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Saturday, January 30, 2010

To (boldly) Go

It is every artsy-craftsy person's dream to be able to live off the money they make from their arts and/or crafts. That whole 'starting artist' thing is great for your waistline, but bad for your wallet.

As it is, I am not yet making any money off of the various and sundry Word Documents that are piling up on my hard drive (and flash drive... it's a Star Trek wrist band/flash drive that I got off the back of a Kellogg's box and it enthuses me more than the sun rising in the morning). And since we do not yet live in a society where I can walk into a store and buy food with my charming personality and winning smile, I have what we writer-ly people like to call a "day job." A few day jobs, actually.

I work as a receptionist, freelance for a record label, and, my big money-maker, drive an ambulette.

What is an ambulette?!! you ask... it is a glorified school bus for the elderly. Every day, I transport little old people (lovingly abbreviated L.O.P.s) in my Ford E250 van, essentially being paid to joyride around with adoptive grandparents. It's a lot of fun, and my L.O.P.s are always hysterical. Like that time they tried to set me up with a co-worker who was twice my age. Or that other time, when they claimed that the best cure for hiccups was Schnapps.

Anyway, this is not to reminisce about my L.O.P.s, but instead, a small ode to my first car. Even though I don't actually own the van I drive, my van has never let me down. Voyager, or V'Ger*, is a loyal vehicle. With a dent above the right tail light (not my fault) and a hole in the left tail light (only a little bit my fault), my girl has personality. And yes, I may talk to her in a Scottish brogue when the wheelchair lift is a bit slow in -6 degree temperatures oren the radio decides that I should listen to a particular song at a much louder volume, but V'Ger understands. I've had many good times in my van, and I'm going to miss her when I go abroad. I'm a bit addicted to driving, and taking public transportation isn't the same feeling as your foot on the gas pedal, zooming around some idiot who can't read speed limit signs. It was driving around Long Island in V'Ger that I came up with the setting for Awixa, so I feel it necessary to thank her briefly.

In other news, I have finished Anomaly and am doing final edits before I send it off to Legendary again. After that's off, it's back to work on Harem of Droids.

x-nic

*Reference alludes to Star Trek: The Movie (1979). If you haven't seen it, hunt it down... it's totally worth it to see DeForrest Kelly with a beard.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Question Wednesday

Today's question is brought to you by the always-lovely best friend, Julia.

Q: If you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack to you walking down the street, what would it be, and why?"

This is a tough question. The last time I checked (.2 seconds ago), I have 20 days worth of music on my iTunes. And that doesn't include another group of music I have yet to upload. Yes, I may have a slight music addiction.

Anyway, there would definitely be a playlist as opposed to a single song, so here are the top five contenders (in no particular order):

5. The Future Freaks Me Out by Motion City Soundtrack. This song is so damn catchy, and has one of the best intros ever. It's got enough electronica beats to make it dance-able, while still being genuinely rock-out ready. It's a good song for a peppy walk down the street. And I'll be the first to admit that every once in a while, the future really does freak me out. Crawl back under the covers, are you sure you don't smell something burning? freaked out.
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4. Time Is Running Out by Muse. This song is damn sexy. If this song was playing in the movie of my life, I would be rocking in some club, attracting some super hottie with my awesome skill(z, yo). And if you ever met me, you would know how unlikely this was, as the only time I've been to a club was a gay club in San Diego with my friend, where I was promptly hit on by a transvestite (who was far more attractive than I was).
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3. Enterprising Young Men by Michael Giacchino (Star Trek XI Soundtrack). The Star Trek soundtrack is one of the few purely-instrumental soundtracks that I can sit and listen to from beginning to end. That being said, this song is my favorite, with the quirky upbeats and the mental images of shuttles docking with the Enterprise.... It makes me feel like I'm enrolling at Starfleet to be a space-traveling badass.
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2. Runner by The City Drive. Tragedy of 2009: The City Drive breaking up. This song has a great beat and rhythm that just screams 'running towards someone who the main character hasn't seen in an excessive amount of time' scene. I would forgive my life for turning into a rom-com if this song was playing in the background.
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1. Give 'Em Hell Kid by My Chemical Romance. As we've already proven, I have a very active fantasy life. So when I hear this song, I just imagine strutting down the street being a part of a total badass group of thieves or something. So, yeah, the fantasy needs a little work and clarification, but it works for me. Also, I find it impossible to make a playlist without including at least one MCR song.
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Leave questions in comments, or email them to me.

x-nic

Monday, January 25, 2010

Zig-a-zig AH

For the sake of reminiscing (and just a little bit of dancing), I was listening to the first Spice Girls album while working on Anomaly. First of all, I miss eighth grade. The Spice Girls were awesome. So awesome, in fact, that they're getting a Broadway musical.

Anyway, a little introduction to how my mind works, let's briefly discuss the line in the first track off the album (and a personal favorite) "Wannabe." So, the line is: "If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends." Now, to me, in my twisty, hyper-sexually-aware mind, this is a poorly phrased line. I don't think the intention is to have Mr. Potential Lover hop into bed with her friends. Why did I just spend brain power thinking about this?

I don't know, and you probably don't either.

But, to get back on topic, Spice Girls = Awesome. Tell your friends.

Anomaly is coming along, as are my thighs, as I am using one of those mini-bike-in-place things while I work. It makes me feel better about the constant choice I need to make between going out for a run or working on my writing.

Anyway, I should actually go accomplish something.

x-nic