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(no subject) [Oct. 4th, 2009|01:53 pm]
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I got this by mail from cat_o_wen and sasha_b and because I am too lazy to send it via mail, I post it here.

1. What is your occupation right now?
Knight in shining armour

2. What colour are your socks right now?
Black

3. What are you listening to right now?
Franz Ferdinand - Take me out

4. What was the last thing that you ate?
Banana

5. Can you drive a stick shift?
What a question... the only true way to drive...

6. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My mum.

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
Of course I do! She is lovely.

8. How old are you today?
34 years.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Icehockey.

10. What is your favorite drink?
Caipirinha.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
Yes.

12. Favorite food?
Hm... one thing only? *g* I would go for Pasta then.

13. What is the last movie you watched?
Uh... not sure. Public Enemies, I think.

14. Favorite day of the year?
Christmas.

15. How do you vent anger?
Drinking.

16 . What was your favorite toy as a child?
Playmobil - just the Western stuff.

17. What is your favorite season?
Summer. Hot and dry please.

18. Cherries or Blueberries?
Blueberries. The stones in cherries are annoying.

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back?
Back? I did not send this out via mail...

20. Who is the most likely to respond?
I am never answering such questions.

21. Who is least likely to respond?
Those on my small friendslist I do not even know *laughs*

22. Living arrangements?
Me. Period. I am never, ever going to share my appartment with anyone.

23. When was the last time you cried?
Knights in shining armours do not cry. Come on.

24. What is on the floor of your closet?
(*raises yeybrow*) dirty laundry.

25. What did you do last night?
I wish I could answer with: having hot sex. But no... drinking hot rum. To get rid of that cold.

26. What are you most afraid of?
Serious or deadly diseases affecting my family, friends or me.

27. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers?
Cheese burger.

28. Favorite dog breed?
Basset hound.

29. How many states have you lived in?
One.

30. Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds.

31.What is your favorite flower?
Zantedeschia.


Your Knight.
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The Swarm. [Sep. 16th, 2009|06:43 pm]
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I promised to write something about this book and finally I made it. In fact the book is no new bestseller. A bestseller but not new that is. It was written in 2004 already and I bought as a gift for someone else. During the last 5 years I was constantly told that I should finally read that book. Well, right, here I am, reading it before it will end in the movie theatres 2011.

The book was written by Frank Schaetzing, translated and published in English 2006.

What is it about?
I assume even 2004 I would have said: a sience-fiction novel, a great story, told by an extraordinary writer. Personally I think this is not correct anymore: it is a possible scenario, things which are happening all over the world thrown together in one huge plot, explained in a way that you think: well, possible.

It is about odd worms in the subcontinental shelf, about whales who freak out and make container vessel sink, poisonous jellyfish attacking humans and epidemics due to several reasons. It is about how the world reacts, who wants to help and who can help if anyone can help at all. What is more effective? Defensive science or offensive army? Both in combination or mere human beings together? It is not about aliens and other odd stuff, just about a part of the world we do hardly know: the deep sea and the abyssal plain.

Personally I think it is a must-read thing. If you like such stuff or not because the topic and the way it is explained makes you think about the world we live in and about the way we respect it or more: do not respect it. I am not part of Greenpeace and I am no ecowarrior, I love my car and I do not care if I wear anything made of leather. But there is something between ignorance and being a radical ecologist. And this book makes you think about your position, really.

The story itself is told from different point of views by different people all over the world. I always liked it when a story was told in such a way. It helps to feel the reality touch. The author explains what different people over the world do in the very same moment, what happens to them or how the thing that happens to a whale watcher affects a man on an oil platform on the other side of the world. Or how a huge wave starts somewhere in Europe, following its way crossing the sea and arriving in Canada.

If you are interested in any way: there is a link on wikipedia and the book is available on amazon.

Your Knight.
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The thing with aching teeth. [Sep. 4th, 2009|03:55 pm]
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I think a week ago I said for the first time that I have a toothache. A dear friend of mine is dentist so I arranged an appointment for the end of September. After this, of course, the aching was gone. I love that, really. I never go and meet a doctor but when I finally do so all the aching just stops – must be a psychological thing.

But well, the aching returned for almost half of my jaw. I was sure that this cannot be a problem with any tooth but that I have probably caught a cold with the air condition and hot summer weather. Indeed, because two days later all the problems were gone again.

Fine.
No pain and an appointment with a dentist that I do not need.

Finally the aching returned again yesterday just to make sure I will not cancel that appointment. I still try to locate it and I start to have the feeling that the problem is a wisdom tooth. It is not the typical, horrible pain you normally feel when you have toothache. It is more a pressure. Exactly what I need now.

If you wonder why the hell I waste your time with a few aching teeth: I am a poor, whiny knight and I want a hug and cookies. Thank you very much.

Your Knight.
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2009|12:21 pm]
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I finished the King Arthur trilogy I refered to in an earlier post and I am not happy with it. In fact I am pretty annoyed with the author.

What started with an awesome storyline…

Dulac was found at a lake and raised by King Arthur’s old cook on Camelot. He works with him in the kitchen and serve king and knights at the round table. Morgaine and Mordred want to have Camelot and Gwinneth should marry Arthur. One day Dulac founds a shining armour, shield and sword in a lake, puts it on – and turns into Lancelot du Lac. As long as he wears the armour he is an invincible knight, when he takes it off he turns back into the boy Dulac.

… ended to be just not satisfying.

It sounded interesting enough to read it, more so as I love trilogies. The writing itself could be better but I knew what to expect. I read a few things from the same author already and the common problem of his stuff is that does not go into the details. I always have the feeling that he writes for all ages, including pretty young readers and fears they would loose interest of he writes piles of pages about feelings, thoughts and motives of the characters.

He went very legend based with all the stuff about Mordred and Morgaine, the love triangle with Gwinneth, Arthur and Lancelot, Merlin was there and piles of knights. This was good. He also addressed the characters with Sir and Mylady. I liked the idea that Lancelot has the same magic sword Arthur has with Excalibur.

It is like Lancelot’s sword has own will power and tries to overpower the knight’s own will. With every human he kills the sword becomes more powerful and in the end it is the sword who leads and commands him, not the other way round. Morgaine tells him that he will be hers as soon as he kills one more man at the end of the book.

And you know what?
He does because he wants to save his love Gwinneth – and nothing happens. Nothing at all. I read through 1.500 pages and nothing happens when he finally kills that man?! Such things annoy me because I have the feeling the author never ever had a plan or knew what would happen. He just wrote it because it sounded great.

And I had really huge issues with a twist that was offered in the middle of the book: Those coming from Avalon are Elves. Yes, you just heard right: Elves. It was described properly why and how and everything but… I did not like that. Elves belong to Tolkien and Middle Earth, not to King Arthur and Avalon.

There were so awesome ideas and moments in the book but the author just did not pick them up really. He ignored the best things although it is his own book. You see I have to revise my previous comments that the trilogy is awesome. The ideas are, the storyline is, but after the first 300 pages it is just getting disappointing.

I decided to pick up the one or other idea and work with it for stories and roleplays myself now.

Your Knight.
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(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2009|04:57 pm]
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No, I won't spam my journal with youtube videos in the future but pardon me, I just stumbled over this one. I love all these "Extra" movies. I iwll never forget the one with Bloom about Johnny Depp or the Kate Winslet episode *laughs* I never realised that Clive Owen was in them, too.

This is hilarious, really.



I love the end. And it is like always: he can act pretty arrogant and still he is charming.

Have fun,

Your Knight.
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Writing stuff and life and being stupid. [Aug. 16th, 2009|08:41 pm]
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I would like to point out how greatful I am that cat_o_wen was so patient with me during the last months and returned to write things with me. Ask her, I was nervous to no end after such a long time without doing any writing. It only took four or five posts in total - and we are back to normal. It is like we never stopped it at all. At least that is my personal feeling of it.

I just told her today that it is like we are moving somewhere between movie and legend of King Arthur, which I really like.

Talking about writing and King Arthur: I stumbled over a story I started back in 2005. I never finished it because I am lazy and not made for novel-like stories. Most of the time I am losing interest because there are so many ideas and so few time, and last but not least: I do not get paid for all the work. But stumbling over that story I think I will pick it up again. The storyline was pretty good - at least in my opinion but I have to say that, right? It is about Lancelot returning back home after 15 years. So yes, movie verse story.

Beside all the writing stuff, I am stupid. Really stupid. I could not get away from my bike today although it was hot. It was really hot out there and I think the approx. 1100 kcal my body needed in that hour out there was just too much. I had to deal with a terrible headache for the rest of the day and my head still feels like exploding. Now. As all drugs are not helpful yet, I will give sleep a try.

Your Knight.
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Promoting a video [Aug. 15th, 2009|01:09 pm]
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I stumbled over this video on youtube and wanted to share it with others. You will probably leave a message for the artist if you like it.
I found the way she put Tristan's story together pretty interesting although I would have chosen another song.



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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2009|06:17 pm]
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Your Kiss is Black
Your kisses are amazing. You put a lot of effort into your kissing technique.
You are a perfectionist, and you never leave any kissing detail to chance.
When you're kissing, you like to be in charge. You don't enjoy someone else taking the lead.
You know you're the best kisser. In fact, you're often disappointed by how other people kiss.

Kissing Type: Thoughtful

People See Your Kisses as: Amazingly unreal

You Kiss Best With: A Pink Kisser

Stay away from: A Green Kisser

If anyone is green or pink, tell me - I want to try both *winks* and I won't tell if this result fits or not.

Your Knight. *awaits kisses*
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(no subject) [Aug. 8th, 2009|10:33 pm]
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I am almost back on my way to the writing stuff: ideas exist and it seems the Knight still exists deep in my heart. cat_o_wen made a beautiful banner for me to return:

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She did not only choose a dark, grungy style, that I absolutely prefer but also used a line I used in one of my stories. Thank you again, dear! I hope my posting will live up the banner's promise.

I had a little time to open Photoshop again today. I stumbled over the following picture on my search for legend based King Arthur pictures...

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... and created the following:

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Remembering good old times [Aug. 7th, 2009|12:36 pm]
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Being back on livejournal and stepping back into the writing stuff I realised that I indeed miss some things from the huge Fallen Knights roleplay.

I miss…

(top 5 right in this order)

… to call someone flea bag
… to call someone puppy
… to be a pain in the neck for a certain Commander
… to raise an eyebrow in utterly disbelief about some people’s statements and reactions
… to push someone into a cold lake’s water

Although it was more raising an eyebrow with a hint of annoyance in the end than anything else, the very beginning of that thing was just awesome. When we still had people like Avalon’s Mordred or Vintage Beauty’s Guinevere (beside many others).

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