|From my novel, 'Eden'.|
|So I know I said I'd be gone for most of the summer, and that's true, but I have this random week here when work was cancelled. So, a week off! And since today is the last day of June, Camp 'WriMo doesn't start til tomorrow and I have nothing better to do since I finished my OTHER novel yesterday.|
*like a novelist*
So anyhoo, this is a blank meme I found from
1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
My absolute favorite realm is known as Kingdom Forever. It's a long story how it came to be, but the main reason it's my favorite is because it's not just about characters and adventure. I put my soul into its creation, and now my soul has leaked out into the rest of it. I'm about to start my fourth book in the series, and I hope to someday publish all of them.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
Whoa now... I have a lot. Probably too many to count. But, based on my folder (and sequential sub-folders) titled "Character Profiles" I have roughly 65 files... which doesn't include several main novel protagonists, and an ocean of minor characters. Geeze... I really need to update that folder. (Also doesn't include villains). Technically I prefer males (being female and all) but my female characters kick butt. Deal with it.
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
Ooh, this is a good one. Well for names, my system used to be different. I used to rely a lot on sites like SeventhSanctum.com, and BehindtheName.com, but now I've matured a little. I no longer use long, complicated names that are probably difficult to pronounce. While I try to keep the names short and easy to read, I also make sure they're cool. Sometimes I like to squish words. Example with my villain, Etheream. I really liked the word 'ethereal' so I switched out the last letter. Then, when I realized 'ether' is kind of a hallucinatory state (really asleep) and that Etheream was a spirit being with a wispy particle body, I decided to nickname him 'Ether'.
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
First? Oh gee... Well... let's see. Officially, the first story I ever finished (30,000 words WOO for novellas!) was about two young people in an academy where one learns to defeat large, sharp-toothy monsters that kill people. They fell in love, there was some fights, people died, and then there was a happy ending.
Going even farther back (to stuff that isn't finished) my first FANTASY story was actually pretty cool. It was based on the premise of a large city attacked by the opposing army and brought to its knees practically overnight. It centered around four main characters, all from the city, who either lost someone they loved or lost their homes due to the attack. These four banded together and decided to get revenge on the villain who led the attack by seeking him out and destroying him. (The farthest I ever got was the part where they actually banded together).
As for one of my first characters, let me see... uhhh... Rozar (fav.me/d64f1g9) was (and is) my first companion character, but he was created in 2010, quite recently. My first character EVER written is probably Spirah from 2009, who was a nervous, strict, overbearing mod-comedian (don't ask) on an old message board I was a member of. She was always afraid of being sued.
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about "youngest"?
My youngest character is Moraine Altair, born this past March. The oldest is Draco, a dragon shifter, and is over 500 years old. (or so he says)
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?
I am totally a morning person. Early bird gets the worm, they say! It really started during the school year, when I had SCHOOL all day long so the only time I had was in the mornings. I got into the habit of rising at 6 AM every day and writing 2-4,000 words (during a challenge) until 9 AM, when I started school. Now that school is out, I still get up at 6, and still write a lot before anyone else gets up. It's very personal and quiet and lovely.
I usually write on the couch.
And I love the computer. I can type over 100 words per minute (like 110, I think). When I try to write by hand, my thoughts go faster than my hand does, and I end up with sloppy notes and/or inconsistent thought processes.
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
YES OF COURSE I DO! I gravitate toward the heavy rock/goth rock/metal side of the music industry, preferably Evanescence, Within Temptation, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Creature Feature, and The Pretty Reckless. As for instrumentals, I love Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine, various anime soundtracks, and Hans Zimmer.
Heck, like all the lyrics I can dig out relate to my stories in some way. This rings especially true with Evanescence and Within Temptation (hooray for ambiguous lyrics!) I'm writing my new book next month to 'The Unforgiving' by Within Temptation. It's just worth it.
8. What's your favourite genre to write? To read?
Fantasy and science fiction all the way, baby!
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
I don't get ideas in any specific way. They come to me from just about anything, anywhere, at any time, in any way. I could be watching TV, or taking a walk, or flailing helplessly down the side of a hill because I put my sneakers in a foot of mud and now I'm slide-slipping my way along like a derp. It could be a key word somewhere that sparks a name which, in turn, sparks a character idea.
Example: I was doing Pre-Calculus and I had to use the degree measure variable 'theta' quite a lot. I decided that 'Theta' would be a cool name for a robot. Hence, Theta 10, my buff cyberdroid war machine, was born.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
Oh dear. Well if you count the 21,000+ word document full of nothing but NaNo Dares (ywp.nanowrimo.org/) then my characters have been in some REALLY weird non-canon situations. I think the weirdest one to date was when Silvermist and Rozar were confronted by a band of annoying cheerleaders who chanted about axes flying through windows and killing people. Needless to say, that one ended with a bang... or rather... a chop.
11. Who is your favourite character to write? Least favourite?
Y you ask me this question?! Y?! I can't possibly choose a favorite character to write when choosing from the unending sea of amazing/fun characters I have! THIS ISN'T FAIR! I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world building?
Maybe it was my July 'WriMo 2011, "Little Flame" which took place in a steampunk-fantasy realm. Or perhaps it's my newest novel, "Blue 15", which takes place in a windowless, underground laboratory/facility with lots of creepy staff who aren't allowed to talk about THINGS!
13. What's your favourite culture to write, fictional or not?
Probably the KF culture, as it grows. It's got all sorts of messed-up societal rules, with lots of wild people running around doing what they want while the politicians do their own thing over there in the city, and royalty watch going 'lol' most of the time. But seriously, it's extremely fun.
When I wrote my April 'WriMo 2013 book this past 'WriMo, I delved into quite a few alternate cultures. This included 1870s versions of France, India, and Britain, both upper and lower classes of each. It was very, VERY interesting to apply fiction to history, and I can't say I didn't enjoy it. Especially when I controlled what happened.
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
Well I used to make maps of my kingdoms all the time, but as I got more and more character-oriented, it didn't seem as important to lay out the land. As long as I have everything mapped out in my head, and it makes sense to readers coming out in the pages, then I think it's alright.
Although I REALLY do want to redo my KF map, because I've connected it to like four other non-KF novels since I created it and I want to let it be known what I've done.
15. Mid way question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
Well first and foremost I admire for being my bestest and a writer at the same time. (I'd go so far as to say she's a comedian, and a fantasy writer. She's a fantastic comedian!)
I also admire for her amazing fanfics, for her epic worlds, and for her hilarious and cute novels.
Professionally, I love Eoin Colfer, Douglas Adams, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, and Mary Shelley.
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how "far" are you willing to go in your writing?
Romance is not my focus, but I do love to pair up characters within my stories. It makes everything so much more complicated. Plus, then it adds depth to the characters as I mess with their feelings and emotions. *is evil*
As in "how far" I'm assuming it's touching on the subject of erotic fiction? Well I have one word to say to YOU, fellows. "EW!" Now my characters will snog now and then, but rarely do they make out, and NEVER will I write a... well... you know.
*storms off awkwardly*
17. Favourite protagonist and why!
Rozero Altair! He's my companion character, meaning he and I are pretty much on the same page and playing the same tune all the time. Unless he disagrees with something I'm writing, and then throws a wrench in all my plans, after which I try to bend said wrench over my knee but fail because I'm a wimp.
He's strong, brave, selfless, and lovable, but he also has his many faults, which add dynamic depth and- "*WHACK*" OUCH! "Many?! What do you mean by 'many faults'?!"
...I'd better go bake an apology pie...
18. Favourite antagonist and why!
Written? So far, probably Blackmist, who is Silvermist's sister. She's evil, to put it bluntly. She takes pleasure in others' pain, and loves to gallumph around torturing and kidnapping and killing slowly. She plays quite a few dangerous mental games, even to the point where... well... that's a spoiler.
Unwritten? EDEN! Definitely. He's the coolest bad boy necromancer mage in the whole entire history of the written WORLD! ...at least, in my head he is. He's so darned cool, I can't possibly contain myself IgettostartwritinghimtomorrowhowwillIwaitAAAAAUGH! mgomg:
19. Favourite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
To be honest, I'd say it's probably January. She started out as a random girl with long blue hair and horns, but then she forced herself to be loved in the middle book of my KF series, "On Wild Wings." She's one of my favorites now, and is quite powerful. She's sweet but assertive, and strong but feminine. A nice mix.
20. What are your favourite character interactions to write?
I'm not entirely clear on what this means, exactly, but I'm assuming it's character-character interactions. Well, let's see. I love fight scenes... they're quick-moving and take up lots of words, which is good for challenges, like 'WriMo. However, when it comes to plot and intrigue and shockers, face-to-face conversations in shadowed rooms works well too.
Or sneaking-up-on-you scenes.
Or scenes where someone is about to die but they don't know it.
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
Yes, I have quite a few children, and a lot of them are children. There's the Rune kids, the Altair kid(s), the Seamount twins, Sterling, Griffin, Madeline... I could go on. They're all pretty interesting, but not all of them are even old enough to be cool. About 2/3 of them are toddlers, and the rest are awkward pre-teens to 15-year olds.
So yeah, I enjoy writing kids, and I love getting in their heads, but I don't have them enough to really make them a staple. And then there's the toddlers. They're just darned cute.
22. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
Well apparently it varies from project to project. Here's how it goes with a normal, NaNoWriMo challenge:
Get random idea for single element > get more ideas for more elements > string elements together > start forming plot > realize I'm short on time til it starts, rush planning > start writing > finish writing > wish I had done it better > get over wishing stage, start fangirling > *RARE STAGE* edit
That's how it usually goes, starting 1-2 months before the actual novel-writing begins. HOWEVER there is now this problem with Blue 15, which is a randomly rogue novel that has popped out of nowhere. I actually got the general FEELING that I wanted to write a sci-fi novel way back in September 2012, and I let that idea sit there, dead-like, all the way up until March 2013. Then I randomly decided to jump feet-first into a sci-fi novel inspired by Inception, Sucker Punch, The Matrix, and Elfen Lied.
Now, it's over 52,000 words, and threatens to bloom to over 100k by next 'WriMo. That means it's not finished. (And so far, it's taken four months, almost five).
23. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?
Well... um... yeah. I've killed characters. It's... a touchy subject. Yeah. It really is. *long, drawn-out breath* It's happened quite a few times, and... well... as long as I'm in the moment, I'm fairly willing. But then I get to the actual part where they have to die and I can't do it.
Literally. Sometimes. Can't.
The most interesting way someone has died in a story of mine? Well, let's see... I think it was when [Name/spoiler] got their arm ripped off and then bled to death? Maybe... or maybe when [Name/spoiler 2] had their mind ripped apart. I dunno. Touchy subject.
24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
Um... not really. There's William, but Draco treats him more like a spawnling than anything else. Even though William can't speak or anything, and isn't even a shifter. But oh well, let the old dragon have his fun.
25. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favourite picture of him!
EEEEEEEEEEEE! I LOVE to draw characters! Just go into my gallery and go 'Original Caracters' and explore my sub-folders. I have TONS of stuff in there. I think my favorite drawing of any one OC would probably be.... aw heck, I can't pick. Sorry! *fail*
26. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
Eh, not necessarily. Again, I like to focus on the actual character-building and developing itself. Although when it really comes down to it, I try to make my characters appear as unique and intriguing as possible. (That way when I draw them, people will actually remember them).
Then there's the practical side of appearances, like in Blue 15, where mechanical body parts lend to the android factory theme. And in KF, where wings mean that the Aviens come from a specific race.
So yeah, I have fun with appearances. Again, look through my gallery and you'll see what I mean.
27. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
Well, Alex is blind. Blue only has one arm. Bailey and Zero both lost an eye. Cypher has extreme athsma. Lillyanna has a maladjusted spine. Blaze has mental relapses.
That's all I can think of.
28. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!
I TAG BECAUSE I KNOW SHE WOULD LIKE IT.
Let's see. She's a writer, I've known her for almost 4 years, she's insane, and whacko, and more insane, and more whacko. She's also crazy. And nutso. And bonkers. I could go on.
Her favorite character of mine is Rayon Hunter, and no doubt she'll tell you about him herself when she fills out this meme too!
Ok folks, that was fun! And it ate up a good hour and a half of my morning, which is okay because I really didn't have anything else to do right at the moment. Everything's finished up, and I am now prepared to head out into that great, vast unknown of the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this July 2013. (AND IT'S GON' BE GUD).
So for now, I leave you. You may either marvel at my incessant ramblings, or fill this out for yourself. Please make sure you accredit the user at the top of the page for the blank meme!