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Old 10-07-2007, 05:28 PM   Senior Registered Member #41
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yeah, but you said "by 2008"...you've still got time, I 'spose.

I'd really like to be writing. I want to end this goddamn year I hate so much, start pre-universitary, and after those two shiny years (or at least I hope they'll be shiny); find myself filling out applications for Universities overseas.
Perhaps a BA in Creative Writing and/or Comparative Literature and Linguistics...I don't know, there are far too many options; thank God I started early and have time. : /
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I have time, but not the Alps-like mountains of cash I need :P
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Old 18-07-2007, 07:21 AM   Senior Registered Member #43
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With the way things have been going I will either be a lonely fry cook or a guy living in a box.
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Old 19-07-2007, 05:26 AM   #44
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wen i grow up i will be the same as i am now an actres
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Old 19-07-2007, 04:05 PM   Senior Registered Member #45
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Junior Senator from New York, GOP, then to national office, and finally, the white house
As long as I'm American I'll do my best to make sure if you're ever in the White House, it'll be for your janitorial shift from 9 - 3.
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As long as I'm American I'll do my best to make sure if you're ever in the White House, it'll be for your janitorial shift from 9 - 3.
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As long as I'm American I'll do my best to make sure if you're ever in the White House, it'll be for your janitorial shift from 9 - 3.
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Old 15-08-2008, 10:04 AM   #48
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Wherever my marks lead me I guess.
The same with me. But I hope to study the history of art in Cracow, if I'll manage.
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Old 15-08-2008, 03:43 PM   #49
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For now I plan on interior designer/ stager and eventually property developer. I'm only in highschool so who knows where I'll really end up. I also change my my constantly so I;ll prolly end up no where.
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Old 18-08-2008, 12:47 PM   #50
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actress of course...and maybe screenwriter I just have written one screenplay...it is not very good but sometimes it wil be better
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:44 AM   Senior Registered Member #51
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I've had my sights set on becoming a film editor for awhile. When I get to college I plan to major in film and take those, from what I hear, ridiculous CORE classes. It's impossible for me to say what I plan to do as a career.
Now where did that come from? I hate reading my old posts.

Surely and definitely, a screenwriter. I love to tell stories on paper, but people keep telling me I should write what I know. I agree, but I woke up one day and realized I didn't know anything. So, am currently in a learning period consisting of films and books -- to broaden my imagination and, hopefully, some inspiration will strike that will lead me to think up a story for my first screenplay.
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I've always found that the way to get inspiration and ideas for writing is... writing. No amount of reading will help if you don't sit down and play with it a little. Once your story heads a certain way, you're free to do research, but just start writing to create the story first. You know enough.
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Old 22-10-2008, 08:07 PM   #53
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My friend Leonie is right, of course. The way to become a writer is just start writing.

Do it Now, while the soup and bread is paid for. Later you won't have time to do the creative stuff during the daylight hours. Those hours will be needed to pay for the room & board. And it really will take awhile to become a good writer.

There are two techniques you need to master. The Outline & The Daydream.

The Outline is used to plot a story and leave a trail of breadcrumbs so you can come back later and finish/modify what you started to write...

The Daydream is used to fill in the blanks in the Outline.

There is another "trick" that will help you if you actually intend to be a writer. That is to buy a Dvorak keyboard and learn to use it. There really is very little controversy left in the world of typing ergonomics. Dvorak typists can type 200 words a minute without injury. The entire "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" was invented to describe repetitive strain injuries that typists receive from using their qwerty keyboards. All computer operating systems now come with built-in support for the Dvorak keyboard.

It's $2.00 to try it out... http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkw...romZR40QQ_mdoZ

Here's the Wikipedia page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard

I recommend you read this page. http://www.dvorak-keyboard.com/

And here's something from someone at MIT http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/Dvorak/

And this should convince you http://www.siteuri.ro/dvorak/

Again, I spent $29.00 to buy a PC Keyboard with the keys in the Dvorak pattern (on eBay, though he doesn't seem to have any for sale right now.) The $2.00 stickers can be used for a trial, along with a simple set of changes to windows or Linux or Mac OS system software. I'm still looking for a USB Keyboard, but they are out there.
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If I ever have to "grow up," what do I want to become?

Let's see, what have I done already?
Ceramics pourer for the largest Ceramics outlet in Northern California
high points include making a numbers matched German Luger (The place I worked was attached to a machine shop that specialized in making replacement parts for guns.)

Craft's Instructor at the YMCA
high points sculpting neat things...

Dishwasher at a bunch of places...
high points, free food.
low points, hard to get out of that lifestyle. People don't seem to think you can do more than that.

Gas Station Attendant
high points, One bright shiny day with a Cowgirl, naked on my lap in an empty house looking out the windows and making memories that, so far, have lasted for 44 years.
low points, It would be easy to become a criminal starting here.

Carny (Yes, I ran off and joined the Carnival.)
High points, Let's see if I can find it. I know i left it somewhere... Let me look around.
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I remember when I was twenty-one, back when I was "Second Man on the Rock-O-Plane" for Blake and Sons, Concessions, life was like this... Fast and uncomplicated. Hour followed hour.

Some hours were spectacular, like when we escaped the midway for a couple of hours up in The Dalles (Sp?) Oregon. It's an area with a very twisty river running through it that has cut canyons about 8 feet deep in the floor of this flat plain. But the river twists back and forth, like a stream of syrup on a waffle... We stole away from the Carnival for a couple of hours in the afternoon to go swimming/skinny dipping in the Dalles... And when we got there there was this girl... We had a lot of good time. And later that night, after the Carnival closed, (in Oregon, back then, the show closed at Midnight.) After the Carnival closed at midnight we went over to the club where the girl danced. She was the Go-Go Dancer at this 'sort-of" Country Western Bar in Redlands, Washington... I can still close my eyes and see her fly around whenever I hear "I'm 'enery The Eighth I Am... 'enery The Eighth I Am... I Am... I got married to the widow next door, She's been married seven times before, and every one was an 'enery, She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam, I'm her eighth old man I'm 'enery, 'enery The Eighth I Am...""
Low points, the show closes for Winter.

Payroll Clerk, The State of California
High points, First encounter with computers...
Low points, First female boss, and her menopause.

Night Counselor at The New Mexico School for the Deaf
High points, I love children
Low Points, Children with long term disabilities.

Manual Writer, The Zia Company
High points, Making six multi-media slide shows... Writing, Photographing, Scoring, Producing them.
Low points, one month writing the Response to the RFQ (Request For Quotation) for the new contract... Everyone I knew was expecting to be replaced and everything depended on what I wrote... Never again!

COBOL Programmer, The Zia Company
High points, Sit in cubical, writing code, fed through slot in door... My first experience with total isolation.
Low Points, having to attempt to modify code written by paranoid programmer who deliberately obfuscated the code so he couldn't be replaced. Then he left. He wasn't near as irreplaceable as he thought he was.

Computer Consultant,
High points, the salary...
Low points. Companies hire consultants when they are in trouble. Sometimes it is merely a "Time Crunch" on a project, but most times it is because they have a boss who can't keep employees. A boss who is nasty to his underlings. This is not a job for beginners.

The next 17 years I spent working at Los Alamos National Lab as what they call a "Computer Technician" because I didn't have a degree.
High points, I was part of CORRTEX. We saved the world and ended The Cold War. There were eight of us, I was the peon. Look it up. I forgot to mention going to NTS (i.e. Nevada Test Site) for three Nuclear Tests. Better than the California earthquakes on the sixth floor of that office building, though the building in California (Sacramento) was much scarier.
Low Points, Working in a University environment for Physicists. A Physicist can never admit that he doesn't know the correct answer. Physicists spend the first 30 years hiding from other people, "doing Physics," and then, to be able to afford to hire them, they are hired as the Boss. Imagine working for someone who hides from his employees.

Truck Driver
High points, Sunsets on I-40 headed west. Café Risqué in Lavonia, Georgia talking with "Sunshine" or "Sky" or "Jade"...
Low points, almost any time spent driving a 75 foot long 13 and a half foot tall rig in New York City or Chicago or New Orleans...

So, given those experiences, the best AND the worst times were "writing". And the way the world is changing nowadays where everyone thinks they can write, and usually can't, so nobody actually gets paid to be a writer anymore, I suspect that the right career path is to join the Carnival and write novels all winter. Love a "townie" now and then, and never tell anybody your Social Security Number.

I almost forgot. The essential tool for becoming a "Writer" is http://www.amazon.com/Careful-Writer.../dp/0684826321

Here it is Used, but in Hardcover for sixty cents and four dollars shipping http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...8/ref=dp_olp_2

Perhaps I could go back to school and learn to make movies like http://tinyurl.com/Worldclass-Movies
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:49 AM   #54
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Now I have some (a little) experience not in interpretation but in translation. I had to translate an e-mail for one company. omg. I understood everything while reading, but when sat in front of the computer I got very confused. I spent 1 hour and a half to type it and make it sound neat. And it was a small letter... Yesterday I could breathe with relief but today they've called me that they have a new e-mail...

But still, I adore English.
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:35 PM   Lifetme Service Award Officer #55
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Don't worry, Surprize, it's always harder to translate than it is to understand. When you read something, you merely try to get the gist of what is being conveyed. When you have to translate the gist of something and make it sound fluent, a lot more effort goes into it. Just take your time - I'm sure you'll find yourself getting quicker and quicker
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I'm gonna be an Aid worker I think. Or something in International Development.
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