|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2009-02-26 08:39:00
A meme from raisedbymoogles: You comment, and I give you five words/concepts/things that I associate with you. You then trot back to your own journal with these thingies, and write about each of them in turn. Then do the same for anyone who asks for five of their own!
So here's the five concepts she gave me...
Oooh, this is a good one. Fire is definitely my element: my star sign in Western Astrology is Aries, which is the Fire sign's Fire sign (pure fire, all the way) and I tend to find I identify with that part of my horoscope. I like being warm, I prefer our summers over our winters (even though winter means I can have the heater on or snuggle up under blankets and quilts) and I do enjoy sitting and watching candles, or incense, or an oil burner. Fire flares up, and burns everything, then flickers out; it can be supported or smothered by Earth, fanned or extinguished by Air, and smothered by Water. Then there's my identity as an Australian - fire is one of the great changers of our landscape. It can be tamed, it can be terrible, and there's such a small difference between the two states. Oh, and fire doesn't care about you; it's a process, a transformation, a thing in its own right. It doesn't have to care about humans, and that's why we have to be careful around it.
The Written Word
I started reading at approximately age two (I guess this by knowing there were photos taken of me at age three-and-a-half after my second eye surgery for a squint) and I've always been fascinated by print, by text, and by the way it interacts with my brain. I'm a self-described text junkie - I find it very hard to go a day without reading - in fact, I don't think I've ever managed such a thing.
The written word is powerful - I have real issues with that children's rhyme which says "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" because it implies words don't have power. We tell children that, and then we tell them to pay attention to the words of the laws, the words of the gods, the words of the experts. We say some words have power and others don't - and the ones which are important are the words which are written down. In this way, the act of writing becomes powerful.
The notion of written words as a conduit of (legal, rhetorical, psychological) power is probably one of the reasons I'm rather picky about grammar and word choice, too. After all, if you're wanting your words to have the power, you're best off chosing the correct ones to enclose it. The power of the written word is rather like popular depictions of demons, in my mind: you have to know exactly what you're saying and writing, or the spell won't work. Demonologists learn this the hard way, usually by being eaten by the demon they summoned and couldn't contain; unfortunately, the most that can happen for people who aren't able to contain the power of their written words is they'll be mocked.
My totem animal is the magpie - the Australian magpie, which isn't really identified with theft and preoccupation with shinies. Then again, I will tend to swoop down on something which fits my definition of "ooh, shiny" - usually a game, or a challenge of some kind. The shinies I love are puzzles, mental challenges, good books, interesting games with words or concepts, new things to think about. Okay, maybe there is a lot of "ooh, shiny" in there.
I also like shiny people - people who glitter, mentally, with that gleam of true gold. Good friendship, good thinking, good hearts. Those shine.
It's worth noting that my brain currently has a Simply Red tune from the album of the same name running as an earworm loop. (For Your Babies, for those who were curious)
About the only other thing whcih really springs to mind is "to infinity and beyond!".
Strong Female Characters
I'm told I write them - but then again, I tend to write characters I identify with, characters I'd enjoy talking to. Presumably that makes me one, too. I think there's a lot of unexplored spaces where being female and being strong (in any number of ways) can coexist - there's more than just physical strength, after all. A lot of the characters I write don't necessarily have the physical strength, but they're resolute, or they're strong-minded, or they're just stubborn enough to keep at whatever it is they're doing despite the hardships. I'm told my whole forename means "the strong one", and that's part of the reason my parents chose it, so I suppose I grew up not really thinking that to be female was to be weak. Then again, I look back at the herstory (the feminine side of history) and I see any number of women who were strong, courageous, determined, brave, unbelievably stubborn, resolute, and soforth - even when all they were doing was raising a family and following their husbands. They don't have statues, there are no poems praising their names, no lessons about them for the children in schools, they don't have plaques in their honour, often they're barely acknowledged by a tombstone - but they were there.