Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Which character from Gone With the Wind do you think you most resemble? I’d like to think that I’d come a little closer in temperament to Scarlett than to the ever compliant Melanie. Melanie was a good -- darn near saintly – person with a kind heart and giving nature. Not that my heart is black, but Melanie had a subservient element to her personality that would frankly scare me. Melanie was virtuous and loyal to a fault, but when the stubborn, headstrong Scarlett referred to her as mealy-mouthed, she wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

I guess I can identify more with Scarlett because she had fire. Spunk. Backbone. Sure, she was a spoiled, coy little thing, willful and manipulative (never attractive in a person) when it suited her purposes, but when the going got tough she had the brains and the inner strength to draw upon to take the situation in hand and do something about it. I would hope that rather than sitting back waiting for help in the face of adversity, I could do whatever it took to meet it and beat it (and shoot marauding Yankees). Unfortunately, points are deducted from Scarlett for spending half a lifetime pining over the wishy-washy, ineffectual Ashley.

Rhett, with his in your face, take it or leave it approach to life, was a much better match for Scarlett. I can certainly identify with Rhett’s “I don’t give a damn,” zest for life attitude, except I never call anyone “my dear” when I’m damning them to the infernal pits.

It chagrins me to admit that I have my Prissy moments – “I don’t know nothin’ about (insert crisis)!” Thankfully, moments of complete and paralyzing panic are few and far between. I sometimes wish that I had more of the calming, nurturing traits of Mammy.

On a completely unrelated side note, I’m wondering about something. If you’re going to post a past collaborative effort on the Internet, is there any inherent obligation to first obtain the consent of the contributors? I would think there is, but maybe I’m wrong.

Today’s Twisted Linguistics, starring those wildly unpredictable Words Gone Wild.:

mote around the castle – Make it a bunch of motes and it would be a dust storm, which is much preferable to a shit storm.

didb't – A deduction from the frog's bank account. Ribbit.

crispiness in the air – The atmosphere after an explosion at the potato chip factory.

of coarse – Describing one who is vulgar and crass.

thunder and lightening – Highlighting one’s hair during a storm.

surprize – An extra reward, of course.

What flavor jelly bean are you?

You Are a Pineapple Jelly Bean

Easy going and undemanding, you have good taste but aren't a show off about it.

What type of writer should you be?

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!


Bace Man said...

This quiz told me I should be a Film Writer too. Maybe I will add that as another item to do in my spare time...LOL!!


Roxan said...

***You Are a Licorice Jelly Bean***

You are an acquired taste. The less people fight your strange ways, the more they like them.

***You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer***

Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.
And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing sci-fi.
Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...
Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!

Kanrei said...

I think I would sadly be more like Ashley although I am a Rhett in my head.

You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer

Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.
And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing sci-fi.
Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...
Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!

Kanrei said...

Roxan and I seem to get the same answers quite a bit.

Serena Joy said...

Spare time, Bace? You have spare time? What IS that?:)

Roxan, this is getting freaky the way some of these quizzes peg you so well.

It's true, Kanrei and Roxan do seem to be kindred spirits.

Roxan said...

I've noticed those things too.

Roxan said...

Whenever I think of Scarlett, I'm reminded of Carol Burnett's spoof of Gone With The Wind.

Corn Dog said...

I should be a joke writer! I can't remember a joke to save my life. I remember only bits and pieces. The last piece I remember are the words "super pussy" from a joke my brother told me. I wish I could remember the rest of it. I laughed and it was clean. I think I'm beginning to believe in these quizzes a little too much. I'm off to check into an online joke school.

Oh..I'd definitely be Prissy. "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin'" most anything in the modern world, except computers. I'm an idiot savant with computers.

Southern Writer said...

This is so bizarre. I've had a certain thing on my mind today (I'm not ready to reveal just what it is, yet) and here it is in your post! How freaky.

Where's the test for what kind of writer we should be?

I'm both Melanie and Scarlett, depending on stuff. Rhett is the quintessential bad boy. Ashley is a wimp with a girl's name. I love Mammy. I had a mammy just like her when I was a kid. Her name was Lula Mae and I've been meaning to write about her for a long time, but the idea is still perking.

Serena Joy said...

Hope you get straight A's in joke writing school, CD. LOL. Listen, I actually have Prissy moments much more often than I care to admit. Which, of course, forces me to admit that I don't know nothin' 'bout 'nothin.:)

Lesia, that IS freaky! We do seem to home in on each other other's thoughts every now and then when we haven't even talked. I don't know how we do that. It's pretty cool, though.

I didn't exactly have a mammy. Mine was a paid babysitter, a rotund older black lady named Louise. I remember very little from my childhood, but I remember Louise.

The "what kind of writer" quiz is the last item in the post.

Southern Writer said...

Yeah, but "what kind of writer" isn't a link to take the quiz, it's only the result you got.

Southern Writer said...

Oh, duh. I see it. I should be a romance novelist.

You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart.
You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer...
And while you may be a traditional romantic, you're just as likely to be drawn to quirky or dark love stories. As long as it deals with infatuation, heartbreak, and soulmates - you could write it.

Scary Monster said...

What was the name of the pont Rhett shot? Me often identifies with the little critter.

Sci-fi writer, what else could Me have expected. Me is from another planet. LOL

Scary Monster said...

Damnations What the hell is a "pont"? *pony* Me fingers never do what me brain tells them to do. You ever have that problem???

Serena Joy said...

SM, it doesn't surprise me that you should write SciFi. I would imagine you have a knack for it.

I don't remember the poor pony's name, just that Rhett shot it after Bonnie Blue died. I always hated that scene. It wasn't the pony's fault.:(

littlebirdblue said...

***You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer***

"Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from."

Quelle suprise...

Rain said...

I think I am a mixture of all the women, Scarlett, Mammy, Prissy Melaine. Would you say they are female archetypes?

Now I will find out what type of writer I am. You always have something interesting here.

Serena Joy said...

I think they do represent female archetypes, Rain. I think that a woman who is an amalgam of all of them would be a very well rounded woman.

Moristotle said...

Serena, you asked, "If you’re going to post a collaborative effort on the Internet, is there any inherent obligation to first obtain the consent of the contributors?" I'd say there definitely is an obligation to check with contributors. At any rate:

I have myself been part of a collaboration,
And if posting our work were under contemplation,
    To obtain their consent
    Before going hell-bent
Would surely be my inherent obligation.

Mayden's Voyage said...

I'm not manipulitive like Scarlett, and not a Saint like Melanie. Definitely more like Scarlett...maybe a nicer version? :)

Romance writer-
and a Coconut jelly bean :)
Though- if I could choose 2- I'd have the coconut and the pineapple together! :)

Serena Joy said...

That was my thinking, Mori. It's already been done, and I thought it was a bit rude to just do it with no permission, no discussions, or anything else. It was a stupid piece, written for a nefarious purpose, but I still think there should have been some discussion before springing it on the public.

Mayden, I think a mix of Melanie & Scarlett would be ideal. So would a mix of coconut and pineapple.:)

Moristotle said...

Ha! How often we realize later what we should have done before doing what we have already done! But it seems to have been no big deal, so there's no sweat. Good on you.