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This is my entry this week in the mini-season of therealljidol, Exhibit B. Please read the many fine entries and check back later for a voting link (if there is one). This week's topic was to introduce someone else.

What was it? The sparkle in her eye? Her musical giggle? The way she wore a large-brimmed pink hat, dipped at a rakish angle? Something about her was immediately likeble. Only 10 minutes into Lady Jane Iffington's party, a crowd of guests had gathered around the mystery woman. Lady Jane crossed the crowded room to try to suss out her allure, but just as she reached her, the woman twirled and waved at the throng, spinning her way across the crowded floor.

A social butterfly, the dark-haired woman flitted from group to group. No matter where she alit, her presence seemed to lighten the mood. The Goths smiled unreservedly for the first time all night, and when she stepped into the middle of a vicious political argument, within seconds the stranger got both sides singing "Don't Stop Believing"... in harmony.

It was subtle at first, but Lady Jane began to notice something else about the woman. She seemed to take on qualities of the people with whom she interacted. To the science-fiction crowd, she rattled off "Firefly" and "Star Trek" references. But it was more than that -- had her ears always been that pointy? "You must be part Vulcan," a guy who looked a lot like William Shatner remarked.

She replied only, "Yes, but which part? It's logical, if you think about it." And giving the Vulcan salute, she moved on.

At the chocolate fountain, she got into a long conversation with one of the caterers, and got her to smile by not only raving about the cake but also expressing interest in exactly how it was made. Lady Jane could have been imagining, but she was sure she wasn't. The pink broad-brimmed hat had been replaced with a pink chef's cap. When had she had time to change?

Next, the mystery woman joined a group of people sharing pet stories, regaling them with tales (or tails?) of her beloved kitty-boys. Each of the party guests pulled out a phone to show off their latest shots of their favorite felines and furry babies. And maybe Lady Jane was imagining it, but the woman seemed to be... growing long whiskers?

As Lady Jane followed her, the woman morphed for every situation: she regaled the comedians with witty repartee, and she swapped literary talk and constructive criticism with the writers and poets. She seemed comfortable with every topic, and as she socialized, her look morphed to suit her audience: elfin green and gossamer for the faerie fans; a tie-dyed peasant skirt for the hippies. How did she do it?

It may have been minutes, or it could have been hours later, but Lady Jane found herself following the woman outside. Once enveloped in darkness, the stranger took a few steps, then a leaping jump. Sailing into the starry darkness, the woman turned into a glittering carnation-colored dragon, with eyes as deep gold as honey.

"Wait, don't go," Lady Jane called. "I haven't even learned your name."

As she flew away, the dragon's sonorous voice rumbled to Lady Jane, an ancient song that filled her very bones. "My name is roina_arwen, but you can call me Ro."

I met roina_arwen in Season 5 of LJ Idol and liked her immediately. Like the mysterious character in this story, she has dozens of icons suitable for all occasions. Funny, fearlessly creative and full of knowledge on everything from cooking to cats to mythology, as long as I've known her she's been a popular Green Room regular and an unpredictable, entertaining writer. I'm honored to have learned a lot from her, especially from all the times she's served as a "beta reader" for my writings, or helped me refine ideas. Hopefully, I've done her justice.


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May. 9th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
May. 9th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's great to hear from you again. Will you be participating in LJ Idol, Exhibit B?
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May. 9th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Aww - this is wonderful! I'm honored and touched by your words, and this is getting saved in my Memories for safekeeping!
May. 9th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! The Aretha Franklin inauguration 2008 hat! I miss that meme.

I'm glad you liked it. I tried to hit on some of your major interests while highlighting what I've always enjoyed about your writing: the luminous, effervescent quality of it and your playfulness.
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May. 9th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
You really have a nice way of approaching this introduction. Your writing style is very lovely and I enjoyed reading this. :)
May. 9th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If you liked this, you should enjoy roina_arwen's work, as well, since I tried to capture her essence.
May. 10th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
I totally got where you were going with the icons before I even read the footnote. :)

This was wonderful!
May. 10th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I thought the note on the icons would help those people who are new this season, but I was hoping people would figure out what I was doing.
May. 10th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
You know, I clicked on this without seeing who you'd chosen, and when you mentioned the hat, I knew who it must be :D This was a very thorough intro!
May. 10th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
I have many pink-themed icons, but no icons of me wearing a pink hat, LOL!

I'm such a dork - I forgot about the userhead - HA! *blush*

Edited at 2013-05-10 06:36 pm (UTC)
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May. 10th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
awwwwww!!! delightful!
May. 10th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks!
May. 10th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
I liked this very much. You've capture her enthusiastic disposition (comfortable in any setting), and her widely ranging interests very well!
May. 10th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Because of her love for SF/fantasy, I thought it would be fun to make her a shapeshifter.
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May. 10th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I thought it might be a great way to introduce people to her many sides.
May. 10th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
The setting here was really strong - I like how you gave her such a fun environment to move through in all the different personas!
May. 10th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed that aspect of it, since I tried to confine my description mainly to how she personally was changing and to allow other details to be inferred by that. The fact that it nevertheless constructed a rich setting in your head makes me feel that technique worked.
May. 10th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
This entry has wonderful atmosphere, and really gives her a sense of fun and intrigue.
May. 10th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I liked the idea of her being an almost light-filled being who was shifting and glimmering as she moved between different groups. She's always struck me as someone with an inner glow.
May. 10th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Ro before I got to the end. Nice job! AW
May. 10th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad that her personality came through for someone who's known her about as long as I have.
May. 10th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I like how you presented social chameleon Ro moving from group to group here. :)
May. 10th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have to admit, I enjoyed writing this so much that I think it's better than anything I could have written to introduce myself.
May. 10th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Brava! ::claps::

Lady Jane - LJ - so creative! Well done!
May. 10th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
*bows* Thank you!

I'd hoped Lady Jane would be picked up by somebody. Lady Jane Iffington = LJ Idol :)
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May. 11th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Our own woman of many faces and mysteries--excellent intro!
May. 13th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I like that phrase: "woman of many faces and mysteries."
May. 11th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
This is really nice -- I think you've captured how enjoyable she is to talk with, and definitely the icon changability! :)
May. 13th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's exactly what I was trying to capture.
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