1. You must post these rules!
2. Each person must share 10 things about them
3. Answer the 10 questions asked to you and invent 10 questions the people you tag have to answer.
4. Choose 10 people and post their icons on your journal
5. Go to their page and inform them they are tagged
6. Not something like "you're tagged if you read this"
7. You legitimately tag 10 people
1. If you paint, what inspires you?
Mythology and symbols, animals (and the symbolism surrounding them, frequently), runes of all sorts...
2. Do authors have the right to kill off a beloved character?
When the plot demands or for the sake of realism (ex: Fullmetal Alchemist, Hughs (plot demand); Harry Potter, various characters (realism)) then it must be done.
3. Have you ever had an adventure? If so, what was it?
...I don't think so. Adventure: an unusual or exciting experience. I mean, I've gotten to do things in the course of life that others would find adventurous but I've viewed them as mundane (moving a lot, for instance, which has involved airplanes and cross-country driving), so I don't think they count. So, no, no adventures.
4. What is your favorite story? (Doesn't have to be a book. It can be a fairy tale or a myth, or even a cliche like "Star-Crossed Lovers")
...I have to pick just one? That's impossible! I love too many, under too great a range of classifications. Modern/classical fantasy, mythologies and legends of all different origins - as far as I'm concerned, life and culture are built on a foundation of stories.
Though I suppose that right now I'd especially recommend The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (if you've seen the movie, disregard it entirely; it's rubbish and nothing like the books, which are beautiful), and a Causcaus fairy tale called "Anait."
5. To ship characters or to not ship characters?
If the characters lend themselves to shipping, I will ship them. They must be canon, though, or written as though they were so by the author. I don't typically pair characters up on whimsy, because they "look good together," or against canonized couples. In fact, I can't think of a single time I've done so. It's all personality and, again, the author knows them best.
6. What keeps you going through tough times?
I have honestly got no idea. If times are tough then I'm mentally caught up in them; I'm not an optimist or anything, nor do I have any kind of mantra I repeat to myself in regards to the future. Time just...rolls on. Things pass. That's all.
7. "People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can." Neil Gaiman. Do you agree with him?
It works for some people, I suppose. I'd rather know what I'm doing - techniques, composition rules, color theory stuff, etc - and I definitely have my preferred styles and subject matters, which typically aren't those which are, as you might say, "testing the boundaries" of what is art. But then, art is subjective.
I guess I agree objectively, but disagree subjectively. Art in general may not have impossible things, but Art for me does.
8. Do you have a thick skin? Can you handle criticism? If so, how did you develop one?
Not really. I can brush off stuff that comes from an unfounded place (flames) and the stuff I already know about (such-and-such is slightly off or looks odd), but if I'm looking for approval on something in particular and it gets rejected instead (especially harshly) then I can be upset. In general I'm okay with it, though. I already know I'm not that great, so it's not hurting my ego any.
9. Do you have an ideal reader or critic? For whom do you write or draw?
No single person in particular. I typically write and draw for myself - my own ideas I want to get out somehow or another - but I do especially like to hear from ~Kalyn-Palak (little sister), ~Kelaiah (internet buddy of some years now), and ~av-marten (because of enthusiasm for a certain set of my OCs and their story - you really make me want to get that dang novel written, revised, and sent to publishers!).
10. Who is your hero?
J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor and philologist who looked at fairy tales and saw something deeper and more meaningful than mere fancies for children, who then set out to write a fairy tale for adults and a world for his hobbits and his Elvish languages (despite opposition from fellow professors of English who viewed this pursuit as meaningless, trivial, and poorly-executed besides) and who created a place so rich in characters, cultures, languages and history that it set the first tones for an entire new genre of literature.
You, sir, were truly amazing, and your contribution to the stories of the world will never be forgotten. If I ever manage to weave worlds and words half as well as you, I would be unbelievably pleased with myself.
(Second time I've tagged some of you with one of these - I'm sorry! I won't do one of these things again...at least not for a very long time. Tag-backs will be treated privately rather than perpetuating the thing with further journals and tags.
Questions for the TAGGED:
1. What Hogwarts House do you see yourself in/do you prefer? Explain.
2. What's your favorite art medium/style to look at? What's your favorite to do yourself?
3. Your dream pet is (and would be named)...
4. What musical styles/bands/singers/etc. do you enjoy?
5. Day or night? Explain.
6. What kind of characters and/or storylines do you prefer in your books and movies?
7. Chess or checkers? Explain.
8. If you had/have a mind/soul-scape, what is it like (briefly)?
9. What's the origin of your username?
10. If you could work anywhere, doing anything (assume any and all skills/training/schooling necessary are present or taken care of), what would it be?