Tags: writer's block


Writer's Block: Over and Over

What book have you re-read the most number of times, and why is it so worthy of repeated readings? Do you pick up new plot points or details each time, or do you simply find comfort in spending time with a favorite storyline and characters?

I have 2 answers to this, kinda.

The book I like to reread PARTS of is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Because it's beautiful and angsty, and I like my lead characters tortured by their love, tyvm!

The book I've reread the most overall is Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jean-Paul Sartre. Because it's beautiful and angsty, and I like my lead characters tortured by their love ... see a pattern? XD I think this one is especially powerful because, as an existentialist, Sartre shall we say is not quite bound by the need to give his novels happy endings - rather, philosophical messages on the human condition. So this book packs a massive punch as a result.
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Writer's Block: Hey Mr. DJ, keep playing this song…

What music lifts you up when you’re feeling down?

The best mood-lifter song of all time for me is "A Little Respect" by Erasure.

I dare ya. Dare ya!!! Double-dog dare ya!!! Just TRY to stay in a sad mood when you listen to it!! =D =D

I was going through a very traumatic break-up, and this song started to play.

Before it started, I was like:

By the first chorus, I was like:

By the second verse, I was totally:

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Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

I was at home, completely unawares, and getting ready for work, when the planes hit the World Trade Center. My husband called me to tell me to turn on the TV, and that the buildings were on fire. At the time, I remember that engineers knew pretty immediately that the South Tower was going to fall. But since the North Tower had sustained less damage - so they thought - the engineers at the time thought it might stand, at least for a few hours, if not a few days.

I remember all the news stations not having commercials, for an entire week.

I remember the Congressmen of both parties singing together - I think it was God Bless America.

I remember the skies being completely silent - and considering I live right by a major airport,
to call that "eerie" is an understatement.

I remember the rumors of people in the WTC collapse who had been able to survive by "riding" the floors down. (If only ...)

I remember being able to do nothing except donate money to the Red Cross.

I remember a specific newscaster (who used to be known for being very a rather snarky asshat at times) - quietly talking to a teenage girl on the air a few days after the attack. Her aunt was by her side, holding her hand tightly. The girl's mom worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 90-something-th floor of the North Tower and was missing - the girl was still hoping beyond hope that she was still alive. Uncharacteristically for the newscaster, he let her talk, without interruption, and said nothing at all, but just the deadened look in his eyes, and the pity in his eyes, said it all ...

What I remember MOST, though - and I think what we take for granted now - is that nobody knew what was going on that day. Rumors were flying. That's what made it so scary to me. There were reports of car bombs in DC outside major government buildings. There were reports of missing flights near Chicago, and possible explosions there. The plane that hit the Pentagon, and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania, were largely discounted as "rumors" at first, because unlike the World Trade Center, there was NO camera footage - and there were dozens such rumored reports of missing flights.

That was what was scariest to me - the uncertainty that it wasn't over.
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Writer's Block: Killer Queen

What's your favorite Queen song, and why?

Pretty much anything off Queen II. That's not an album I would start a new Queen fan on (personally I started off with their greatest hits album rofl) - but I think that if you are a big Queen fan, then it's completely unsurpassed. You hear the beginnings of all the orchestral, rock and choral components that Queen would later become famous for. They all start on this album - I love it!

My personal favorite (off that album, of course) is "March of the Black Queen", because much like BoRap, it's subdivided into multiple orchestral/rock segments, each with it's own personality.

Most of my favorite songs by Queen aren't the hugely popular ones. I think this is for two reasons:

#1 I tend to dislike things that are overly popular (thus why <3 March of the Black Queen, because it's so much LIKE BoRap, without BEING BoRap, kwim?)
#2 At least in the early days, the majority of Queen's work was of such phenomenal quality, that even the hits aren't necessarily standouts in terms of quality (like ... the guitar solo in Brighton Rock. Nobody has ever heard of that song, but I completely challenge anyone to point out a song where Brian May has a better guitar solo - this one blows everything else out of the freaking water!)
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Writer's Block: AIDS Walk

Do you think there will be a cure for AIDS in your lifetime? Why or why not?

I would love this, but I really don't think so. I've taken a course in HIV and it gave me an appreciation for just how intelligent this virus is.

It's a virus which works in an incredibly intelligent way, and hides in random places inside our DNA to protect itself. In order to "cure" it, you'd need to be able to not only stop replication and the life cycle of the virus (which is how our current drugs work), but also be able to get it OUT of our existing DNA. Since it hides in random places, there's no one way to find it - let alone excise it! And as soon as you figure out a way, the virus has mutated and your drug is useless. Even in the case of the patient who was "cured" of HIV because he got a certain bone marrow transplant (which was specific to him and wouldn't work on a large scale), the actual cells in his body which had the virus in them STILL have the virus (it just won't replicate any more because the transplant made that impossible).

So ... no. Our understanding of genomics (my favorite subject in pharmacy school btw) isn't nearly advanced enough to be able to predict and prevent how HIV fuses itself with our DNA. Until that happens, there is no way there will be a cure. And we're a long way from that point =(