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Oct. 10th, 2011

Catherine Morland

Happy Birthday!

Hope that it is a good one.

Apr. 23rd, 2011

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: Beep, Bop, Boop

What was the first video or computer game you ever played? Did you love it or hate it, and why?

I think probably the original Super Mario Brothers or Duck Hunt, though I also have some vague recollections of playing a game where you were a frog sitting on a lilypad and had to catch bugs before it got to be nighttime or something (if you know what game this is, please let me know). I enjoyed them but didn't really get into video games seriously until quite a few years later.

Feb. 21st, 2011

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: Songs of patriotism

If you were a country, what would be your national anthem?

Well, if I apparently turned into some sort of anthropomorphized country, I suppose that the Hetalia main theme would be appropriate. But I would probably just hold a government-sponsored competition for the composers of the nation. Hopefully I'd get something awesome- I mean, Italy's national anthem is by Verdi. VERDI! I have to have something at least as good.

Sep. 14th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: 10 Years From Now

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Not working retail, please!

Aug. 12th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Day 6-ish?

Skipped a day, but question 6...

6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?

I prefer writing at my computer, preferably somewhere quiet. I'm usually the most motivated in the morning before I go to work, but it really depends on what my work schedule as retail eats my soul and creativity....

Aug. 10th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Day 5!

5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Technically, the youngest character is Clarissa, the rabbit familiar of one of the 3 regimental mages. But as far as characters who get a speaking role, I would say that 18 Edmund  (my MC) is the youngest. Almost all the other characters are at least in their mid 20's. The oldest is his phoenix/hummingbird familiar Sparkish, who was born in Georgia sometime in the mid 1630's. However, he doesn't remember anything before a few months ago, which was the last time he was reborn.

The most recent character I created would probably be Lt. Grey's partner Surgeon Lawrence, although he is off stage for most of the story. Strangely, the character I created first wasn't Ed but Lt. Whitefield, the regiment's healer. His original incarnation (invented when I was in High School) was pretty much the exact opposite of what he is now. He went from being a violent, telekinetic, British Gary Stu to an outgoing American medic/healer. Not quite sure how that happened....

Aug. 8th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Day 3

Please let me know if these are annoying/clogging up your friends page/etc.

3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?

Since most of my characters come from a British or American colonial background, I thankfully don't have to make up names, which is good because I suck at that kind of thing. Finding names varies a lot depending on the character- some I am able to name immediately while others take forever to find just the right name. Mrs. Forrester and Captain Parker both got their last names from websites of common British surnames, though I agonized over their first names (Lydia and Roger, respectively) until I found something that sounded right and fit them. My MC Edmund and his sister Annie got their last name (Fairfax) from a secondary character in Jane Austen's Emma. Sparkish, my MC's familiar, is actually named after a character in the Restoration play "The Country Wife". Colonel Davenport probably has the most random name origin- she was actually named after a choir director I had in college who was strict enough I decided that naming an army officer after her was appropriate. I'm not sure if she would be flattered. ;-)

Jul. 18th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: Vampires, again?

Is there a TV show that everyone around you watches that you really don't get or like? If so, what is it? To what do you ascribe the odd fascination?

American Idol, House, every soap opera I've ever seen, Charmed, Spongebob, Family Guy and South Park- the latter two mostly because I DESPISE vulgar humor. In the early 18th century Joseph Addison wrote that "No one ever writ bawdry for any other reason than dearth of invention." and I'm pretty sure that in the 300 years following that hasn't actually changed at all. I think stuff like that is popular mostly because other Americans are more vulgar and immature than they ought to be.

May. 10th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Do you give your vehicles names? If so, what are they?

Most of my vehicles have had masculine names. In High School I had a truck named Walter, in College a bike named Geoffrey and a scooter named Sidney, and now a car named Boswell.

Apr. 12th, 2010

Catherine Morland

Writer's Block: Pet talk

If your pet could talk, what is the first thing s/he would say to you?

Sammy, my boy cat would probably say something like "Ooh! let's play! And I hope you don't mind while I poke you in the eye repeatedly at three in the morning." Camilla, his sister would probably ask me why my roommate likes to torment her so much, and then she'd go back to hiding.

My rabbit on the other hand would look disgusted at the entire thing and ask in a dry tone why it was that I spent so much time with those idiot cats when he was clearly the most interesting thing in the apartment.