Writing Challenge 7 – 4 Turn Ons

Whoa, it’s been a while since I last did this. Clearly, I really have been too busy sleeping working hard for the money and allowing myself to get distracted by other hobbies–most of them having nothing to do with actual writing because it’s hard to write for fun when you’re writing for a living. Maybe I should write about that one of these days. If I don’t get eaten by my own laziness.

And because I’m TRYING to get back into the blogging saddle again (partly inspired by this one Google Plus Writing Group that encourages its members to write as much as possible), I’m picking this challenge up again. Of course, I’ve already lost the challenge; but the point here is to get me back into writing for this blog even though I have no idea what to write about. That said, I’m tickled pink by the realization that this prompt is focused on my turn-ons. Maybe writing about my turn-ons will inspire me to write more?

Anyway, here are my turn ons:

Thomas William Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston
Image borrowed from Wikipedia, because there’s no way in heck I’d go to Tumblr for this.

I can’t help it. The man’s ridiculously good looking, he seems to be mind-blowingly nice, he’s a damn good actor, he’s proven that he can be funny, and HOLY GOD have you read his writing? Tom Hiddleston is as close to the living embodiment of every nerdy girl’s ideal man. It doesn’t help that he’s British, and I have a thing for accents. Whenever any of my friends posts ANY photo of him, I end up being ridiculously unproductive for about fifteen minutes or so. I also spazz whenever I see his posts on Twitter or Facebook, even if he didn’t directly address it to his fans or to me (a girl can dream; shut up). I’d join Tumblr to get a regular fix, but then I’d be useless and would probably lose my job. Which I STILL like.

Writing Materials

Stuff with which I could write
Many trees dies for my appetites. I’m so sorry. Photo from http://everystockphoto.com

I totally admit to this being a cheat, but what can I say? I totally admit to being one of THOSE people. You know, the people who stock up on pens and notebooks and pretty paper. I can’t help it. I’m naturally drawn to them. Give some to me and I’ll probably love you for a really long time. There’s something about writing on a piece of (good) paper using a pen that just trumps writing on a screen. It’s a sensory experience. You can feel friction and flow and texture; if you’re feeling profound, like I often do when I write things by hand, you can even fancy your words taking on the characteristics of the pen and paper that you’re using to write. Huh. I think it’s why I do most of my personal writing on notebooks and just type most of my “work” writing. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I’m finding it hard to stick to blogging…

Intelligence

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
From the “Sherlock (BBC)” entry of Wikipedia. I admit to thinking that Benedict Cumberbatch is ALSO hot.

Ah, intelligence. Thanks to shows like “Sherlock”, it’s now sexier than ever to be brainy. Of course, there’s a bit of a cheat here–when you get beautiful actors to play smart people, they’ll naturally be perceived as exceptionally attractive. That said, I also have to point out that stupidity is a major turn off for many people now. No matter how symmetrical your face and how hot your beach bod happen to be, you probably won’t attract too many people if you can’t say anything intelligent. I’d also like to think that, with the sudden importance of being smart (the most successful people these days are smart), many of us find a brainy mate more genetically appealing than non-brainy alpha males and females.

A Sense of Humor

Mr. Oswalt is my favorite humorist
Patton Oswalt. One of my favorite funny men. Image ALSO borrowed from Wikipedia.

Again, I know that this is a bit of a cheat in the sense that this kind of ties into intelligence (many experts claim that a sense of humor is a sign of being smart). But since not all brainy people necessarily engage in humor, I thought this deserves to have its own entry. I like laughing, I like letting loose, and being too serious about everything takes too much out of me. It’s not that I can’t make myself laugh, and it’s not that the Internet (or the family cats) don’t provide necessary hilarity; it’s just that it’s nice to know someone who can make me giggle with them. Please note that “laughing with” and “laughing at” are two different things, and “laughing over” is also its own animal. Let’s just settle with “if you know how to make and take a joke, I like you.”

PS: I understand that some people might ask why I wouldn’t include “niceness” here if I’m willing to write “intelligence” and “a sense of humor”. To them I ask – “Isn’t that technically a PREREQUISITE to being turned on?” Ah, well.

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