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Personal Note is Personal: Prompts from Gravity Falls Episodes!
I saw this on Tumblr, and it looked like fun! It felt like a great way to get back into the swing of things over here.
This prompt is inspired by one of my favorite shows, Gravity Falls. Each question is based on the episodes. Let’s get started!
Tourist Trapped: Describe an event that started a pivotal change in your life.
It was when I was in middle school and read Sabriel by Garth Nix. I always loved writing, but I only did it for fun. That was the first time I read a book and said, “This is what I want to do for a living. I want to be a writer!”
Also reading Lamb by Christopher Moore and Siddhartha by Herman Hesse about the same time changed how I viewed religion in general.
Legend of the Gobblewonker: Do you believe in any mythical creatures?
Do ghosts count? I totally believe in ghosts!
Head Hunters: Name a material item you can’t live without.
My laptop. I have so many friends and family members in other states. The internet keeps me connected to them. I also do all my writing on my laptop. It’s how I do my job.
The Hand that Rocks the Mabel: Have you been on any memorable dates?
The night I was going to lose my virginity, I had been dating a guy for several months. We were getting serious and wanted to go the next step. He had sex before, but it was my first time. Before the date, we talked about whether or not we were ready for that. We decided we were.
He took me out for a lovely dinner, and we went back to his place. We talked for a bit, played some video games, and had a pretty relaxing night. When it was time, we went to his room. He asked if I wanted to have some music, and I said it was fine.
He freaking starts playing ! I burst out laughing and screamed, “I’m not losing my virginity to Jack Black!”
The Inconveniencing: Did you have any odd childhood rituals or habits?
This isn’t a childhood thing, but I have to check my alarm five times before bed. I’ve been late for work too many times.
Dipper Vs. Manliness: Is there anything you would change about yourself?
When I get super passionate about something, it’s like I get blinders up when it comes to other feelings. I’ve been working on not doing that.
Double Dipper: What’s something you wish you had the courage to do?
Talk to guys or girls I like.
Irrational Treasure: What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done?
When fireworks were still banned in Georgia, some friends of mine and I drove to Alabama to buy some for the Fourth of July. We came back to Georgia, snuck behind an office building, and set them off while screaming Harry Potter spells.
The Time Traveler’s Pig: Are you a pet person? What kind?
CATS! LOTS OF CATS! I want a career and cats as an adult!
Fight Fighters: Are you afraid of anything?
Rational Fears: Flying in an airplane and falling from low heights. I had a bad head injury as a teenager. Since then, I don’t like falling or being picked up.
Irrational Fear: The robot revolution. Androids, artificial intelligence, and that stuff scares the shit out of me! I explained it !
Little Dipper: Do you get jealous easily?
It depends. I tend to get jealous when I have a skill, then someone comes in who’s better. It takes me awhile to adjust to that. I have to learn from them to improve myself.
I also have a really old car. I can’t travel anymore. I often see my friends get together in Atlanta or going to conventions, and I can’t join them.
Summerween: What’s your favorite holiday, and why?
Even though I work retail and it’s hard to celebrate, CHRISTMAS! I haven’t felt in the mood of Christmas the last few years, but I do love it. The lights, the cold, the music, the presents, seeing family, the FOOD, FOOD, and MORE FOOD. I love everything about it~!
Boss Mabel: How well do you handle leadership?
Depending on the project, pretty well I think. If I’m comfortable with what I am doing, then I think I’m fine (I hope!).
Bottomless Pit!: Just tell us a fun story!
One time, I was driving in my car. This was before my CD player broke. I had my windows down and was BLARING the ! I pulled up to a red light and didn’t notice the car beside me had their windows down too.
Suddenly, this big, burly guy in the next car just yells, “OH SHIT! THAT POKEMON!?”
We sang it together at the red light.
The Deep End: Is there anyone whose company always warms your heart?
My best friends~! Maegan and I always have fun stories to tell, and we’ve been through SO MUCH together. Billie gets me, and I don’t need to ever feel ashamed around her. Allison is my cupcake love, and we always laugh and laugh together. She’s been such a positive force in my recent life.
Carpet Diem: If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?
Someone rich so I can dump their money into my bank account and pay my student loans.
Boyz Crazy: What celebrity or band would you love to spend time with?
My Chemical Romance. I grew up with them. Every album came out in a pivotal moment in my life. Three Cheers came out when I was in high school. Welcome to the Black Parade was in college. Danger Days was when I was losing my house and doubting being an artist.
They helped me express myself and fight for what I believe in. Whenever I had anxiety or wanted to hurt myself, I would listen to their music to work through it. I might not be here today if not for their music.
Land Before Swine: Is there anyone you would risk life and limb for?
My family or friends. Any child in danger. My nieces and nephew.
Dreamscaperers: What’s the last thing you really thoroughly thought about?
I recently wrote . I wrote about how to deal with anxiety and depression when your favorite doesn’t write you back. I explained how they’re normal people who shouldn’t be put up on a pedestal.
Gideon Rises: Is there anything you thought you’d never accomplish, but you did?
I really had a lot of doubts throughout college, but I got through it.
Scary-Oke: Do you like to sing?
I love to sing! I’m just terrible at it! Life’s too short to not sing and dance.
Into the Bunker: Are you someone who lets out all their feelings, or hides them?
All of my feelings are always on my sleeve. I’m also a TERRIBLE liar and SUPER gullible.
The Golf War: Do you have anyone you consider a rival?
Not really, no. I have other writer friends that I often times get intimidated by. I have to remind myself that we have our own stories to tell in our own styles.
Sock Opera: What’s the most elaborate project you’ve ever done?
I stage managed RENT in college. It was my first time stage managing a musical. That was extra stressful, because I was dumb and saved my upper level Creative Writing minor classes for the end of my college run. I honestly look back at that semester and don’t remember much of it. If RENT wasn’t one of my favorite musicals, I would probably hate it now. It was poor, poor planing on my part. I stretched myself very thin that semester.
Soos and the Real Girl: What do you look for in a great partner or friend?
Someone who is great at communicating, respectful, silly, can make me laugh, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Lord knows I’m a nerd and don’t take myself seriously.
Little Gift Shop of Horrors: Name a super strange piece of media that you’ve seen or read.
Does terrible 90’s dubbed anime count? Because before Funimation was a thing, there’s some awful stuff out there.
Society of the Blind Eye: What is your fondest memory?
Christmas as a kid. There was that excitement of Santa coming. It was one of the few times a year we would make pancakes or waffles. Then we would go to my grandparents house. Sometimes we would go to Lake Lanier to see their Magical Nights of Lights which is miles upon miles of lights. We would have Christmas Eve candlelight services at church. It was so magical and gave me a love of the holiday.
Blendin’s Game: How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
My birthday almost always falls on Dragon Con, so that’s become a tradition.
The Love God: Are you the matchmaking type?
I like to ship characters in shows, but not normal real life people. I’ll root on friends if they’re dating.
Northwest Mansion Noir: Is there anyone who’s ever surprised you as a person?
I guess this sort of qualifies as a rival from a previous question. This is a negative surprise. There was a person I knew through the internet. I had a bit of a crush on this guy. I didn’t care they were transgendered, and he seemed so cool. I was really excited to meet him. When he came into town for a con, I was staying at a friend’s house. We set it up for the guy to stay with me at the friend’s place. WELL, HE ENDED UP BEING AN ASSHOLE!
He never gave me a time when he was coming into town. So, he called me up at 12:30 at night to drive around Atlanta to find him. I drove around for two hours until I found the exact Holidays Inn he was at. I found out that he didn’t want to pay for a hotel which was why he set up to stay with me in the first place.
He treated my friend like shit making awful comments about the house. He was also incredibly ungrateful to stay there for free. He never once thanked my friend.
He said he would give me gas money and never did.
He was storing stuff in my car. I told him specifically the three hour period I would be unavailable. There was a movie debuting at this convention two weeks before it’s release that I had been waiting years to see. He called me twenty minutes before the movie to get his stuff so he could move it into a hotel. When I said no I was in line, he called me a bitch and threatened me. I got out of line, helped him move his shit into his room, and when he didn’t thank me, I got pissed. He asked me why I was so mad. While this wasn’t the most sensitive thing to say, I barked back, “Because you are an ungrateful piece of shit, YOUNG LADY!” And I stormed out. Luckily, they did a repeat showing of the movie, and I got to see it the next day.
The following con, I was rooming with a friend. She booked two rooms, and he was in one. I told her I did not want to be in his room. He arrived at the con at 1AM, and BANGED on the door demanding to be let in. He woke up everyone in the room to get his room key. My friend told him she had specifically texted him the other room number for his key. He said he was too lazy to get out his phone since this was faster.
I’ve seen him treat multiple friends disrespectfully. He bullied them if they didn’t agree with his opinions.
I’ve never seen someone so disrespectful. I’m not saying this because he’s transgendered. I know so many AMAZING transgendered people. He was just a shitty person in general.
Not What He Seems: Have you ever had to make an incredibly tough decision?
Choosing to walk away from a higher paying job with more hours to take a lower paying one with less. The first job kept me from writing, which is my love and passion.
I do love my job now. Working in a comic book store is super fun. I just wish the pay was better.
A Tale of Two Stans: Tell us about a dream/goal of yours.
I want to write for television. I’ve been teaching myself how to write a pilot script.
Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons: What’s the nerdiest, geekiest, or dorkiest thing about you?
WIZARD WROCK! I went into !
I also have a Star Wars podcast called
where my friend and I discuss every episode of Clone Wars!
Also, lots of conventions over the years. Dragon Con, MomoCon, AWA, 221B Con, Wrockstock, and more!
The Stanchurian Candidate: Are you good at public speaking?
Yes, I’m very comfortable speaking in public.
The Last Mabelcorn: Have you ever been hurt by someone you trusted?
Roadside Attraction: Are you a hopeless romantic?
Yes and no. I have plenty of daydreams, but I don’t think they apply in real life.
Dipper and Mabel Vs. the Future: How do you feel about the future?
Poor, as in lack of money.
Weirdmageddon Part 1: Are you a determined person?
It depends on what I’m working on. I’m a terrible self starter, but once I get going, I GO FOR IT!
Escape From Reality: Describe your perfect dream world.
Three words: Celebrity Male Harem.
Take Back the Falls: Name something that will always have a special place in your heart.
! It is my Hogwarts. I’ve never been in a place where I felt so much love and acceptance in a fandom. There were people there who never read Harry Potter but loved music. It was a four day Wizard Wrock festival at a YMCA camp. It had a beautiful lodge on a lake. There would be main stage bands, but also smaller band that played throughout the day. Sometimes you would go down to the docks, and bands would be playing acoustically. From the time you woke up to the time you went to bed, it was music all the time. I’ve never will forget 500 people shouting at the top of their lungs, “THE WEAPON WE HAVE IS LOVE!”
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