Liebster Tag vol.2
1. Fantasy or science fiction? Or both? Or neither? (if neither what genre do you like?)
Fantasy for me. I was actually reading through Xaya's answer to this same question and it might as well been mine XD I also begun with Eddings and Weiss&Hickman, and have expanded from there. But I hated reading through Tolkien! I only managed to read through the first book of the LotR before I was too bored to continue. I have mostly liked the traditional fantasy series, or so called high fantasy, but lately my tastes have shifted towards more modern fantasy novels. I've read through the Potters as well, although somehow I don't categorise them as fantasy... :D
I like scifi movies and scifi themes in general, but in book form they tend to be too boring for me. Staw Wars is a big thing for me, but in truth it isn't really science fiction, but more like space fantasy. ;)
2. Who or what is your childhood hero? Do you still look up to them?
Damn I had to think about this for a while because like I've mentioned before, I've been more into villains and anti-heroes than actual heroes... ;) I've fangirled over Ford Prefect, Han Solo and Raistlin, but 'looking up to them' isn't really fitting here.
Maybe Dougas Adams can be named here. From the first time I read through his novels, I was in instant awe of how good he was. And this awe has not diminished at all over the years. The whimsical way of his writing is a constant influence for me, even when I try not to be influenced by it. XD As in I'm trying to write this dreadful scene happening to my own characters and I just get this pressing impulse to write comical footnotes to it.
3. What fictional character do you love to hate?
Moiraine from Wheel of Time. Heck, pretty much every female from Wheel of Time. If I ever manage to write a character that readers will hate as much as I hate Moiraine, I will be so proud of myself!
4. Three things that make you happy? (or more if you get inspired!)
Whenever I listen to Hare Hare Yukai, I'll get a smile on my lips. I'm also happy when I dress my dolls and manage to make some new combination from my existing pieces of clothing. Winning at cards, especially against Valentine is always a happy moment! :D Also, but not limited to: reading a good book wrapped inside a warm blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, writing a couple of pages in one go, playing an RPG...
5. What movie/TV-show did you watch last? How did you like it?
Just the other day we watched the first episode of Shannara from HBO. It was much slower in pace than what I've grown accustomed to (in comparison to Game of Thrones for example) and I didn't feel such a connection to the characters, but we'll see how it turns out.
6. Your favorite restaurant/shop? Tell us a little about it!
I love eating at high end restaurants. :3 At least three courses with excellent wines and I'm a happy girl! My favourite restaurant here is Pinella, although Kaskis is also very good (but the waiting list there is super long so I can't ever just go there on a whim). They both offer modern fine dining at their best, using mostly local nordic ingredients.
For shopping, I usually do it online :D
7. What kind of things do you keep always with you? Or do you have such things?
I always make sure that I have lipbalm, my phone, keys and wallet in my bag. Then added to these I usually carry a little mirror, earphones and bandages with me (both regular bandages and the ones meant for blisters).
8. What kind of music do you listen to?
Mostly pretty usual pop-music. Currently I listen to both Adele and Lady Gaga pretty frequently, but I also have Queen on my playlists.
Thenagain, sometimes I'm in the mood for something darker and then I listen to HIM or Kotiteollisuus (a Finnish metal band).
9. Do you believe in magic? (the nature of magic not defined)
Not really. I think the universe in all its vastness is marvelous enough to be magical, or at least beyond my capability to understand it. I do believe in things that others would call supernatural, although for me they are merely philosophical necessities. :P
10. Internet memes! Like 'em or hate 'em? Favorite/least favorite meme?
I like memes. :) I love these blog-memes that circulate from time to time, it gives me something to post about XD And I love getting tagged, so keep'em coming!
I also like the picture-caption memes, when they are actually funny. A well-thought-out meme is golden!
11. What do you think about tattoos? Do you have one(or more)? If you would get one what kind of a tattoo would it be?
I don't have any tattoos yet, but it is because I haven't yet found a tattoo artist that I would trust to mark my skin permanently (that would be in Finland). I have a very high standard for this as I'm thinking that if I'm going to get one tattoo, it better be damn amazing!
Atm my vision is to get a large (baby blue) bow tattooed on my back. It would be placed on the spot where I had my epidural when giving birth to Loki, symbolising him and that he will be my one and only child. I have fallen in love with the watercolour tattoo style, since I really don't want to get a traditional looking tattoo. Nothing wrong with them as such, a well done traditional tattoo looks amazing, but it just isn't for me. I'm just not traditinal in any sense. XD I didn't want a traditional wedding band, as in I didn't want a ring, I wanted the shape of it to be broken in some way (this is very difficult to explain). The same way I don't want a tattoo with a clean outline.
If I didn't have this specific standard for this specific tattoo, I would probably get some whimsical new-school tattoo. I love the vibrant colours and cartoony themes!
I don't want to cover too much of my skin by tattoos and if I would get multiples, I would like that they would be similar, like belonging to the same set. So I had to really prioritise from all my tattoo ideas. The other images I have wanted have been:
- a butterfly, either a small one on my back (this was then replaced by the bow idea) or a large one on my upper thigh (yes, idea stolen from Angel Sanctuary's Belial)
- a red spiral on my side (symbol of Fyrd, but I just couldn't design this one well enough for it to look really good)
- something at the back of my neck (maybe a bow, but I don't want other things to distract from my main large bow so I had to pass on this)
... wow, that was a lot of talk about tattoos :D