I found out about it somewhere in the middle of the exam period and couldn't resist adding the badge the next day. Heart of Paradise nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank-you so much Heart of Paradise!
The rules now state that I need to select 15 blogs that I've recently discovered or follow regularly. Now, this is the tricky bit for me because I am relatively new to the blogging world and with exams and all that have not had much time to start following many blogs. So I nominate (and maybe I'll add some as I go along!):
- Heart of Paradise
- The Ambiguous Case
And finally I have to say 7 things about myself. I've never really liked these sorts of questions, because what in the world am I supposed to pick, but I think I'll try to stick to 7 random things.
1) I am the biggest science nerd. As in I absolutely love science, especially physics which seems to be the science most people love to hate. This started in Prep when I somehow got a hold of a science encyclopaedia and started reading through it. Since then I've always had some sort of science-related obsession. For a couple of years now it's been quantum theory which I think will keep me entertained for a long while yet.
2) I used to make short home movies for fun. I got my own digital camera for my 11th birthday and really got into filming stuff which a friend, her younger sister and my younger sister. We even had our own company name made from our initials and wrote copyright 200- at the end of all the credits. After a year of that we made our own awards ceremony where we all nominated and voted for one of us four for a range of categories. Coincidentally that was after we learnt how votes were counted by the electoral commission in school...
3) I think I had an awesome childhood. Had friends that lived in my area so every weekend we'd go to the local playground and play our own versions of the games everyone else were playing. Like, Cops and Robbers became Cops and Murderers and later Cops and Thieves and Murderers where the murder had to try to "stab" the police-people in the back and the thief had to try and steal something that the cops hid in the playground. Fun times.
4) My favourite game of all time has to be "The Thing". I got the idea from the movie of the same name where there's some alien parasite that takes over people's bodies and makes them act in weird and evil ways. The game involved an unknown person (by a raffle version of drawing straws) being 'infected' by the parasite and having to 'kill' all the other people to win. The remaining people win if they find the infected person and 'kill' them. The interesting bit is when someone accidentally 'kills' someone that isn't infected which is actually a disadvantage for the uninfected people. Our highest number of people playing was six, but I always dreamed of playing a mass game of it with over twenty people and the parasite spreading like a plague.
5) Together with my sister, I created an imaginary world full of characters and places. The characters were completely ours, but some of the places we borrowed from books (like Hogwarts, although we renamed it something else). We shared a room until I was 12, so at night we'd create stories based on the characters until we got too tired to continue. I've always meant to write a novel based on these characters, even if no one else saw it, just to immortalise those characters.
6) Recently my family got this new TV and, call me weird, but I find myself in awe of the elegance and efficiency of the design. It's quite thin, the screen is only surrounded by a thin frame which also acts as the speakers. That's right, the frame is a speaker! I could stare at the TV for quite a while marvelling at the elegance. I also get the same reaction for a particularly elegant and efficient piece of maths. (It's even better if I'm the one that wrote down that piece of maths.)
7) I consider learning different languages learning a different way of thinking and expressing ideas. Using that definition, I consider music and maths just as much as a language as any other in the world. If they technically were languages that would be quite cool, because then I could claim to be quinlingual :D
So that's seven quite detailed things about myself. Couldn't resist adding the details :)
I want to try doing a 30 day creative writing challenge right after finishing exams. Sort of like NaNoWriMo but without the pressure of having to write an insane amount of words each day. As well as more variety, which should make it easier to stick to. I will list the prompts and then stop thinking about blogging or looking at other people's blogs until the 21st. Here they are:
Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale
Day 2: Write a fanfiction
Day 3: A story that takes place pre-1950
Day 4: A poem using the words: blue, mistrust, half, twang
Day 5: A story revolving around an object in your room
Day 6: Start your story with: “He glanced at his watch impatiently…”
Day 7: Create a superhero. Have he/she save the day.
Day 8: Write a prequel to that Superhero. Pre-Superhero life. Maybe their childhood.
Day 9: A story about your favourite city
Day 10: Start story with: “She touched the little box in her pocket and smiled…”
Day 11: A story where the characters go without power for a day.
Day 12: “Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird…”
Day 13: Begin with “I thought I saw…”
Day 14: Write a story based on a dream you had
Day 15: Select a book at random in the room. Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.
Day 16: Put your music on random. Write a story about the first song that comes up.
Day 17: Use time travel in a story
Day 18: A story set in a ghost town.
Day 19: Write in second-person
Day 20: Use these words in a story: grandfather, photo album, post office, and folder
Day 21: He or she sees their crush in a library. describe the incident.
Day 22: Write in dialogue only
Day 23: Describe/fictionalize a childhood memory
Day 24: Write a story that takes place 100 years in the future
Day 25: Write a story about a mythical creature.
Day 26: Write about the 30th picture on your phone or computer. Write about the story behind it, or make up the story behind it.
Day 27: Story taking place during a sporting event (any sport)
Day 28: Story on a ship. Past, present, or future.
Day 29: Story about space
Day 30: Story or poem about ice