rai_ryu: (Badman)
This is my first post directly on Dreamwidth, and I'm wasting it on this survey instead of actually writing stuff! Ha Ha Ha

01:When did you first start writing?
I remember actually beginning to write stuff in grade 4 or 5.

02:What was your favorite book growing up?
Go Dog Go (when I was very young), then Into The Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville, and The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (these are still on my list of favourite books)

03:Are you an avid reader?
I'd say so! Although HOW "avid" depends on what I'm reading - if it's really dull, I tend to try and avoid it.

04:Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
I wouldn't say across the ROOM. I've definitely thrown a book down on the bed, and shoved a pillow over it for good measure. Writers are the worst sometimes.

05:Did you take writing courses in school/college?
I took creative writing in highschool, which had a lot less fiction than you'd expect. Then I took a business writing course in college, cause it was required.

06:Have you read any writing-advice books?
Yes, I had to for an assignment once. They are as such:
The 28 Biggest Writing Blunders (And How to Avoid Them)
This one wasn't bad, but most of the blunders were things I would never have tried to do, or things I already knew.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
I enjoyed reading it and it had a lot of excerpts from good books. I don't... actually remember much of it's advice though because I read it so long ago ^^'

07:Have you ever been part of a critique group?
Not really. I feel like a lot of times when people try to start "critique groups" what they really mean is "I want someone to critique my novel but I don't want to read/critique other people's writing", so the group soon falls apart.

08:What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
"It seems more like a Western than a Fantasy"
I can't say if this is really the BEST piece, but I think it's the sort of thing I'm looking for. If I'm really missing the mark I want to be aware. And my first reaction was to think "Of course it's fantasy, just wait until the end of the novel when someone becomes immortal!" But then over the years I started to think, if it's not obvious from the beginning then everything's gonna look out of place. I need to find a way to work magic into the world before the last chapter.

09:What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
"IT'S PERFECT DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING"

10:What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
Weirdly specific description, obligatory romance.

11:What’s your favorite book cover?
Uhg, there's so many that I like!
The first cover of Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan is beautiful, as are the UK covers of her Demon's Lexicon trilogy. I really like the covers of the Eternal Sky trilogy by Elizabeth Bear. And there's a special mention to Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan. (I've probably left out something lovely!)

12:Who is your favorite author?
Tamora Pierce, Sarah Rees Brennan, Scott Lynch, Kenneth Oppel, Caitlin R. Kiernan.

13:What’s your favorite writing quote?
I can't think of any off the top of my head, but probably just something simple like "Writer's Write".

14:What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
I like to follow the blogs of authors like Sarah Rees Brennan, Malinda Lo and Elizabeth Bear. They're not exactly "writing blogs" but they provide insight sometimes, to how different writers do things.

15:What would you say has inspired you the most?
Being very lonely and having ample time to use my imagination.

16:How do you feel about movies based on books?
Usually... they're not good. Or not AS good. But my favourite book was turned into the Worst Movie Ever, so I'm very bitter.

17:Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
I don't really know if they would work as such. Although, the story I'm working on now would make an interesting video game, I think.

18:How do you feel about love triangles?
They're so tiring and overdone! Even if someone tries to do like, a subversion of one, it tires me out right away.

19:Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
I used to prefer writing by hand, but I have wrist problems so now I have to type everything out.

20:What’s your favorite writing program?
I just use MS word, ahah

21:Do you outline?
It looks like I tend to outline AFTER my first draft.

22:Do you start with characters or plot?
Almost always, it's characters. I have a lot of characters that I don't yet have a plot for.

23:What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
I like backstories and figuring out why characters act like they do, and how they'd respond to certain things. I dislike finding the "little things" about a character - if I look for them, they seem forced, if I don't look, they might not show up.

24:What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
My favourite part is when things all fit together, my least favourite part is MAKING THINGS ALL FIT TOGETHER. And also trying to figure out if things are "believable"

25:What advice would you give to young writers?
Edit AFTER you write.

26:Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
Physical books. Ebooks don't feel real to me, and screens are hard to pay attention to.

27:Which is your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy.

28:Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
I usually start off with an ending in mind. Maybe I'll have a beginning scene. But I always have to really work to connect them together.

29:Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
I actually enjoy editing, but it always leads to more writing anyway. Editing is definitely less frightening than writing.

30:Have you ever written fan-fiction?
Yes, and it was not good.

31:Have you ever been published?
A couple of short stories.

32:How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
Friends can read it, relatives are embarrassing because I always feel like they'll look for a hidden message in what I'm writing.

33:Are you interested in having your work published?
I'd like to.

34:Describe your writing space.
It's my bed... which is apparently a bad place to do it :P

35:What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
Mid-day or at night, I think.

36:Do you listen to music when you write?
Sometimes - but it needs to fit the mood of things.

37:What’s your oldest WIP?
I started it in 5th grade and I'm going to re-write for the 4th time this November.

38:What’s your current WIP?
"current" haha. Well, it's a sci-fi story (trilogy) that I've been working on for the past few NaNoWriMos. I've also got another short sci-fi story that I'm working on. I mostly have it written out but I need to re-write some scenes to fit the mood.

39:What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
There's probably been weirder but "eccentric millionaire builds and android and wipes his memory, gets him addicted to drugs, and watches him suffer for fun". Why??????

40:Which is your favorite original character, and why?
I like them all and they all have a special place in my heart!!
But I do really like my roleplay characters and I feel like I've done a lot of work with them and they've got all those little character details down.

41:What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
See if where they're going is better than my first idea.

42:Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
In some ways yes, in some ways no. I feel like suffering can become a bit too much. However, in my current novels, the main character gets injured a LOT, and I enjoy that.

43:Have you ever killed a main character?
I don't actually think I have. I don't think you need to, or at least, I've never needed to.

44:What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
Uh, I feel like I have a lot, but there's one that I don't even know what I was thinking... "Alien crash lands on earth and is taken in by a priest who makes him a religious zealot". But also "Anthropomorphised drafting compass that has a genetic disorder which causes her to murder people uncontrollably". I'm sure there have been even stranger than that.

45:What’s your favorite character name?
In fiction, I really enjoy the name "Scarborough Pentecost" from Caitlin R. Kiernan's Threshold.
Of my own, I like the classic "Carmine Red", but I'm currently enjoying "Lambda" (I mean, it's a code name, but still).

46:Describe your perfect writing space.
Maybe like a futon, something that offers lots of different seating arrangements. I like sunny places in general and places with lots of plants. Mostly I just need a space where I can write comfortably on a laptop so that I don't completely kill my wrists.

47:If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
Nick from The Demon's Lexicon, because he's so simple on the surface but has a lot of depths. I like the struggles he has with connecting to people and also with violence. I think it's something I tend to use a lot in my own characters, too.

48:If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
I feel like if I continued any of the series I like, it'd just be a fluff piece about all the characters living on to do the things I want them to :P

49:If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
I don't know if there are any authors I read whose style is really similar to mine, but it'd be cool to write a dark faerie tale or something with Bruce Coville or Kenneth Oppel. One of the things I really enjoyed about reading them as a child was that, although they wrote children's books, their stories had really dark themes to them as well, and they didn't leave them out for the children's sake. So the stories that I wrote at that age turned out the same way.

50:If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
Tortall! But it'd also be cool to live as one of the Old Ones in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence.
rai_ryu: (AnoHana)
I wanted to fill this out but it's a little too deep for Facebook, and no one goes on Myspace anymore, so I'm doing it here. Not that anyone reads my LJ, but there are at least still people ON Livejournal, so the delusion can be upheld.

1. What is more difficult for you, looking into someones eyes
when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someones eyes
when they are telling you how they feel?

When telling them how I feel. Actually, it's hard to tell someone how I feel outside of writing at all, so looking into their eyes at the same time is kinda pushing the limit.


2. Think of the last time you were REALLY angry. WHY were you angry? Do you still feel the same way?
Probably because my girlfriend lied to me. I am obviously not STILL angry, but I'm sure if it happened again I would get angry again.


3. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There
is a fire in the back of the plane. You have enough time to make ONE
phone call. Who do you call? What do you tell them?

Providing she'd actually answer the call, my baguette. I'm not exactly sure WHAT I would say, since really, I could say anything at all, because I wouldn't have to back it up after that. I just hope that I'd be able to talk at all, since phones are not my strength.


4. You are at the doctor’s office and he has just informed you
that you have approximately one month to live. Do you tell
anyone/everyone you are going to die? What do you do with your remaining
days? Would you be afraid?

I would probably eventually tell people, but probably not right away. I'd quit my job because like hell I'm working at Subway with one month to live. Obviously I'd "set my affairs in order". Then I'd spend it in some art-fever trying to write out all the bits of stories and characters that I have in my head so that they wouldn't die with me.


5. You can have one of the following two things. Which do you choose? Why? Love and Trust.
Trust. Love is completely superficial if it's with someone you can't trust - even familial love means nothing if you can't rely on the people that love you.


6. You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is
a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has
told you if you are late even once more, you are fired. Do you take the
time to save the dogs life? Why or Why not?

Ok, let me start this by saying I am never late so this scenario is not too plausible :P
I would obviously save the dog's life, since I like animals way more than I like people or money. I'd rather live on the street without a job than live knowing I'd let an animal die just so I could be somewhere on time.

7. Would you rather be hurt by the one you trust the most or the one you love the most?
Love the most. You can eventually get over love, lost love, or whatever. But trust is something that's very crucial, and it's something that can't ever be fixed once it breaks. It's a lot harder to cultivate trust than love, and if I had to lose one, to break one, it would be love.


8. Your best friend confesses that he/she has feelings for you
more than just friendship. He/she is falling in love with you. What do
you (or did you) do/say?

1. We are brothers man and I do not ship us. You will ruin everything (lol this conversation would never happen)
2. We've been through this before, and it always seems to happen at the most inopportune times. We can't work out that way.

9. Think of the last person who you know that died. You have the
chance to give them 1 hour of life back, but you have to give up one
year of yours. Do you do it? Why or Why not?

That would be my grandad, and no. He was old anyway, so it makes sense that he died. What's he gonna do with one hour?


10. Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend?
Sometimes I'd say yes, sometimes no. At least my own antisocialness wouldn't bother me.


11. Does love = sex?
Not even the slightest bit.


12.Your boss tells your coworker that they have to let them go
because of work shortage, and they are the newest employee. You have
been there much longer. Your coworker has a family to support and no
other means of income. Do you go to your boss and offer to leave the
company? Why or Why not?

If I could work up the courage to talk to someone, yeah, I probably would. I mean, in my current position. I live at home, so I don't desperately need the money like they would. Also, for my current job, I don't like it anyway so someone who wants it might as well get to have it. I guess all of this would change depending on my own personal position in life.


13.When was the last time you told someone HONESTLY how you felt
regardless of how difficult it was for you to say? Who was it? What did
you have to tell the person?

Talking about fear of commitment and my stupidity in general. To my baguette but I'd also discussed it with my friends. Things didn't go AS badly as I thought, though it didn't necessarily resolve much.


14. What would be (or what was) harder for you to tell a member
of the opposite/same sex, you love them or that you do not love them
back?

I guess it would depend how I otherwise felt about them. If I really liked them as a friend or whatever, it might be harder for me to tell them I didn't love them back. But if I didn't care about them at all, it'd be a piece of cake. Telling someone you love them isn't necessarily... hard? In that, you can tell someone you love them and not have them think of it as a big deal. I mean, at least in a lot of cases I've seen. At this point in my life I think I could deal with someone not loving me back.


15. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up? Why would it be hard to lose?
Art/creativity, because otherwise I don't really see much point in existence. You can do whatever, but if there's nothing boiling up inside of you, nothing that needs to come out, what would life be like? I've never lived a life where I wasn't creative or didn't have imaginary things filling up my chest, so I don't know. I think a life like that would be kind of empty.


16. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them. Who were they to you?
I don't really do stuff like this.


17. If there was one moment and one time in the last month what would you change and why?
Months kind of all blur together. Though I think just, one of the times where I expected to be a certain way but I was another way without realizing it. It sounds like I'm being intentionally vague, but I'm not. That's just the only way to describe it.


18. Would you give a homeless person CPR if they were dying? Why or Why not?
I don't know CPR.


19.You are holding onto your grandmother’s hand and the hand of a
newborn that you do not know as they hang over the edge of a cliff. You
have to let one go to save the other. Who do you let fall to their
death? What was your rationale for making the decision?

I probably would be ok with letting go of either or both of their hands, though I guess knowing my one surviving granny, she probably wouldn't be too thrilled at me killing a baby over her, so probably I'd save the baby.


20. Are you old fashioned?
In some ways yes, I think I am.


21. When was the last time you were nice to someone and did NOT expect anything in return for it?
The last really big thing I remember, I donated toward someone's transition. He thanked me a lot but I didn't really even expect/want thanks for it. It's just something I could do so I did.


22.Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a broken heart, or never loved at all? Why?
Both of these things have their own kind of appeal. Even a broken heart can lead to a lot of good things - art, for example, or writing. Maybe I'm romanticizing it a little bit, I dunno. With a broken heart you don't have to worry about finding someone new, because you're always preoccupied with the one that got away. Having never loved at all... I can't tell if that means you'd never feel love/the need for love, or if you would always be looking for love and never find it. Never feeling or needing (romantic) love doesn't seem to bad to me, but it's terrible to constantly be looking for something that you'll never find.


23.If you could do anything or wish anything, what would it be?
I think I just wish there was a way to make someone understand exactly how you feel in a way that doesn't leave anything open for interpretation - words are too limiting. I just wish for a kind of understanding.
rai_ryu: (Himmel)

Will you be looking for a new job?
Yes, probably, because I highly dislike the one I have now. However, my current job is convenient for congoing - I can take off whatever time I need, just as long as I get the request in before the schedule comes out. I also get a meal every time I work. But I'd WOULD like one that I hate less.

Will you be looking for a new relationship?
No. Even if for some reason my baguette and I break up, I doubt I'll feel like dating again.

New home?
I would really like to get my own place (or rather, a place with friends)

What will you do different in 2013?
Try to be less lazy, and to create more (be it writing or art), and also to be a bit of a better person, in terms of, toward the people I actually like. I'm a bit rigid so I forget that other people think differently than I do. I'll try to think a little bit about things.

New Year's resolution?
I don't make resolutions anymore. In 2013 I want to accomplish things and be happy, but that's what I generally want every other year or any other day. So I just want to move forward.

What will you not be doing in 2013?
This is an interesting question, and I'm trying to think of how I can answer it. I might try to correct people more when they mess up my gender, even though it is scary. In which case, what I would not be doing, is letting people walk all over me in that respect.

Any trips planned?
Anime North! We're staying at the Doubletree and we're going up in a limo. I think Apop is still iffy this year, because they might change venues and get rid of the con aspect of it and make it purely a rave - which just isn't cool.

Wedding plans?
Not my own wedding, but I think my friends Stacy and Dan are getting married in the next year, and my friends Devin and Tyler may be as well.

Major thing on your calendar?
That would pretty much be Anime North XD
Also my story got accepted into an anthology so that is coming out at some point.

What can't you wait for?
ANIME NORTH OBVIOUSLY
Although I have to wait cause my costumes are not done.

What would you like to see happen differently?
I'd like to see more obvious progress from my baguette and I would like to see her get her attendance up and pass her classes.

What about yourself will you be changing?
Well I mentioned earlier just trying to be more circumspect about things. Be kinder to certain people. I also would like to stand up for myself more, and work on my laziness.

Will you dress differently than you did in 2012?
Probably, cause I always have new ideas.

Will you start or quit drinking?
I don't drink and I won't start.

Will you better your relationship with your family?
The thing I can see happening is, if I move out, I'll probably lose contact with them because they won't respect my gender. It won't be something that bothers me, really.

Will you do philanthropy work?
Is lending money to my friends philanthropy? Ha ha ha.

Will you go to bars?
I'll probably end up at Ren at some point.

Will you be nice to people you don't know?
I'm not generally MEAN to them, just indifferent.

Do you expect 2013 to be a good year for you?
I guess it could be, and it's really what I make of it. I have faith that I can keep myself together even if something bad happens (though this is nor permission for bad things to happen!!)

How much did you change from last year to this year?
I think I got a bit grumpier but also a bit happier and more carefree/childlike in a way. Embracing my nerdiness to a full degree, but hating people more.

Do you plan on having a child?
Ha ha ha, never.

Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
Probably most of them, because I can't see us suddenly hating eachother after so long.

Major lifestyle changes?
Again the laziness and whatnot.

Will you be moving?
I would like to move out of my dad's house.


What will you make sure doesn't happen in 2013 that happened in 2012?
Sometimes people are idiots but I can't really "make sure" that they're not, since they tend to do whatever they want regardless of what I say.

What are your New Year's Eve plans?
Went to my friend Jen's house, ate a bunch of food and played video games!

Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
I kissed my baguette :3

One wish for 2013?
For things to move forward.

rai_ryu: (Himmel)

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Wore short shorts (lol this is the first thing that came to mind), got published, um... worked at the university?

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
They were to leave the house at least once a day and to finish the bible (because it has been taking forever). I didn't accomplish either of them :P

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Well. Canada. But I also live here.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
A job I don't hate.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 25th, 2012 (well, not that exact date cause I had to look up when it was), that was the Friday night of Anime North when we had the most phenomenal time at the rave!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting published, and my Xweetok costume was really awesome.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being a jerk sometimes and otherwise not living up to expectations. Not standing up for myself when it comes to my gender identity.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did get sick just a couple weeks ago, but other than that I think those were the only problems. Well, I got sick earlier in the year but it's not like I remember, and it wasn't anything serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Copious amounts of ponies? Mini air compressor? Manga? Plushies? Lol, this is my life.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My aunt and cousins have been pretty good at calling me by the proper name. Also, my boss was very... supportive? If not helpful when I went to see her about gender problems at work.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The baguette's mother's behaviour appalled me. Cassy and Felicity's saddened me, though not depressed. Also saddened by the baguette's skipping school so much.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Cosplay and food, pretty much. The third in that list is books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
ANIME NORTH. ATOMIC LOLLIPOP.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
A whole bunch of rave music, because I think it was just an explosion of love this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I feel happy right now, I don't really remember how I felt this time last year ^^' probably more stressed anyway.
ii. thinner or fatter? I've stayed the same I believe, which is normal for me.
iii. richer or poorer? Probably at about the same place, because I did get a job but then spent all the money that got earned from it.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Leaving the house, exploring, creating stuff, writing, nature.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Doing nothing... you know, staying up late looking at pictures on the internet. Accomplishes nothing and just comes from laziness.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it at my place with my relatives, which was kinda irritating, but at least I got presents.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Well, I already was in love

23. How many one-night stands?
No.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
I hardly caught up with anything this year, so I'm gonna go with Degrassi which is the only one I've really bothered to catch on TV

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Meh, I hate generally the same people forever. The only new hatred started before 2012.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Hunger Games/Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (not too keen on Catching Fire), Mastiff by Tamora Pierce, Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (beautiful). And I also read The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper again, which remains one of my favourite books.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Various rave artists. I also really liked a bunch of Macklemore songs I listened to.

28. What did you want and get?
I wanted some CDs which I got (The Con by Tegan and Sara, and The North by Stars). I wanted an anime calendar but I had to buy it myself (Inuyasha!)

29. What did you want and not get?
A soldering iron, and see above.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I'm not sure if I even watched many new movies this year, though I did enjoy The Hobbit.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
24. I turned 22, but I... can't remember what I did ^^'

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having to deal with a certain person, and if certain things had gone smoother. Also, I would've been pleased if I'd gotten a job I actually liked, and if people hadn't been assholes about my gender.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Leading up to Anime North, my hair was even (as in, not a mohawk), as I was growing it out for Anime North. After AN I dressed in really... ravelike? clothes for a while. For Apop I dyed my hair the first weird colour - neon green - and also after that I wore more tights, shorts and kandi. Generally wore all sorts of things that I'd never have worn as a girl.

34. What kept you sane?
Ignoring people.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Keith Harkin, oh my goddess.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
So much anti-woman bullshit.

37. Who did you miss?
My little gerbil Ace who died, Anime North in general, and mostly just friends that I didn't get to see a lot.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I liked the friends we made at Apop though I'm not sure I'd consider them the best (lol, sorry if they ever read this)
Actually I think Ethan is probably one of the best people I met, cause he's so fabulous and radical.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Seems to be one I keep having to re-learn, but more that instead of fighting something, try to find ways to adapt to it or to make it adapt - I guess in this sense, approach things from a different direction if the one you're working in isn't doing the trick.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
No matter where we are,
No matter just how far our paths may lead,
We don't need no shields, cause Love is the armor that we need

- Tinie Tempah ft. Kelly Rowland, Invincible

Open your eyes,
See all the love in me - I've got enough forever
Don't be afraid, to take all you need from me
And we'll be strong Together

- DJ Brisk And DJ Trixxy, Eye Opener

I'll follow your love into the stars,
I've gotta be anywhere you are

- Breeze Vs. UFO & Lost Witness, Love To The Stars

If I don't say this now,
I will surely break

- The Fray, Look After You

Waves may crash but I won't fall,
With you always by my side

- Dougal, Gammer & Lisa Marie, Heaven Calls

(Yes, a lot of song lyrics)
(This doesn't necessarily encompass the whole of 2012, because my memory is influenced by how I feel right now - but I think that overall it was a good year)

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