year ago, someone else had already snagged that username over there. I joined to have a "disposable" journal where I could rant about employer silliness, post memes, and other things I regularly cull from my actual web site...but I prefer to keep the two separate. It makes it less likely that a potential development client can trace things back to me and then not hire me because of my memetic behavior (or because they're worried that I'll slag off about them online. Which is silly. If course I'll slag off about them online if they do something spectacularly stupid. I just won't use their name, or their company name, or anything else that identifies them...to anyone but themself.)
If you find anything in my little writings that you want to use or re-use (a situation, a concept, a turn of phrase, a paragraph), go right ahead. I'm releasing most of them under a Creative Commons license, so you won't even need to credit. Like I said, I'm more a windsprint-creativity type of person. If someone's brain sparks (only in a good way) and they get a jumpstart out of something I happened to release into the wilds, I'll be thrilled. I know that 3/4 of my creativity is spurred by a single phrase, or a concept, that another author has written; so it's kind of cool to think that some idea of mine might do the same for another person. It's all very chaos-maths and social-engineeringly cool.