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Jan. 12th, 2015

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Answer for question 4190.

What is the longest you've ever had to go without sleep? Why?
Most of my sleepless days happened in college, when I pulled all-nighters to finish a lab report or the final paper for a project. These were usually true all-nighters, heading over to the computer lab after track practice in the afternoon and staying in the lab until 8 in the morning (or whenever I had to call it quits). Usually these were all-nighters because I wasn't the only one doing it, and you could get help from the other folks freaking out. Once the lab time was done (hopefully the report was too) I'd rush home, eat breakfast, and get ready for class. I'd feel awful the rest of the day, with tightness in my chest and burning eyes, but thankfully I could spring back from that when I was college age...

Aug. 7th, 2011

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Writer's Block: Study break

What are you studying or did you study in school? Is it related to what you want to do for your career?

I studied Biomedical Engineering, which sounds more impressive than it is, especially the way it was when I took it. I was part of only the third undergraduate class to have that degree, and the curriculum wasn't really worked out just yet. It was sort of a mash-up of nearly every engineering discipline with lots of biology. I think they've got it worked out now, which is good for recent graduates. Not so good for me. I thought it was what I wanted to spend my life doing, though I'm not really using the degree now (which makes me sad). I'm sure it helps me in my job, but I don't want to be a research tech forever, spending my entire life behind a bench. I want to be a writer. But until then, I'll keep working in the lab.

Mar. 31st, 2011

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Writer's Block: The name of the game

What was your favorite game as a child, and why? With whom did you play it?
I loved playing Red Rover when I was a kid. I was faster than most of my friends, so I could come at the line really fast and usually scare them into letting me pass, or break through because I was going so fast. It was fun, until they banned it because other schools had kids with broken arms from the game. I guess I should have paid more attention to the fact that I loved to run back then--maybe I would have gotten into track earlier.

Dec. 8th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Do you want to know a secret?

Which song by The Beatles is your favorite, and why?

I'm torn between "Here Comes The Sun" and "Dear Prudence" because they're both beautiful with pretty harmonies. I've known about HCTS since I was little, but only learned out DP when the Beatles: Rock Band came out. I'm a George fan, but I do love the way John sang that song. RIP both of them. The world needs more harmonies like yours.
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Writer's Block: It Was Only A Dream

Have you ever had a dream so certain it happened? What was it?

Usually when I wake up I know I was dreaming. But there are some times when I'm not quite wake but not fully asleep either, that I can direct what's goig to happen, and I'm nearly positive that it truly is happening at that moment.

For the most part, I don't remember my dreams, and that makes me sad. I've only ever had one dream that was the full-on trailer experience--it was practically a movie for the story I've been thinking about since I was thirteen. I of course couldn't remember any specifics when I woke up, but I knew it had been a technicolor dream. I wish I could have remembered it. It had the ending to the story and everything.

Maybe one day I'll figure out how things turn out.

Sep. 8th, 2010

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Writer's Block: It was a very good year

Which year would you consider the best of your life so far?


Is it bad that I can't think of one? I considered 2002, the year I graduated. But I lost a job that year. 2004-5 was intense, but ultimately disappointing because I didn't get into medical school and paid a lot of money to not do so. I suppose last year could be a contender--I bought a house and didn't lose my job, thank goodness. I'm hoping this year will be great. Turning 30 should make everything great, right?

Jul. 27th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Life with Technology

What's your favorite example of how technology has made your life better?


If you know me, you know this answer is going to revolve around books. Music, too, because I love reading and listening to music at the same time. My example is the iPod touch. I've had an iPod for a few years now, but at the beginning of this year I bought an iPod touch. Now I can read books on any number of ereader apps, AND listen to music at the same time, all in a tiny convenient package. Maybe I should have waited for the iPad--if someone gave me a spare $500 for it I wouldn't say no--but I like the size of the touch, and the price was right when I got it.

Coming in second: my various incarnations of Mac laptops, and the writing program Scrivener, which makes writing novels (when I actually write them, of course) streamlined and pretty to look at.

Jul. 25th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Good Morning Heartache

What is something you worry about everyday? How long has it been plaguing you? Do you think you'll ever overcome it?


Shallow as it may seem, I worry about money every day. Now that I have my own house and thus am responsible for paying a mortgage along with all the associated bills, it worries me more than it used to. I'd like to think that one day I'll make enough money (perhaps through my [as-yet-unwritten] novels?) that it won't be so hard to have that six-month cushion and the idea of travel won't be quite so far-fetched. I hope I'll get over it. It's just money. You can't take it with you, and all that. But it sure would be nice to have enough that getting something so mundane as a fan in the bathroom doesn't seem impossible.

Mar. 24th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Countdown

If a catastrophe struck and you had to leave your home in a hurry (and never return), what items would you grab in your last ten minutes, and why?


I'd grab my laptop and hopefully remember the power cord. Most likely I'll put it in my green bag, which has my phone (and nearly everything else: chapstick, paper, pens, fingernail clippers)--but I'd need my iPod touch too; if there's any WiFi I'll be able to find where help was...if I had a nearby book I'd grab that too.

But I couldn't forget the cat! Wonder if she'd stay in the bag?

Hmm. This reminds me I should set up an emergency bag. Do you have one ready?

Jan. 24th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Back from the dead

If you could experience being dead for one day to learn what happens in the afterlife, and were guaranteed to return to life the following day, would you do it? Why or why not?


I wouldn't do it. I'm content not knowing what happens until it's time to go. I hope that I'm going to the hearts and flowers place, but I'd like to get as much out of living as I can before I have to find out.

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