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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Friday Memeage!

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I am for once beginning the memeage on Friday. Whatever day this posts, that was the day that I finished. :^P

This was a busy week for memes. Besides my usual memesheep communities, I snagged a couple of intriguing ones from friends.

I will start with this one from satismagic. I love this meme; I think it is a beautiful idea. I would really love to see my flisters adopt this one, especially my female flisters (which is nearly all of you). *nudge nudge* Consider it a birthday gift for me. That is all that you have to do for me.

Yoinked directly from Juno, who put it better than I could:
  • Write in the subject line: "I have talents. I have strengths."

  • Make a list with your ten favourite talents or strengths.

  • Never, ever, forget that you are a very special person, with unique strengths and talents.
And if you find it as difficult as I did to make a list of your talents and strengths... think about what is easy for you, what you enjoy doing, and what you know that others hate doing or have problems with...

Oh, and don't give me any crap about not having ten special talents or strengths.

Because I know you do.


  1. I am a good teacher. I have worked as a restaurant trainer (and restaurants are notoriously difficult to train *snerk*) and an adult literacy tutor. I love teaching; I love the challenge, and I am good at it.
  2. I am a very coherent non-fiction writer. Even more so than fiction, perhaps, I have gotten attention in the past for my argument essays. My professor for Advanced Argumentation and Exposition kept my essay on the use of animals in research as the best example of an essay done on the topic. People even praise my emails as unusually well written.
  3. I am comfortable in my creativity. This might sound weird, but I think that a lot of people hold back their creativity because artistic creativity is not always valued highly in our dollars-and-cents society. I believe that being comfortable in my creativity has been one of the main reasons I tend to improve in leaps and bounds in terms of writing, so it is a personal strength that I value highly.
  4. I am a good fiction writer. I didn't always believe this, but I believe it now.
  5. I have a knack for efficiency. Blame all of those years as a production trainer/manager, but I can dissect nearly any process and reform it to be more efficient. I brought the fifteen-minute warrant process down to three minutes at my current job.
  6. My brain is in sideways, and I consider that a good thing. One of the theories taught in introductory psychology classes is the idea that most people are right- or left-brained, i.e. analytical or verbal. I am both so--my mom is fond of saying--my brain is in sideways.
  7. I am exceedingly patient. Too patient, perhaps, but it has its uses, both personally and professionally. It also makes me a good novel writer and painter, I believe!
  8. Recently, I have developed a lot of confidence in my skills as an editor. I got the fiction editor's gig at Bartleby rather out of the blue and have worked honing these skills ever since. I finally feel like I am getting a grasp on it between doing beta-work and editing for Antithesis Common.
  9. Physically, I have never been--nor allowed myself to become--a weak woman. Politeness is fine, but males in my life know not to insist on lifting or carrying things for me because I'm female. I have always been proud of my strength.
  10. I stand up for what I believe in. Since the age of twelve, there has been very little time when I have not been active in one cause or another. More importantly, I raise my voice in situations where others might not. If only everyone lost their fear to speak, the world might become a better place!


And I got tagged by sirielle for a character truth-and-lies meme...or rather, Maedhros did.

Once you've been tagged, you have to write a blog entry with five complete lies about a muse of yours. That is, five things about the muse that are completely not true. Not even slightly. Then add something that is absolutely TRUE and the first person to guess which one is true wins. :) Then tag up to five people you want to turn into compulsive liars too.


  1. My best friend is my cousin Findekano. He knows me better than anyone else on Arda, and in him, I confide even the secrets from the darkest corners of my life.
  2. I was always brave in Angband.
  3. I grew up the day that I realized that pleasing myself was more important than pleasing my father, and forever after that, I lived as the person that I wanted to be without compunction, even if he disagreed.
  4. Sometimes, I wish I was an only child.
  5. Even in Middle-earth, even with the oath breathing hot upon my neck, if I could have had a single wish, it would have been for a wife and children.
  6. I feel remorse for Elenwe's death but not so much for alienating Turukano. He always was an obnoxious, jealous little git.


Any Maedhros fans (of Felakverse Maedhros, of course) care to guess which is true?

As for taggage...
ssotknapsack, I know that you are working on some original stuff, so maybe tag one of your characters? (Even if you never show the results!)
tarion_anarore, who has been concerning me lately with her productivity. Now, now, you don't want to become a weirdo like that Dawn Felagund. ;) I tag one of your Elf muses, whomever you'd like.
satismagic, one of your original characters.
greenknight33, I tag Klaus Von Uber. Because one day, I will finish the RPG and that guy will have to come back around. ;)
rhapsody11, Maglor or Celegorm, whoever's chattiest today!

Per usual, if you've been tagged or haven't the time or interest, don't worry about the meme. And if I haven't tagged you (because I'm trying to avoid people that I know have been tagged or are insanely busy at the moment) and you want to do the meme, consider yourself tagged.

And of course, thefridayfive, which is not one of the most inspiring I've seen, but heck, I'll do it.

1. What's your favorite line from a movie, and why?
2. Who's your favorite villain from a movie, and why?
3. Name one movie everyone else loves that you hate.
4. Name one movie everyone else hates that you love.
5. What's your favorite Pixar film, and why?


1. What's your favorite line from a movie, and why?
I'm not one to choose favorite lines because the lines that are designed for the biggest impact tend to feel contrived to me. No one is nearly so eloquent at gunpoint or when in the midst of an epic romance that is suddenly failing or on their deathbed...at least, I tend not be believe this.

I have many, many lines that I like in my favorite movies. Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Forrest Gump are exceptionally quotable. Strangely, I find Gattaca very quotable as well...at least Eugene's (Jude Law) lines.

My favorites from those movies:

"Some call me...Tim?" The whole Tim-the-Enchanter scene from The Grail. I love me some Tim.

"I was shot directly in the buttocks. They said it was a million-dollar wound, but the Army must keep that money 'cause I've never seen a nickel of that million dollars." Forrest Gump...ai, I have practically the whole movie memorized. I used to act out scenes for the amusement of my peers in high school.

"What's your number?!" from Gattaca. This part has become a personal joke for Bobby and me. I can't even remember its origins, so I won't even try to explain.

2. Who's your favorite villain from a movie, and why?
I loved  the nazgûl from LotR. Before I discovered The Silmarillion, I was a nazgûl fangurl, I kid you not. I was even in the process of confabulating with my mom to sew me a nazgûl costume. The whole idea of the nazgûl combined with the fact that Peter Jackson's nazgûl are the few movie monsters/villains that I find legitimately scary made them quite alluring.

I used to try to nazgûl screech. I was even pretty good at it for a while!

3. Name one movie everyone else loves that you hate.
Blackhawk Down. Bobby and I saw that movie, and I found it insipid, boring, and everyone had the same freakin' haircut so I couldn't tell them apart. Yet everyone raved: "You must see Blackhawk Down!" It was even nominated for awards, if I remember correctly. I liked it not one bit. (Except for the fact that my then-favorite actor Ioan Gruffudd was in it, though he puked on himself and got sent home within the first few minutes, iirc. Or am I remembering when he puked on himself in the first Horatio Hornblower movie? Never mind.)

4. Name one movie everyone else hates that you love.
Well, I just took a stroll over to the DVD shelf and didn't see anything that I would categorize as universally objectionable. (I did, however, find Blackhawk Down. WTF. Where did that come from??) I am sure that there are a lot of horror movies that I really, really enjoy that the general population finds stupid. For example, Bobby and I often rent "double feature DVDs" with two hour-or-so horror movies on them. Most people would think them gruesome and heinously bad, but we really enjoy them, for amusement's sake if nothing else. (The best so far is Castle Freak. Goodness, that lives in infamy, though it stands a chance of being replaced by Mr. Hell this Halloween.)

I did see (and like) Spice World when I was in high school, but we'll chalk that up to the folly of youth...and I was a Spice Girls fan at the time.

I also continue to like Titanic, despite the fact that people went so crazy for that movie to see it a half-dozen times, then a month later, hated it. I discovered Ioan Gruffudd through that movie. (And anyone who can tell me without using Google/IMDB/et cetera or the movie credits what part he plays will get a still-to-be-decided prize. And family of mine isn't eligible.) For me, the allure of Titanic had nothing to do with Jack and Rose but a very real disaster that was portrayed horrifically well on screen. I don't cry when Jack dies, but I cry when the father puts his wife and daughters on the boats with the promise that he'll get on a special boat for daddies...and he knows he's going to die. I cry at the end when the people left on the ship are all dropping to their deaths and the people on the lifeboats can only watch. So even if I cringe as Rose says, "Jack, this is where we first met!" as they descend to their dooms, the history far outweighs the overwhelming smell of gouda.

5. What's your favorite Pixar film, and why?
Huh? Is this question for real?? *sigh* Finding Nemo. Why? Because I like fish, clownfish are cute (though quite vicious in real life--and saltwater aquarium fish are usually poached, just so you know), and the seagulls remind me of very real seagulls. There.

Have you ever noticed that the Friday Five often has four good/decent questions and one that makes me go, "Huh?" My favorite Pixar movie?? Why not Lion's Gate? Fox Searchlight?? Gah.

Lastly, the fannish5. This one kind of makes up for the less-than-inspiring Friday Five.

Name five times in canon when everything would have changed if a character had made a different choice.

Just five?

I am going with something here. I don't know if it's going to work as intended, but it will hopefully illustrate something important (I think anyway) about the theme of The Silmarillion.

Canon would have changed if Feanaro had never made the Silmarils. Much of the jealousy between the Noldor and Feanaro's fears hinged on the Silmarils. Melkor would have had nothing to steal. Perhaps without the Silmarils to act as a symbol of their loss, Feanaro and his family would have concentrated on healing themselves rather than seeking retribution.

If the Feanorians had not committed the Kinslaying at Alqualonde, perhaps they would not have been banished. Perhaps they would have had the help of the Valar sooner in fighting Melkor. Perhaps the war would have been won much earlier, Melkor and Sauron both cast into the Void, and Middle-earth able to live in peace forever.

If the Feanorians had never taken the Oath, perhaps allegiances would have been stronger, both among other Eldar and the Sindar. Instead of often being stuck fighting alone--or worse, fighting their own kin--the Elves would have allied and perhaps defeated Melkor. Instead, there were Noldor (e.g., Orodreth) who would not fight at their sides, and they alienated the Sindar pretty quickly too.

If Feanaro had shown a little prudence in the Battle-under-Stars, he might have lived to fight in the battles that he brought his people to fight. His power and influence could have tipped the scales for the Noldor. If he'd seen the productivity of unity, his apology might have sufficed where his sons' did not. The Elves might have been strong enough to defeat Morgoth.

If Maedhros and Maglor had not stolen the Silmarils, the Valar would have possessed all three as they wished. (Assuming that they can call back Earendil at will, of course.) The world would have had back the Light of the Trees...and reason to fight over who possessed it.

Of course, none of these things happened.

And why? The Ainulindale has a very important quote that I try to keep in mind while slogging through all of the pain and tragedy of The Silmarillion about how all actions--even those intended to go against Eru's designs--in the end only intensify Eru's designs.

So if the Feanorians had not gone to Middle-earth, Melkor would have committed evil much longer, until the Valar could ignore him no more.

If the Noldor had gone with the blessings of the Valar, knowing that they could return to Aman at any time, they would have fought more for recovering treasure and less for defending their home.

If the Elves had defeated Melkor--either through stronger allegiances or because Feanor had lived--earlier in the story, then Sauron might not have lived to influence the Second and Third Ages, to bring about the good that came from Frodo's quest in LotR.

People would not have have faith in their strength or their ability to fight evil.

If the Silmarils had not gone into the earth, then they would not be safe until the remaking of Arda Unmarred.

And so even evil acts come back to good. And that's my attempt at being deep for the night!
  • and saltwater aquarium fish are usually poached, just so you know)

    In court boullion, with a little lemon-yogurt sauce and a sprig of dill. . . perfecto!
  • This might sound weird, but I think that a lot of people hold back their creativity because artistic creativity is not always valued highly in our dollars-and-cents society.

    Erm...*raises hand shyly* I might be guilty, though I think it's for a different reason, at least for fanfiction (since obviously that isn't worth real $$). Sometimes I'm actually still kind of embarrassed about writing it, my dirty little secret, if you will. I know, I'm only totally obsessed, how can I be so self-conscious about it? It's getting better, but a lot of times I feel so awkward writing fanfic. Cause of lower-than-desired productivity?

    Any Maedhros fans (of Felakverse Maedhros, of course) care to guess which is true?

    This is like one of those T/F tests where some tiny detail is false, thus the whole thing is false. I always hated those.

    1 is false, 2 is false, 3 is false, 4 is...false, 5 I think might be the true one, and 6 is false, I think, thought Turukano has not really featured in any of Dawn's stories, so far as I can recall.

    tarion_anarore, who has been concerning me lately with her productivity. Now, now, you don't want to become a weirdo like that Dawn Felagund. ;) I tag one of your Elf muses, whomever you'd like.

    Hey, if updating my LJa gazillion times somehow can turn my writing into the quality of yours, I'll update every hour!

    As for taggage...hmph. You just had to poke the muses, didn't you?

    If Maedhros and Maglor had not stolen the Silmarils, the Valar would have possessed all three as they wished.

    I must admit that it often seems to me that there was at least a grain of truth in what Melkor said to Feanor. I've been around the Noldor too much.
    • Sometimes I'm actually still kind of embarrassed about writing it, my dirty little secret, if you will.

      I hardly think that you're alone in this. :) I read it for months before I would even admit to Bobby that I was doing so. And writing.... o.O

      For me, I don't really like the name "fan fiction." It makes me think of stories written just to gush over something in a "fanatic" manner--and there is certainly nothing wrong with such stories--which is not really what I do. (Well, I might be occasionally guilty of writing an extra-pretty Maedhros, but my fannish tendencies toward Silm characters don't really exceed my fannish tendencies toward my own OCs; the latter just aren't as public because people tend to care less that I have a crush on Meryth or Felak than if I have a crush on Maedhros or Fingon.) When people ask about my writing, I tend to tell them that I am writing "stories based on Tolkien's The Silmarillion." For one, it sounds more like what it is. For two, it doesn't generate the same kinds of odd questions that "fan fiction" does. (Especially since a lot of people don't even know what fan fiction is.)

      And really, there are plenty of instances in real, published fiction--classics even--of people basing their work on another's, i.e. stories surrounding the Bible or Shakespeare. But no one calls that fan fiction and no one things it's shameful to have written a story based on another story.

      I am not trying to persuade you to "No! Don't be ashamed!" but simply to say that I understand where you're coming from and have found a lot of my own misgivings in sharing my fandom habit derive less from what I actually do and more from what I am perceived as doing. :)

      1 is false, 2 is false, 3 is false, 4 is...false, 5 I think might be the true one, and 6 is false, I think, thought Turukano has not really featured in any of Dawn's stories, so far as I can recall.

      Yay! Go you! #5 is the true statement. Turukano hasn't featured in my stories, but I don't think it's probable that Maitimo would wish for anyone to experience the grief of losing a spouse, so that one is based more on deduction than anything! :^P

      Hey, if updating my LJa gazillion times somehow can turn my writing into the quality of yours, I'll update every hour!

      You are far too kind, and I don't know that the rest of the world would appreciate your efforts. ;) "OMG it's multiplying!" comes to mind!

      But I do think that keeping a journal improves one's writing ability, especially in an LJ environment where we get immediate feedback. So I update a lot for this reason...and it's fun, which is a good motivator too. :)

      I must admit that it often seems to me that there was at least a grain of truth in what Melkor said to Feanor.

      I agree. I'm working (in my head anyway) on an essay about the Silmarils and their influence and why so many bad things happened around them, and this ties into all that. *avoids ramble*
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    • Um. Well, I know he's the guy who goes back in the lifeboat to save Rose. I don't know the character's name or anything... ;-P

      *ding ding ding* We have a winner! :^D

      His character's name is Fifth Officer Lowe (because I know you've been on the edge of your seat with curiousity! :^P)

      For the Maedhros truthiness meme, I'm going to guess #6 is the truth.

      Maedhros says that he would never wish such loss on anybody. Dawn says that #5 is the truth, but it is unfair to expect you to know that, since you haven't read all of AMC. Maedhros claims that's no excuse. :^P

      Maedhros thanks you for playing and gives you a warm Elfy hug.
  • Yay, you!

    I am comfortable in my creativity. This might sound weird, but I think that a lot of people hold back their creativity because artistic creativity is not always valued highly in our dollars-and-cents society.

    I think you've noticed something really important here. When I think how long I needed to get to the point that I was maybe "special" enough to really try to be a writer...

    And I ♥ the lying character meme! *g*
    • Re: Yay, you!

      I know we've talked before about how children aren't encouraged onto certain paths. For example, I never believed that it was okay to want to be a confectioner until I was about 23 years old. And it's not okay to want to be a writer, according to such standards. Or an auto mechanic or a dog groomer or a stained glass artisan. I suppose that schools pat themselves on the backs for keeping us out of poverty. Better to be rich and miserable then poor and happy, eh?

      And then there is the whole idea that a person is right-brained or left-brained. Which leaves us sideways-brained people feeling like we must choose one or the other. For a long time, I became right-brained and convinced myself that I no longer needed writing or creativity to be happy.

      These days, I'm fine to admit that I am sideways-brained and also do need creativity to be happy. And I'm also fine with admitting that, yes, I am considering a job in science, but I "waste" several hours each day on my stories. No, they'll probably never make me any money or anything tangible, but they make me happy, and when I dare to share my work and get a comment or email that someone else liked it, I still squee like a little girl because that may not be worth a red cent, but it makes me very, very happy.

      It irritates me so much that people--but especially schools, career counsellors, people who are supposed to help guide us into suitable futures--base the definition of "success" so much on money. You tell them, "I want to be a writer," and they whine, "But you only have a 1 in 100 chance of making a good living as a writer!" Tell them you want to be an accountant and they'll pat your back because you have a 99 in 100 chance of making a good living as an accountant.

      Never mind that you have a 99 in 100 chance of being happy as a writer and only a 1 in 100 chance of being happy as an accountant. Apparently, those numbers don't factor into the estimates.

      Nrgh. Such discouraging conservatism...I think sometimes of the amount of talent that is lost because people with real gifts in art--writing, painting, acting, whatever--"do the smart" thing and become accountants and insurance salespeople and middle managers (no offense meant to any of those jobs, of course, but who says in first grade: "I want to be a middle manager for Geico"?) I am so glad to see that you are pursuing writing because 1) I think that you have more than a 1 in 100 chance of being successful at it and 2) there is a whole world just hungering for such talent.

      Eep. Long rambly post/rant. Sorry. :^P
  • I'll try to do the "10 strengths" meme, but I can't really promise anything. BTW, what you said on #9 of said meme is absolutely true for me, as well. I may be small in stature, but I do like to carry my own load, regardless of how heavy it is. And I have carried more then my share, since I've been going back and forth between home and Sibiu for the last 5 years. With pretty heavy luggage.

    As for Nelyo's meme.... It's pretty hard to decide which is true. I would say that #1 is true, but I'm not really sure that Nelyo and Findekano are just friends in Dawn verse.>;)
    The "Sometimes I wish I were an only child" bit is totally unlike your Nelyo, at least as he comes through in AMC. So I say that #5 is the truth. I know how much Nelyo tormented himself with the "apparently" crumbled dream of having his own family, when he and Annawende were separated.

    So, am I right? ;)
    • BTW, what you said on #9 of said meme is absolutely true for me, as well.

      Yay! Strong women rock! :^D If a man wants to hold the door for me or picks up the heaviest case, I don't usually protest because I tend to have old-fashioned manners myself and would do the same for an elder, not meaning that the elder is incapable of holding a door or lifting a heavy case, but it is just polite.

      But when people say, "Oh, Dawn, don't take that, it's heavy! Let Bobby carry it!" I literally see red. Because I know that if I was a male of the same size, they would not say that to me. It's because I'm female...but that doesn't mean I'm weak. And I usually say as much, in some colorful language too. :^P

      So, am I right? ;)

      Yes! Yay! :^D

      #1 is false because Macalaure is Nelyo's best friend in Felakverse. He is close with Findekano, yes, but not like he is with Macalaure. Substitute "Macalaure" for "Findekano" in that statement, and it's made true. :)

      You're spot on with the bit about being an only child. Nelyo sometimes wishes that he was not the eldest child, but he would never wish away his brothers. He believes that he will never be alone in a family like his, even if said brothers can be a pain in the bum sometimes. ;)
  • rhapsody11, Maglor or Celegorm, whoever's chattiest today!

    Celegorm was, but he's very quiet all of a sudden. I need to finish something or at least a part of it which involves both, so I'll see what I can do. sirielle tagged me too I think.

    I used to try to nazgûl screech. I was even pretty good at it for a while!

    Oh yikes!

    Except for the fact that my then-favorite actor Ioan Gruffudd was in it

    Lancelot!!!!!!!!! Sorry LOL Ion Gruffudd played yummy Lancelot in King Arthur (the 2004 version). And I know him from the Fantastic Four movies as Mr Fantastic. He's great iconage material.

    Never saw Blackhawk Down. Neither Finding Nemo.

    the history far outweighs the overwhelming smell of gouda.

    What has Dutch cheese to do with it? Dutch cheese r0x0rs. Titanic could have been a good movie, but I really dislike the music and Leonardo DiCapripio. So yeah.

    Canon would have changed if Feanaro had never made the Silmarils. Much of the jealousy between the Noldor and Feanaro's fears hinged on the Silmarils. Melkor would have had nothing to steal.

    I wonder about that. I think the 'death' of Miriel would have given Melkor enough fuel to achieve the exact thing. Don't forget that Melkor was already quite successful in sowing lies and hatred amongst the Noldor even before the jewels were created.

    If the Feanorians had not committed the Kinslaying at Alqualonde, perhaps they would not have been banished.

    So it's all Olwë's fault ;) He simply should have given them the boats. I wish it was that easy... mistakes were made at both sides, and for a kindred that once were so close.. can't blame the Feanorians for everything.

    If the Feanorians had never taken the Oath, perhaps allegiances would have been stronger, both among other Eldar and the Sindar. Instead of often being stuck fighting alone--or worse, fighting their own kin--the Elves would have allied and perhaps defeated Melkor. Instead, there were Noldor (e.g., Orodreth) who would not fight at their sides, and they alienated the Sindar pretty quickly too.

    Another two-side thing. One of the reasons why I am not such a fan of Thingol. Man is that elf haughty or what. I cannot stumble over a line where he doesn't say anything arrogant like: I rule this part of Middle Earth so what are you doing here on my beach. I think many alliances between the Noldo remained steadfast, Turgon for example had no issues fighting alongside his kin. Actually, I am wondering right now if Melkor would have had anything to do with that. I mean, there isn't much stuff on what Melkor did before he locked himself up in Angband... *watches another plotbunny popping up* It wouldn't surprise me if he corrupted the Sindar too with lies. Pride is the downfall of all Eldar, not the Feanies alone. Although they are exceptionally good at it ;)

    If Feanaro had shown a little prudence in the Battle-under-Stars, he might have lived to fight in the battles that he brought his people to fight.

    Stepping on that Balrog's toe was just a bit too much. Isn't that the theme of Quenta Eldarion, the sleepy rgp?

    If Maedhros and Maglor had not stolen the Silmarils, the Valar would have possessed all three as they wished. (Assuming that they can call back Earendil at will, of course.) The world would have had back the Light of the Trees...and reason to fight over who possessed it.

    I think the prob lies in: the Valar would have possessed all three as they wished. No living Feanorian could have lived with that, and honestly, I think that is where the Valar jinxed it to begin with. It is the Feanorian's heritage and if the would negotiate a bit more willingly, much more can be achieved by claiming it (or did Maglor take over the keyboard just yet? Hmm).

    And so even evil acts come back to good.

    Actually, even Melkor came from something good... *cough* bad parenting *cough* on Eru's *cough* behalf.

  • My brain is in sideways, and I consider that a good thing.

    I think that could be also said about me. I'm both creative and capable of analytical thoughts. I used to live maths at school. :)

    Politeness is fine, but males in my life know not to insist on lifting or carrying things for me because I'm female.

    Definitely seconded. Who ever offers me to carry my suitcase etc. only gets that "Do I look as if I couldn't do it myself?"-look. Some people tell me that's why I'm single. Well, I'm fine with that. :-P

    As for Maedhros... I say #4 or #5. #4, because I've been thinking that often enough, and I only have sister. But I guess I'll choose #5 nonetheless because it's just too.... awww. ;(

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Forrest Gump are exceptionally quotable.

    I love Forrest Gump. Everytime I'm caught in heavy rain I tend to quote what he says about the rain in Vietnam. ;)

    And did you not Fran Walsh did the Nazgul screech? Because they didn't find any other sound they liked. But I love the Nazgul to. Remember the scene in FotR when they tear town the gate of Bree and race through the town? One of the creepiest scenes ever, IMHO.

    I like Titanic, too. When it came out, I used to be a DiCaprio fangurl, but today I like it most for its technical perfection. Apart from being a bit too pathetic for my taste at times the movie is simply done very, very well. Though I think the whole present day story line feels too constructed, little more than an excuse for those little technical escapades like letting pictures of the sunken ship fade into pictures of 1912.

    And considering the five bits about canon meme, I especially love this quote (from Of the Sun and the Moon):

    Thus even as Eru spoke to us shall beauty not before conceived be brought into Ea and evil yet be good to have been.

    That's what Manwe says. But then Namo answers And yet remain evil. and that's simply *goose bumps* Yes. :)
    • Who ever offers me to carry my suitcase etc. only gets that "Do I look as if I couldn't do it myself?"-look.

      Lol! This doesn't surprise me, "knowing" you, online anyway. ;) I am fine if it is done out of a sense of politeness--like Bobby will grab his heavy bag of hockey equipment and leave me to carry my computer--but when people say, "Oh, Dawn, let one of the guys get that!" you will see me gnash my teeth! (Over their jugular! >:^]])

      But I guess I'll choose #5 nonetheless because it's just too.... awww. ;(

      Yay! You got it! As a prize, Maedhros will take The Noldo out for lunch and get him out of your hair for an hour. Three if the place serves booze. ;)

      I love Forrest Gump. Everytime I'm caught in heavy rain I tend to quote what he says about the rain in Vietnam. ;)

      Me too! That was one of the scenes I acted out in high school! "A little bit of stinging rain...big ol' fat rain..." et cetera. :)

      And did you not Fran Walsh did the Nazgul screech?

      No! So it is possible for a human voice then.... *makes note to begin practicing again*

      I know the scene in Bree too, and I agree. The nazzies have always been one of the few truly scary creatures in movies for me. Even their horses are creepy, the "greasy horses" I used to call them since it looks like they have oil around their fetlocks. :^P

      That's what Manwe says. But then Namo answers And yet remain evil. and that's simply *goose bumps* Yes. :)

      Because Namo is flippin' awesome. He's my favorite Vala. Not that it's obvious or anything.

      (The other day, I was driving home, pondering...a novella from the PoV of Namo. Some day, ai.... *hides from bunnies*)
  • I discovered Ioan Gruffudd through that movie. (And anyone who can tell me without using Google/IMDB/et cetera or the movie credits what part he plays will get a still-to-be-decided prize. And family of mine isn't eligible.)

    Is he the guy who spots the iceberg? When I last watched Titanic I still remembered him from King Arthur (most superfluous movie if the decade, BTW) but didn't really recognize him. So am I right? :)
  • Hahahaha! Great post! I really enjoyed reading this! I simply cannot think of ten good things about myself. At all! So I never did this meme.

    I loved the movie "Gattaca" as well. Now you've made me want to go rent it again. (I don't know why I never bought the DVD!)

    I used to walk around speaking everything in Forrest Gump's accent. I loved, loved, loved that movie!!!

    My favorite line from a movie (off the top of my head) is "Never mind. Never mind. Everything has been perfect up to now." (From "Lovers of the Arctic Circle".) It kind of sums up how I feel right now and I keep saying it over and over.

    "Finding Nemo" is my favorite Pixar movie too. Otherwise I hate Pixar movies and most cartoon movies too.

    I think Maedhros' one true statement is #1.

    Wow. All your "AU" plotlines are so very tempting, but alas...I am now out of the loop! No more fanfic for me!

    Adios, amiga.

    • I simply cannot think of ten good things about myself. At all! So I never did this meme.

      Oh, come now, I can think of 20 good things about you! Or more!

      And we really seem to share the same tastes in movies. Not that I'm surprised about this! Most people have never even heard of Gattaca much less seen it. (There's a special edition DVD out now, I think. We've considered getting it because I think it has extra scenes.) Oh, and we saw The Illusionist, and I really enjoyed it! I will review it...someday. :^/

      I think Maedhros' one true statement is #1.

      Maedhros says that it is actually #5. He says that he loves Findekano, but Macalaure is his best friend.
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