fireflys_locket: (Purple Flower Book - colorvary)
Swiping another book-related set of questions from elsewhere to post here. This one is the Inside & Out tag. Feel free to take this onto wherever you like to answer questions.

I Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough? (Discuss)
I really like book summaries, both reading and writing them. Occasionally, I feel like they give away too much, but usually, I like seeing what all the book wants to tease you with. It's probably the most important factor in deciding what I purchase.

N New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?
I love hardcovers. I box up books and move them often, and they take a beating way better than paperbacks. Plus, I just remember the joy of picking up a new hardcover Harry Potter book. Nothing else compared.

S Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)
Clean, clean, clean. Although I like the idea of making notes in books you want to share with friends.

I In your best voice, read for us your favorite 1st sentence from a book.
Well, since I stole this for my blog, I can't do this one. But I'll link to Alexa reading hers, since it's my favorite as well.

D Does it matter to you whether the author is male of female when you're deciding on a book? What if you're unsure of the author's gender? I'd like to say no, but honestly, I read way more from women authors than male. I find books written by male authors tend to be more gory in fantasy, which is triggering for me, or filled with crude jokes in contemporary, which is also triggering. But I don't consiously avoid male authors.

E Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there? (Do confess thy sins, foul demon!) :)
I have a friend who always reads the end first. (You know who you are!) I've only skipped ahead when it's something I'm considering abandoning. And I used to check all the chapter art when I got a new HP, until I accidently spoiled myself that way in Book 5. Haha.

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O Organized bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?
Organized. Sort of. I just group books together in a way that makes sense to me at the time, and I only shelve books I've already read and want to keep.

U Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?
Possibly? I do love covers and get drawn in or turned off by them, but I can't remember buying any books without reading the synopsis. The cover is the first pull, but it's not enough to sell the book alone.

T Take it outside to read, or stay in?
Reading outside always sounds relaxing, but I'm too twitchy of a person to actually enjoy it.

Music Meme

Jan. 21st, 2017 03:43 pm
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Rules: you can tell a lot about a person from the music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and list the first ten songs, then tag 10 people. Take it if you want to!

1. Poe - Hello

2. S Club 7 - Dangerous

3. Sherwood - Gentleman of Promise

4. Erutan - Come Little Children

5. Nobuo Uematsu - Compression of Time

6. Hilary Duff - I Am

7. Linkin Park - Shadow of the Day

8. Adele - Make You Feel My Love

9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast - Walk Through the Fire

10. t.A.T.u. - Show Me Love
fireflys_locket: (Pretty Hachi - girlgamer)
When you get this ask, list 5 things that make you happy, then send it to the last 10 people that liked/reblogged something from you :)

I decided to repost this here since I ended up writing a lot and wanted to share with more people.


So, you may or may not know, but I struggle a lot with the word happy. If I use it, like I did yesterday, I usually say “I’m happy to” or “I’m happy with” not straight up “I’m happy”. Because I have never felt the kind of happiness that gets down deep in your heart. I’ve always felt lonely and scared of being even more alone in my future. And this is getting awfully mopey for my being in a decently good mood. Sorry.

But here are some things that make me happy-ish and have gotten me through hard times:

1. Working on Magic Inc. Writing, in general, feels great as long as I don’t try to force it and just follow my inspiration’s lead. But Magic Inc. feels even more special than my other stories because it allows me to relive my childhood fantasies and work through some of my deepest feelings in text. That also makes it scarier to eventually share that story with other people. (And soon.) But hopefully, it will reach people who can relate to it.

2. The Sims. I love The Sims. I love making characters on there and “work” stuff like that. But I also love just playing. I’m constantly making stories in my head while playing Sims, and occasionally, they end up as some part of my fictional universe. But just being able to create stuff that’s just for me is a good creative exercise. I get to create without any pressure.

3. Giant Bomb. I can’t tell you how much Giant Bomb (and older GameSpot) videos and podcasts have helped me get through rough periods in my life for the past ten years. The Persona 4 Endurance Run is something I go back to time and time again, and I kind of can’t imagine my life without these dudes in it, as silly as that may sound. Losing Ryan Davis was so hard because it felt like he was a distant friend.

4. Having a great therapist/mentor. Jill is a key part of my life. She’s encouraged me to be myself and follow my dreams. There’s no way I’d be getting ready to publish my first book right now without Jill to read everything I’ve written and to give me her honest feedback.

5. Watching through TV shows with my Mom. Since my great emotional crash of 2010, I’ve usually spent a few hours every night, during my most emotionally vulnerable time, watching TV shows with my Mom. This idea has greatly improved as we realized that watching shows from the beginning through DVDs or streaming is much more fun than just seeing what’s on and having to choose from that. We’ve watched through almost 25 shows over the last few years, and we have fun making silly references to each other.
fireflys_locket: (Without a Soul (Kikyo) - rashiea)
Using only song names from one artist/band, cleverly answer these questions.Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! I pulled this from Tumblr, but if you want to do it, post it anywhere you want.

Music by Evanescence

Are you a male or female or non-binary: Snow White Queen
Describe yourself: Fields of Innocence
How do you feel: My Heart is Broken
Describe where you currently live: Heart Shaped Box
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?: Lost in Paradise
Your favorite form of transportation: Secret Door
Your best friend is: Missing
You and your best friends are: Farther Away
What’s the weather like: Call Me When You're Sober
Favorite time of day: Before the Dawn
If your life was a TV show, what would the title be?: Bring Me to Life
What is life to you: What You Want
Your Relationship: Imaginary
Your fear: Solitude
fireflys_locket: (Valerie - amillionicons)
I found another old quiz thing I decided to fill out. This one should be lot less controversial than the last one. Haha.

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I found this old quiz saved in a Word file recently. It was funny to see how my feelings on things have changed since late 2006. In a lot of ways, they haven't changed much. I was already heading in the direction of being truer to myself at that time. But there were still things I hesitated on then. So, if you're interested, read my new answers and spread this quiz around. And uh, try not to be offended by my views if they don't match yours. Trust me, I used to be way more forceful with my views, which benefited no one.

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I was tagged by my friend, LK Hunsaker, to join this writing process chain. I love answering questions and talking about writing, so I happily joined in! Just be forewarned; this may get long.

LK Hunsaker is the author of many books, including The gallery, which was released last year. I actually reviewed The gallery here earlier this year. You can also read about her writing process here. LK has been a big inspiration for me ever since I met her in 2011. She's given me hope that I actually can finish and release my own books.

Onto the questions!




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What are you working on at the moment?
I'm mainly working on the second drafts of two books, Dreaming in Shadow & Magic Inc. Book One. I've written a lot about Dreaming in Shadow here, but since then, I've finished the first draft. The second draft is coming along well, but it has been a lot of work! On the other hand, Magic Inc.'s second draft has flowed easily most of way through. I've still put a ton of time and effort into it, and I'm currently much further along with it than Dreaming in Shadow, even though I'm planning to release DiS first. These stories are both incredibly close to my heart, and they've gotten me through really hard times. There's a part of me still scared to reach the point where I send these extremely personal stories out into the world, but I'm trying to focus on the excitement of writing and sharing the gift of these stories with other people.

On the side, I'm also working on finishing the very end of the first draft of Miss Masquerade, and the beginning of my newest story, The Town of Raindrops. And then, there are literally a hundred other stories in my head, all in this same same universe. No, seriously, you should see my story list. And those are just the ones with titles. Sometimes, I feel like I have a curse of abundance, because I'll never be able to write all these stories in my lifetime.

How does your work differ from others in the genre?
That's an interesting question. There's a lot of YA Fantasy/Romance out there. And I certainly find they tend to focus more on the characters, much like I do, than Adult Fantasy. So, I feel like I'll fit pretty well into that genre. But I do think my plans to include a lot of real teen and young adult issues are something different. A lot of my books will deal with bullying, anxiety, depression, and sexuality, among other issues. I hope to eventually show a variety of characters, and cover some things that professional publishing seems to shy away from. I want to give a voice to those who struggle with feeling different and misunderstood. These are some lofty goals, and to be honest, I'm quite nervous I won't ever reach them. But I believe I was given these stories for a reason, so I will do my absolute best to give them life.

Why do you write what you do?
I've always focused on fantasy, because that's where my soul dreams. I see (and write) magic as a manifestation of strong emotions. My emotions have always been extreme and passionate. Writing characters with the ability to effect the world with their thoughts and energy is an amazing release for me. When it comes to the relationships, I'm just a hopeless romantic. I write about soulmates because I really believe they exist. That doesn't mean everything will be perfect all the time or that those relationships don't take work. And well, there has to be a story to tell, right? Throw magic in with that, and things can get extremely complicated. Still, I believe everyone has person made for them out there, so that's what I write.

How does your writing process work?
I touched on this a bit in my previous entry, but I'll go more in depth here. Way more.

Usually, a new story idea comes to me through a dream or listening to some new music. Occasionally, I get an idea from watching or reading other stories. Recently, I've expanded into finding myself getting attached to sims I've made up personal stories for during the playing of The Sims 2 and turning them into real characters. Whichever way it comes to me, I'm often totally obsessed with a new idea when it comes to me. Well, first, I think, 'Another story idea? How on Earth am I going to be able to get to another new story?' Then, I obsess over how much I love it, and how much I absolutely need to write it. And I struggle with the desire to drop everything else and start the story right away. But I don't, because I've learned that rarely works out for me. So, I just obsess quietly about this new idea, and watch as it blossoms almost by itself. I feel very guided during this time and the rest of the planning stages. It's like the story and characters know themselves completely, and I'm just getting to know them along the way.

Once the obsessive stage is over, that idea joins the rest in waiting. By this time, I usually have a title and main character names. The next stage might sound odd, but it's collecting a soundtrack. Music is intrinsically tied to my writing process. As I gather, sort, and listen to music on my computer, I create a very light outline of the book by linking songs with scenes of the book. This process takes years. The book grows with random progress as new scenes comes to me, mostly through the music. Once I have a large selection of music on the soundtrack, and the book has had plenty of time to grow, I start to think about the next stage.

For a lot the books that I'm currently writing, I went straight from the light music soundtrack outline to the writing stage. I hated the idea of forcing myself to outline my stories, when I already knew them so well. However, last year, I finally got over my resentment and started making more full outlines. This came from anxiety that I'd never have enough drive to write another full book after I'd finished the three I was working on. I did a full outline for The Town of Raindrops, which convinced me that the story really was ready for its first draft, and I really could make it happen. I also have a nearly finished outline for Magic Inc. Book Two, and I've started a few for other stories.

My first draft stage is an incredibly important part of the process. This is how most of the story comes to be. I've heard other writers say that their first draft often varies greatly from the finished book. This has not been my experience in the slightest. The first draft is the core of my story. All the important parts of the plot have already been figured out in the soundtrack and/or outline stage, so all I have to do is write! HeH. I said that like it was easy. Not really the case. The first draft takes years for me to write, because it takes a lot out of me. Now's the time to bring the characters to life, to make sure I hit all the important parts of the plot in the right places, and to make sure I'm instilling emotion into the text. The writing, itself, might be messy and raw, but it has the heart of the story beating within it.

Then, comes the second draft. Phew. By the time I get here with a story, I'm exhausted. I finished three first drafts last year, and it was so hard. In some ways, finishing a first draft is kind of a bittersweet goodbye. Saying goodbye to the story that was yours and yours alone. My stories don't change their core in the second draft, but they do become something I'm writing with the intention to share. I always write for myself every step of the way, but I am starting to make sure what I want to say and show is actually what's coming across to readers. The second draft is a polished version of the story. The wording usually improves greatly over the first draft. I also take this time to expand sections that go by too fast, add details where they are lacking, and try to make explanations clearer. I don't often cut sections out as much as give them a overhaul, if needed. But really, the plot changes very little. It's the same story it always was, just with a new coat of paint.

I've yet to go beyond a second draft, but I expect the rest of the process to be going over the text at least a few times for mistakes and typos. Right now, I'm finishing the revision of each chapter without going back over it at all, so I know I'll have some editing to do when the second draft is finished. Then, it will be tweaking any parts that need it, and hopefully, gathering more friends and acquaintances to read and give opinions. After that, I'll need to get my dear friend, Mallory, to help me put together a cover. And the rest... we'll see when we get there!

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If anyone wants to join this chain, let me know! I'll post your info down here.

fireflys_locket: (Hachi Paper Smile - moriiz)
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc., on shuffle.

2. For each question, press next to get your answer.

3. You must write the song name down no matter how silly it sounds.

4. Tag 20 people in your post that you want to do this activity.
Do it if you want to. :)

If someone says "are you okay" you say? Round and Round (Erutan)

How would you describe yourself? Fly (Hilary Duff)

What do you like in a guy/girl? Stuck Here Like Mom (Twilight Score) Eh?

How do you feel today? Do You Know [What It Takes]? (Robyn)

What is your life's purpose? Crushcrushcrush (Paramore) Hahaha. <3

What is your motto? Bonds of Sea and Fire (Erutan)

What do your friends think of you? Farewell No. 1 (House of Flying Daggers Score) :(

What do your parents think of you? Find a Way (SafetySuit)

What do you think about often? Euphoria [Firefly] (Delerium)

What is 2+2? Hasee Bounce (Neopets)

What is your life story? Theater (Persona 4 Score)

What do you want to be when you grow up? So Crazy (Namie Amuro) Haha.

What do you think of your best friend? Taking Chances (Céline Dion)

What do you think when you see the person you like? Gargoyle (Sorcerer's Stone Video Game Score) ...it's lucky I don't actually like anyone?

What will you dance to at your wedding? 1000 Times (Sara Bareilles)

What will they play at your funeral? Once Upon a December (Anastasia Soundtrack)

What is your hobby/interest? The Road Home (Final Fantasy XIII)

What is your biggest fear? Roslyn (Bon Iver and St. Vincent)

What is your biggest secret? Pretty (The Cranberries)

What do you think of your friends? Pieces of Seven (Ayumi Hamasaki)

What will your child's first word/words be? So What Does It All Mean? (West, Gould & Fitzgerald) HeH. Smart kid.

What do you say when you look in the mirror? Pictures of People Taking Pictures (Jack Johnson)

What did you say in your sleep last night? Love Me for Me (Ashlee Simpson)

What will you call this post? Knockturn Alley (Draco and the Malfoys)
fireflys_locket: (Flower Faes (Sakura-Tomoyo) - uncieloazu)
I did this on Tumblr, but I thought I'd share it here, too!

Questions from a friend. =)

Rule 1: Post the rules.

Rule 2: Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then, make 11 new ones.

Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to your post.

Rule 4: Let them know you’ve tagged them.

Tagged by: disneycrazymonkey

1.) Ice Cream or Cookies? Cookies.

2.) Vampires or Werewolves? It really depends on the fandom.

3.) Pirates or Ninjas? Ninjas.

4.) Disney or Nick? When I was younger, I definitely would have chosen Nick, but Disney now.

5.) Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter.

6.) What genre of Movies, TV Shows, or books do you like best? Fantasy.

7.) What is your favorite sport? If you hate sports which one do you hate the least? I highly dislike sports, but I think soccer is okay.

8.) Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl? A Night Owl by nature, if no longer by practice. But never an Early Bird.

9.) How would you describe your personal style? (Way of living and/or how you dress) My fashion style (if you could call it that) is very comfortable. My lifestyle is very introverted and full of fandoms.

10.) Barbie or Bratz? Barbie.

11.) What is one of or some of your guilty pleasures? I don’t really feel guilty about too many of my pleasures, but since you mentioned it, Barbie movies. I also love watching Nick Jr. and Disney Jr., because young kids’ shows zen me out. And I guess Dancing with the Stars and Project Runway.

My questions (these are probably really boring):

1. Favorite Book?

2. Favorite Movie?

3. Favorite TV Show?

4. What’s something in your life, that really moved you?

5. What do you want most in life?

6. Are you more Introverted or Extroverted?

7. What’s a cause you really stand behind?

8. Who has been most influential in your life? (Could be someone you know or someone you admire.)

9. What would you consider to be your element? (You can go simple, like Water, or more specific, like Rain.)

10. What’s your creative outlet? (This could really be anything.)

11. What’s your favorite myth or legend?

I’m not really going to tag people, but if you see this and feel like answering my questions, go ahead! Leave me a link to your post in the comments. And if you also saw this on Tumblr, answer where ever suits you best.

fireflys_locket: (Fangirl Hachi - fireflys_locket)
It's been too long since I talked about fandoms on here. I took this survey from this Tumblr post. I'm not sure I have any amazing answers, but I'm going to try my best.

1. What fandom(s) did you fall into this year? Lots, but I'll list some favorites: One Tree Hill, The Hunger Games, Instant Star, Dollhouse, and Dance Academy. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of all of these this year.

2. What new internet slang did you learn? Uh... no idea.

3. What was the best movie you saw? I watched so many great movies in 2012, but I'm not sure which I'd call the best. But if you want a long list of some movies I really loved watching last year: The Last Song, Water Lilies, Foxfire, Keith, The Secret World of Arrietty, Wreck-It Ralph, The Hunger Games, Across the Universe, Sucker Punch, Black Swan, Cruel Intentions, Snow White and the Huntsmen, Beastly, and Red Riding Hood.

4. Favorite character you met this year? Peeta Mellark. <3

5. Favorite meme? I'm not sure about that.

6. What is the most nerdy item you acquired? Maybe the Signed copy of Paper Towns (which I still haven't read yet...)?

7. Favorite new food you tried this year? I don't try a lot of new foods, but this. Thank you, Sam.

8. What was the best book you read? This is so close between Catching Fire and Forbidden, but I'm going to choose Forbidden, because I adored it, and I'm hoping a great new series will follow this great book.

9. Favorite YouTube channel you subscribed to? Michelle Phan. What can I say? Her videos are so relaxing, and I love the music she uses.

10. What is your favorite memory of 2012? Meeting my (almost) step-niece, Brooklyn.

11. What are you looking forward to in 2013? Finishing at least two first drafts, and working on the second drafts of those stories. I am seriously really excited!

12. What is the GIF best expresses 2012 for you? The year in general. Most of my year. The rest of my year.
fireflys_locket: (Purple Flower Book - colorvary)
Okay, my last entry was intense. But I needed to get it out before I tried to tackle this one. A friend and fellow novelist, LK Hunsaker, tagged me from her blog to do this little set of questions. I love questions, by the way. In fact, it's somewhat traditional for me to fill out questions or surveys on my journal, when I'm at my worst. It gives me a temporary focus.

"The rules of the blog hop are simple: Answer ten questions about your WIP (Work in Progress) and tag five more writers/bloggers to do the same. A chain of links will lead you, dear reader, to a forest of wonderful writers all busy creating new books just for you… or so I'm told. So here's my contribution to the chain."

I know a few writers read my blog, so please, carry on the idea! And let me know when you post it! As far as I'm concerned, tell us about whatever creative projects you are working on. Doesn't have to be a novel.

What is the working title of your book?

For this, I'm going to talk about Dreaming in Shadow. I still believe it may be my first book actually out there, and I'm planning to refocus my attention on it next month.

Where did the idea come from for your book?

Plain and simple, I took a nap on December 24, 2003, and I had an awesome dream. When I woke up, I knew things about the characters. Names and personalities. Certain things that were going on with them. It was not my first awesome dream idea, but it was the one, that made me say, "This is it! My first real novel!" I've been working on it ever since.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young-Adult Fantasy/Romance. I believe most of my writing can be categorized this way, though I do like to think I have some fresh ideas to bring to the genre.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, boy! This will be fun. I can't do this for all of my books, but I can for this one. I really lined up some names of characters after actors I had in mind. These might not be accurate in the idea of being the right age to do my movie now, but here we go...


My main character Jodi Thompson is inspired by Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy Darling. With shoulder-length light brown hair, she'd be perfect.


Jeremy Summers is very clearly inspired by Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan. Needs to be blonde with ocean eyes.


Drew (last name left out for spoiler reasons) is inspired by Andy Lawrence. He needs shorter jet-black hair and grey eyes, but he's a great match.


Drake (last name left out for spoiler reasons) inspired by Drake Bell. Looks are 100%. I don't know why I put him in such a dark role, but most actors would love that, right?


Jamie Thompson played by Justin Whalin as Zach Sands. He was not one of the original concepts, but he fits really well (for more reasons than I can say). Just needs dark blue eyes.


Shaye Whittaker played by Alexandria Deberry. Shaye has honey-coloured eyes.

And my newest casting...


Tiffany Heart inspired by Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII. Played by Shay Mitchell.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Ooh. Tricky.

"A girl with emerging magical powers tries to save her lost love from the path of darkness he has chosen to follow."

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published, because I refuse to let someone else decide how my book will go. While my books do cover a lot of average Teen Fantasy/Romance tropes, I also have a lot of storylines and relationships, that are different from the normal market. I will not be told (for example) to straighten out gay characters.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your book?

Eep! I'm still writing it. I've written and rewritten the early parts of Dreaming in Shadow so many times, but this is my first go at a full first draft. But it's nearly done. I'd have to really think about when I started this one. Perhaps, 2007?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm. I may have to think on that one. I am not as well-read as people think.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The dream and the 2003 version of Peter Pan. I also was inspired a bit by a fanfiction, which will remain nameless for now, for spoiler reasons. And all the lovely music I collected for the Dreaming in Shadow soundtrack, particularly Coldplay, for this one.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Magic, visions, and a girl deciding between protecting her love and doing the right thing. Actually... let me give you my work-in-progress synopsis!

"Jodi's been in love with her next-door-neighbor as far back as she can remember. After his disappearance, visions lead her into dangerous close encounters with the gang leader she believes to be her lost love. Jodi is willing to do anything to protect Shadow, but her actions lead to upsetting consequences. As she gets closer to Shadow, she will be forced to choose between protecting the boy she's always loved and saving the lives of innocent people."
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One of my friends - who has written a great Sims story, by the way - [livejournal.com profile] 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. As[livejournal.com profile] medleymisty 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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