November 13th, 2011

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Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.
I do enjoy some fiction (Chistopher Moore and Richard Brautigan) but put me in a library or bookstore and I guarantee you will find me in the non-fiction section. Check metaphysics and religion first, film and media second, cookbooks third. Fantasy is fun but I think I'm a knowledge addict.
ME

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

My accomplishments that I am most proud of would have to be the fact that I went from barely attending school and failing all my classes to sometimes getting perfect attendances and pretty damn good grades.  I am also pretty proud of my pure awesomeness in the fact that I can slaughter anyone in Black Ops.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
dandruff

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


I've always preferred nonfiction. I think in a way that it's a very "male" thing, which I've tried to get over with time, since any sensitive person should know that you can learn as much truth from fiction as you can from works of a documentary nature ;)

Nonetheless, I do devour good biographies, political tell-alls, or especially works of history with the enthusiasm that many people read the latest bestselling novel!

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

This is one tough question. Cause in life, accomplishment can really take a lot of your damn time to achieve it and I'm the type of person who would rather sleep than do anything if i was given the choice. Nothing comes easy. So, truth to be told, I haven't got any.

At least, not yet.

In my very lazy, stagnant nature, I actually have a dream within me that I'm desperately running for. Trying to achieve it every second even when I'm asleep which I always am. But, people just don't notice it. Sit still with me and just look. What do you see? Other than the pimple growing on my forehead. Look deeper... into my eyes.... can you see my eyeballs? look deeper.... can you see how I'm actually desperately trying to look for answers so I can achieve my dreams?

If you do, call this number, 1800-failure-needs-help. Then, you'll be directed to my 24hrs customer service hotline.

Press 1 for, "go fuck yourself dude" 2 for, "let me sit still with you first" or 3, "I need help. My toilet bowl is not working. And the waste inside are turning four days old"

And if you help me achieve this dream, It will be the accomplishment that I'll be most proud about- having my mother bragging about me. 

So, please help. Sincerely insincere love, me, myself, my dog, and I.

and uh.... if say you pressed 3, you got the wrong number. Call my brother. 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
mahjong dude crossing the street

[Writer's Block: Reading corner]

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


I love fiction. But I likely haven't given non-fiction a fair chance. My impression of non-fiction is that it is dry and dull and based on real life, where fiction has endless possibilities. I read to escape. To live adventures and have experiences that I don't have the opportunity to explore in my every day life.
Keira Knightley

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


Really depends on my mood. When I'm feeling really overwhelmed and stressed and looking for an escape, fiction can be just what I'm looking for. It's just the classic escapist fantasy: being able to enter new worlds and realms, and stepping into someone else's shoes; not having to think about one's own problems and living in another time and place with its own set of rules and issues.

When I'm in an inquisitive, curious, and adventurous mood, sometimes I'll just pick up a non-fiction book to fill my insatiable desire to learn about topics of interest. When I'm really interested in something, I find that I can just sit and absorb the information without even noticing how much time has gone by. On the other hand, when I'm really not interested in something, it can be an absolute slog; just pure misery.
2010

Вопрос дня: Зима на носу

Я люблю новый год. Елка, запах мандаринов, украшения, вся семья в сборе, праздничные хлопоты...это все завораживает!
А еще я люблю кататься с горок на санках, плюшках, сноуборде! и еще зимой такие красивые узоры на стеклах...
Как же после этого не любить зиму?!:)
moi

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

That time I turned a scan of a fax from Brazil into a spell-checked presentation with charts and graphs, in Portuguese. (I was the Goddess of Optical Character Recognition.)

This was at Lehman Brothers, so it totally counts as "under fire".
Gelato! ¡Helado! Ice cream!

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
When I was in high school, I was in theater and forensics and managed to pull a 4.0 for two straight trimesters. I did all of this on about four hours of sleep a night, and I had about a half hour commute to and from the theater each day. This probably gave me the work ethic I needed to succeed in college.
Girl with Books

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.

That question is one that just depends on the time and mood. I love reading history, science, etc. I also love reading scifi, horror, weird fiction, historical, the occasional mysteries. The only time I prefer one over the other really, is when I'm depressed. Then I tend to stick to things sans emotional content, mostly ancient history. Hard to get more depressed over say, the sack of Perspolis given a few thousand years of remove. But really, I'll read anything.
luka jbf close up

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Fiction. Most definitely. It leaves room for imagination and make-believe. Reality...truly...it's just a faceplant in the dirt of pain after you fall. It's an alarm clock ringing and blaring during a particularly amazing dream. It's just an "Earth to you" moment that rouses you from a daydream. Fiction is different. It doesn't follow reality, nor the rules that come with it. I can't write myself a new life, and I doubt I would want to anyway, but storytelling is a tradition that has been passed down from the ancient times of Homer. It's changed, sure, but one thing remains the same. When human minds yearn for a different explanation, outcome, result, or past, we create it ourselves. Sometimes, that helps us deal with the reality we're forced to confront. Fiction complements non-fiction, this is what I think. But I'll always love fiction more. It's like flying off into another world. And sometimes, another world is what I need the most.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

   An accomplishment of mine that I am most proud of is when I got one of the leads in a musical at a town playhouse, not just my school. Being in a lead in a  musical outside of school was really amazing. People thought that I was an adult professional paid actor, meanwhile I was sixteen acting with kids who were 13-21. It was truly an amazing experience to perform in front of hundreds of people. I had so much fun and kept myself as busy as I possibly could. ( Due to my Dad being in a coma) When I was sixteen years young I was taking care of myself, going to visit my Dad 3 times a day, in between school, boces for theater, bayway arts theater and working at CVS. I slept 3 hrs a night and worked like an animal. I was one modest and such a determined sixteen year old.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


Жизнь настолько прекрасна и удивительна что нет никакой необходимости ПРИДУМЫВАТЬ
Нет ничего интереснее и удивительнее чем реальная жизнь Какая жалость что люди часто стараются
убежать от реальности Какая пустая трата жизненного времени
  • kissbuy

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

Вопрос дня: Новый год

А где вы планируете провести Новый Год?

Хотелось бы в кругу семьи. Сделать каждому кучу-кучу подарков и спрятать под елкой и на ней =). Чтобы все занимались поисками, смеялись, радовались...)) Вот настоящий Новый Год!
pttrns

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


-I'm still waiting for hearts to disperse. choke up those words that you once rehearsed. wasting thoughts on dead end feelings. vicious cycles don't come to an end. brief memory loss will account for the aspects with least respect. endure this breath with full lung capacity. turn back the clock, happy equinox, turn back the clock to cut us off. turn back the clock, happy equinox. normal terms for normal emotions, symbolic reference, historical context, and personal reflection. every step of direction we take is another mistake we'll make. will i sleep through this evening? this winter detach sought after memories. remove "you" and "her" from vocabulary. disregard past pleasures, forget future fortunes. moonlight shines upon those who plead for this dissertation.
mad mlp

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.

I really like both. It depends on my mood. If it's non-fiction, it has to be about something I'm interested in like perfume or fashion or a true story that happened to someone. If it's fiction, it has to be compelling story.

Here is a list of books I've read so far in 2011. My goal was 50. I've bolded the non-fictions so you can see.

1. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
2. Defining Dulcie
3. Impossible
4. Delirium
5. Matched
6. Sold
7. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
8. Choker
9. Bad Apple
10. Ahmed and the Feather Girl
11. The Lover's Dictionary
12. Changes for Samantha
13. Stranded
14. Feed
15. Gregor the Overlander
16. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
17. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
18. The Birthday Ball
19. The Willoughbys
20. Animal Farm
21. XVI
22. Unwind
23. Redeeming Love (Actually the first one I read of the year.)
24. Wither
25. Love Must Be Tough: New Hope for Marriages in Crisis
26. Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up
27. Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line
28. The Doll People
29. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
30. The Summer I Turned Pretty
31. It's Not Summer Without You
32. We'll Always Have Summer
33. Numbers
34. The Chaos (Numbers series)
35. unSweetined: A Memoir by Jodie Sweetin
36. Birthmarked
37. Gregor and the Marks of Secret
38. Beauty Queens
39. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ
40. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
41. Sundays at Tiffany's
42. Girl, Stolen
43. His Favorite Wife
  • dalaire

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


I actually prefer nonfiction--history, mostly, and the very well-written, storylike history like Stella Tillyard's "Aristocrats" most of all. It takes me to a different place, but a place that actually was (barring all interpretative liberty), and gets me into the heads of the people that were. A good history is endlessly fascinating to me for that reason.
Free People

Writer's Block: Reading corner

When I started to read, I read both, because I loved history. For a few decades fiction dominated my reading. When I had children, I read more and more non-fiction. Non-fiction now dominates my reading. I'd rather hear substantiated facts with reasoned conclusions. Too many works of fiction seem to bend reality. Don't get me wrong; I love to visit the other worlds of science fiction. What bothers me are the books which are supposed to be some other genre, but the author changes the laws of physics or paints a philosophy as 'all good', while going overboard in deriding any opposite opinion. The last fiction book I read concerned a medical mystery, but most of the book moralized so much about health care and how Obamacare would solve all our problems, that it disgusted me. It was supposed to fiction, not politics. Fiction should make me forget those cares.

My favorite book of my recent reads was Prayers for the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno. This was a couple of years ago, and I haven't read the sequel. I liked it because it was well written, and I could not detect his political affiliation from the story line. It was simply a good mystery with some interesting characters. It fulfilled the sign of a good book. which is that I made time to finish it within days. Currently, I am reading The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder and The New Dynamic Church by V.P. Weirwille.

No, neither the books nor the authors are related.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.
anime, in support

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.
Definitely prefer fiction. When I'm reading for pleasure--I want a story. Fiction is all about the story.

The ironic part of this post is that according to the new Content Standards for KY--we no longer divide literature up into non-fiction and fiction. The new division is LITERARY v. INFORMATIONAL text. Not the same thing as fiction and non-fiction. It's amazing what laws can do to change classification! :-D

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.


Non-fiction

A. I enjoy learning plain and simple. Sometimes a good book is a better educator than a whole semester with a bad professor.

B. The older I get the more it seems that Mary Sue wish furfillemnt has become the norm with mainstream fiction. I can't relate to this stuff so I don't find it entertaining.
  • skopal

Вопрос дня: Новый год

А где вы планируете провести Новый Год?

Я не планирую нарушать многолетнюю традицию, поэтому в ночь с 31 на 1-е я собираюсь спать, а затем тусоваться дома, однажды выбравшись в гости. Тюфу-тюфу-тюфу.
Invincible

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.
Fiction since it's an escape from reality. Books such as those zombie survival manuals are cool too since it's fiction written in the non fiction style. It's amazing how writers imagine potential possibilities that could happen in a situation that is totally unrealistic like a zombie outbreak.



On a similar note, when I take those hiking trips with my friends, we pass the time on the empty stretches of road by pseudo planning where to seek refuge in the event of a disaster. Some choices have been houses seen far away on the hills and mountains in the middle of nowhere. I pointed out some half destroyed shacks as temporary refuge en route to a more permanent settlement, but Andre said that they're too close to the main road which means its a prime target for a zombie attack. At Guadelupe Park, we found hollow dens in the rocky mountainsides that would be concealed from unwanted visitors. Pratt Cabin also seemed far enough for a refuge dwelling if needed. The only drawbacks would be needing constant fires for warmth since the cabin is pure stone and the rustling leaves conceal any tell tale sign that someone or something might be lurking around the camp.

In addition to thinking of refuge homes, I also thought a lot about the cat camps from the Warriors books. What we walked through would be a western version of the ThunderClan camp with the trees.

Writer's Block: Reading corner

Fiction, because the writer can come up with situations far worse than anything I'd ever experience, and solve them in ways I'd never think of, so I am taken out of my own head for a while and into a world from someone else's imagination.
Nonfiction is ok too, sometimes.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Explain why.