September 22nd, 2011

  • roromay

Blocco dello scrittore: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?
Andy Dufresne from "Shawshank Redemption" in "Different Seasons"  Jack Sawyer from "The Talisman" and the kids from "IT" and the ones from "The body - stand by me".I specially like King  sensitive and intense characterization of children and teens.
книги, носороги, путешествия, животные

Вопрос дня: Ваш любимый рецепт

Рецепты каких блюд вы чаще всего ищете в Интернете?
Вы удивительный человек: все-то вы знаете и умеете... Мне много лет, готовлю давно и с удовольствием. Но считаю, что хорошие повара лучше меня знают, какие продукты лучше между собой сочетаются. Какие травы и пряности к чему подходят. Потому у меня много книг, да и пряностей тоже. Захотите - пришлю рецепт испвнского хлебного супа, мексиканского чили, итальянского ризотто? Или конфитюра из бананов с имбирем? 
Пеку хлеб. И в немецких книгах всегда рекомендуется, к каким блюдам лучше всегоподходит именно этот хлеб. По хлебу у меня тоже несколько книг с десятками рецептов в каждой.
Всего Вам доброго и успехов.

megumi

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?


Himself, when he gets all masturbatory and writes himself into the Dark Tower series. "No, Stephen King! You're great! You have to finish the books!" "Well, if you guys think so, I guess it's true. ::Blushes... on his dick::"
  • a11exa

Вопрос дня: Любовь

А я не хочу ничем жертвовать! Я хочу любить с чувством собственного достоинства.
Что главнее в жизни - любовь или чувство собственного достоинства? Готовы ли Вы пожертвовать одним ради другого?

i'm not crazy

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?
I would have to say that my favorite character is Steven Davis in the short story of Lunch at the Gotham Cafe from Everything's Eventual 14 Dark Tales.  I like the way he seem to play nice with the words he speaks but his mind is thinking something totally different in the beginning and the sarcastic comments he make about the crap he has to go throughout the story as it goes. 
unit masked

Writer's Block: Funny people

Are you more of an entertainer who makes others laugh? Or do you prefer to be entertained?


I can be the entertainer, a story teller....with one or two friends. If in a group larger then that, I'm the one in the corner you forget is around. And if the group is larger still, I am probably leaving...entertained or not.
Mississippi Jack

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?
Nick Andros from "The Stand" comes to mind. He's clever and he's kind in such a nice, non-showy kind of way. I started reading a bunch of Stephen King novels this year, and it really surprised me how much I liked the characters. I was all like, "Okay, yeah, this is scary, but I also genuinely don't want these people to be eaten by an evil clown."
  • ion57

Вопрос дня: Страх

Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?
Нет – нет, да и вздрогнет человек от собственной же тени - таков инстинкт боязни тьмы.
И только повернувшись к свету, он избегает власти темноты.


BBrose

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?

I've read so many of his books. One of my friends even made it her mission at one point to track down any Stephen King books I didn't already have or read yet. She really had her work cut out for her. I'm sure I drove her crazy when she'd ask it I already had seen a book and my answer was yes.

There's been so many of his characters that I've liked. There are only a few that I keep going back to again and again. I'd have to say my most favorite characters are Roland and Eddie from 'The Dark Tower' series and Nick Andros and Tom Cullen from "The Stand'.
Duke, Haven, Audrey

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?
This is a tough one to answer...because I absolutely adore Stephen King! 

I think right now my favorite is Rosie McClendon, from Rose Madder, because that was the book I most recently read and finished. I am currently reading Salem's Lot...so I might have a new favorite. 

It would make my life complete if I could meet Stephen King. Seriously. 


Вопрос дня: Страх

Страх стратегический-боюсь заболеть и быть в тягость близким. страх тактический-бюсь продуть очередной проект. страх первозданный и неуправляемый он же страх вселенский: боюсь остаться у разбитого корыта. Страхи жизни не отравляют, кроме периодических тактических, потому как на них особо не зацикливаюсь.

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?
I feel that my favorite character from any stephen king novel is John Coffey from "The Green Mile". I really loved that book. I am a bit ashamed to say that I saw the movie first and then read the novel, or rather collection of books. It was really fasinating to me and I will be strong and admit that I even cried at the end of the book like I did at the end of the movie. It is such a fantastic story and also so far from Mr. King's other novels. I also liked the gunslinger saga and of course "It" and "the Stand" but there is something very special about the "Green Mile". I guess I could relate to the main characters because I once worked in a prison as a guard.

Вопрос дня: Страх

Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?
Больше всего на свете боюсь смерти близкого человека и темноты. 
Последнее скорее вызвано расшатаной психикой и бурной фантазией)
hehe

Writer's Block: Funny people

Are you more of an entertainer who makes others laugh? Or do you prefer to be entertained?



I was told once that I was funny and that I should be a comic.
But the problem with that, is that I never thought I funny.

Yeah, I make funny comments, lines, jokes, scenarios and obscurely funny ideas.
But who doesn't.

OKAY okay, maybe that does mean I am humorous.

I sometimes look funny, maybe more tired.
But honestly, I like being entertained.
However, it seems that I'm more the entertaining.

In recent years, I've become a better communicator and storyteller.
It's not something I was born with, and all the schooling in the world
(minus the amazing speech therapist I had from K-8) never once
made a difference.

My abilities with being humorous and giddy and oddly but slightly funny
came from the school of hard knocks.

So which am I?

I guess I'm bi-funnygiddy girl.

Did I make you laugh or did you just make me smile?

You tell me.

Вопрос дня: Страх

    На мой взгляд, оправдан только один страх - страх потерять дорогих людей, потому что вместе с их смертью в нас при жизни умирает часть нас самих. Все остальное - необоснованные страхи, порожденные или больным сознанием или недалеким умом. От этой напасти есть хорошее лекарство - осмысление своего жизненного опыта и добротное философское чтиво. Советую набраться терпения , включить мозги и прочитать, например, "Опыты" Мишеля Монтеня (французский мыслитель 16-го века). А тем, для кого это точно "не в теме", приведу следующую цитату:
   "...сколько было таких, которые из боязни перед муками страха повесились, утопились или бросились в пропасть, убеждая нас воочию в том, что он еще более несносен и нестерпим, чем сама смерть".

Writer's Block: Fashion faux pas

What is the strangest thing in your closet?


Nothing. There's just clothes, shoes, sneakers, books, cd's, & porn. Also because I live with relatives I buy & store my own toiletries in there, that way I don't have to bother with theirs and I won't get an attitude because there's no soap or shampoo or lotion in the bathroom.

I would love for my closet to look like this [below] one day. And hopefully when I move out on my own again, I will have it. Or at least something like it. But of course in black.


Phelps_Lochte-Reezy

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


Only choosing three books is hard but here goes:



  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I fell in love with it from the first page and stuck with Harry until the very end. This series kept me excited about reading and kept me on my toes. I love it dearly. If I ever get another tattoo it will say, "Until the very end".

  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson: I had to read this as part of a Humanities class assignment. It's one of those books that keeps you wanting to turn the page and keeps you excited for what's coming next. It's written in a way I've hardly seen: abrupt sentences, cultural references, and just a downright amazing character in Cayce Pollard. 

  • Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford: I love this book dearly. It's like Ford reached into my head, pulled out all these different things, and put them into a male character, Jeff. I find it's sarcasm brilliant and it's realism amazing. It's a great read and one that made me realize i'm not completely alone.

Writer's Block: Funny people

Are you more of an entertainer who makes others laugh? Or do you prefer to be entertained?





I would honestly have to say that I'm somewhere in the middle of that.

Sometimes I love to make people laugh. Being serious all the time isn't any fun for me, nor is it for anybody. It feels good to crack a joke here and there. Usually most of the things that I say that make people laugh aren't jokes at all. Rather they are actual things that mean something. But I guess because of the tone that I use when saying them or/and the situation that they are said in, it seems like a joke. Only some people actually know when I'm joking and when I'm actually just saying things that aren't actually jokes.

On the other hand, because I'm a Virgo; I love to be entertained. If you can't entertain me at some level, then me being around you won't happen that much. I'll find you absolutely boring. And with most people I do not want that to be the case.

It has to be a bit of both. Give & take for me. I give & take and you give & take, when it comes to laughter.

It's all in good fun.

Plus I have a great sense of humor. I do crack people up not to mention that I crack myself up all the time. lol*

= P

Вопрос дня: Страх

Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?

Боюсь открываться - могут обидеть. Боюсь душевной боли и неопределённости. Боюсь невзаимности. А внешнего ничего не боюсь)))
zoo, summer fun, birds

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:

Jaiva Dharma. It gave me a whole new understanding of Krishna Consciousness. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams. The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries by Z Budapest. I wrote my college entrance essays on Z lo those many years ago. I still love her, though I am no longer Dianic. I think EVERY woman NEEDS a dianic phase, though, to get her head screwed on right. The Sexual Politics of Meat and her subsequent books explore the relationship between women, animals, food, and advertising/politics. And I have been an animal loving person my whole life. All three represent the entirety of my life.
война

Вопрос дня: Страх

Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?


Трусов я боюсь.
Они даже подлости оправдывают.. Трусостью.
И оказывается, что их надо - жалеть или хотя бы понимать. А сильному человеку остается.. быть сильным.
Reading

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


All three from childhood:

The Lorax by Dr Seuss, which I encountered around the age of 6. I've also posted about this in 'Inspirations for my Writing, chapter 2.'

The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. I probably encountered this one around 7-8 years old. The older I get, and with each time I go back to it, the more I realize what a massive impact it had upon my life, and how much I owe it.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. My mom started reading this to me sometime in 1986, so around my turning 11. When she did so, I felt a deep and unshakable conviction that I had come home at last, and I had found what I was made for. However, figuring out precisely what that conviction meant for my life took me another decade.
TV: Popular

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

Nick Andros! I was legit convinced I was in love with him when I was at school. Of course, it helped that Rob Lowe played him in the movie.

Why, yes, this is the post that broke my LJ silence...
It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?

Вопрос дня: Страх

Страх
Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?Прислал(а) vitaaks

Вот это славный вопрос. Ключевой вопрос. Ключик, открывающий волшебную дверцу. 
Самая эффективная мотивация - страх.
Страх смерти, голода, нищенства и одиночества, сексуальной неудачи. (Приведено, кажется, в правильном порядке).

А все ваши паучки, высота и темная комната - так, пустяки. Даже не заморачивайтесь.
Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


Hmmm, well the first on the list isn't so much of a book, it's actually my journal. Journals are there to go back and reflect on your life and reading through some of my old posts helps me stay positive (even though they're generally negative) and helps me see the change in my life, state of mind and over all, helps me improve myself. It's a pretty sobering experience.

My second would have to be the Harry Potter series. It's helped me learn that I can face my fears, and conquer almost anything that stands in my way, no matter how daunting the task may be. It's taught me a lot of things growing up, like how important your true friends are, and that you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help from any of them when you need it, and despite it being fiction, that not everything in life is rainbow sherbert and sprinkles, but despite of it all, can pull through and leave it behind.

Last but not least "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones". It's more of a philosophy book, based on the idea of Zen, it's taught me that even the smallest, most simplistic, and even unorthodox answers can solve even the biggest issues. It's helped me through the years to find my "center", to keep me focused on a train of thought, and go through life relatively easier, despite the fact the some of the segments leave you scratching your head and going "what the fuck?". it's truly an inspiring book, and it's one I'd recommend to anyone sweating the little things.
pier
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Writer's Block: Desert island*

List three books that have changed your life:


Hubert Selby, Jr. - Last Exit to Brooklyn

William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury

James Joyce - Finnegans Wake

Last Exit to Brooklyn grabbed me, threw me on the ground, and told it like it was. It was the first book to ever make me so uncomfortable I had to stop reading for days at a time. The style struck me, with sentences going on for pages and exhausting me, horrifying me. The story comes out with no moral commentary; Selby just tells it like it is. At seventeen, I'd never experienced anything like it, and I wanted more of that literary rawness and rebellion against form. I still draw from Selby's form in my own writing, and I never stop seeking literature that crushes my boundaries.

Which brought me to the classic anti-novel, Finnegans Wake, in which the first sentence begins on the last page. Joyce creates his own language--plot and character are mere guidelines. Prior to the Wake, I read in my head without imagining words aloud: words went straight from shapes on a page into meaning. That didn't work with this book, as Joyce utilizes Irish musicality and rhythm to give compound words and phrases their double, triple, or more, meaning. I loved the idea of metaphorically taking away the front and back cover for an entirely circular story, and the reworking of plot and character to convey a deeper significance of themes.

I didn't discover The Sound and the Fury for a few years after that, but it fit perfectly with my love of the anti-novel, rearranging plot and character, with some simply beautiful language along the way.

Though he didn't make my top three list, Kurt Vonnegut's books have likewise changed how I read into intertextuality, semi-biography, and the complete abolition of the fourth wall. Not to mention, they are sinfully entertaining and educational, informative and 'tell it like it is' without pushing the reader away.

And where would any young woman be without Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar? I don't think it needs any further commmentary than that: the book stands up on its own.

*Disclaimer: the books that have changed my life are NOT the books I would have were I trapped on a desert island. That list would look something more like, Complete guide to survival on a desert island, Complete guide to getting rescued from a desert island and Tips and tricks: stay sane alone on a desert island.
EPICFAIL

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:
so instead I dropped out of HS at 16 to escape her. Pitifully ironic, given the subject matter.... There go my dreams of studying at MIT.  ;___;


A taste of how much my life has sucked since then: My younger bros were too little at the time to remember the details of the drama, so now the one treats me like I'm stupid. Worse. Like he's my older sibling. And my dad comes from a family FULL of law enforcers and school teachers, so while he's not as directly condescending as my bro, he incurably assumes that I'm "uneducated" in spite of my outright *addiction* to self-teaching. As if a HS education from Arizona counted for much, anyway! I took two and a half years of community collage courses without pursuing a degree, and can swear their classes are @#%$-bad.

My Astronomy 101 teacher hated on Astrology for over 8 hours of classtime within the first two sessions alone, yet was BLATENTLY ignorant on that topic, which I could tell because my mom's friend made his living as an astrologer. So, on the third day, I brought my mom---a former programmer for NOAO of the Kitt Peak Observatory----and that friend in to debate civilly and intelligently if it became necesarry, and withdrew from the course. Honestly, true story.

My plan is to move out of state as soon as I can afford to, hopefully before I'm 30, and seek a degree. Or if every collage in the country turns out as bad, I might try overseas. The two best teachers I've ever had in my life turned out to be and/or teach Japanese subjects. Credible trend? I hope so...

Then Tom Hanks has to go and come out with a movie hating on dropouts and unemployed novelists, which my dad and trouble bro had to see. ;__;
EPICFAIL

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:
"The Ultimate Unnofficial Guid to the Mysteries of Harry Potter"
.......basically rewired my entire brain.......
....back in 2002.


"Into the Light" an online fanfic written by a 14-year-old (I think)
........is solely responsible for opening my eyes to the appreciation of prose, ultimately creating a writing monster outta me. *muahahaha* Around 2003-ish.


"A Brief History of Time"
........because I foolishly told this fey incident to a powermongering pencilpusher who then proceded to tryan have me institutionalized and/or forcibly medicated, so instead I dropped out of HS at 16 to escape her. Pitifully ironic, given the subject matter.... There go my dreams of studying at MIT.  ;___;

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:
The first book of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Venus Series. As it led me to read every book the man wrote when I was a kid and that honed my reading ability.

The first Book of the Sword  Series by Fritz Leiber, because that taught me amazing words and led to a series that got me through College.

The Stand by Stephen King because THAT book was such a fine example of  intricate character interaction and those characers became like family members to me.


Imaginary Grace
  • quinby

I was sure that all I wanted was a life like the movie stars led

List three books that have changed your life:


Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card. (No matter what I now think of him personally or as a writer, or as anything, I cannot deny the affect this book has had on my life.)

Rent - Jonathan Larson (Every musical has a book, or the story that is brought out through the lyrics. I know this is a stretch, but Rent's changed my life so much, that I have to say it's a book that changed my life.)

The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie (I don't know if this was the first Agatha Christie that I ever read, but it was the one that stuck with me.)
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Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Absolutely one of the greatest books ever written. I don't even know how many times I've read it. Harper Lee may have had a one shot wonder, but it will never be forgotten.

2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This may or may not have been the book that got me to love reading so much. My dad and I would read together every night before I went to bed and it was with this book that I learned to read. I remember reading the last chapter of the book and having trouble with the word "the".

3. I can't think of another book for the third slot other than the Bible. I originally wasn't going to add it to the list because I felt that it shouldn't be categorized with other works. It's in its own league. I was going to add it to this post, but not in the list.

Of course it has changed my life, for the better.
  • i_vasy

Вопрос дня: Страх

Чего или кого вы больше всего боитесь?
"Змеи, змеи вокруг, будь им пусто!"
человек в исступленьи кричал,
и позвал на подмогу мангуста,
чтобы, значит,мангуст выручал
(Вл. Высоцкий)
Змеи - это коварство и предательство. А мангустов не хватает!

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


1A. When the legends die -I was forced to reas this book in school in middle school. I really enjoyed it and this book made me decied to try reading more books. Before this book I rarely read a book at home for fun.

1B. Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad series) -My older brother read lots of fantasy books. I mentioned to him that I was interested in starting to read for fun. He gave me this book. I went into my room and tried starting to read it. The prolouge was awful...I decided reading was for the birds and go played barbies or something. Then one day while I was cleaning my room I found the book and flipped through it. I started reading right after the prolouge and the book consumed my soul. I was OBCESSED with this book series until I made friends...lol. I would draw the characters all day at school. I used to have a folder full of my fan art of the characters/scenes fromthe books. I even made myself paper dolls of the characters. After reading this serie I continued to read fantasy/sci books: Dragonlance, Piers Anthony. Eventually I was led to david Gemmell and GRRM my other 2 favortie writers. :)

2. A child called It. -I was a very naive kid. So at the age of 12-13 I didn't really realize how bad some people had it. I thought the worst thing that could happen was that people could be poor or homeless or maybe kindnapped. So after starting to read this book I was in shock. I was reading it in a class in junior high. I actually snuck the book out of class so I could finish reading it. The things this poor boy's mother did to him are unimagineable! This book opened my eyes to child abuse and led me to getting a bachelors degree in Social Work.

3. Boys over Flowers (manga) - I actually was introduced to the anime 1st. My cousin and I were obcessed with this. I remember driving all over to buy the anime. I have NO clue why I didn't just order them off anime...I actually ordered netflix because it had this anime. After I read the whole manga and saw the whole anime I was lead to the Tawain live action. I did watch some other Tawain LAs too after that. Then I watched the Japanese LA when it came out. I continued to watch some Japanese/Tawainese drams here and there. Then the Korean version came out. Watched it and was introduced to Drama Fever. Now since about March of 2009 I am obcessed with mainly Korean dramas. I have watched 30-40 something dramas. Some more than once. I am also working on learning Korean. I have also learned a lot about the Korean culture.
Mummy EvieRead

Writer's Block: Bone-chilling birthday wishes

It's Stephen King's birthday! Who is your favorite character from one of his books?


Uncle Stevie! How do I love your characters, let me count the ways...

No, really. I adore characterizations from this man. He has a way of turning a 'normal' individual into someone extraordinary by finding their inner worth, or path to ultimate destruction. His baddies range from slimy creeps to unnerving just-slightly-askew weirdos to full-blown terrifying BAMFs.

My personal favorite characters though, the ones I form a deep emotional attachment to, seem to be the smart, snarky, socially awkward, but (ultimately) genuinely impressive individuals -- even if they give over to their dark side, they always redeem themselves. Such as:
Ben Mears - 'Salem's Lot
Thad Beaumont - The Dark Half
Bill Denbrough (and the entire Losers' Club) - IT
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Scott Landon - Lisey's Story

And yeah... they're all writers. Go figure.

Also, I pretty much adore all the heroes in The Dark Tower series, all four kids in The Body... and Nick Andros.

Writer's Block: Desert island


1. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume  -  First book I ever read that made me want to write.  Also has the first character I ever fell in love with.  I picked it up in my school library because I liked the cover.  It remains one of my favorite books ever.

2. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien  -  First long fantasy novel I ever read.  It was the book that made me want to write fantasy.

3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater  -  First book that ever made me cry.  Also, I covet her way with words.



List three books that have changed your life:

kantarou1

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:

The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)
The Atkins Diet
Sunset Western Gardening
(4th book as honorable mention--DSM IV)

I've always been an atheist and don't 'get' religion. "The Power of Myth" at least helps me understand how myths and folktales have value and contain truths even if they are not true. This is helpful when called upon to tolerate religious idiocy.

"The Atkins Diet". I lost 50 lbs, and that is truly life-changing.

"Sunset Western Garden Book". This is a reference book but helps you really understand how to grow plants. We don't often think of how important plants our in our decor and yards but when you maintain your own patch of dirt it makes a huge difference to know what you're doing so that you can succeed. With confidence in your ability to choose and maintain appropriate plants, you can focus on making your garden a gratifying physical space. And that in turn affects your whole mental and emotional space.

"The DSM IV" is the book doctors use to diagnose and treat mental illness. It is extremely useful to everyone else in understanding what might be going on when a person has a strange pattern of behavior or emotional swings. It's also essential (imho) for anyone writing fiction, to use as a reference in character building.

Somehow I suspect these aren't the kinds of books this question expects as an answer (except maybe for 'Power of Myth').

Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:

In chronological order:
Martin of Redwall, by Brian Jacques
As a kid, I was into speculative fiction of various kinds, most particularly horror (Goosebumps series, some of the tamer Stephen King stuff), but the Redwall series was my first foray into traditional fantasy fiction, and I became immediately and totally hooked. From age 11 or so (or whenever I picked up Martin of Redwall) to age 18 or so, I rarely picked up a book (besides school books) that wasn't fantasy fiction, and that proclivity has directly informed my choice in friends and hobbies ever since.

Power Politics, by Arundhati Roy
I can't remember at all how I came across this book, but it was during my junior year of high school that I read it (the first time). Up to this point, I had been socially-minded and politically active, but in the narrow way of children and teens, seeing only those issues that touched my existence in some way. Roy's books, beginning with Power Politics helped me to start thinking about international and global social issues, and also showed me that I could be truly passionate about problems that didn't in any way affect my day-to-day life. This book was also the first where I went through the text underlining, highlighting, and dog-earing pages - a practice which I've found immensely useful throughout my schooling.

The Sandman, by Neil Gaimain
The effect of the Sandman series was much less direct than the other two books listed here, but no less substantial. The mythology informs my peculiar type of humanistic faith. The central themes of responsibility, continuity, beauty in the bizarre, and most importantly, friendship, comprise some of the main themes that I try to ascribe to my life. This may be also the only book (or series, in this case) which has actually changed me physically - I have a tattoo on my leg of Morpheus and Matthew, and a quote from the final book in the series, The Wake.
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Writer's Block: Desert island

List three books that have changed your life:


1. Dracula – The book is the life. It changed how I view horror, heroism, and the power of fiction.
2. The Exorcist – It took images that are embedded in our culture (i.e. pea-soup spewing, profanity screaming, priest-killing uber-violence) and turned it all inward. When Merrin enters the house and the demon cries his name, I felt chills as I never had in reading before. By the end, I was terrified of reading for weeks. Not reading horror, or books about faith and demonology: reading. It made me reexamine what I believed about the nature of humanity and faith – and what fiction, constructed in the