Hi guyssss! It’s taggy time again 🙂 I’ve been tagged for the Sunshine blogger award by Freja64 of The Grey Witches. I’ve gotta say – I recently started reading her story, and it’s a true delight 🙂 I command you to go read! (Okay, I don’t command you, but I strongly recommend it). The rules for the award, of course, are as follows:
– In a blog post, thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
Now, here goes my answers to the questions:
- Why did you start writing?
I’m not sure I can say why I started. I’ve always been telling and writing stories. However, I can say why I, at age fifteen, decided that I wanted to be a writer. It’s a little embarrassing, as is usually the case with teenage junk. Well, at age fifteen I read and became completely obsessed with The Da Vinci Code. Actually, with all Dan Brown’s books. I read them multiple times and learnt lines by heart and treated them like they were super reliable (lol) and super amazing books (LOL). Whatever you may say about his books – at least the made me realise I wanted to be a writer, so that’s something I’m thankful for…
(… even if I dare not read them again for fear that I’ll realise they’re bad. Another book I LOVED at the time, I read later, in my twenties, and it was utter garbage. Wtf, teenage me? So sometimes, you just gotta enjoy the memories and not revisit them – they don’t always live up to the hype).
- Where do you write your stories?
In Microsoft Word. Sometimes, I’ll write a bit of a chapter by hand in a notebook if I’m just desperate to get words down. Sometimes even on my phone, if it’s all I have. As for the physical where – at my desk. Though I sometimes like bringing my laptop to a coffee shop and write there. For some reason, having a lot of people and noice around me – but not people I know – calms me.
- Do you write the story first or are you inspired by your gameplay?
Eh, I don’t really play The Sims as of this writing. With AMVS, I do usually take pictures first and then write, though. In other cases, I write and then take pictures, and generally I’ve come to prefer the latter version.
- Have you ever used a version of “yourself” in a story?
More like bits and pieces of myself. I am well aware that I’d make for an extremely boring main character – a good protagonist does stuff, which I hardly ever do. But my characters have something of me: Nadir is shy and has social anxiety, Genevieve is bookish, Celeste enjoys good wine/food and is optimistic, Carlo is a romantic at heart. Vittoria… Okay, Vittoria I have nothing in common which.
Hence why she’s a pain in the ass to write.
- Do you listen to music while writing / playing? If yes, what kind?
I very nearly always listen to music when I’m writing, yes 🙂 Same goes for when I play ts3. If I get very caught up in writing, I sometimes just write without listening to anything, though it’s rare. What I listen to depends on my mood. The past few days I’ve been listening to game soundtracks: Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed II, and Yooka-Laylee being my soundtracks of choice. Other times, I just put on my playlist, which is full of everything from classic rock to the most recent sappy love songs. I like a bit of nearly everything 🙂
- What kind of books do you read and why?
Fantasy, mystery, and romance, mostly. Sometimes a mixture of all of those! I like fantasy because it can do everything that “normal” fiction can… but with dragons and magic powers. I like mystery because I’m a sucker for that – give me an intriguing mystery and I’ll probably be glued to the pages. Romance… is because I’m a big old sappy sap 🙂 Though that said, I prefer books with romantic subplots. Just becuase I like romance, doesn’t mean you can throw a Danielle Steel novel at me (I’ll likely throw it back at you, because I read one of her novels and it was awful).
- Which of your characters could be your roomie?
Vittoria. Probably Celeste 🙂 Cheerful, enjoys life, outgoing – it would suit my own social awkwardness well 🙂
- Have you ever imagined getting your story published?
I have. It’s still something I’m thinking of doing for one of my stories, though I’m taking it easy. I only know that I might want to some day. For now, though, the ts3 WordPress community is plenty to satisfy me.
- Have you already cried while writing something particularly moving?
I almost cried writing another ending to CoM, which I ended up scrapping. It was too bad, because I liked the scene a lot (honestly, I hope I saved it – maybe I can use it later) – it was just waaaaaaay too overwrought and didn’t fit where the characters were at the time.
- Is there someone who reads your stories and who gives you feedback before publishing?
So far there hasn’t been. My boyfriend’s been reading after I’ve posted. However, he’s going to be reading the CoM sequel and AMVS edit before posting them 🙂
- Have you ever wanted to be like one of your characters?
Not really. I try and make my characters flawed, and I’d rather not have their flaws to deal with. I already have my own and they’re quite the struggle. I’ve become a lot more comfortable in my own skin since mid-last year as well, so though I still have bad times, I’m generally happy to be me 🙂
Well, that’s it for now. Thanks again to Freja64 for the nomination and for the great questions. This was a lot of fun 🙂 I’m going to pass on nominating anyone myself, because I’m tired and the math is getting harder. We’re on differentials right now and I gotta say guys… there are so many numbers and I’m just tired.
Anyway, I’ll leave this here and hope everyone has a great day 🙂 I’ll see you in the next post!