Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:39 pm
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If you had to sum up your life as it currently is with one small phrase, what would it be? What do you want it to be?

Right now I am "Figuring s#!t out." I want to "Continue being Awesome." All the while I will continue to "Pay attention."
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Having cast off the shackles of sleep at 6 this morning, I'm ready to face the day. I don't have a lot going on, surprisingly, but enough to keep me busy.

Talked with a good friend for 2 hours on the phone last night. The subject wasn't good, but talking to him was. Made me realize how much I miss being back in New York, as much as I like it down here.

What are you up to today? Feel like stopping by for some coffee? Want to help me clean the house in anticipation of the arrival of Maria's parents next week? Great! Grab a mop!

Seriously, what's up with you today?


Oct. 28th, 2008 08:15 am
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I know you've had mornings like this, where you feel like you want to say something important, draw people in with your words and leave them all feeling as though they've just finished reading something important, or at least interesting. I'm doing that now. I want nothing more than to entertain, whether to make somebody laugh, or to make everybody cry, I just don't know.

But the words won't come out. They're stuck, and I don't know how to unstick them. The best writers, no matter what genre, style, or medium, say that the only way to become a better writer is to write, but I'm not sure that's true. I think there's a gift that lets you turn the faucet knob, allows the ideas to flow out onto the page. I'm not sure I have that, but I'm looking.

What's your biggest secret to drawing people in to your writing? What do you use to elicit feelings from your audience? How do you sell your words to the minds of the semi-interested?


Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:46 am
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Bacon Spinach Tomato sandwiches for lunch coming up in about a half hour. I wonder if my wife is going to remember that I asked her to stop by the store to pick up the tomato portion of lunch before coming home? It's only a third of the name, not too important, so if she forgets I'll have to figure something else out.

I wonder when my own tomato fruits are finally going to go red so I don't have to worry about having my wife pick them up from the store on her way home for lunch.

On that note, I wonder how I know when my Jalapeno peppers are completely ripe? The card that came with them said they mature to red, but I don't think I've ever seen a red jalapeno. Is that just me?

Well, time to go start cooking some bacon. Hopefully it turns out nice and crispy, perfectly tasty, and goes well on bread with spinach and tomato.

I'm wondering if anyone's going to pick up on the fact that I'm just rambling.


Jul. 12th, 2006 08:32 am
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Okay, so I'm feeling kind of out of sorts today, and I'm a bit bored.

Is there anything you'd like to know about me?

How about anything you'd like me to know about you?

Got a story to share?

Somebody, anybody, please? I'm just...only half here today.
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1. Have you ever had an addiction?
~Never anything too serious. Just a caffeine addiction. I know, sounds silly, but I firmly believe that many people are addicted to caffeine and that it will some day be shown that this leads to early heart attacks and death. When caffeine becomes outlawed for its narcotic-like effect (the "perk" you get) and the negative effects on the body (the "death" thing) there will be a great uprising and thousands will die. They will be called the Starbuck Wars for years to come. Who will win? Nobody yet knows, the future is cloudy - probably because I haven't had my coffee yet this morning.

2. Are you afraid of the dark?
~Hmm. No? I don't mind the dark, but I tend to have a very very vivid imagination of what could be in the dark. I dread opening my eyes at night because my mind has pictured someone standing over me, or someone just walking into my room with some kind of weapon. Strangely enough the thought of zombies at night don't scare me so much - they'd have to get in the house and even though I'm a very heavy sleeper most of the time, I'd like to think that someone battering their way into the house would wake me up and if not me then Maria, who would then wake me.

3. What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
~Whatever kind I'm currently eating as long as it's not nasty.

4. Have you ever been to the circus?
~Lots of times. When I got older I started to feel bad for some of the animals. Still, the non-animal acts are usually fun.

5. What do you think of North Korea testing nuclear weapons?
~They want to test? Fine. No problem with that. I think we need to start making sure we have interceptor missles prepped and ready to shoot down anything that might be fired at us. The moment that North Korea fires ON somebody? Yeah, there's unfortunately going to be a lot of loss of life. In North Korea.

Five Things About Me

1. I love playing first person shooter games like Halo, Star Wars Battlefront, Doom III, etc. The problem comes in with the fact that I absolutely suck at them. They're a lot of fun when you're NOT the worst player around. I don't have time to practice at it because I'm working either on the job, around the house, or whatever. I'm a very casual gamer who aspires to be so much more.

2. I don't know how to tell a good story. A good story is supposed to have a beginning, middle, and ending. My stories usually have a beginning, middle, and a fizzle. They just kind of peter out with me saying something like "and I thought it was funny..." while everyone around me looks confused.

3. Before getting me through the American adoption program my parents were going to adopt a young black child. It stuns me to think that my father, who once said that Sherrill (the town I'm from) was getting "weird" because he saw a black man walking down the street*, was going to adopt a black child. Okay, so this one isn't about me, but it's something from my life.

4. I get VERY easily distracted. One of the reasons my room was never clean as a kid was because I would quite often pick up a book from my room and start reading my favorite parts from it. This comes through now when I'm cleaning - books, computer, movies, all these things get in the way. I just tend to be very very moment oriented instead of broad-spectrum.

5. If I could choose only one thing to spend my money on for the rest of my life, assuming that I'd be fed and have a roof over my head, I would choose books. I love books - they can take you places, open your eyes to new ideas, and just about every silly cliche you've ever heard about books is true.

What would you choose?

*My dad's not a bad guy, I swear - he's just from a very secluded town and a very secluded life.
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¡Viva Mexico!

1. Have you ever been to Mexico?
~Never. I might like to go, but I hear something about legalizing lots of really strong drugs, and that kind of frightens me a bit. Have they done this, or is it just a fever-dream of mine?

2. Do you know anyone who is currently in the military?
~My brother Andrew is in the Air Force, as well as an old High School buddy of mine, Matt. So, that would be a yes.

3. What is the last party you attended?
~I'm part of a D&D party, does that count? (Man, I'm lame. *s*)

4. What do you think about President Bush saying that the United States' National Anthem should only be sung in English?
~Well, okay, see, I kind of agree with what he said. It's fine to me that there's a release out there in spanish, but a National Anthem should be sung in the main language of the country that it's from. I wouldn't dream of going to France and singing their National Anthem in english, and I would hope they would return the same courtesy. The same goes for Spain, Germany, all places that have National Anthems. Especially England.

5. French fries or freedom fries?
~I thought this debate was long long gone. French fries. "Freedom fries" were just about the dumbest thing to ever enter the American lexicon.

Thank you.

A Little More About Me

A few (two) people cheated the other day, and asked questions after the deadline. Since I like to talk about myself, this doesn't bother me in the slightest, and I'll answer the questions here.

Here goes:

The awesome [ profile] kimmaline asks in a question titled "I am a narcissistic bitch":
What made you friend me in the first place, and what made you want to become my RL friend?

~Well, I had seen you on [ profile] theferrett, and noted that you seemed witty, intelligent, and friendly. I perused your livejournal for a while, just kind of ghosting in the background. I would usually only read the top entry, and so didn't really know much about you but got snapshots of your life. I think the thing that finally pulled me in was Psycho Fundie Aunt that finally pulled me in. I could commiserate as I have psycho family as well and you wrote creatively even though you were angry. (Many people would take that post and distill it to simply "My Aunt Sucks!") Things just kind of went on from there. I started replying to what you were saying because I felt that I had something to say that might help cheer you up, be humorous, or was at least relevent to the discussion. Then we started talking about life, both through comments and emails, and it just kind of grew from there into a friendship. For me, being friends online, and being friends in RL just kind of go hand in hand - I find you funny, interesting, friendly, etcetera on the 'net, so wanting to meet you in real life is just an extension of that.

"I'm going to break all the rules" [ profile] enchanted_eve asks:
Oh and new multi-question...
How many Characters have you played (Larp wise)...

~Let me think. There was Vincent the Hobling, the old man whose name I can't recall because I only played him for one game (the last game I ran the kitchen incidentally), and strangely enough there are very few other memorable characters that I have played. Sure, I've played in other LARPs like Midland and such, but for some reason my characters never seem to "stick" with me.

and in what way did you like/dislike, identify/not itdentify with them?

~Vincent was an honestly dishonest person. Everyone KNEW he was a sneaky-ish little bastard, and yet everyone loved him. He was helpful when he could be, wasn't afraid to spend money on his appetite both for food and for interesting alchemical substances, and also wasn't afraid to part with his gains (both ill-gotten and fairly won) in order to help protect the town. Sure, people knew he was crooked, but I think they also knew he wouldn't steal from a friend. Much. What I didn't like about Vincent wasn't about him, it was about me. I couldn't move like I wanted him to move, I couldn't pick locks very well, or disarm traps. The things I wanted Vincent to be good at, I wasn't. It kind of killed it for me because I just kept coming up against my own failings. That's life though, I suppose.

The old man, he was fun. I made him as an almost strictly RP character, with magic to back him up if people started causing trouble in his kitchen. He was a healer/mystic and was more generous than any character I've ever played, except when it came to his food because hey, we all need to make a profit. Magic was his first love, cooking his second. I would get so into character with him that cooking on a day when it was over 90 in the shade wasn't a chore so much as a challenge. Actually, I miss playing the old man because I think we need more strictly RP characters at all these LARPs I play in. I identified with the old man because he was lazy, except when it came to working, and then he had a very strong work ethic. That's very much like me. I didn't identify with him because he was a bitter old man, and I'm not old.

I'm currently making a character for Midland based a little off of both. I want to play a pure magic caster, with a little bit of "rogue" added in, but in a non-town-threatening way. Midland, if you can believe it, seems to be even more of a "we're the good guys" focused game, and I don't want to ruin anybody's fun.

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