rflong: (Halia)
( Jun. 8th, 2009 08:09 pm)

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)

9 High-Brow, -9 Violent, -7 Experimental and 1 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is definitely one of the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers of all times. Her most famous fantasy work to date is the Earthsea suite of novels and short stories, in which Le Guin created not only one of the most believable societies in fantasy fiction, but also managed to describe a school for wizards almost three decades before Harry Potter. Although often categorized as written for young adults, these books have entertained and challenged readers of all ages since their publication.

Le Guin is no stranger to literary experiments (see for example Always Coming Home(1985)), but much of her story-telling is quite traditional. In fact, she makes a point of returning to older forms of story-telling, which, at her best, enables her to create something akin to myth. One shouldn't confuse myth with faerytale, though. Nothing is ever simplified in Le Guin's world, as she relentlessly explores ethical problems and the moral choices that her characters must make, as must we all. While being one of those writers who will allow you to escape to imaginary worlds, she is also one who will prompt you to return to your actual life, perhaps a little wiser than you used to be.

You are also a lot like Susan Cooper.

If you want some action, try Michael Moorcock.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, C S Lewis.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetical, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 9 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -9 points, making you more Peaceful than Violent. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you aren't, and you don't, then you are peaceful as defined here. At their best, peaceful people are the ones who encourage dialogue and understanding as a means of solving conflicts. At their worst, they are standing passively by as they or third parties are hurt by less scrupulous individuals.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -7 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received 1 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

Author picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UrsulaLeGuin.01.jpg

Take Which fantasy writer are you?
at HelloQuizzy

Your Inner European is French!
Smart and sophisticated.
You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.
Well, there you go then...
You Are a Jaguar
You have a knack for reforming, balancing, and even healing people.
You see the good in everyone, and you help bad people learn to be better.

Even though you connect to people, you can't help but feel separate from everyone else.
You often feel like you are on the outside looking in, even with your closest family members and friends.
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Jan. 10th, 2009 11:25 am)
from [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow 

Your Word is "Love"

You see life as possibility to form deep connections with a few people.

Relationships are the center of your world, and you always take time to bond with those you love.

You are caring and giving. You enjoy helping those you love.

And when it comes to romantic love, you feel passionately ... even in a very long term relationship.

Yes, I'm meant to be writing. How could you tell?
rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 31st, 2008 04:12 pm)
And I'm pretty sure no one is surprised.

Haiku2 for rflong
good to us this year
i remember the last day
of christmas shopping
Created by Grahame
Very fitting, very Yoda.

Did loads of sale-shopping yesterday, and sorted out the dud/empty box Christmas presents.

A very brief 2008... )

Feel like I've had my fingers crossed all year.

But yes "Good to us this year". I enjoyed 2008. Roll on 2009.

eta: because people have asked and I finally got my camera/laptop to cooperate without a blue screen of death... here are photos of the dollshouse we redid for our principessa (furnished with Sylvanian Families)
dollshouse photos... )
Happy New Year all.
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( Dec. 26th, 2008 04:29 pm)
Today my happy thing is my family, immediate and extended. For all they wind me up, hide my car-keys, pull all the Christmas Crackers first thing in the morning (boy-wonder and principessa - I am looking at you!), mix up the presents and drive me up the wall, I love them very very much.

The Principessa's reaction to Christmas morning: sneaking into our bedroom in the dark and whispering "there's a doll's house in my bedroom".

The boy-wonder's: coming in right past the present left by his bed without noticing and falling fast asleep between the two of us.

And playing with a laser pointer and a cat is great until the cat proves he is definitely a member of my family and refuses to play something he cannot win. He slunk off under the steps and refused to come out for hours until my mother was here to pet and cuddle him.

Yep, families are good.

Even if [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  hides my keys.

And thats the last day of happy things. I can be as miserable as I want tomorrow!

rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 25th, 2008 02:00 pm)

Mr. Claus has been very very good to us this year. I remember listening to this adaptation of The Lord of the Rings - I must have only been 10. I was given the cassette version for my 21st (the only thing I really remember specifically asking for - in a lush black box, each cassette with a gold inlay - just beautiful). [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  remembers when we were first married falling asleep listening to the tapes. What I especially like about this new version is the last CD which contains all the music. In the adaptation much of this music is cut by dialogue and fades in and out (as is right and proper) but its a joy to actually listen to it. Truly beautiful.

And yes, I can sing a lot of them because I listened to them so many times. I still think my favorite is Gil-Galad.

Christmas is good, full of family, life, noise and laughter. We weren't woken too early, and the brainwave of leaving our presents to the kids in their bedrooms for when they woke up garnered us about an hour of much needed sleep.

The dollshouse looks fab. When I can get the camera to stop crashing the laptop, I will post a picture. Now I'm off to incinerate a turkey and a ham.

rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 24th, 2008 09:05 am)
This says it all for today...

rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:53 pm)
Wow, I'm getting there.

Happy thing today was a trip to Dublin Zoo with the kids. The wolves were out in force, all lying around and passive until my daughter fell over and got upset whereupon they were all active and watchful. Not sure if they were concerned or saw her as prospective food, but it was cool. I have photos (though the ones of the wolves are probably not so great), but if I can ever get the camera batteries to charge I will add them here.

Also, The Wolf's Sister is up on the Sony bookstore. Even if I can't buy it there. But at least its there! :)

Actually it really bugs me that I can't buy from the Sony bookstore - it redirects me to Waterstones which is more expensive! :( But we are focusing on happy things here...)

And here now are the photos: Photos... )
rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:00 am)
The postcards and bookmarks for The Scroll Thief arrived today! And they look lovely. If anyone would like one send me a message offline with your name and address and I will organise sending it to you. Though its unlikely to be before Christmas at this stage ;)

And the boy wonder and I are off to see Inkheart this morning. One of E-w-h 's younger nieces loaned me the book several years ago and I loved it, so I am praying it lives up to my memories.

And if not, hey, Brendan Friaser! (Another happy thought).
rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 21st, 2008 06:31 pm)
The happy today comes from family, friends, making pizza from scratch and expecting two nieces over for an evening of chick flicks.

The "huh?" comes from this article in the Irish Times yesterday which I read this morning: Newgrange got new lease of light and life in 1960s 'rebuild' - The Irish Times - Sat, Dec 20, 2008

"On the eve of the winter solstice celebration, several leading Irish archeologist have discovered that a controversial reconstruction of Newgrange passage tomb four decades ago led to the accidental detection of its key feature - the roof box"

Em... the reconstruction happened 40 years ago (when the roofbox was found) and they're "discovering" now that it led to the roof box being found. Er... did no one notice at the time that if they hadn't been doing the reconstruction they wouldn't have found the roof box? 

On the subject of Newgrange - Happy Solstice. And this too makes me happy: Newgrange 2008.

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( Dec. 20th, 2008 09:08 pm)
shopping in the Doll's House Emporium (Dublin branch), and lunch in Yamamori (bento box= Nom nom nom!)

And time spent with family and friends of course.

rflong: (Default)
( Dec. 19th, 2008 12:23 pm)
Tagged again! :)

Rules - That for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same~!

So em... today [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h  and the boy wonder are shopping in Newry and I have supplied a list of lovely clothes for him to try to get me in Next. This is all unexpected because they weren't going to Newry originally. And tonight is the big Christmas Party. They are happy things.

Now to tag 8 of you.... [livejournal.com profile] aliettedb , [livejournal.com profile] david_de_beer , [livejournal.com profile] debbiemumford , [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h , [livejournal.com profile] gabriel_writes , [livejournal.com profile] isaiah13 , [livejournal.com profile] j_cheney , [livejournal.com profile] namelessarchon 

Not sure I'll be able to keep this up for 8 days though - there might be a couple of days where I post several instead.

rflong: (Maggie Cheung Hero)
( Dec. 11th, 2008 07:31 pm)
ganked from [livejournal.com profile] e_w_h ! I'm not sure who's more pleased, me or himself! :)

Your results:
You are Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
You are a beautiful princess
with great strength of character.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

rflong: (Default)
( Nov. 27th, 2008 07:47 pm)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] david_de_beer 

Your rainbow is intensely shaded indigo, violet, and red.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. People are loyal to you and see you as a natural leader.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

You'd never guess that purple is my favorite colour, would you? LOL

A review for The Wolf’s Sister is now online at PNR Reviews by Dee Gentle, PNR Reviews & Features Editor, Paraphernalia

and its a nice review too… “a wonderful start to the series”

Also up today is the almost infamous “ghost post” at Texty Ladies. I mentioned in my interview with Jane about various ghost sightings and she asked for more information. She opened the call last week to Texty Ladies readers and the result is up today. It makes for some interesting and spooky reading!


(x-posted from www.rflong.com - comment there or here)

ps LJers - the bunnies are behaving and I wrote some of The Wolf's Mate last night. Yay!

Also edited to add: *drumroll*

Your results:
You are Padme
Princess Leia
Han Solo
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Luke Skywalker
Boba Fett
Lando Calrissian
Qui-Gon Jinn
You try to be a good person,
but your boyfriend doesn't.
At least you look great.
(This list displays the top 10 results out of a possible 21 characters)
Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Test
rflong: (Default)
( Oct. 24th, 2008 09:48 am)
Ganked this from just about everyone! :)

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Traditional, Vibrant, and Tasteful

18 Islamic, 2 Impressionist, 1 Ukiyo-e, -28 Cubist, -22 Abstract and 16 Renaissance!

Islamic art is developed from many sources: Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine styles were taken over in early Islamic architecture; the architecture and decorative art of pre-Islamic Persia was of paramount significance; Central Asian styles were brought in with various nomadic incursions; and Chinese influences . Islamic art uses many geometical floral or vegetable designs in a repetitive pattern known as arabesque. It is used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and infinite nature of Allah.

People that like Islamic art tend to be more traditional people that appreciate keeping patterns that they learned and experienced from their past. It is not to say that they are not innovative personalities, they just do not like to let go of their roots. They like to put new ideas into details and make certain that they will work before sharing them with others. Failure is not something they like to think about because they are more interested in being successful and appreciated for their intelligence. These people can also be or like elaborate things in their life as long as they are tasteful. They tend to prefer geometric patterns and vibrant colors.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

I've got to say - I love the picture of the horses!
rflong: (Default)


( Sep. 18th, 2008 10:09 am)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] eeknight

What Ruth Means

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.

And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.

You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

rflong: (Default)
( Jul. 30th, 2008 09:21 am)
snagged from [livejournal.com profile] wyvernfriend

You are a Firebender!


The first firebenders were taught by Dragons. To the Fire Nation, fire represented destruction and anger was central to firebending. True firebending involves balance, emotional stability and inner calm, as fire truly represents life. Firebending draws its power from the sun and is stronger during the day, strongest during Sozin’s comet which arrives every hundred years. Firebending is not possible during a solar eclipse.

Which Element do you Bend?

rflong: (Camberwick Sam)
( Jul. 28th, 2008 11:17 am)
I was tagged by [personal profile] slovobooks, so here goes...
* 1. Post these rules.
* 2. Each tagged person must post 8 things about themself on their journal.
* 3. At the end, you have to choose and tag 8 people
* 4. Go to their pages and send a message saying you tagged them.
* 5. No tag-backs

1. I like very spicy food. VERY spicy food. No really. EXTREMELY spicy food.
2. My favorite memory of living in Aberdeen for four (college) years, was watching the snow falling on the winter roses.
3. If I could be any animal I would probably be a wolf, or a falcon. Can't decide which.
4. I nearly drowned twice and now hate getting my face wet.
5. I remember, when I was very little, singing about the world around me all the time. My 3yo daughter now does the same thing.
6. I played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz on stage twice. I've also been a munchkin. I swear, that film is intertwined with my life!
7. I love The 13th Warrior! There, I've said it in public!!!
8. I used to sail a mirror dingy at championship level (until I gave away the bailer). Note: I am not saying I won anything, just that I sailed in the nationals and europeans. Probably near the back. :D We used to win in our category at the DMYC Frostbites - winter sailing in small boats - there's tough for you. I have/had an impressive array of pottery mugs with the word Frsotbite on them.

Now the hard part: tagging other people - [profile] david_de_beer, [profile] gsemones[profile] mallory_blog, [profile] wolf_dude64, [personal profile] marshall_payne, [personal profile] rcloenen_ruiz, [personal profile] wyvernfriend, [profile] xanthalanari

There you go!


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