Feeding your Dog Celery while Reading all Night

I’m in the last two weeks of the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Contest. I’m on schedule to finish, but the novel is in that tough part, the part where the characters and the author have to agree to end the damn thing. And end it with belief, suspense, twists and still make it real. Difficult time.

Because my head is buried on a stage of made-up people in a real world, I don’t have an ounce of brain power to write something original tonight. Yes, it’s late again on a Tuesday and I just remembered I do a blog on Wednesday. So, thank you Quora for sending me a great email today to give me some fodder. Quora will send out questions from real readers and then solicit answers from real readers. The best get published. I found two interesting questions with two great answers. Hope you enjoy them too.

#1)       Quora Weekly Digest

Chris Torkildson‘s answer to:
How do pandas obtain energy from bamboo if they don’t have cellullase enzymes?
Besides being cute, I think pandas are the most pathetic creature in existence. They derive very little energy from bamboo shoots, but they do get some. Being basically a carnivore, they don’t have herbivore’s adaptations. The price for this is high. They don’t climb, live on steep slopes or move around much since they have no excess energy. They need to keep full to derive the maximum number of calories so they are always eating. They give birth when the embryo is very small because they don’t have the energy to bring it to term, and the embryo is always on the verge of starvation.
PandaEven the cuteness is caused by this situation. Their heads are round because of the massive jaw muscles needed to mash up bamboo with carnivore teeth and their bodies are big and round because that is the most efficient configuration to maintain heat.
It would be like trying to feed your dog celery. He might live for a while, but he would be very grouchy 🙂

Rick Foerster
‘s answer to:
What is it like to be a voracious reader?

I’m a voracious reader, but I don’t kid myself – it’s not all fun and games. As Ahmed Topic said, voracious reading can both be a blessing and a curse. Here’s a few reasons why:

The accomplishment of finishing a book is quick and fleeting. We spend so much time trying to finish something, finally get to the end, close the book, sigh a sense of relief, and then in that same breath, pick up our next book. Voracious readers always have that next book sitting right there to get started on. It’s a new goal, and the last one is forgotten…

We constantly forget what we just read. We never give ourselves enough time to let the last book “sink in.” We jump right into the next one. In fact, we’ll remember reading something in that last book we read, that at the time, thought would change our life. But we forgot what it was. Oh well. We’ll read it again someday…

We would rather read a new book, than re-read an old one. Re-reading an old favorite can be satisfying, but we rarely get the same feeling of “progress” that we get when we read something new, new, new. Reading a new book gives you the sensation of checking-the-box like completing a to-do on a list. Sorry, 1984, it’s just not the same with you anymore…

We feel like we can never keep up. No matter how many books we read, we can never get enough. In fact, the more we read, the more we want to read even more. Our list of books-to-read grows much faster than our list of books-read. We voracious readers can be pretty snobby sometimes, but in many ways, we have the same consumption addiction as compulsive shoppers or the accelerating goals of someone on the hedonistic treadmill. Whenever we get to the goal ahead of us, we look ahead to the next one…
books stacked

An unfinished book can haunt our mind. After about 50 pages or so into a new book, we may start to realize something doesn’t feel right – the book hasn’t “grabbed” us. We voracious readers don’t like
wasting our time on nonsense, so we drop it and move on. But for some reason, like a blinking light in our peripheral vision, it drives us crazy (especially if we haven’t retired it our bookcase, and it continues to sit right there on the table!). We constantly wonder: if I picked it up again, would I like it more than the last time? Did I just miss something? Why don’t I just pick it up again, and put that damn thing (and me) out its misery?…

We feel guilty for reading quantity > quality. Fun quick books are like sugary sweets to the voracious reader, they satisfy our momentary cravings, but leave us feeling guilty over time. We know deep down we should be reading the likes of Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or Dostoyevsky, but can’t help but want to check out that shiny new bestseller…

Normal people’s book recommendations are largely useless. Sorry, we don’t need another recommendation for Malcolm Gladwell…

Many people think we are lazy. Whenever we tell people how much we read, they almost always respond: “I don’t know how you find the time.” We like to break a sly smile, like we’ve got this secret to unlocking the constraints of space-and-time, or that we’re basically the real life version of Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. But we know what they’re really thinking: that we simply must not have the same responsibilities of a normal person, and that must be hermits with the daily demands of a Tibetan monk…

And that leads me into my last point:

We wonder whether we’re ignoring real life. Other people definitely think this about us. But the thoughtful amongst us question ourselves too. Are we reflecting too much, and not acting enough? Are we living in our heads, and not in the real world? Are our friends the characters on the page, and not the people in our life?

Are we just wasting our time?

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4 Responses to Feeding your Dog Celery while Reading all Night

  1. fiddlrts says:

    I plead guilty on the voracious reader thing. Except for picking short books. I don’t tend to do that. The rest, though…

    • bakoheat says:

      I wish I could have had time to add my own comments. I fit every category he writes about. except the “need” to finish a book. Some books I will re-read paragraphs and even pages over and over because of the idea or the excellent writing. I would have had to add a category called: MPBD (Multiple Personality Book Disorder). I always have at least three books (currently 4) going at one time and at least two magazines (currently 3). To show an example of two sentences I re-read multiple times, and in fact was so moved by the use of words, I had to copy a two sentence description from Philip Roth’s last novel, “Nemesis.” I think you will enjoy it TS:

      THAT EVENING, watching his grandmother while she served him his dinner, he found himself wondering if this was how his mother would have come to look if she had been lucky enough to live another fifty years— frail, stooped, brittle-boned, with hair that decades earlier had lost its darkness and thinned to a white fluff, with stringy skin in the crooks of her arms and a fleshy lobe hanging from her chin and joints that ached in the morning and ankles that swelled and throbbed by nightfall and translucent papery skin on her mottled hands and cataracts that had shrouded and discolored her vision. As for the face above the ruin of her neck, it was now a tightly drawn mesh of finely patterned wrinkles, grooves so minute they appeared to be the work of an implement far less crude than the truncheon of old age— an etching needle perhaps, or a lacemaker’s tool, manipulated by a master craftsman to render her as ancient-looking a grandmother as any on earth.

  2. ask says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who
    has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I found it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your internet site.

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