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Music I listen to

I listen to pretty much everything with the exception of Rap. Just can't get into it. But particular favorites are Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, Sentenced, NIN, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Ella Fizgerald, Snow Patrol, Hoobastank, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McIntyre, Taylor Swift, Musicals/Broadway Soundtracks (influenced by my many years in show choir and musical theater)...eh...we'll stick to I like a little of everything. LOL!

Books that moved me

Anyone who has read my stories will quickly note (or should) that I have a fascination Earth-based religion, Goddess worship and what most people term ancient mythology. Well in actuality, it delves beyond fascination and into deep-seated belief and was greatly influenced by the novel Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, a truly phenomenal re-telling of the Arthurian legend through the eyes of the women, specifically the character known as Morgan Le Fay, or Morgaine as she is called in the novel.

It is an amazing piece of work and brings a lot of richness and depth to characters often written as two-dimensional and either falling in one of two camps - good or evil, which is rarely the case in humanity. We all have our light and dark sides and it's really our choices that define the path we choose. But, I digress (yeah I know...again, sue me).

While the story is set against an Arthurian backdrop, the legend itself is not the heart of the story, but merely the setting for what becomes a struggle between the matriarchal Celtic culture clashing with the rise of patriarchal Christianity, which the House of Avalon (a secluded sect of priestesses worshiping the pagan ways) feels is a threat their very existence. I really don't want to give much away if people haven't read it, but if you're into novels that explore pagan worship, I highly recommend it.

So why does this particular novel move me? Well, when I read this book the first time, I had been studying religions for a very long time; since I was a pre-teen actually, looking for a deeper meaning to things and trying to understand why "Church" never felt right to me. For a long time I studied Christocentric theologies because that was the norm, expected and mainstream, but nothing felt right, never sparked anything inside me and instead I felt uncomfortable, inconspicuous and like a fake every time I walked into a church. Seriously, walking into a church made my skin crawl and my lungs constrict. The best way I can describe it was, I knew I didn't belong there and whatever spirit, deity, or God if you will, knew I didn't belong there either.

Enter this book. Because the subject fascinated me and struck a chord in ways I can't even begin to explain, I picked up several books on Druidism as well as another book that would eventually lead me onto the spiritual path I now walk. (No, I won't say what. Sorry, it's very personal.)

I also love this book because every time I've read it (I think it's been 5 times?) I see something I miss or derive a deeper meaning in a passage that I haven't understood or interpreted differently when I read it the first time through. (Yes, I really have read all 876 pages five times through, maybe six.) The complexities of the multiple plot lines as well the characters and their developments just fascinate me.

If you do read it or have read it, I highly recommend other novels by the same author as they are linked to the Mists of Avalon, beginning from the Fall of Atlantis. The central characters of The Fall of Atlantis, Deoris and Domaris, are sisters born in that era and Deoris (a gray robe) commits an egregious magical crime and in order to save her sister from persecution, Domaris (a white robe and acolyte) binds them to the wheel of life and they are forced to live incarnation after incarnation until they have paid for their error.

Books in this series include (as they fall chronologically):

The Fall of Atlantis
Ancestors of Avalon (written by Diana L .Paxon, her daughter-in-law who took up the story after her death)
The Firebrand
The Forest House
Lady of Avalon
Priestess of Avalon
Mists of Avalon

There are two other series that fall within this same precept but are set in contemporary time periods: The Colin MacLaren series and the Shadow's Gate series.

People I look up to

My Grandmother (maternal) - I have never known a more amazing woman in my life.

Interesting facts about me

Born and raised in the Bay Area, currently in San Jose (although I prefer the coast), I am hardly your stereotypical California girl. First of all, I don't know where people get the misguided notion that it's sunny 24/7 and that we spend all our time at the beach, because they obviously have never heard of the Fog Belt, which is where I've lived most of my life. We were lucky to see the sun by about 1 p.m. And tanned? Ha! I don't tan. (Damn Scandinavian ancestry.) I think a frog's underbelly has more color than I do. But I digress.

So born and raised in California, I worked as a journalist for our local paper for six years before I decided that it really wasn't what I wanted out of life and I'm now finishing the degrees I let myself get lured away from because, well, I was young and stupid and liked the money I was making. I just finished my journalism AA and my Culinary Arts AS and am now working towards a Nutrition BS with a concentration in dietetics.

In my spare time I love to write and am an avid reader. I also love biking along the coast, intimate dinner parties with good friends and singing. And funnily enough, while I do love the show Roswell (and a few other shows over the years), I don't watch TV. I mean, I seriously don't watch TV. I think I can name on one hand, how many times I've been in front of the TV in the last six months and I'd still have lots of fingers left over. But on the rare occasion I do, I prefer shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds.

I've been writing FanFic for about five or six years now, which is when I discovered fanfic in general while searching for the Roswell books; I stumbled on the The Crashdown at that time. Out of curiosity, I read a couple of the stories and was impressed. If some of the conventional couples writers had been writers for the show, I might not have ended up disliking the conventional pairings as I do. Maybe.

So why Polar? Well, as I've said before, I feel that Liz and Michael each have strengths that balance the others weaknesses. Liz tends to be very controlled, analytical to a fault and likes everything tied up in neat little bundles. Michael on the other hand is a force of nature. He's unpredictable, brash, brutally honest and the sort to do things and worry about the consequences later. Michael has the ability to shake Liz out of her carefully crafted, controlled shell, whereas Liz has the ability to ground Michael and keep him from running off half-cocked. Plus, to me, they aren't true polar opposites.

They are what I like to term surface polar opposites. They seem like they have nothing in common on the surface, but in truth, at the core, they have more similarities than most writers credit. At heart, they are both protectors, are fiercely loyal (in fact it's this trait that has most people saying that they'd never get together, but well, that's an argument for later), they both go against the grain to seek the answers they need, they're intuitive, almost prophetic. Even when Liz's powers manifest, they are more like Michael's than Max. Both have visions, both can blast people, both are tied to their emotions and tend to react violently under stress. Most of all? They have a deep, unspoken respect and trust for the other.

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    03/06/10

    You're very welcome!
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    03/05/10

    You're very welcome! Thank you for the Friends Add :-)
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    03/05/10

    You're very welcome! :-)
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    03/04/10

    Friendly Kudo for you!

    03/05/10

    Reply from Ashita:

    Thanks! And you as well! :)