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( Sep. 7th, 2007 12:24 am)
Your Gemstone is Amethyst

Dignified, impressive, and wise.
You have a deeply spiritual soul

I took the quiz twice out of curiosity, and got aquamarines first and then amethysts. Both are beautiful stones.  And both have something to do with spirituality according to the quiz writer.  I wonder how long people spend coming up with these quizes. :)
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( Aug. 29th, 2007 08:47 pm)
I got this from [personal profile] melissajm:

I will send a gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment here on my blog.

I don’t know what that gift will be yet, but you will receive it within 365 days (likely sooner than later). This may end up being almost anything. It could be a gift box, a hand made craft, a thrift store/garage sale find, a holiday oriented fascination, a poem, a book, a photo, or something else I find. Anything.

The only thing you have to do in return is “pay it forward” by making a similar agreement on your Journal.
jcdrainville: (Silly Walk)
( Aug. 18th, 2007 07:47 am)
You Are More Yin

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( Aug. 16th, 2007 10:41 pm)

Nate is safe and sound and will be coming home in a few days!  He managed to get an e-mail out to his parents letting everyone know what happened.  He was out on the beach when the earthquake hit.  He and his friends were completely unhurt, but the town they were in was demolished.  We'll get the full story from him when he gets back.  I'm just happy that it turned out so well.  G'night all!

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( Aug. 16th, 2007 10:25 am)
This is for my husband's cousin, Nathan.  And now, my cousin too.  He left earlier this week to go on a surfing vacation before returning to college and the usual grind.  His first stop?  The southern coast near Lima, Peru.  We haven't heard from him since the night before he left.  His parents managed to get ahold of the consulate after the earthquake and the only information they have so far is that the Bed and Breakfast he was staying at has collapsed.  We are all praying for the best, but the waiting is torture.

Say a prayer or two for him.  I am.
Then you need to read. If you want to publish short stories, then you need to support magazines that publish them.  According to [profile] slushmaster's reliable information, magazines may be going the way of the dodo and the telegraph machine.  You can read his journal entry here.

I'm going to take a page from his book and say to all of my friends who enjoy reading and writing, go out and order a magazine subscription or two.  Support the people and the institution that affords you entertainment, thought, and creativity.  Buy two or three subscriptions if you can afford it.  Even if you don't get around to reading them immediately, a short story is perfect for when you travel, or for when you're waiting in a doctor's office, or when you're at work and there's nothing to do (and no one's watching you). ;)  If you don't have the money, remember to pick up a magazine off of the racks when you have the chance.

Alright, I'm getting off of my soapbox now.  Off to work on some artwork.

As Dumbledore, you are talented, intelligent and powerful! You may prefer to be in a leadership position, and always uphold what is right. You set trends with your crazy beard.
I just sent off my short story The Tale of Sleeping Fruity to Realms of Fantasy.  Thanks go to those of you that read it and gave your opinions!  Special thanks go to Kristy for her editing prowess. :)  Now I just have to wait four to eight weeks to get my rejection slip.  Or possibly an acceptance letter.  Hey, I can dream!

I have another short story that I sent out to Chizine, which I should hear back from by the end of July.  I am not sure how likely I am to get even an honorable mention for their contest, but I am very happy with how that story turned out.  Who knows what the future may hold?

Oh, and I'm in the middle of writing a story that I promised to do for the editor of Aoife's Kiss.  Hopefully he likes it.  He seems very helpful to emerging writers, anyway.  He gave me lots of tips and tricks for publishing.
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( Jul. 15th, 2007 07:35 am)

Your Score: The Wolf

Here's your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 12 out of 18.

Your spirit animal is the wolf. It is a ferocious companion, and a loyal friend. It is both a respectable and noble creature; to have this spirit animal says good things about you, and that you are starting to figure things out. Wolves are pretty rare spirit animals.

***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility. However, you shouldn't think this was a right/wrong sort of test, but more of an idealistic values test. It's ok to not hold these values, you'll just get an animal spirit of lower stature if you do!***

Link: The What is Your Spirit Animal Test written by FindingEros on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
jcdrainville: (Wolverine)
( Jun. 27th, 2007 11:39 pm)
The crabbier I become.  My earlier post proves it!

I just hope I never turn into a scary cat lady...
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( Jun. 25th, 2007 05:03 pm)
Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

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( Jun. 18th, 2007 02:17 pm)
I just found out how easy it is to create icons and user pics with Illustrator.  Uh oh.
How well do you know your next-door neighbors?

Hah, I don't know them at all.  We just moved into a new apartment.  My sister-in-law met the couple that live next door to us, and said the woman was a bit older and acted crabby.  Katie said hi to them and the woman just rolled her eyes and walked into her apartment without saying a word.  Rude!  At least we don't seem to be on the same schedule as them.  I haven't seen either of them in almost a week.

I've met the little boy who lives downstairs from us.  He seems nice enough, and tried to be helpful as we moved in on Saturday.  Jake's cousin made him her instant slave.  She stole our flat dolly and had him pulling her all over the complex!  Poor kid.  :)
I wrote a silly story on one of the forums I post on, that ended up being somewhat of a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  I ended up liking the main character so much that I wrote him a proper story, and now I'm trying to wait patiently for one of my friends to edit it for me.  It's been almost a week, and I don't want to push her because I know she's busy between law school and her sister's wedding.  But I really want her opinion of the story and her editing expertise.  Meanwhile, I let my husband read the story and he seemed to enjoy it.  He's not the biggest reader in the world, but he said it was cute.  He also said he thought it would make a great children's story if I reworked it and illustrated it.  Eh, we'll see.  First, I'd rather find out if I can publish it as a short story.

I'm amazed at how quickly this one grew.  I remember a time when 6000 words would have been impossible.  Now I just need to go back to working on my novel.  And the number of other short stories I have rattling around in my brain.  Oh, and I'm still awaiting the verdict for one of my short stories that I sent to Aoife's Kiss.  I'm hopeful for my little story.  Only time will tell, but oh, how I hate waiting!
jcdrainville: (Belle)
( May. 25th, 2007 11:48 am)
I'm not sure how many people have even heard about the Mary Jane statuette scandal.  But I found this commentary on it to be intensely entertaining.

I find it funny how many men have jumped onto the bandwagon of "It's just art, and everyone who was offended by this is just being oversensitive."

The same guys claim that this piece is *not* a sex object.  The g-string and the huge hole in her jeans beg to differ.  I like a good deal of pin-up art, but to me, this just steps beyond it.  It doesn't look sexy to me, the g-string and hole make it look trashy.  Part of the problem is that the only women I've ever seen who wear things like this tend to fall into the "whore" category.  And usually the "ugly whore" category at that!  Bah.

"How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell?"

Your brain: 120% interpersonal, 140% visual, 100% verbal, and 40% mathematical!

Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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( May. 2nd, 2007 12:32 pm)
You Are Kermit

Hi, ho! Lovable and friendly, you get along well with everyone you know.
You're a big thinker, and sometimes you over think life's problems.
Don't worry - everyone know's it's not easy being green.
Just remember, time's fun when you're having flies!
We just got home from Daniel's first official trip to Disneyland. We got a few great photos, an adorable t-shirt, and the tram driver gave us a cute button that says, "My 1st Visit to Disneyland" on it. Thank you Mr. Tram Driver Man!

We took Daniel on the Peter Pan ride and the Pinocchio ride, and he really seemed to enjoy them both. People everywhere complimented him on his cute looks and good behavior. And only one woman mistook him for a girl. Hah. :) It was a very exciting day, and I think we will all sleep well tonight! I'll post a few pictures as soon as I download them.
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( Apr. 29th, 2007 10:47 am)
This one stolen from [personal profile] melissajm, thanks!

you are turquoise

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
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( Apr. 27th, 2007 04:25 pm)
You Are A Poplar Tree

People tend to look up to you, and it's a bit lonely at the top.
Inside, you are not always self confident, but you show great courage.
Mature and organized, you are reliable in any situation.
You tend to have an artistic or philosophical outlook on life.
You are very choosy in love and take partnership seriously.