I appear to be IT

And not as in Pennywise, the clown from Stephen King’s IT. I’ve been tagged by the most illustrious On Windy Days in a game of blog tag. Heck yes, blog tag.

The Rules

1. I must post the rules.
2. I must answer the questions the tagger listed for me.
3. I must create (or reuse) 11 questions for those I tag.
4. I must tag 11 people.
5. I must let them know they’ve been tagged.

1. What is your favorite quote, who is it from, and why?

My favourite quote… actually, there are several. 1) By Flemeth, the Witch of the Wilds in Dragon Age: Origins and II: “… it is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.” I love this not just because I’m a huge nerd and need a life, but because it’s entirely true. A teacher of mine once said that for every low you have in life, you must have an equal high. In the same quote is “Without an end, there can be no peace,” which I also like. I’m deep and thoughtful like that. 2) By Kreia/Darth Traya, the mentor/member of the Sith Triumvirate in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: “To be united by hatred is a fragile alliance at best.” This, this is just awesome. And also true. Video games are deep. 3) By Dagoth Ur, a mortal god and villain of the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: “Who knows what we may be capable of, when we no longer fear death?”

Basically, I’m really nerdy.

2. Which song can bring you to tears or reminds you of your childhood?

Family Portrait, by Pink. Yeah, yeah, pretty typical, but I related to it as a child when my family life got tough, and it still makes me cry.

3. What is one thing that keeps you going day in and day out?

Probably my writing. It’s what my life revolves around. It’s definitely what I live for.

4. Why did you start blogging?

I started this blog as a better place to document my thoughts and show my writing to the world. I used to frequent deviantART, but due to a lack of interest on the site for writing, I thought it was a good idea to move on.

5. Is there one thing that you regret not doing in the past? If so, would you be willing to share what that was on here?

I can’t really think of anything. There’s plenty I can think of that I regret doing, but not necessarily not doing.

6. What is one thing that you saw that restored your faith in the human race?

I lose faith in the human race with every passing day, especially with what I see going on in the US, what with the war on women, drugs, gays, anyone-who-isn’t-an-extremist-republican. So it’s tough to say. Maybe this:

This is pretty cute. Go Australian firefighters.

7. Rain or Sun?

I’m 50/50. I live in a place of perpetual sun, so when it rains it’s a nice refreshing change. But I do like me a good, crazy rainstorm, the kind that soaks you in a minute.

8. What movie had the most impact on you? (A movie that just really made you challenge your view on anything)

Well, I’ve already sat here and thought about it for several minutes. Financially, the Dark Knight Rises, because I’ve seen it four times now (and can quote it directly in many places). But to actually answer the question, probably V For Vendetta. V is a bit of a hero of mine, because the point he makes is relevant to our changing times. A democracy is nothing without its people. And don’t worry, I’m not a communist/anarchist.

9. List five words that describe your character.

Goofy, nerdy, smiley, thoughtful, bookish (THIS IS HARD.)

10. What is your greatest fear?

Dying. I’d say water, because that scares the living shit out of me, but dying, definitely. I used to lie awake at night because I’d fret about it and work myself into a tizzy.

11. What do you ultimately want to accomplish in the days to come?

I’m going to finish Purity, edit the bejesus out of it, and publish it as an ebook for all to enjoy! Maybe not in the days to come, but that’s my current goal.


Elisa Nuckle


Ashley Jillian

My Other Book Is A Tolstoy

Preston Fuller

I don’t have 11. My apologies. Reusing the same questions, too, because I’m not unique!

And breathing in smoke signs

Some news, rather than a teaser for you today, so everyone can be updated on my oh-so-fascinating life.

I saw the Hunger Games movie and cried and clapped and about died with joy and excitement. If you’ve read the book, they did an excellent job on the movie so you don’t have to be worried. If you haven’t, go read the book. Also amazing. I’m in love with Gale and Seneca – and Seneca’s beard – and though I dislike Peeta as a character, Josh Hutcherson did such a good job that he made me appreciate Peeta a little more.

So my plan, before going to real school for a useless degree in writing, I’m going to keep working at the bookstore as well as earn my bartending certificate and get tips for tits. Because if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that my breasts are disproportionately large compared to the rest of me. Men like that. I will make a loooot of money, methinks. I signed up for the local bartending course last week, and today they emailed me with the tuition cost and course outline, so it seems that I’m in. Then come fall, or maybe next January’s course, I’m going to do real school. English courses and whatnot. Harder stuff. Stuff I’m going to hate and realize is useless, but there you go.

It’s too bad that a BA in English, or a BA at all, gets you nowhere these days.

I sent my manuscript away, as well! Here’s to hoping I’ll get published. Best possible situation: I’ll do the bartending course, make a bit of money, then find out that my novel was accepted, I’ll get rich quick, get a movie deal, not have to go to school and not have a real job again. More likely scenario: I’ll get rejected and have to keep trying, and maybe make a bit of money when all’s said and done, and have to do school and do a real job for the next fifty years.

But eh, I’m hoping.

If there’s one thing to know about me, other than my ample bosom, it’s that I love me a Scottish accent. Even an ugly dude with a Scotch accent is automatically sexy. This obsession with Scotland is proven by three of my all-time favourite men: Ewan McGregor, Craig Ferguson, and Gerard Butler. Also, to a lesser extent, James McAvoy. The four of them should just get together and talk. I’d melt.

So it was extremely nice when Bethany introduced me to The Twilight Sad, an indie rock band straight from Scotland.

This is a delectable number that she showed me, and I’m now in love with. I don’t know what this fellow looks like, but I’d climb that like a tree. I’m a girl of simple tastes: have a thick yet understandable Scottish accent, and I’m all yours. Which is why I love it when Ewan is on Craig’s show.

That started out as “Ewan is on Craig”, but that sounded naughty. And all right. Mm.

And for those who are at all interested in OtArb et al, this adoration for all things Scottish seeps into my story a bit: accents of those from the Wastes – like the villains, Cain and Arcana – are, in my head, Scottish. Vaguely typed Scots as well. Fun fact for you there!

Speaking of OtArb, I’m slowly creeping past my writer’s block for OtK. Which is great, because I conveniently hit a writer’s block in Changeling. It was due for one; I don’t even think I’ve had one for her yet.


How’s everyone else doing?

Thoughts on the interwebz

It seems to me, in this instant gratification society we have, especially here on the internet community, that if you aren’t talking about something relevant in pop culture, you aren’t going to get recognized. I’m mostly aiming this at artistic communities, like deviantART, but it’s true everywhere, it seems. Maybe I’m not looking in the right spots, but it seems to me that the internet condemns uniqueness. I don’t know. Maybe I’m delusional.

But on dA, a community which I’ve been part of and loved for over five years, this is certainly true. If you aren’t drawing or writing about celebrities, games, or popular novels, you aren’t going to get attention at all. I once wrote a novel series about vampires – actual mythological ones, not dumb fantasy ones – which gained some notoriety on the website because Twilight was just leaping off bookshelves and into the hearts of undersexed teenage girls. Almost all of my readers were Twitards. Though they liked my stories and characters, they only knew about it because of a vampire association.

More unique novels of mine that I posted, or even short stories, things I had crafted entirely my own that had no connection to popular culture, were virtually ignored. 

For example, the chapters of Changeling that I uploaded have been read by few. Only one person comments, so I have no idea if anyone else is reading and enjoying. On the other hand, I wrote a poem for a character high on skooma, and because it’s from a popular phenomenon – The Elder Scrolls – people eat it up. It’s my second-most viewed piece on dA, and it gets plenty of views a day and comments and favourites and whatnot.

I like it, don’t get me wrong. It’s cute and light-hearted. But as much as I like it and the Elder Scrolls, poetry isn’t my passion, it isn’t what I want to be known for. It isn’t what I want critique on. 

Is there anywhere online that actually encourages originality? God knows dA tries, but there’s only so much we can do to promote ourselves. I’ve basically given up on the place, for now at least.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep harassing you fine folks with teasers and short stories from my brain, because I need somewhere to dump it.

On a final note, it was my birthday on Tuesday. I’m finally 19, and I can legally drink all over my country. Woo hoo. 

For Serious

As you might see on my list of links, I belong to the deviantART community. At one point in time, I had posted an entire novel, and, luckily, received much feedback and compliments on it. However, therein lied the problem: my story, titled Purity, was about vampires, and I began writing it around the time when Twilight began its domination of the literary world. Although Purity was nothing like Twilight in terms of plot, writing style, and character development, many of my readers were adamant Twilight fans.

Over time, I started to hate the original copy of Purity, and I removed it from dA.

Since then, my number of readers has declined dramatically.

I started to rewrite Purity. Then again. It now sits in my computer collecting virtual dust, left alone but not forgotten. It will always be my baby, my introduction into the world of serious writing, but because Stephenie Meyer obliterated the need for serious vampire writing – the world that Anne Rice created – I feel completely uninspired to pick it up again. None of my new rewrites of Purity have seen the world of dA. I have emailed parts of it to loyal followers, but it petered out since I stopped actively writing. Caitlyn, Fane, and their little supernatural world will never leave their special spot in my heart, but I had to move on.

And move on I did. Inspired by the video games I play – like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and the Dragon Age series – and by the books I read, I began to work on a novel of medieval fantasy.

And thus, my vision, my dream, the novel with which I will sashay into the published world, Of the Arbour, was born. It is nothing like my previous writings – especially in that there are no vampires and that I veered completely away from traditional fantasy cliches – and it holds the most tender love in my heart.

Because I have 100% intent to publish Of the Arbour one day, I haven’t put much of it on dA. There are excerpts in my journals, as I always do, and I uploaded the prologue and first part of a chapter, but that’s the extent of what dA will ever see.

Then along came Changeling. And though I faithfully put parts on dA as deviations, I don’t get much attention. A friend of mine reads and comments, and someone else blindly favourites, but that’s it. My readers and watchers, who had stuck with me throughout Purity and its sequel, Immortal Misconception, no longer comment on my work. If they are reading it, I have no way of telling if they like it or not, because nobody comments.

And I am not alone in this endeavour. Most of the serious writers on dA feel lost and isolated. There is no solid community for literature, like there is for poetry or visual art, simply because people in the age of the Internet don’t have the patience or “time” to go through multiple chapters. This frustration clashes with those of hobby writers, and dArama ensues.

Frustrated with this lack of support on a beloved website created for the appreciation of art, I, along with my friend, Elisa (who is also on dA and here, on wordpress: http://elisamichelle.wordpress.com/) decided to do something proactive about it. So we created a group called For-Serious, dedicated to finding those writers on dA who want to do something more than write for fun. We want to bring people together to help them find beta readers, supporters, other people who write with the intent of publishing who will give them thoughtful critique and feedback.

So if you’re a writer who wants to enter the world of professional, published writers, but you can’t seem to find the right group of people to help you achieve your goals, consider For-Serious. We want to bring the writing community of dA and beyond together, and give each other the support we need in order to enter that enigmatic world of published authors. You comment, people comment back. It’s a win-win situation where you get exactly what you ask for from people in the same boat.


We’re serious writers, and we can’t wait to see you there 🙂