So, Quinn O’Fallon nominated me to do this super fun tag, and since I have the brain capacity of…like, a carrot, right now, it seemed perfect. (Between competitions I’m entering, Stars which I’m editing, and rereading The Return of the King, I have no time for…anything else. Including pretty blog headers. 😦 ).
Why did you start blogging?
Um, because it looked fun? There wasn’t really any deep, philosophical reason, I just wanted to do it. 😀
Do you prefer to write with pen and paper or on a computer? Why?
It depends. When I’m outlining, creating characters, worldbuilding and brainstorming, its always, always on paper with a pen. I don’t know why, but I can’t think of good ideas on the computer. But, when I’m drafting and editing, I always type because its so much faster, and too much penwork destroys my wrists. 😦
If you could spend a day in any book, which one would you choose?
This is a hard question. But I think I can narrow it down. It would either be in Narnia, during the reign of Caspian (particularly during the time period of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to The Silver Chair), Middle-Earth, or 1832 Paris, as portrayed in Les Miserables.
If you could tame any animal in the world as a pet, which one would you choose and why?
I actually answered this question in my blogiversary Q+A post. I said either an otter or an elephant, because they’re my two favourite animals. I just love them both!
What does your name mean linguistically and what does it mean to you?
My name (Chelsea) has different meanings, but my favourite one is “Place where ships dock”. I used to think it was a very boring meaning (one of my best friends is named Sarah, and that name means “Princess”, so I was a little jealous). However, the aforementioned friend told me once that seas are hard places for ships and whenever they come into dock, they rejoice and have the chance to rest and be healed. Life is a little like the sea. It’s hard on people and people break apart and start to sink, but a dock is a place of safety, where they can be fixed and cared for. She told me that I was one of those people who always made every one else feel better, so I was sort of like a dock. I’ve never forgotten that.
What colour do you think matches your personality best and how?
I’ve always loved green. I think in a way it reflects my personality…green is associated with spring time (when I was born), and renewal and new life, which kind of links to the answer above. Anyway, I like to think that I’m vibrant and welcoming, like green is.
How clean is your room (Be honest, it can’t be much worse than mine!)
I share a room with three siblings = not very clean. And while I don’t mind untidiness, I can’t stand mess.
If you have a favourite Bible verse, what is it and why is it your favourite?
I don’t know! (Is it cheating just to say the whole Bible?). I like the first verses of Jeremiah, where Jeremiah protests that he can’t help God because he’s “only a child” (actually, you’ll have a blog post in a few weeks about this). I also like Jeremiah 29:11, where God talks about the plans He has for us. And the passage in Romans 8, where it speaks about nothing being able to separate us from God.
If you were elected president, what would be your first act of office?
Since I’m Australian, the likelihood of being elected president is very small indeed. However, I would definitely institute a public holiday dedicated to reading books.
Who is the most influential person in your life and how have they helped make you who you are today?
No one person has made a massive impact on my life, but if I have to choose only two people, I’m going to say my parents. As cliché as it sounds, my parents raised me, encouraged me to be who I am, support me continually and all the other sappy, but equally true things people say about their parents.
What is the one question you wished people asked you, but they don’t? Answer it.
I can think of a lot of questions I wish people didn’t ask me. But hmm…what do I wish people did ask me?
I wish people asked me how my characters reflected parts of me. Because I’m such an introverted person, sometimes I think people see me as cold and reserved, and they don’t want to explore my personality more than that (which I don’t blame them for at all! Seriously, I’m weeeiiirrdd). But if people asked how my different characters reflected different aspects of me, then they’d get to know me a little better.
And the answer (buckle in):
Chessy: That 18% Extroverted part of me? Yeah, that’s Chessy.
Justice: The cynical, reserved, pessimistic, passionate, introverted side of me. In other words, the other 82%.
Quillon: The softer, slighter weirder, compassionate part of me.
Rain: The bit of me that likes talking in weird accents and desperately desires to die her hair blue
Zac: The part of me that feels sooo pressured to live up to unrealistic expectations.
Jonas: The bit of me that everyone sees as wise and philosophical
Sapphire: The bit of me that is soft and more feminine than tomboy.
Yeah…let’s stop there. Maybe I could do a whole post on this one day. What do you think?
Anyway, I’m just gonna tag some random people here…
Rain (for having an awesome name that happens to be shared with one of my favourite characters of all time)
The Story Sponge (because, seriously, the answers she gives always crack me up)
Christine Eyre (she always gives such fun–and deep answers)
MyMusicalAndWritingLife (just because I like tagging her)
Sarah (because she loves Les Mis as much as I do!)
And your questions!! (Gracious goodness, I have to think up eleven questions!)
- Funniest memory?
- Which character from a book or movie would you like to marry?
- If you changed your name, what would you change it to?
- What inspired your blog name?
- Which one blogger has inspired you the most?
- Favourite music genre?
- Best Broadway musical?
- What’s the meaning of your name? (Either your real name or your pen name)
- If you were an actor and your favourite book was being made into a movie, who would you audition to play?
- Dream job?
- Favourite humorous quote?
How’s things? What are your answers to some of these questions? What’s your favourite humorous quote? Which character would you audition to be? How do your characters turn out like you?