Here's that new meme that's popping up in journals. Wanted to do it, I'm sorry.1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
I don't actually have a favorite. Each universe has its perks and fun things to do with it. The one I suppose I'm currently favoring would be Até's universe, most likely because I know more about it than certain other universes/stories of mine. Another will take its place eventually, I just have to develop the universes in my other stories better (the more I know about a place, fictional or otherwise, the more I seem to like it).2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
I have a great many characters. There are about/around at least 21 [but probably more] for main and/or supporting characters, and then there are a great many other characters for the main characters to interact with that vary in their importance. I prefer females, but not consciously. I just write better with female characters than males. That's not to say I don't enjoy writing for male characters; quite the contrary.3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
A lot of the time names randomly pop in my head. That's how Dedric and Odessa got their names. Sometimes I find a name or hear a name I like and I'm happy if it gets used. Some characters got their names because I went rummaging through a Latin/Etymology dictionary and wrote down words and names. One character, Zoiyendetra, got her name due to my keyboard mashing and misspelling the name Zoey in my hasty typing.
Finding the name for a place is extremely difficult for me. In the past the names of places I've come up with sound like forgettable gibberish. I think that's a real challenge for writers, creating location names that stick and sound like actual places as apposed to a funny name the author just thought was "cool". I've pretty much avoided that aspect of writing entirely and gave the readers no locations names, just detailed descriptions of the place the characters travel to or live. I know, I'm a hack.4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
Oh man, do I have to? Try a self insert Harry Potter character. A teacher named Jordan who lived next door to Harry all his life and who was good buds with Hagrid and even took the first years to the castle in row boats with him. I totally forget what subject she taught, but at least I was only eight years old [and I therefore forgive my dumb younger self]. Yep. She was half mud blood to, so I gave the half magic/half muggle blood kids a really cool name. Not even joking it was something like Crescent Moon Rose. Oh yeah.
If only I had published it, I'd be rich by now.5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about "youngest"?
Ember so far is the youngest. She's eleven. But more than one story starts out with the main character being very young. Olivia [OC I've had longest] isn't even born when her story starts, and right now in her story she's twenty something [story unfinished], and Até is five when her story begins, and twenty-seven when it ends. The oldest character is Até's grandmother Agnes, who's pretty ancient. I'm not sure just how ancient yet.
If by "youngest" you mean the newest OC of mine, then that would be Geronimo. She's my Jak and Daxter OC, age 22.6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good old pen and paper?
Computer. I can get my ideas out much faster with typing, and I could lose the paper. I think of my stories all the time throughout the day, but usually don't dare write anything down until after my workday is over. I'm comfortable writing anywhere, it's just that work is the only place with working MS Word. Except now that my laptop has MS Word. So now if I have my laptop and a power source, I can type anywhere!7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
I don't. My old computer committed suicide and took ALL my tons of music with it [murder-suicide? Serial murder-suicide?]. So I gotta get all my music back before I can play it again. Working on it.8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
Pretty much all fantasy. A little sci-fi. And the extent of the fantastical elements can be lacking or extraordinarily magical. I enjoy reading most fiction and comics like Bone and Harry Potter. Also poetry. And mythology.9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
Basically this is the method I use.
Me: "Oh man I gotta get out of these bushes or else-"
Brain: "A WILD OC appears!"
"Jordan uses DAYDREAM. It's super effective!"
"OC uses ROUGH STORY LINE. It's super effective!"
And so on. It keeps going until I have a story skeleton worked out, add the details, define the plot, and eventually move on to making a script to eventually turn it into a comic or graphic novel.10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
Até [as a teenager] undresses down to her underwear in front of an important guest, hands them the dress she just took off and says, "Hide this for me, would you?" before climbing down the ivy beside the balcony to go catch up with Phaos in the woods.
Zoiyendetra has sex with her boyfriend Dedric in a ploy to break themselves, and Ember in an adjacent cell, out of prison. It's super effective! *shot*
Stuff like that. And also stuff not
like that, but still weird and/or funny.11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
I love writing for Geronimo, Até, Phaos, Squiggy, Zoiyendetra, Dedric, Viorel, Silas, Marcus, and everyone in my stories.
I can't really think of anyone I don't like to write for, but all of the above are the most fun.12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world building?
Umm...4010? Até's story? Both of those I'm pretty sure, as they're the most developed.13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
No idea.14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
I don't, as I said I'm a hack. If/when I do it'll be a bird's eye view, possibly a crazy looking map where applicable.15. Mid way question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
This wonderful lady here.
Also the writer of Bone (sorry I forget his name at the moment). Shel Silverstein, JK Rowling, whoever created Miss Spider, Winsor McCay the original creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland [1920s newspaper comic before it was a video game and movie].16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how "far" are you willing to go in your writing?
In the past I rarely wrote romance. And any romance there was (back in the day it was just Olivia and Viorel) was cut and dry and there were ulterior motives for the relationship. My writing style has matured greatly though, and there are more relationships, but still not too much. Relationships can only be lightly hinted at (Odessa and Mordecai, who are both power hungry and in their sixties) or there can even be sex (Olivia and Viorel, Zoiyendetra and Dedric, Até has sex more than once, Phaos is a slut). So far there's nothing graphic, but there could be in the future as writing styles do tend to change.17. Favorite protagonist and why!
Hmm...Até and Zoiyendetra I think. I like Geronimo as well. My favorites change dependent on whose story I'm working on most. Right now these three get the most attention. Até I love because she's proper and intelligent, but can on occasion be spontaneous and even adventurous. Zoiyendetra is always in a fowl mood, serious, and strict. She never deviates from a plan and is still loved by Dedric, and against her will by Ember. I guess that's why I like her. And Geronimo is just mellow and going nowhere in life. And despite knowing this, possibly even being depressed about it deep down, she still is a hard worker filled with sarcasm.
Oh and Tony! Story about my old cat.18. Favorite antagonist and why!
Viorel, Rex, and Odessa. Viorel is a conceited horse's ass who flaunts his power to get what he wants. So I adore him like an idiot. Rex is a bit of a drunkard and isn't so much of an antagonist as he is a shady, dirty, good guy. I've put him here as an antagonist because of what he does in relation to Zoiyendetra and Dedric. Technically speaking it's fucked up. And Odessa is manipulative and power hungry. She sees lives as expendable, as well as her granddaughter's happiness, so long as she gets what she wants in the end. She's a firm believer in "the ends justify the means." Viorel might as well believe it too, as they come from the same story.19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
Squiggy? Your wording confuses me! Squiggy's a supporting character in Até's story and he's a perverted ham and I love him. Look up Real Rat Bastard by Mustard Plug; that's Squiggy to a tee.
If I didn't answer the question, I'm sorry.20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
Zoiyendetra and Dedric
Dedric and Ember
Zoiyendetra and Rex
Até, Squiggy, Phaos, and Agnes [and any combination between these four]
Até and Harold
Geronimo and most anyone in her story
Frocia Fefelov and Sawyer Hendershot
And many more.21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
Actually they mostly don't lol. Zoiyendetra and Dedric don't have children, though they do eventually become the guardians of Ember. I've fiddled with the idea of Olivia having a daughter named Pandora, but it really doesn't look like that's going to pan out. But I do have a very underdeveloped story about a group of women who almost all have several children, but that story may never come to be, or would only possibly be a short story. You don't learn much about the characters in my 4010 story, but it's possible that the character Loethen has children back home, and it's a sweet thought that perhaps Sawyer has a girlfriend back home waiting for him. 22. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
That takes me SOOOO long. Woof. But it also depends on the story, my inspiration for it, how quickly it gets its plot, etc. The stories you won't see for years to come (are all of them, but the ones that will take the longest) are Até's story, Zoiyendetra's story, Olivia's story, Tony's story, and the story about that group of women. I don't want to say "sex slaves" here but that's what I refer to them as. They live in a castle, refer to themselves as deities and pretend they are like queens, but really they're second class citizens there to have sex with warriors to breed future warriors or "sex slaves". Like I said it's really rough at this point and I wouldn't be surprised if a story like this already existed, though I don't know of one.
Ones you'd see sooner than those would possibly be 4010 [only story with a title lol], Geronimo's story, and quite a few very short stories. One of which stars a girl named Angela Vann (very short that makes me laugh) and another involving golems. I have lots of fun short story ideas I can't wait to do.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?
I kill lots of them. It makes me sad, especially when I grow attached to them (all of them!). But I do it. None of them die in an interesting way. Except the necromancer shaman Viorel kills (slits her throat after she does him a favor). But she's an extremely minor character.24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
This question makes me lol because I think immediately of Squiggy. But Squiggy is not a pet, he is Até's personal assistant. Other than in Tony's story, no one really has a pet. It's strange. This questionnaire is making me realize strange things. The characters in 4010 could have pets at home, we don't know.
I'm probably going to give Geronimo's brother Silas a dog because of this.25. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
I do draw some of them, but never enough and not all of them. I have gotten several commissions on DA [and some sketch swaps and the like] from wonderful artists. I'll share them below [I will not choose between them].
Unfortunately not all of them are posted to DA, but they're all wonderful and I love them!
TBoS Holiday Exchange for DrinkTeaOrDieAté shuffled through the papers on her desk. The paperwork was piling up yet again; it did that, and if she didn't keep on top of it it would soon consume the desk and possibly the entire room. Nevermind the fact that it was Christmas; the world, at least, the world of paperwork, didn't stop for one frivolous holiday. She'd have time for fun after this was all finished. She hoped at least. There was far more paperwork than usual.
Her assistant, Squiggy, ran across the desk with another pile of paperwork in his paws. "Here's more," he said, setting it down.
Até sighed. "Thank you, Squiggy. Put it there." She gestured to one of the
And I have a few commissions that aren't completed yet.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?
Appearances don't play a big role, at least I don't think. As far as designing characters, I do my best to make them unique. I succeeded best with Geronimo at this (in comparison to my other characters). Designing is very difficult, but has gotten easier for me as time went on. I start by thinking about what other characters around them wear, and then start to think of something that would be unique for the character to wear, and then give the character accessories that only serve a purpose (for the most part at least, there's an exception to every rule). And I try not to make their outfit stand out too much from others in the story. Because I adore subtlety.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.
Not too much so far really. No disabilities to speak of for now (for major characters), and in some of my short stories you'll see some mental disorders. One story takes place in a mental institute (except the main character in this one actually isn't mentally disabled, people are led to believe he is, blah blah blah). Depression is a mental disorder I believe, and in one short story I have a depressed girl, in another one girl is very mentally abused by her mother and grows up to be very psychotic. And perhaps a few others. Technically one could be led to the assumption that Angela Vann has a mental disorder.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!
Lol, I'd be surprised if they actually read this, but I'll tag
I don't know about the writing styles of the last two deviants, but ~Zavochkin
just has a unique form of story telling. Of course he doesn't have any stories on his DA anymore, but at one point he did have a single one.