Posts tagged ‘writer’s block’

December 7, 2009

Writer’s Block: Time in a bottle

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

June 18, 2009

Writer’s Block: You’re a Winner!

In the first grade, there was a school carnival during the weekend and I won $200 in a raffle.

In the summer of 1999, I was in a clothing store in the Atlanta, Georgia area. There was a drawing to win an iMac. A couple months later when I was back in Baltimore, I found out that I had one a blueberry iMac! This actually altered my life a lot. For one, I wasn’t that interested in computers before this. Sure, I was one of the first people at my school to start using the internet in 1994 when it was still uncommon. But I didn’t care much about the programs on the computer or anything other than just signing onto AOL. I found that even using basic, common applications was a huge headache and I just didn’t really "get" computers, how they worked, why they behaved in a certain way, and why they kept crashing, haha! Getting an Apple computer changed all that. I found out I was just not into Windows but I immediately took a liking to my iMac and the Mac OS (which was OS 8 at the time). I started using programs on there and learned a lot about computers and eventually ended up taking classes in college in Interactive and Graphic Design. I am now majoring in Information Technology at school. I use my computer for many different reasons now, including recording my music. Being comfortable with this technology has changed me personally and professionally. Having a better grasp at the Mac OS helped me to eventually become better at understanding Windows as well. I still need to become familiar with Linux but that will happen in the not-too-distant future as I have to take a course in school on this anyway. 

It just goes to show you that little things can alter your life. If I had decided to not enter that contest or not even go to that store at all, I would not have won the computer and who knows what I would be majoring in at school right now, if anything.

February 2, 2009

Writer’s Block: Been There, Done That

I’m assuming this question is being asked because it’s Groundhog Day and there’s that movie.
Let me ask another question here:
Is there a real point to Groundhog Day? I mean, really?

January 30, 2009

Writer’s Block: Spoilers Below the Cut

This has happened to me so many times. Even if I say "Please stop, I don’t want to know any details about the movie whatsoever", the person will keep talking. I have a friend in particular who always does this and has spoiled movies and season finales I was stoked about seeing. You know who you are. (It’s okay, though, I’m still your friend). I know that there are some people who want to know the details or the spoiler but I will specifically ask certain people to stop talking about it and they”ll keep on going.

I could give some examples that would make you go "OH! That’s bad! They really ruined that for you!" But they would be spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen those movies.

January 29, 2009

Writer’s Block: You Wouldn’t Understand

My best friend mandimercedes and I have quite a few different inside sayings. But if you follow the show, then you are up to date on our phrases and words, haha. Sometimes, we don’t even use words. For example, when something happens that makes us feel like our heads are about to explode, we re-enact this:

Warning: May make you feel sick to watch this, or may make you laugh uncontrollably.

January 21, 2009

Writer’s Block: Open Arms

When I met the members of the band Atari Teenage Riot back in 1997 at the 9:30 Club in D.C., they unexpectedly gave me hugs and kisses on the cheeks. But I’m definitely not complaining. Carl Crack even kissed me on the lips.
My then-boyfriend and I, along with our friends, waited outside after the show. The band walked out. I went up to talk to them and was going to shake their hands, but they were all *hugs* instead of shaking my hand, which was cool. I was only 16 years old and I was obsessed with that band at the time, so I was like YAYYYYY. Hanin Elias was like "We’re Germans. We hug and kiss you on the cheek, that’s what we do!" It was so cute. And then when I met Carl Crack, he hugged me, kissed me on the cheeks. Then paused and grabbed my face and kissed my mouth. My then-boyfriend wasn’t mad about it at all. He was like "It’s okay, he’s allowed." Again, I was only 16 so I was like OMFG! These hugs weren’t totally spontaneous, but they still made my month. Then Carl came out of their van and brought me cantelopes and other fruits and was like "Here’s a present for you!" He was so nice. The sad thing is that Carl Crack died in 2001.

Another hug out of nowhere was when I was at Angel’s Rockbar. A girl came up from behind me and gave me a hug and was like "Rebecca?! How have you been?" (Don’t remember the name. I’m just using Rebecca). I was like "I’m sorry, I’m not Rebecca". She was like "Don’t you remember me? We used to ride horses together. It’s been years since I’ve seen you." I said "That’s definitely not me, but it’s okay – these things happen." She hugged me again and gave me a kiss on the cheek and she’s like "That’s okay that you don’t remember me. But it’s really good to see you. I’ve missed you". The girl did not seem the least bit drunk.

Then there was the time that I was at an art viewing. A lady came up to me with a huge smile and gave me a hug. She was like "I finally found you". She said I must be of a certain Native American tribe (I forget the tribe’s name). I told her that my grandmother was half Native American but that she was from another tribe. I told her that I was half Asian-American and so maybe that’s why she thought that. But she insisted that I was a textbook example of the traits and features that they had and that there are hardly any of that tribe in Maryland. She told me her job is researching this particular tribe.

January 4, 2009

Writer’s Block: Church and State

I don’t think that the government should interfere with polygamist marriages – the same way I don’t think they should make same sex marriages illegal. As long as everyone is consenting to it and truly wants it, then the government should not interfere. That doesn’t mean I want to be in a polygamist marriage or that I would have to be. It wouldn’t invalidate monogamist relationships. If it works for someone else, then let them be I say. It’s also interfering with their religion, if it’s done for a religious reason. Whether or not you agree, if that’s what they truly believe, since it’s not hurting anyone else if they are all consenting and agreeing to it, then I say it’s fine. Of course, there is the issue of children. People will debate whether or not it’s good to raise children in that environment. But the reality is, people are going to do it anyway. They’ll either move to Utah (where I don’t believe it’s legal, but seems to be decriminalized) or be unofficially married – the same way that gay people are still partners if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize same sex marriages.

I emphasize that everyone should be consenting. If someone is a bigamist in the sense that he leaves his wife in the middle of the night, disappears with no contact, is still married but then marries someone else, that’s not consenting obviously, so that should be illegal.

I know the recent news about the polygamist compounds makes many people think it should be illegal. And I think what they are accused of is wrong. But not all polygamists live in compounds like that.

We can also debate how much rights, tax breaks, health benefits, etc. that everyone would get in a marriage like that. And that’s fine. But as far as whether or not the government should say that they should not be married at all, I don’t think they should.

There is part of me that says, that type of marriage just doesn’t seem right and if the government doesn’t make it illegal, then it will seem like it’s normal and there’s nothing wrong with it. But the government also doesn’t require you to know someone for a certain amount of time. I could meet you tonight in Vegas and get married. It’s legal, but most people still don’t think it’s "right" or "normal." The government doesn’t say that you shouldn’t be married because you’ve broken up 38 times. It doesn’t say that you verbally abuse your significant other, so you shouldn’t be married, either. So if more than 2 adults want to marry each other, whether it’s a healthy relationship or not, the government shouldn’t be the one to decide.

December 25, 2008

Writer’s Block: Use Your Power

If I had to pick only one, it would be teleportation.

Others would be:

  • Invisibility
  • Time traveling without changing the future (unless I wanted to change something)
  • Flying
  • Having a perfect body without any effort or plastic surgery
  • Mind reading
  • Telekinesis
  • Healing myself and others
  • Being able to ask out a guy on a date
  • Making money/food/items appear from nowhere (without taking them away from someone else. I could create them like that).

I could turn on or off these as I pleased.

November 9, 2008

Writer’s Block: Idiomatic Confusion

There are a bunch that don’t make a lot of sense. But here are the ones I can think of right now:

  • Clean as a whistle – Aren’t there a lot of germs in one?
  • Cute as a button – When was the last time you heard someone raving about how cute a button was? I should start saying Cute as a Kitten, haha. JK.
  • Could care less – It’s not that the saying doesn’t make sense but that people say it wrong. The correct saying is "I couldn’t care less". Think about it.
  • Fat chance – Wouldn’t that mean you have a big chance? Slim chance makes sense.
  • Dense – Calling someone dense means they’re dumb. But when I think of someone’s brain as being dense, I think that it’s highly compacted with information, making them smart, not stupid. Then again, dense also can mean "thick; difficult to penetrate" so it could mean if their brain is dense, then it’s hard to get things through. I guess it just depends on how you look at it. It’s probably not the best adjective to use.
  • LOL – It used to mean Laughing Online. But people use it when they’re texting or otherwise not "online". Now it means Laughing Out Loud. But most of the time someone uses LOL, they’re not really laughing out loud. (People aren’t actually rolling on the floor, laughing when they used "ROFL" but we know that it’s meant figuratively).
August 7, 2008

Writer’s Block: Less Than Idle Hands

         Just a couple of the things I do:

  • I twist/tug/pull my hair.

  • I knock on wood, hoping that whatever I’m worried about won’t happen.

  • Sometimes when I have to talk about something serious and uncomfortable, I will laugh; even though what I’m talking about is not funny. When this happens, I can’t help it.