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PostSubject: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 29th 2008, 4:13 pm

SCRIBBLES HOTSPOT


The Scribbles Hotspot is where all caution is thrown to the wind and every member of Scribbles will have a turn in the Hotspot, probably more than one.

Here is how it works; a random member will be selected, and that person will be subjected to questions from other members, 10 questions before proceeding to the next person. These 10 questions can be about anything. Writing, life, personal views.

You can answer if you want, but if you don't want to, please state why you don't want to, or tell us you don't like that question. Remember this is the hotspot and although you have the option to opt out of certain questions, we also want that you are honest.

This is a way to get to know our members on a deeper level, a way of becoming a family.



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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 29th 2008, 4:16 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 29th 2008, 4:38 pm

Wow sounds really cool
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 2:47 am

So who wants to be our first victim?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:41 am

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So who wants to be our first victim?

I thought you said you were going to be choosing people at random... you wimp! :P
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:57 am

I have the same opinion :P
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 11:43 am

Laughing I did didn't I? Hmmm...

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 12:44 pm

Come on ^^
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:16 pm

Yeah come on Babe...Bring it on.geek

You have to pick the first person. And after that person it's her/his job to pick another one...

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:36 pm

Our first victim is...


HYDRAMSTAR Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:38 pm

And I'd like to ask the question...

1. Can you explain to us the meaning of your online name, and why did you choose it?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 3:47 pm

Oh the first victim has been picked. Twisted Evil

Muahahahahahahah...


2. What was the worst thing you ever did in your life?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:02 pm

3. Who is the most important person in your life?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:33 pm

4. When did you met your first big love ?
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:35 pm

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1. Can you explain to us the meaning of your online name, and why did you choose it?

Well, firstly, it's not just my online name. It's the name I go by in real life as well. It's sort of a long story how that came about.

My mother, well-meaning as she was, named me after Jesus. It didn't take long for me to want no part of that. On top of this she'd chosen a name that no less then ten girls I went to school with had also been given. Teachers and other adults were always having to call me by my first and last name or even middle name, which had also been chosen for its religious meaning. It was so bad that whenever I had to go to the doctor's office as a child I had to give my mother's maiden name along with my own because there was another girl my age who used the same doctor who had the same name, first, last, and middle. This was annoying, confusing, and just all around a pain and has followed me into nearly every situation where I've been required or encouraged to use my 'real' name.

Meanwhile, I've always been prone to doing really odd or dramatic things to my hair and had an interest in dragons and mythology. So, the hydra of Greek mythology seemed to sum up my essence fairly well. I started writing poetry under the name Hydra in high school. Some of my friends started calling me by it and introducing me to other friends by it and as they say, the rest is history.

But since most people can't get by with one name I decided to tack on a surname.

Star came to me in the form of the song "Anti-Christ Superstar" by Marilyn Manson; "I am the hydra / now you'll see your star." Plus, the star, as an occult symbol, has a lot of meaning for me.

The M is a little bit of a mixed bag. Part of it is because it is the first letter of another name I use to work under. Part of it is to honor another, demonized, figure from Roman mythology; the morning star. (I'll let those who don't know look that one up for themselves). But mostly it's just me being weird. I like names with letters... I'm such a geek. Embarassed


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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:45 pm

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2. What was the worst thing you ever did in your life?


Not being there for my ex-girlfriend (who's still a really good friend) when she had her baby, because I was angry with her for not being in a place where she could love me the same way I loved her. She had no other friends or family who could or would be there and she called me from the hospital while in labor to ask me to come, but I refused to go. It's been almost ten years and she's long since forgiven me, but I still feel bad about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:46 pm

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3. Who is the most important person in your life?

That's an easy one, my daughter.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 4:50 pm

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4. When did you met your first big love ?

When I was two years old. He was the boy next door. But that wasn't when the love started. We didn't start up with that until we were in middle school (6th grade) and dated until my 10th grade year, then got back together my 11th grade year.

It was dramatic and painful and wonderful. Everything young love should be.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 6:08 pm

I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question, but I'd like to know why.

5. If you could be an animal, what would you like to be and why?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 6:29 pm

6. Is there an achievement of which you are particularly proud? What is it? Why is it significant?

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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 7:27 pm

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5. If you could be an animal, what would you like to be and why?

A dragon, which is what I imagine you were thinking.

The why is fairly simple, power. Both physical and mystical.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 30th 2008, 7:42 pm

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6. Is there an achievement of which you are particularly proud? What is it? Why is it significant?

I'm not quite finished with it yet, but I'm proud that I've continued forward with my Infernal Empire series.

There have been A LOT of people who have tried to stop me; both subtly and not so subtly. I've been told everything from I'm being too ambitious to I just flat out shouldn't be writing such books.

I've had to deal with 'friends' who don't understand all that goes into producing a finished novel scoff at me for 'taking so long'. It took me four years to get the first book ready for an editor; while raising a child, writing the rough drafts for the second and third book, and outlining the fourth and fifth. Yeah, those people have a firm grip on reality. Rolling Eyes

I even had one computer crash and had to retype about 400 pages.

But I haven't let any of it stop me. I've just kept going, but that's what it takes.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 31st 2008, 4:14 am

What is your biggest dream ?
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 31st 2008, 9:35 am

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What is your biggest dream ?

To be on the New York Times bestsellers list, but that's sort of boring. So, I'll say to have my own reality television show. Trust me my life is interesting enough to fill an hour a week and then some.
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PostSubject: Re: Scribbles Hotspot!   July 31st 2008, 11:43 am

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I'm not quite finished with it yet, but I'm proud that I've continued forward with my Infernal Empire series.

There have been A LOT of people who have tried to stop me; both subtly and not so subtly. I've been told everything from I'm being too ambitious to I just flat out shouldn't be writing such books.

I've had to deal with 'friends' who don't understand all that goes into producing a finished novel scoff at me for 'taking so long'. It took me four years to get the first book ready for an editor; while raising a child, writing the rough drafts for the second and third book, and outlining the fourth and fifth. Yeah, those people have a firm grip on reality. Rolling Eyes

I even had one computer crash and had to retype about 400 pages.

But I haven't let any of it stop me. I've just kept going, but that's what it takes.
I completely understand what you are saying. The biggest complaint that I hear is, "But you aren't making money from it." They however turn a deaf ear when I speak of how poor the quality of those texts that THEY spend money to get. I might not be gaining money, but my stories provide me with pleasure and I am not LOSING money.

Keep to your dreams. Be your BIGGEST fan. Don't ever lose faith in yourself. I tell everyone that I write with the knowledge that my favorite writer is working on his next novel. You should also not be scared of speaking positively about yourself. You might not get wealthy achieving your goal, but there is a substantial reward. Simply being able to speak with the knowledge that you accomplished something is more than many people.

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