I’ve been nominated, and I’m ever so flattered.
Seriously, it’s so sweet for someone to think of me as someone others need to check out. I actually blushed after reading the post that had my nomination in it. I’m legit all smiles, and it gives me the energy to keep on writing knowing others are into what I’ve got to say.
OH GODS WRONG GIF SORRY
This is what I meant.
somethingaboutlynlyn (who also wins the Kindness Award) gave me the nomination, and you should definitely check Lyn out–particularly if you’re an anime/manga nut. Manga can be an expensive venture, difficult to choose between, and sometimes full of spoilers if you’re going places to figure out if it is the right read for you, and anime can be quite the involvement time-wise. Lyn doesn’t beat around any bushes. Plus, there are novel and movie reviews! You can check out Lyn’s own nomination post here.
Thanks again, Lyn 🙂
Now, continue reading if you want to know more about the thing that is me.
What made you start your blog?
This blog started because the last blog I’d done wasn’t really “me” anymore. I’d started it in college after getting rid of my high school blog, and, while it will forever be in my heart, I needed a change to more of where I’m at now. And where I am at now is being a video game loving, writing, feminist, soon-to-be UK/Spain traveling artist, and I wanted to reflect that. And I wanted to have a space to talk about how much I adore video games, and the small struggles/how I deal with giving that up in lieu of traveling (and what I’ve also done to prevent that from ever happening because I’m a wizard about trying to get everything I want).
I’m very interested to see if I will be successful, and I plan on continuing to write once I make my way over to Spain, Scotland, and wherever else I can afford (I’d love to end up in New Zealand again, my first love). As we get closer to my end date in the states, there will be even more posts about my inner monologue of giving up one life for another.
What inspires you to write?
I’m going to be ridiculously cliche and say “Life does.”
I’ve always written. Always.
When I was in first grade, we were shown how to make our own books with cardboard, fabric, and a story we’d written/illustrated and stapled together. The librarian had to stop me at three books as I kept coming back and had five more waiting.
My father had to rip me away from the computer as a teen; I had stories up to hundreds of pages about superhero women who had to save their love interest. It’d be 2 in the morning, and I’d be forced from the computer to bed in order to get enough sleep for school the next day.
But I say life loosely. Books, video games, and theatre were my life then. I adored stories, telling them and listening to them. I am pretty sure I’ve spent 70% of my life daydreaming. Support from friends and family keep me writing, and I’m inspired by Neil Gaiman and Tamora Pierce to keep on.
What’s your favorite novel/anime/television show/film?
OMFG, like I could ever realistically choose. But I will say what is at the forefront of my mind right now.
Sailor Moon because I first saw her when I was maybe five years old at 4:30am after I’d had a scary dream. I was completely enamored and just felt this strength about the love and justice she fought for. After that, Last Airbender/Legend of Korra series (even though they technically aren’t Japanese animation) for absolutely sure. I can’t say more than a line about my love for these shows or else we’ll be here forever.
Right now, Parks & Rec. Leslie Knope forever.
Ugh, you’re doing it again. Making me choose.
I could watch Pride & Prejudice, the one with Keira Knightly (shut up haters), forever as the cinematography in that film at heart-endingly beautiful to me. But The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (VHS, American version) is just always going to be my favorite, methinks. I got to meet Rob Campbell once, the main animator for that film, and I about died and went to heaven.
Do you have a least novel/show?
Yes, to both. I dislike Jane Eyre. A lot. And I never understood people’s fascination with Glee. The day the internet showed how often they stole musical arrangements without giving proper dues to the artists was a day I secretly gloated (brand new confession to anyone, I promise you).
There are other books/shows I maybe care less for, but I didn’t want to talk about a book I haven’t read or a show I haven’t properly seen (I at least tried Glee once (made my dislike worse) and REALLY tried to enjoy Jane Eyre).
Who is your favorite character in a novel/show?
As of right now, Korra from Legend of Korra or Leslie Knope from Parks & Rec for television. Novel? I’ll probably divert myself to Beka or Keladry again. Really, any female character that Tamora Pierce creates.
I promise you, I do read other books and watch other shows. You just won’t get to hear about them in this post, apparently.
Name a character that you identify with the most.
To be completely honest, and also repetitive, Korra. That’s probably why she’s my favorite show and character :3
In all seriousness, watching Legend of Korra brought about a lot of self reflection, connection, and inspiration. I am different than her, obviously, too, but I have seen a lot of myself in that character, and it has been amazing to watch her character grow.
About ten years ago, I was a Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. I’ve grown a lot, and now find myself to be a Korra. Wonder where I’ll be in the next ten…
If you could live in any fictional world, where would you live?
It’s almost sad how I’ve already thought about this before being asked this question.
Legend of Zelda.
Which is stupid because their lives are around constant danger of the most INSANE beasts. Like, you walk outside and have to worry about Deku Babas, Like Likes, Zols… To live in Hyrule is to live in the constant state the Fire Swamp is in The Princess Bride. To be fair, a lot of them only come about when Hyrule isn’t in their time of peace, but…
Despite all of this, I’ve been playing LoZ since I was 2 years old. There’s no question that I would want to delve into the universe where I could just carry an extra fairy around to never truly die.
If you could have dinner with an anime/novel/television character, who would it be?
Varrick from Legend of Korra. No. Joke.
Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it?
It’s interesting, but no matter how much I’ve changed or gone through, I’ve always thought the same thing: You wouldn’t be who or where you are today without everything having happened. Every single thing that I have experienced has gotten me where I am today. I remind myself of this whenever I am worried about where I am going in life; it helps me think about how to mold my future.
Obviously, I don’t recommend this to everyone as some people could use it as a reason as to why they are terrible people if they’re in a bad place, but, for me? It’s a way of my life, my reason for not regretting anything and being able to move to the next step. It helps me apologize, forgive, and move on. To live life to the fullest by taking chances and rearranging my priorities. To open my heart and keep it open. it works for me.
What is one thing you want to accomplish in this lifetime?
ONE thing? Oh, I want all the things. I want to write a book that people will geek out over loving to death. I want to travel the world and meet people to hear their life stories. I want to taste and feel and touch and experience.
So…I guess I want to live 🙂
If you could change one thing about society or the world, what would it be?
I would change their perception on money…by not having any.
Bear with me. It’s never going to happen. We will always have some type of transaction to prove the worth of something. My words won’t change a thing. For one, people would have to give up their idea of social structure. For two, they’d have to take on the idea of giving things to each other. And, most of all, in order for any of it to work, three, they’d have to be okay with not receiving anything in return.
Again, it will never happen. But if I could change it? I just imagine a world where people have not only what they need, but what they want as well. I imagine a world where people love everything of what they do, that they find a purpose in life without worrying about the financial ramifications. People could live life, enjoy what they are capable of, embrace the realness of being on earth for a limited amount of time and not “waste” it on the worry to find a way to pay rent or get their next meal.
I am lucky that I have scraped enough together to attempt my dream, but so many others only dream and aren’t able to go further than that. I would love a world where greed doesn’t oppress or dictate how another lives.
I have come to terms with this being a far-fetched dream that would never work. People would literally have to change their perceptions, and this doesn’t even begin to take on race, culture, or many other important issues into consideration. In fact, I am sure many would claim for it to make matters worse. It’s easier to imagine than to make something into being.
11 Random Facts About Me:
- I believe popcorn is a satisfying meal option.
- It is rare that anyone wants to listen to my iPod as it is filled with thousands of songs from video games.
- I’m an ambivert. Yes, it is a thing. Even the Meyers Briggs test I took said so.
- I hate the Meyers Briggs test.
- I firmly believe life always needs more dragons.
- I played through all of Hatoful Boyfriend in one sitting. Anghel Higure was my favorite play through.
- I. Love. Space. Jam.
- The scene from The Office where Dwight stabs and rips open a CPR dummy to harvest its organs brings me to laughing tears every time.
- I’ve only seen the first couple of Harry Potter movies. The books were too precious to me, and I couldn’t continue to watch them.
- I don’t do country music, but I keep quiet about it usually as many of my friends love it.
- My first personal cassette tape I bought myself was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool. My first CD was Disney Vol. 1.
Official Rules of the Liebster Award:
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
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Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
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Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).
Here are my nominations:
Ronnie’s The Real VD – Nerd + mother = stories
Darcie Little Badger – There’s a bit of everything here, but I feel I learn something every time I look.
Mindless Floyd – Described as “a collection of nonsensical words thrown together” but I disagree.
Amy Games – Loving the posts. Can’t wait for more.
1. What made you start your blog?
2. Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it?
3. Name a character from a novel/comic/game/show you identify most with.
4. What is one thing you want to accomplish in this lifetime?
5. What’s a story about you that your family loves to retell over and over again.
6. What superpower would you like to have? Any limitations?
7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you end up and why?
8. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
9. If someone were to ask you advice on how to do what you are currently doing in life, how would you reply?
10. What is something you are confident about in yourself?
11. If there was one thing you’d change about society/the world, what would it be?