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Apr. 2nd, 2008

What's been vaguely frustrating for me about all that Torchwood metaing is that I keep thinking that in all this character analysis there should be enough material for fanfic, and why am I so absolutely incapable of writing it?

Sometimes my utter lack of imagination really irritates me. I love the products of other people's imaginations, I enjoy really colourful, out-there stuff, but every time the therapist asks me to even imagine myself in a different situation or something I hit a wall, and I just can't. In all that Torchwood writing I treat the show like I used treat any archaeological or historic source, look at the evidence and see what conclusions can be drawn from it. I can't get into characters' heads from the inside, I can't come up with plots; the only exception to this rule ever was Andromeda, which started with such an intriguing premise and then fell so very short of its promise, and somehow this mixture made the plot bunnies breed even in my head, not that anything except a very short piece ever got finished. And Torchwood intimidates me, because it's just too good, none of those annoying blanks there. I'd really love to be able to write for this show, though. ::sigh::



On a totally unrelated note -- does anyone know a good free program to split mp3s that works with Mac?



I'm probably the last to see this, but it really amused me...



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davenport_6
Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
If someone hasn't helped you with the Mac question by later in the evening, I'll look on my Macbook. I'm pretty sure I have a program that will do that. It'll probably be several hours from now, though.
davenport_6
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Split and Concat. . .
is the name of the application I used for this.

http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Utilities/Split-Concat.shtml

According to the application's developer, though, there might be some quirks if you're using Leopard, so you might want to read more about it on his site -- or find another application.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~loekjehe/Split&Concat/
solitary_summer
Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: Split and Concat. . .
Thanks a lot! :) I'm still on Tiger, so there shouldn't be any problems...


BTW, I wish I could help you with the German grammar textbook, but I've been out of school for so long, and I don't think we even had grammar textbooks as such.
davenport_6
Apr. 3rd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Split and Concat. . .
You're very welcome! I hope it works for you. I only used it once or twice (and that was probably over a year ago), so I don't remember if it seemed like a worthwhile program or not. I hope it works for you.

I rather wish I had taken German in high school so that, even if I wouldn't be fluent now, I'd have a better basis. As it is, I heard German off and on throughout my childhood (due to family and family friends from there or with roots there), and I've continued seeing German film/TV and listening to German and Austrian radio (especially now that the internet makes this so easy), so I can often at least follow what is being said in a loose way, and my German has improved quite a bit in the last year or two especially. That said, I know it's a rather awkward, incorrect German. I could have taken German in college, but opted for French instead, as I had four years of French in high school.

The funny thing? As far as writing is concerned, I'm probably better in German than in French. I'm quite good at reading French, but I freeze when I have to write or speak it, and my French pronunciation is terrible. I can pronounce German without much difficulty.
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