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In lieu of anything interesting
Hey, you know what I feel like doing? A MEME.

The flickr mosaic meme, specifically, which I stole from missmp:

01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the [Flickr] search engine. (ETA: I've changed the URL so it will automatically search "Most Interesting" for you.)
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos [here].
04. Then share with the world.

01. First Name: Lauren. I love that I was able to find this princessy fantasy shot for this one, because I love that kind of LOTR-esque thing anyway, but also, I always wanted to be a princess. I mean, these days I'd rather be more of a Galadriel-type princess/queen with her own realm and lair and shit than a damsel-in-distress type, but, you know--I never felt adequately girly as a child (my father's nickname for me was "Sport"), so "princess" appealed to me in an out-of-my-reach kind of way.

02. Favorite Food: Pizza. Specifically pepperoni, but I am open to negotiation. Oh, you know what's also really good? Sausage and fresh tomato.

03. Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama. I had the Alabama Theatre here originally, but I changed it out for a daylight picture to balance out the mosaic colors. One of the things I've always loved is that even downtown is full of green and trees.

04. Favorite Color: Really, my favorite color is that kind of periwinkle shade where you're not really sure if it's blue or purple. But when I searched "periwinkle," I found that flower and loved the color, so: close enough.

(You know why my journal is purple? I mean, I like the color, but the original background image was blue, and I felt like that might be a little depressing after awhile. My default icon, a piece of Marguerite Sauvage artwork, was originally pink, which I felt would be a little too sugary. So I compromised and adjusted them both to a light/medium purple.)

05. Celebrity Crush: You know, rather than embarrass myself with a long list of male celebrity crushes (or attempt to choose one), I'll just give you my biggest girlcrush, which is Cate Blanchett. I'm sure you are shocked. (Second biggest: Keira Knightley. Again, you are shocked.)

06. Favorite Drink: Long Islands. I mean, I also like Woodchuck Amber and margaritas, but Long Islands are my favorite. All I ask is that you put enough Coke in to mask the taste of liquor a little. I'm sucking down four or five kinds of booze here; I don't think a couple of ounces of Coke is really doing to diminish the buzz that much.

07. Dream Holiday: Someplace woodsy. You know, I didn't even know what location to specify--just some deep green forest. I liked rambling through Chewbacca Chewacla State Park that one time... or maybe somewhere in the French or German countryside with a nice old castle. I'm not much for full-on hiking (... suddenly I understand the allure of sparklepire piggyback rides...), but I love prowling around the woods--one of my favorite childhood vacations was to Nantahala in North Carolina, where we got this tiny cabin with another family--a hotel two minutes' walk away on the mountainside owned the cabins, and you could walk up there for breakfast or dinner or to swim in the pool or play shuffleboard or get ice cream at the old-fashioned soda fountain/gift shop in the back. But you stepped right out the door of your cabin and you'd be on a tiny beaten trail. The blackberry bramble was twenty feet away. I'd love to go back somewhere like that now, now that I'm old enough to go prowling on my own.

08. Favorite Dessert: Hot fudge sundaes. See, what you want to do is get a fudge sauce that's not so sweet--just a little bit salty--and you have to make sure it's pretty hot, so that when you get a spoonful you get the hot and the cold and the sweet and the kinda-salty all at once. Mmmmmm.

Also pretty good: crème brulée.

09. What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: A writer. (Well, I am grown up, aren't I?)

10. What I Love Most In The World: I really could not think of something specific for this, so I sat back and thought, well, when am I the happiest? So I chose "writing."

11. One Word That Describes Me: Scattered. Of course you go into this trying to choose a word that doesn't make you look like a presumptuous asshole. I mean, no one's going to choose "gorgeous" or "brilliant" or whatever. So I think this one describes me pretty well, although I chose a picture that I thought actually had a positive visual connotation, if that makes any sense, because being "scattered" is a huge flaw on my part, but you can also think of it as diversifying your interests.

Also, I am easily distracted by shiny things.

12. My LiveJournal Name: cleolinda, obviously. A flickr search pretty much pulls up covers of my book.

Image credits: 1. Of Lauren, 2. Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, 3. Downtown Birmingham, Alabama, 4. Purple Song, 5. Cate Blanchett, 6. Long Island Iced Tea, 7. Wind was blowing, time stood still, 8. Pure Beauty :p, 9. writer's teeth, 10. write me a letter..., 11. golden...., 12. Hatchard's Last Copy

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I love old-fashioned typewriters.

There is a deep satisfaction to the rhythmic tonkclick of each stroke that goes with every letter that comes from your head. Makes the process tangible. Tiptap of keyboards is not the same.

Oooh, i totally want to do this. Your mosaic came out really pretty and random :3

When you search, make sure you hit "most interesting" (rather than "recent" or "relevant") for the results. You get prettier pictures that way.
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Edited at 2008-11-30 12:09 am (UTC)

That photo of the woods in no.7 looks a lot like how I imagined the Wood Between the Worlds to look!

is interested in your male celebrity crushes, but not in a creepy way

That photo of the woods in no.7 looks a lot like how I imagined the Wood Between the Worlds to look!

YES! I didn't even think about it until you said that!

I am outing myself as a total luddite by saying this, but I actually had no idea of the depth and breadth of amazing photos of flickr. I am totally in love with how gorgeous and unique everyone's mosaics are.

See, you have to hit the "most interesting" option when you search to get the really good stuff. Once you know that, it's all over. Whenever I write a new scene for Black Ribbon, I go look up stuff ("hotel," "ballroom," "Whitechapel," whatever), and just sit and look at pictures for a while. It's almost as bad as TV Tropes, in terms of sucking you in and not letting you out for a few days.

I totally have a girl crush on the double C(K)ates, Blanchett and Winslet.

I love the colours of the mosaic, though. This is a great meme!

Oh, I love Kate Winslet, too! She probably rounds out the top three for me. Although Eva Green is also awesome. And...

... You see why I didn't want to deal with the male crushes now.

That pen is gorgeous. I also had a hard time picking a word -- I'd already used my go-to hyperbolic answer (awesome) so I had to do some genuine thinking. Not what memes are for, in my opinion.

When I searched my name, 90% of the pictures were of birds. When I searched my LJ name, it asked "Do you mean rabbinic?"

I'll just give you my biggest girlcrush, which is Cate Blanchett.

Mine too.

I'm such a bloggy noob, I didn't know what memes were before this post! How cool ; I definitely will be filling out my own. Oh, and I have a total girlcrush on Cate Blanchett, too, as well as Kate Winslet. But Ewan Macgregor comes first! It's that accent... :D

Eh, memes are just cultural information things that spread in a viral manner--like, Rickrolling or "im in ur base" or quizzes on Quizilla that everyone posts their answers for. It's kind of hard to explain, but you know it when you see it.

Yay something to procrastinate with! Nothing came up for my username =(

here's a small one. it includes babypattz.

OMG! that is EXACTLY how i describe my favorite color too! "bluey-purple so close to the line that you're not sure which to call it" though i usually go darker--more indigo

There are few things in the world that are better than a hot-fudge sundae. They are definitely better than sex. About the only thing better than a hot-fudge sundae is a hot-fudge sundae with brownies.

Or maybe I've just never had any good sex. But it still seems like a hot-fudge brownie sundae wins.

Oh honey, what you need is really good sex followed by a hot fudge sundae.

Woodsy - see my journal for pretty woodsy pictures of ... well, it's just NH, bu it's pretty!

I am in love with this meme. I'm waiting for others on my friends list to come up with theirs, because I am seduced by the pretty pictures.

If you like periwinkle blue/purple, you must must must see the Jacaranda trees bloom in Los Angeles in April/May. They're my new favorite color!

It's one of the best parts of living out here, isn't it?