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30 May 2010 @ 08:48 pm
xenoamorist asked me to blog about Something you said you wanted to do when you were a grown-up when you were little that you would never do now. If that make sense?

Don't worry, luv, that totally makes sense -- although I may or may not have had to read it a second time to fully get it, heh.

It took me a while to come up with an answer to this one, since there are quite a few things I said I wanted to do when I grew up that I would still love to do when I "grow up" (whenever that is). For example, I no longer think it would be the coolest thing EVER, but I must say, I would still rather like to play one of the Power Rangers (unfortunately, as of next year, I will officially be too old for them to even consider me) -- I just saw a casting call for the next season, and do you know that, in addiction to relocating to New Zealand for six to eight months, each member of the main cast makes about seventy dollars an hour? I mean, I love my current job and all (mostly), but . . . well, let's just say that there are definitely days when I can't help but roll my eyes skyward and say, "I am not getting paid enough for this shit," like the day when someone THREW her Starbucks Card at me.

Also, much to my mother's chagrin, the Wicked Witch of the West has always been my favorite character in The Wizard of Oz. I kind of wanted to grow up to be her someday as soon as less than a minute into her first scene the very first time I ever saw the movie (I was four). I don't literally want to grow up to be her anymore, but I do half-seriously encourage people to call me the Wicked Bitch of the Midwest sometimes (Wicked Bitch is actually my laptop's name).

I'd be lying if I said I could remember a time when I didn't think it would be cool to be an author someday. (Oh, funny story: I used to think that "Authorized Parking Only" signs meant that only authors could park there; for a long, long time, I had the notion that authors must make up a disproportionate number of the populace.)

Anyway, the biggest thing I used to say I wanted to do that I would never actually do now is, obviously, marry a girl.

nuewayofliving asked me to blog about my favorite animal of all time. Which is the slightest bit difficult, as I have had various pets over the years, and loved them all, and some of my favorite fictional characters are often team pets (Appa and Momo, Hedwig and Crookshanks, etc.), so . . . I think I'm going to just cheat a little bit and choose Rachel's grizzly morph from Animorphs. Here are just three of the many reasons that bear was an awesome morph:

1. In Megamorphs 3, when the Drode rewrote the timeline so that Rachel wasn't even part of the group, Marco still had a grizzly morph. Yeah. Because KAA knew that, even in an alternate timeline that we only get to see for a few pages, you can't have the Animorphs without a grizzly.

2. In The Separation, Mean Rachel discovers that, when you don't have any keys to start a car you've just stolen, about six inches of bear claw will do juuust fine.

3. I can't remember what book this happened in (all I can say for sure is that it wasn't in any of the first six, since she didn't acquire the grizzly until book seven), she gets her arm chopped off AND PICKS IT UP AND USES IT AS A WEAPON.
Current Music: "Leave No Deed Undone" -- Wolfsheim
nuewayofliving on May 31st, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
The third reason you listed is a VERY good reason to choose bear.
Rectangle! America! Dumpster!marinade on May 31st, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Gee, thanks for ruining Animorphs for me. Jerk.
Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on May 31st, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
You're welcome! However, I can't really feel that I've fully "ruined" it for you unless I mention that Prince Elfangor dies in book one, Jake regains his morphing power in book thirteen (OH, BUT AT WHAT PRICE?), Ax never gets any ever, Cassie may or may not be as important as she initially seems, Marco acquires a poodle at one point, Rachel's mom is Visser One, and they find out in the second Megamorphs book that broccoli is not native to Earth.

So there.
Rectangle! America! Dumpster!: eff offmarinade on May 31st, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
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Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on May 31st, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
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If it makes you feel any better, I half-lied about all but two of those.
Rectangle! America! Dumpster!: geekmarinade on May 31st, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
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Now you're making me want to read the books. I'm sure that was your intention all along.
Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on May 31st, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
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If you will actually read them,

a) You might want to wait until sometime later next year or the year after, as they are rumored to be getting a relaunch, and will therefore be significantly easier to track down. At present, considering that there are sixty-four books in the series and the last one was published nine years ago, finding them all is something of a feat.

b) I will totally help you track them down if you want to read them right now. No, I'm completely serious. These days, whenever I go to Half-Price Books, I have this rule that, while I can browse as much as I want, and make a note of things to look for at the library, I'm not actually allowed to buy anything other than Animorphs -- since they're always in the clearance section (for fifty cents each), I buy as many as I can find, without even pausing to wonder if I have that one already; as a result, I have a few multiple copies.
Rectangle! America! Dumpster!marinade on May 31st, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
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Do you think they will be released in volumes? I have The Last Vampire series by Christopher Pike in two sets, three books each and I really like that format. I'd actually prefer them that way.

I wish there was a Half Priced Books here. But I may check paperbackswap.com to get me started.
Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on May 31st, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
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I have no idea, although I would personally . . . well, I'm not sure if I'd prefer them that way, but I would certainly not object! It does seem to be quite popular these days, doesn't it? I haven't actually been following the revamp rumors quite as faithfully as I could (all I really know for sure is that they're almost definitely going to get new covers, which is awesome*), partly because there's not that much to follow yet and partly because I just can't get over the notion of walking into a bookstore one day and LOSING. MY. SHIT.

. . . Sooo, anyway, do go ahead and try paperbackswap! I can tell you right now, though, that I definitely have a copy of book four that you're more than welcome to, and I'd be happy to swing by HPB sometime soon.

*The original series had covers that didn't exactly convey the rather bleak content of the books themselves.
Rectangle! America! Dumpster!: geekmarinade on May 31st, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
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That's swell of you. I'll keep it in mind. I'll let you know if I'm really serious about this soon, since I have a stack of books that need to be read already.
Ryan: appa is bigger than aanghexperiment on May 31st, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
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Just wanna point out that almost every book in the series can be read in about an hour, if that.

Rectangle! America! Dumpster!marinade on May 31st, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
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Oh great! Good use of a lunch, then!

That only lends credence to having them in a set.