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01 December 2005 @ 11:10 pm
I fall into the ethrosdemon school of thought on memes: they are often boring. However, I truly enjoyed and learnt things from this one doing the rounds on my flist at the moment. And so in the spirit of reciprocity, I post my:

Ten Things To Know About Me

I will try for things relevant to fandom/my LJ:
1. I live in Melbourne, Australia. That is really, really far away, people. This means I am at least six months behind the rest of the world in terms of TV, fashion, etc. Movies usually get released at least three months late here (IMDB is frequently informing me that the German-speaking part of Switzerland gets movies before we do - including GoF), and we are similarly backward in regards to many other aspects of popular culture (iTunes only just opened an Australian store a month or so ago). This is not to diss my country, which I love (well: love-hate), but simply to explain the slight competetive disadvantage at which I find myself! *g*

2. I am an obsessive reader. My first word was 'book'. The first word I ever read was 'coca cola'. We were in Spain when I was two and I pointed at the sign from my stroller. It was probably the only word I recognised in that unfamiliar environment. I take a book everywhere I go. I have walked into a pole while reading. I can go upstairs while reading. I can knit while reading. I read while on the phone to my mum. Actually I'm a big fan of anything that can be multitasked with reading.

3. I'm an editor in an educational publishing house. I work on secondary school books (um, high school - 12 to 18 year olds - i'm never quite sure of the terms in different countries). I have a grad dip in editing and publishing but I was also lucky enough to get in-house training, which is really rare these days and which I will be eternally grateful for. I love punctuation. Deal.

4. I have dysthimia: chronic low-grade depression starting in my childhood. I suffered major depressions in my early 20s and was undiagnosed for five years. I am now stable but it will always be an aspect of my life. The learning curve I went through in recovering was the most remarkable journey of my life. I would like to promote better understanding of mental illness in our community and fight discrimination. One in five.

Relevancy to fandom? Lex is my hero for delivering the line 'There seems to be an absolutely medieval prejudice about mental illness' and yes, my mental illness has shaped my reading of him: that's inevitable, but I try to be balanced about it.

5. In my spare time from work, I do martial arts (tae kwon-do until a year ago when I got the first-dan restlessness - I recently started kung fu) and belly dance, somehow coordinate life with my partner (who I share a house with and who works nightshift) and hang with my friends. Therefore I have an almost-constant backlog of fandom-related activities to catch up on!

6. I'm an only child and an introvert. I'm used to a lot of personal space. Although I totally love my friends, I adore time alone. So don't ever take it personally if I'm absent for a little while.

7. I had an LJ for years before I really got fannish, and I am still startled by the enjoyment I now get from it. Smallville is the only thing that's really brought fannish participation online out in me, although I have enjoyed (and read fanfic in) Star Trek Voyager, Highlander, X-Files and Harry Potter. BtVS and AtS should get placed in a class above those others, as I was/am obsessed with them and converted everyone I knew to my cause. Except my boyfriend who resists to this day. But Smallville? Smallville demanded participation at a new level.

8. Other shows I watch: West Wing, Lost, House. I've also just started watching Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars - the pilots of both aired this week here.

9. I am an old indie-pop/Britpop kid. I spent my early twenties indie-dancing in one-stars in clubs with names like Flipside and Weekender. I still have deep and abiding love for bands like Blur, Pulp, Suede, Belle & Sebastian, St Etienne and so on. My music fannishness went through an early-2000s slump but has been rekindled recently by exciting new bands like Franz Ferdinand, Earlies, Maximo Park and The Shins.

10. Hugh Laurie babysat me when I was little. *g*

Oh and polarenigma also tagged me for the Five OTPs meme I think the idea is you list your five with the moment when they became your OTP.

1. Clark/Lex: Irresistably drawn to each other, destined never to achieve true unity: that's my take on those two. Moment: Lex giving Clark the foil in Stray. (I am not predictable!)

2. Buffy/Spike. Don't flame me. Don't. I have issues about this: who wouldn't? But I can't fight it. Moment: Spike attempting awkward sympathy with Buffy in early Season 5, on the steps of her house, I forget the ep.

3. Niccolo/Gelis: Dorothy Dunnett's The House of Niccolo series is among my most treasured books. Moment: Niccolo sees Gelis bathing in the harem.

4. Willow/Oz: As the ultimate teen couple - they were just too cute. Moment: Oz tells Willow that in his mind when he kisses her she's kissing him - and not just to make Xander jealous.

5. Lois/Clark: Ahem. Because I am a contrary little miss, I have to put these two down as well. I loved 'Lois and Clark' and I totally ship them on Smallville now. For me, Clois can exist with Clex because they represent different aspects of Clark - I can't really see him without either. Lois is Clark's future. Again. Please don't flame me! *g* Moment: Too deep in my subconscious to extract.

Warning: it got long.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Kate: Buffy and Spikemskatej on December 1st, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
This meme is amazing. Everyone is being so honest! I can't believe you (sort of) know Hugh Laurie! That's the coolest thing ever.

I'm a Spuffy person as well. They're totally hot together and the first fan fic I ever read was Spuffy, many years ago.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Somehow I just *knew* you were a Spuffy fan! When I posted this... I thought, hm, I bet Kate at least will be cool with this. *g* I have no idea why I thought that. *puzzles*

Distant HL connection is my uncle who is an actor in the UK. He used to get roles... He nearly got cast as Darcy in BBC's Pride & Prejudice! LOL. He is the quintessential could-have-been-great actor. Anyway, he knows (or knew) HL.
BUT HARRY STYLES: LOIS AND CLARK by eowyngiuliaestrella30 on December 1st, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
this is all so interesting! I have a friend in australia and she says the same thing about tv and movies, etc.

and dude, hugh laurie BABYSAT you? how did THAT come to be!

awesome stuff!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois snoopsbop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Ah, *points at comment in reply to Kate's above* It was before he was famous... long before. Although I've been a fan for a loooong time, naturally. All my fam are in the UK - one branch are very theatrical! *g*
Beckysadface on December 1st, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
You know, I enraged that I only found out about the HL thing last week *grrrs at you*

I miss reading, I used to do it all the time. Now I watch TV. I tried to re-read OOtP the other day and got through about a page. My attention span is totally shot :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Chloe Lana hands off bitchbop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
I stopped watching TV for a few years - it improved my reading no end! You definitely can get out of practice. Now I stick strictly to a few shows I commit to and the rest of the time I read.

Ah, how little it takes to get Becky 'grr-y'! ;) I'm so used to noone knowing who he is, I forget it's interesting... honestly!
Feliz: Not Lanafeliz581 on December 1st, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
You're an Australian editor who Hugh Laurie baby-sat for that now takes belly dancing classes! Honey, you are making the rest of us look uninteresting!! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark dreams dyingbop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Hee! You are never going to let me live that one down, are you??!
nehellania on December 1st, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
I would like to promote better understanding of mental illness in our community and fight discrimination

All of it was interesting, but particularly that statement. If It was possible for me to love you more..I do now. I absolutely loathe people who are ignorant about mental illness, as it's affected so many people in immediate family, including myself.

So go you! Thank you for making that statement.

Willow/Oz! Hee.

And I still think you should send Hugh Laurie something. "Remember me, you used to babysit for me? Send me something!" Only ya know..more polite. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Allison bouncybop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jen! *hugs* I am glad you appreciate me making that statement: I wondered what sort of response it would provoke, to be honest. I have several friends with mental illnesses as well, so it's become a big issue in my life. And yet so few people understand it. Looking back, I cannot believe how long I (and other people like me) remained undiagnosed. And I have issues with the medical profession and their handling of mental illness too. There are tv ads now and the last time I went to a university campus there were posters up promoting understanding of the issue. I nearly cried because I spent my five years at uni in misunderstood misery. There was nothing like that then.
mystical van of doom: dorkvoldything on December 1st, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
You do martial arts? HOW COOL IS THAT?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Why thank you! I never expected this about myself, having been very girly-pathetic about sports most of my life. But once I started TKD I was addicted. It was a very rewarding journey and as a woman, I found it very empowering.
president of the back seat: Veronica Mars smilevibrantharmony on December 1st, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars are AWESOME! So exciting that you can watch them now! In the mas_files, I'm going to be doing VM, so if you ever want to get ahead of the tv airings.... ;)

And yay lists! People are fascinating, you know?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Chloe smilebop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
People ARE fascinating! I honestly was not going to post this... but then people were fascinating and so I thought hey, maybe it will be of reciprocal interest. *g*

Cool - I'll remember you're a VM and GA fan and come squee at you when I get a bit more into it! *g*
Christina J.tehjules on December 1st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Books are awesome, and as I was telling Jen yesterday, working in a book store would be my ideal job. I'm that in love with books... but now that I think about it? Being an editor sounds like it could be the best profession in the world. Hee, so cool!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois future couplebop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
I love my job. :) When I started work as an editorial assistant I felt like I'd finally found my home. I'd worked in a great library before then, and that was really fun, but I love working with language and with so many wonderful creative people who understand and appreciate the ins and outs of making books.
Pun: Kick!pun on December 1st, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hey! I do TKD, and I've always said that if I were to try another martial art I'd like to do Kung Fu (or maybe Capoiera). What is switching from TKD to Kung Fu like?

Hugh Laurie babysat me when I was little.

Oooh! How exciting!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh cool icon! Side kick! Nice. I love board breaks - they give you such a rush. *g*

Switching to kung fu - oh boy! well, it's incredibly different. The energy principles behind it are completely different: it's based on using your opponent's energy and minimising the effort you have to make, rather than going for the big 'hard' spectacular moves. I have to learn a whole different approach. But it is fascinating and complex and new. I think, if I persist, the two will be wonderful complements to each other. Personally I'm glad I did tkd first. I have power and confidence already. In kung fu I can concentrate on understanding energy and learning new techniques.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex minebop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Another TKD-er! I am kind of sad I've given it a rest for a while. I do miss it but I had plateau-ed so badly at first dan level and was unsure of where to go from there. It can be hard to find the right motivation but when you do it really pays off. Perhaps it's just not the right time for you to do it right now.
complicatcomplicat on December 1st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of dysthimia, but I just looked it up and it just sounds like me. Which is interesting, because I've been diagnosed with clinical depression but for me it's never been a sudden debilitating thing which is a change from my usual mood, it's a constant background thing that has always been there. So I've often wondered if I actually do have depression or if I'm just naturally a miserable cow. Now I'm wondering if I actually have dysthimia. Huh.

And Hugh Laurie? *is so jealous*

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
A 'constant background thing that has always been there' is a perfect description for dysthimia. I think I was lucky to find an excellent GP who diagnosed accurately. I have also seen a lot of terrible GPs who had no clue. While I know the treatments for both can be similar, I do think it's good if your therapist or doctor or whoever has a clear idea of what form of clinical depression you have. Perhaps you could run it past them and ask for their thoughts? It helped me understand things a lot better: because my depression had always been there, I felt like I just WAS an inherently sad/depressed/lethargic person, which I'm not at all! I'm a quite cheery person, it turns out! Being told I was suffering an incident of major depression never really worked with me because I felt like saying 'know - I'm always like this. Worse than normal now, but this is just who I am'. So I guess I'm saying the accurate diagnosis helped me process all those tricky emotions about 'who am I? am I my illness?' so many people face when diagnosed. Perhaps that's helpful for you too?
Cris: Spike - pretty/love meduskwillow on December 2nd, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Wow! Very interesting 10 things meme answers!

As for OTPs - I'm a die hard Spuffy and proud of it. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois future couplebop_radar on December 2nd, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
Yay for another Spuffy fan! *hugs*
fruitsome: r_pingu pretzelgrapefruitzzz on October 6th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Such great choices! I had to mention the scene with Spike and Buffy on the steps. It was one of the first BTVS episodes I ever saw and I still think it's almost miraculous. I have a special soft spot for that first tiny choice (which is why I loved "I, Borg" and that damn emo Dalek.) I saw him walk up through her garden with the shotgun and thought "Oh, he won't shoot her, he'll just slink off. How cute!" It was amazing to get *more* than I wanted - he asks her what's wrong as if it's being jerked out of him :D er, sorry, I can't stop raving about that scene.

I'm also fascinated with Lex for the same, but opposite reason - where's the first moment that he stepped off the path of, er, righteousness? Has he done it yet, even? (I mean himself, not Zodilex). That'll have to wait for broadband...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on October 6th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
It was amazing to get *more* than I wanted - he asks her what's wrong as if it's being jerked out of him
Oh, that's the PERFECT way to describe it--and yes, I got more than I wanted too!! I'm so glad someone else blissed out on that scene as much as I did. It was a sparkling moment of television history for me.

emo Dalek
The emo Dalek was cuuuuute!

Lex is so enigmatic--one could puzzle over him for years and still be peeling back laters...
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 6th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
You are me, in a lot of ways. I'm really glad you wandered to my LJ that one day. If there hadn't been for that, we might have never met.

I'm really looking forward to getting to know you better. (And as an introvert, loving alone-time to another: I get your absense, should it occur.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on October 7th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Yay! i'm looking forward to getting to know you better too.
Laura ☂: sv: Clexstarryeyedmagic on October 6th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
After reading this I'm even more glad that we became LJ friends. We have even more in common than I thought. You have fantastic taste in music!

I love the OTPs! I was hardcore about Buffy/Spike a couple of years ago. I haven't watched Buffy in awhile though. I think I need to break out the DvDs and have a marathon sometime soon.

and yay for Lois/Clark! I always love them in pretty much all Superman based tv shows/movies.

WOAH Hugh Laurie babysat you???? How did that happen?! I'm so jealous, I've adored him since I was like 11!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 7th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! *g* I'm glad someone likes my music taste--I think its unusual for fandom. ;-)
I'd love to break out the DVDs of BtVS and AtS again one day; they've been resting on my shelf for some time. They are such good comfort viewing though.

I always love them in pretty much all Superman based tv shows/movies.
Me too!! And when I was a teenager, I loooved Lois and Clark so much--I just love that dynamic of the smart girl and the geeky but goodhearted guy.

Hugh Laurie babysat you???? How did that happen?!
My uncle is a british actor--while he's of no note whatsoever himself, he does know many people in the industry, so it was through him. I don't think they are in touch any more. Pity! ;-)