… so I got this ages ago, ages ago, and I was so taken aback at being nominated! … and then the email disappeared. But I’ve located it. And thank you, so much, iisarawr (Sara – http://sarawriter.wordpress.com/), for the nomination. I’ll endeavour to ask your questions as much as possible. In terms of nominating people – I’m really not sure who I’d nominate, and I’m a little shy to, if I’m honest. Give me a while to get back to it~?
1] How did you start writing?
I started writing because I decided if I wasn’t happy with the ending of a book or a film, that I could rewrite it, and change it. And that was really interesting, and pretty powerful for ten-year-old wee me, I think.
2] Some writers have a routine. Others do not. Do you have a routine? If yes, what is it?
… well. I had a routine – my routine was to write every day, in this blog, in some shape or form. That … stopped for a while, but I didn’t stop writing, so I suppose I made a habit of it. I don’t really have a set time or where I write, but it’s often on my mind.
3] Five favorite books. Go.
… ohh. Hmm. That’s tricky – I’d prefer to name authors, but, in no particular order:
1. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
2. The House on the Strand – Daphne du Maurier
3. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
4. After Dark – Haruki Murakami
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
4] What’s your opinion on movies based on novels?
Oh, I used to be a book-before-film snob. But you know what? I love them. I think it’s great that people are inspired to create something by reading or hearing about a book. Because in the end, it’s just a story, and the film is another way to narrate that story. Some films are rubbish, some books are rubbish.
And if a film introduces someone to the book, or vice versa, then what’s the harm in another fan of the franchise? c:
5] What’s your favorite thing to do when procrastinating?
I don’t think I have a favourite thing to do when procrastinating. I think the very aim of procrastinating is to do anything other than what you’re currently doing. That being said, procrastinating while baking (procrastibaking?) probably has the best outcome for everyone involved.
6] Deadlines. Friend or foe? (Writing, homework, or anything that has a time-limit on it)
Oh. They can be helpful, certainly, but sometimes forcing myself to write just gets me really cranky. I don’t know, I have pretty mixed feelings about deadlines.
7] What is your least favorite type of character? (i.e., the girly-girl, the muscly-saves-the-day guy, etc.)
This might be a little difficult to explain. I don’t like the Scapegoat. I don’t like the character that an author uses to create tension between the protagonist and the romantic interest. That type of character is used to instigate drama, and, depending on the author, has a very poor character arc.
… does that make sense?
8] Do you have any books you read and thought, “I’ll never tell anyone I read this” ?
I’ve read my fair share of trashy romance novels in my time, (Captain Jack’s Woman by Stephanie Laurens, oh yes~!) but I’d never tell anyone I’d not read something. I think the thing I did do was say I’d read something when I hadn’t, because I so desperately wanted to, or because I was embarrassed that I hadn’t read it.
But I’ll never be ashamed or embarrassed of the books I have read. (Even if I didn’t enjoy some of them.)
9] Do you have any strange talents/hobbies? (the definition of “strange” is up to you. Me? I can touch my tongue to my elbow. I have the longest tongue out of anyone I know. It’s so weird.)
I have very lurid dreams, I suppose that’s a strange talent. I hear music in them, a lot of the time, and I can restart my dreams if I wake up. I can also change them around. Does that count? c:
10] What’s on your desk?
Oh. Books, lots of books, a photograph of me and my dad, three teddy bears, a tin full of coins, letters, odd bits of paper, stamps… I can’t actually use it, mind. I should change that.