Saturday, February 16, 2013

Know Me Better (6)

Know Me Better is a weekly meme hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Pieces of advice you have for aspiring writers?
Ally: A very wise person once said to me that you have to write something you want to read. I think that's the best advice out there; thanks, Lee!
Lee: Never give up. Ever. When I was in school, I thought I'd pursue some kind of writing career when I got older. I thought that I'd major in journalism or English when I went to college, but some bad experiences in freshman writing class really discouraged me. We had to critique each other's work all semester, and I seemed to always end up with partners who thought they were better writers than Shakespeare. I'll never forget the one guy who grinned evilly at me while rubbing his hands together in a "hahaha, I can't wait to see her face" kind of way before handing me my paper back. A more confident person would have just taken all of it in stride, but I've never been that type of person. One of my biggest regrets in life was giving up so easily on my dream of a writing career back then. So, if writing is what makes you happy, don't let anyone ever discourage you from it.

Favorite TV show when you were younger?
Ally: Avatar the Last Airbender.
Lee: Voltron, the cartoon series about the robot that was made up of five lions.

What would we find if we looked under your bed?
Ally: Narnia, board games, and old school books.
Lee: Um, I'm thinking dust bunnies because there's no storage room under there.

Book Store or Library?
Ally: As much as I love the library, there's just something about going into a bookstore. I think I like that everything's really new.
Lee: 50/50. If I'm not sure how I'm going to like a book, I'll borrow it from the library first.

Heads or Tails?
Ally: Tails. I'm not a conformist.
Lee: Tails.

18 comments:

  1. I love your answers on the first question! I'm not a writer, but you definitely shouldn't give up on your dreams, and it's best to write what you would want to read. I don't think I could answer the favorite TV show question and I'm with you guys - Tails. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. I wish I'd taken my own advice back then, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. And hooray for Tails!

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  2. Haha, 'I'm not a conformist'. Great answers girls!

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    1. Ally is most definitely not a conformist, lol.

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  3. All hail the Tails! AND I wish Narnia was under my bed....

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    1. Me too! It's a lot better than just finding dust under there, lol.

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  4. Some people are just mean, if you really like to write it's never too late. lol Narnia, how cool would that be, I think there must be dust under mine too

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    1. It'd be great to find Narnia under my bed, but sadly, I don't think that's going to happen, lol.

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  5. What a jerk Lee! Don't worry he was most probably just jealous of your work and the lack of effort in your behalf, I've noticed that is what jealous people are like, always trying to discourage people :(

    My KMB.

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    1. I'm bad about letting unpleasant memories, like that one, go, but I really need to start trying because what's past is past. Dwelling on it won't change it.

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    2. Lee, that's exactly the outlook my 17 year old protagonist has. :)

      Some things can be extremely hard to let go of. Others, aren't worth wasting the energy to fret over. *hug* Don't let the jerk put you off writing forever. if it's your passion, it'll come back with a vengeance.

      I started by writing fan fics {mostly Bankotsu/Kagome} Over the years I've received my share of "flames" but it doesn't stop me.

      Writing is as necessary to me as breathing. It's part of who I am. I've grown a lot by sticking to my guns and continuing to write. Now, I write novels.

      Love the answer you gave though. :)

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    3. Thank you for sharing your experiences! What you said about the passion for writing coming back with a vengeance is absolutely true. I'd done very little writing since graduating college, and I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started blogging almost a year ago.

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  6. I love Avatar the Last Airbender! I like Libraries but sometimes I hate how hard it is to find the latest reviews and I like owning a copy for myself..I am greedy like that LOL

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    1. I've lost count of how many times I've borrowed a book from the library, loved it, and went out and bought my own copy. I still have a pretty long list of books that I read first through the library but need to buy for my own shelves.

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  7. Another set of super interesting answers ladies! I LOVE (still do) Avatar: The Last Airbender! Definitely remember loving Voltron too. I especially like the advice you both wrote down to aspiring writers :) And I always pick tails too haha And I agree that libraries are ideal if you're not sure you'll LOVE a book, but there definitely is something special about bookstores ♥ Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We went to a bookstore recently for the first time in ages, and it was like being in heaven. They YA section had been expanded a lot since the last time we were there, and it was such a lovely experience just browsing all of the shelves.

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  8. Loved Voltron, and Captain Planet, lol. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia. I've only seen the first modern movie, but have the originals on dvd. :)

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    1. I recently rewatched some old Voltron episodes on DVD, and they brought back some great memories. The reboot is pretty good, too; you can really tell that the production team were big fans of the original show themselves.

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