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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ten on Tuesdays

Last week, for the Ten on Tuesdays' installment, I wrote about ten jobs I have had. This week I'm going to write about ten things I wanted to be when I grew up.

1. Neurosurgeon
2. Veterinarian
3. Forensic psychologist
4. Medical examiner. When I was a legal assistant/secretary, I got to read a lot of trial testimony and outline it for my boss. The parts of the testimony that never failed to interest me was when the medical examiners were testifying as to the cause of death, what each wound did, etc. Amazing stuff!
5. FBI agent
6. Political scientist
7. Sovietologist
8. Screenwriter (Wrote a script for "Magnum PI" when I was 18. Usually when a script is sent, some junior office staff member sends the writer a form letter stating "thanks, but no thanks." I actually received a personal letter from one of the producers praising it in specific areas, but he said it wasn't what they were looking for at the present time. I was gutted. Since I never received any support or self esteem at home, I kinda gave up, though I did write a killer "Riptide" and half a "Moonlighting" script afterwards; neither one was submitted. Anyhoo, I shouldn't have taken it so personally because my script was indeed not what they were looking for at that time. Mine was in the usual light hearted somewhat comedic style they had, and the season I submitted it for had a lot more gritty drama to it. The next season they went back to their more light hearted style, and they even had a character similar to mine as a recurring character, so it was flattering, as I later realized).
9. Oceanographer
10. Sociology professor. (Actually went back to school in the mid-1990s to become either a constitutional lawyer or a sociology prof. Instead, I met a lawyer in Detroit, moved there and derailed my plans. Ugh! But life is good now).

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7 comments:

  1. Wow, you had a lot of aspirations! :-) Being a medical examiner would creep me out, I would have nightmares every night! I do see how it could be interesting though, and I give a lot of credit to people who do it. How cool that you submitted a script for a tv show! {And I totally remember watching that with my mom sometimes, and thinking Tom Selleck was really cute. :-)} You should try to write one now for another show and send it in! How cool would it be if they used it. Which show would you choose now? Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Very interesting knowing these little tidbits of info about you!

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  3. Kim - I had a huge crush on Tom Selleck. It's why I wrote the script. I pretended to be the main character. (insert schoolgirl giggles here)

    I'm not sure which show I would write for now. They're not like the 80s shows where it was just kinda fluff entertainment. I'd love to be as creative as the writers of LOST or 24 were. Hm, maybe I'll just write a script about living in Nowhere, ND amongst the inbreds - lol! It would definitely be a comedy. :)

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  4. You were a smart kid. I had never even heard of those things until I was in my twenties!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just reading your profile, I was intrigued. I admire your fortitude in that you're single, and yet have still found a way to stay at home and homeschool! I planned to say that, but after this post, it seems even more appropriate! I truly look up to you! I stay at home w/ my baby, and hope to homeschool.

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  6. Shabby Soul - Yeah, I was kind of a bookworm in school.

    Linda - I hope you can homeschool, too! It's very rewarding, though it can be challenging at times. I started when my son was in 5th grade, so it was a lot easier than if I had started when he was younger. He's now quite the independent thinker, and I think homeschooling only reinforced that.

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