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Meme, Odds and Ends

Wow, I've been tagged! By amieroserotruckRules:
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

1. What are your nicknames?
Heidi-ho, Heidikins, HQ, H,

2. Have you ever had a dream involving a celebrity?
Hm. I think I did recently, actually, though I don't usually. Wait, maybe not a celebrity. I think I was thinking of Brandon, an old college friend who's stepping up in the world but not really full blown celeb. Otherwise, my mind is blank.

3. What was the last novel you loved?
Miracle on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson.

4. What is your favorite scent?
cookies baking, or other things baking, popcorn

5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it?
Pay off all debts, use to support me so I could do nothing but write, --yeah amie's sounds pretty good, but not the Xbox part. I might also share some with family, help with their debts.

6. What music did you jam to in high school?
INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, REM, U2

7. Do you trust easily?
Not generally, but sometimes

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
Think, sometimes too much

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
work (need thereof), wondering if old friends have forgiven old faults

10. Do you have a good body-image?
eh. Some days are better than others

11. Is being tagged fun?

12. Can a preying mantis eat a mouse?
Yeah, Amie--weird. My guess is not but what do I know?

13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately?

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
a devoted friend, hard worker

15. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
I am a Child of God, the Gladys Knight, Saints Unified Voices version

16. What’s your favorite item of clothing?
my red shirt with the funny flip buttons

17. Would you steal a Krispy Kreme donut from a baby?
I like </a></b></a>mja700's answer repeated by amie--I would have said no, but true--it's not so good for the little guys.

18. What would you do if you see saw $100 lying on the ground?
Yeah--good answer Amie--"Depends on where it is, are there people around, etc, etc. " 

19. What items could you not go without during the day?
computer. clothes, glasses

20. What should you be doing right now?
working on my thesis

Tags--I'm not sure 8 people follow this blog (for how often I update it, not too surprising, eh?) I'll link it over on my other blog and think about it in a minute.

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Realization? Problem Solving Technique?

No matter how hard you try to think like someone else, you're still the one thinking. Even if you succeed. It's still you doing the thinking. So, as this applies to the creation of characters, every character you write will essentially be a part of you. You can't escape it. The interesting learning comes when you realize those characters you had thought were so different from you are actually much, much more you than the ones you'd thought were you.
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Making friends with Mammon

I don't remember which blog it was, but some author suggested that a writer needs to befriend the enemy, in order to get to an understanding of the protagonist. The enemy, she then spelled out, being nature, man, etc.--those traditional conflict things.

It kind of reminded me of this scripture: Luke 16:9 "And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the amammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations."

I've thought before when I've encountered problems in life how interesting it would be to try writing them out like a novel so I'd know how to solve them. Perhaps there's more truth to that than I'd realized. We can only understand our obstacles, like the characters in our books, by facing them head on--even befriending them.
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Book Meme

1. Bold you've read
2. Italics you intend
3. Underline you love

Most of mine are a little schizo because I've started and not finished. I tried to kind of indicate how much I'd read, but it's pretty iffy.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci
Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of G
reen Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Mis
erables - Victor Hugo