Apr 27 2009

I hate the phrase “given the opportunity.”

Published by at 6:51 am under Uncategorized

Don’t wait to be given an opportunity. Make your own.

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22 Responses to “I hate the phrase “given the opportunity.””

  1. ikaruson 27 Apr 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Given the opportunity, I would.

  2. Davidon 27 Apr 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I hate the phrase rise and shine.

  3. Wingson 27 Apr 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I hate many things in this universe, including…

    –nearly all Disney Channel stars.
    –the color pink.
    –the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
    –those that mock my writing.
    –people that think this site is full of 50 year olds sitting in libraries. (Someone actually said that to me).

  4. B. Macon 27 Apr 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “…think this site is full of 50 year olds sitting in libraries…” WTF? According to my survey, 50% of our readers are between 13-18 and another 30% are 19-22. I don’t think that readers aged 50+ have much interest in writing superhero novels and comic books.

    I’m morbidly curious about what kind of superhero writing advice that person would like to see instead. “Hai im b mac thx u 4 comn 2 my super hero site.”

    Thanks for introducing my site to other people, though. I appreciate it.

  5. Dforceon 27 Apr 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Whoa. I was just sifting through. B. Mac? Had a tough day? I think it’s fine that some people think that way, that way we only get those who are interesting and open-minded enough to come here. Would you really want to have a conversation with someone that uses text shorthand ad nauseum? Not to mention the possible flame wars we could have on this very site if they did come. *shudders*

    I got another question. How do you make an opportunity without having to kiss up to everyone? Or, rather, without coming off as annoying? I know persistence is key, but I’d hate to have someone stalk me just to get a contract, or a job. Any thoughts?

  6. Marissaon 28 Apr 2009 at 12:38 am

    Given the opportunity, I think B. Mac would punt all those who’re using this as one big ironic joke. ;D

  7. Lunajamniaon 28 Apr 2009 at 3:32 am

    … me, 50? Haha.

  8. Ragged Boyon 28 Apr 2009 at 8:17 am

    50! Damn that plastic surgeon. I told him to take his time and make me look sixteen. Given the oppurtunity, I’d take him to court.

    Now, I’m going to go self-inject some botox, seeya later.

  9. Davidon 28 Apr 2009 at 8:55 am

    im only 21 lol thats a thing a third of over 50s dont know how to use a computer and the other quarter eather cant be botherd to use one or dont care about superhero comics

    nevermind we know how old we are lol

  10. Wingson 28 Apr 2009 at 8:59 am

    I believe that they believe that you are all lying (which I assuredly do not!). It’s better than being called stalkers, I guess…

    But I can actually tell by your writing styles that you guy’s aren’t much older than me. I mean, I know some people’s ages (B.Mac of course is 21, Ragged Boy is 16 or 17) and there are some that I’m pretty sure about (I’m guessing Holliequ is 17 and Luna is 14-15), and then there are some whom I have no clue about (Marissa, Dforce, etc.)

    And seriously, no poseur is that consistent.

    – Wings

  11. Ragged Boyon 28 Apr 2009 at 9:19 am

    I’m 17. I think Hollie is 19, some one is. Marissa is older, Dforce is 19, Fitz is 16, Stefan is 15, Avi is 16, Wings is 14, Whovian is 15, David is 21, and that’s about all I know for sure.

  12. Wingson 28 Apr 2009 at 9:24 am

    Wow, for a site aimed at 15-18 year old males, there are a lot of girls here, and the majority of us are younger than 18.

    Wow, Whovian’s only a year older than me…(Err, at least, in two months I’ll be 14).

    – Wings

  13. Gurion Omegaon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:02 am

    How old am I? Can anyone guess?

  14. Ragged Boyon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:06 am

    38! 😉

  15. Gurion Omegaon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:12 am


  16. B. Macon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:19 am

    I’d lean towards 15 or 16.

    –You sound like you’re familiar with the Eragon series. I don’t think that series has very much appeal to readers aged 20+. In particular, it plays well with mid-teens.
    –You are familiar with Avatar. I imagine that most Avatar fans range widely from 8-22, so this doesn’t say very much.
    –You’re a regular commenter here; most of our other regular commenters are 13-20.
    –Your protagonists are mostly in their mid-teens.
    –You tend to ramble less than I do. I find that older commenters tend to write longer comments. My guess on the age-range here is 10-20.
    –Contradictory evidence: You’ve read Dune and Two Towers. God, I was reading Spiderman and Jumper when I was 15. Incidentally, Spiderman still has an honored spot on my bookshelf, right next to Hans Morgenthau and Francis Fukuyama.

  17. Ragged Boyon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’m just joking, Omega. I’d say 15.

  18. Gurion Omegaon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:40 am

    Wow, I’m flattered. I’m actually at least three years younger than your estimates.

  19. B. Macon 30 Apr 2009 at 8:42 am


    We haven’t had any survey respondents that reported they were 12 or younger.

  20. Wingson 30 Apr 2009 at 8:48 am

    Wow, someone younger than me….(I’m at least a year older than you)

    The age conversation seriously grew, though. Now all I have to to is get Pierce’s creator on this website…

    – Wings

  21. Holliequon 30 Apr 2009 at 9:04 am

    I’m 16, RB. 17 in a few months. 🙂 I have been given the opportunity to learn to drive this year! I’m so excited.

  22. Ragged Boyon 30 Apr 2009 at 9:15 am

    Oh, I thought for sure I heard you were 19, maybe that was Luna.

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