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Writer's Block: Get in my belly
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What is your mother’s specialty dish? In other words, what food makes you salivate at the thought of it?

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My mother is the absolute worst cook and has no specialties.  She doesn't know the meaning of comfort food.  Her insistence on making on a bland, insipid meal every night actually inspired me to make a tumblog in honor of her creations.  If only I'd kept up with it...

Writer's Block: Fast-food TV
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Are there any dreadfully bad TV shows that you wouldn't want your friends to know you watch? Confess! (This is LiveJournal, where we love you unconditionally.)

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I'm obsessed with every incarnation of Degrassi, but I really see no shame in it.  Why keep something so wonderfully bad a secret?

Writer's Block: It's always summer
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If you could only live in one season for the rest of your life, which would you choose, and why?

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Spring!  You know, the circle of life and all that.  I love the renewal of life after a cold, dark winter.  And spring is so pretty with the blooming trees and flowers.  Spring by nature is volatile, and I like that.  One day could be cold and the next could be hot, but mostly it's somewhere in the middle. There's lots of sunshine, but lots of rain.  No bugs yet.  Not too humid.  It's just perfect.  I love it.  I wish it could be spring forever and ever and ever. 

Writer's Block: I wanna be just like you
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Was there ever a fictional character who you admired so much that you strived to be like him or her?

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Mary Poppins!!!!!!

Or Daisy Steiner.  But I kind of already am her a little bit.

NaNoWriMo
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 I've started National Novel Writing Month for the first time.

I can't say that it's actually my goal to finish within the month, but it will give me the motivation to write more than I usually do.  

I write quite a bit, but I've never actually finished a novel I've started.  I think this will be different.  For one, this inspiration literally came to me in a dream.  I know, how Stephenie Meyer of me. But without being too arrogant, I think it's safe to say I am a better writer than her.  Secondly, I'm writing an actual story.  In the past I think most of my stories have been memoirs disguised as fiction, and those are a bit too soul-baring to ever publish or even finish.  And lastly, I am HANDWRITING.  I know that this probably won't work for NaNoWriMo, but maybe I won't submit my word count anyway.  

I really do enjoy handwriting.  It slows the story down.  When I type, my fingers go faster than my brain and I forget what I'm talking about.  I'm also much less critical of myself when I handwrite.   And it just reminds me of my childhood.  I used to handwrite stories all the time and it's fun to just curl up anywhere with a pad of paper and scribble away.

I won't say what I'm writing, but I'd say my real goal is to get it all down within the next 2 months.  The hard part is not neglecting my school work.

Synesthesia
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So I realized today I totally have time-space synasthesia. This accounts for my crazy-good memory (like I can remember things from when I was 2) and my good sense of direction too, I suppose. I always get mad at people that have a poor sense of direction and get lost, but I realize their brains don't work the same way. I picture the yearly calendar, weekly calendar, time throughout the day, alphabet, number line, years, and probably other things very visually in my head in a specific way that doesn't change, but I can move through it. Like today is Friday, so I'm on the Friday spot and the other days are relative to it. I thought everybody did this. I guess not!

"Time-space synaesthesia is a form of visuo-spatial synaesthesia in which individuals experience units of time - such as hours, days, or months - as occupying specific locations in space relative to their own body."

It's very weird. A lot of them I picture in a black space, like outer space or something, especially the number line and letters.

My calendar starts with January, goes down to September in a straight line, that curves up counterclockwise back up to January, so it's rather skewed, but it makes sense in my head.

I picture the alphabet always left to right

numbers I picture bottom to top, 1 starting at the bottom. I think this is why I was always just average at arithmetic. I would picture the differences between the numbers in subtraction and addition, rather than memorizing.

I picture the years going backwards in time from top-left to bottom-rightish. at 1900, a new row starts, and at each new century, a new row starts. when i'm thinking of the future, I turn and look up the line, and when I'm thinking of the past, I turn and look down the line.

I picture the week Sunday through Saturday, left to right, but then saturday somehow loops back around and touches the next sunday.

time goes throughout the day bottom-left to top-right, it just keeps going as in infinite line and never loops back around. At night, sometimes I just picture the time going up a straight line.

I want to draw pictures of all these, especially my calendar!

Sixth grade time capsule
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My mom just found a letter my brother wrote from 2000 that said "Do not open until 2010"

Well I decided to pull out my own sixth grade time capsule. I think the first answers are from the fall and the 1998 answers are from the spring. I was clearly awesome. So was my (math and science) teacher.

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You'd be surprised how many people come into my pool that can't tell time. I work at a college for god's sakes! I used to just point to the clock when people asked me what time it was, but now I realized they really can't tell time. Ooh baby baby it's a scary ass world.

I wish I had thought of this
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RunPee.com

If you always have to pee during movies, (stop drinking the damn icees!) this handy site tells you just when to leave for a bathroom break so you don't miss anything! I kind of love it.

Although sometimes I want to stay longer in the bathroom...cough...Hannah Montana Movie.

I haven't been to the movies much lately. I saw Lymelife, which I guess came out in 2008, but just came to theaters, and Star Trek. The first was hella depressing and like any American Beauty/Ordinary People/Revolutionary Road trapped in suburbia movie. The latter...well...it was Star Trek.

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Is there a free web hosting service with no ads??

k thx.

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