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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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nanowrimo 2010
Snagged from ringbark"
  1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?

  2. Not a thing that I can recall.
  3. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

  4. I don't generally make resolutions. My goal all year long was to lose some weight. I did (barely).
  5. Did anyone close to you give birth?

  6. No. I think some first cousin had a child or grandchild who did.
  7. Did anyone close to you die?

  8. No.
  9. What countries did you visit?

  10. I stayed in the United States.
  11. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?

  12. A living wage.
  13. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  14. None particularly comes to mind. I can think of a couple of disasters and such but I honestly can't think of a single date I remember.
  15. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  16. I can think of none.
  17. What was your biggest failure?

  18. I sought (am seeking) something to replace reading in my life. I have as yet failed to find anything that even approximates the experience.
  19. Did you suffer illness or injury?

  20. Many and varied, all petty.
  21. What was the best thing you bought?

  22. A projector to replace my television.
  23. Whose behavior merited celebration?

  24. Nobody comes to mind.
  25. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

  26. Those people who keep beheading hostages using a knife of all things.
  27. Where did most of your money go?

  28. a) mortgage b) utilities c) food — in that order
  29. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  30. Nothing
  31. What song will always remind you of 2005?

  32. There was music in 2005? I can't think of a single song from this year that made an impression on me.
  33. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    1. happier or sadder?

    2. sadder
    3. thinner or fatter?

    4. thinner (barely)
    5. richer or poorer?

    6. poorer (savings pretty much depleted)
  34. What do you wish you'd done more of?

  35. Anything creative.
  36. What do you wish you'd done less of?

  37. Procrastination.
  38. How will you be spending Christmas?

  39. Avoiding everyone I possibly can.
  40. Did you fall in love in 2005?

  41. No.
  42. How many one-night stands?

  43. None.
  44. What was your favorite TV program?

  45. I watched a great deal of TV this year.
    1. Da Vinci's Inquest
    2. CSI
    3. Supernatural
    4. Bones
    5. House
    6. Stargate SG-1
    7. Stargate Atlantis
    8. Rome
    9. Criminal Minds
    10. Wanted
    11. Medium
    12. Without a Trace
    13. Law & Order: CI
    14. NCIS
    15. Close to Home
    16. Drawn Together
    17. American Dad
    18. Ghost Whisperer
    19. The Closer
    20. Law & Order: SVU
    21. Crossing Jordan
    22. Prison Break
    23. Law & Order
    24. Surface
    25. Charmed
  46. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

  47. I don't know anyone that I genuinely hate.
  48. What was the best book you read?

  49. I have to substitute a movie as I can't really read. I think I liked The Incredibles best.
  50. What was your greatest musical discovery?

  51. Didn't have one unless you count rediscovering my (long-lost so I thought) copy of Tom Waits "black Rider" in the bottom of my CD case.
  52. What did you want and get?

  53. A projector to replace my television.
  54. What did you want and not get?

  55. An outlet for creativity.
  56. What was your favorite film of this year?

  57. Incredibles, Fantastic 4, F4 was the last movie I'll ever see in theatres.
  58. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  59. I did nothing on my birthday as I always have.
  60. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  61. Enough funds to tread water instead of sinking.
  62. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?

  63. I bought no clothing in 2005. My wardrobe consists of 7 pairs of jeans (2 blue, 5 black) and about two dozen t-shirts, many of which feature Marvin the Martian.
  64. What kept you sane?

  65. Since I first began hallucinating this year I would say ... nothing did keep me sane.
  66. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

  67. My interest in celebrities is practically nil but I suppose I was most pleased by performances by Patricia Arquette in "medium", Mandy Patinkin in "Criminal Minds", and both Nicholas Campbell & Ian Tracey in "Da Vinci's Inquest" plus numerous good performances by second bananas who should be noticed Jake Weber: Medium, Julian McMahon: Fantastic 4, Gary Cole, Josey Scott & Lee Tergesen: Wanted, and, Eric Milegan, & David Boreanaz: Bones.
  68. What political issue stirred you the most?

  69. The obvious deceit in the conduct of American politics.
  70. Who did you miss?

  71. My boys.
  72. Who was the best new person you met?

  73. I don't think I actually met, in person, anyone new. I don't count chat room friends as "met".
  74. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:

  75. It is possible to injure yourself while lying in your bed asleep.
  76. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

  77. "Everybody's goin' nowhere slowly..."</li>

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to replace reading?

Sorry for just stopping here without an introduction. I am a friend of ringbark.
Have you ever tried listening to the books on tape instead of reading? In the UK we can get many more books on audio now than ever before, so perhaps they are available in the U.S too?
I like listening to Radio myself too, passes some hours away in the day.

Re: to replace reading?

Thank you. Your suggestion is a good one. Sadly, I've gone the audio route and it doesn't give me that for which I'm looking. I have learned braille and find it in no way compares to reading visually. I can get information in ways other than reading, but that is not my only goal.

I don't know how to explain precisely what I used to get from reading. I think all the obvious benefits need no enumeration. I used to experience a full absorbition of my attention, something familiar to most readers I think, in which I was fully engaged in not so much reading as experiencing the book. There is nothing I have found since losing my abiilty to read that fully absorbs my attention or which produces that almost trance-like sense of participation.

It is the one thing blindness seems to have taken from me irreplaceably.

Re: to replace reading?

We take so much for granted. I've been lost in books many times, completely cut off from the world. The only thing that comes close is day dreaming, but even that is not the same.

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