Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?

The Introvert B3

Definitely an introvert. I think all writers must be introverts, because writing is a very lonely occupation. At the same time, however, you must study people if you're going to make believable characters. In almost all of my characters, I can see elements of people I know.

Do you know the difference between an introverted math major and an extroverted math major? An introverted math major looks at his feet when he's talking to someone; an extroverted math major looks at the other person's feet when he's talking.

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If I Had A Magic Wand


I can think of at least one person who needs to be turned into a newt right this minute. Once I de-stress, I'd probaby figure out how to use it for world peace–probably by turning other undesirables into newts. Not only will we have peace, but flies and other annoying bugs will be nearly eradicated.

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On finishing books


Most of the time, yes. It has to be a really bad book for me to give up on it entirely. I also avoid skipping chapters (in non-fiction), even if I just want to hurry up and get to the later chapters.

The last book I gave up on completely was "Your Inner Economist." It had an interesting principle: how to negoiate all sorts of situations (involving money or not) based on economic principals of what people are willing or not willing to do. However, the writing was about what you would expect from an economist who had no real training as a writer. Luckily I only paid a $1 for it at Books-a-Million.

I just finished reading "The Vanishing American Jew" by Alan Dershowitz–but only because I was tenacious. The information in it was good and interesting, but it needed to be shorter. Out of a little over 300 pages of text (not counting endnotes), I think 50 pages could have been cut. In places he took too long to get to the point, and in other places he repeated himself.

It makes me appreciate the necessity of keeping the books I'm writing ( trimmed down. I'm naturally wordy and when I start to write, it takes me a page or two to get warmed up; all the more reason to go back afterwards and trim.

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Coffee vs. Tea

Green Tea

I drink green tea everyday at work. I fill my 2 liter tea pitcher with hot water from the sink, and put two bags of tea in it (I like Celestial green tea with white tea, because the white tea gives it a little extra flavor). I usually give it about 5 minutes to steep and then I start drinking it (I never remove the tea bags, though; it's not necessary). I don't use sugar or anything else in it.

Things to know about making green tea:

1. Don't use boiling water; green tea is best used with hot, but not boiling water.

2. Don't use too much/oversteep. Green tea is bitter if it's too strong. That's why I only use two bags for an entire pitcher and I let them steep completely. If you use a lot of bags for one pitcher, you must be very careful to only let it steep for about a minute, then remove them (I find this is not only tedious, but it's wasteful; why use a small portion of the tea leaf's power, then throw the rest away?)

3. Really good green tea has an electric yellow/green tint. Most of the stuff you get in the grocery store comes out a light brown. While that's drinkable, nothing beats a proper green tea. Look for some at an international grocery store or online.

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