@Red; No, you're misunderstanding, I was referring solely to the part about the expectations; it wasn't arrogant at all ;)
@Red; No, you're misunderstanding, I was referring solely to the part about the expectations; it wasn't arrogant at all ;)
i've been considering studying health for a long time. my mom is a doctor, and i decided to follow in her footsteps and become one myself. i've always had a thing for stuff like that. i always remember going into doctor's offices and thinking how cool it would be if that was me giving someone a physical someday. don't call me creepy, lol, i'm just saying.
@Llama_Guy; Oh, ok. Thanks for clarifying :)
So where do you all live? I was born and am being raised in the US
Norwegian through and through (grandpa's Dutch, and I carry a Dutch family name, though)
born and raised in florida, i do come from canadian descent however.
I'm from New Zealand, which is a pretty awesome country to come from, but not a particularly good one to live in once you grow up, I think. The pay isn't particularly good for most jobs. When I finish university, I'm going to try and work in an overseas embassy or something like that. I'd like to be in the diplomatic corps.
EDIT: Whoops, forgot to add my lineage. I'm two-quarters Welsh (not one-half, because I get a quarter from each side of the family), a quarter Irish and a quarter . . . well, my dad's dad's family has been in NZ for so long that they're basically native, but I think they came from Norway before then. I identify far more with my Celtic roots than my New Zealand heritage, interestingly. I've always loved Ireland, though I've never been there.
In terms of prodigies . . . I guess I could've been one if I'd tried harder? I'm naturally gifted - or so I'm told - but because my parents never pushed me too hard, I didn't live up to my full potential so much. I don't regret this at all, because I'm pretty chill by nature. I could have skipped a grade or two at some point, but I haven't. If I put the work in, I could probably be one of the top scholars in my year, but I just lack the motivation. Like I said, I have no problem with this. I'm just happy to sort of cruise through life. The one place I really let go and show my hard work is in my writing, because that's something I love doing (oh, and to a certain extent, my foreign languages. I'm good at those). Hopefully next year at university I'll be able to do that with all my subjects, because I'll be doing stuff I want to do (like sociology, international relations and creative writing).
In a half-hearted effort to steer this back towards writing a bit, who here has had some work published? I haven't, myself (unless we count my badass poem about Stegosaurus being featured in the school newsletter when I was six), but that's largely through lack of trying, I'm afraid.
(NB: Yeah, guys, this thread doesn't have to be about writing at all, so feel free to deviate. But if people have things to discuss about writing, this is pretty much the place for it, so as long as we touch base with fanfiction/creative writing once in a while, we'll be sweet.)
I was born in Venezuela then I moved to the US when I was 12 and lived there three years, then my family and I came back when I was 15 or so I'm 17 (almost 18) right now.
Prodigies. Well I guess I'm a lot like what MW said actually, I'm able to get the hangs of things pretty quickly but I never try, I have no dedication to things and once it seems like I'm failing I almost always give it up because I don't want to look like an idiot. Basically my biggest problem is lack of ambition. I didn't play any sports cause I was afraid at being bad at it, I didn't learn to play an instrument because of the same reason and because I was afraid of not being able to learn, I haven't learned how to dance because I'm afraid that I'll suck.
Basically school is the only thing I've got and even then I'm still not as good as I can be. I could ace my classes but I always slack off, I just barely passed this semester even though I could've passed with a higher grade, but I'm afraid of disappointing my parents you see and I'm afraid that if I get myself to studying I still won't understand. In the end I'm able to get it but not as well if I had done it from before. As for my parents, well I don't want to disappoint them they've worked very hard and have helped me a lot in my life and supported me especially my mom and even my dad; even though he gets mad easily and is hard to please one of my goals is to one day hear from his mouth that he's proud of me because even I can understand that as a son I've disappointed him a lot of times during my life.
I don't have my goals planned out though, I mean I've changed my perspectives a lot over the years. For now I'm studying computer engineering at university. No I'm not going to go for a career in writing because...well it's just unstable I mean what's the point of putting some thing up when the chances of it being popular are slim. It doesn't matter how good a book is it doesn't have a guaranteed popularity, hell look at Twilight, the majority of us can write better than whoever writes that (I always forget her name) plus publishing books here is a real drag because my country is just stupid, most books that are published don't have anything to do with fiction they're either historical books or advise books, there are fiction novels but my style isn't actually famous over here.
Gotten stuff published? well when I was in fifth grade there was this writing contest and the winners of the contest would have their short stories put up in a book. Mine was picked as one of the winners and was published so I guess that's something. But I was so simple back then xD the story was about a hunter and a deer and how the hunter realized how much he was hurting the animals of the forest and stuff like that....I'm ashamed of my kid self xD
i've actually had one of my short stories published into a local magazine. not much, but i guess it's something.
totally off-topic, but what favorite songs do you guys have? xD. just curious, i generally like looking into people's musical tastes. right now mine's a mix between take it all away by red and judith by a perfect circle.
I'll listen to almost everything with a good tune and a great beat, but I have soft spots for Celtic music, Asian music, jazz, and 80's/90's pop
I suck when it comes to music xD seriously if I can remember the names of five artist that people actually know about I'm made but otherwise I'm pretty much a music noob.
I'm into K-Pop in a big way at the moment. Mostly SNSD, but also bands like 2NE1, Secret, Super Junior, BIGBANG and the like. I'll listen to most genres of music, but when it comes to hip-hop/R&B I have a slightly lower tolerance than usual because there's so much crap in that genre.
Actually, and this might sound like a stupid thing to say but yeah I'm stupid like that at times. I'm always confused as to how people can always find so many songs and so many bands.
i'm more into indie rock, heavy metal, dubstep, and instrumental.
Holy (massive beep), have I missed a lot from one night sleeping! You guys sure has been active! Anyway, let me try say my parts in the topics so far:
Killing off characters:
I don't think there's a wrong way killing off a character, only poorly executed ones. You'll have to make sure that it affects the readers and the rest of the story greatly (says the one with no experience killing off characters).
Love in story:
One idea that pops up in my mind is that the main character and has a rivalry his his/her rival as Pokémon Trainers, but both also have a crush with the same girl/boy (depends on gender). Or make it so that the rival already is in a relationship with the main character's love interest. This will certainly make sparks fly.
The name, Dragoneye, simply possed up in my mind some day and I still think it's pretty cool today.
What I've read lately:
Fanfics, manga, webcomics etc.
Plans for the future:
I'm currently studying Computer Science and I'm planning to make videogames in my own company and remain independent.
Where I live:
Denmark in Europe, more specifically in Zealand (No, not New Zealand, even though they share similar names), near the seas.
Never had anything published, nor do I plan that.
I enjoy all sorts of music, except techno (blames the girls back in school who HAD to play it every morning before lessons starts), country and heavy metal.
Phew, need to catch my breath!
Such is the curse of joining a majority North American forum while being European, Dragoneye! Aha. Let's see if I can respond to the myriad topics covered while I dreamed.
Views and replies: Four years ago on fanfiction.net I thought it was an achievement to get two reviews per chapter, haha. I guess people don't care to put in the effort without obvious reward - but that's the same for many writers, too. There are many things that can influence the numbers of responses you receive, but I think socialising within the community is a large part of it. I had one response to three chapters on Different Eyes until the other day when I started posting outside of its thread.
Love interests: I never plan romance, it is always emergent. Romance is often forced, unnecessary or trite, and outside of dedicated romantic fiction, there's an art to making it contribute rather than detract from the story. Of course, there are a huge number of factors influencing the appropriateness of romance in any given story. I might start a thread on this at some point, perhaps after love actually enters Different Eyes.
The use of 'said': A friend of mine recently told me I didn't use 'said' often enough. Take that how you will.
Usernames: Mine is what is called a "chumhandle". The notorious webcomic Homestuck has a chat client in the story called Pesterchum and usernames for it have the formula "adjectiveNoun". I happened to be thinking up inconsequential fancharacters with a friend and we decided that I had to be xAuthor, seeing as writing is what I intend to devote my life to. Perhaps 'scribe' or 'wordsmith' might have been more interesting but it's too late now. At the time, I was feeling particularly areligious, and went for 'unrepentant' to indicate my belief in the total validity of my actions and words, founded in my own reason and intellect, unbeholden to any transient authority. I think it has a ring to it, no? Before this one, I was known by other names, and in time perhaps I will change again, but for now, this is who I am.
Books: Watchmen. The most celebrated graphic novel of all time. I could gush for hours.
On being prodigal: I was always considered a 'gifted' child. I think a more appropriate word with be 'autistic,' personally. I am possessed of a genius level IQ, and sapience far surpassing that of my peers in general, albeit with a lack of social competence.However, my motivation for academia has been crippled by circumstance; I do not want to excel when my workmates are bigoted imbeciles, ignorant and intolerant of the wider world. As you may have guessed, I attend a religious private school, and I am suffocating there. Nevertheless, it is my dream not to accrue wealth, which is meaningless in my eyes, but to be remembered for my thoughts, made manifest in rapturous words. I want my works to be read centuries from now. That is what I must strive for.
Nationality: I'm from the UK, which you may have inferred from my use of British spellings. (Or from my 'location' under my username, ha!) Specifically, fair Blighty, or Albion, or England. I'll stop that now, I promise! I'm pretty much split between English and Scottish in heritage, but my surname is French, so there's probably some Gallic blood in me several generations back. I don't particularly care. I intend to travel the world and visit as many countries as possible before moving to live in a Scandinavian country. Sweden, most likely.
Music: Utterly eclectic. The largest denomination of music I listen to is Scandinavian symphonic metal, but my favourite band is borderline punk rock, and hey, I'm even a fan of some jazz. I'm also one of those pretentious people who looks down on modern music.
There we go. What a wall of text.