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06 August 2007 @ 06:31 am
Seven Things About Me  
I sort of volunteered to be tagged by badboy_fangirl, because I barely ever do this kind of memes and now that I've got some gorgeous new people on my flist, I thought it would be appropriate to post a bit about me, too.

1) I'm hopeless when it comes to going to bed early. I have such a bad habit of taking my own, private, creative alone-time at night that I often end up sleep deprived and groggy. However, I feel that I'm in a phase in my life where this kind of reckless behaviour is still allowed.

2) I graduated from lukio (Finnish equivalent for high school, pretty much) with grades that were among the top 3% in Finland. Needless to say, getting into university wasn't much of a problem after that. (This was the obligatory bragging part, glad it's over...)

3) I've been together with my fiancée Jaakko since the 5th of October 2001, which means we're looking at our 6 year anniversary this fall. We've lived under the same roof for three years now, and we've been engaged for two years. Some of you might be doing the math already, but I'm just gonna break it out to you - I had just turned 15 when we started dating. I still love him like crazy, he's my everything and I still admire him every day, miss him, want the best for him and think about him constantly. I'm fortunate enough to know he feels the same way about me, which is insane, because I don't think I deserve him.

4) I have a 35-year-old big brother and a 34-year-old big sister. They're both married with children. I'm, obviously, the youngest sibling.

5) I haven't written fanfiction in years, but I would love to get back to writing as a hobby again. I used to write all days long when I was younger, all the way through my teenage until sometime after I started dating Jaakko. I've received a bunch of diplomas for writing in the past, but that has been mostly from essays and columns - I don't know if I could write even half-decent fiction anymore. My self-confidence in writing seems to be completely lost.

6) My parents are divorced and I come from quite poor economical background. My dad's a complicated case - he drinks too much, curses like a pirate, has been known to get violent in the past and has ruined his economy for the rest of his life. So, I guess, he's one screwed up cupcake, but he's got that kind of a charming "Life gives me shit, I eat the shit" -attitude to him, which still earns him some respect in my book. That, and despite everything, he tries his best to be encouraging and supportive - who am I to really judge him. My mother lives next door from me and we get along really well. I want to live close to her, because she has a heart condition and a bunch of other problems, and I want to be able to help her as much as possible when it's necessary. I feel that now it's my turn to take care of her - and it's not just out of responsibility, but because I want to.

7) I'm a silly fangirl -person. I just have to always have something to fangirlishly obsess over, something to fuel my creativity, my imagination.

I can't believe I stayed up all night again. Now that I've been sick and slept all days, it's really mission impossible to try to sleep when normal people do... x)

Romeo is being so adorable. He's sleeping on my lap with all his paws up towards the ceiling, ears turned upside down - and he's snoring too, like only the cutest little puppy dog in the world can snore.
 
 
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Rosie: Angela smilesrosie_spleen on August 6th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
Hi Anna,

Thanks for your comments in my journal, I thought I would visit you and say I would be honoured to join your friend's list and hope you dont mind me adding you?

Regarding fic writing, your comments in my journal alone took my breath away. I had no idea that English is your third language, you are very articulate and grammatically correct, so I was amazed to read this fact about you. There is scope on the internet to post fic in your native language if you desired, but i would dare say your English is absolutely spot on, entirely appropriate enough to think about posting in English.

In the PB fandom, there are several accomplished writers that have Eng. as their second language, I wonder if you know who they are?

Also, about confidence and writing, I think the internet is the best place to iron this out. As you mention, there is some poorly worded fanfic about, but Im sure you would strive to write and post something very well done.

Thanks for the introduction in my journal, and it is lovely to meet you

Rosie
neiticoraneiticora on August 6th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hey Rosie,

I'll be adding you to my flist as soon as I'm done with this reply!

As for fic writing - I have studied English actively and used it practically every day for about 13 years now, so I ought to know something. I'm not exactly worried about grammar, even though I do need help with prepositions sometimes (Finnish doesn't have any), but more about my lacking sense of register and style that native speakers (should) have. After all, I do view English from a Finnish speaker's point of view, so there are idioms and expressions that I simply can't undestand the way a native speaker does. I know I can tell good from bad, but I'm just not sure I could produce good, naturally flowing fiction.

However, I have strived to just suck it up and get over it for about two years now - I know it would amazingly good practice for me to just get started and write. I'm sure the confidence would come somewhere along the way.

I know antoine_baros writes with English as her second language and she's obviously doing very good job with it. Maybe, after I get somewhat acquainted in this fandom, I'll get over myself and give all of you wonderful girls something in return for all the fantastic fics you've written!

Lovely to meet you too, and I'm sure we'll talk lots!
Anna
happy is as happy does: afro girl - rhomeahappywriter06 on August 7th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Hey,

I came here after reading your comment in my LJ. I wanted to see if you wrote fan fic. I hope you get back into by writing PB fan fic. I have a feeling that I'd love your work. Just a gut instinct.

I hope you feel better soon.

What kind of dog is Romeo? If you checked out my puppy love tag on my LJ you'll see stuff about my two dogs, Charley (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) and Carley (?).

I love to hear stories like yours about you and your boyfriend. I'm 28 and I've been with my husband since I was 19. We got married 3 years ago.

I never heard the title fangirl until I got into this fandom. I realize I've been a fangirl of varying degrees for a very long time.

Take care.
neiticoraneiticora on August 7th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Hey there and thanks a lot for stopping by! :)

I hope you get back into by writing PB fan fic. I have a feeling that I'd love your work. Just a gut instinct.

That's so kind of you to say, thanks a lot for encouraging me, it came at the right time, because...
Word just came in from the streets that I've been spotted writing something Prison Breakish, but I'm way too surprised about it myself to really believe it yet. :D I've had this "Anna and fanfiction don't mix" -attitude for so long that I still can't believe that after just a little pushing by badboy_fangirl and antoine_baros I actually started writing. But don't tell them that. ;D I really still can't believe I wrote something.

This cold has been really persistent, but it's finally calming down and I'm already feeling a bit better!

Romeo is a purebreed wirehaired dachshund, 5 months old. Here's yours truly and Romeo about a month ago - Click me!
I have to confess I hadn't notice the puppy love tag, but I'll be sure to check it out now that you mentioned it! Always good to meet another dog loving person.

You've seen quite a bunch of years with your husband too - I'm always happy to hear things like that. :) I just never really understood the whole concept of jumping from one relationship to another, I prefer to put my energy into building something that lasts, young or not.

Fangirlism... such a term, really, lol. I guess most of us have it in ourselves, it just takes the right incentive to lure it out. Prison Break, especially Lincoln, really kickstarted my inner fangirl again with a huge bang. It would be slightly embarrassing, but I'm so comforted that there seems to be a bunch of people here who feel the same - and that's why I wanted to seek this fandom out in the first place. Who wouldn't want to be around likeminded people?

Once more I really need to give my praise to project Live and Let Live - such a great idea, I'm anxiously looking forward to seeing the results! :)
happy is as happy does: pb fangirl - ?happywriter06 on August 10th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm already feeling a bit better!
That's good!

Romeo is a purebreed wirehaired dachshund, 5 months old.
So cute!

I just never really understood the whole concept of jumping from one relationship to another, I prefer to put my energy into building something that lasts, young or not.
Same here. I just never liked the idea of dating someone or having these long relationships only to break up and then have to start over. Lucky for me I found my soul mate early and he feels the same way.

Prison Break, especially Lincoln, really kickstarted my inner fangirl again with a huge bang. It would be slightly embarrassing, but I'm so comforted that there seems to be a bunch of people here who feel the same - and that's why I wanted to seek this fandom out in the first place. Who wouldn't want to be around likeminded people?
Like I said I've been one for a long time but I just didn't have a name for it and didn't know about fandoms. I thought I was just a little too obsessed with things that I like. Prison Break got me, too. This is the first fandom I've ever been in and the first time I've ever written fan fic. I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there.