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Meme & Nano

Stolen from every other person on the flist today:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want, either good or bad. I promise not to come after you with a spatula, either way.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

I don't want to do the update every day thing with Nano, so I'm going to put the word count here, and update it weekly.

ETA 11/6/2005: I'm resurrecting the nano journal here: chriswrites. If you're actually interested in the whining and random stuff I post (no promises of actual fiction), head over that way.



11/28/2005: 57,012 and counting. The story is about half finished, but I made my goal!!!!!

Comments

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10zlaine
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
heh.

really.

okay, live:

good=chatting by pool in Tampa

bad= ::coughs::
::clears throat::
::giggles at the absurdity of that situation::

::throws in another good to cleanse my memory cells::

good=all your wonderful support in our phone calls

xo
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
::smooches::

Hey, Rick Springfield shoulda made an appearance somewhere there. I'm sure of it.

(and yes, it was rather absurd.)
psubrat
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
I believe my first memory of you is when I friended you (because of writercon) and you commented in my journal. It's been so long and my pregnancy hormones are making me dumb so please forgive me if that's not right. ::hugs::
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
::hugs back::

Ain't placenta brain fun? It's all worth it in the end ::more hugs::
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chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Yes yes yes! Although I think that very first karaoke in Baltimore is my favorite Colleen memory of them all.
lounge_lily
Nov. 2nd, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's not a specific memory as such, it's just how wonderful and kind you are in your dealings with the world and how sweet you always are to me. I'm always happy to see you post, even if the subject matter isn't happiest of news. And even if I don't post to your comments (usually because I don't know what to say) it still makes me smile because I'm happy you're still here.
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
That goes both ways, m'dear. You go on these long disappearances, and then your cute little icon pops up on my page, and I know all is well in Australia.
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pepperlandgirl4
Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
I remember the first time I met you in person, poolside at the Tampa Con. You actually knew who I was (you recognized my name) and that really shocked me. I also remember your great smile.
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Tampa was the beginning of so *many* friendships... I remember how pretty your hair was in the sunlight, and how insanely hectic but fun it all was then. Is that the same place we had lunch or some such together, as well?
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raelee
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
This isn't my first memory of you but it's pretty close. I don't even know why you friended me but I do remember that I wasn't sure if I should post one of my fics to the VM fic community and you lent me some of your courage so I would post it. That courage still helps every time I'm nervous about posting fic.
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh! I remember that!! It was good fic, too. I think I saw you on my friends-of-friends list talking about VM and friended you. Here's hoping that courage lasts forever-n-ever.
ponders_life
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
You told me I was crazy even before you met me ::huge grin::
When I finally met you in person, I remember being pleasantly surprised by your lovely accent (at the time, I didn't know of your southern roots).
You were the personification of grace under pressure at Writercon.
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
I did that? /covers cheeks in embarrassment. Sounds like me.

::hugs you just because::
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ljs
Nov. 3rd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Memory -- reading your beautifully wrought fic.

Memory -- meeting you in Tampa, and you and Kimi and Mintwitch hanging outside the front doors. :-)

So many hugs in passing --
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Out of all of the many, many memories, I think the one that stands out is that summer where you posted glorious story after glorious story, leaving me in complete awe.
stateless82
Nov. 3rd, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
I remember setting up the Sandlot archive. You were so damn patient.

And reading your stories, of course. :-)
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
*hugs*

We had a lot of fun with that, didn't we?
jodyorjen
Nov. 3rd, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Memories of your kindness, many times and many ways. Good luck with the Nano! ::waves pom poms::
chrisjournal
Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
::tackle hugs::

You're still out there!!!

Hats. I always, always think of your neat collection of hats. How's life in DC?
chenanceou
Nov. 3rd, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
I remember you in Tampa, holding my hand through the mini crisis and how calm you were. That's what I remember the most about you - how calm and grounded you are.

I hope all of you are okay - you in Georgia already?
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
I will *never* forget that first surprise sight of you in Chicago. Ever.

We're here, and we're all okay. Come play in your namesake state, someday.
aadler
Nov. 3rd, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Memory


My first memory of you — and one of the strongest — was when we met at WriterCon. Very few people knew who I was (I’d done a fair amount of writing, but hadn’t been active in any online communities), but you acted like it was a big deal for me to be there. When you answered my “Five Questions” meme a few days ago, I was astonished that you described yourself as an introvert; throughout the ’Con, and certainly in all your dealings with me, you were an endless delight of bubbly, friendly enthusiasm. You (30%), liz_marcs (20%), and sroni (30%) were together responsible for the majority of the pleasure I derived from attendance at that event.
 

chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: Memory
You know, it really *was* a big deal to me. I remember reading your fics either on the USENET group or from a link out of it. Not very many of the "old guard" were interested in WC, and I was phenomenally pleased to find you there.

As for the introversion -- it's amazing how well a person learns to mask introversion. My apprenticeship in journalism required coming out of the shell, teaching honed the mask, and hopping onto the corporate bandwagon made pretend extraversion critical. And it's not that I don't enjoy people, it's more that crowds and sustained social activity drains me. You might not have noticed it much, but I tended to be very enthusiastic and bubbly in extremely small groups of people within the larger crowd, and rarely without a very close friend as companion. Between Mint, Tammy (the blond), and Kim, I was rarely without a support system in a crowd. And although I was utterly useless as a human being for well over a month after it was all over, it was worth every ounce of energy.
mintwitch
Nov. 4th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
I remember reading Yellow and how vividly I saw everything you wrote, in my imagination. It was sort of like having a piano fall on me, but it didn't hurt. I have lots of wonderful memories of you, but that's the one that makes me call you, or check to see if you are on IM, randomly.
chrisjournal
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Ay yi yi. You know, I didn't figure you, Kim, Kel, Colleen et al would answer this one. It's soooo hard to choose just one memory out of them all. I'm torn to the point of being unable to decide. There's the mental image of wild hair and leather boots that came into direct conflict with Holly Hobby. There are the late night esoteric discussions (which, one day, we will cycle back to). And I will never, ever get over how myopic you are where the effect your writing has on its readers is concerned.

But I think if I can truly only have one, I'm going to land at Kim's wedding with you and Colleen.
spiralleds
Nov. 5th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
I have lots of memories of you at Writercon. The two that stand out are from the beginning and the end. I remember you calmly getting everything organized before the start of WC and not being ruffled even as boxes were delivered where they shouldn't and what not. Then near the end, in the hallway outside of the hospitality suite. You were sitting on the floor with your flats off and thanking sunnyd_lite and I for basically being pleasant and upbeat, which I thought was so sweet given the fact that you were doing the heavy lifting!
chrisjournal
Nov. 5th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh! I had totally forgotten the box fiascos *g*. But that scene at the hospitality suite, that I remember well. I was *so* worn out, and you and SunnyD were both soooo helpful and sweet. I also remember what utterly gorgeous hair you have.
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blue_larkspur
Nov. 6th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
I don't have a memory of you and me, I don't think so anyway. But I remember all you did to plan writercon, which I almost attended, but didn't.

Good luck with Nano!
chrisjournal
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)

Oh I *wish* we'd gotten to meet. I think I remember you from BAPS or the Gutter and Spike's Salvation. You're one of the quiet ones, but I'm glad you're out there.

*hugs*
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