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it's wednesday. i'm in that kind of a mood
children of dune - leto 1
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At some point last night while not-sleeping, I had this absolutely brilliant LJ post idea. And before anyone goes, "Why, I never think of neat narratives of my life to post in my LJ" yes, fine, well, I do. I have walked around five or so separate cities with svmadelyn running a narrative in my head of events just in case I want to post about it. Which you know, I don't, because as this story illustrates, I forget these things quickly.

(Question: for those of you who narrate your lives in your heads--is it in first person or third?)

(If your answer to the above is "For the love of God, why aren't you on medication, jenn?" then of course I don't do any sort of thing such as that. You misread it. You are interrogating the question from the wrong perspective!)

(For the rest of you, third person singular, present tense.)

Or sometimes, I think better of random, carefully considered, wildly inappropriate posting ideas, like, in that way that assures I do not get my ass handed to me on a paper plate because I am just in the mood to rant about something and something stumbled across my line of sight.

(I mean, this is why I have the twenty four hour cooling off unless I'm that sure that my flock people aren't going to say "Wow, Jenn, you're incredibly stupid. Shut up now." That, people, is not all that often.)

This is a really lengthy way of saying, I really wish I could add content here. I think it was about feedback and authorial intent? But honestly, I was sleep deprived and possibly hallucinating. For all I know, it was about the sunny side of eggs and how that relates to fannish discussion. And trust me, I can make really horrific stretchy metaphors out of anything, so it could have indeed been an essay comparing fandom to eggs.

ETA: ...I just noticed some people have friended me recently. So this is a neat way to say hi to you, and by 'neat', I mean, crazy.
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Usually first person, voiceover style. Like Michael Westen in Burn Notice only, sadly, SO much less cool. Occasionally first person past, like I'm telling the story later during my wildly successful standup comedy spectacular. (Yes, you've met me, I can hear your disbelieving hysteria from here.)

*GLEE* That? Is awesome. Especially the stand-up. Especially the stand-up.

At least you haven't exposed the noobies to the Care Bear pornfic yet. ;)

*wanders off, whistling innocently*

(Also, for the record, usually first person narrative, with lots of mental sub-rants and parenthesis)

Edited at 2009-01-28 08:12 pm (UTC)

At least you haven't exposed the noobies to the Care Bear pornfic yet. ;)

I have nightmares that people friended me like, two hours before the carebear porn showed up in comments. I mean, I can see their poor faces.

(Also, for the record, usually first person narrative, with lots of mental sub-rants and parenthesis)

I'm on a parenthesis/semi-colon kick right now. I can see this.

I don't narrate much, but when I do, it's not only third person, but past tense.

*giggles* Past tense? That is awesome. You are writing your autobiography from the future!

I love these posts. Just so you know there's at least one person out there in sympathy with you.

I feel far more validated afterward. *nods hopefully*

my inner narrative is usually first person, present tense - though on very rare occasions it's third person, present. I've not figured out just what triggers that change. possibly I should explore meds myself? *g*

I think oerthinking would be dangerous. *nods wisely* Go with the pov and tense changes. Feel your inner voice.

....this could totally be the most awesome self-help book ever.

First person present, generally blog-style (think Dr Horrible, I guess?), but I address myself in third person and a generally condescending tone. I also frequently find that I write LJ posts in my head and then never write them down. There's a reason I rarely actually manage to update mine. If it isn't stream-of-conciousness while in front of a computer, it doesn't happen. Sad but true.

Okay, now I have visions of you talking about fandom and eggs and that just leads me to Merlin laying them. Conclusive proof that fandom rots your brainz!

Edited at 2009-01-28 08:16 pm (UTC)

There's a reason I rarely actually manage to update mine. If it isn't stream-of-conciousness while in front of a computer, it doesn't happen. Sad but true.

This. My better posts are random and spontaneous. The ones I overthink tend to be very long and filled with words only found in crossword puzzles and advanced SAT study guides.

Okay, now I have visions of you talking about fandom and eggs and that just leads me to Merlin laying them. Conclusive proof that fandom rots your brainz!

I really want to write this. I know it would break me forever, but so. Damn. Tempting.

First person singular; the tense varies.

I think if it's funny (read: funny to me, which often means 'not to anyone else), I tend to go with the present tense: "So there I am, right, and this man shows up, wearing the same ridiculous hat I'd mocked in a shop window seconds before..."

I keep a constant narrative going, too, in case I want to tell someone about it later in writing (which has, at some points in my life, meant posting on LJ). For a long while during my late teenage years, I actually experienced things as e-mails to my closest friend--I was at the Moulin Rouge, having an uncomfortable time with my parents and I saw not breasts, but typed, awkward, descriptions of breasts.

(I wanted to have an LJ-rant about Daily Mail-culture last week. I left a voicemail on someone's phone instead and thought better of it.)

Feedback and authorial intent: I never would have said this before, but more and more I think they can be intimately linked, if some part of you hasn't quite hit on the vein along which a story will run. The sunny side of eggs: people... like... bright... things, and hesitate to engage with the gritty brownish undersides for fear of causing controversy?

I don't know. I once stretched a metaphor about shoving spaghetti down food processor into a whole essay about bad writing.

HI.

I keep a constant narrative going, too, in case I want to tell someone about it later in writing (which has, at some points in my life, meant posting on LJ). For a long while during my late teenage years, I actually experienced things as e-mails to my closest friend--I was at the Moulin Rouge, having an uncomfortable time with my parents and I saw not breasts, but typed, awkward, descriptions of breasts.

Yes yes yes. This. This.

Feedback and authorial intent: I never would have said this before, but more and more I think they can be intimately linked, if some part of you hasn't quite hit on the vein along which a story will run. The sunny side of eggs: people... like... bright... things, and hesitate to engage with the gritty brownish undersides for fear of causing controversy?

I am terrified how reasonable that sounds. I could create an egg macro to go with it.

Third person, present tense, almost constant narrative.

The LJ posts in my head are far more interesting than the ones I actually make, I am sure. I just wish I could remember them while I am online.

The LJ posts in my head are far more interesting than the ones I actually make, I am sure. I just wish I could remember them while I am online.

I think that too, or they sound much more brilliant when I can be sarcatstic without italics.

Third person. I think :-) I've always done it.

*g* I had to think about it when I thought about the question too, then I remmebered I always use my name. Hence, third person.

Oh, I come up with witty LJ posts all the time, generally when I'm driving or in the shower, or the incident I want to talk about is actually happening. Then I forget it, and it's gone forever into the recesses of my mind.

*sad* If only our computers could read our minds already.

*dies*
*points to your post* and this is why I friended you.
re:carebear porn.......luckily for you, I was already warped so it didn't leave any permanent damage*shrugs*

Just temporary, then?

(Not that I have nightmares or anything. About care bear rape.)

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How often do you get it to LJ? *curious*

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*nods* Either I forget, or it sounds so much better in my head. *sighs*

Narration: first person singular. Just as if I was describing it to someone.

Ooh, nice. Present tense or past?

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Funnily enough the whole thing jumps wildly between first person, present and third person, past. I mean if you can't skip between POVs inside your own head where can you?

From your text to God's ear, man. This. If you want to crazy omniscient, by God, that is your right!

(Acutally, that would be so cool. And terrifying. And cool!)

Usually I forget what I wanted to post about in the first place by the time I get near a computer.

Yes, this.