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Questions from Medleymisty!

One of my friends - who has written a great Sims story, by the way - medleymisty, wrote out these questions. I haven't answered questions like this in some time. I love these things. But I won't promise my answers will be that interesting. I guess we'll see!

1. What's your favorite book, and why?

I'll admit that I'm not terribly well-read. Especially for a writer. I've read shamefully few classics in my couple of high school years. I always say that the only college class I would probably benefit from is one dedicated to studying classic literature, because I can't seem to make myself read them on my own.

I like Young Adult books. They may not be as technically well-written as Adult Fiction (though that's up for debate), but they often have, in my opinion, a lot more heart. When I read, I want to feel exactly what the character is feeling, more than I want to see what they are seeing. But if you're able to balance them both, that makes for a great book, indeed.

I change my very favorite book here and there, but my favorite book series is always Harry Potter. Jo Rowling is able to do just what I said: help us both feel and see. She has a vast world of characters and history. As someone creating a world just as big, I admire that. Plenty of Fantasy Fiction does great with world-building, but not all of them have as much heart as the Harry Potter books. That's what makes them special.

2. What's your favorite song, and why?

My favorite song changes even more than my favorite book. But there are a few songs I call on when I need to heal or cry. Might seem like a contradiction, but crying can be healing, sometimes. Anyhow, probably my favorite song would be Anna Nalick's In My Head, because she talks about pretending her soulmate is there with her, and that's what gets her through. And that's pretty much the core of my life. If I didn't let myself pretend to be with him, I wouldn't be able to make it through. Sounds kind of crazy, probably.

A close second would be Owl City's Vanilla Twilight. It's almost the male version of In My Head. Or at least, that's how I see it.

3. If you could eat anything ever, what would you eat?

Oreo cream pie. Honestly, anything with oreos is my weakness.

4. How did you come by your current beliefs?

I think I finally figured out most of what I truly believed in by writing it. Like when I made it that every character in my world had a soulmate, I realized that I believed that was true of our world, too. But I think I always knew what was true for me, even when I was little. Just years of growing up in Catholic School, trying to be the perfect Catholic, might have made me proclaim things I didn't really believe in. Just to note, I do believe in a God, but he isn't as unaccepting as the one I "grew up with".

5. If you had a spaceship, what would you name it?

Firefly! That both is and isn't a reference to the TV show. Basically, I would have named it that even if I hadn't seen the show, which I only watched for the first time a couple of years ago. But now, I do see it as a Firefly ship.

6. If you could turn into a small round thing and go up someone's nose and into their brain and see what it was like to be them, whose nose would you go up?

Oh, I would get way too queasy just thinking about seeing the inside of somebody's body. But if I had to choose someone, I guess I would go into Morgan. At least that would mean I knew where he was!

7. What is your personal definition of humility?

This is a really good question. Asmedleymisty mentions in her post, it can be used to mean self-deprecating. And as someone, who struggles with self-esteem in a pretty extreme way, I can't say that sounds like a good thing. I think what it should mean is knowing your place in the world. Knowing that you're here for a reason, but also that you're connected to the whole world. Respecting that, in general, you're not more important than any other person. That everyone has a place in this world.

8. Pick up the book nearest you. Turn to page 87. What's the first full sentence?

Oh, how unfortunate...This page 87 just has a section title: Rogerson. It's from Sarah Dessen's Dreamland, which I haven't read yet, but I adore a couple of her other books, and this one came quite recommended. This will probably be what I start after I finish Mag Cabot's Insatiable, which is what I'm reading right now. But I have so many good sounding books here to read. <3

9. Do you have heroes? If so, who are they and why are they your hero(es)?

My personal hero is probably my Grandma. She had so much love in her. There were things we disagreed on, but mostly, I admired her strength of love and faith.

When it comes to writing and creating stories, Jo Rowling and Ai Yazawa are my heros. They've inspired me so much. I couldn't thank them enough.

10. Are you attached to your username as part of your identity, or do you have different usernames all over the internet?

Oh, this username means so much to me. If you don't know the history, I once typed it up here. I was getting a little irritated that people kept assuming I used the word firefly because of the Owl City song, when I actually came up with it a good 7-8 years beforehand. Not that I don't adore that song. I mean, if any celebrity were Morgan, it would be Adam Young. <3 And now, I should stop talking, because I'm embarrassing myself. :/

11. What do you think makes for a good healthy friendship?

Sometimes, I'm not sure if any of my friendships are that healthy. Usually, either my friends barely have any time for me, or I end up sucking the life out of them, because I'm so needy and depressing. On the other hand, I would do anything I could for my friends, but at times, I end up feeling like all I ever do is give. It doesn't make me want to give any less, but it does make me feel lonely.

I guess a healthy friendship would be where two people, with love and respect, supported each other, while not compromising their own well-being. But like I said, I'm not sure I know how to do that. I both give and need with such passion, that I think I would need someone, who could match that intensity. That's kind of where Morgan comes in. I need someone, who could be my best friend as well as my lover. Someone, who could handle all my passion. Haha.

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medleymisty
Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Awww man - you shouldn't feel bad about what you like to read! And Harry Potter rocks! :) We went to all the midnight releases of the books from Book 4 on, and then we'd spend the next couple of days reading it.

I will check out those two songs when I can - I know my spousal person likes Anna Nalick, and I liked the one Owl City song I've heard.

Oh man, I love Oreos! I haven't eaten them since the ulcer, though. I wonder if they'd be okay for me? Oreo cream pie sounds delicious.

I get the figuring out your beliefs by writing thing - that's what I do too. The spousal person went to Catholic school up until high school.

I don't believe in a personal God, but I do believe that existence is made of love.

That's an awesome name! You know - Firefly is an awesome My Little Pony. :)

Haha, that's great that you saw it as being about being inside someone else's body. I would have never thought of it that way. Yay I love different thoughts and viewpoints!

*hugs*

I LOVE your definition of humility, and it's one I can agree with. It's just - I've been bullied by people who seem to think that it's about you never daring to have any sort of self-esteem. I wonder if they realize how arrogant that really is, to tell other people how they should feel about themselves and their abilities.

I've heard of Sarah Dessen, but I haven't read any of her work. What's it like?

Your grandmother sounds like an excellent human being.

*makes a note to google Ai Yazawa*

Oooooh. I love your story about your username! And yeah - when you mentioned Owl City before I did think about that song, but actually with what you said about playing with ponies I was wondering if it was connected to Firefly the pony.

Oh dear - I'm sorry if it seems like I don't have time for you. I'm actually looking forward to being voted out of Idol, because then I'll have more time to be properly friends with people. Which no, I was not voted out this week.

I do like your definition and I agree with it. And I'm all intense and passionate too. :)

Yay these were totally awesome answers! :) Thank you for posting them.

fireflys_locket
Jun. 22nd, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Even if I like Twilight? :P Hehe. Oh, but I know Harry Potter is a wonderful series. That's one I'd argue quality on. It's a fantastic work of fiction. But yeah, there are people, who think I should be so well-read as a writer. *Shrugs* I have been trying to read some Adult Fantasy lately. But Young Adult is just the style I love.

Anna Nalick's first CD is one that I think I adore every single song on. I know she has a newer album, but I haven't heard it yet. As for Owl City, I have 3 songs that I use for my fictional Morgan. So, yeah. They are special songs to me. ^_^

Oreo cream pie is so delicious. You should treat yourself to a piece sometime, if you are able to eat it. I don't know if you have an Eat N Park in your area, but that's where I get mine. Yum. Still, lots of places make similar treats.

Okay, which is Firefly? Is she the pink one with wings and a lightning bolt? *Looks it up* Awesome! She was my favorite. I remember having a book about her when I was really little, but it fell apart. :( I guess I liked it too much.

I'm glad you loved my definition. I had a feeling we'd be on the same page about that one. <3

Sarah Dessen writes Young Adult romance. I think she writes pretty strong female characters. My favorite book of hers is The Truth About Forever. I also really love Just Listen. I've read them both twice.

My Grandma was a wonderful person. Like a second mother to me. She died last year. She like an angel watching over me now.

Ai Yazawa is a manga writer/artist. The series I love by her is called NANA about two very different girls, who share the same first name and meet on a train. I love her art, but I also love the way that she tells the story. I wouldn't recommend the early official translations of NANA, though. The first couple of books were kind of awful.

I'll be naming one of my books Firefly's Locket. ^_^

Oh, no. Don't feel bad about it. <3 I'm glad you're doing so well. And I've really been enjoying your writing for it!

Being intense and passionate is a double-edged sword, I think. But I can't imagine life any other way!

Thank you for the questions! ^_^
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