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  • Dec. 10th, 2007 at 10:38 PM
Hi, I'm Allie. I live in Tennessee but spend a lot of time abroad, at least two months a year. I'm starting nursing school next year and will be joining the Peace Corps after I get my BSN. I plan to work in tropical medicine and midwifery. I have two dogs (Bellamy and Zoë) and eight cats (Boo, Suki, Quatre, Jyou, Little Man, Pete, Sam and Digby). I'm allergic to wheat and obsessed with abnormal psychology.

Honestly, at this point I only write fanfiction! I started out with Harry Potter fiction a few years ago -- that didn't last too long because I prefer more realism in my stories. When I met divinebird, I was writing Red Eye fanfiction, specifically the so-called 'Bejerot Trilogy': Proxy, Bejerot's Diagnosis and Toccata and Fugue. Most recently, I've been working on a House fanfiction, Occlusion. I was trying to finish it up for NaNoWriMo, but I ended up needing to plan a fund-raising Advent calendar for the school that I work for in Ghana (shameless plug here), so I was absolutely useless for the last week or so of the NaNoWriMo. I'm hoping to work on it over Christmas break.

If people need help with medical realism, I'm pretty good at that so feel free to ask. I also speak conversational French and Japanese, so if you'd like that, I can help with that too! I formerly majored in East Asian Studies and History, specifically Japan and North Korea for the first and 20th Century for the second. I'm a great wealth of completely useless information though, and I'm a total pro at research because of my years as a history major.

Feel free to ask questions if you'd like!

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duskydawn wrote:
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Bonjooooour!
Actually, I would *love* some help in "conversational French" because while I can garble it okay aloud, I'm trying to have some written in dialogue and, as my MC says, "my high school French is definitely sixth grade at best." Just a few lines at best.

Help?
jaggedapple wrote:
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
What do you need to say?
duskydawn wrote:
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
At the suggestion that a person's clown act would be "a big hit in France," he replies: “Zut alors! C’etait incroyable ce que tu me dis! J’etait un fou – comes toi, aussi!” (which I'm not certain is correct). <:-)
jaggedapple wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
Are you meaning to say something along the lines of 'Damn! It's incredible that you'd say that to me! I'm an idiot -- so are you!' or... something?
duskydawn wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
LOL! Or something like that. Rough translation to be similar to "I can't believe you'd say something (incredible) like that to me! I'm a fool -- like you/and so are you!" (This is said by a French clown.)

Close enough for grenades...? Eh, maybe not. Help?
jaggedapple wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
I'd go with something like 'Ça alors! Je n'peux pas croire que tu me diriez un truc comme ça! Je peux être le bouffon, mais tu es le con!'

'Geez! I can't believe that you'd say something like that to me! I may be the buffoon (same meaning as jester, clown), but you are the idiot!'

Uh, and 'con' can also mean cunt, so it's a bit vulgar... maybe you don't want to take it that far XD?
duskydawn wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
The first part could work, but the play is off of being a fool/buffoon/clown and then implying that she's one, too -- and no, I don't want him downright insulting her either, it's more a playful jibe. It's close, though...how might I phrase the ending?

Thanks for this!
jaggedapple wrote:
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
Uh... like that month of me disappearing? Yeah, me too. I'm amazing, YES!!

Maybe I'm confused about the context here. Maybe an excerpt so I can understand it more?
duskydawn wrote:
Jan. 23rd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Bonjooooour!
GAH! It took me *forever* to find this thread!

So, here's the deal: the MC just met this foofy clown character while traveling through Faeland (long story) and we're establishing his character as both bouncy, unsettling and a little dark/weird. [The inspiration for Pierrot was an old doll of mine from Paris or New Orleans (I forget which) with a heavy dose of MTV's old animation series, The Maxx, and "Him" from the Powerpuff Girls.]

Skipping the introduction's beginning, we cut to where they really take off. I want to show that these two are "pal-ly" but the MC isn't 100% sure about him at first impression.


Despite being garish and weird, Pierrot proved to be a more personable guide than Curmudgeon in the Middletowns. The flouncy clown excitedly pointed to different stalls and merchants, whispering stories about this type of door chime or that kind of hair comb or the fact that the watchmaker’s daughter was known to hunt selkies and sold their skins and webbed toes for twenty-five times her father’s stopwatches’ price. He also added, conspiratorially, that said daughter also tended to make little hooting noises when she was really excited.
“Like a baby barn owl,” Pierrot smirked. “Woo-hoo-hoo!” Curmudgeon said nothing as I furiously blushed.
But it was hard to stay angry with Pierrot. His outrageous character and jolly laughter made him more like some goofy uncle or cartoon character it was hard not to laugh with him, so I gave in and did.
We eventually ended up hooking our elbows and skipping full-speed, bouncing arm-in-arm, right through a Middletown square full of folks; laughing our heads off and leaving Curmudgeon grumping far behind. I could see why Curmudgeon didn’t like him. Pierrot was a lot of fun!
Except, he was a sort of cotton-candy fun, ephemeral and unreal. Pierrot seemed more a caricature than an actual person himself: a Psycho-Male-Ballerina Fairy-Clown. Maybe it was all an act? He’d be a big hit in France. I asked him about it.
“Ça alors! Je n’peaux pas croire que tu me diriez un truc comme ça! Je peaux être le bouffon, mais tu es le fou!” He laughed and I grinned along like a tourist, thinking I might just have been insulted. My high school French was six-grade at best.

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