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This is supposed to be my writing hour, but I haven't written anything so far today. I'm too distracted by following the news, right now.

That, and the fact that someone liked my story and already said they'll favorite the sequel made my afraid to write, because what if the sequel isn't good enough.

Writer's Block: The more you know

Should websites like Wikileaks be defended for sharing confidential corporate and government information with the public, and why?


This isn't the easiest question to answer, as it really depends on the circumstances. If any of the leaked documents really have placed people's lives in danger, as some people have accused WikiLeaks of having done, then no, the website should not be protected. And as a general rule, confidentiality exists for a reason. I mean, if there was a website that was publishing people's heath records where anyone could go and read them, that website would be doing something wrong. If it was ordinary citizens' financial records that were posted on the internet that would be a bad thing.

However, on the other side of the equation, when it comes to corporations and governments, there is such a thing as accountability. Some of the things that may be revealed could ultimately lead to something being changed for the better. To look at the corporation example, on a smaller scale, that is whistleblowers are doing. They find out that a corporation is doing something illegal, and they tell the authorities. Things like that should be revealed, but maybe not necessarily on a website.

I think what I'm trying to say here is that I don't think there is really one right answer to this question. I do think WikiLeaks is in the wrong to have published the things they did, but at the same time, I can't find a definite example as to why.

Writer's Block: If I could find my way

If you could turn back time, how far back would you go?


I'd go back about sixteen years and sixteen or seventeen days (not quite sure how days count.) Back to February 1, 1995, and I would make a different choice than the one I made that day. And then, if I had the option of reliving my life from that point forward, I would make sure I enjoyed that rest of that school year, and the one after, so that I would have as many good memories as possible before entering the worst two years of my life. (Although, if I changed what I did, maybe some of what followed wouldn't be so bad.)
I'm doing a practice story to warm up for NaNo and to get used to writing about my characters. I'm also trying to see how much writing I can get done with my work schedule. My goal was 500 words in half an hour, but I decided to stop when I got the end of the scene. (I did not kind of go off topic in what I wrote, but it did give information about the setup . . . so I don't know. I guess that will have to wait until the editing stage.

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D and D Character

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Cleric (4th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-12

Dexterity-11

Constitution-12

Intelligence-15

Wisdom-11

Charisma-9


Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Class:
Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron's vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity's domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric's Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.


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The really funny thing is I am currently in a D and D campaign where I am playing a 4th level Lawful Good Human Cleric.

Writer's Block: The final frontier

If you could only visit one Web site (other than LiveJournal) for the rest of your life, which would you choose, and why?


Well, it would be a difficult choice between Fanfiction.net and TV Tropes. However, if I could still visit LiveJournal, and therefore be able to read fanfiction that had been posted in journals, I would have to choose TV Tropes. There is enough stuff on that site to keep me entertained for days at a time.

Writer's Block: QotD

What's your dream job? Are you qualified for it? If not, would that stop you from taking it if it were offered to you?


My dream job would be to be an actual librarian, which I am not qualified for. I still need to get a Library Science degree. In the mean time, I am more concerned with keeping the job I have, which is at leat in the same field as my dream job. I just wish the budget situation wasn't so bad.

Writer's Block: A rose by any other name

Do you like your birth name? If you had the opportunity to change it, would you? What new name would you choose?


I like my name now, but when I was younger, I used to change my name all the time. I think one year, I went through about four different names . . . half of them from fantasy books. If I could pick a new name . . . I'm really not sure anymore. At this point, I would settle for just having an actually nickname, like my online nickname, Emma.

Writer's Block: High notes

If you could only listen to one music genre for the rest of your life (classical, rock, jazz, etc.), what would you choose, and why?


That would be a really hard choice to make, because I use music to inspire my story ideas, and there are a lot of different genres that I have found useful. However, as surprised as I am that I am choosing this particular answer, I would have to say rock, because that seems to be the best mood music for my stories. (The funny thing is that is it far from being my favorite genre.)

If it was making the choice without taking the need for story inspiration into account, I would choose country, which is actually my favorite music genre.