Pick Your Battles

We hear this a lot in my house.

Just a few minutes ago, my brother was upset that the patches I’d ironed onto his sash were falling off. Something went wrong. I didn’t do a good job. Yeah, okay. I get that. But then he demands reimbursement.

He believes he payed me $25.00. I remember $14.00.

Now, I know nine bucks isn’t a huge difference and, as the nice, kind, loving, perfect person I’ve made myself out to be thus far, I should have just given up the difference, right? Wrong. I work too darn hard for my money. Since I work as an unofficial employee at my dad’s store, I only get paid $4.00 an hour. And THEN I have to split it up between 45% going to savings (which cannot be touched unless there’s an emergency – like hospital bill emergency), 45% going to me, and 10% going to church. Yes, we tithe in my house.

I earn money slowly and I work too hard for it. I’m an honest person. I will never willingly cheat anyone out of anything. Thankfully, I only had to pay my brother back $14.00.

Now, I realized that this can apply to writing!

Wait, what? Seriously? You and your bro had a spat and now your applying THAT to writing? Come on.

But no, for real.

Characters – especially siblings – should fight. In every scene there’s got to be conflict. Conflict propels the story. It forces the hero to make decisions and then to act upon those decisions.

Take a look at any family. The siblings will get into arguments. Granted, some are more behaved than others, but they still fight. But in stories, you won’t want to have pointless arguments between characters unless you’re trying to make a point.

For instance, a fight like the one my brother and I had would reveal the following about our personalities:

a) we are both very precise

b) we’re both stubborn

c) (what you didn’t get to see is that my bro had an awful temper – worse than my stereotypical temper that comes with being a redhead – and he was being very mean before my dad came home. When the adults arrived, he was acting very calm and “mature.”) my brother has a superficial attitude around adults.

d) I do not. I’m honest. If I’m angry with him, I’m not going to change my attitude and pretend it’s all good just because someone else shows up. – This is not to say I’m rude or disrespectful of authority. I just don’t put on a show.

e) my brother will relent if it makes him look good in the eye of authority.

f) I will stand firm by my beliefs.

As you can see, there are so many different things we can learn about character traits from a fight. Who’s stronger? Who’s smarter? Who’s calmer? Who’s going to put on a show if it makes them look better? Who’s going to stand strong?

See what I’m saying?

So let your characters fight, but only if it furthers the story or reveals your charries’ personality traits we wouldn’t see otherwise. 🙂 I’m not good at picking my battles. I should work on it. But the little things irk me. There’s one of my character quirks. 😛 I also have a tendency to speak before I think. I’m very sarcastic and can never hold back a comment. It’s landed me in quite a bit of trouble. 😛

So basically, choose the battles your babies will fight. Make sure it furthers he story.

There’s my food for thought for the day. 🙂

So what do you think? Do you agree? Got any other pointers?

God bless!
Rana

Write Concise

We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall to Klausenburgh. Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty. (Mem. get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called “paprika hendl,” and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.

– A snippet from chapter 1 of Dracula

 

I notice quite a bit in older writing (the classics, J.R.R.Tolkien’s works, Dracula, etc.) that while the writers are very precise, they are not concise. Now, what is the difference between these two terms? Well, let’s define them.

Precise, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is “very accurate and exact.”

Concise, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is “using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information.”

Today, we tend to try to write more concisely. Now how do you do that?

1) Don’t include unnecessary information.

Example: The color ink of the pen you write with doesn’t matter much unless it’s a red pen and you’re correcting an essay or something.

2) If you can say the same thing in fewer words, do it, unless the longer version packs a harder punch. 

Example:

 

3) If you mention something, use it.

This is kind of a follow-up to Mirram’s always-brilliant post – in the comments, I asked her how to know what information to include and she paraphrased what some playwright said which is basically, “if you mention a gun on the wall, don’t finish the book until it’s been used.”

These are all rules of thumb and not set in stone (unless you etched them into a stone tablet, but that’s a lot of trouble to go through for something that doesn’t apply all the time). They are good tips to keep in mind.

And if you find a sure-fire way to know how much detail to add or keep from telling, let me know. 😉

With all of this in mind, I’d like to take a few seconds to point out that it’s very good to describe the setting. Just remember to not bog the reader down with too much information.

So, what do you think? Do you write too much? Too little? Have you found your happy medium?

God bless!

Rana

When You’re Exhausted

Well, the past few weeks for me have been insane.

I’ve been wanting to write, but can’t. And if I can, it’s crap. I’ll leave out important details I otherwise probably would include. So when you’re exhausted, it’s probably best to not write.

Before I continue, I’d like to remind y’all that this blog is solely to share with you my experiences. Whatever “advice” I might state here works for me. It might not for you and that’s okay. If it helps out one person, I’m happy. 😉

So when you’re tired, your brain doesn’t function properly. I won’t go into details (mainly because not many people are going to be interested in reading about the brain), but we all know what it feels like to be tired. You just want to crash, but you have other things you need to do. *cough* School work. *cough*

I love to write. It’s my passion. But I have to admit there are other things that take precedence. I hate to say it. I really do. But it’s true. So I’m learning that it’s okay to put writing on hold for a bit.

They say you need to push yourself to write, even when you don’t want to. And I agree. But only in some circumstances. I thought that being tired was no valid reason to take a break from writing. But it is. If you’re just being lazy, that’s one thing. But if you’re legitimately exhausted, take a break.

If you’re stressing over writing something, that’s not healthy. Enjoy what you write. If you make a habit of writing every day when you can, it’s easier to write on command. 😉

Yeah, it’s better to have a rough draft than no draft, but if you’re going to be confusing yourself and losing your passion for telling that story because you just want to get it done, you’re not really getting anywhere. Know what I mean?

I’ve put my novel draft on hold and started a new one. But I’m not doing a novel log for it. Novel logs kept me accountable when I needed to force myself to write. And it was fantastic! And I think, once my schedule has loosened up a bit, I will start it again, but right now, I write anyway.

Like I said before, it’s not the word count that counts. 😉

So basically, if you’re being lazy, force yourself to write. If you’re just forcing stuff onto the paper because you feel like that’s the only way the first draft is going to get done, wait. Relax. Put it off until you can handle it and write something more easily.

Does that make sense to you? Do you feel the same way or do you feel like I’m totally off?

God bless!

Rana

Interview with January | Round 4

Well, folks! It looks like this is going to be the last round for January!

If you have any more, I can always do a miscellaneous sort of post and tag on the stragglers. 😉

Also, before we begin, I’d like to just say Happy Valentine’s Day. Today isn’t just about loving your OTP or binge-ing on chocolate. It’s the feast-day of Saint Valentine, a martyr, canonized by the Catholic Church. For some facts about this saint, click here.

Remember, too, that you can never be happy with someone else until you learn to be happy on your own. So happy appreciate-yourself-day to everyone. ^_^

Now onto the round:

1)      Favorite villain? (Loki…? XD)

For you, yes. Loki is pretty cool. *kisses your forehead*

2) What would you do if you discovered that many of us are obsessed with you?
            Oh, puh-lease. I already know it. 😉

Alias: Don’t encourage him. His head is almost too big for his top hat.

Is that some corny phrase? O_o

Alias: …maybe.

Well, don’t do it again. It sounds weird.

3)      Do you like the snow?

Yep! My goal this year is to make an army of mini-snowmen and position them outside of Stone Cross on the porch. Slowly, all the silverware will disappear from the house and reappear as the snowmen’s hands.

Alias: *screeches from backstage* WHAT?!

Shhh! Don’t tell!

4)      If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
            I would either control minds or give myself the energy to do things like fold my clothes.

Alias: I wish you had that superpower too! The latter one, I mean.

5)      What would you do if you could control minds?

Hah! Great minds think alike. 😉 I would like to say I’d have everyone love each other. No more wars, killings, etc.

6)      What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
            I would stalk Alias like a creeper.

Alias: You already do that, sweetheart.

They don’t need to know that! *crosses arms and pouts*

7)      What lies within the deepest, darkest corner of your heart?

…I don’t know. It’s not a place I like to frequent.

Alias: HE’S TOO AFRAID OF WHAT HE MIGHT FIND IN THAT OLD HEART OF HIS.

            I already know it’s not like yours! I ain’t got cobwebs on my soul! No, ma’am!

8)      GOODNESS, I JUST — I JUST — ASDFJGH — I LOVE HIM!!!!!

I LOVE YOU TOO!

9)      Do you like math?

…I don’t know. I think if it’s practical, learn it. But if it’s just memorizing stuff you’re never going to use, don’t waste your time.

10)  When you’re supposed to be doing something, what’s the best excuse you have to procrastinate?

Oh, good question. Hm… I don’t have a set excuse for every time. I just sort of make one up on the spot. 😉

11)  What do you do when you’re bored?

I like to eat when I’m bored though it is gluttonous and that gluttony isn’t attractive.

12)  What do you do to bother Alias?

Anything and everything.

13)  Do you prefer thinking on your feet or mulling things over?

I prefer to mull things over, though I am good at thinking on my feet. Mulling things over allow me to look at a certain thing from different perspectives.

14)  Are you proficient in computer stuff? If not, I feel ya. 😛

I’ve never used a computer in my life! So, probably not. J

15)  If you had to get a job, what would you do?

Oh, I don’t know. I might work sign up for a job on a ship or something. Load cargo, something like that.

EDIT: Actually, I’d like to be a waiter in a restaurant. Or deliver pizzas or something.

16)  Do you ever gain weight with all your eating habits? XD

Not really. *sheepish grin* But I’m pretty active, so…

Alias: No, you’re not. You just fidget. A lot. And you only go walking to get food. You just have great metabolism, is all.

17)  Have you ever worn makeup?

I don’t think so. But if I did, I’d probably go for guyliner.

Alias: NO, YOU WOULDN’T, YOUNG MAN!

I swear. Alias is like a flipping MOM. -_-

18)  Favorite time of day?

I’m a morning person.

19)  If you could interview anyone/spend a day with anyone you have not yet met, who would it be?

Is “you” a viable answer?

20)  Describe Alias to us.

What do you mean? Personality? Physical appearance? Well, I’ll describe her personality then give you a picture. She’s quiet and gentle, but she’s commanding and bossy too. There’s something about her that you get the feeling she’s a lot more than what she looks like and she’s not a superficial type of person either.

21)  Sunrise or sunset?

Both.

22)  Favorite musical?

Erm… I don’t do musicals much. So I don’t know.

23)  Favorite Marvel character? ;D

Hawkeye.

24)  Superman or Batman?

Why is this even a question?! Batman!

25)  Do you like butterscotch candies?

A bit.

EDIT: I prefer Yorks. 😉

26)  Do you sing? If so, what stuff do you like to belt out?

Sometimes. Eh, whatever comes to mind.

27)  What’s your favorite thing about Alias?

I can’t just say one thing. I like everything about her. Except her bossiness. And when she gets mad… Just- just stay away from her. But she’s a good person.

28)  If you could go on an adventure, what would your ideal be?

Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand…

29)  Favorite letter of the alphabet?

Hmmm… A. A when it’s done in a swirly script.

30)  If you could, would you learn Latin?

If I could learn it instantly, yes. If I had to study, no.

31)  Will you babysit my sisters for me? XD

Sure thing! How much are you willing to pay?

32)  You’re wonderful. Did you know this? (That goes for you, too, Rana! ;D)

I did! Thank you! 😀

Rana: Aww, thanks!! You are too! ^_^

God bless!

Rana

Chatterbox: Criticism

Well, if you’re still in the dark as to what the monthly chatterbox thingamajigs are, click here. 😉

Otherwise, keep reading. ^_^ Criticism is usually a good thing. If it broadens your horizons and challenges you to think about the world in a different way (while still holding firm to your beliefs), it’s fantastic. But don’t let it get you down and cause you to doubt yourself. Doubt it rarely a good thing. So here’s a random scene from a book that’ll probably never be written on a 10 year old criticizing his big sister. 😛

Thought this summarized most siblings’ fights.

I shrugged my coat off and hung it up by the door.

“Leave me alone,” I snapped, angry that my brother would even think to question what I was doing. I was thirteen years older than him anyway. He was just a baby.

“But, Alyce!” he whined as I tugged his zipper down and tore the jacket off of his ten year old body. “I was just trying to help! You should let me. Hey, I can undress myself, you know.” He glowered at me and tugged his scarf off his neck without my help.

“Look, honey,” I said, kicking off my shoes. “I don’t need help. I’m independent and work better alone. Don’t be so critical of every move I make! Gosh.”

He crossed his arms and continued glaring at me. “Fine,” he snapped. “Go ahead. I won’t help you ever again. And just remember that when you DO need help.”

I shrugged my shoulders. “Whatever, kid. Pasta’s for dinner.” But as I boiled the water, I wonder if Zach didn’t really have a point. Yeah, everyone needs help sometimes. I just don’t need it now. But maybe later, when I’m dragging a body across the floor, I might.

God bless!

Rana

Interview With January | Round 3

Well, another folks! I hope you’re enjoying these! 😀 Feel free to ask more. January will answer anything if it gains him more time in the spot light. 😉 I didn’t ask any of these questions or any of the previous ones. xD And without further ado, round 3, ladies and gentlemen!

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1) What would you write if you had a blog?

My life story.

2) How old are you? If you don’t know, make an educated guess.

I’m twenty-one years old.

3) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I do like Stone Cross Manor, so I think I’d continue living there.

4) What’s your favorite/most memorable dream that you’ve had?

The one where I bit into a piece of blueberry pie, but it tasted like apple crisp.

5) When you listen to music, is it the words or the music itself that makes you feel? Trying to explain, is it the words and the way they’re sung that make the song touch you and paint the picture? Or is it the composer’s music that makes it alive?

Hm, interesting question. It’s definitely a combination of both. Lyrics are a big thing for me. I don’t like to waste time with senseless words, but I also don’t like to listen to crummy music even if I like the lyrics. Know what I mean, jellybean?

6) What’s your favorite fashion accessory?

My top hat. ^_^

7) What are your pet peeves?

When people squeeze the toothpaste from the wrong end, don’t twist the cap on, leave toothpaste all over the cap. Another one is when people treat other people like animals. Seriously, guys. Get with it and treat each other like decent human beings!

8) Have you ever fallen down the stairs?

Yes. Many times. Thanks for bringing up painful and awkward memories.

9) What is your strongest character trait?

My infinite humility.

10) What is your weakness?

My lack of self-confidence.

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11) If you could go back in time and change one thing, only one, what would it be?

Alias’s placement in time. I think she belongs in mine.

12) Describe your dream home. What would it look like and who would be in it?

It would be a lavish manor with several rooms, exquisite furniture, and a Victorian-like setting. Alias, obviously, would be there, and so would my sister. Also, a couple of puppies. Preferably huskies or Labradors.

13) Pirates is the best choice — favorite character in Pirates? (This is probably kind of obvious. XD)

You have good taste in movies, beautiful! *winks* It’s a flip between Captain Jack and Will Turner. Captain Jack is humorous and Will is a gentleman. We need more people like me.

14) Angelica or Elizabeth?

I didn’t like either of them very much, but if I had to choose: Elizabeth. Angelica was… I don’t know. I didn’t like her.

15) What’s your favorite treat?

The one that comes out of a bag with a dog printed on the front. *grin* Nah, I don’t know. I’ve got a sweet tooth. And Alias makes good chocolate chip cookies, so…

16) If there was one secret you could tell Alias, what would it be?

I really don’t like myself all that much. *stares shamefacedly at the ground*

17) Have you ever had a disease?

Yeah. It’s called “sarcasm.”

18) Do you love Rana? (You better).

Well, if I better, then why is there a question mark?

19) If you could speak out against anything, what would it be?

People treating other people like filth.

20) Favorite gemstone?

Well, I like garnets (surprise!), amethysts, sapphires, turquoise, and aquamarines.

21) Favorite country that you love to study/visit?

Hm… which one has the best food?

22) Favorite time period????

Whichever one Alias is in.

23) Do you like owls?

Is this a trick question? Hoping and praying it’s not… yeah. They’re funny-looking things. They always have their eyes open like they drank five cans of Redbull before bed and now they can’t sleep.

24) Favorite song? Or just a random song you like?

I really have to answer this one, don’t I? *sigh* Well… I do like Angelus Everlasting by The Crüxshadows. I think Rana’s influencing me. *is scared* And another one would be 20 Years by the Civil Wars.

25) CAN HE GET ANY MORE LOVABLE??? OH, MY GOODNESS, HE IS JUST /PRECIOUS/!!!!!

OH, MY GOODNESS, YES, I CAN! AND YOU ARE PRECIOUS TOO! *spins you around in a big bear hug*

26) What was your first impression of Alias?
            It was a good once since she just offered to get me food.  I didn’t even have to ask.

27) When you meet people, what’s usually the first thing you look for/notice about them?

Their teeth. …Just kidding. Nah, I tend to try and look at people with more than my eyes. Appearance isn’t everything you know.

28) Favorite doughnut?

Chocolate crème filled! You know the one! Sugar powdered on the outside with chocolate frosting in the middle! *licks lips*

29) Favorite quintessential American food?

Are you trying to make me hungry? Well, to answer the question: CHEESEBURGER PIZZA. Yes, it is a legitimate thing. And one of the best legitimate things I’ve ever digested.

30) If there was a character from ANY book/movie/whatever you would like to meet/befriend, who would it be and why? (Please explain a bit about said book/movie to add to our knowledge, dearie. ;D)

Ohhhh, this is a toughie!!! *rubs forehead* I think Angel from Mirriam Neal’s “This Mortal Coil.” He seems like a cool guy. Though I think he would possibly maybe hate me. I might look cuter than him to the ladies. Him, or Rusty or Azrael.

For those of you who haven’t read TMC or Paper Hearts, go do it now. Just do yourself a favor and do it.

God bless!

Rana

The NCFCA

Credit to Wikipedia

Well, it’s been a while since the last post. Or it feels like it anyway. 😛

I’ve been a bit dry as far as writing goes for the past couple of weeks what with being behind in school and working on debate and all. So I decided I’d share a bit of the NCFCA love with you. 😉

If you ever have a chance to look into this lovely organization, please do so. Go for a day or two or three or even just a couple of hours and watch these kids.

We are the future.

What do you see when you go outside? Here’s a brief list of what I notice:

1) People texting on their cell phones instead of speaking

2) Illegibility (seriously? Can we nt typ lk dis al d tym? im sck uv it.)

3) Disrespectful behavior amongst children to their parents and other adults.

4) Lowered standards.

5) Porn (yes, Victoria’s Secret. You’ve lost your secret. The only secret you had has been revealed. Along with the rest of you.)

The list goes on.

Guys, we need encouragement. And the NCFCA is such a thing. I have had the opportunity to compete in this program for the past 5 years. I’ve been debating and giving speeches. At first, the only thing I was happy about was the fact that I got to wear a black suit.

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Some of the lovely ladies in my club. L-R: Me (I don’t usually make the duck face for pix, just so you know. I’m not THAT person), Martha-Grace, Sara, Leah, and Natalie. The other little redhead is Emma. She’s not competing. 😛

My philosophy was this, “Well, I’m going to die there anyway. At least I’ll be prepared for my funeral.”

After the first debate camp, I was pumped. I wanted to debate everything and everyone. I was a puny 12 year old debating (get this) resolved: “A government’s legitimacy is determined more by its respect for popular sovereignty than individual rights.” I felt smart saying it, so I said it often. Did I know what it meant? Not really.

But guys. If a 12 year old can debate this resolution, imagine what they can do after several years of this.

And it’s not just the debate. It’s logic. It’s learning to think on your feet. The NCFCA’s mission statement is, “…addressing life issues from a Biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God.”

That’s not to say we’re a bunch of sheltered homeschoolers that only talk about Jesus’ unfailing love and mercy. No. We’re more that. We’re real. We address difficult topics (abortion, suicide, self-harm, etc.) with LOGIC. Not just opinions.

My good friend Sara gave a persuasive speech on gun control. Check out her blog. She’s intelligent, logical, beautiful, funny, and has great writing tips. 😉 She didn’t say, “GIVE EVERYONE GUNS ‘CAUSE THAT’S WHAT I BELIEVE AND IT’S ALL GOOD.” No. She analyzed both sides of this debate and found a happy middle-ground.

There are also humorous speeches. Warning: you may die laughing.

Impromptu, apologetics, illustrated oratory…

We’re a community of real people who address real issues. And the funny thing is… while this is all a competition, it’s only competitive IN THE ROUNDS. Some of my good friends have been the ones who creamed me in debate! It’s fantastic.

Here’s a link to see if there’s a tournament near you. Go judge. Watch the speeches. See that there is hope. We are hope. We’re respectful, intelligent, and very welcoming.

This past season, I broke to regionals (meaning I moved up to the next level 😛 ), won 5 out of my 7 debate rounds, and placed 18th in speaker points out of what we believe to be about 70 LD debaters. I would definitely not be the same person I am today had NCFCA not touched my life.

I’m not trying to sound cheesy. I’m being honest.

If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to read a post by a man who has been touched by the NCFCA as well.

God bless!

Rana

P.S.

Just a warning… After day #2, you find yourself saying things like, “I tend to use my mind over my brain.” <– my intelligent remark of the 4 day tournament. 😛

Interview With January | Round 2

Ladies and gents, January is thoroughly enjoying all the attention! Please welcome him again for Round #2! *applause sounds as he walks up on stage*

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1) What is your preferred hair color (on yourself)?

Hot pink. Totally. [/sarcasm]

2) How do you feel about the internet?

I don’t use it. But I think if I did, I would never leave the house. It’s got everything.

3) Do you like to read?

It depends. Alias is very mean when I try to read. She laughs. A lot. I think if I could read by myself, I’d like it better. As of right now, though, I hate it.

Alias: BUT YOU’RE HYSTERICAL. I’VE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD IN MY LIFE! GUYS, GUYS! YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!

NO! I’M MOVING OUT IF YOU DO!

Alias: It’s a risk I’m willing to take.

“A- and… t-hey- they, ugh- called- them- themse- themselves! Got it! And they called themselves…” January squints at the word before shouting, “manure!”

I burst out laughing and have to stand up to keep from choking and walk around for half a minute before I can calm down enough to talk. January looks up at me, indignity written on his face.

“I’m still learning!” he says defensively.

I come around the back of the couch and pat his shoulder. “I know, dear, I know!” I reply as I wipe the tears from my eyes. He shrugs my hand off.

“We’ve been at this for over an hour,” he mutters, slamming the book shut. “I’m done.”

4) Who is your favorite person (fictional or real)?

Me. It’s an acceptable answer, right?

5) How do you feel about Rana?

That’s a weird question. I won’t answer it because I’m afraid of what she might do to me. My life hangs in the balance. So I’ll not tip the scale.

6) What’s your favorite fruit?

Pears. I like pears. And strawberries. And red apples.

7) Dogs or cats?

Well, I do prefer dogs, but I can see Alias being a cat lady.

8) Favorite car model?

I’d like a black Ferrari.

Alias: You don’t even know what a Ferrari is! *eyeroll*

They don’t need to know that!!!!!!

9) Do you have a girlfriend?

Are you available?

Alias: January, dear… *smiles sweetly*

Fine, fine. Alias. *sticks tongue out at her*

10)  What’s your preferred genre of music?

I like folk music. Also, rock.

11)  And the most important of all…
do you love me?

I should say yes, shouldn’t I?

12)  Do you like cats?

I do. But I’m more of a puppy-person.

13)  Do you want my evil cat that’s missing a few teeth?

No. Alias would though. She likes cats.

14)  Favorite outfit?

My own.

15)  Movies: action, drama, comedy, historical, educational, etc? Pick.

ALL THE CHOICES!!! Why do you do this to me? *rubs face* I like action, comedy, and yes. I’m a sucker for well-done romance.

16)  What do you want next Christmas?

Two front teeth. *rolls eyes* Maybe this explains my Christmas lists.

“I think the longer you live, the shorter your Christmas list gets because you begin to realize that the things you want, you simply can’t find in a shop.”

17)  Have you ever had a job?

Other than living and breathing and putting up with Alias? Yeah.

Alias: YOU put up with ME? Rephrase that right now, young man!

*sigh* *repeats it in a British accent*

Alias: I said rephrase not repeat!

*groans* Other than living and breathing? Yes. *forces a painful smile*

18)  Were you to go to college, what would you study?

Your brain.

19)  Do you like all the attention you’re receiving?

Of course. *big smiles*

20)  Favorite thing to do with Alias?

Make trouble.

21)  If there was one piece of advice you could give, what would it be?

Treat everyone with respect and don’t ever assume you know what they’re going through. You don’t.

22)  When is your brain most alive?

When it’s focused on me.

23)  What’s your favorite movie?

I don’t have any favorites. I’m not an actor.

24)  No one likes cleaning, but if you had to do it, what’s your favorite chore? What’s the one you would NOT want to do?

I like to pick out my clothes and get dressed. Yes, it’s a chore. The one I don’t like to do is put my clothes away or clean my room.

25)  How many places have you lived?

One: Earth. But on earth, I’ve lost count.

26)  What’s your favorite word?

January.

27)  If you had one day of your life left and you knew it, what would you choose to do?

I’d spend it with Alias and make sure she was okay.

28)  What makes you laugh (besides yourself)?

…There are other humorous things in the world?

29)  What’s your greatest fear?

I’ll be honest with you here. My biggest fear is losing Alias. If I lost her, I’d have no one to make me my meals and clean up after me and all that sort of thing.

30) What makes you happy?

Me. And food.

If you have any questions you’d like him to answer, just comment! 😀

God bless!

Rana

Interview With January | Round 1

The NCFCA speech and debate tournament was a success! 😀 I did pretty darn well, I think. 🙂

Now, I could hardly wait for February to roll around! xD Kind of ironic that we’re interviewing January in February… Anyway! Onto the questions! 😀

I promise that none of these questions are mine. 😉

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1) What’s your favorite song, Jan?

I don’t have a favorite…

2) What’s your favorite color?

Hmmm…. blue, maybe. The deep blue color of the ocean just before a storm. It’s a wild color.

3) If you could wear whatever outlandish gear you want, what would you wear? =D

I would go for a jedi get-up. They’re cool, you know? Flowing capes, sweet boots, awesome tasers.

Alias: Darling, they’re lightsabers. Not tasers.

4) What is the weirdest place you’ve ever had to stay at/sleep in?

…Alias’s house. Have you ever been there? It’s HUGE! And then there’s all sort of weird noises. Don’t tell her, but I think the place is infested with rats and creepy crawlies.

5) Who is the nicest person you’ve ever met (besides Alias 😉

Maybe the captain of the ship I stowed away on. Or maybe my sister Havilah…

6) What is your favorite quote (by someone other than you, love)?

Why do you do this to me? There’s so many! *groans* Uhhh…. hm, let’s see. *scratches head* I’ll give you two. I’m generous (and horrible at choosing just one of anything): “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

7) Now that Alias has taught you to read, what are your favorite types of stories?

Adventure and fantasy. Not the dry stuff she likes. *pointed glare at Alias*

Alias: What?! You don’t like Plato’s Republic? But the DEBATES! The LOGIC! The-

*makes shooing motion with hand* My interview.

8 ) What’s your favorite animal?

Either cats, dogs, or chinchillas.

9) What’s your favorite novel?

Well, I really like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

10) [Not a question, but Jan wanted to reply to this anyway.] Jannybaby, I wuvs you.

Aw, I love you too! *ruffles your hair*

11) Do you get excited whenever January rolls around? ‘Cause every time I write the date in my journal I think of you. Or look at the calendar. Or anything that has your name. XD

Wow, I love these ego strokes! Yes, I do get excited when January comes around! It’s my favorite month. 🙂

12) What’s your favorite food?

The fresh kind.

13) Ballet or tap?

…Tap.

14) Opera or kpop?

Whyyyyyyyy? Ugh. Opera.

15) Favorite article of clothing? (I expect an interesting and unique answer from you on this one, lovey. XD)

I don’t like your expectations. They’re too high. And they’re just there. *groans* My top hat. And top coats. Interesting enough?

16) Do you ever talk to yourself or ask yourself questions or tell yourself stories?

Not really, no.

17) Do you like chipmunks?

Are you expecting me to say yes? I don’t know. They’re just cute little animals. I don’t have an opinion. It’s not like I’d want one as a pet.

18) Do you like geese?

No. They’re frightening things.

19) Geese or chipmunks?

In what scenario? Would I rather have a goose or a chipmunk as a pet? Which would I rather have attack me? Which would I prefer to dream about? If the first, chipmunk. If the second, chipmunk. If the third, chipmunk.

20) Winter or summer?

Winter.

21) Fall or spring?

Fall.

22) What’s your bedtime/getting up time?

I don’t have one. I just do what I want. Unless Alias is being bossy (which she frequently is). In that case, I go to bed around 10 or 11 and get up around 8 or 8:30.

23) How old are you?

Twenty-one.

24) I’ve already adopted you. You cool with that?

You got evidence to prove that statement, love? But sure. Just feed me and I’m good.

25) What’s your greatest injury you’ve ever suffered?

Physical? Hm… maybe when I broke my arm after it got caught in a rope on board the S.S. Astron.

26) Happiest memory? (Anything with Alias is definitely accepted).

Well, now, I guess you’re expecting an answer with a mention of her now, huh?

27) You gonna marry Alias?

Erm… I… uh… Well, just read the end of the, uh, book. I technically don’t exist. And that makes me very sad. Because I love being alive. I think the world would be a better place if it knew me. *sniff*

28) Favorite fairy tale?

Well, they’re all twisted and dark. *shrugs* Plus, I’m not one for fairy tales.

29) Favorite Disney movie?

Pirates of the Caribbean.

30) FAVORITE DISNEY PRINCESS????

Princess Leah. She is a Disney Princess now unfortunately. -_-

Hope you enjoyed that. 🙂 I’m sorry if it’s lame. I’m so tired. xD

God bless!

Rana