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hip and hoppenin' by Byakuzaya100102
hip and hoppenin'
I'm so mad at myself for that title punch me in the face

!!!!!

I finally draw OCs again, damn!!

For Equestrian-Equine's birthday! It's Hosoya Itsuki, our Haikyuu!! OC. We've been non-stop angsting with this guy, so I decided to draw something silly and happy for her. :') After all, Itsuki is a silly guy who loves puns and MEMES (his favorite is Pepe duh). I don't even know how he got so angsty haha... ha...

BUT... HERE HE IS
BLOCKIN OUT THE HATERS

Haikyuu!! (c) Furudate Haruichi
Hosoya Itsuki (c) :iconequestrian-equine: and myself
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I should be writing a speech, but I wanted to do this instead. I tagged a lot of people at the end, but you don't have to do it if you don't want to! This thing took me a couple of days, so it's... definitely something.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why?
Wow, that's such a hard question... I don't write as much as I used to, and I rarely ever stick with a particular universe, so it's really hard to say. I do remember that back in the day, I really enjoyed working with the Togainu no Chi universe, though. That project still is my longest project to date, but I've purged all of the files due to embarrassment. I still have bits of that story lurking in a notebook somewhere, but who knows where that thing went?

I suppose out of my original universes, my favorite is the one wherein Pan and Kitten and all those guys exist, even though it is kind of all over the place, and I need to chill. A lot of those characters should probably be put in different universes and given their own stories because trying to cram them all into the same universe was a grave mistake. Maybe that universe is my favorite because I've had to put so much thought into it just to make it make a little more sense than it does, haha!

2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
According to my BIG LIST O' OCS, I have 219 220, but that is not including the relatives of many of the characters, such as their parents, unnamed siblings, cousins, etc.

(When I started this meme, I did have 219, but then I went to work and got an idea for another one while I was there.)

And I have more females than males, but I enjoy writing both.

3. How do you come up with names, both for characters and places?
Ha, not gonna lie, I usually go at a random name generator until I get one that sounds good to me. behindthename.com/random is really helpful because you can select different ethniticities, genders, number of names and so on, but it does have a limited index of names.

I also have different characters whose names are selected based on the meaning. For example, my Haikyuu!! fan team, Hikigaeru. Hikigaeru means "The Toads," so most of their names are inspired by frogs and toads of some sort. Matsushita Yasu was named after a frog who lives among pine trees, Matsu meaning "pine." Kita Hiraku was named after a tree frog with particularly powerful legs, Ki meaning "tree" and Hiraku meaning "expand," as in the expanding of the frog's legs when it jumps. Kurosawa Takumi was named after the black toad and also the fact that he is the team's ace, Kurosawa meaning "black swamp" and Takumi meaning "skilled." The Hosoya twins, Itsuki and Satoshi, were both named after tree frogs, Satoshi being the gray tree frog in particular. Oshiro Rikuto is the cane toad, Maeda Tsuka is the tailed frog, etc. etc.

I also have to take into account the universe in which these characters exist. There are certain rules that have to be used for naming Homestuck characters. For example, Homestuck trolls must have six letters in both their first and last name, and the two words of their trolltag must start with G, C, A, or T. My Homestuck trolls usually have some kind of significance to their names as well. Folesi was chosen as a last name because it's a modified version of an Italian last name to make it more troll-like, but also, the character, Citire Folesi, is in her moirail's "mafia," so I was thinking... the Italian mob, you know? Demdia's name is literally just "diadem" cut in half and flipped around, and it's a reference to her being a sea-dweller, who are the "royalty" in the Homestuck world.

As for places, man, idek. That is a good question.

4. Tell us about one of your first stories.
One of my first ever stories was one I wrote in second grade about two cats named Phoenix and Sparky who took a trip to Wisconsin, I think? when their owners weren't home. Freakin' weird, I know.

But one of the first stories that I actually took seriously was "Katie's Book," and it was based on a dream I had in 5th or 6th grade about a girl named Katie who had this super powerful book that contained all the answers to the universe, but she didn't even know it because she'd never actually opened the book. There was a powerful magic being called the Ice King (and he's way different than the Adventure Time one, okay? jfc) who wanted to get the book from Katie. Even though she didn't know what was in the book (and she was still too stupid to actually open it), she was like, "Oh, shit, this scary guy is coming after me for this book, and I probably should keep it away from him because he seems evil and will probably use it for evil." She teamed up with this badass, ninja-like, redhead lady named Meredith, and at one point, Katie ended up getting kidnapped by pirates or something? Because they also wanted the book, I guess? //SHRUGS LOUDLY

You can still find quite a bit of Katie in my character Kitae. (Their names are literally the same except the A and I are switched gdi) Honestly, Kitae was probably just me revamping Katie without even knowing it, putting her in a different universe with different friends and a different antagonist, and giving her an amulet instead of a book. She even meets a redhead along the way who looks remarkably like Meredith except in different clothes and without the glasses, and the main antagonist has white hair just like--you guessed it--the Ice King.

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Your oldest?
My youngest character is 5-7 and is either Emma Poochyena or Minami Junko. I say either or because a lot of my Pokemon gijinkas are lacking in development, and I know Emma is pretty young, but I don't know how young yet.

My oldest characters are Enzeru and Sokraseah, an angel and a demon respectively, who have been around literally since the creation of the universe. But if you don't count supernatural beings, then the oldest is Grier Grimer, known by the children of the town as "Old Man Grimm" because he kind of creeps them out a little, and he's 68.

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer, or good ol' pen and paper?
I'm most comfortable writing at my computer desk or in a classroom. Mostly at my desk, though. What time of day? Well, when do I have the most going on? That's when I'm inspired to write. I even started this meme to procrastinate on a speech I had to write for class. I usually write most when I'm procrastinating on other things. I like to use the computer, but sometimes pen and paper is better for gathering my thoughts.

7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
Sometimes, not always. Sometimes I get too in the zone to remember to put music on, or sometimes I try to write with music and an unfitting song comes on and kills the mood. I really should make individual writing playlists, buT... OH WELL... I listen to all kinds of stuff, though.

As for the characters, yeah, there are definitely certain songs that I apply to certain characters/situations. Lately, I've been on a Melanie Martinez high and thinking about a specific character, so her music is probably going to play heavily into his development, whoops! Also, I started working out some characters for a circus inspired by Amanda Jayne's "Elastic Bones." Almost all of Dr. Steel's music gets associated with Lex Tash. Marina & the Diamonds is good for family issues. Gorillaz' album Demon Days is my apocalypse album. Modest Mouse is for running away and starting over.

8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
I love writing about dystopian stuff and tragedy, and it shows in a lot of my characters/universes. I love the grittiness and brutality of a dystopian society, and it's fun to study how people cope with that kind of environment. I feel like there are a variety of characters and mentalities that can be explored in dystopian stories.

I also love writing tragedies, especially putting characters who were happy at the beginning of the story through them, because it's interesting and devastating to see how those characters change because of it.

I don't really like reading dystopian stories that much, though, because they're very rarely done well. I'm very picky about that kind of thing. I'm most interested in reading slice-of-life stuff that's heavily rooted in psychological analysis. The current book I'm reading is Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas, and it's a slice-of-life novel that asks the question, "If we could live forever, would we really want to?"

9. How do you get ideas for characters? Describe the process of creating them.
9 times out of 10, my character creation process starts with a design. I have a design that I really like, and then their personality comes later and is some reflection of the design. Questions I ask myself during the development process include: What aspects of their personality led them to wear their hair this way? What kind of economic standing do they have to have to be able to afford these clothes? Are they wearing glasses out of necessity or for fashion? Do they ever wear contacts instead? If this outfit is their performance outfit, how do they dress when they're not on stage and why? Does this character have any insecurities about their appearance?

Sometimes, they also start with a word instead of a design (but design is still usually one of the first things I do). For example, Jeweleeannah "Calamity" Toft came from the word "circus" and then the word "clown." I wanted a clown to perform in a circus, and Jeweleeannah Calamity was a name I had written in my notebook somewhere. I decided Calamity would be a stage name because clowns are very silly and can cause all kinds of "damage" for the sake of comedy. Then, after I decided she was a clown and picked out her usual performance attire, I was like, "But... why is she a clown?"

10. What are some really weird situations you've written?
Man, oh, man. Just about every situation from Kitten's story is pretty darn weird just because I try cramming very different characters in the same universe (the same house even) and seeing how it turns out. Kitten's a fairly ordinary girl with a love of anime, but she has a cannibal and a girl who was forced into becoming a vigilante living under her roof. She also comes in contact with two soldiers, and one of the soldiers and the vigilante girl--who usually killed government people and their supporters--start up something of a romance. A few years later, all of them have gone their separate ways or died. Vigilante girl puts on a dress and gets on a train to who knows where, cannibal straight-up vanishes one day, and Kitten gives a total stranger the keys to her house before crawling to her brother's place and begging him to let her in.

I guess I haven't actually written all of that out yet, but... it's whatever.

And then there was the story where the cats go to Wisconsin. That... was pretty strange.

11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
I've always been very fond of writing Kitae, and perhaps that's why I've kept her around for so long. I haven't written about her in a while, but she, as well as her partner Crinstem and friend Shiloh, are very entertaining for me. She and Crinstem can get so sassy with each other ("Crinstem, you don't even have knees!" "That is not of importance."), so their interactions are always fun to write.

Another one I really like is Akane, though I haven't written for her in forever, either. But out of all of my very early fancharacters, she is the one that I am most okay with, though her flaws are still plentiful.

Finally, I like writing for Orahez because he's quite stubborn and a bit of an unreliable narrator who tries to act like he knows what he's doing when he really doesn't at all.

As for least favorites, those would be Jia Yamamoto, my Ao no Exorcist fancharacters, and Oshiro Rikuto. Jia was like... my third ever FC, I think, created just after those terrible Naruto ones, and her personality is the most inconsistent mess I've ever seen. I've written several pieces about Jia at different points throughout her life, and her personality seems to undergo drastic changes, and I don't know how to realistically take her from point A to point B, and it kind of makes me want to tear my hair out to be quite honest.

Then, the Ao no Exorcist ones. My most recent OC piece is about Raum and Crocell. Crocell is a character that's undergone at least 80 revamps, and I'm finally almost happy with him, but I still don't have a solid handle on his personality yet. And this piece was for a writing exercise out of a book I have. It's supposed to follow very strict rules and be at least 600 words long, and it's only 320 words long, and I don't know where it's going or how to continue without breaking the rules, so I'm probably going to have to completely rewrite it. I blame Raum for this. God damn it, Raum. Beelphegor has never had much of a consistent character, either, and I just... please no.

Finally, Oshiro Rikuto. He's a Haikyuu!! character, the second most recent on my team, and I'm having a hard time establishing his personality. Before I started this meme, I was doing an interview with all of the Haikyuu!! fancharacters, and I got to the second question--How old are you?--and I answered with everyone else just fine, but then I got to Oshiro, and the whole interview came to a screeching halt. Because he was asked about his age. I'm so mad. I don't want to give a really bland answer, you know? But I'm struggling to come up with something more interesting. Ugh.

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world-building?
Kitae's story, for sure. World-building is not one of my strong suits, as you can clearly see with all of my other stories that seem to happen in random locations. I swear, with the world in Kitten's story, the locations all seem vastly different and like they would be far away from each other, but they're not? I don't know. I should fix that. Kitae's is a bit more consistent, anyway.

The circus story I've got in development is also one of my better cases of world-building, but everything else is so... scattered. I hate it.

13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
Ohhh, man. I am a super sucker for Alternian troll culture. I love their different forms of "romance," and one of my favorite quadrants is the ashen quadrant. So many people in the Homestuck fandom are scared to explore the dynamics of that quadrant, and it's such a shame. I also really like the social hierarchy based on blood color and the different attributes of all the trolls. Also, trolls literally have zero concept of family, and many of them view friendship as some sort of disease. If they do have friends, they usually... do not want to admit they're friends with those people. Trolls have a lot of negative qualities, but their society thrives on eradicating the weak, so most of their negative qualities are developed for survival purposes. Every man for himself on Alternia.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to share?
Haha, here's the thing... I suck at geography. I really should map out my places and stuff, though, because dang... But as of right now, nah, I usually don't bother with it, and that's so horrible, haha! No wonder all of my settings are tragically inconsistent!

15. Midway – tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not?
Out of all of my writer friends, the ones I admire the most are probably Jenna and Sarah. They're both big inspirations to me in my own writing, and I really like all of their characters and their writing styles. They have such unique, interesting ideas and offer a variety of perspectives in their writing. Because they both have so many different characters, they look at the world and various situations in a lot of different ways, which I like because it calls into question people's views about certain things and makes them think about things they might not have considered before.

I also think their stories have high emotional impact on the readers. I always feel like I get something out of their stories, regardless of if I know the source material or not. Some of their writing would probably make more sense if I knew the source material, but it makes me feel something anyway, and I think that's the mark of really good writing, the ability to move something in people despite the fact that they have no idea what's going on, haha.

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how far are you willing to go?
Hell yeah! I love romantic relationships. Even though I'm not really a romantic in real life, I'm a total sap when it comes to fictional characters. I guess... maybe, I like romance in theory but not actually in practice, and that's why it's so much more fun to write about than experience for myself. Many of my characters have had some sort of romantic interest/experience in their lives, though I do have some aromantics as well. There are also some characters who aren't aromantic, but romance just... never happens for them, anyway.

As for how far I'm willing to go, I suppose... as far as I need to, I guess? This is probably referring to if I'll write smut or not, right? I feel like there's a lot of pressure for people to write smut and romance, especially in the fanfiction universe, because that's all people seem to want to read. I know a lot of people have considered forcing themselves to write smut to get their writing some more recognition, and it's such a shame that they feel like they have to do that, you know?

I have written one smut as a gift for a friend, but it was extremely awkward and difficult for me to write.

I do feel like smut sometimes has a place in writing, though. It can be used to demonstrate the chemistry between two characters or for other development purposes. I very rarely ever see it used that way, though, and I've never had a situation that demands smut to move the plot along in my own writing. Fade-to-blacks work just fine.

Will I maybe write smut if the plot/characters demand it? Sure. Has the plot ever demanded it? Is it usually used in other people's writing for development purposes? Is it absolutely necessary? No, no, and no.

So, until I find a reason to actually detail the act, I think I'll stick with my fade-to-blacks and awkward morning-after scenarios, thanks.

There is an exercise in that one writing exercise book I was telling you about that does ask me to write a sex scene, and the exercise sounds very silly, but I'm probably going to still do it 1) because it is ridiculous and I appreciate ridiculous things and 2) I want to do every exercise in that book and skipping that one would be cheating. I'm going to do the bare minimum for that exercise, though, and never upload the results, haha!

17. Favorite protagonist and why?
GUH. THAT'S SO HARD TO DECI--Kitae. Kitae is definitely one of the most pure and innocent characters I have, the most worthy of being called a "true" protagonist. She is a heroine who protects her amulet with her life, and she goes out of her way to help people in need, but she's not above accepting help from others herself. She can't do everything because she's still just a little kid, and she knows that. She tries not to show her fear and never plays the damsel in distress, but she is scared and weak. She's not particularly good at a lot, but she does her very best, even if her very best is mediocre, so I guess you could say that she is good at trying hard.

18. Favorite antagonist and why?
It's a toss-up between Akane and Orahez. (Wow, look at all of these repeating names. *tries not to show favortism* *fails miserably* But this is a quesiton about favorites, right?)

Anyway, Akane is not quite as evil as she seems. She's still an executioner, and as such, she's still hella brutal and often goes off target to kill people for shits and gigs. But she's not totally uncaring, either, as shown by the... something she strikes up with Miya. I wouldn't call it a friendship necessarily, but they're definitely not on terrible terms with each other. And she's not terrible towards Jenna's Rika, but idk how much that counts since they usually don't exist within the same story. Also, while she's real big on overkill, most of her torture is done post-mortem (making it not... actual... torture, but I couldn't think of a better word), so at least people don't have to suffer too much. I think I like Akane because of her contradicting personality traits. She's outgoing and certainly willing to get along with people, but she still has little appreciation for the value of human life, which makes it hard for her to form any real friendships.

I don't know exactly what makes Orahez one of my favorites. Probably the fact that I sympathize with him in a lot of situations, and as I mentioned earlier, he's very fun to write about. The protagonists of his story are demon hunters Fiorenza and Theodor, and I sympathize with those guys less than the demons they hunt, haha! I think Orahez only plays the role of antagonist due to his really shitty circumstances. He gets kicked out of Hell and told not to come back until he completes a mission on Earth, but things go poorly and the thing he most needs to complete his mission gets destroyed, so he's stuck on Earth for the rest of forever, basically, with demon hunters all up on his tail. He causes a lot of trouble for the protags, but mostly because a guy's got to do what he can to survive, right? He's a circumstantial antagonist, I suppose, and probably wouldn't be nearly as bad if his circumstances didn't suck so dang much.

(Honorable mention is Lex Tash, who is actually on the side of the protagonists, so he can't count as an antag, but he's a very antagonist protagonist, due to his being hella selfish, manipulative, and difficult to deal with.)

19. Favorite minor character that put himself in the spotlight?
I'm going to avoid saying Orahez again because I mean... he did kind of do that... because I love him... but...

A lot of my characters tend to sneak their way into the spotlight, but I think the worst of them is Pan. In a story where so much shit goes down and it's supposed to all be centered around Kitten, Pan sure does get a lot of attention, and I think that's mostly because she is Bre's favorite, so Bre and I talked about her all the time, and she just ended up with more story than the rest of them, I guess.

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
Painfully awkward ones! The more awkward, the better, of course!

Strangers stuck in a small space together. One person alone in the room with the person they have an unrequited crush on, and that person knows about the other's crush on them. One character having to tiptoe around another character because they done fucked up but are too proud to apologize and hope that if they just avoid the other person long enough, all will be forgiven. Two characters who usually hate each other very much being forced into a situation where they have to be decent with each other for whatever reason.

The more tense I can get it, the more entertaining it is for me! Of course, writing these scenes is always kind of difficult because I end up shuddering and embarrassed and like, "God, this is so awkward..." But then I remember that it's supposed to be awkward, so if I'm feeling it, I'm probably doing something right, right?

21. Do any of your characters have children?
Wren Weavile and Lee Sneasel are mother/son. The unnamed ringleader of my circus is Jeweleeannah's father. My Haikyuu!! OCs all have parents, even though I haven't gotten around to naming a dang one of them yet. Selina Hart has her two children, Erika and Hannibal.

I don't have a lot of characters with kids, though, because most of my characters are still children themselves!

22. How long does it usually take to complete an entire story – from planning to writing to posting?
Very rarely do I get past the planning stage, so like... 800 years.

23. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
I AM SUCH A WIMP. I am like... the queen of trying to find creative ways to bring people back from the dead because I hate killing my characters because they are my precious babies. I've been trying to get better about that, though. Characters that formerly came back to life now stay dead at least, and I've already decided that my newest OC is going to die--I just haven't decided exactly how.

Still... gosh... I hate killing characters so much, even when I know the plot demands it. I have this one character, and Steph and I discussed him committing suicide, and I so do not want him to, but I know that he would realistically. He comes seriously close several times in his story, and the only thing that's stopping him is his best and only friend. But then, his friend goes off to college far away and rarely has time for him anymore, and he ends up all alone and hopeless.

We've also discussed what would happen if he didn't die, like an AU, I guess. And it's so sad to know he kills himself when you look at the life he could have if he didn't. But ain't that just the way?

And then fucking Samson "Hiro" Daniels. He was one of those ones that I wanted to kill, but I considered bringing him back because Bre liked him a lot. But nah, he's staying dead. Fuck that guy, honestly. He spends his whole life committing violent crimes, kidnapping and abusing Pan, and still somehow convincing everyone--including Pan--that he's the good guy. His death is the most brutal of all of my characters', and I won't go into too much detail with it because it's not pretty at all. But basically, he finally gets subdued and tortured to death for his crimes against the government. And good riddance. Guy had it coming.

24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
Vindice's Pet is, as the name suggests, a pet, haha!

Fujioka Masuyo has a neko named Binx living with her.

Noda Midori has a pet rabbit named Fluffy or some stupid cliche rabbit name. I haven't really decided yet.

Roxanne has a few cats.

My KHR! OCs have their Box Animals, and my Homestuck OCs have their lususes (lusii?).

And Arabella Rose has a circus elephant named Cloud.

25. Let’s talk art – do you draw your characters? Do others draw them?
Of course I draw my characters! I mentioned that most of my character development process is heavily design-based, so I like to draw a lot of them for reference. Steph draws my characters the most out of anyone because she did p much all of the designs for Hikigaeru, and she just really loves to draw them. They're not even my characters anymore, they're ours. Bre's also drawn some of my characters before, mostly in shippy situations. I have some characters who are paired with hers, and she drew HiroPan because she loves that ship even though I'm like, "lol let's sink it." She's pretty mad at me for wreckin' that ship's shit, but oh well.

But yeah, I do draw my characters, and that's why I find revamps so hard because most of the time, for me to revamp a character, I have to change their design at least somewhat, and by that point, I'm already so used to drawing them the first way. I cry...

26. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how do you go about designing your characters?
Even though I like designing characters, appearances don't usually play a huge role in my stories, but then... it really depends on who I'm writing for.

I mentioned the Raum and Crocell piece, and Raum is the type of guy who's obsessed with beauty, and he can and will find beauty in absolutely everyone, so he goes on this internal monologue for a while about Crocell's appearance before Crocell interrupts him with, "Stop?? staring at me??? The fuck is wrong with you? honestly????"

However, my Homestuck trolls would not go on about appearances like that because trolls don't care about fashion. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, their clothes are very bland, especially for the lowbloods. They just don't care about their appearances that much.

So, if your character is a fashionista or super judgmental or whatever, they would notice what others are wearing, but if they don't care about that kind of thing, they wouldn't and there's no reason to bring up appearances.

I do think it's important to note certain things about a character's appearance, though. For example, if they're wearing something that could get snagged on something, it might be a good idea to make note of it in a chase scene or something because it's a potential hazard that could slow them down. Also, Petey Wycoff wears bells around his wrists that he jingles when he's bored or nervous (mostly nervous), so mentioning him playing with these bells would be a more interesting way to let the readers know Petey is feeling nervous without directly saying it because directly saying, "He felt nervous" is so boring, you know?

27. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major, tell us about the small ones.
Rick Christopher is missing his right hand and never really gets around to getting a prosthetic.

Prinse Taoryl--and, by extension, her Dancestor, Yaphai Taoryl--is completely blind. Abel Sableye is blind in one eye and extremely near-sighted in the other.

Demdia Neglar has mutant blood, which could get her killed if anyone found out.

Franco Fontana is completely missing his sense of touch except on his cheeks and lips.

Kokoro Nakano, Melvin, and Kitten all end up with PTSD.

Bunny Doll is a cannibal.

Shasta has DID and a total of four different identities, known within her system as Layers. The one that fronts the most is actually the Second Layer, not the First.

Xenon has problems with his short-term memory and can never remember the name of the girl who comes in to visit him almost every day or any of the stuff they talked about the day before, even though he's finally started to recognize her face. It's like, "I know I know you, but from where?" "From... yesterday." "????????"

Kunegunda Klimek and Itsuki Hosoya struggle with depression while Arabella Rose shows early signs of it.

There's got to be something wrong with Akane for her to be able to kill people so easily, but I have no idea what exactly it is.

Pan develops Stockholm Syndrome.

Petey Wycoff has bad anxiety, and he keeps getting thrown in situations that make his anxiety flare up, poor kid. His rebel "let's change the world!" friends need to take a chill pill.

28. Final question – tag someone. Tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of their characters.
I'm gonna go crazy with the tags.

OndineNova
I love how dedicated Bre is, and even though she's not very confident in her writing, she keeps going. She also has a lot of really great ideas, and she's just constantly improving all the time.
One of my favorite of her characters is Lynn who used to be a Death Note OC but has been revamped into something original. I really like all of the nuances of her story and her personality.

Equestrian-Equine
Bahahaha, I already told Steph I was gonna tag her, but! Here is Steph!! I admire her for her ability to stick to one story way longer than I do. She also has really good AU and fanfic ideas. ;o;
My favorite character of hers is Zenshi, her Gintama OC! I don't know a lot about Gintama, but I read a bit of Zenshi's story and I really liked it, and his design is cool. He's also paired with a female canon, which I don't see a lot because most people just pair their OCs with the male canons, so that's interesting, too!

AltoLullaby
I actually haven't read much of her writing outside of roleplay, oops! She doesn't have any writing uploaded to dA, and idk if she has a FF.net or AO3 profile or anything.
But her characters are super adorable! They're all so unique and interesting and smol, and she's very good at coming up with designs for them. You can tell she puts a lot of effort into thinking of and designing her characters. My favorite is Rina, her MySims OC, but that's mostly because Rina is the one I know the most about. Still, she is a barrel of monkeys and very cute, and she's a brilliant addition to the MySims universe, and her relationship with Ray is very realistic, I think. I really like the Ray/Rina Agents storyline with Ray working for MorcuCorp and Rina working for a group that's trying to take MorcuCorp down.

Noobynewt
Joey! Joey's writing is so clear and easy to understand, and her sentences flow very nicely together. I like that.
A lot of her characters are sci-fi/fantasy related, and they'RE ALL ALSO V CUTE AND EXCITING! My favorite... man, I can't even remember her name, I feel bad. But I believe she had a science-y dog venus fly trap thing named Void? She's a scientist who works with plants a lot, if I recall. Joey was telling me a lot about how Dr. F, Alexa, and T.O.B.O.R. from MySims remind her of this character and her friends.
Another good character is Argax, her MySims OC who is an alien!! MySims could always use some more aliens! I mean, they already have a ghost, a zombie, two vampires, two elves, a yeti, and a lady who's always goin' on about how aliens are real.

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Maris! I like how passionate Maris is about writing. You can tell she really loves to do it. She's also always working hard to get better and better, which is great! And she's got lots of fascinating ideas.
My favorite of all of her characters is probably Caleb, a character from her story Metamorphosis. Caleb's design is simple, but I like it (he has pretty pink eyes), and I feel like he gets some pretty good development throughout the story. The only problem I have with Caleb is that he's not in the story more. But he's the antagonist who turns to the side of the protagonists to fight off the bigger evil, and I love those kinds of characters.
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Bwuh, been trying to post more journals and stuff! I need to get more active on dA, and my last journal (aside from the OC one I did a few minutes ago) was from.. like... January.

So, here's a song meme!

List seven songs you're into right now.

No matter what genre, whether they have words, or even if they aren't any good - they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions along with your seven songs and then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Set It Off ft. Ash Costello - "Partners in Crime"
Where we gonna go?
He's got us pinned.
Baby, I'm a little scared.
Now don't you quit.


Melanie Martinez - "Pity Party"
Maybe it's a cruel joke on me,
Whatever, whatever...
Just means there's way more cake for me,
Forever, forever.


LOLO - "Hit and Run"
Sunday in Notting Hill,
He was sneaking a cigarette,
His God protects him,
But I know we'll get him yet.


Sir Sly - "Gold"
And darling, never settle, settle, settle,
Chasing down the devil, devil,
Chasing down the gods,
And I hope you find,
I hope you find your dream.


Hollywood Undead - "Day of the Dead"
I'm not really bad,
I'm just made up of bad things,
I'm really not a madman,
The voices keep asking.


Tove Lo - "Talking Body"
Now if we're talking body,
You got a perfect one,
So put it on me,
Swear it won't take you long.


Modest Mouse - "The View"
If life's not beautiful without the pain,
Well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again,
Well as life gets longer, awful feels softer,
And it feels pretty soft to me.

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  • Listening to: "Build The Robots" - Dr. Steel
  • Reading: Skype chats with Bre
  • Drinking: water
Aaaaa, I finally got around to reorganizing all of my characters for the sole purpose of doing this meme.

I really need to work with my OCs again, so here's a real simple thing to help me think about them a little bit more. I stole it from Jenna because she was the one who inspired me to work more on my OCs in the first place. :0 I have so many that are little more than concepts, and a lot of them don't have last names, so like... bear with me.

Years writing: Holy damn, a lot tbh
Least favorite character: Jia Yamamoto
Male or female characters: I write both, but most of them end up being female. Recently, I created an agender character, so I'm also trying to branch out to the rest of the gender spectrum instead of the strict dichotomy of male/female.
Oldest character written: Shit, I don't remember my oldest character written 'cause I don't remember who I started writing about first. Probably Phoenix and Sparky. Or Tina. My oldest character period, though, is Cleo. Originally named Cleocatra, she's recently gotten a revamp and is just named Cleo but her last name might be Catra because I love that pun, and she's been around since I was 5 years old.
Longest you've written a character: Phoenix and Sparky.
Newest character: Stage name "Raindrop," no real name yet.

Which character would be most likely to...
Jump off a bridge? Kunegunda Klimek
Get drunk and pass out? Quentin Quilfish
Kill somebody in a very unorthodox way? Samson "Hiro" Daniels
Be far too hyper for their own good? Kisah "Spice" Wangi
Be raped? Miya
Get lost and refuse to ask for directions? Todd the Custodian the cusTODDian
Get lung cancer? Griselda Gastly
Star in a horror movie? Kitten and/or Shasta (maybe they would co-star lol)
Star in a whore movie? Doti
Star in a video game? Hansel
Make the world a better place? Casey
Have a torrid gay love affair? Marc

Relate each word to a character...
Love: Franco Fontana
Hate: Minami Keiichi
Money: Akiyama Ken
Seduction: Gajiba 
Astrauckas
Lies: Lee Price
Tragedy: Citire Folesi
Manipulation: Lex Tash
Violence: Akane
Politics: The Bookkeep
Fire: Hedley Miser
Ice: Lacy Frosslass

Would you ever...
Write a prostitute? Honey
Write a musician? Jamar
Write a pilot? SkyHeroes!Zelma (; mmm is that cheating?
Write a homosexual? Jeweleeannah "Calamity" Toft Plus too many others to name I sob
Write a pedophile? Agapito Elpidio (I'm also strongly considering going that direction with Haku)
Write a politician? Ohhh, I haven't yet, but I totally should. :0 Maybe one of my Pokemon gijinkas?? A lot of them aren't developed very well, and Abel would probably make an okay politician. Hm idk.
Write a character who commits incest? Do demons count? Or do they not count because they're demons? I also had this character who never got much farther than a concept so I forget his name, but his sister's name was Tomomo or something. Point is, I'd totally be willing to, sure.
Create a character for the sole purpose of smut? Nah, how boring....

I made a list of all of my OCs and there's 217 of them save me
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  • Listening to: "So What" - P!nk
  • Reading: Tumblr dash
  • Drinking: water
I should be writing a speech, but I wanted to do this instead. I tagged a lot of people at the end, but you don't have to do it if you don't want to! This thing took me a couple of days, so it's... definitely something.

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why?
Wow, that's such a hard question... I don't write as much as I used to, and I rarely ever stick with a particular universe, so it's really hard to say. I do remember that back in the day, I really enjoyed working with the Togainu no Chi universe, though. That project still is my longest project to date, but I've purged all of the files due to embarrassment. I still have bits of that story lurking in a notebook somewhere, but who knows where that thing went?

I suppose out of my original universes, my favorite is the one wherein Pan and Kitten and all those guys exist, even though it is kind of all over the place, and I need to chill. A lot of those characters should probably be put in different universes and given their own stories because trying to cram them all into the same universe was a grave mistake. Maybe that universe is my favorite because I've had to put so much thought into it just to make it make a little more sense than it does, haha!

2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
According to my BIG LIST O' OCS, I have 219 220, but that is not including the relatives of many of the characters, such as their parents, unnamed siblings, cousins, etc.

(When I started this meme, I did have 219, but then I went to work and got an idea for another one while I was there.)

And I have more females than males, but I enjoy writing both.

3. How do you come up with names, both for characters and places?
Ha, not gonna lie, I usually go at a random name generator until I get one that sounds good to me. behindthename.com/random is really helpful because you can select different ethniticities, genders, number of names and so on, but it does have a limited index of names.

I also have different characters whose names are selected based on the meaning. For example, my Haikyuu!! fan team, Hikigaeru. Hikigaeru means "The Toads," so most of their names are inspired by frogs and toads of some sort. Matsushita Yasu was named after a frog who lives among pine trees, Matsu meaning "pine." Kita Hiraku was named after a tree frog with particularly powerful legs, Ki meaning "tree" and Hiraku meaning "expand," as in the expanding of the frog's legs when it jumps. Kurosawa Takumi was named after the black toad and also the fact that he is the team's ace, Kurosawa meaning "black swamp" and Takumi meaning "skilled." The Hosoya twins, Itsuki and Satoshi, were both named after tree frogs, Satoshi being the gray tree frog in particular. Oshiro Rikuto is the cane toad, Maeda Tsuka is the tailed frog, etc. etc.

I also have to take into account the universe in which these characters exist. There are certain rules that have to be used for naming Homestuck characters. For example, Homestuck trolls must have six letters in both their first and last name, and the two words of their trolltag must start with G, C, A, or T. My Homestuck trolls usually have some kind of significance to their names as well. Folesi was chosen as a last name because it's a modified version of an Italian last name to make it more troll-like, but also, the character, Citire Folesi, is in her moirail's "mafia," so I was thinking... the Italian mob, you know? Demdia's name is literally just "diadem" cut in half and flipped around, and it's a reference to her being a sea-dweller, who are the "royalty" in the Homestuck world.

As for places, man, idek. That is a good question.

4. Tell us about one of your first stories.
One of my first ever stories was one I wrote in second grade about two cats named Phoenix and Sparky who took a trip to Wisconsin, I think? when their owners weren't home. Freakin' weird, I know.

But one of the first stories that I actually took seriously was "Katie's Book," and it was based on a dream I had in 5th or 6th grade about a girl named Katie who had this super powerful book that contained all the answers to the universe, but she didn't even know it because she'd never actually opened the book. There was a powerful magic being called the Ice King (and he's way different than the Adventure Time one, okay? jfc) who wanted to get the book from Katie. Even though she didn't know what was in the book (and she was still too stupid to actually open it), she was like, "Oh, shit, this scary guy is coming after me for this book, and I probably should keep it away from him because he seems evil and will probably use it for evil." She teamed up with this badass, ninja-like, redhead lady named Meredith, and at one point, Katie ended up getting kidnapped by pirates or something? Because they also wanted the book, I guess? //SHRUGS LOUDLY

You can still find quite a bit of Katie in my character Kitae. (Their names are literally the same except the A and I are switched gdi) Honestly, Kitae was probably just me revamping Katie without even knowing it, putting her in a different universe with different friends and a different antagonist, and giving her an amulet instead of a book. She even meets a redhead along the way who looks remarkably like Meredith except in different clothes and without the glasses, and the main antagonist has white hair just like--you guessed it--the Ice King.

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Your oldest?
My youngest character is 5-7 and is either Emma Poochyena or Minami Junko. I say either or because a lot of my Pokemon gijinkas are lacking in development, and I know Emma is pretty young, but I don't know how young yet.

My oldest characters are Enzeru and Sokraseah, an angel and a demon respectively, who have been around literally since the creation of the universe. But if you don't count supernatural beings, then the oldest is Grier Grimer, known by the children of the town as "Old Man Grimm" because he kind of creeps them out a little, and he's 68.

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer, or good ol' pen and paper?
I'm most comfortable writing at my computer desk or in a classroom. Mostly at my desk, though. What time of day? Well, when do I have the most going on? That's when I'm inspired to write. I even started this meme to procrastinate on a speech I had to write for class. I usually write most when I'm procrastinating on other things. I like to use the computer, but sometimes pen and paper is better for gathering my thoughts.

7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
Sometimes, not always. Sometimes I get too in the zone to remember to put music on, or sometimes I try to write with music and an unfitting song comes on and kills the mood. I really should make individual writing playlists, buT... OH WELL... I listen to all kinds of stuff, though.

As for the characters, yeah, there are definitely certain songs that I apply to certain characters/situations. Lately, I've been on a Melanie Martinez high and thinking about a specific character, so her music is probably going to play heavily into his development, whoops! Also, I started working out some characters for a circus inspired by Amanda Jayne's "Elastic Bones." Almost all of Dr. Steel's music gets associated with Lex Tash. Marina & the Diamonds is good for family issues. Gorillaz' album Demon Days is my apocalypse album. Modest Mouse is for running away and starting over.

8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
I love writing about dystopian stuff and tragedy, and it shows in a lot of my characters/universes. I love the grittiness and brutality of a dystopian society, and it's fun to study how people cope with that kind of environment. I feel like there are a variety of characters and mentalities that can be explored in dystopian stories.

I also love writing tragedies, especially putting characters who were happy at the beginning of the story through them, because it's interesting and devastating to see how those characters change because of it.

I don't really like reading dystopian stories that much, though, because they're very rarely done well. I'm very picky about that kind of thing. I'm most interested in reading slice-of-life stuff that's heavily rooted in psychological analysis. The current book I'm reading is Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas, and it's a slice-of-life novel that asks the question, "If we could live forever, would we really want to?"

9. How do you get ideas for characters? Describe the process of creating them.
9 times out of 10, my character creation process starts with a design. I have a design that I really like, and then their personality comes later and is some reflection of the design. Questions I ask myself during the development process include: What aspects of their personality led them to wear their hair this way? What kind of economic standing do they have to have to be able to afford these clothes? Are they wearing glasses out of necessity or for fashion? Do they ever wear contacts instead? If this outfit is their performance outfit, how do they dress when they're not on stage and why? Does this character have any insecurities about their appearance?

Sometimes, they also start with a word instead of a design (but design is still usually one of the first things I do). For example, Jeweleeannah "Calamity" Toft came from the word "circus" and then the word "clown." I wanted a clown to perform in a circus, and Jeweleeannah Calamity was a name I had written in my notebook somewhere. I decided Calamity would be a stage name because clowns are very silly and can cause all kinds of "damage" for the sake of comedy. Then, after I decided she was a clown and picked out her usual performance attire, I was like, "But... why is she a clown?"

10. What are some really weird situations you've written?
Man, oh, man. Just about every situation from Kitten's story is pretty darn weird just because I try cramming very different characters in the same universe (the same house even) and seeing how it turns out. Kitten's a fairly ordinary girl with a love of anime, but she has a cannibal and a girl who was forced into becoming a vigilante living under her roof. She also comes in contact with two soldiers, and one of the soldiers and the vigilante girl--who usually killed government people and their supporters--start up something of a romance. A few years later, all of them have gone their separate ways or died. Vigilante girl puts on a dress and gets on a train to who knows where, cannibal straight-up vanishes one day, and Kitten gives a total stranger the keys to her house before crawling to her brother's place and begging him to let her in.

I guess I haven't actually written all of that out yet, but... it's whatever.

And then there was the story where the cats go to Wisconsin. That... was pretty strange.

11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
I've always been very fond of writing Kitae, and perhaps that's why I've kept her around for so long. I haven't written about her in a while, but she, as well as her partner Crinstem and friend Shiloh, are very entertaining for me. She and Crinstem can get so sassy with each other ("Crinstem, you don't even have knees!" "That is not of importance."), so their interactions are always fun to write.

Another one I really like is Akane, though I haven't written for her in forever, either. But out of all of my very early fancharacters, she is the one that I am most okay with, though her flaws are still plentiful.

Finally, I like writing for Orahez because he's quite stubborn and a bit of an unreliable narrator who tries to act like he knows what he's doing when he really doesn't at all.

As for least favorites, those would be Jia Yamamoto, my Ao no Exorcist fancharacters, and Oshiro Rikuto. Jia was like... my third ever FC, I think, created just after those terrible Naruto ones, and her personality is the most inconsistent mess I've ever seen. I've written several pieces about Jia at different points throughout her life, and her personality seems to undergo drastic changes, and I don't know how to realistically take her from point A to point B, and it kind of makes me want to tear my hair out to be quite honest.

Then, the Ao no Exorcist ones. My most recent OC piece is about Raum and Crocell. Crocell is a character that's undergone at least 80 revamps, and I'm finally almost happy with him, but I still don't have a solid handle on his personality yet. And this piece was for a writing exercise out of a book I have. It's supposed to follow very strict rules and be at least 600 words long, and it's only 320 words long, and I don't know where it's going or how to continue without breaking the rules, so I'm probably going to have to completely rewrite it. I blame Raum for this. God damn it, Raum. Beelphegor has never had much of a consistent character, either, and I just... please no.

Finally, Oshiro Rikuto. He's a Haikyuu!! character, the second most recent on my team, and I'm having a hard time establishing his personality. Before I started this meme, I was doing an interview with all of the Haikyuu!! fancharacters, and I got to the second question--How old are you?--and I answered with everyone else just fine, but then I got to Oshiro, and the whole interview came to a screeching halt. Because he was asked about his age. I'm so mad. I don't want to give a really bland answer, you know? But I'm struggling to come up with something more interesting. Ugh.

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world-building?
Kitae's story, for sure. World-building is not one of my strong suits, as you can clearly see with all of my other stories that seem to happen in random locations. I swear, with the world in Kitten's story, the locations all seem vastly different and like they would be far away from each other, but they're not? I don't know. I should fix that. Kitae's is a bit more consistent, anyway.

The circus story I've got in development is also one of my better cases of world-building, but everything else is so... scattered. I hate it.

13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
Ohhh, man. I am a super sucker for Alternian troll culture. I love their different forms of "romance," and one of my favorite quadrants is the ashen quadrant. So many people in the Homestuck fandom are scared to explore the dynamics of that quadrant, and it's such a shame. I also really like the social hierarchy based on blood color and the different attributes of all the trolls. Also, trolls literally have zero concept of family, and many of them view friendship as some sort of disease. If they do have friends, they usually... do not want to admit they're friends with those people. Trolls have a lot of negative qualities, but their society thrives on eradicating the weak, so most of their negative qualities are developed for survival purposes. Every man for himself on Alternia.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to share?
Haha, here's the thing... I suck at geography. I really should map out my places and stuff, though, because dang... But as of right now, nah, I usually don't bother with it, and that's so horrible, haha! No wonder all of my settings are tragically inconsistent!

15. Midway – tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not?
Out of all of my writer friends, the ones I admire the most are probably Jenna and Sarah. They're both big inspirations to me in my own writing, and I really like all of their characters and their writing styles. They have such unique, interesting ideas and offer a variety of perspectives in their writing. Because they both have so many different characters, they look at the world and various situations in a lot of different ways, which I like because it calls into question people's views about certain things and makes them think about things they might not have considered before.

I also think their stories have high emotional impact on the readers. I always feel like I get something out of their stories, regardless of if I know the source material or not. Some of their writing would probably make more sense if I knew the source material, but it makes me feel something anyway, and I think that's the mark of really good writing, the ability to move something in people despite the fact that they have no idea what's going on, haha.

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how far are you willing to go?
Hell yeah! I love romantic relationships. Even though I'm not really a romantic in real life, I'm a total sap when it comes to fictional characters. I guess... maybe, I like romance in theory but not actually in practice, and that's why it's so much more fun to write about than experience for myself. Many of my characters have had some sort of romantic interest/experience in their lives, though I do have some aromantics as well. There are also some characters who aren't aromantic, but romance just... never happens for them, anyway.

As for how far I'm willing to go, I suppose... as far as I need to, I guess? This is probably referring to if I'll write smut or not, right? I feel like there's a lot of pressure for people to write smut and romance, especially in the fanfiction universe, because that's all people seem to want to read. I know a lot of people have considered forcing themselves to write smut to get their writing some more recognition, and it's such a shame that they feel like they have to do that, you know?

I have written one smut as a gift for a friend, but it was extremely awkward and difficult for me to write.

I do feel like smut sometimes has a place in writing, though. It can be used to demonstrate the chemistry between two characters or for other development purposes. I very rarely ever see it used that way, though, and I've never had a situation that demands smut to move the plot along in my own writing. Fade-to-blacks work just fine.

Will I maybe write smut if the plot/characters demand it? Sure. Has the plot ever demanded it? Is it usually used in other people's writing for development purposes? Is it absolutely necessary? No, no, and no.

So, until I find a reason to actually detail the act, I think I'll stick with my fade-to-blacks and awkward morning-after scenarios, thanks.

There is an exercise in that one writing exercise book I was telling you about that does ask me to write a sex scene, and the exercise sounds very silly, but I'm probably going to still do it 1) because it is ridiculous and I appreciate ridiculous things and 2) I want to do every exercise in that book and skipping that one would be cheating. I'm going to do the bare minimum for that exercise, though, and never upload the results, haha!

17. Favorite protagonist and why?
GUH. THAT'S SO HARD TO DECI--Kitae. Kitae is definitely one of the most pure and innocent characters I have, the most worthy of being called a "true" protagonist. She is a heroine who protects her amulet with her life, and she goes out of her way to help people in need, but she's not above accepting help from others herself. She can't do everything because she's still just a little kid, and she knows that. She tries not to show her fear and never plays the damsel in distress, but she is scared and weak. She's not particularly good at a lot, but she does her very best, even if her very best is mediocre, so I guess you could say that she is good at trying hard.

18. Favorite antagonist and why?
It's a toss-up between Akane and Orahez. (Wow, look at all of these repeating names. *tries not to show favortism* *fails miserably* But this is a quesiton about favorites, right?)

Anyway, Akane is not quite as evil as she seems. She's still an executioner, and as such, she's still hella brutal and often goes off target to kill people for shits and gigs. But she's not totally uncaring, either, as shown by the... something she strikes up with Miya. I wouldn't call it a friendship necessarily, but they're definitely not on terrible terms with each other. And she's not terrible towards Jenna's Rika, but idk how much that counts since they usually don't exist within the same story. Also, while she's real big on overkill, most of her torture is done post-mortem (making it not... actual... torture, but I couldn't think of a better word), so at least people don't have to suffer too much. I think I like Akane because of her contradicting personality traits. She's outgoing and certainly willing to get along with people, but she still has little appreciation for the value of human life, which makes it hard for her to form any real friendships.

I don't know exactly what makes Orahez one of my favorites. Probably the fact that I sympathize with him in a lot of situations, and as I mentioned earlier, he's very fun to write about. The protagonists of his story are demon hunters Fiorenza and Theodor, and I sympathize with those guys less than the demons they hunt, haha! I think Orahez only plays the role of antagonist due to his really shitty circumstances. He gets kicked out of Hell and told not to come back until he completes a mission on Earth, but things go poorly and the thing he most needs to complete his mission gets destroyed, so he's stuck on Earth for the rest of forever, basically, with demon hunters all up on his tail. He causes a lot of trouble for the protags, but mostly because a guy's got to do what he can to survive, right? He's a circumstantial antagonist, I suppose, and probably wouldn't be nearly as bad if his circumstances didn't suck so dang much.

(Honorable mention is Lex Tash, who is actually on the side of the protagonists, so he can't count as an antag, but he's a very antagonist protagonist, due to his being hella selfish, manipulative, and difficult to deal with.)

19. Favorite minor character that put himself in the spotlight?
I'm going to avoid saying Orahez again because I mean... he did kind of do that... because I love him... but...

A lot of my characters tend to sneak their way into the spotlight, but I think the worst of them is Pan. In a story where so much shit goes down and it's supposed to all be centered around Kitten, Pan sure does get a lot of attention, and I think that's mostly because she is Bre's favorite, so Bre and I talked about her all the time, and she just ended up with more story than the rest of them, I guess.

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
Painfully awkward ones! The more awkward, the better, of course!

Strangers stuck in a small space together. One person alone in the room with the person they have an unrequited crush on, and that person knows about the other's crush on them. One character having to tiptoe around another character because they done fucked up but are too proud to apologize and hope that if they just avoid the other person long enough, all will be forgiven. Two characters who usually hate each other very much being forced into a situation where they have to be decent with each other for whatever reason.

The more tense I can get it, the more entertaining it is for me! Of course, writing these scenes is always kind of difficult because I end up shuddering and embarrassed and like, "God, this is so awkward..." But then I remember that it's supposed to be awkward, so if I'm feeling it, I'm probably doing something right, right?

21. Do any of your characters have children?
Wren Weavile and Lee Sneasel are mother/son. The unnamed ringleader of my circus is Jeweleeannah's father. My Haikyuu!! OCs all have parents, even though I haven't gotten around to naming a dang one of them yet. Selina Hart has her two children, Erika and Hannibal.

I don't have a lot of characters with kids, though, because most of my characters are still children themselves!

22. How long does it usually take to complete an entire story – from planning to writing to posting?
Very rarely do I get past the planning stage, so like... 800 years.

23. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?
I AM SUCH A WIMP. I am like... the queen of trying to find creative ways to bring people back from the dead because I hate killing my characters because they are my precious babies. I've been trying to get better about that, though. Characters that formerly came back to life now stay dead at least, and I've already decided that my newest OC is going to die--I just haven't decided exactly how.

Still... gosh... I hate killing characters so much, even when I know the plot demands it. I have this one character, and Steph and I discussed him committing suicide, and I so do not want him to, but I know that he would realistically. He comes seriously close several times in his story, and the only thing that's stopping him is his best and only friend. But then, his friend goes off to college far away and rarely has time for him anymore, and he ends up all alone and hopeless.

We've also discussed what would happen if he didn't die, like an AU, I guess. And it's so sad to know he kills himself when you look at the life he could have if he didn't. But ain't that just the way?

And then fucking Samson "Hiro" Daniels. He was one of those ones that I wanted to kill, but I considered bringing him back because Bre liked him a lot. But nah, he's staying dead. Fuck that guy, honestly. He spends his whole life committing violent crimes, kidnapping and abusing Pan, and still somehow convincing everyone--including Pan--that he's the good guy. His death is the most brutal of all of my characters', and I won't go into too much detail with it because it's not pretty at all. But basically, he finally gets subdued and tortured to death for his crimes against the government. And good riddance. Guy had it coming.

24. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
Vindice's Pet is, as the name suggests, a pet, haha!

Fujioka Masuyo has a neko named Binx living with her.

Noda Midori has a pet rabbit named Fluffy or some stupid cliche rabbit name. I haven't really decided yet.

Roxanne has a few cats.

My KHR! OCs have their Box Animals, and my Homestuck OCs have their lususes (lusii?).

And Arabella Rose has a circus elephant named Cloud.

25. Let’s talk art – do you draw your characters? Do others draw them?
Of course I draw my characters! I mentioned that most of my character development process is heavily design-based, so I like to draw a lot of them for reference. Steph draws my characters the most out of anyone because she did p much all of the designs for Hikigaeru, and she just really loves to draw them. They're not even my characters anymore, they're ours. Bre's also drawn some of my characters before, mostly in shippy situations. I have some characters who are paired with hers, and she drew HiroPan because she loves that ship even though I'm like, "lol let's sink it." She's pretty mad at me for wreckin' that ship's shit, but oh well.

But yeah, I do draw my characters, and that's why I find revamps so hard because most of the time, for me to revamp a character, I have to change their design at least somewhat, and by that point, I'm already so used to drawing them the first way. I cry...

26. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how do you go about designing your characters?
Even though I like designing characters, appearances don't usually play a huge role in my stories, but then... it really depends on who I'm writing for.

I mentioned the Raum and Crocell piece, and Raum is the type of guy who's obsessed with beauty, and he can and will find beauty in absolutely everyone, so he goes on this internal monologue for a while about Crocell's appearance before Crocell interrupts him with, "Stop?? staring at me??? The fuck is wrong with you? honestly????"

However, my Homestuck trolls would not go on about appearances like that because trolls don't care about fashion. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, their clothes are very bland, especially for the lowbloods. They just don't care about their appearances that much.

So, if your character is a fashionista or super judgmental or whatever, they would notice what others are wearing, but if they don't care about that kind of thing, they wouldn't and there's no reason to bring up appearances.

I do think it's important to note certain things about a character's appearance, though. For example, if they're wearing something that could get snagged on something, it might be a good idea to make note of it in a chase scene or something because it's a potential hazard that could slow them down. Also, Petey Wycoff wears bells around his wrists that he jingles when he's bored or nervous (mostly nervous), so mentioning him playing with these bells would be a more interesting way to let the readers know Petey is feeling nervous without directly saying it because directly saying, "He felt nervous" is so boring, you know?

27. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major, tell us about the small ones.
Rick Christopher is missing his right hand and never really gets around to getting a prosthetic.

Prinse Taoryl--and, by extension, her Dancestor, Yaphai Taoryl--is completely blind. Abel Sableye is blind in one eye and extremely near-sighted in the other.

Demdia Neglar has mutant blood, which could get her killed if anyone found out.

Franco Fontana is completely missing his sense of touch except on his cheeks and lips.

Kokoro Nakano, Melvin, and Kitten all end up with PTSD.

Bunny Doll is a cannibal.

Shasta has DID and a total of four different identities, known within her system as Layers. The one that fronts the most is actually the Second Layer, not the First.

Xenon has problems with his short-term memory and can never remember the name of the girl who comes in to visit him almost every day or any of the stuff they talked about the day before, even though he's finally started to recognize her face. It's like, "I know I know you, but from where?" "From... yesterday." "????????"

Kunegunda Klimek and Itsuki Hosoya struggle with depression while Arabella Rose shows early signs of it.

There's got to be something wrong with Akane for her to be able to kill people so easily, but I have no idea what exactly it is.

Pan develops Stockholm Syndrome.

Petey Wycoff has bad anxiety, and he keeps getting thrown in situations that make his anxiety flare up, poor kid. His rebel "let's change the world!" friends need to take a chill pill.

28. Final question – tag someone. Tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of their characters.
I'm gonna go crazy with the tags.

OndineNova
I love how dedicated Bre is, and even though she's not very confident in her writing, she keeps going. She also has a lot of really great ideas, and she's just constantly improving all the time.
One of my favorite of her characters is Lynn who used to be a Death Note OC but has been revamped into something original. I really like all of the nuances of her story and her personality.

Equestrian-Equine
Bahahaha, I already told Steph I was gonna tag her, but! Here is Steph!! I admire her for her ability to stick to one story way longer than I do. She also has really good AU and fanfic ideas. ;o;
My favorite character of hers is Zenshi, her Gintama OC! I don't know a lot about Gintama, but I read a bit of Zenshi's story and I really liked it, and his design is cool. He's also paired with a female canon, which I don't see a lot because most people just pair their OCs with the male canons, so that's interesting, too!

AltoLullaby
I actually haven't read much of her writing outside of roleplay, oops! She doesn't have any writing uploaded to dA, and idk if she has a FF.net or AO3 profile or anything.
But her characters are super adorable! They're all so unique and interesting and smol, and she's very good at coming up with designs for them. You can tell she puts a lot of effort into thinking of and designing her characters. My favorite is Rina, her MySims OC, but that's mostly because Rina is the one I know the most about. Still, she is a barrel of monkeys and very cute, and she's a brilliant addition to the MySims universe, and her relationship with Ray is very realistic, I think. I really like the Ray/Rina Agents storyline with Ray working for MorcuCorp and Rina working for a group that's trying to take MorcuCorp down.

Noobynewt
Joey! Joey's writing is so clear and easy to understand, and her sentences flow very nicely together. I like that.
A lot of her characters are sci-fi/fantasy related, and they'RE ALL ALSO V CUTE AND EXCITING! My favorite... man, I can't even remember her name, I feel bad. But I believe she had a science-y dog venus fly trap thing named Void? She's a scientist who works with plants a lot, if I recall. Joey was telling me a lot about how Dr. F, Alexa, and T.O.B.O.R. from MySims remind her of this character and her friends.
Another good character is Argax, her MySims OC who is an alien!! MySims could always use some more aliens! I mean, they already have a ghost, a zombie, two vampires, two elves, a yeti, and a lady who's always goin' on about how aliens are real.

maris4
Maris! I like how passionate Maris is about writing. You can tell she really loves to do it. She's also always working hard to get better and better, which is great! And she's got lots of fascinating ideas.
My favorite of all of her characters is probably Caleb, a character from her story Metamorphosis. Caleb's design is simple, but I like it (he has pretty pink eyes), and I feel like he gets some pretty good development throughout the story. The only problem I have with Caleb is that he's not in the story more. But he's the antagonist who turns to the side of the protagonists to fight off the bigger evil, and I love those kinds of characters.
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Happy late birthday!

I would have said it earlier in the day, but things were busy on my end, and I haven't had the time to sit down and say something proper until now.

I hope it's been a good one, even if it was spent at school, lol ~
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Ah, you're not late, it's perfectly fine! (:

Don't worry about it! I know how busy you guys are with school and everything else going on. Especially as the semester really starts going or is about to end, it's only natural that people will have a lot on there plate. College is just really hard!!

Thank you, though! I appreciate this. I'm at home now because we get a short break for Easter, due to it being a Christian university, but I did have a test today, which was super stressful... bleh... But it's good to be able to spend at least part of the day at home with my family!

I hope you're having a good day, too, and I hope life eventually gives you a breather because gosh... It sounds like you just... really have a lot going on.
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