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Almost done with my Secret Santa gift. ALMOST. It's ridiculous. It's long. It's insane. I went too far. I didn't go far enough. WTF is going on in my brain? 

11 drabbles, many of which do not constitute a "drabble" to anyone but the most generous of definers. 1 more to go. I HAVE WRITER'S BLOCK NOW WHY??!!?!?!??!!??
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I'm superstitious about some things. Spilling salt makes me do the 'throw over the shoulder' thing. The biggest thing I'm superstitious about is saying "Macbeth" in a theater. I get really upset if people do that and do my generic good-luck/protection/someone-said-Macbeth-again chant and stomp around thing that I picked up at summer camp a couple of years ago. I do that chant while walking the perimeter of whatever stage I'm performing at a couple times during a production regardless of whether someone said "Macbeth" just to protect the show, the company, and the theater itself. 
Also whenever I stand up from a table or lounging on a couch or something I like to rap the table three times in a specific way, because at summer camp you couldn't leave your table until the "waiter" (aka whoever lost the Waiter Game that night and had to clear the plates) rapped the table three times. 
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The longest book I've read was The Annotated Chronicles. It was well over a thousand pages, but the book itself ended somewhere around page 1,032 if I remember correctly. (I didn't count the indexes.) I read that the summer I turned twelve.
Shortest book? Probably picture books. Recently, the only "little kid" book I've read would be Hippos Go Berserk, because Hippos Go Berserk is the best book ever.
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Yes; I will never forgive her. I never want to see her ever again. She can never be a part of my life again, not after all of that stuff.
I can't "forget" because every time I meet someone new, every time I find myself forming a friendship, I hesitate and second-guess myself because of what happened with her. That's good and bad, on the one hand it's good to be cautious and question people, but it's also a fine line between logical carefulness and trust issues. 
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Awesome and Strange
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If it was an immortality stone sort of thing, I'd give it to Garrison Keillor or Sir Terry Pratchett, whoever I could get it to. Maybe give it to both of them and force them to live together with easy access to the stone? *shrugs*
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Yes, Keladry of Mindelan from The Protector of the Small quartet by Tamora Pierce. I even wrote a college application essay about that. 
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The worst job in the world is probably one of those factory jobs in China or India where children and adults are exposed to dangerous chemicals, have no rights, and are paid next to nothing to make products they will never be able to afford.


Of course, with jobs it's all about personal opinion. Some people's idea of hell is office work, others would be loathe to work on a farm, others are terrified of the idea of being in combat, etc. 

For me, personally, it comes down to these two:

Cleaning of any kind, because no matter what you do, it'll always be dirty later. There's no sense of accomplishment.

Also, child-care. Small children are frightening to me. Toddlers especially have no logic, you can't properly communicate with them, and they screech like demons.
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Fighting Trousers by Professor Elemental


It's funny how you think I'm kidding.

(Seriously, I'm not really into current music; I'm certainly not knowledgable enough to name the best music video of the year.)
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Orange juice. Lots of it. 
Sharp cheddar cheese. Asiago cheese. Margarine (without the gelatin) and butter. Milk. Pesto. Raspberry jam. Carrots. Probably some leftover pasta of some kind. 

And that's just off the top of my head ...
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Super-smart, because that can make you super-rich. ;)

Seriously, being rich without the brains to keep your riches is pointless. Smarts will get you through loads of situations that money wouldn't.
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Love it! Even the horrible stuff has merits. Soon those squealing twleve-year-olds who don't know how to work a spellcheck or a penis will evolve into great writers, or at least decent writers.

True, people should strive for writing they can publish, but many books, comics, and movies have elements of fanfiction about them, so it's not so much 'write your own stuff' as it is 'work what you love to write into something you can publish.' At least, that's how I see it, because I want to be a published author.
A lot of people seem perfectly content to just write fanfic and squee with their friends about whatever show/book/comic/movie and that's all. It's a fun thing for them to do, a safe place for them to relax and hang out online. It's a lot of that for me too, with some sense of 'this is practice' thrown in.

I think authors who forbid fanfiction of their work are unaware of how fanfic can increase a fanbase, make casual fans into hardcore ones, and improve the writing skills of struggling teenagers. I think it's rude and stupid to forbid an entire aspect of a fanbase. Are they allowed to make icons, fanart, fanmixes, of the fanfic-forbidden work? Are they allowed to discuss it online? Are they allowed to dress up as their favorite characters? It's not as though they can publish their fanfic, so why pitch a fit?
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Yes, I do. But what's Cinco de Mayo got to do with anything? It's not, contrary to popular belief, the Mexican day of independance. It's a celebration of the Mexicans' surprising victory over the French Army at the Battle of Pueblo. Their independence day is the 16th of September.
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The Statue of Liberty. She's so stunning and amazing and inspiring. If I could stand to live in NYC I'd have already married her. I'm serious.

(Woot for objectum sexuals getting recognized in a Writer's Block prompt!)
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Tomato and peanut-butter.
(It's cute how you think I'm kidding.)
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Jim Butcher. I am in constant awe of that man's talent. He does laugh-out-loud funny, he does hide-under-the-bed scary, he does make-you-tear-up sad, he does tech-you-something-about-mythology clever, and he does HOLY-SHIT-HE'S-BEEN-PLANNING-THAT-FROM-CHAPTER-TWO plots. Also, it is my professional-fan opinion that he writes the best female characters in current fiction.
I like my own writing style, but I'm still struggling with things like plots, story arcs, and making characters that aren't Mary-Sues.
Jim Butcher's is the degree of excellence that I strive for as an aspiring author.
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Not being a man or a huge fan of the action adventure genre, I don't think I'm qualified to say what I think the 'best' is.

But ... some that I think were pretty good are, in no particular order:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Get Smart
Mission Impossible
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The fact that AVATAR has been sponsering the Writer's Block questions for the past week.

(Ok ok, real reason: blue elf people! Woot! Yes, I actually am that shallow from time to time. I probably won't see the movie in theaters but I'll probably see it when it's out on DVD, with a group of equally geeky - and probably male - friends.)

Speaking of Avatar ... what about The Last Airbender?! I'm nervous/excited/interested/scared about that movie!
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The Prime Minister from 'Love, Actually.' It'd probably get pretty boring, but he eats chocolate biscuits, so I'd be well-fed!
Or Inara (hey, she was in a movie!) because she was my first girl-crush.
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I have many. Here's a sample:

Worse than the total agony of being in love? - Love, Actually

I don't know, it's a mystery. - Shakespeare in Love

Well, there's this pirate... In truth I have not written a word. - Shakespeare in Love

You see - comedy. Love, and a bit with a dog. That's what they want. - Shakespeare in Love

There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus? - Love, Actually

Hiya kids. Here's an important message from your Uncle Bill: don't buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free! - Love, Actually

Oh, God. It's the longest street in the world, and I have absolutely no idea. - Love, Actually

Almost finished?! What else can there be? Are you gonna dip it in yogurt? Cover it with chocolate buttons? - Love, Actually

Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords. - Kill Bill

That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword. - Kill Bill

One more thing, Sofie... is she aware her daughter is still alive? - Kill Bill

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