Sunday, December 28, 2014

16 Sides | The INFJ Girls

Hi guys! I've taken a long, unplanned break from my blog *cowers* I'm sorry! *offers* Merry belated Christmas?
Grade 12 has been rather stressful so far and I've found that I unfortunately don't have a lot of time for blogging. However in my hectic last week of classes before the winter break and during the first crazy week of Christmas, I managed to pull this together for you :) 
Introducing the first interviews in "16 sides", a Meyer-Briggs personality type study where I speak to at least one guy and one girl from each of the 16 personality types. I'm hoping to discover what makes us as a human race unique and what unites us.
For all of you writers reading this, welcome to a series that I hope will help your characters become deeper and more realistic. If you're just reading this for fun, welcome to my world *cough* universe—I'm obsessed with this kind of stuff. ^ ^  

I've got two girls that are INFJs for my first post which I didn't actually expect since INFJ is the rarest of all the personality types. Now I just gotta track down the INFJ guys...*takes out an oversized butterfly net* You can't hide from me, 1%!

Meet The Lab Rats!

Well they are part of a sort of research experiment so lab rat is a good name...right? 

2012 / 2013 School Year

Meet Krystyn Bailey Swan

"Something that brings me a lot of joy in life is when people come to me with their problems and I can speak into their life. And even though I know I totally don’t know anything—but just being able to be there for them…I really like that. I like to know people’s story." 

Age: 17 (1997)

Occupation: High School Student (volunteers as a worship leader weekly)

Hobbies: Singing and playing the guitar, drawing, reading

Self Portrait, November 2014

Meet Viktoriya Dimitrivna Mykhaylenko

"I just need engaging conversation.”

Age: 17 (1997)

Occupation: High School Student (part time job at a framing store and )

Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, Baking, book and tea addict

Song She Connects To: "Primavera" by Ludovico Einaudi. (Her reason: "Primavera means "spring" in Italian, and Spring is one of my favorite seasons because Lilacs and tulips bloom during spring and those are my favorite flowers.")

How It Works

1) The Personality Test

 I test the interviewee in the podcast to confirm their personality type based on an info-graphic I found. Everyone, regardless of if they know for sure what type they are will take this test. The thinking out loud thought process when asked the questions in the test really reflect the personality of the person. Since everyone will be asked these questions, they'll act as the control questions. 

2) The Random Questions

I've studied these personalities on paper to the nth degree in order to generate a list of questions in which the answers will reflect the personality of the interviewee. Anyone within the same personality type will be answered the same questions in order to compare people within a personality type. However these question combinations will very from type to type. 

3) The Situation Questions

Get ready writers! This is where you find out what different personalities will do when they witness a murder or something. I love these questions ^ ^ They've created great discussion between me and my lab rats. These questions will also change between types but remain the same for anyone within the type. 

Links To The Interviews! 

They're both semi-long (about half an hour each) but I totally recommend listening to them both! Happy listening :) 

Krystyn's Interview

In one of the questions, I mention a book that we're both studying in english at the time of the interview. I don't say the title but just so that you know, it's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'm still getting used to this interview thing but little things like that will get better as I go :) 

Do I Need More Lab Rats? 

Always! If you're interested in participating in a Skype style interview or something, connect me in the contact box on the side with what personality type you think you are and whether your a guy or girl. There's no guarantees that I'll need your help since I have a plethora of people in my circle of friends to go through first but if I'm really stuck, I'll be turning to you. Thanks for all the support!

Tell me what you think of the interviews! Do you have any INFJ characters? Are you one yourself or do you know one? Let me know! :) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Voice Week Day 5 — Beautiful Chaos

It's the last Voice Week day which is actually kinda sad for me. I really enjoyed writing these this week. All the comments I've been getting have been huge confidence boosters so thank you to all who commented, it's really encouraging to read your thoughts ^ ^.
On a random side note, my OCD is very pleased that there's five different badges: one for each day. If there was seven, I might just go insane XD

Well, I suppose we should get on with the final writing then, shouldn't we? Onwards!

I sit on the worn porch to my house and look up at the stars. There's a certain wisdom about them that doesn't let my eyes stray. Their glow is so sincere and true. Nothing within them questions what they’re doing. I envy them.
A shooting star glides through the sky, it’s tail leaving a breif stain in the sky almost as though a painter took his brush to it. I follow it’s path with my eyes. In space, life is chaotic but alluring—nothing like mine. How do they exist with such a simple idea of who and what they are, of where they belong even? Stars, tell me your secret.

Well there you have it, the last one. To read more posts like this, check out the Voice Week blog.
Thanks for all the support from those who have been following and commenting, it means a lot :) 

Voice Week Day 4 — The World Is Sleeping

It's the second last day of Voice Week. Be sure to check out the last three post if you haven't already :) 

Let's get straight into it today. Onwards!

I lay with my back pressed to the cool rooftop and gaze skywards. There’s something about the night that brings tranquillity to my heart. I think it’s the fact that humans are sleeping and all that’s left awake is the quiet hum or the natural world. The big and beutiful natural world.
My eyes try to take in the entire sky at once. The stars suddenly look like they’re dancing and vertigo over whlems me. They’re just as hypnotizing as they’ve always been.
Just then, a shooting star whisks across the sky. When I was young, I asked my grandmother about heroes and how we were to know if someone was a ture hero: someone who would change the world.
“If a star falls from the sky within the minute a baby is born.” she told me while watering her plants, “It means that baby will do great things in life.” 
“Oh. Mommy says that Alex will do great things in life.” I swirled my finger through the dirt. 
 “He will.” My grandmother looked over at me, a gleam like starlight shone in her eyes. “But your were the one who was born under a shooting star while everyone else slept.”

That was my longest one yet but I really enjoyed writing it :) 
To anyone who's commented on my past posts this week, thank you so much! It makes my day to see that people are enjoying reading my writing as much as I'm enjoying reading theirs. 
Be sure to check out the Voice Week blog if you haven't gotten a chance to and I'll see you back here tomorrow for the last day of the challenge!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Voice Week Day 3 — Paradox of the Stars

Day three of Voice Week: the week long challenge where other writers and I all chose our own prompt to help us exercise our voice in our writing. 
*like a movie trailer announcer* One challenge, five days, five different voices...

*coughs* Ahem. Onwards to the writings! 

My feet pound through the streets under the clear, dark sky. Every muscle in my body is tense. 
It should be raining. The stars shouldn’t be allowed to shine at a time like this. They’re practically mocking me, those stupid stars. Go away! I don’t want to see you! 
They don’t listen. Of course they don’t. Why would I ever think they would? 
I shoot a glare upwards with some false idea in mind that it will make me feel better about myself. Just as I do, a shooting star soars across the heavens. My fists tighten, my nails dig into my palms to the point where I wonder if I’ll draw out my crimson blood. 
I nearly make a wish—a sheer habit of mine—but thank goodness my subconcious stops me before I can waste my precious thoughts on something so trivial. And to think I once believed those foolish stories about all my dreams coming true.

A longer one but I felt that I couldn't have explored this character's voice properly without the extra words. If you're a Voice Week reader and want to return to base or if you want to read more posts like this, here's a shortcut. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Voice Week Day 2 — Perpetual Darkness

Day two of Voice Week is upon us. Before I started writing this, I had some schoolwork to do and ended up falling asleep...
What is with me and accidentally almost not writing for the day? 
Voice Week is a challenge I've taken up alongside some other other writers in which we each pick a prompt and write around 100 words in the voice of five different characters—one for each day. 
I've been reading what other writers have written and it's been really inspiring and just overall enjoyable. 

Onwards to the writing!

As I leave the brightness of the city, my eyes gravitate to the starry sky. No matter where I go, I can at least rely on the consistent lustre of the Milky Way. Some things will never change. 
A shooting star grabs my attention as it sweeps through the sky, it's white tail chasing after it. In all my life I've seen many places and with it, many of these meteors. I've never bothered wishing, though. Never ever. What's the point? A simple wish won't cure brokenness. Brokenness can't be cured. It's not a disease. And after all, some things will never change. 

How is it that both today's and yesterday's posts are 103 words long? I kinda like that for some reason.
If you want to read more posts like this, visit the Voice Week blog. There's a lot of really great writers participating, you won't be disappointed :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Voice Week Day 1 — Above and Below

Maybe you've seen this badge in the sidebar of my blog for the past month. Well it's time to find out what it's for.
Voice week is a challenge where I pick a scenario/prompt and write around 100 words in the heads of five different characters for five days in a row. I'll be exercising my writer 'voice' hence the name Voice Week. 
I've had so much fun reading other posts for this almost stopped me from making my own tonight! 

But anyways, onwards to the writing!

The purple, star speckled sky reflects off the puddle on the ground beneath my feet. Stars shouldn't be below me, they should be above me as high and as mighty as they are. I don't deserve to be on top. I'm not strong enough. 
Ripples scatter the stars as I step through the water and look up instead. A shooting star streaks through space just in time for my eye to catch it. I used to always make a wish whenever I saw one. When did I last see one? Has it been that long or have I forgotten the simple pleasures already? 

Yep, it's short. 100 words is less than you might think. 
If you want to read more excepts like this, check out the Voice Week blog. I highly recommend it, I really enjoyed going through them myself :) 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beautiful People | Louis

Hey guys! School's back in and so I took a little break from blogging so that I could get back into the groove of studying, essays and deadlines again. If you've been following my blog for a couple months, you'd know that I've been participating in the Beautiful People link up hosted by The Notebook Sisters. The last few times, I've been answer questions about Masara, my MC from my science-fiction novel, Crec. This time, The Notebook Sisters have challenged us bloggers to answer questions about one of our villains. I've chosen to do Dr. Louis (pronounced Lewis) Taylor from my WIP The Dome.

Onwards to the questions!

1. What is their motive?

Pleasure. Louis does what he wants because he wants to do it. He's even more likely to do something if it can help him get what he wants most (another major motivation). Three cheers for a segway into the next question!

2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?

Louis believes that power comes from knowledge and so ultimately, he wants knowledge. It sounds cliche but he'll do anything for knowledge. A better question would be, "what won't he do?" In that case he wouldn't hurt Andrew, his longtime, childhood friend and coworker or his dad.

3. How do they deal with conflict?

If he's in the middle of the conflict, he thrives. Half the time, he's the one that's started the whole thing. If he's just an observer, he typically watches with interest or else ignores them.

4. Describe their current place of residence.
On the very edge of the city, right next to the forrest and in the newer part of the town, Louis lives in a brand new condo complex. So new that he's only one of two residents. He stays on the third floor in a two bedroom condo. 
It's pretty modern with an open concept main room; it's not really furnished other than the futon and small wooden round table and four matching chairs in the living room. There's a bed, nightstand, lamp and digital clock in one bedroom. The other bedroom has been converted into a laboratory. It's filled with metal cabinets, lots of tables for makeshift counter-space and a bookshelves to hold his binders of research.

5. If they were writing the story, how would it end?
Richard Armitage who looks
scarily like Louis is this picture
He'd make it back to Up There with his research and and use it to get his job back as a geneticist.

6. What habits, speed patterns, etc. are unique to them?
If he's got keys on him, he'll spin the key ring on his finger. Also, he typically speaks in shorter sentences. Longer ones really aren't his thing. He certainly doesn't communicate figuratively.

7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?
He shows his love through words. If Louis gives you an honest to goodness compliment then he cares about you. Something he'll do for someone he loves is some sort of simple act of service like cooking a meal or washing their car or something. It's been a really long time though since he's ever done any of that though.

8. Do they have any pets?

He doesn't. His 'pets' are the animals he's studied back Up There. He's not overly affectionate with animals so as a warning, no one should give him a puppy for Christmas.

9. Where would they go to relax/think?

Louis doesn't really relax but when he does he'll go to his lab. Doing little experiments even if they're just simple high school level reactions gets his mind off other things.

10. What is their weapon to choice? 
His wit. Louis is freaking smart. His wit is too strong for his own good which leads to successful manipulation. He'll learn all about you and then use yourself, those you love or anything you care about against you. If he uses a physical weapon, it's mostly a threat to push you in the 'right' direction. 

So that's Louis for you :) If you want to check out more posts like these, click here. If you're interested in participating in the link up, be sure to head over to The Notebook Sisters to check it out. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

We've Been Contaminated?

Coming up this new school year (which is officially in full swing for me as of today) I'm going to be working on a new project for my blog involving the Myers Briggs Personality types. 

These are all 16 types. Look familiar? 

I'll be finding one guy and one girl from all sixteen types and interviewing them through some sort of recording thing. Whether that's a Skype call with an audio recording program or an in person interview with a fancy mic, I'll be getting the person's real voice. That way you can get a feel for how each type talks differently. Do they think out loud? Are they indecisive? How are they deciding upon their answers? 
I'm then going to create profiles for each person and stick them somewhere on my blog (I haven't decided upon the location yet, maybe they'll get their own dimension!).
The interview will be uploaded to my SoundCloud and I'll release a transcript of the interview as well probably through a public google drive. 
It's going to be incredibly fun and I'm beyond thrilled to be starting this ^ ^ It's going to be a learning experience on personality types for both me and all the readers. If you're into that, be sure to subscribe through blogger or email if you're old school like me ;) 

Because this project has been on the forefront of my mind, I began picking apart a few things. One of them being that personalities aren't really allowed to be a set rule book. 
Last June I started writing an essay called "We've Been Contaminated." My central thesis was that our raw personalities we're born with have been contaminated by our surroundings. Fears, insecurities, people who we live with etc. But I scrapped the essay because it felt wrong. 
After some long nights of thinking, I figured it out. Contaminated is the wrong word. All of our experiences, good and bad have shaped us. Ours fears, preferences to types of music, the people we chose to spend our time with, they all shape us. You just can't call it contamination. 

I know two ENFJs quite well. They're both amazing people but in their own way. They grew up very differently. One is a twin, the other isn't. One enjoys sports, the other is more into the arts. They're both driven but in different ways. Similar things irk them but some of those things derive from different life experiences. 
I'm not saying that if you had both girls grow up in the same environment (same family, friends school, everything) that they would turn out the same. The truth is that we all have blends of a few personality types. 

I'm an INTP. A pretty solid one at that. When I read the INTP description, I'm a little scared at the accuracy. However, I'm adventurous and hate to not get things done like an ISTP. 
This is me...
But so is this XD
I tested one of my friends and came up with three different types. We had to read more detailed descriptions before honing in on the one that was the most accurate. 

It's become an important thing for me as an interviewer to treat each person that I interview as a new and fresh individual. There's no such thing as a true INTP or ENFJ. Some might be more true to the description than others but that's to be expected. There aren't sixteen types of people in the world. There are seven billion and they're all incredibly unique. 

I have a friend who's a psychologist. She told me that personality types are like world cultures. Cultures have traditions, ways that they greet each other, ways they eat food, they have their own views on what's disrespectful and what's respectful, and they just generally will live their lives differently from the next culture. 
My cousins came from Holland. They told me that Canada is very laid-back. We had to scratch our heads at that one because to us, our lifestyle is all go, go go. 
Even though, these cultures are all very different, that doesn't mean that the people inside live according to their culture. All of them have their own lives, morals, schedules, beliefs and traditions. To say that everyone in Canada loves hockey, lives out in the boonies and feeds the moose in their backyard would be totally unfair. So the types are like the cultures. One type, some similarities but a lot of unique people within them.

If you follow my interview project—and I hope you will!—keep these things in mind. If you use the interviews as references, that's all they are, references. If you listen to an interview with an ESFJ and then meet one in person, don't be shocked if they're different people. 

Do you know your personality type? Have you met someone with the same type? What was that experience like? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reconte Moi Une Histoire

I don't speak french as well as I used to back when I was required to take the class in elementary school. However, I do know how to use google translate like a wizard. Reconte Moi Une Histoire means Tell Me A Story.
A while back I wrote a post called Frogs, Solos and Silver Ratings. In it, I mentioned this project. It's been a really long time but the opening and ending title sequences took forever for the guy I asked to help me with it. Apparently it was more work than I anticipated plus he had computer problems.

The project is a stop motion animation to a song by M83 (one of my all time favourite bands in case you didn't know). In it, a little girl tells a story about a magical frog and I had that story come to life.
The preproduction took way more time than I had planned and we finished filming late into the night (or should I say early into the morning?) making it the most tiring shoot I've ever done. That being said, it was totally worth it! :)

So without further ado, I present to you Reconte Moi Une Histoire ^_^

Working on this video, I was hit hard in the face with the feeling of being over ambitious. Considering the timing of when I decided to take it on paired with the courses I was enrolled in that semester and of course the ever-daunting procrastination, there was no doubt I felt stressed.

When I was younger, being overambitious wasn't a term in my guide to live life. Probably because I didn't have much standing in my way. Now though, I have to schedule myself and prioritize things that are important or required above things I 'want' to do.
This summer, my schedule has been pretty relaxed and I've gotten a ton of writing, filmmaking and photography done. Now that school is just around the corner though, I've got to push my hobbies aside to make room for studying and homework.

More projects like this will still come around though and I'm not about to slack off on my writing because one: I enjoy them and will do a lot to make sure I can keep enjoying them, and two: if I don't express myself creatively, I'll go insane ^ ^

Thanks to everyone who made Reconte Moi Une Histoire possible. You're all superheroes for your efforts :) 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Beautiful People | Masara 3

*happy sigh* Oh summer, how you've flown by. This summer I've been participating in a blog link up called Beautiful People. It's hosted by the world dominating Notebook Sisters. (They really do promise world domination so you might want to check them out cause lets be honest here, we all secretly want to take over at least a part of the world ;) )
If you haven't heard of Beautiful People, you can check out what this fun is all about here.
This month I'll be using Masara for one last time. Masara is from my WIP science fiction novel, Crec. I've gotten to know her so much better through this link up and I've only done two other posts with her! If you're considering doing this thing, I highly recommend it. 

And now, onwards to the questions!

1) What does your character regret the most in their life?
Masara regrets agreeing to go with her friends to Brooks Tower when she was twelve. It's kind of a minor spoiler but what happened there sparked a new wave of cautiousness in her. She constantly wonders is she'd be a lot braver now both physically and emotionally had she refused to go.

2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?
When Masara was seven, she, her older brother Trey who was fourteen at the time, and her dad hiked up the mountains near their hometown. They had a picnic in a field at the top overlooking the valleys and played games until the sun went down. On the hike home, a tired Masara was given a piggyback ride on the way down by her dad. Since she hardly ever sees her dad now because of his job, it's one of her fondest memories.
As far as most sorrowful memory goes, that would probably have to be what happened at Brooks Tower.

3) What majorly gets on your character's nerves?
Masara really hates it when people don't take action. Whether it's for something smaller like a school project of something bigger like spying on some baddies, she's one of few words and much action. Talking about plans mean nothing to her if they're never followed through.
A picture I found of a girl that looks a bit
like Masara.
When all people do is talk and talk and try to revamp plans until they're 'perfect', she really wants to smack them upside the head and get moving.

4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being along? If so, how?
I guess in a way she does. When she's around other people she likes to try to prove herself to both them and herself. People are her motivation to push herself a little further. When she's by herself, she tends to give in a bit to her fears.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Ex. their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.)
Masara really doesn't have many beliefes or superstitions. She bases a lot of things—and by that I mean almost everything—on facts and logic. Since conspiracies are all theories, she doesn't waste her time with them.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
"Alright, let's go."
"Just forget about it."
She uses the word, "Fantastic," quite often.
She also asks, "What do you mean?" more than she should XD She's a very questioning person.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
She'd really like to run from her fears and her instincts tell her to but her friends and older brother subconsciously motivate her to face them. Their own fearlessness is something Masara really admires and she strives to be like them. She's sees them as strong people and wants to be able to call herself strong too. 

8) Do they have a good self image?
I wouldn't say she does. In the case of her own appearance, sure. But when it comes to other things, not so much. Like I mentioned above, she looks at other people's strength and longs to be like them. She's pretty hard on herself and doesn't think she'll measure up to the standards she's set for herself. 

9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves? She isolates herself. Masara's doesn't like to bother other people with her problems and prefers to move on when it comes to emotional and personal problems. She won't dwell on anything long enough to feel the need to vent. 
"Just forget about it," is something she'll tell herself as well as other people in a variety of circumstances.
Look how nicely those two questions tied in!

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?
I would laugh ^ ^ I'm imagining her just popping up beside me and looking super bewildered. Her expression would make me laugh! And then she would blush and wonder what she did...

So that's this month's Beautiful People. I hope you enjoyed reading it and that you got to know Masara a little better over the last few months. I know I have! Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next month for the next Beautiful People featuring a new character :) 
Also, stayed tuned for a super neat research/interview project I'm working on right now. I'm really excited about it and can't wait to share it :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Liebster Award 2014

Not even a year into blogging and I've been nominated for a Liebster Award! Say what?! I guess this is what happens when you have blogger friends XD A huge thanks to Victoria Grace Howell @Stori Tori's Blog for the nomination. Be sure to check out her blog cause it's awesome :) 

11 Things About Me

1) I'm an avid long-boarder. In the summer and fall months I like to take my board to the trails and head to one of my favourite spots to recharge. Exercise + Tranquility = a happy Cassia.

2) I take karate classes twice a week. I'm not a black belt yet but there's no way I'm quitting until I get there. And lets be honest, once I get there, I won't want to quite. I'll feel like a ninja! 

3) In tenth grade, I won a film festival for my music video The Moment by 'Goldhouse'. It took me over one hundred gruelling hours of work to get there but the feeling of watching it on the big screen was totally worth it. Film and photography have always been a side hobby of mine. I love capturing life, stories, people and the world through visual mediums.  

4) I'm a certified lifeguard. You'll never have to fear the water again! 

5) I have this strange ability to shake the irises of my eyes (and sometimes they shake on their own when something gets to close to my face) and to wiggle my left ear...only the left one. I've tried to train my right one to do it too but I can't for the life of me! 

6) I've been to Hawaii and learned how to surf while there. Maui is a beautiful place plus it's super fun! PS: Shaved Ice is the most fantastic dessert on the entire planet ^_^ 

Nothing beats the vibration of the wave under your feet

7) I'm an owner of a QWERTY keyboard phone. Remember the commercials? "Slide in, slide out." My parents have been bugging me to get a new one but I'm persistent to hold onto little Jarvis until he dies. Stay strong, Jarvis!

8) My birthday lands on friday the thirteenth every once in awhile. That being said, nothing catastrophic has ever happened. In fact, I think the cake was better that year. 

9) I can officially say that I've dry-land luged down an olympic track. It was spectacularly fast and beyond fun. If anything makes you feel like a kid again, it's steering those things around corners, racing your younger sister to the finish line XD

10) I don't watch TV. Why would I waste my time with that when there's stories to be told, new places to see and adventures to go on!

11) My favourite foods are sushi and anything Thai. When my mom found out about this on our vacation to the Rockies last week, she brought me Thai food and sushi brochures from the front desk at the resort ^_^ 

11 Questions From Victoria (I love these questions!)

1) If you could have one day with any superhero, who would it be?
Spiderman! While I love Iron Man for his sarcasm, I feel like Spiderman would actually talk to me and make an effort to make that day the best day ever—and it totally would be! I want this to happen. Somebody, please contact Spiderman and set this up XD

2) If you could have any object from any book, movie or show what would it be?
Hm...well I already have a mockingjay pin, a coat of midnight would be fantastic but I'd probably have to say a Loric pendant from the I Am Number Four Series which by the way, I'm obsessed with! I know you can buy them but getting it straight from the series would be a dream come true. 
Four's Pendant (look how cool it is!)
3) Why did you start blogging?
I noticed that a lot of teens at Go Teen Writers blogged along with one of my friends (who happens to be the person who nominated me) so I figured I could give it a shot. I wanted to connect with other bloggers and build a platform. I really like it so far! 

4) What genre do write in?
Science-Fiction and Dystopia are the main ones but I'm venturing into action/adventure too. One thing at a time, Cass!

5) Do you have any pets?
I do! I have a little dog named Ciro. He's a bit of a brat but I love him ^_^ 

Ciro's finally found good use for my biology homework: it makes a great bed!

6) Light saber or sonic screwdriver?
Ooo...that's a hard one. A sonic screwdriver can do more things but a light sabre would make me feel so epic using it! I don't think I can make a decision on this one XD

7) What's your favorite Disney movie and why?
I love Brave. 
What? Not Frozen? *crowd gasps* 
No, not Frozen. I love the themes in Brave, and Merida's journey is so captivating. I can totally picture myself as her. And bonus points go to it for the fact that Merida isn't involved in any sort of romance. I just get to sit back and enjoy the story. Oh, and it's not a musical. I'm okay with musicals....until everyone in Walmart is singing Let It Go! 
I've been told I'd like Pocahontas and Mulan for similar reasons but I haven't seen them yet...*hides* I'm sorry! I had a sheltered childhood! No worries though, they're on my very, very long list of things to watch. 

8) What's your favorite kind of music?
I'm a big Indie music listener. Indie Rock and Indie Folk are my favourites. I'm also super drawn to soundtracks. I even listen to an online 'epic soundtrack' radio station.

9) Do you have any other artistic talent besides writing?

Well I'm not sure they're considered talents but I do some photography and I like doing pencil sketches and watercolour paintings when I can. I'm also in choir and make short films. Does that count as artistic?
I'm a pretty artsy person whether I'm good at it to not ;) 

10) What place in your books would you like to travel to?
The Dome by far! How could I pass up an opportunity to visit an underwater dome where everyone has superpowers? I'd probably be that weird person who's obsessed with the dome wall and just stands there looking at it and touching it XD Oo! Do I get a superpower too? 
And maybe I would run into some of my characters!
11) Which character of yours would you go on a date with?
Always the hardest question last...
After long consideration, I think I'd have to say Sorrel from my science fiction novel, Crec. With his teasing, spontaneous and awkward personality, he'd make that date memorable.

Sorrel: You're hotter than an overheated computer. 

Me: *blinks* Uh...right. 
Sorrel: Didn't think that one would work anyways.

Yeah, memorable for sure. My friend and I talked about my characters until I could decide...maybe I took this question a little too seriously XD

And now comes the time where I nominate 9 bloggers:

1) Leah @ Apassionata

2) Heather @ My Writing Desk

3) Bethany @ The Ramblings of a Young Author

4) Emily @ Emily Rachellle Writes

5) Brian @ Shattering the Darkness

6) Gillian @ Of Battles, Dragons, and Swords of Adamant

7) Heather @ Sometimes I'm a Story

8) Lily @ Lily's Notes in the Margin

9) Sarah @ Inklined

Bloggers, your mission if you choose to accept it, is to answer these 11 questions: 

1) What is something that you always carry with you?

2) If you could live in any fictional world, what would it be? 

3) What book has left the biggest impact on your life? 

4) Are you a city or country kid at heart? 

5) Do you collect anything? 

6) If you could pick an element (earth, air, water, fire) to describe you based on your own criteria, which element would you choose?

7) If you had to chose one of your characters to room with, who would you pick?

8) Summer or winter?

9) Which reality TV or game show would be like to be or think you would do well on?

10) What is the most listened to song in your iTunes library? 

11) If you could take the place of any famous book or movie character and live out their story, which character would you chose? 

So there you have it! Be sure to check out the nominees above cause they're pretty cool people and I'm sure their answers will be just as great as they are :) 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beautiful People | Masara 2

Hey guys! Last month I participated in a blog link-up called Beautiful People hosted by The Notebook Sisters
Each month they post new questions and anyone has the chance to answer them. Once they publish the blog post, bloggers link their post to the Beautiful People page and other readers and writers can check it out!
I really enjoyed doing last month's questions for Masara and after talking with a fellow writer, decided to do her again this month and next. 
If you missed last month's post, click here
Masara is the protagonist from my work in progress science fiction novel Crec

Onwards to the questions! 

1) What’s their favourite food? 

Masara loves mostly any type of fruit. Give her a fresh fruit salad and she's in heaven. Her favourite fruits are mangos and plums.

Bonus question: favourite flavour of chocolate!
Dark chocolate for sure!

2) What do they absolutely hate?

Being alone. Don't get me wrong, Masara's an introvert and spends time by herself quite often to recharge. The type of loneliness she hates is more along the lines of long term absence from the people she loves. To her, it's more like they've disappeared. 

3) What do they enjoy learning about?
Anything involving Crec and the Sentries that guard the portal to Crec. Since both topics are super secretive to the general public, any new information that she can get ahold of will satisfy her curiosity.

4) Who is the most influential person in their life?

Without a doubt, her older brother Trey. The two of them are seven years apart but are closer than ever. Once Trey turned ten, he basically took over the job of raising her. Not only did he quickly become a close friend but he became her mentor. 
A photo I found that reminds me
of a younger Masara

5) What is their childhood fear?
Masara used to be afraid of the dark but grew out of it. She hated being alone in an environment she felt trapped in. To combat this, Trey suggested that she and her friends press their handprints and sign their names to the ceiling of Masara's bedroom above her bed using Lumipaint. Whenever she felt alone and scared, she just had to look up to the handprints and names of her friends.

6) What is something they have secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible?
She's always really wanted to take a trip somewhere with just her dad. Going somewhere with him for like a week or so would be a dream come true because she could just spend nonstop time with him. Because of his vacationless job though, she doesn't even both to bring it up. 

7) What is something she is impractically afraid of?
Heights. When she was twelve, she witnessed an accident from high heights and ever since then, she's been afraid of them. 

8) Are they a night owl or a morning person?
A night owl. Sometimes she's forced to wake up early for her volunteer position or her older brother will wake her up but by nature she's a night owl. 

9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid?
Masara leaves a lot unsaid around most people. The closer she is to a person though, (for example Trey or any of her besties) the more open she'll be with them. However, she certainly doesn't just let her thoughts go straight from her head and out of her mouth even with them.

10) What are their nervous habits?
When Masara is nervous she'll wring her hands together to stop them from quivering or play with the ends of her hair. 

There you have it! If you want to read more posts like this or write your own, click here
If you want to check out the Pinterest board from Masara's world, follow this link
Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment if you have any questions about Masara or would like to know more about a different character I mentioned :)