1. THE BASICS
NAME: Ade (pronounced like "lemonade")
AGE: 20 (but I neither look nor act it)
GENDER: as far as I know, I'm still female
HOME IS: my bed and computer chair... er, I mean Murrysville. Or Meadville whenever I'm at school. Ah, the 'villes of Pennsylvania...
FILM(S): Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sister Act, The Rocky Horror Picture
Show, Shrek, Chicken Run, the Harry Potter movies, Twins, etc. The list
goes on and on...
BOOK(S): the Harry Potter series, the Earth's Children series, 6 Dogs, 23
Cats, 45 Mice, and 116 Spiders (a childrens' book I memorized when I was
around 3), the Protector of the Small series, The Pig-out Blues, etc.
AUTHOR(S): Jean Auel, JK Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Megan,
Tennyson, HA and Margaret Ray, Astrid Lindgren, etc.
MUSIC: Despite my large CD collection, I'm stuck in a musical rut and
listen to Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Tori Amos constantly. I also like
various soundtracks to bizarre musicals, Michelle Branch, Danny Elfman, 80s pop, etc.
COLOR: rainbow! I don't have a real favorite color, and I like rainbows.
I especially like black, purple, yellow, and green, but not in any specific
CLOTHING: gray hoodies, jeans, cartoon character sneakers (I love having kid-sized feet), crazy socks, and t-shirts with questionable sayings on them
FOOD: cheese, ice cream, broccoli, fried rice, cookies, etc.
DRINK: apple juice and orange gatorade
ACTIVITIES: computer games (particularly "Age of Mythology"), fencing (but I'm terribly out of practice), writing, drawing, livejournal, daydreaming,
eating, dressing up in silly costumes, walking around alone in the woods,
OTHER THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT: I'm insanely short, I'm terribly shy and would rather sit and watch people than join in discussions yet I can be sociable and even outgoing online, I hate the color pink with a passion but I don't know why, the words "exlax" and "nipples" make me laugh, I enjoy being alone for long periods of time but go nuts if I don't see my friends for long periods of time, I get along with people as long as they're nice to me and respect my beliefs and boundaries, I couldn't be normal if I tried, and I appreciate weirdness for all it offers.
3. WRITERLY THINGS
WHAT GENRE(S) DO YOU USUALLY WRITE IN? I don't know... I have trouble placing a lot of my work in categories. I'd say either young adult fiction or fantasy.
POETRY, PROSE OR BOTH? I prefer prose, but my poetry has been improving
WHAT (APPROXIMATELY) IS THE LONGEST PIECE YOU'VE EVER FINISHED? Finished? I rarely ever finish anything, but when I do, my works tend to be 6-20 pages long.
HOW MANY PIECES (AGAIN, A GUESTIMATE) HAVE YOU FINISHED? Not enough, maybe 20-ish?
WHICH DO YOU ENJOY MOST/IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR STORIES: CHARACTERS, SETTING OR PLOT? I'm all about characters. My plots tend to be weak since I focus on characters too much.
WHO IS YOUR WRITER HERO? I don't really have one... maybe JK Rowling since she went from being a nobody to taking over the world with everything Harry Potter
WHO IS YOUR CHARACTER HERO? Hmmm... good question. I can't think of any in particular at the moment, but I tend to identify with (and sometimes develop crushes on) minor characters
IF YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN ONE BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE? "Weetzie Bat," by Francesca Lia Block. The style is just amazing.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS WITH WRITING? WHERE DO YOU SEE IT TAKING YOU IN, SAY, TEN YEARS? Ugh, it's too hard to answer this at 3:17 am. I just want to publish stuff, be respected, and have some source of income so I can be a successful cat lady.
HAVE YOU EVER CRITIQUED BEFORE? IF SO, TELL US! Yup, at Alpha, Golem and Tuesday group (creative writing groups at college), and my writer friends and I sometimes exchange stories/poems and critique them for each other
DO YOU HAVE ANY PIECES OF ADVICE FOR US ABOUT WRITING THAT YOU FOUND USEFUL? Learn how to properly use grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., and writer friends are very good to have
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY WRITER GROUPS/FORUMS? Yes, several (see the critiquing question)
4. IN A PARAGRAPH: ACTUAL WRITING BITS
let's see how creative I can be at this hour...
IN A PARAGRAPH, INTRODUCE US TO A CHARACTER.
Aurora sprawled across one of the library couches, mesmerized by the
dog-eared volume of Tennyson poetry in her hands. A half-giantess, she
stood eight feet tall and weighed well over 400 pounds, but the royal family
made an effort to make her feel at home in the palace of her husband, the
Crown Prince Mark. Quiet, witty, and rather bipolar by nature, Aurora
tended to avoid her inlaws but spent most of her time with Mark, her best
friend and husband. The pair spent so much time in the library that the
King wondered if they would bear books instead of children, but as long as
they were happy together, he kept his mouth shut. With a groan, the giant
library doors cracked open and Mark entered, carrying an armload of books. Aurora glanced up from her poetry and smiled, and the mischievous gleam in Mark's eyes told her that he was up to something.
IN A PARAGRAPH, TAKE US SOMEWHERE WE'VE NEVER BEEN. try not to info dump!
Simon's desk stood unobtrusively against the wall, buried under piles of
clean laundry and school supplies. Little did Simon's parents know that the
second drawer from the ground was a secret portal to 1437. The desk looked innocent enough, constructed of polished cedar and brass knobs, but the portal drawer appeared almost a shade darker than the others. Upon opening the drawer, one would be sucked into the desk and spewed out into a medieval cornfield, scattering crows and knocking over several cornstalks in the process.
IN A PARAGRAPH-SIZED CHUNK OF DIALOGUE, INTRODUCE A PROBLEM/PLOT. it doesn't
neccessarily have to be the start of a story, as long as it shows what's
going on through the dialogue.
"Well that settles it," Leroy sighed.
"What is it, dearest?" Katrina asked.
"We're out of grape jelly."
"NO!" He gasped.
"I'm afraid so, my dear." Leroy nodded.
"My... my heart!" Katrina clutched his heart, twitching for a moment before
convulsing on the linoleum floor.
"Oh no, not again!" Leroy squealed, bending over her husband. "Katrina!
Speak to me!"
WRITE A PARAGRAPH OF THE START OF A STORY USING THESE WORDS: SIX, FISH, CROWBAR, TEMPLE
(this paragraph is dedicated to Megan in remembrance of Spanish lessons
that turned silly... *grins*)
Maria's bosom heaved as she gazed across the table at Enrique, who licked his lips.
"These fish tarts are quite the aphrodisiac," he moaned.
"Oh, Enrique!" She gasped, taking his hand. "Let's go to the temple right
now! We must elope!"
"Why, my darling, why?" Enrique ejaculated. "And when?"
"We must never be apart, my love! We must marry right now and run away to Taco Bell and have six kids and a chihuahua ranch!"
"Anything for you, my sweet pea!" Enrique kissed the back of her hand, and Maria swooned. "We'll crowbar our way through Arkansas if we have to!"
"Oh, Enrique!" Maria squealed, pouncing into his arms.