"You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like."
Phyllis A. Whitney
I'm still letting Duality edits *simmer* and taking Spark more slowly than I want to (because I have NO IDEA what's going on right now). With nothing to offer in terms of advice or general nuttiness....
As with the Versatile Blogger award, there are rules.
1. Thank and link the person who nominated you
2. Share seven random facts about yourself (If you've done this one already, list seven of your favorite things)
3. Pass the award on to five buddies
4. Contact the winners to congratulate them.
1) Favorite pop:Mt. Dew Anyone who's known me knows I live on Mt Dew, but this wasn't always the case. Once upon a time, I had declared my love to Mello Yello via Livejournal, but due to a lot of factors, I switched from one yellow pop to the next, and well... there ya go.
2) Time of day:Alone time I'm a loner by nature and always have been. Not to say that I don't enjoy socializing. I do *to an extent*, but I have to have sanctuary somewhere, a place where I can be alone with my thoughts. So, regardless of the time of day, be it morning(ish), afternoon or 2AM, if I'm by myself and able to decompress, I'm happy.
3) Music to edit to:2Pac You read that right. Little ol' whitebread me loves to edit to 2Pac. Maybe it's the beats or something. Maybe it's that I don't really have to think about the music. I can get into a groove and edit page after page after page.
4) Music to write to:Rock or rock-like things This is a tough one because different scenes and stories call for different kinds of music. But because I love all things aggressive (football, Jason Statham, , etc), if I write to music, it's always rock or at least a little more...what's a good word? ...dramatic. Dramatic works. Sigur Ros and Apocalyptica have been my choices while writing Spark. For Duality, I had a great blend of Fuel, Godsmack, Disturbed, Crossfade, and a few others, including Coldplay. Yeah, I know. Not really that rock-like or dramatic, but "The Scientist" was perfect.
5) Animal:Wolf I think it started because wolves are like dogs but more awesome because they howl pretty. And then the more I read about them and more obsessed I became, I grew to admire them. They're beautiful, smart, cunning, loyal, loving, and vicious when they need to be. The Arctic ones are my favorite (along with Arctic foxes and owls), but I love wolves of all varieties. When I finally got to see one at the zoo (because every other time I went, they were in hiding), I nearly cried because they're just so amazing.
6) Author: Anne Rice Probably cliched to no end, but I do love her. To me, she has this timeless descriptive voice, fluid without being over-flowery. Lestat was my literary crush for a LOOOOOONG time (until that Aiden fellow *thanks, Jennifer*). Yes, while everyone else wanted Mr. Darcy or whoever, I wanted a narcissistic vampire who waltzes with corpses and becomes a rock star and tragically loses everything he loves (I so wanted to pick up the pieces for him). I guess I just love the bad boy.
However, my second favorite character to lurve until the end of time is Gabe from A Touch Mortal. If you've been reading, you probably saw my review for Leah's book. It's awesome, and even though I'm not Gabe's type AT ALL, I still lurve him.
7) Video game/game series: Game: Willow/ Series: Assassin's Creed I'll try not to go into some huge diatribe of why I love these games (check back in November when the next Assassin's Creed game comes out [gamer girl SQUEEEEEEE]), so I'll give you the short versions:
Willow is the most challenging game I've ever beaten. Not played, because I have played games where I couldn't even get past the first stage. There was a Greek gods game on NES like that. I had never been so frustrated in my entire life. Willow was challenging enough to keep my interest but not so over-the-top challenging that my 8-year-old brain couldn' t comprehend it. The sweet satisfaction of finally killing the last boss was unparalleled until I beat Final Fantasy 7 years later.
With Assassin's Creed, it's more about the stories and actual game play. They're challenging, yes, but not impossible. I loved loved LOVED *read: raved about* the first one because of the level of skill it required from the player. Stealth and cunning are a must with this one; otherwise, you'll have a few kills that just aren't that great. And really, why kill a pixellated someone if you're just going to half-ass it?
Altair's story is still the best of the series, and to have only one game with him but 3 with Ezio is a little unfair in my opinion, though the next game promises more Altair action. Altair has great character depth. In the beginning, Ezio's is more of a revenge story. His development really picks up in Brotherhood.
OK. I'm going to stop there. I could go on and on and on (and did in my AC Brotherhood review).
Thanks again to Eliza for the award!!! Everyone should go say hi :)