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Who the Frak Are You?

Good Wednesday C.N.-ers out there! I hope everyone is enjoying the great fall weather and ready for some interesting politics tonight with the final US Presidential Debate. I also hope you enjoyed the video review I did of the MacSpeech Dictate software. We’re not here to talk politics though today, I want to talk about something much more important….Me.

I’ve seen on various blogs that people ‘open it up to the floor’ for questions as to who they are and to know more about the person who’s blog you’re reading. I’ve wanted to do this for a few weeks and figure now is the time. So…. I put my blog in your hands to ask me anything you want to know about me. In typing up this post, I realize I haven’t given much information about myself as to who I am. I think it will be interesting and I will do my best to let you guys know what I’m all about.

Additionally, I’m open to any writing prompts you would want for me to try out or anything else to challenge me in the writing realm. I may just take you up on an offer!

So submit your questions, queries, challenges, etc in the comments section by Saturday and I’ll begin a series of posts about yours-truly. Enjoy!

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Thursday Thirteen #154

And we’re back after a few weeks off for another Thursday filled with thirteen great things for all Copious Notes readers to see! For this week, I want to let you know about my writing environment. I like to have certain situations and things going on when I write. I think it helps stimulate the creative.

What do *you* need when you write? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments.

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Thirteen things I like to have while I write by Aaron Crocco.

1. A filled cup of Senseo Coffee.

2. Music playing (preferably Pandora).

3. A clean desktop where all programs are closed including my GMail notifier.

4. A full belly always helps, so I try to eat beforehand or have a snack on my desk.

5. All my email has to already have been read.

6. Any websites I want to read have to have been visited.

7. I like to know how long my writing time will be.

8. I like to re-read the previous 1-2 pages so I know exactly where I am.

9. Since I’m on a mac, I like to have my Dictionary widget open and ready in Dashboard

10. I like to set a low goal of how much I want to write (2 pages, 1,000 words, etc) where even if I want to stop writing, I still can accomplish something.

11. I like to make sure all bathroom breaks are taken care of before I sit down. I’m sure you will all agree that they are quite destracting.

12. I like to write during the day.

13. The temperature needs to be at a comfortable level. I hate writing in a sweatshirt or in next-to-nothing.

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Thursday Thirteen #149

Good Thursday to all Copious Notes readers! Welcome to another Thursday list of thirteen items. For this week, I wanted to bring it back to writing, as the past few weeks have just been fun topics. For today’s list we’re going go with things I like to see in books. This could be plot devices, charactar names, interesting description, or anything else. Just things in books that are cool.

What do *you* like to see in books? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments.

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Thirteen things I like to see in books by Aaron Crocco.

1. Stories that takes place in New York because I live here and can better visualize the settings.

2. Any use of technology.

3. Good flow (I think everyone would agree with this one).

4. The feeling of wanting more when the last page is before your eyes.

5. A use of words that doesn’t make me look up a definition every few minutes.

6. A clever phrase that is only used a couple of times to keep it special.

7. The return of a great charactar in another book by the same author.

8. The hope that it will never be made into a movie, since that always sucks more than the book.

9. A quick start that gets me sucked in within the first few pages.

10. A good length but isn’t too long.

11. A subject that is at least somewhat believeable.

12. Doesn’t try anything cute.

13. Has a satisfying ending.

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Double The Meme, Double The Fun

The past few days in the writing blogosphere seem to have been busy with my fellow writers. It seems that the ever insightful Auria Cortes and the always interesting Stephanie from Watch Your Steph tagged me in two seperate memes. I had a pretty busy day at work yesterday and so I was unable to get these posted quickly. I also gave you guys two posts as is and I figured “how much can these people take of me in one day?!?” and I figured you all have an Aaron-tolerance. 🙂

So without any further delay, here’s my two memes:

We’ll begin with Stephanie’s:

The Rules:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

1. Relient K- This Week The Trend. This group sings ‘christian rock’ but they don’t really. I don’t know how to explain them, but I would classify it as more spiritual. Regardless (since I’m not religious) the group has great punk-style songs. This is a common entry on my recent playlists.

2. U2- Orignal Of The Species. This song was featured on Apple’s commercial for the first video iPod. Just another gem from one of the best bands ever.

3. The Smashing Pumpkins- Summer. A B-side song that no one knows really knows about. This is a rare song where James Iha sings instead of Billy Corgan and it’s a mellow song.

4. Barenaked Ladies- If I Had $1,000,000. You may know this from the older NY Lottery commercials. I know it as the song I’ve been waking up to for the past two weeks. (I use my iPod for my alarm clock)

5. Tom Cochrane- Life Is A Highway. Classic 90’s one-hit-wonder track that I love to listen to when I’m driving my weekend sports car. It just gets you into a driving mood.

6. Men Without Hats- Safety Dance. See above but replace 90’s with 80’s.

7. Coldplay- Viva La Viva. You may have heard this on the new iTunes commercial. Coldplay is just one of those bands that throws good songs out there when you think you won’t like them. This single has a great beat and is just overall a lot of fun to listen to.

Alright, now the hard part: who I’m going to tag on this. I pick….. Melanie (What Am I Doing In Mexico and also Colby Marshall!


Meme #2 (A-Z) from Auria:

A-Attached or Single? Does this count for ‘A’ since I’m married? lol

B-Best Friend? My college freshman roomate.

C-Cake or Pie? Cake. Chocolate please with tons of icing or buttercream. I have a mega-sweet tooth.

D-Day of Choice? I’ll go with Saturday. That’s kind of a no-brainer.

E-Essential Items? Wow, how long can this answer be? hehe. Here’s the absolute minimum: My Mac, iPhone, iPod, TiVo, Kindle.

F-Favorite Color? Grey. Yeah I know people tell me that isn’t a real color but I love it.

G-Gummy Bears or Worms? Doesn’t really matter to me. I’d go with bears but both are good.

H-Hometown? I never understood this question because does it mean the town I grew up in or the town I live in now? I always say the town I grew up in, which is East Meadow, NY.

I-Indulgence? This is tough but I’ll go with a toss-up between technology and ice cream.

J-January or July? Eh, both are overrated. I’ll pick January because I hate the heat.

K-Kids? None that I know of! *ZING!* LOL. Those are still a few years off for me.

L-Life isn’t complete without…happiness. Everything is replaceable except people and people who care.

M-Marriage Date? I don’t even know what this means.

N-Number of Siblings? Z-E-R-O.

O-Oranges or Apples? Apples. They’re a great portable snack.

P-Phobias or Fears? Needles. Don’t come near me asking to take my blood!

Q-Quote? There’s a few: “Knowledge equals power”, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything” and “If you’re going to do it, do it right”.

R-Reason to Smile? Knowing my life has some stability when others are in complete chaos.

S-Superman or Wonder Woman? First off, it’s Super-Girl. Second they’re both lame attempts to get women into comic books.

T-Tag 5 people. I don’t even know five people! lol. I’m gonna cheat and just put down Stephanie from Watch Your Steph.

V-Vegetables? Peas & carrots. Yum.

W-Worst Habit? Biting my nails.

X-Ray or Ultrasound? You can’t compare the two and I don’t want to be in a situation where I’d need either of them.

Y-Your Favorite Food? Ice cream or anything with chocolate. Even….. chocolate ice cream!

Z-Zodiac Sign? Fishes.

Thursday Thirteen #148

Happy Thursday! This week, I wanted to keep it light and fun. While not writing-related at all, I figure this is my blog and I’m allowed to have some off-topic things here and there. I’ve decided to go with things I’ve learned from movies, which I hope you enjoy.

What movies have *you* learned from? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments.

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Thirteen things I’ve learned from movies by Aaron Crocco.

1. If you’re going to put a time machine into a car, do it with style. -Back to the Future

2. If someone asks you if you’re a god you say yes. -Ghostbusters

3. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you can miss it. -Ferris Bueller

4. Anger leads to the dark side. -Star Wars

5. If you’re going to be in the mafia, make sure you’re friends with Joe Pesci. -Goodfellas

6. If all your limbs have been severed, you can still attack by biting someones ankles. -Monty Python & the Holy Grail

7. Don’t ever steal using the “Superman 3” method. -Office Space

8. Once someone double or triple dog-dare’s you on something, you’re committed. -A Christmas Story

9. Angelina Jolie can hack any computer. -Hackers

10. If you’re on a tight deadline for a report about historical figures, hope George Carlin comes by with a phone booth. -Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

11. When in jail, ask for a small rock-cutting tool to dig yourself out. -The Shawshank Redemption

12. Don’t piss off the robots because they’ll turn you into batteries. -The Matrix

13. Interfereing with your parents meeting can be detrimental to your health. -Back to the Future

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Thursday Thirteen #146

Good Thursday to you and hello to fellow Thursday Thirteen visitors! I’m going to start out this post by letting you know that this blog is about writing and my attempts to get a writing career started. This blog is also a place to network and learn more about the great universe of writers out there. I hope you enjoy this list and find more content here that will keep you coming back. Thank you for visiting!

For this week’s list I want to give you thirteen sentences that I’m writing on the fly. These aren’t really meant as jump-start sentences but more of a free write session that only allows me to tell as much as possible in one sentence. How much can you get into a sentence without going overboard? Lets find out.

What can *you* do in one sentence? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments.

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Thirteen packed sentences by Aaron Crocco.

1. From the moment I saw her, I knew that her long legs and slinky black dress would spell trouble for my hotel room.

2. Looking out the window, I could see the sun rising and the extinction of my college career coming to an end.

3. His square chin and abundance of scars made it seem he was living up to his predetermined job of bouncer.

4. With each gurgle and pop coming from under the hood, I prayed our momentum would carry us close enough to the edge to permanently avoid getting caught.

5. I understood it all at once and yet could not accept what my mother was telling me.

6. I don’t know how or why but his handshake removed a distance I had felt with anyone the first time I met them.

7. That smile shot through my veins and told me my life was now complete.

8. I looked at the ring in my left hand and as I tried to catch my breath I wondered if the 9mm that was about to go through me really worth the gold I had just aquired.

9. When everyone around you dies, you would think you’re cursed also.

10. I saw the bridge collapsing while exploding missiles fell to my side informing me that it’s either time to run or time to time to fight.

11. What would you say if someone came to you with the very same question?

12. The fact that a seven-year-old out-smarted me was something I could never live down and I knew he had to pay.

13. Sometimes when you change everything, you can get away from your past for a short while but in my case changing means hurting the ones you love.

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Thursday Thirteen #146

Hello Thursday! As another week is coming to an end, I have realized that May is just about over. This means that we’re coming up on the sixth month of the year and we’re almost half-way through 2008. As scary and amazing as that sounds, I think that means it’s time to take inventory and see where we all stand.

For me, I think that a list of thirteen things I still need to accomplish this year would be a good list and give an outline of sorts as to what I need to do with the time left in ’08. Have you gotten your yearly ‘to-do list’ all crossed off? What do *you* still want / need to do. I’d love for you to let us know in the comments.

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Thirteen things I want to accomplish by 12/31/08, by Aaron Crocco

1. Finish or get close to finishing a new book.

2. Participate in NaNoWrimo

3. Title my Robert Book.

4. Get my Robert Book finished and submitted to agents & publishers.

5. Figure out if I’m writing Mars or scrapping it or even re-writing it.

6. Read one or two classic novels on my Kindle.

7. Find a new writing group or start my very own.

8. Blog more often.

9. Find more time to write.

10. Get more involved in the writing community.

11. Successfully write the interactive story.

12. Resume my old podcast or begin a new one that is writing-oriented.

13. Remain confident that I really can do this and perhaps one day make a living off of it.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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