hello, friends. i’ve been nominated for the liebster award many times, and i’m finally getting around to posting about it. there’s going to have to be a part two sometime, as i’ve currently been tagged five times, i believe.
| kathryn’s questions |
what’s your favorite kind of tea?
my favorites are peppermint or english breakfast tea, served in my elephant mug with lots of honey. the elephant’s name is herbert.
what’s your favorite theme song?
the gravity falls theme! it’s so catchy.
i’ve watched the entire show about four times. i have a problem.
if given a free ticket, which country would you choose to visit and why?
probably greece or scotland. greece because i learned some of the language last year, scotland because it’s just insanely beautiful. (i say a learned some of the language, but it was koine greek, which they don’t speak anymore.)
what is the one thing you wish people knew about you?
sometimes i just don’t want to be around anyone. i’ll ignore texts, i’ll try to get out of seeing my friends, etc. and that probably makes me sound like a horrible friend — and maybe i am — but it doesn’t mean that i love them any less. i still adore them, i’m just tired and don’t want to talk. i’ll usually get over it in a week and then i’ll send my pals memes and organize sleepovers and stuff like that.
what is your greatest achievement?
i know all the lyrics to dear evan hansen.
what is your most prized possession?
idk if this really counts as a possession, since i’ve never printed any of them out, but pictures of my friends (like this one of k and b, taken the day before new year’s eve). i’m sure they’re going to leave someday, and i don’t want to forget what it’s liked to love and be loved.
what are three of your main goals?
1) become a bard
i have been in love with idea of being a bard ever since i read the how to train your dragon series. and i know they aren’t really a thing anymore, but i’m sure i can figure something out.
i don’t care where. i just want to grab a friend, my camera, my beat up converse, and leave.
3) publish a book
i’m really hoping that my 2017 nano project is going to be the one that i finish and eventually get published. i’d also like to publish some of my poetry, too.
how did you pick your blog’s name?
most of you know that i’m still an emo loser who loves my chemical romance, right? well, their last album was called danger days: the true lives of the fabulous killjoys, and it came from that.
what’s your favorite post that you’ve written?
it’s about loving someone (clearly), but i didn’t realize i had been in love with them until years later and it was too late. writing that helped me figure out my feelings and some super important things about myself.
if you won the lottery what’s the first thing you’d buy?
a border collie (i would name it turtle), a polaroid camera, and plane tickets to anywhere.
who is your role model?
this lovely man, gerard way. i can’t even begin to describe how much he and his music have helped me. but i would not be who i am if i had not found his band and their inspiring messages.
plus, he went through a lot of rough things and still managed to come out on top. and it’s so comforting that someone can feel horrible enough to write songs like the end., famous last words, the sharpest lives, the only hope for me is you, and i’m not okay (i promise), and then keep living and fall in love and have a family.
| write owl’s questions |
do you enjoy classics or do you think they’re boring and overrated? (i’ll try not to judge you if the latter is the case :p)
i don’t read a lot of classics because most of them aren’t the kind of genre i enjoy. however, i do love the chronicles of narnia and lord of the rings — i can’t resist a good fantasy series.
do you prefer to write/read in first- or third-person?
i pretty much always write in first person. it’s so much easier to get inside the mc’s head and understand them better.
how often do you use personal experiences to make your writing more authentic? do you actively seek out new experiences to heighten your stories?
i write a lot of fantasy, which i unfortunately don’t have a lot of experience with. but i’ve been making many of my characters have poor mental health because i can use my own experiences with that.
as for seeking out new experiences, i do occasionally try to get hurt/spend time around morally ambiguous people for the sake of research. which probably isn’t the smartest thing i’ve ever done, but whatever.
do you listen to music when you write? if so, is there a specific genre that you prefer?
i listen to music while i do everything, honestly. (except for showering??) i guess the genre i listen to depends on what kind of story i’m writing. like when i was working on my 2016 nano project, i played twenty one pilots songs because they’re terribly sad and they matched the mood of my story. if i’m writing poetry, i’ll listen to stuff like sleeping at last, because it’s calming and helps me think better.
where is the strangest place that you have ever found inspiration?
my mum’s billy joel’s greatest hits vol. 2 cd. i may or may not have based an entire story around it.
what are your top three favorite quotes from any book that you have ever read?
“you make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one i love.” -all the bright places by jennifer niven
“i like to think that nothing’s final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don’t, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and i are always young in the woods, and that i’ll see you sometime again, even if it’s not with any kind of eyes i know of or understand. i wouldn’t be surprised if that is the way things go after all — that all things end happy.” -tiger lily by jodi lynn anderson
“‘well, it’s simple to love someone,’ she said. ‘but it’s hard to know when you need to say it out loud.'” -when you reach me by rebecca stead
the second one is from one of my favorite books ever. that particular quote made me cry all night. i’d really recommend checking it out.
do you generally like your characters? have you ever written one that you didn’t like?
yeah, most of the time. i usually think my characters are precious, problematic children who must be protected at all costs. but there was one from a currently abandoned project called shadow bird that i couldn’t stand. she was named delilah hallowell and she was the definition of an arrogant, annoying diva. i really despised her. she might have gotten more bearable if i’d reached the point in the plot where i revealed her Tragic Backstory™, but i never got that far.
what is your favorite movie from a story-telling point of view?
the princess bride. i watch it every time i’m sick, and it still keeps my interest, because the characters are so unique and the story is so bizarre and wonderful.
do you let anyone read your work(s)-in-progress, or do they have to prove themselves worthy before they can get a peek?
i don’t let anyone read my wips anymore, with the exception of posting occasional snippets on my blog. i’ll definitely let my writer internet friends look at my stories if i ever finish them and need beta readers, but until then, no one gets more than a few paragraphs at a time.
who is your favorite author that not many people have heard of?
pseudonymous bosch! he’s the author of the secret series, which is one of my all time favorites. his writing style is hilarious and i love all of characters, they have really dramatic and distinct personalities. 10/10, i would definitely recommend him to anyone.
on average, how many books do you read in one year?
i read about forty-five books last year, which isn’t very good for me. usually, i go through way more than that, but i’ve been in a reading slump since late 2016.
| nominees |
| questions |
do you believe in luck?
do you want any tattoos?
do you want to be a parent?
do you have any siblings?
what did you want to be when you were a kid?
what’s the best halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
what school subject are you best at?
do you have any nicknames?
what song is stuck in your head?
how was your day?
on a different note, i finally gave in to peer pressure (*cough* rutvi and n *cough*) and watched stranger things. it was pretty interesting, but i still think it’s overhyped. my favorite characters are dustin, hopper, and that one conspiracy dude with the vodka. i’d love to discuss the show with you guys in the comments and get your opinions on it. :)