Tags: writer's block


Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

I'd love the $10 million, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure I could give up the internet. There are so many things that would be so much more difficult without it. Giving up internet would mean:

1. I'd lose contact with friends who live miles away. It's not easy to call everyone and try to keep up with them or write letters. And the post office is dying, so letters may get harder to send anyway. Plus it's expensive and while I may have $10 million, it's still going to eat up a lot of that!

2. Renting movies. Because, let's face it, except for Redbox what movie rental places ARE there anymore? That's right...NETFLIX.

3. Buying books except for at Barnes and Noble. And even they may go by the wayside. And how would I get books for an e-reader? I love my paperback books, but I'd hate to be limited to just the stuff in B&N. And they're the ONLY bookstore around here nowadays.

4. Buying music I really like. Because places around here don't carry what I want. And the only places that DO are in Ireland. So I'd have to fly there to get them. And I'm not even sure you can book tickets without the internet these days.

5. Research. Because most libraries have online catalogs and have gotten rid of old fashioned card catalogs. So how would you even do research without it?

6. Work. Because our system is internet based. And because one of my classes is online. So for some people it would mean giving up school as well.

7. Being able to easily look up directions to places. Every time I need to go somewhere I don't want to have to go down to AAA and get directions or try to do it by a map.

8. Being able to find out events going on in your area.

9. Animal rescue. Besides petfinder, there's all the transports coordinated via the internet. How would we save so many pets if we couldn't communicate?

And I'm sure I'm leaving off TONS of other things besides using it for FB or LJ or the like. It's WAY more than just entertainment these days. It's a huge part of life. And sure I've been without it before. I wasn't much into it until 1999, but the world has CHANGED because of the internet. And I'm not sure it's possible to go back to being without it unless some of those services came back and the whole WORLD changed back. But it's not going to. So no, I can't see myself being able to give up the internet for any sort of money.

Writer's Block: The start of something wonderful

What is your favorite opening line of a book, and why?

Oh this is a good one...

"The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom; that is to say, of a spectral shade."


And now I want to read it again. Damn you LJ for making me! I guess it's that time of the year. I seem to want to reread it about once a year.

Writer's Block: Bitter aftertaste

Do you judge people based on their taste in music? How has musical taste either enhanced or detracted from your relationships (including friends, roommates, and romantic partners)?

Reading through the answers to this question, I discovered that most people don't. I wish I could say I was in that same category. But I'm just not. Music is such a huge part of my life. HUGE, as you guys know. I teach it; I play it; I read about it; I listen to it; I watch DVDs of it; I analyze it; And I just used more semi-colons there than I have in my entire life.

Anyway, music really is a huge part of my life. And I do have pretty particular tastes in music. My main interests are Classical and Irish traditional, though I enjoy other kinds of music. I don't think I judge people as in thinking they are somehow less than me, but I do find myself cringing over some people's musical tastes and realizing I'm totally not open-minded about music.

That being said, this is SO MUCH MORE important for a relationship than friendship. I can roll my eyes over some of the things my friends like and just choose not to listen to it. I'm sure some feel the same about the music I enjoy and love. But when it comes to a relationship I've always needed someone who not only loves the music I do, but plays it and really knows it. David knows quite a bit about classical, though he leaves the more theoretical and analytical stuff up to me. But he does know a lot about chord progressions and he enjoys the music. He REALLY knows Irish trad music, which I picked up in 2003 and continue to learn more and more about. We click musically and that's important to me!

Writer's Block: Nirvana

What is your favorite place in the world? What makes it so meaningful to you? How often do you visit or imagine being there?

The Poulawack Cairn.

Poulawack Cairn

Why yes it IS a pile of rocks, why do you ask?

Ok it's more than just a pile of rocks. It's an ancient burial cairn located on the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. It dates back to c. 3400 BC and when they excavated it in 1935 they found 16 people buried inside it. From what I've read (and I've read the original paper on the excavation; yes I really love this place!), the burials happened over a very long period of time (the first c.3400 BC; others c.1900 BC), which indicated it was a place of great importance. I've been there twice and both times it was just magical. It's not easy to get to. You have to climb up a hill of very uneven limestone rocks and then walk another several hundred feet over the uneven limestones (and over a limestone rock wall) to get out there. Because of this almost NO ONE goes there. Both times we saw just another person or two and the second time we were at the Cairn and the area around it for over 2 hours and no one else showed up.

From the Cairn, you can't see civilization. No houses, no roads, nothing. It's a neat feeling and almost brings you back to when the Cairn was in use. The place is truly magical.

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Writer's Block: Film therapy

Are there any movies you watch when you're feeling anxious or depressed? If so, what are they, and what about them calms you down and/or lifts your spirits?

I have a bunch. For sheer silliness there's Drop Dead Fred, Noises Off!, UHF and Moving Violations. They are just STUPIDLY funny movies that I always end up laughing through. Noises Off! usually forces me into stopping it halfway through in order to catch my breath. I've gotten into asthma attacks I laughed so hard during that one. The others are just movies I really love and think are very funny. And they make me nostalgic for high school!

Movies I just love that can keep my mind off things are the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (it's just fun!) and V for Vendetta (AWESOME MOVIE).

And then there's the Charles Dance Phantom of the Opera, which just puts me in my happy place. *le sigh*

Writer's Block: Raining cats or dogs?

Do you have a decided preference between cats and dogs? Which do you prefer, and why? Would you consider a roommate or partner who had a contrary pet proclivity?

If you don't know the answer to THIS one, then you haven't been paying attention. ;-)

Here's the answer:

Just look at that pretty smile!

So why do I prefer dogs to cats? I guess part of it was my growing up with dogs. I'm familiar with dogs, they were always around. But it's more than that because I had friends with cats and I never felt drawn to them. Dogs, on the other hand, would follow me home all the time.

I like dogs because they want to be with you. They like belly rubs and are very social creatures. I like that you can DO things with them, like going out for a long walk or a hike, or agility or obedience training. I also like that they don't have sharp claws and seem to scratch you for no reason. ;-) My dogs have never dug up my potted plants or scratched me when they no longer wanted to be petted.

Would I date someone who was the opposite? I doubt it. I don't want to live with cats. I'm fine with visiting other people's but even those I sometimes give a wide berth to in case they decide they want to claw me. I also want to be able to enjoy my dog(s) and not have to listen to someone's complaints about what dogs are like. Luckily I have someone who loves dogs as much as I do!

EDITED TO ADD: Reading through people's descriptions of what they hate about dogs is pretty amusing. No, my dog doesn't smell. And no, she doesn't bark either.