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If you could live—not visit-anywhere you want, where would it be, and why?
Oh, this is a tough one. There are so many places that I want to live:
Reykjavik, Iceland - so I could see the Aurora Borealis whenever the feeling consumes me (and the weather permits). I prefer cold to heat, and love the notion of living in a place filled with snow and dancing lights in the sky. Ever since I read Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” when I was 12 I have wanted to live in the North (as he calls it).
A long the Amazon river, South America - I have a very romantisied vision of the Amazon rainforest in my head inspired by a book I read when I was about 13. I can’t recall the name of it, but it was set along the Amazon river at the start of the 20th century. It seemed like such a wonderful, colourful, ancient place.
London, England - cliched as it sounds, I would love to live in London. Every time I visit it, I never wish to leave. There is just so much going on there, and I love the juxiposition of the old, creaking parts of London living alongside the modern, glass highrises.
You can choose between spending the day with your favourite character, or your favourite author. Who do you choose, and why?
I would choose my favourite author; Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t not choose him, I talk about him enough on my blog. I adore that man’s mind, the worlds that reside in it, and characters who inhabit them. I would talk to him about everything from folklore to popular culture and I would lap up his wisdom. I would ask about characters and worlds and stories and would sit, wide-eyed and childlike while he regalled me with all the little stories that weave the web of the world.
If you could be talented in one thing you’re not already good at, what would it be and why?
I would love to be a talented singer. I am unbelievably ashamed of my voice, and some beast claws at my gut when someone utters that terrifying word: “karaoke.”
What language(s) do you want to be fluent in?
I would love to be fluent in Irish and French. Alas, my conversational speech in both has been weighted and found wanting.
What was your favourite childhood movie, and do you still enjoy it?
Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ I still watch it. I bought the Diamond Edition DVD the other week.
Have you ever ended up liking a song despite really disliking the artist? If so, which song?
Yes, I have, actually. The song is 'Biblical’ by Biffy Clyro, and I honestly do not like the band at all, but this song used to play a lot when I worked in the store, and it just got to me. Now it’s my guilty pleasure song in the office.
What book can you read over and over and over again?
There are a few books I can read and re-read and not get bored with, but the one that always comes to mind is 'The Redemption of Althalaus’ by David and Leigh Eddings. I read it when I was 12 and I have read it every two or so years since. I am due a re-read soon, actually.
If you knew your next meal was going to be your last, what would you get?
I would probably get a really good piece of steak, rarer side of medium, with all the trimmings. Loads of fluffy, buttery potatoes, green beans with garlic butter, honeyed carrots, with blue cheese, carmelised onions and a red wine reduction on the steak.
Favourite book-to-film adaptation?
I’m actually not a fan of book-to-film adaptations mostly, because if I love the book I will generally hate the movie, but if I like the movie and then read the book, I tend to like both. The only movie I really liked that I had read the book first was 'The Hunger Games.’ I thought it was as true to the story as it could possibly be, and it was visually stunning. I am looking forward to seeing the next one, 'Catching Fire,’ this weekend with my flatmate.
How long have you had tumblr, and why did you sign up in the first place?
I’ve had this Tumblr for just over a year now, but I recently got an email saying my Tumblr blog was 4 years old and I realised that technically my first Tumblr was set up when I was 21, when I just heard about Tumblr. I wanted an outlet for both my writing and my thoughts, but I was still going through a process of getting my thoughts out of my head (I was, and kind of still am, bad at talking about my feelings, but I was recommended starting a blog by someone). I never got more than a few posts in and then I forgot about it. Until the summer of 2012 when my bestie (oh-mrs-o) wrangled me in to starting a Tumblr. We were in a writing group and three of them had Tumblrs and were constantly linking art or pieces of writing from their blogs, so I thought it would be a good idea to start one. I haven’t regretted it yet.
Post a screenshot of your desktop. [:
As I am currently in work, this is my work desktop, which is kind of lame. Oopa.
1. Which is more appealing: second star to the right and straight on 'til morning, or something just around the river bend? (i.e. a mystery you know nothing of, or finding something new in the familiar?) Why?
2. If you could live in one painting what would it be, and why?
3. How do you think your best friend sees you?
4. If your life was a book, what genre would it be, who would be the author, and would you be a hero or an anti-hero?
5. Look out the nearest window; tell me what you see.
6. If you could, what would you ask your older self?
7. If you were an ice-cream flavour, what would you be?
8. Have you had a defining moment in your life? What was it?
9. Do you surround yourself with a big group of people, or prefer to only let a select few into your circle?
10. What’s the last dream you remember?
11. If the gods saw fit to immortalise you in the sky, what would your constellation look like?