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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 03:26 pm (UTC)
Long live WordStar 4.0
because I don't want you to retire ... at least not until you are done with the series.
May. 18th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
1) If Clifford Case had been my senator, I'd have noted for him too. In those days it was still possible to be an honorable Republicans, and he was one of them.

7) It's been so long since I've played Risk that I can't remember: do specific color armies start in specific preassigned continents? I ask because my experience with the game was that the "Mongol horde" (as we somewhat inaccurately referred to it) pouring out of Australia and East Asia was absolutely unstoppable if that player's turn came up at the right moment: after he'd built up a large enough army but before most of the other players had been wiped out.

8) I too HATE stupid litle pictorial icons, and the creeping tendency, which began with Windows 3.0, to turn all the computers of the world into Macs. And I don't want Unix, which most people think is the only alternative. I want something that works like a late, high-end DOS machine.
May. 18th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Risk 2210
If you enjoy playing Risk, I *highly* suggest you try Risk 2210. It's Risk with a TON of new factors involved.

1) You get "commanders," which can be land, naval, lunar, diplomatic, or nuclear.
2) There are special cards for each commander type that you can use to help you win (example: nuke commander can launch a deadly strike that kills 1d6 units on a territory)
3) There's water and lunar territories!

If you are an avid fan of Risk, you really need to give Risk 2210 a try.
May. 18th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Never Lost @ Risk?
My Wife holds that same claim. I swear she bewitches all males players. Its very frustrating. She may challenge you when you're in town for TriNoc*Con.

May. 18th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Well, well, well Mister Martin, I have not been defeated at RISK since grade school as long as I play with the green army. What say you? I shall lay the challenge at your feet, knowing you will probably not take it as you are quite the busy man.

You (sporting red) and I (wearing green), a dance to the death in RISK, either classic version or one of the alternates.
May. 18th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
I once saw Kris and the late Waylon Jennings at a benefit concert in my hometown (Florence, Alabama). They were amazing onstage together. At one point Kris called Waylon down for his language, saying that there were people from [the guy whose benefit it was' wife]'s church there, and he and Kris weren't to curse! Waylon protested that if he couldn't curse he wouldn't know what to say, and, true to his word, said nothing else for the rest of the show.
May. 18th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
medieval total war reminds me of a complex risk. the games are very very long, but i just usually leave it on and just play 10-15 minutes here and there.
May. 19th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Summer Lovers is the best movie ever. You are so awesome.
May. 19th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Get a Macbook and never fear your Wordstar 4.0 becoming a thing of the past. :D

May. 19th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
I've never lost a game of the original Talisman game, the one with the Card characters, but had some unpleasant experiences wit the second release with the plastic miniatures.

I'm accused to looking like Jack Black an awful lot. I always have to ask "but thinner?"

May. 19th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Piers Anthony
George, have you ever traded notes on Wordstar with Piers Anthony? He's always blogging about his war with windows and how he custom-does his macros and whatnot.

May. 19th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm going to look up Wordstar now. I haven't heard of it before, but it sounds interesting.
May. 20th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Look up at the Rain, Sigh, and Keep Walking
Ok, I've never written in one of these before (except to a friend in TX, and that only once, but I digress), and certainly never to a respected author (but apparently one who looks like a deceased rock icon). But here goes:

Insert deep cleansing breath here.

Mr. Martin, I am awaiting your next novel of a Song of Ice and Fire as much as, but probably not more than, most of your other fans. AND I am dreading a little having to reread all the ones that came before (but I get more out of them each time, so there is that, and Arya simply rocks, blind servant of the Other she may be . . . but I re-digress).

HOWEVER. And this is a big however. You write the way you do because you are the way you are, and do things in the quasi-archaic way you do things. (WordStar? Really? Dude, leap into the early 90's and use MSWord. Or all the way into the 00's and use Linux. Or a Mac. Wordstar? Sheesh.)

SO. Take your time. Let the work come at its own pace. We all know that if you could make the whole Song spring from your forehead Athene-esque, everyone would look at you funny. Also, try explaining that to the doctors. And if you did force it, it would most likely suck in a Ross Perot NAFTA kind of way. Which no one wants. Well, mostly no one. I am sure that your foes in the Outer Darkness would love to see it suck, but nobody likes them except the misinformed and the weak minded. And the manufacturers of Jell-O, but again, I tri-digress.

So let the mob hue and cry. Or tint and wail. Or shade and weep. Whatever. If they want a rich, well peopled and cultured world, with magic in and dragons and heroes and bad guys described as comprehensible and "Hey, I can see that. Don't agree with it, but I can see it." people, tell them to write their own.

Be good, sir, and I patiently await your call to Dance.

Jack (who thanks you for indulging his need to state his mind on this matter)
May. 21st, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
We already knew about your disdain for windows and your use of wordstar from a previous posting, therefore that one is invalid. You must reveal something else in order to replace number eight.
May. 22nd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Looking like Jerry Garcia...
You look like Garcia only ever so slightly.

I would say your biggest similarity is not in appearances, but in that you both have mastered your craft and have created a legacy that will carry on long after you or I have departed from this world.

The Dead used to do a nice performance of Me and Bobby McGee. Garcia would chime in with a with a lead and vocal harmonies that were characteristically...him. Great stuff, if you like your music a little rough around the edges.
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