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Eight Things About Me

Melinda Snodgrass has "tagged" me, she informs me. And now I must reveal eight things about myself. Presumably eight things that I haven't revealed before, or at least not widely, or else what fun would it be?

So... eight things about me that most of you would probably never suspect.

1) The first vote I ever cast was for a Republican, New Jersey's distinguished senior senator and favorite son, Clifford B. Case.

2) I had a crew cut all through junior high, high school, and most of college.

3) My favorite guilty pleasure movie is SUMMER LOVERS. I want to go to the island of Santorini and have a menage a trois with Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quinessen.

4) When I was in my twenties people used to tell me I looked like Kris Kristofferson. Now they tell me I look like Jerry Garcia. And he's dead. I don't like this trend.

5) I like writing when it's going well, but I LOVE having written.

6) My favorite song is Kris Kristofferson's "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33." (See him busted on the sidewalk in his jacket and his jeans, wearing yesterday's misfortunes like a smile). I am also very fond of "Me and Bobby McGee" and "To Beat the Devil" and "Silver" and a lot of Kris's other songs. Maybe that's why I was pleased when people said I looked like him.

7) I have never been defeated at RISK when I have the red army. Never. And I started playing RISK in grade school. Foemen tremble when I rattle my dice. Except when they make me play green or black or some other color. Then I am merely mortal.

8) Windows sucks. I use it, under protest, for the internet, but all my fiction is written on a DOS machine, using WordStar 4.0. I'm a word guy. When I want to copy something, I like to type "copy." When I want to delete it, I like to type "delete." I don't like puzzling out these stupid little cartoons they call icons, or dragging them around with a mouse. The day WordStar 4.0 stops working is the day I retire.

So there you have it. My revelations.

And now, if I understand the rules of this "game of eight" correctly, I must tag someone else, just as Melinda tagged me. Let me look around. Hmmmmm, who... ah...

STEVE LEIGH! You're tagged!


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May. 18th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Whoo ! First comment is from me :-)

I was just thinking tonight that the lack of updating your "not-a-blog" must be a good sign of progress with the book.

I don't think you look much like Jerry Garcia..
May. 30th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
I think WordStar 4.0 technically stopped working in 1987. But keep pounding that chest cavity!
May. 18th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
I too, love the feeling of a DOS machine Mr. Martin. It just feels more "earthy" if you will. More like you're controlling the machine rather than the other way around.
May. 18th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I feel that way about driving a stick vs. an automatic car.
May. 18th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
When I was in my twenties people used to tell me I looked like Kris Kristofferson. Now they tell me I look like Jerry Garcia. And he's dead. I don't like this trend.
heheeh. too funny! and your fifth comment cracked me up, too. =P

I bet that a bunch of folks will be bombarding you with memes now.
May. 18th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
I tagged you for this one, too, but it was simply because I was picking people unlikely to actually do the meme. Also, it was funny.
May. 18th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
Aww, this is great. I love following your blog for the fast updates on Ice and Fire and whatnot, but I really love when you do one of these "real" blog posts, so to speak. Makes you more like a real person, and not just the author of our favourite book series.

Of course, as much as I love this humanizing look, don't feel obligated! I am, of course, one of those fans that doesn't want you doing anything that will interrupt the progress on the next book :P
May. 18th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
methinks i have never lost risk with yellow army...

one day.. i shall challenge you..
May. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
You use WordStar? Voluntarily?

I can only hope it's greatly improved from the version I used in the 1980s.
May. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Well, the man did specify he was using WordStar 4 for DOS, which according to this page was released in 1987. So, jah, very possibly the one you were using in the 80's.
(no subject) - depleater - May. 18th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
I've never lost a game of risk playing any colour.

(course, I've only ever played one game:p)
May. 18th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Ok, two things:

1. I can't beat you in trivia, but I can whoop you in Risk, Jamie.

2. Time to change the picture. I get these strange.... feelings every time I see it.
(no subject) - xraytheenforcer - May. 18th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
Was that thunder? No no, wait... I think that's the sound of half your fanbase running to find alternate working copies of WordStar 4.0, just in case.
May. 18th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
"Learn all that is learnable. Transmit that information back to the Creator."
No fear -- WordStar has enough of a following that there are workalikes available, and I believe most (if not all) versions have been confirmed to work under various DOS emulators. Someday, GRRM will be seated at a 4THz quad-core machine, happily typing away in the interface he loves.
May. 18th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)
how 'bout linux and a mac as opposed to windows and a pc??? [yes, dos is good, too.] :D

"throwingshapes" avatar reminds me of hendrix and i agree that you do not look like garcia ;)

grrm, in the pic where you are in front of a castle w/sunglasses, jacket, and hat, you look like you could be related to my brother when he puts on sunglasses, jacket, and hat. so, you could say that you look like my brother. are you scottish, maybe?

does anyone know why a meme is called a meme and how it came 'bout?

this is sort of off the subject, but i think someone rushed s.raimi into making "spiderman 3," because the movie's horrendous. grrm, please take as long as you want w/"dragons," (*ducks*) i don't want "dragons" to end up like "spiderman 3."
May. 18th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Re: lynx
A "meme" is a repeated thought. Meme's get their name through the way they're copied over and over along the internet - a repeated thought pattern.
That's what i've heard anyway!

I liked this entry! It made me giggle - it's nice to remember someone who can create fiction i love so much is a real person.

I always lose Risk, whatever colour i play (it's why i don't play often). We could team up and give others a chance (plus, i'd love to actually win for once...)
Re: lynx - odiedragon - May. 18th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: lynx - the_lady_snow - May. 19th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: lynx - missyfern - May. 20th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
The feeling of "having written" is one of the best there is. I love browsing through the folders of my stories, being reminded of nice phrases that I've forgotten.
May. 21st, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
have we read any of your works?
(no subject) - cerandor - May. 21st, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
* sings * busted flat in Baton Rouge , waiting for a train , feeling just as faded as my jeans ...

I don't think you look a bit like Jerry Garcia , you look rather like this dashing author chappie that we are all fond of ;)
May. 18th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
*picks up the tune*
...Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just 'fore it rained, that rode all the way to New Orleans...

Garcia, huh? I'm not seein' it.
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(no subject) - dayquilblue - May. 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
You always win at Risk with the red army? I always win with the black one... Maybe we should play Risk together sometime... :D
May. 18th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
#7 kicks you up a spot on the literary!heroes list.

The fact itself is reasonably awesome, mind, but the way it was put inspired a few giggles, and obviously, that counts for much more than any actual merit.
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