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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.

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One of these memes is going around again. Oh, I love these. I really and truly got excited when I first saw it pop up on my flist, and no one needs to tell me how sad that is.

Seen lots of places but directly yoinked from tarion_anarore.

Name ten different ships from the same fandom. You don't have to like them, hate them, etc. They don't have to be canon either. Without looking ahead or changing them once you start the survey, answer the ten following questions.

  1. Nerdanel/Feanor
  2. Maedhros/Fingon
  3. Maedhros/Finrod *nudges Tarion*
  4. Finarfin/Earwen
  5. Feanor/Erestor
  6. Ecthelion/Glorfindel
  7. Fingolfin/Anaire
  8. Finwe/Miriel
  9. Caranthir/Haleth
  10. Finrod/Turgon
1. If you could choose one word to describe number 7, what would that be?
Fingolfin/Anaire. Well, I've written it in AMC. Not one of my personally favorite pairings, though I find the two of them to have an interesting sexual relationship in Felakverse. Still, not as exciting as some of the others.

2. How did you find interest in number 1 (if you do)?
Nerdanel/Feanor. Well, it's as close to canon as you can get that the two of them bonked like rabbits. So I guess the idea of Feanor being rather hott, having seven kids (so lots of sex), and being canonically married to Nerdanel...yes, I found interest through the book, actually!

3. Do you know anyone personally that loves number 10?
Finrod/Turgon. I've seen some Finrod/Turgon stories around, but no one I know is obsessed with it.

4. Have you ever read a smutty fanfic about number 3?
Maedhros/Finrod. No, not yet because Tarion hasn't finished her NaNo novel The Adventures of Pregnant Maedhros yet. But I'm really looking forward to it and hope that she puts it up on ff.net to annoy all of the canatics.

5. What sentence would represent number 5?
Feanor/Erestor.  Erm...well, I wrote a whole novella, so, "I wrote a whole angsty novella about this?!"

6. How popular is number 2?
Fingon/Maedhros. *ahem*  A little bit popular, yes. Just a bit. Like half the stories about Maedhros, he's bonking Fingon.

7. Is there any evidence that number 9 exists?
Caranthir/Haleth. Well, Caranthir did great honor to Haleth, according to the book.The sounds like a euphemism for oral sex if I've ever heard one!

8. If you were offered to join number 4 in a threesome, would you and why?
Finarfin/Earwen. *snicker* No.... Okay, I'll admit that I have a wee crush on Finarfin. But I don't really have any attraction at all to Earwen. I think she's a great gal but not the sort I'd want to go to bed with.

9. What are your thoughts on number 6?
Ecthelion/Glorfindel. It's probably one of my favorite slash pairings. For one, it's one of the few Silmarillion slash pairings that does not involve some form of incest. For another, I've seen some fantastic stories about this pairing that made me like it all the more.

10. Have you ever written or drawn fanfiction or fanart for number 8?
Finwe/Miriel. The story "Lament the Morning" was written for the Confessions to the Sleepless Night challenge at HASA and is about Finwe watching wee Feanor sleep on the night of Miriel's "death" while thinking over his marriage. I think that's the only story I've done where the two are explicitly together rather than merely mentioned in past tense.

You know, that wasn't as crazy as those memes usually are. I am truly disappointed.

thefridayfive this week is somewhat decent for the first time in a long while. "Decent" meaning questions that I can answer, that do not involve television or super powers, both of which I am scarce on these days.

1. What job do you have, and why do you like/hate it?
2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"
3. Is the job you have now anything like what you imagined as a kid?
4. Do you have a five-year career plan?
5. In order to get the job of your dreams, is there anything you wouldn't do? Why?


1. What job do you have, and why do you like/hate it?
I work for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation Warrant Apprehension Unit. My title is "Research Analyst." So what do I do as a Research Analyst? Perhaps the most important thing that I do is to research the warrants that come in and assign them to officers in the field. For each warrant, I run criminal histories, supervision histories, name and address lists, and motor vehicle checks. For certain cases--most notably sex offenders--I will run an Accurint report as well, which gives more in-depth address information. I try to find a photograph of the subject in one of the systems so that when the officers knock on his door, they know if he's the guy who answers.

After that, I am responsible for designing and maintaining the database into which all of this information goes. This means acting like a help desk too for others, since I'm the only person in the bureau who truly understands how to use Microsoft Access. I maintain scanned files for every warrant that we receive, so as the officers turn in notes, body receipts, et cetera, all of that gets organized and scanned into the system. At the end of each month, I compute our stats, compile them with the stats for the Baltimore team, and put them together in a pretty format to pass around to the bosses.

Aside from that, I maintain most of the files and paperwork associated with warrant service. I copyedit for my boss and help him get himself out of computer trouble. When the officers are in the field, I have to be fast enough on my feet to get them the information that they need. I design brochures and presentations for the bureau. I contact parole agents when we receive warrants on their subjects and try to squeeze information out of them. I do whatever needs to be done that no one else in our technophobic agency can do.

What I don't like about my job is that it's tremendously easy for me and quite boring. I challenge myself to work faster and sometimes will add steps to the warrant research process just to drag things out a bit. My responsibilities have nearly doubled since starting here three years ago but the amount of time I spend working each day really hasn't changed.

What I like about my job is that it's tremendously easy for me and quite boring. That means that all of the above can generally be completed in two to three hours of concentrated effort per day, leaving five to six hours for playing, reading, writing, whatever. Considering the amount of stories--including one full-length novel--that I've written at work, one can see why this might be valuable. And I get paid quite well, my boss lets me do what I want so long as the work gets done, and so really, I sometimes feel like a paid writer. Which is pretty damned cool.

2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"
An entomologist, of all things! That would be a scientist who studies insects. Even now, I do like insects a good deal and find them fascinating, though I don't know that I'd necessarily want to spend my life studying them. Maybe I would, who knows. Towson offers an entomology course that I plan on taking, so maybe the old dream will be resurrected yet.

My biggest desire as a kid was to go to the Amazon rainforest and study ants. A couple months ago, National Geographic did an article on army ants in the Amazon that was absolutely fascinating. Even now, if you want to distract me for a good while, put me in a yard filled with good anthills; I will watch them for hours.

3. Is the job you have now anything like what you imagined as a kid?
No, not at all! Though this is hardly something that I plan on doing for my whole life. I don't know that I'll ever be able to truly settle into one job; I'm too creative and analytical at the same time, and few fields can accomodate both to the degree that I require.

I think that wee Dawn would have been pleased with the amount of writing that I do and the amount of money that I make compared to the number of hours that I actually work, allowing me to do and learn things that I actually find valuable. Ironically, this job will be a huge help in pursuing my biology degree because it leaves lots of time free for studying and writing lab reports.

4. Do you have a five-year career plan?
*snerk* No. I'm generally disdainful of this obsession that people have with "careers." At this time, I am a Research Analyst fully prepared to become an ecologist. Or a dive instructor. Or a confectioner. Or an author. I've always believed that my feet find my road, and I follow my happiness and see where it leads. At the moment, getting back into biology and conservation work brings me great joy. Five years from now, who knows. So that's my plan.

5. In order to get the job of your dreams, is there anything you wouldn't do? Why?
Yes, this might be strange to most people in our career- and success-obsessed world, but there are a lot of things that I would not do. I spend eight hours a day, five days a week at work. (Well, slightly less, because I only work for six hours on Fridays.) That's well less than a third of my life. A good third of my life is spent sleeping, since I do need eight hours a day. The remaining forty-percent or so is spent writing, playing, traveling, learning, enjoying time with my husband, reading, painting, watching movies, watching sports, making candy, traveling, skating, swimming...lots of things that I love and would never be willing to give up for a job.

Bobby has colleagues at Customs who arrive at the office at 7 a.m. and do not leave until 9 p.m. What kind of life is that?

Nope, sorry, my marriage and my happiness comes before that. I'm not willing to give up writing or one minute of time with my husband for any job.

Also, I am not willing to betray and backstab friends or colleagues; I am not willing to go against what I personally believe is ethical or right; I am not willing to pander to an someone stupider than I am just to "get ahead." So I am not suited for corporate life. No way.

As for those other jobs...if I can do them and be happy, then that is what I will do. It's really not something that I worry about.
  • If you could choose one word to describe number 7, what would that be?

    Key phrase being "*one* word"! You wrote 36 words too many, dear! ;P See, this is why you need to drabble sometime. ;)

    Have you ever read a smutty fanfic about number 3?

    *SNERK* I love how both of our #3s were the same pairing. And of course my novel isn't finished, it's not even November! Hmm, I should cheat and start it now...

    The sounds like a euphemism for oral sex if I've ever heard one!

    Rofl! I'll take an honor like that any day.

    Bobby has colleagues at Customs who arrive at the office at 7 a.m. and do not leave until 9 p.m. What kind of life is that?

    Heeey, sounds like my life at the barn this summer...Until I said "Hell no, I am not working 12 hours per day!" Eight was quite enough, thank you!
    • Key phrase being "*one* word"! You wrote 36 words too many, dear! ;P

      Eep! I totally didn't see that! You didn't expect me to be able to read did you? :^D

      I love how both of our #3s were the same pairing.

      A total coincidence! GMTA! *tosses dime into jar*

      (Hott AMC!Nelyo is icon is for you, btw. >;^D)
      • I totally didn't see that! You didn't expect me to be able to read did you? :^D

        Lol!! Well, I sorta thought that...

        A total coincidence! GMTA! *tosses dime into jar*

        Soon, there'll be enough to cover Nelyo's medical expenses!! ;P

        Hott AMC!Nelyo is icon is for you, btw. >;^D

        Oooh,very nice. (Doesn't exactly match my mental image, but I definitely apperciate teh hottness!!! :D) Is the one for the post itself supposed to be on canvas or something? Because on my computer, it looks like he's got some stubble goin' on, which is just wrong! ;) The oe above though...yum, nekkid prettie!
        • Rhapsody made them for my birthday, so I'm showing them off. ;) He's an Irish model, iirc, so he does have certain human shortcomings. ;) And AMC!Nelyo has longer hair. But the basic idea is there; it's like she crawled into my head and stole my mental picture. (It's big and roomy up there....)
          • Woohoo! I...made a trombone icon? Damn those human shortcomings...*just took that in the wrong way!! 0:) * Still though, not bad at all. (Ok, so in this picture does the hair look a tad weird, or am I just picky?)

            No one has yet succeeded in crawling into my head and reproducing my mental images of the Feanorians -or Finwians (though I've found suitable substitutes at least). However, someone managed to do that with Glorfindel at least!

            Actually, slightly unrelated, I have a picture of Nelyo on my wall, and my friend came in and wanted to know who the artist was. Then later we were discussing that we were pretty sure it was a girl who had drawn "hot sexy Elves". ;)
            • Yeah, you're just picky. ;)

              I think this guy is the closest that a human could come to my Nelyo.

              Finding pictures of Elves is usually tough for me because I tend to think of my Elves' appearances in terms of words rather than images. But when I find one that works, it makes sense of the words.

              If that makes sense. ;)

              And we likeses your new icon, precious. Pretty pretty. :)
    • Darn, such is life. I guess I am picky.

      He certainly isn't a bad Nelyo...('cept in the picture with teh weird hair! :P)

      That sort of makes sense...Unfortunately, imo at least, a picture really is worth 1,000 words when it comes to appearances. I doubt I could describe my Elves' appearances with words if I tried. Partially because for some of them, I don't even have a clear mental image. But also because it seems like there will always be room for interpretation, unless I show a picture.

      I do have a terrible time finding elf piccies. (Really, why are there no hott Caranthir pics? Not fair.) As we've determined, I'm picky about it. Two, apparently no one shares my mental image. And the last problem is that sometimes, if I find a picture that could work well enough (for example, my Fingon icon at the muse journal), it feels so statuesque that I can't imagine any other expression on that character's face.

      *Sigh* I guess I need to learn how to draw, or else find a way to stare at blank paper long enough for my mental image to appear perfectly on it.
    • And *pssst* you should get online. I am going to pester you until you are obsessed with it, like me.
    • *glomps Dawn*

      I think this guy is the closest that a human could come to my Nelyo.

      Hmmm yeah, I went like oh my... this breathes Nelyo! Dawn's Nelyo, the Telperion lights in his eyes Nelyo! I had to think of all the descriptions you gave us in AMC... maybe the post 1st kinslaying Maedhros looks differently, but darn *yum*

      Btw Dawn, I noticed that one of the icons was too large for LJ.

      Here is a new version:
      • Thank you! I was going to play with him to get him down to size (that sounds a mite dirty, don't you think? :^D) because he's my favorite of the two. His hair color is perfect. *loves*

        I am just so picky when it comes to my male Elves. I like for them to look like men (versus the people--PJ included--who tended to portray them effeminately) but also to have a certain grace and ethrealness. The only examples I'd found before of my Nelyo were a bit too cartoonish; I had trouble "converting" him to a real person in my mind. But this guy...he is my Nelyo. The face, the eyes...perfect!

        *glomps you back*
  • Well, Caranthir did great honor to Haleth, according to the book.The sounds like a euphemism for oral sex if I've ever heard one!

    Muahaha. See, I always knew. ;)

    As for the threesome, I think I'd really consider having one with Haleth and Caranthir. Because Haleth is an Atani sex goddess rather cool, and Caranthir is... well, Caranthir.

    Did I really just write this? o.O I fear it's too far past my bedtime...
    • The icon...just for you. ;)

      Though I think it's true: Caranthir alone makes it worthwhile! And there could be worse women. Like Galadriel. Or Indis. *gags*
      • The icon...just for you. ;)

        Awwww, thank you. ;)

        You know, I'd never say I'd never have a sexual relationship with a woman. Because - even though I don't think it will - if it happens one day I'll always be the idiot who said she'd never do it. ;)
  • Ecthelion/Glorfindel. It's probably one of my favorite slash pairings. For one, it's one of the few Silmarillion slash pairings that does not involve some form of incest. For another, I've seen some fantastic stories about this pairing that made me like it all the more.

    And I was thinking poor and easily forgotten Ecthelion never gets some luvin' ^-^ *glances over her shoulder and sees how Celegorm tells no to Ecthelion at the door...* He's been sending away other muses of late because he doesn't wanna share...well except Maglor who just tolerates him..

    Aaaaaaaanyhow

    Also, I am not willing to betray and backstab friends or colleagues; I am not willing to go against what I personally believe is ethical or right; I am not willing to pander to an someone stupider than I am just to "get ahead." So I am not suited for corporate life. No way.

    Hmmm Dawn, since I worked the most for corporations and really thrive in such environments.. this makes me wonder what kind of experiences you have with it. Working in corporate business is tough, but it's honest too. You get appraised on the work you do, if you are slacking you get booted. So unlike working for the governmentv where you can remain idle for so many years, being a burden to your colleagues.. So yeah... give me corporate any day.


    • And I was thinking poor and easily forgotten Ecthelion never gets some luvin' ^-^

      I don't know that I've ever seen him get any het luvin'. I'm sure that I have, but I start losing my memory after the thousandth Silmfic story! :^P

      I often think of writing him too, as he is one of my favorite non-Feanorians. But I'm afraid that I cannot think of him without thinking of him as tehta's Ecthelion, and I adore her Gondolin stories. And so I have trouble thinking of his in a non-slashy context too.... *hides*

      Hmmm Dawn, since I worked the most for corporations and really thrive in such environments.. this makes me wonder what kind of experiences you have with it.

      I can't speak to Dutch corporations or to any single one in particular, just the general rule here in the US. But then, the European and American work ethics are different in this regard. There is a reason why so much American media (Office Space, Dilbert, et cetera) make fun of American corporate life.

      The perception here is that in order to get ahead, you must make your progress in your job your only priority, and too much is about making yourself known to the right people rather than actually doing good work.

      This is really not me, as I like for my work to determine my advancement more than how good I am at "networking" with important people or casually dropping kudos to myself in conversations with my superiors. When I was looking for work after quitting the restaurant, before starting at the WAU, I used to get a Monster Careers newsletter. I remember that one of the hints given was--when stuck in the elevator with the boss--to strike up conversation about your most successful projects. This is really, really not me. Not at all. I expect my work to speak for itself, not to be promoted based on my skills in marketing myself and making subpar work look important in front of "important" people.

      Also, I believe in a balance between work and the rest of life. Work is not life, but these environments reward those willing to forsake family, leisure, and personal growth in order to be at the office every waking moment. Or attached to a Blackberry on the train, in the car, in the line at Panera Bread. The number of American commercials touting this or that product's ability to allow people to work from home or vacation...who wants that? Sometimes, work needs to stay at work. This breakneck rat-race is not healthy for human beings.

      American corporations often don't reward a person for a job well done. I am a talented and intelligent person...I'm just not willing to mention it in an elevator. ;) So I know that I would fail in such a place.

      unlike working for the governmentv where you can remain idle for so many years, being a burden to your colleagues..

      I see this at my job, certainly. Personally, I exceed the expectations every day, so I'm hardly a burden (and I have many colleagues who are talented and assets to our State), but the expectations are so dismally low. Probably because--salary wise--most government jobs can't compete with most corporate jobs. Bobby, for example, could probably double his salary doing exactly what he's doing now but for a private corporation. But he'd give up his excellent health benefits, his leave, his ability to control to a greater degree the amount of overtime he is expected to work. And he is on an advancement schedule, which often means that lazy people get promoted, yes. But it also means that he can actually do his job rather than worrying about marketing himself for the next promotion, as he would have to do in a corporate environment. Nor can he be laid off because the company is doing poorly or because he pissed off the wrong boss.

      Personally, I like neither corporate nor government. I have problems whenever I am expected to work for somebody because whenever you put large groups of people together--and throw large amounts of money into the mix--profound laziness and stupidity tend to result. Which is why I'll end up either an author, a scientist, or a small business owner, whichever happens to work out. :)
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