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The letter meme thing

This is how it works: comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why.


(I got F'd by two different people. Um, let me rephrase that ...)


1. Firefighting. It's fun (in a sick way) and also dangerous -- much like dating, only not as scary.

2. Firefly. Joss Whedon's western set in space is one of the more original shows to come along in quite awhile.

3. Food. 'Cause it's safer than sex, if not as healthy.

4. Friends. You can't have too many.

5. Father. I am one. It's both fun and terrifying.

6. Fanfiction. Because really good universes should never die.

7. Fiction. Better than fanfiction, because somebody could buy my fiction and then I could quit my day job.

8. Fantasy. Take it any way you want.

9. Flowers. They mean spring is here! And, yeah, they smell good.

10. Fotography. (Give me a break! I was running out of F's that weren't four letter words.)

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kazzy_cee
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
Aaaaawww - fatherhood!!! That's so sweet. I was clearly too obvious when I tagged you with an F. This one is harder than it looks isn't it? I was struggling to get 10 'H's.
ozma914
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
That's what surprised me most about this one -- how much harder it was than I'd imagined. And that's for us word geniuses; imagine how hard it would be for people who didn't love reading and writing.
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ozma914
Apr. 28th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
frozen frost freezing
You were hoping I'd get F, weren't you?!

Good point on the food poisoning, plus sex is good exercise. And men sleep better right after having sex than during any other point in their lives. But food's easier to get -- or at least cheaper.
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ozma914
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
spider pics
NO!!!
keith5by5
Apr. 28th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Firefly?
Gotta disagree, admittedly I only stomached two and a half eps, but it came off really lame to me.

The dialouge almost sounded like it was the stuff he couldn't find a home for on Buffy (which is fine for high school kids, but a bunch of people ten years older grates), the sets and ships looked like the thing had been made in the early 80s (Babylon 5 looked better ten years previous, ditto DS9), the characters were pretty stock and the universe and plots were unoriginal (star Wars anyone?).
ozma914
Apr. 28th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
Hm ... gotta disagree with your disagreeing. But then, I grew up with sixties and seventies westerns, which is what Firefly was. There was a certain amount of nostagia for me. I didn't see much of Star Wars in it, but both came very much from the same sources (and yes, the characters were stock -- as were the ones in Star Wars). Then there were the hot women -- always a plus. I'd pay good money to see a better close-up of Summer Glau nude, in the pilot.

Of course, the debate is pretty much moot -- there's not much chance either one of us will be seeing it again.
keith5by5
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
"There was a certain amount of nostagia for me"

I love John Wayne and James Stewart (my fave actor). But Firefly was more Blake 7 than anything. If you as an American ever saw Blake 7, not sure.

" I didn't see much of Star Wars in it, but both came very much from the same sources (and yes, the characters were stock -- as were the ones in Star Wars)."

Agreed. The difference is, Whedon and his fans have continually stated this show was brilliantly orignal, as early as 1980 Lucas was putting out documentaries stating how he'd borrowed from mythology.

I hate it when people make false claims like that.
ozma914
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
I've heard of Blake 7, but never seen it. I'm ashamed to admit I'd never watched a full episode of Dr. Who either, until just a few weeks ago. My cultural education is sadly lacking.

Nothing's really original, of course. Star Trek is another show that was evolved from westerns, and westerns themselves borrowed heavily from mythology and Japanese sources. BtVS is just a typical horror show that was turned on its head by having the helpless blonde girl kick ass. All we writers can do is put all the old ideas together in a different order, and hope no one notices.
keith5by5
Apr. 29th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
You dind't miss anything. Blake 7 was a low budget bunch of rogues fleeing an evil empire...

The two major troubles with Joss, is storyline continuity and consistency (which given Firefly's short run prob wasn't a problem), and dialouge (which given what I saw of Firefly he can only write one way, which works for school kids but not for grown-ups, and it seems he can only write one way).

With Buffy he managed to spin a number of great stock chars into different directions - Angel, Xander, Faith, and Wes. And to an extent Cordy and Giles. But to the end of the series it seemed as if he was repeating himself (Harmony for Cordy, Spike for Angel), and it just wasn't working any more....

Of course, then there's the rather distasteful morals he espoused throughout his show.
ozma914
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
One of the things I liked best about Firefly was the dialogue, the way it played off the "old west" way of talking. I didn't notice any problems with continuity or consistency, but it was less than one season, after all.

I think this may be the first time I've ever heard anyone seriously discuss morals in relation to BtVS. You're absolutely right; a lot of people made some really abysmal decisions on that front. It's perhaps the greatest proof that Joss was Hollywood, born and bred.
keith5by5
Apr. 29th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Re: Firefly?
" I didn't notice any problems with continuity or consistency, but it was less than one season, after all."

I was refering to BtVS' problems in that regard. First three years no problem, after that, the show fell apart, really only having fight scenes and snappy dialouge going for it.

It's far from the first I've heard, a lot of anti-Spike fans hate the way he was pushed as the show's hero while revelling in his past.

Then there's the Scoobies just accepting Anya into their group. Well Willow didn't, but that was more to do with jealousy than Anya's past.

But me, I'm more concerned with Buffy. For me, her actions are akin to a wife or partner keeping quiet about their husband's serial killings or rape because they don't want to lose him. Love isn't an excuse.
ozma914
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Buffy's actions
Buffy never loved him. She'd just had such a messed up love life before Spike that she threw up her hands and said, "Why not?" Which is, really, not too different of an attitude than what I've held in the past, before I realized having no woman at all was better than drifting back and forth to whatever female glanced twice at me. For me, Buffy's love life is one thing that I *can* understand, especially since I see so many females make the exact same mistakes, over and over.
keith5by5
Apr. 30th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: Buffy's actions
I was also refering to her reactiosn regarding Angelus and hiding Angel upon his return from hell (he'd been to hell, what there wasn't a chance he'd had his soul removed?).
ozma914
Apr. 30th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
fool for love
Yes, we can all agree that Buffy's a fool for love. Actually, many of the Jossverse characters dumb down when it comes to the opposite (or in some cases the same) sex -- Buffy might be just an extreme example.

I know the feeling.
keith5by5
Apr. 30th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: fool for love
You've ever turned a blind eye to a partner's murdering rampage? Or as a fire fighter knowingly slept with an arsonist (no pun about women setting your heart on fire).

I didn't think so.... Buffy's behaviour really isn't comparable.
ozma914
Apr. 30th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
mirroring life
I believe it is comparable, if you think of BtVS as being a mirror of real life. She's a slayer who sleeps with a vampire, I'm an emergency services worker who lived with a woman that drove without a license and stole. (a long time ago, mind you.) It's stepped down, of course, but there are parallels.

Of course, in real life some people *do* turn a blind eye to their partner's murdering, abusing, etc. It could be argued that in some ways Buffy was one of the more realistic characters on TV. One thing I've learned is that fiction isn't like real life, because real life has to make sense. Buffy often acts in dumb and nonsensical ways -- just like people do in real life.

Which is all a bunch of bunk, because we both know that she, Spike and others in the series often became puppets and were made to do things they wouldn't do. But it was still kind of fun playing devil's advocate. ;->
keith5by5
Apr. 30th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: mirroring life
"Of course, in real life some people *do* turn a blind eye to their partner's murdering, abusing, etc. It could be argued that in some ways Buffy was one of the more realistic characters on TV. One thing I've learned is that fiction isn't like real life, because real life has to make sense. Buffy often acts in dumb and nonsensical ways -- just like people do in real life."

yeah, but I prefer my heroes to be actual heores. They can make mistakes, but they have to try their hardest. I never got that from Buffy.

I can enjoy a good villian (American Gothic Mayor, Mordred, Richard Davies) but If I don't like the lead of a show, if I couldn't be their friend in real life, I tend not to watch. I kinda wish that Giles and Xander had been killed in Season 4 then I wouldn't have felt obligated to watch.

ozma914
Apr. 30th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: mirroring life
That's similar to my contention that I don't want too much reality in my entertainment, because then it's no longer entertaining.

Still, everyone who knows both me and BtVS swears I'm an uncanny combo of Xander and Giles (Xiles?) -- but not in a bad way -- so if I wished them dead it would be kind of like becoming suicidal. And I get enough of that during winter.
keith5by5
Apr. 30th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: mirroring life
But surely if you don't connect with the show's main star and like them, you won't watch?

Me, apparently I'm Chandler when I'm goofy. And Giles when I'm serious.
ozma914
May. 1st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
connecting with the main stars
Well, I don't connect with the stars of "Charmed" and still watch it. But *ahem* that's because my daughter makes me, so it's not a good example. No, you're right. I tried to watch "Kitchen Confidential" because Nick Brendon was in it, but I just could not connect with the stars or the show as a whole. Regarless of other factors, the main characters make or break a show.

Chandler is the other major character I get compared to a lot, too. Maybe, unlike Xiles, it *is* in a bad way.
curiouswombat
Apr. 28th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Fank you.
ozma914
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hee hee ...
bloodytearslife
Apr. 28th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Loser,*g* see this is why we gave you an F, you couldn't even think up 10 words that started with F.
ozma914
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
I did think of one last F, but I was trying to keep it PG rated ...
cbtreks
May. 4th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
You're in Indiana and didn't think of "frostbite"? (Or maybe that's one of those four-letter words!)

Fanfiction, fiction, and flowers - that's a nice trio. (Hmm, maybe fanfiction, food, and flowers is even better.)
ozma914
May. 4th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
"frostbite" is one of those words I tend to block out 9 months out of the year. Food, on the other hand, is always on my mind. :-)

By the way, the lilacs are blooming nicely!
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