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12th-Nov-2008 11:04 am - Writer's Block: If Wishes Were Horses
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From shooting stars to stray eyelashes, there are a lot of ways to make a wish. What's your preferred method for asking favors from the universe?
I've never seen a shooting star, but I wished on a horseshoe a couple of times, tossed coins into the fountains and even rubbed Il Porcellino's snout (that's the bronze boar in the Mercato Nuovo in Florence). But my favorite way to make a wish is a prayer and kiss my medallion with Holy Virgin and Child (a birthday present i got from my mom many long years ago).
12th-Nov-2008 10:21 am - Writer's Block: Titular Heroes
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Kurt Vonnegut's books have great titles, like Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse Five. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?
"Gone with the Tramontane" or "Pyrenean Mountain: the true story of two windswept hearts"

Yup, I think you get the theme here.
12th-Nov-2008 09:03 am - Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth
pop idol
Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?
Here's my Top 10 (in no particular order) :

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
The Heart of Everything - Within Temptation
Anywhere but home - Evanescence*
Bona Drag - Morrissey*
Comalies - Lacuna Coil
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Bilingual - Pet Shop Boys
Louder Than The Bombs - The Smiths
Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
The better life - 3 doors down

* Note: I love ALL albums by Evanescence and Morrissey, so it's really impossible to choose just one.

Some other of my fave albums that barely didn't make it to the Top 10 (but for sure would have been on my Top 20 list) :
Meds - Placebo
Olympian - Gene
Nightlife - Pet Shop Boys
Once - Nightwish
Remixed - Deborah Cox
9th-Nov-2008 10:26 am - Writer's Block: Idiomatic Confusion
come and get them
Whether it's a canary in the coal mine or a waitress in the weeds, idiomatic expressions can sometimes stump us even in our own language. What common expression puzzles you the most?
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Living like a canary in a coal mine means giving a warning, usually to its own detriment, of impending danger.

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Now, a waitress in the weeds is a waitress who does not know what she's doing, or how to do something. That really does bring back some memories of my first days (in the weeds) as a waiter at Van Dyke's in Miami. lol

Personally, the idiom that has always puzzled me the most is "All roads lead to Rome". I mean why not Barcelona or Athens or Paris or Istanbul? Depending on whether you take this idiom literally or figuratively and on your own walk of life of course. An interesting detail I've noticed in downtown of the northern catalan city of Perpinya, there is a sign with distances (in kilometers) to various main cities, such as Barcelona, Toulouse, Paris, etc. but the name of the city that really stands out on that sign is Jerusalem. Who on Earth would consider walking/driving distance to the "promised land" from the Palace of the Kings of Majorca?? That I find truly puzzling.
8th-Nov-2008 01:14 pm - Stamped!
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Well, roughly after one week since I sent in my application to tudors_stamp comm, I've been finally stamped as Charles Brandon.

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7th-Nov-2008 03:39 am - Writer's Block: Reading Aloud
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One of the highlights of going to a literary festival is hearing authors read from their own works. What author, living or dead, would you most like to hear read?

My most favorite authors: Miguel de Cervantes, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare.

This is the first time I actually do the writer's block thing, it also must be my quickest answer in a long time. I really didn't have to think twice.
2nd-Nov-2008 09:11 am - In my hood
el burro
When folks ask me where I'm from, I usually tell them Catalunya (Catalonia). In response, I'm then often met with a question mark, if I'm chatting online, or with a brief silence and questioning stare, if in real life. So I thought it'd be cool to give some more info here about the place that I call my home, my hood, my state.

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