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How it works, tell me your favourite colour in comments below and I will try to remember to get around to posting 5 questions to get to know you better.

I was asked the following questions by wolfteaparty:

1. Favorite website?
I am not sure that I have a favourite website. As usual for me, that varies. I suppose that I am most impressed by www.ravelry.com .

2. What is a happy memory you have?
Ah, memory, that fickle mistress that I can no longer trust. I do remember cuddling Pixel a few minutes ago.

3. About how old were you in your first memory?
I have a pre-memory that my mother said never happened in which I was about five or six. I first remember having that memory at about that age. Yeah, as previously mentioned, I do not trust my memory.

4. A favorite animal?
Cat. No surprise there.

5. Do you know your blood type? What is it?
I used to know my blood type (we did tests on our own blood to find that out in Biology lab when I was about 14 - I expect they are no longer allowed to do those tests in the classroom) but, surprise surprise, I cannot remember what it is. Doctors rarely need that on your records these days because it can be swiftly determined (a bit like a litmus test) if you need a transfusion. If it is anything more serious then full tissue-typing is more likely to be employed, from what I can gather.

Apologies if I am sounding detached and clinical tonight and for my delay in answering. Damned flu.



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Feb. 24th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
Ah, blue is one of my favourites as well.

1. Which famous person, if any, would you like to switch places with for a while, and why?

2. Talk about your favourite fictional character and why you like them so much - one of your own, preferably.

3. What is your favourite blue thing?

4. What is your favourite climate and, if it is not where you live now, where does a good example of said climate occur?

5. Do you have any pet peeves about things that your readers say or do? If not, what is the best or most helpful thing that a reader can tell you?
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
1. This is an interesting question because when I was thinking about it I realised that I like being me and that if I imagine myself in another time and place, I put myself (or a version of myself)in there as an addition, not a replacement.

2. I don't feel passionate about any particular fictional character at the moment but my favourites include Sam Vimes (Flawed but trying to do better), Miles Vorkosigan (you know that story where the Count gives his daughter's unsuitable suitor 4 impossible tasks? Don't do that with Miles. Just don't.), and the BBC's John Watson (he got me in the first episode.) Of my characters, possibly Samella Clyde and Tarrascotti - neither of them came out of a hormonal lowness of mood.

3. A sliver of blue sapphire I lost just after I found it while fossicking. It remains perfection in my memory. (And the colour of the sapphires in the necklace I imagined myself wearing when I imagined meeting Charles II [it came out of a pirate movie, I think, so it was an action thing.])

4. Where I live now. Warm, but not too warm. Rains enough (and I live on a hill if it rains too much). It doesn't get cold enough to snow in winter or even cold enough for water to freeze for more than an hour or so, and even in the middle of winter, the sun's up by 7:30.

5. Most of the things I write as series started as one-off stories, so some of the foundation ideas aren't necessarily solider than are needed to carry us through one story. I find it awkward when people go back and prod at one of those base ideas five, ten stories in because often my reaction is "Awk, I know! But the rest if it needs it to be like that to make sense!" One of the most helpful things people can do is point out grammar and person errors - I'm my own beta reader and the problem is I know what it's supposed to say.

I have a nasty feeling I've spent my time not answering your questions directly. Sorry.
Feb. 24th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
You have answered them, though.

Also, re. 5., I am a notorious grammar-pedant from heck and have a tendency to spot stuff when I read it. I am not always up to reading something NOW and so am not an ideal alpha or beta reader but I am more likely to comment on grammar or my ability to not parse some text than the characters or plot. I will have forgotten all of that from one episode to the next. ;-p
Feb. 24th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Some of these semi-episodice things get written so far apart that I have to go back and re-read to know what's going on. Why would I expect anyone else to be different?
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
… except that I rarely remember to re-read the earlier episodes! I love reading webfic but it is getting harder and harder to successfully do so…
Feb. 24th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Feb. 25th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
Anything that glitters prettily.
Feb. 25th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
This will be tricky for me because I have not been reading you for long and so do not "know" you at all.

1. In your profile you list "social model of disability" as an interest. What does this string mean to you?

2. I love your icons and recognise that many of them are from cartoons/anime. I also assume that these are some of the fandoms to which you subscribe. Being 45 and UKian, I do not recognise many of them. If you would like to pick one to talk/write about, for whatever reason, then I would be interested to read about it!

3. I "met" you via ysabetwordsmith and have found your replies on her recent poems set in an autism/sci-fi context (An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space) to be fascinating. Do you have a diagnosis on the spectrum and/or have friends/family who do? I have a nephew and second-cousin-in-law (both hubby's side of the family) on the spectrum and hubby may be undiagnosed Asperger's himself. I too often wonder if my neurology is completely typical. To be honest, I know that I am not at all NT but then the multiple sclerosis has caused damage to my brain and spinal cord so I am not surprised to be non-NT.

4. What book(s) are you reading at the moment, if you are? Paper or electronic?

5. Do you have any doing-things-with-your-hands crafting-type hobbies? I knit. A lot. Often at night. I am also getting better at sewing things on my sewing machine.
Feb. 25th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Part One
1. To me, it means that some-- not all, but some-- of the things that suck about being disabled are the fault of the way the things we use are designed. We use things like systems of language and communication; technology, such as computers, microwaves and books; architecture, such as stairs, doorways and elevators; and conveniences such as prepackaged food and drink. When those things are designed in ways that make them difficult or impossible for any subset of the population to use-- by requiring hand dexterity, sight, or hearing, for instance-- that subset of the population becomes disabled. The disabled subset is somewhat arbitrary, and can include people whose nonstandard ways of being are otherwise useful, pleasant, neutral, annoying, hellish, or some combination of those.

2. Very well; I will explain a few of them, because once I got started on one I just had to keep going. My fandoms include one called The Legend of Zelda, which is a series of video games which all have the same main character and basic plot (Princess Zelda and her kingdom, Hyrule, are threatened or taken over by Ganondorf, so the player character, Link, saves the world). These titles are for the DS, 3DS, GameCube, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo 64 and possibly other systems which I may have forgotten. This fandom is interesting because the characters have so little canon personality, which allows for a broad range of interpretations of their character and motives.

Another fandom, Jak and Daxter, is similarly thin on the ground in terms of showing the characters' inner lives, but gives enough hints to dramatically narrow the range of possible interpretations. It's notable for the fact that a third of the cast have conditions that would be disabling in this society, of whom most are also disabled in their own society. We're still arguing about whether the main character has a speech disorder or is just a nod to genre conventions (I argue that it's both-- the in-universe reason is a speech disorder and the real reason is a nod to genre conventions), but it's relatively easy to infer that he saved the world with chronic pain (and got halfway through another quest before being cured) and probably has some symptoms of PTSD (though I break with standard interpretation here-- most of my fandom thinks it's full-blown PTSD with stereotypical presentation, while I think it's mild and subclinical, but still distressing). I think there are some problematic aspects of the portrayal of a character named Krew, who is the only named character in the series to be morbidly obese, is clearly unable to walk, and has visible signs of at least one chronic illness. He is also evil. I feel that some aspects of his portrayal were intended to show him as disgusting and evil, perhaps without a causal relationship, but... at the same time, even as I find some aspects problematic, I still like most of the way he's portrayed, as a proactive and entertaining villain who happens to use a hoverchair (most things that would have wheels in the real world fly in this series, including cars and wheelchairs).

My current icon is from a series which also has some good portrayals of disabled characters. The series is Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it draws heavily on pan-Asian influences. Interestingly, it's an American-made anime-style show, and uses the Asian influences not just as decoration, but as integral parts of the series. They're used correctly and there are a lot of Easter Eggs if you know what to look for. It's a cartoony children's show that deals with ableism, grief, betrayal, totalitarianism, rewriting history, religion, and inescapable responsibilities. It's hilarious. It might also make you cry, and will probably keep you on the edge of your seat. My icon is of the main character, a fantasy version of the Dalai Lama who is their world's only hope, and takes nothing at all seriously for the first half season. (The next two and a half seasons, he takes almost nothing seriously.)
Feb. 25th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Part Two
3. Yes. (What? It was a yes-or-no question.) I have a handful of autistic friends, and scores of casual acquaintances or fellow disability rights advocates who have autism. I know some in real life and some through the internet. chaoticidealism introduced me to the Social Model. My autistic friends are all awesome. This is merely because they are a subset of my friends.

I really never expected An Army of One to be what it's become; I gave ysabetwordsmith a two-forked prompt, and told her to pick which version she preferred. The prompt was that a disabled separatist group-- either autistic or Deaf-- would fight a war of secession. What I expected was a few poems like the Clockwork War, detailing the ways that they used their strengths and compensated for their weaknesses in battle (e.g., a description of modified visual and tactile communication from ship to ship and whether they needed to rework any of the existing... things that give information about the state of the spaceship, whatever they're called). When she started fleshing out characters and making it about them, I felt responsible for the series, and spotted some stereotypes and inaccuracies, so I sent her as many autistic-written resources as possible to help her get the depiction right, and have stayed and helped ever since. I never intended my role in this series, but I never saw a way out without doing wrong by people I care about, and I've enjoyed the ride.

4. I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once. I'm currently reading Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes, Against the Pollution of the I by Jacque Lusseyran, and Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams. I've recently finished reading The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, For Hearing People Only by Matthew Moore and Linda Levitan, and Alone in the Mainstream by Gina Oliva. The Replacement is hardcover; all of the others are paperback. On my list to begin reading soon are Sounds Like Home: Growing Up Black and Deaf in the South by Mary Herring Wright and a book about paleontology. Both are paperback. None of these books are electronic. I hate reading anything besides fanfiction and blog posts on the internet (and yet read fanfiction and blog posts exclusively online, and never print them out).

5. I've tried to learn to knit, in fits and starts (help... my hats keep turning out too big or too small or too flat, and they're my most complicated projects to date!), and I've tried and failed to teach myself embroidery. I mend my own pajamas when I need to, because, being pajamas, they don't need to look nice and can be worn for years after they start getting full of holes. I draw by hand and have just started trying to figure out drawing in Photoshop. I've made a few dresses for dolls. I've always wanted, but never had the opportunity, to learn other, similar, hobbies, like carpentry and car repair. Perhaps oddly, I love caulking and painting when the need arises, and can be convinced to cook a little but am not very good at it. I enjoy doing origami sometimes. I would like to do more of these kinds of things, but the opportunity has not arisen.
Feb. 25th, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: Part Two
Thank you for your replies! I apologise for the yes/no question, by the way. As you can probably tell from the time that I posted the questions, I was a little sleepy.
Feb. 25th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: Part Two
There was nothing wrong with your question, and I couldn't tell that you were at all sleepy.
Feb. 25th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Deep Indigo (aka Blue Violet).
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