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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

A paper shredder, Estée by Estée Lauder, rubber floor mats for my car, a facial, new glasses and contacts, and some Legos for nostalgia's sake.

...With a list like that, I feel old.

And we give up easily

Someone once told me that making a list of what you did and did not accomplish in a day can be a great way to motivate yourself to do those unaccomplished tasks. Let's find out.

Things That I Have Failed To Do TodayCollapse )


Writer's Block: Food glorious food

If you could get a free, unlimited supply of one food for life, what would you choose?

Conch salad, baby. I would give my firstborn child for a lifetime supply. You think I'm kidding XD

This was a favorite treat when I was a kid. However, it took a lot of time and effort to cut everything, and we would eat it up so fast that my mom would only let us make it several times a year.

I looked at some online recipes to compare with mine, and I don't understand all the fuss about throwing hot peppers into it. Trappey's Bull always did the trick for us.

Writer's Block: Round and round

Is there any song you could listen to 20 times in a day without ever losing interest?

"Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Trap.  This song still gives me the chills.

Song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C8e7nNLZNs

And almost everything by the Eagles, but I especially adore these:

Peacful Easy Feeling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44A9iDQNrss

Best of My Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaO-kgG7eCQ

Writer's Block: Welcome back, old friends

What is the best returning TV show of 2010? How long before it jumps the shark?

Mad Men!

Hopefully, the show's brilliant writers will finish the show before it can jump the shark.  I expect an ending within the next season or two.
What is the best new TV series of 2010?

The Walking Dead.  Not your typical zombie story.  Though watching this show makes me worry about how I would survive a post-pandemic world...

I have to award an honorable mention to Starz's eight-part miniseries The Pillars of the Earth because it is so so so awesome.  Strong, super amazing female characters, vengeance, romance, cathedral building, religious/political backstabbing, and Eddie Redmayne ♥♥♥.  I wish there were a more active fandom for it because, goodness, the series was amazing.

Writer's Block: Ready, steady, read

What is the best book you've read this year, and why?

Wow, this is a toughie.  There are four books that win that title this year, but I will mention two of them here:

(1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Although marketed to young adults, this is a great read for adults as well.  This first-person narrative follows a year in the life of a quirky American Indian boy, Arnold Spirit, Jr. (a.k.a. Junior), who transfers from his reservation's high school to a predominantly white school in a nearby town.  The novel highlights many of the issues Indians on reservations face, including struggles with poverty, addiction, depression, and racism.  Junior's humor and his will to persevere are the high points of the story and make this such an inspiring novel.

(2) Testimony by Anita Shreve.  A scandalous sex tape of students from a private school in the Northeast is leaked, creating loads of controversy within their small town and ruining the lives of several people.  Moral of the story: Making sex tapes, texting nude photos of oneself, drunkenness, and other activities of this nature can have devastating real-world consequences.  This should be a mandatory read for high school students.

Now, back to studying :(

Writer's Block: Cover me

Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

Two songs immediately come to mind:

(1) David Archuleta's cover of Angels.  Loved loved loved it. This was his best release post-American Idol.  All the original songs that followed were mediocre and failed to showcase his amazing voice.

(2) Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah.  I've heard several covers of this song, but it was always Buckley's version that stood out to me.

Oh, Oh, Oh, I'm on Fire.

Perhaps this isn't the best topic to start off with in a first post, but it's the most exciting thing that has happened to me since Monday.

I got burned.Collapse )