Few days back, when we got talking, Katja suggested doing something random. When I asked, what, she said she’ll give me ten questions and she expects full answers. Sort of an literary interview on random things. For no good reason. Why not? This morning she brought me a page with this:
1. Questions can be about everything. You can’t change the questions.
2. Answer must be at least 3 lines long and must be answered truthfully.
3. Don’t like the question? Look at Rule nr 1.
Only then may you assign the next blogger to answer your ten questions.
3 Questions from Katja, 7 from Malle-Liisa, in total 10 questions:
- How do you feel about characters names hinting something about them?
By this question I should first understand what exactly is meant by it. I don’t like if the character is left with names referring to what they are good at. We had a comic series, where characters all carried names like that and you could read from there about Captain Kraps (Sharp, military perfectionist), Munapea (EggHead, genius of the punch) or Noonius (Vernier Scale – mechanical inventor). It makes them seem less developed, as if the writer was simply trying together the basic ideas of the story, but left the characters right there, on the first level of development.
I don’t mind nicknames, but with them it has to make sense, too or has to be well explained. In Doom, for (bad) example, the character’s name is John “Reaper” Grimm. His explanation to his nickname is simple: “They are soldiers, not poets.” That’s all that’s actually needed, because everybody, who can read the unwritten, understands that he also represents the last thing those monsters will see. So it’s not always a bad thing. It is in its right place if you read children’s stories, but if written for grownups, then I think it should be less obvious. Unless we’re talking about comedies or comic books, the reader might accept it, but mostly I have seen it as criticism showing low quality writing.
- Aaron Cross.
This is shameless way to get me explain, why I liked that character while the rest of the world does not. The reason is simple – he had a goal that he followed and very hearty reason for doing so. He feared loosing his intelligence. One of the basic fears of most humans. There are many, who have said that if they should end up as vegetables, they prefer to die. So you can relate with that on deeper level than simple “must have those drugs”. He has tasted the freedom intelligence gives to him and he is not willing to give it up again and be a dumb brute, who is only good for massacres. Isn’t that what the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is about? Or Hulk? Such primal fear of degenerating stirs you up enough to do something about it. And that’s why I love him – he win his battle and got best of both of the worlds.
- What book did your breakfast remind to you?
Silvia Rannamaa “Kasuema” (“Stepmother”). It’s a book about Kadri Yalaks, who is a teenage girl, who considers herself very unfortunate. And this is true, because she lives very poorly with her old grandmother in the basement in a one room flat without any modern conveniences. She knows nothing about her father, her mother died years ago and classmates avoid her. But that was before the accident(car crash), which changed her life. Kadri gets to hospital. There, she decides to keep a personal diary in which she writes down the history of her life before the accident and what occurs to her since then. The milk soup reminded me of the chapter that described how she was in the boarding school and how they had just had lunch. It’s very harsh book, but one of my favorites.
- Talk of a Rabbit.
Rabbits are plot bunnies. Plot bunnies you hop with a ferret and catch with a carrot. Plot bunnies are things that don’t make sense or facts got wrong that one needs to find and fix before your un-expecting reader finds them for you.
- What difference is between a wannabe and a writer?
Finishing your work – that’s the main difference. Also, not waiting for someone to discover you, but working yourself up and offering your work. I know this, because it is quite a pressure to get published in order to be recognized as a writer. I have finished some of the manuscripts, but haven’t got any published yet, so I do consider myself a writer. Even if I don’t have a published book to prove it. But that’s not my main goal.
- If you would be one word, then which and from which novel would it be from?
I’d say the book would Stendhal’s The Red and The Black, but I’m not sure what word it would be. I keep going for the “harsh truth” presented in front or the word cave. Yes, I think the “cave” is the better choice. I don’t remember exactly, where it was, but the instance he arrives to the cave for the first time and when he remembers it again later – it is just beautiful.
- Which book should have never been written?
There are lists of books that are considered evil for one reason or another. Mein Kampf tends to lead that list. I actually don’t agree, I would more put the blame on Thule Society works.
One book I would have preferred never had seen the light, is Sleeping Beauty by Ann Rice. Out of all the books I’ve read there have been few that have disturbed me as much as this one did. I usually love twisted fairy tales, but this one was just horrible. Doesn’t make the book itself bad, but I simply didn’t like it.
- What makes world laugh?
It’s interesting that if you put the same sentence in the search engines, the first responses are researches on what makes Arab world laugh? I’m guessing that’s because our usual humor seems to be only insults to them? I would actually say the only thing that truly brings smile to any human’s face would be animals and their mishaps.
- How does the Sun rise?
The Sun actually rises, because Earth falls, if I now think of it. We simple fall pass the point that would otherwise take us straight to the Sun, so with that in mind, we basically fall? Think of Sputnik and the theories that keep that thing up in the sky… I honestly would like to say that Sun stays up in the sky simple because it is one of the few things humans have no power over. Yet. Let’s hope they never get that power.
- At what point does moment become eternity?
When going for a dentist appointment. Seriously – have you ever had your tooth removed? It goes on forever! I would prefer walking on fire than have another tooth taken out.
10 questions for Erin M. Hartshorn are:
- What is the strangest thing you’ve written on?
- Who label the books with genres? We as writers do or the publishers do?
- How do you feel about killing off main characters?
- Do you avoid certain topics in your writing?
- Why does water that has sat in a bottle taste so foul after a year? It’s the same water, isn’t it?
- Do you prefer working on one thing at the time or do you work on multiple ideas at the same time?
- Do you have favorite character?
- What if paper wasn’t invented? What would you, as a writer, use instead?
- Tell something about keeping your unused ideas.
- How personal is writing?