Hello! As a girl who lives in the explore section on Instagram I always come across posts of people sending and receiving cute letters and I’ve always wanted to try it myself so here I am.
I love writing, journaling, traveling, art, literature (fiction, non-fiction, YA novels, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, autobiographies, you name it), handwritten letters, cute stuff, listening to music (classical music, jazz, bands like All Time Low and The 1975, K-Pop, etc.), learning new things, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new people. I really want to expand my horizon and what better way to start than exchanging handwritten letters with people around the globe?
You could talk to me about literally anything. Mental health problems? Politics? The universe? Humanity? Sex? Your favorite and least favorite things? I got you.
I’m also an INFJ if that helps.
I’d be more comfortable with people around my age, probably 17-20 years old but I’d welcome with open arms anyone who’s willing to have deep conversations with me, share their favorite music with me (I have the feeling that I’m missing out on good music so please enlighten me), and recommend good books to me. Oh also, if you’re not an open-minded person I’m not the pen pal for you.
Today we’re joined by Brandon. Brandon is a fantastic author who is a prolific writer who has written a novel and is currently working on the sequel. Aside from writing novels, he’s also working on short stories. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys singing and has begun to dabble in visual artist. It’s very apparent he’s an incredibly passionate artist. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
My main artistic interest is in writing, specifically
narrative work. At the moment I’ve got a 250,000 word novel waiting in the
wings, I’m starting up on the sequel and I’m bouncing around ideas for a new
(shorter) story which I’d like to get published as my debut to help get my foot
in the door of the novel-writing world. I’ve dedicated the past three years to
two writing-related major goals – completing my novel and earning my Bachelor’s
degree in English and Writing. Like I said, I’ve completed the former (sort of,
bar the publishing thing) and I completed the latter last year – I’ll be
graduating in May and hopefully moving on to do a Master’s degree in 2018,
focusing on narrative features of video games.
Besides that, I also love to sing. One of my major projects
for a paper in my final year of my degree allowed me to write a creative
non-fiction piece on a topic of my choice, so I decided to write a piece on
barbershop after reminiscing about the several years I spent singing bass in a
chorus during high school. I also recently joined the internationally ranking
chorus, Vocal FX, which has rekindled my love of performance.
I’ve found that I enjoy visual art but I’m not particularly
good at it since I only recently got into it. My favourite part is always
coming up with the ideas for a scene rather than drawing it. I suppose given my
writing habits that wouldn’t be surprising.
What inspires you?
A friend of mine has been with me every step of the way
since I started working on my novel and she’s been the one who encouraged me at
all times. She’s one of the few people in the world who’s read my novel (I sent
it to her chapter by chapter or sometimes scene by scene whenever I finished a
draft I was satisfied with) and she’s the only person other than me who knows
the upcoming plot as well as I do. I can never thank her enough for her help
and for putting up with me constantly needling her with sad plot points, and
for her willingness to bounce ideas back and forth which often gives me better
ideas than I started with. She is without a doubt one of my biggest
inspirations simply because her genuine enthusiasm helps spark that creative
flow that I need to get going better than anything else.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I think the first piece of creative writing I can remember
doing was when I was only six or seven years old. I remember it quite vividly
because it was basically a butchered plagiarized fanfic that smashed together Lilo and Stitch and a video game called Impossible Creatures, where the
protagonist was one of Jumba’s experiments which was basically this horrific
monstrosity of numerous combined animals. It landed on earth and ended up being
worshipped as a god and had to defend its people from other creatures that came
to harm them. I’m surprised my parents didn’t put me into therapy for that. I
also labeled it as ‘a true story’ because I had no fear of being sued for false
advertising. I also remember having a dragon phase (didn’t everyone?) and
writing a series of short stories about dragons which I think I still have
lying around, as well as a phase after buying the game Spore in which I wrote a lot about aliens.
So, long story short (hah) I’ve always loved to write, but
when I got older I started worrying that it wouldn’t be a viable career. I
initially planned to study my second love (zoology) at university, but not long
after I finished high school, I started my novel, and I decided to hell with
practicality, I wanted to pursue my dream. Now I’m here with a completed novel,
a bunch of ideas, and my fingers crossed that I strike lucky with publishing.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
I think the biggest feature of my work is more in the
background, in the worldbuilding, particularly when it comes to fantasy
wildlife. I spent a very, very long time on the worldbuilding of my novel
before I started writing on it and by far enjoyed coming up with creatures,
their habitats, and their behaviours the most (I once had an hours-long chat
with a couple of my friends about the territorial and communal habits of trolls
in my novel despite them never having read it). I think this translated well to
the plot, given that one of my main characters has a troll for a companion and
their interactions with each other and those around them added a significant
and special dynamic to the story.
Can you tell trolls are a major thing in this book?
Commission by padalickingood
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Inspiration won’t always be there for you. Honestly, in my
experience, it’ll barely be there for you at all. But that shouldn’t stop you. If
you have it, seize it with both hands at every possible opportunity. If you
don’t, push forward regardless. Write something that you know you’ll just
rewrite later. Draw that sketch you don’t feel confident about. Practice that
song you hate. You never know when inspiration will rear its head, and if
you’re lucky, all the hard yards you put in without it will force it out of
hiding and allow you to make something incredible.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify most closely with demisexual but I’ve come to
feel pretty lax with the specifics. I’m not sex-repulsed but I definitely don’t
have any particular urge for it, and god knows where I am when it comes to
gender identities I’m attracted to. Throw a dart at the Kinsey triangle and I
might be somewhere near that.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never dealt with any prejudice directed towards me for
being an ace writer specifically. I mean, every ace person has probably had to
put up with an acephobe at some point, but when it comes to writing I’ve never
had an issue. As a viewer/reader, though, I’ve noticed ace-spec characters
aren’t really that common – even just implied asexuality doesn’t show up often.
And even in the event that it does, a lot of the time it’s full of
misconceptions or just poor writing, including the good old ‘but sex is so
great / sex brought you into the world why don’t you like it’ talk that I’ve
come to hate with a burning passion.
As for how I deal with it, I just think the best thing to do
when confronted with lack of representation is to fix the problem. Be the
change you want to be and write your own ace characters. Headcanon characters
as ace. Nobody can stop you from seeing yourself in a character that already
exists, and remember that no matter what people may say, headcanoning a
character as ace is not ‘stealing’ them from another community – gender
attraction and level of sexual attraction are two different things, and you
aren’t harming anyone by headcanoning a character as ace or aro regardless of
their gender leanings. Just be considerate to others if they express concern
and keep their points in mind so long as they treat you with a similar respect.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
This is honestly hard to pick from because I’ve heard a lot
(nothing malicious but people have a habit of really not getting how asexuality
can work) but I think the biggest thing is people think I don’t like physical
intimacy or that I would never have sex. They could not be more wrong about the
first point and I’d probably say they’re wrong about the second.
I love physical intimacy. I’m a human teddy bear, I crave
contact from certain people. I love hugs, I love kisses, with the right people
I could be down for anything. All I ask from people is that they respect my
boundaries for each individual person, because they vary. This isn’t even a
uniquely ace thing – everyone has certain levels of comfort with physical
affection – but I’ve heard people cite my asexuality a lot when they express
uncertainty about it.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Finding a label or a category can be satisfying, but it’s
not a necessity. It’s fine to not know where exactly you fit in the spectrum,
and in fact sometimes it’s easier to be flexible with it. That being said, if
you do find something you identify closely with and it means a lot to you, take
pride in it. You are who you are and nobody has the right to question that or
take it away from you.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I do have a sideblog dedicated to stuff from my novel series
– the username is chroniclesofandrasfar – but I
haven’t used that very much lately. If any big news comes up, you’re sure to
find me raving about it on my main blog, mythicfictionist.
Thank you, Brandon, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
The perfect playlist is absolutely essential when going on a road trip. Great songs make the time go faster, and make being in the car for hours way more fun than it should be. Every one seems to think that the “perfect road trip playlist” has to consist of songs that have something to do with driving, going somewhere, etc. But if you’re looking for “punny road-trippy song titles about driving” songs, that’s not what you’ll get here. So sit back, relax, roll down your windows, and press play!
Taking My Uzi to the Gym was the first song I ever heard by The Front Bottoms. The subpar basement-recording quality mixed with Brian’s imperfect voice was so different than the other stuff I’d been listening to at the time, and it was honestly a breath of fresh air to come across this song (and band). I always blast this song so loud in my car with the windows down and sing it at the top of my lungs with my hair blowing in the wind. I understand that the quality and his voice take some getting used to for a lot of people, and it may be impossible for someone to enjoy this song as much as I do. But for me, it’s such a great, fun song which makes for the perfect first song on my road trip playlist.
Channel Orange is the most nostalgic album for me to this day. It brings back a flood of memories from the summer before my senior year of high school, hanging out and driving around with my friends every single night. Super Rich Kids specifically brings back memories of driving around after work with my friend Selina waiting for plans to be made. You have Frank Ocean’s amazing voice, then you have it broken up in such a perfect way by Earl Sweatshirt’s rapping. It’s such a chilled out, laid back song that you can easily sing along to in the car on a summer night.
There is absolutely no way for me to be in a bad mood while listening to this song. Whenever I drive to work, I put this song on to put me in a good mood and prepare me for the long day ahead. My sister actually introduced this song to me while we were driving in her car and I’ve loved it so much ever since. The part that officially got me hooked is when he says, “the dog ran out and said ‘you can’t turn nothing into nothingness with me no more!’ Well I’m no doctor, but that monkey might be right.” What the heck is he saying?! That’s what makes this song so fun for me. Songs that put you in a good mood are perfect for a road trip, and this is definitely one of them.
Ooooh, ooooh, OOOOH, honey I need you!!! A diverse playlist for a long car ride is a must. “The Spins” is different than what I usually listen to (mainly because of the lyrics) but it was my guilty pleasure throughout high school. This song samples “Half Mast” by Empire of the Sun, and the beat alone is enough to have you dancing in your seat. I can’t help but let this song play every time it comes up on my iPod. The catchy beat and lyrics of “The Spins” are sure to be stuck in your head for days after listening.
Oh, the memories this song brings back…sitting in the back of my mom’s car with my sister, screaming the lyrics and thinking the words “crystal baller” were so funny. It starts off so slow and mysterious, and then turns into such a fun, upbeat song. About 10 years have gone by since this song has come out and to this day my sister and I still sing it the same way every single time. This song always lands a spot on my road trip playlist because of the great memories it brings back.
This song is one of the very few that manages to give me the chills every single time I hear it. It’s so slow and sweet, and another great sing along. The title being a perfect road trip title is always a plus, too. There are so many great Led Zeppelin songs to listen to on a road trip, but this song has such a calming, gentle feeling. If I were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a road trip, this is the song that would make me feel at ease.
**unfortunately there are no videos made for the song yet because it’s so new, so the video in the link is just the preview video**
This song was just released a few days ago, and after a couple hours of my boyfriend telling me to listen to it, I did. It was more than worth it. “Love Me” is already at 37 plays on my iPod…it’s such a fun, upbeat song. The awesome guitar riff and beat, mixed Matty Healy’s screamy (amazing) voice makes for the perfect song to end your road trip. Ever since it came out, every time I’m in the car (or in the shower…or doing homework…or going to class…) I play this song AT LEAST twice. A lot of people were surprised that I like this song considering it’s not “emo or goth” as my friends say my music typically is (ha ha ha..), but how could anyone NOT like it? It’s such a catchy tune that’ll definitely be stuck in your head after you listen.
Whether you’re driving somewhere two hours away or across the entire country, a great playlist is essential in making that car ride bearable. No one enjoys being in a car for longer than ten minutes, but with the perfect playlist and good friends, it can be the best time of your life!
Hello, my name is Sierra and I am 17 years old. I currently live in a
small town in the united states, but I am planning to study abroad in
Japan within this next year to attend university and teach English. I
can already write and speak a fair amount of Japanese and would really
like to practice it on someone. You do not have to be a native speaker,
and if interested, I am more than willing to teach you the Japanese I
currently know. Apart from learning foreign languages, I also enjoy
reading and writing in my spare time. My favorite two books are probably
“I am the Messenger” by Marcus Zusak and “The Night Circus” by Erin
Morgenstern. I usually stick to writing poetry and short horror stories,
but I am currently branching out and working on a novel series at the
moment. In music, I like to listen to the Neighborhood and anything
composed by Antonin Dvorak. I also love to play violin.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Preferences: No preferences toward age, gender, religion, et cetera, just be respectful of others and we will get along just fine.
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I am a funny and outgoing person who likes to talk about deep things. I
love music of different genres and give a great and powerful meaning. I
love to write music and poems and play the guitar.
I love watching TV shows and YouTube Videos like The Fosters, Shane Dawson, Dan and Phil, and Jenna Marbles.
I love to write novels and talking about plots and character
developments with people. I love to learn about people’s lives and
cultures to see and learn more about the world.
Anyone ages 14-18 would be preferable to contact with.
Fight writer’s block when you’re on a deadline (especially now that November is coming up!)
Make a Playlist: Go through your songs and find some that inspire you or whose lyrics relate to your story for extra inspiration. Make a playlist for your current works and listen to it when you’re settling down to write
Find a Change of Scenery: If you feel lazy and relaxed sitting where you usually do, try moving to the living room or kitchen–just switch up the scenery around you and you can find inspiration around you
Set a Word Count: Even if you’re not on a deadline, if you just want to finish your WIP soon but can’t seem to put in the effort, set a word count for the day. Even if it’s just “okay, I’ll do 500 words today and tomorrow”. It might be hard to write out and it will most likely be crap, but it’s relieving to reach your set word count and, after all, that’s what revisions are for.
Do NOT Go Back to Read: Unless you’re fact-checking. If you are, make it quick, because you can easily get caught up in editing your horrid mess of a first draft and end up never finishing actually writing it. Fact check, but go immediately back to writing. Wait to edit until it’s over.
Write Randomly: Carry a notebook with you everywhere, and every chance you get, scribble random words in it. Even if your book is YA Romance, just jot down the first words that come into your mind, like “ghost, alien, the sun is awesome, love”. If you keep doing that, you’ll get your gears going and eventually something will click and inspire you once again.
Guillotine // Glass & Stone // Skin Of Snow // Running With The Wolves // Young Blood (Renholder Remix) // Follow // She’s A Witch // We Are The Kids // Lights (Single Ver) // My Blood // I’m god // Awake // Retrograde
I love nature, books (mostly classic literature and fantasy, but also YA
and sci-fi and basically everything), writing, flowers, learning new
things, talking, languages, cultures, poems, art, indie bands, food,
scouting, helping, love and people.
I’m scout, vegan, red cross volunteer, ENFP and my zodiac sign is scorpio.
And I love aesthetically pleasing things. Am enthusiast for things in general.
I’m also big TV show (Sense8, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Riverdale,
Class, Shadowhunters and more) and anime (Yuri!!! on Ice, Kurishitsuji
and more) and 1D and Dan and Phil trash, just so you know.
I speak fluent slovak, english and kind of also czech and am learning german.
Also, I would love to be sending letters with someone!
I’m looking forward to your messages, xoxo
Preferences: If you’re homophopic, biphopic, racist, sexist, xenophopic or hateful in general, please don’t contact me.