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Friday, 8 July 2011

About Me




   My name is Kim, I'm 23, and I live in good old England. It rains a lot, to a point that children's drawings depict the sky as grey, not blue. Well, not really, but they might as well.
   I'm in a long-term relationship with my Dutch boyfriend, Seeg, who now lives with me and my parents. We still live with my parents because my mother suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and we are the only help my father has with looking after her while he's at work. It's not so bad, though, gives me lots of time to make things ^^
   I'm aspiring to be a published fantasy author - I've written a lot of short and rubbish novels, but after much practice, I think I'm finally onto something genuinely good - and I've sent my work out to a selection of relevant agencies. It's all I've wanted since I was 12, and I intend to get it.
   I have an Etsy shop.
   I blog because, frankly, I enjoy it. It gives me a reason to make things, mostly. I enjoy making tutorials for random crafty business, I enjoy baking (though I'm not very good at it), and I enjoy playing video games and have become a fitness freak to compensate for my sugar addiction.
   My favourite books are: The Lord of the Rings, The War of the Ancients, Treasure Island, The Redemption of Althalus
   My favourite films are: The Devil Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Half-Blood Prince, The Lord of the Rings, The Colour of Magic, Shaolin
   My favourite games are: World of Warcraft (because it's easy), the Elder Scrolls (because they are effing awesome), Fable II (and only that one), Mass Effect Trilogy, Assassin's Creed series, The Last of Us.

   I rarely leave the house. Caring for my mother leaves little time to go out, but my boyfriend and I are quite happy staying indoors. After all, we can't take the xbox wherever we go. Yes, we're those people. I rarely see my friends because they're busy, and as a result feel I have little need to go out.
   I love many odd things, including dinosaurs, geology (rocks are everso exciting!), space, the deepest, blackest parts of the ocean (though I am petrified of water, and whales - where there is a whale, there is deep water, and where there is deep water, I cannot keep my feet on the bottom and my head above the surface) and ancient Asia, most notably Feudal Japan.
   I am synaesthetic, and was pointed out as being so during my A Level English class. Until then I thought everyone associated numbers, letters, sound and touch with colour.
   I cannot swim or ride a bike, I am not religious and I am happy that way, though I am not prejudice as one of my best friends is a devoted Christian. I am afraid of heights. I hate climbing old stone steps in castles - I worry about falling, and the injuries there would be bad. I'm not afraid of spiders, but I don't like how quickly they move.
   Dragons are awesome.




   My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, a year after my parents got married, and though she was fine through my childhood - able to walk, drive, think straight and be a regular human being - when I turned 15 I noticed things get worse. She gradually had more and more difficulty walking; first she needed a walking stick, then a zimmer frame, and sometimes a wheelchair. She's now in a wheelchair permanently and will be for the rest of her life. She can't do anything for herself anymore and is a completely different person.
   My dad works full time as an engineering team leader, and while he is her main carer, I do my bit while he's not home. I admire the fact that he's stuck by her, because a lot of people would have run away rather than face the problem, and though he doesn't always cope, he does his best.
   My boyfriend, Seeg, moved from the Netherlands at the end of 2010 into my house and helps me look after my mum. Some might think it puts a strain on us, but to be honest, I don't really see it. It's not easy looking after my mum and from time to time we take our frustration out on eachother, but I'd never trade it for anything.
   My sister, Amy, is a young mother, and her son, Riley, is a little bugger. But he's a boy, so I think it's normal. Though Amy gets on my nerves from time to time, and I'm sure I do the same, I love her anyways, and she is always able to provide a story full of drama.



   Since caring for my mum is a full-time thing, I'm unable to get payed work. Fortunately I get carer's allowance so I'm able to keep myself busy with buying craft supplies, but it means that that and any sales I make in my Etsy shops, and any payed blog posts are the only income I get.
   However, it also gives me lots of time to do other things. As I'm not tied down to a job, I'm able to use my time to further my goals and chase my dreams - but I'll get to that below.
   For general pass-times, I love to watch Seeg play video games. I enjoy playing them myself, but I'm not great at gaming - if guns are involved, I avoid it because I just can't aim for toffee, but I'm doing okay-ish in Mass Effect - so there are a few games, like Assassin's Creed, that I'd likely struggle with. Fortunately, I'm able to see the story line from a spectater's point of view, so I get to enjoy the games too.
   The games I do play are limited, but I enjoy them. My favourites are the Elder Scrolls games - Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind etc - but I also play World of Warcraft, and I'm fond of Fable II. Otherwise, that's about it.
   Movies are great too, but I'm a fantasy nut, and not many of those movies come out a year. Though I'm desperately looking forward to The Hobbit!
   I have a liking for particular anime - yes, the mainstream ones. I saw Dragon Ball Z when it came to Cartoon Network in the early 2000's, and Seeg managed to convince me after much pestering to watch Bleach. I loved it. Then Naruto which I was particularly against - "why the hell does he have whiskers, is he, like, half animal or something?" - and now I freaking love it. I have a particular soft spot for Orochimaru. I don't know why, but it's the same sort of soft spot I have for Gollum.

   I love making things, too. I love to get creative. I've always made things, even since I was little, but when I turned my hand to photography when I was about 15, I never really did anything but. I've turned back to crafting now, and have many projects in mind.



   This is easy. I want to be a writer. I've been writing since I was 12, when I read the Lord of the Rings, and since then I've been fantasy obsessed. I tried writing general fiction but never really enjoyed it. I finally wrote something that I believe would be publishable (though it's a trilogy), and I've began sending it out to agencies looking for representation. As of yet, I've had no luck, but I've got lots of other ideas, so I'm going to keep trying. If this trilogy doesn't work out, I have plans for many other books. Whenever I have anything new to say about my agency hunt, it'll be posted on my blog ^^
   In an attempt to gather some interest in my writing, I've also began a blog-exclusive fantasy story called Kysharok. It's built up of weekly installments, usually posted on Fridays, though there tend to be silences sometimes while I'm preoccupied with other business.
   I also hope to go to the Arctic one day ♥



   Dinosaurs, dragons, fantasy, magic - things like that :D I love it. I love packaging, too - tissue papers, washi tapes, and envelopes/packages with real love gone into them. I love receiving gorgeous mail! I've also always been fond of stationery, but I have little use for it - that doesn't stop me buying it, though. Unique post-it notes are awesome, and gorgeous notebooks - and at least if someone ever gives me a notebook as a gift, they can rest assured it'll be put to very good and special use. No instant scribbling or tearing pages out. All my notebooks are assigned uses - it might take a while, but they always end up with individual purposes.
   Science is something I'm fond of as well, but I wouldn't say I was amazingly smart or all that good at it. I'm fascinated by time, space and history, particularly natural history. Give me a good nature documentary and I'll rewatch it again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. I think I've watched the Blue Planet (and I'm talking about the whole series) more than I've watched Ratatouille - and that's a lot.
   I love the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. The things we're finding down there are insane. My imagination is allowed to run wild down there!
   Animals, I love them, I can't stand to see them harmed or even spoken badly of. I've had many different types of animals, from small mammals to dogs, to insects and reptiles. Animals are just awesome, and I massively prefer them to humans. I don't mean to seem antisocial but with a dog, I know where I stand, and I know that I'm loved.
   Fitness has also become a recent obsession of mine - once upon a time this was dominantly a craft and Etsy blog, but it's since become quite fitness-based, purely because I use it to record my progress and review my workouts, which I try to keep varied and trying new things. My favourite so far has been Shifu Yan Lei's Shaolin Warrior Workout.



I'll keep this simple:

Animals: Snow Leopards, Rats, Dogs, Dinosaurs (they still count!), Seals, Otters - most, really
Dinosaurs: Spinosaurus, Utah Raptor, Ceratosaurus, Archaeopteryx
Colours: turquoise, grey, brown, green, mint & pink, yellow
Foods: chocolate (obviously), marshmallows, lasagne, seafood, Tesco's southern fried chicken
Games (played/viewed): Assassin's Creed series, Mass Effect Trilogy, The Elder Scrolls, World of Warcraft, Monkey Island
Movies/TV Shows: Bleach, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Alien/Predator series, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Superheros: Iron Man
Villains: Vaisey the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sauron, Aizen, Orochimaru