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text 2016-06-30 22:04
The 50 Question Tag

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I prefer to have all doors closed when I sleep, but since we only have closet doors, not doors to the rooms, I keep the closet doors closed at least (and I have a curtain to close off some of the many doors in this house).

2. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I don't use those kinds of sheets.

3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

No. Of course not.

4. Do you cut out coupons and never use them?

No. If I do cut out coupons, I use them, but I rarely do.

5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?

If it was only a few bees, then I'd definitely go for that - though I hope the poor things won't actually sting me, because I think that will kill them.

6. Do you have freckles?

Yes, at least in the summer.

7. Do you always smile for pictures?

A little, but not too much, because it makes me look so fat.
But really, I don't like having my picture taken.

8. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Not really, but I have on occasion used a pedometer to keep track of my exercise.

9. Have you ever peed in the woods?

Of course, as a child.

10. What about pooped in the woods?

No.

11. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

I did as a child, but not anymore.

12. What’s your song of the week?

I don't have one, I usually listen to relatively old music (up to ten years old or more).

13. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

If they want to - but I don't like pink on anyone so it wouldn't be a hit with me.

14. Do you still watch Cartoons?

Yes, or at least animated movies.

15. What do you drink with dinner?

Mainly water, sometimes mineral water, very rarely some kind of fruit use or Pink Lemonade, which is a new favorite for me.

16. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

I don’t eat chicken nuggets…I'm vegan. When I eat the vegan equivalent of chicken I don't dip the pieces.

17. What’s your favourite food?

Different kind of vegetables - particularly raw vegetables like avocados and tomatoes or mushrooms, zucchini and cauliflower.

18. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No, but my mom was. Not my scene.

19. Would you ever strip or pose naked for a magazine?

No, never.

20. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?

No, I don't drive.

21. Favorite kind of sandwich?

Homemade bread with some of the vegetables I mentioned above.

22. Best thing to eat for breakfast?

Bread.

23. What’s your usual bedtime?

Very late.

24. Are you lazy?

My mom tells me I am, yes.

25. What is your Chinese astrology sign?

I don't like my Chinese astrology sign.

26. How many languages can you speak?

Swedish, English, some French, a little bit of German, Italian and Spanish.

27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

Yes, my family and I subscribe to a vegan magazine.

28. Are you stubborn?

I suppose so, to some extent.

29. Are you afraid of heights?

A little, but I'm more afraid of looking up than looking down.

30. Do you sing in the car?

I don't sing and I very rarely travel by car, so no.

31. Do you ever dance in the car?

No, not in the car or anywhere else.

32. Ever used a gun?

No, but I'd like to, since both my grandfathers used to shoot and won trophies. I wouldn't want to own a gun though, so I guess that won't work out.

33. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Unless you count the photo I had to get for my ID, years ago, when I was a child.

34. Do you think muscles are cheesy?

It depends.

35. Favorite type of fruit pie?

Hm. I think I'll go with strawberry, though that's not a fruit, I know, so I guess it will have to be apple.
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36. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be an archaeologist (or an astronaut LOL).

37. Do you believe in ghosts?

I'm not sure. I've experienced some things that seem to be inexplicable, but who can tell?

38. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?

Yes, frequently.

39. First concert?

I never go to concerts, except a few times in churches and other places like that. To be specific, it's been classical music, nothing more modern. They're more calm.

40. Nike or Adidas?

No, I wear 'vegan' shoes.

41. Ever take dance lessons?

Yes, ballet lessons as a child. It wasn't a success so I quit.

42. Regularly burn incense?

No.

43. Who would you like to see in concert?

No one? I'm not into concerts. I prefer to listen to music in the privacy of my home.

44. Hot tea or cold tea?

Hot.

45. Tea or Coffee?

Tea, though I'm not really into hot beverages.

46. Can you swim well?

Yes, at least I used to as a child. I'm told you need to practice so maybe not anymore.

47. Are you patient?

I can be, sometimes and sometimes not.

48. DJ or band at a wedding?

Neither, I think.

49. Which are better, black or green olives?

Black.

50. Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?

Probably a fictional world, if I could choose which one or at least if it was better than this world, which it would have to be.

 

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Source: mybookfile.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/the-50-questions-tag
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text 2016-04-23 19:10
Getting to Know Me
  1. 1. I have a bad Southern accent.
  2. 2. I attended college for 2.5 semesters. Majored in Art Education, minored in English. Made Dean's list both completed semester.

3. I got married when I was 19, and I am still married to him 12 years later. Ha, haters!

4. I have done everything from waiting tables to bookkeeping to cutting keys and mixing paint to door-to-door sales.

5. My parents divorced when I was 7.

6. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder coupled with depression, trauma-induced anxiety (which is like a drawn-out version of PTSD) and "Adult Child of an Alcoholic" syndrome.

7. I have a small zoo. 3 adult cockatiels and 4 babies, a pineapple green cheek conure, 4 cats, one dog, a corn snake and a betta fish.

8. I have huge crushes on: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, LL Cool J, Christian Kane, Karl Urban, Chrissie Teigan, Bernice from South Beach Tow, Candice DeLong, and Joe Manganiello.

9. I am Libertarian. I believe in Live and Let Live. I am pro-gun, pro-choice, pro-LGBTQPA, and I think all religions are valid to those who value them.

10. I am the daughter of a master gunsmith. I am armed. If you try to assault or rob me, you will regret it.

11. I am addicted to online shopping and hoarding ebooks.

12. My favorite shows are: The Golden Girls, anything on Investigation Discovery, SWAT Kats, Lip Sync Battle, Impractical Jokers, Bar Rescue, anything with Gordon Ramsay, Power Rangers, The Grinder and Grandfathered

13. My favorite movies are: Much Ado About Nothing (both the 90s version and the Joss Whedon one), The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog, Pacific Rim, Speed Racer, The Expendables, Battleship, Red and TMNT

14. Favorite bands: Breaking Benjamin, Imagine Dragons and the Beach Boys

15. Favorite foreign singer: Ayumi Hamasaki

16. First car: a 1990 Toyota Camry with a massive oil leak and 250,000 miles on it

17. My father has an entire room in his basement called the library, and it is true to its name.....if libraries only carry nonfiction war stories, Gun Digest, The Shooter's Bible, Guns & Ammo, and every version of Theodore Roosevelt's biography.

18. I collect stuffed animals, Windstone Editions figures, records, ceramic bunnies and yarn

19. My car is called the Red Ranger.

20. I talk too much.

 

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url 2016-04-22 16:31
The Shocking Truth About Info Dumps - Writer Unboxed

photo by Rudy Eng via Flickr

 

I’m continuing to write about backstory because it continues to be a topic that confounds writers — and not just any old topic, but a seminal topic. Because backstory is the heart of your novel, without it you will just have a bunch of surface things that happen. In fact, you not only need to create your protagonist’s story-specific backstory before you shove her onto page one, that very backstory will be on the first page ...

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review 2016-03-11 07:50
Rewolucyjne info czyli co, jak i dlaczego?
 Rewolucyjne Info - A. Slaughtre

Rewolucyjne Info” można nazwać świadectwem psychozy afektywnej napisanej przez człowieka doświadczonego tą chorobą. Z kilkudziesięciu notatek, z których składa się ta książka, wyłania się obraz postępującej destrukcji psychicznej i społecznej człowieka dotkniętego psychozą afektywną. Chorobą, którą – jak sam pisze – z dużym prawdopodobieństwem zafundował sobie poprzez bardzo liberalny stosunek do narkotyków, a konkretnie marihuany i amfetaminy.

 

Zaczęło się to jeszcze w Holandii w trakcie wakacji roku dwutysięcznego. „Kontynuowało się”, jeśli można tak powiedzieć, przez kolejny rok z mniejszymi lub większymi przerwami dopóty, dopóki nie zdałem sobie sprawy z tego, że zachorowałem w dużej mierze właśnie dzięki tak wiernemu przywiązaniu się do „Marii”.

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Jeśli natomiast chodzi o amfetaminę, to jest ona bezsprzecznie wstępem do wszelkiej maści psychoz. Istnieje nawet fachowy termin medyczny – „psychoza poamfetaminowa”. Tak więc nie tylko „proch” niszczy pamięć, nie tylko zaburza działanie neuroprzekaźników, ale też może spowodować ciężką chorobę.

 

Rewolucyjne Info” można przy okazji potraktować jako publikację profilaktyczną. Powinien po nią sięgnąć każdy, komu choć przez chwilę przeszła myśl o wejściu do „narkotycznego raju”.

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review 2016-02-16 20:34
The Dark Days Club
The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel) - Alison Goodman

[I received a copy of this book through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.]

3,5 stars. A bit slow, but I realised I didn't mind this: mostly it was due to the depiction of Regency Era daily life for a young noblewoman debuting in society, and considering that this was one of the stakes in the narrative, it felt appropriate.

In 1812 London, with London wary about the advance of Napoleon Bonaparte in Europe, Lady Helen Wrexhall is coming of age under the watchful eye of her aunt and uncle, who brought her and her brother up after their parents drowned at sea. While Helen's life seems perfect in many ways considering the times and her place in society (she has, after all, a title, fame, and money), her family's history keeps casting a shadow on her reputation: her mother was rumoured to be a traitor to the crown, and because of that “stain”, it is of the utmost importance that she remains a proper lady in all circumstances. And “proper lady” involves many things that she is not, and not so many things that she is—that is, full of wit and energy, and eager to learn (she is skilled in Latin and natural philosophy, among other things... all matters that were tolerated when she was a “girl”, but won't fit a “grown-up woman”).

The writing style in general was fluid and the descriptions pleasant. A great deal of the narrative deals with the dichotomy in Helen's life. She tries to conform to what her aunt and uncle expect from her, but with a certain degree of unease: should she shun her mother like her uncle demands her to, publicly denouncing her as a traitor, or keep her head high and remember the loving mother she only for the first eight years of her life? And all the while, she discovers more and more troubling truths about the world she's always taken for granted. Truths involving a dark and dashing young lord rumoured to have murdered his wife, a group of people with noble and less noble motives, and perhaps also her mother's activities.

I liked Helen in general: headstrong but not too stupid to live; willing to discover the truth but also frightened by it and trying to understand what she really wanted (and wanted to do);doing what she could to fit in yet frustrated by all the limitations placed upon her both by society and by her family. Her relationship with Darby was strong, a beautiful budding friendship rather than a simple maid-and-lady relationship, with mutual respect and trust.

The supernatural aspect is fairly “easy” and traditional—creatures living hidden amidst humans, feeding upon them, vs. a group of men and women dedicated to fighting them—but all in all, it worked, and it brought enough dark elements and secrets to keep me entertained and interested. Obviously enough, Helen finds herself embroiled into their activities, and torn between her perceived duties as a lady and her perceived duties regarding those truths she uncovered. Trifling matters? Perhaps, but to be expected in relationship to her social position. Balancing supernatural activities in secret when you're still dependent on a male parent (who also controls all your money and watches you to make sure you're not going to turn “evil” like your mother)... Well, it's not so easy, and more is at stake than just being grounded for a few days. Helen's struggles to come to terms with what *she* wanted to do—she, not her uncle, or her brother, or her aunt, or Carlston, or even her mother—felt true, and highlighted the general struggles of other women of that era: does one have to remain stuck in a role defined by others, or can she hope to decide on her own life?

I got a bit tired of the overall slowness (and some info-dumping) around the middle of the novel, to be honest—although it fortunately picked up in the last part, there were some places where I wished the plot would move faster, or that the action scenes were more intense (Helen wasn't exactly a fighter in those, and her being a spectator rather than an actor also impeded the narrative's rhythm). The descriptions and everyday life would likely be good for a reader wanting to read about those, but not so much if one is in another mood.

I also found that other characters weren't as fleshed out as Helen, and I wish I could have gotten to know them better. In a way, I'm glad that the romance part was far from being a huge subplot, because I would've needed to feel more about Carlston for that.

All in all I liked this story and will gladly pick the next volume... although I hope its rhythm will be a bit faster.

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