Since you came here, you're obviously looking for some info on me, so I'll give you some to satisfy your curiosity. Some of these "questions" come from those e-mail surveys we all get. Others I nicked from my friends' Live Journals. ~_^ If they minded, I'm sure they'd tell me.

Laurel's current mood: Laurel currently feels...

THE BASICS...
  • Name: Laurel
  • No Really, That's Your Real Name? Yup. I don't get this question as much now, since 'Laurel' has become a slightly more popular name than when I was a child.
  • Are You Named After That Laurel Guy From Laurel and Hardy? Nope. It's a flowering tree. And his name was Stan Laurel, so the, "Isn't that a man's name?" comment is stupid.
  • Heh Heh, Where's Hardy? Funny. Haven't heard that one since first grade. >;)
  • Would You Name Your Child After Yourself?: Probably not. Not sure why, but it would feel conceited to me. Although when other people do it, I don't think it's conceited, really. I guess I'm just too used to my own name.
  • If You Had Been Born Male, What Would Your Name Have Been?: Samuel. Sammy! XD
  • Are There Any Mispronunciations/Misspellings People Do With Your Name Constantly?: Oh HELL YES. I've been called Laura, Laurie, and Lauren over and over my whole life. THAT'S NOT MY DAMN NAME. Even when people have the name right in front of their faces, they still go, "Lauren." IT'S AN L! NOT AN N! As for misspellings, it's been spelled every which way you can think of. Laural, Luarel, Loral, Laral, Laurell, and even LOREAL! I'm a cosmetics company now. I have never really understood why the name freaks people out so much; just slow down, take a deep breath, and READ it. ;D
  • Sign: Pisces
  • Sex: Female
  • Occupation: I would like to write fiction for a living in practically every form (books, tv shows, movies), but I haven't really tried to get much of anything published yet, and I don't really know how to get into the other fields. I have a degree in Administrative Assistant... ing. If I could have a "fantasy" job, space pirating looks really fun in all those anime shows I watch! ;D
  • Heritage: Of what I know, English, Scandinavian, and Cherokee Indian.
  • Social Security Number: Sike.
  • Born and Bred: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Shoe Size: 7 wide (thanks for the wide feet Dad)
  • Where Have I Seen You Before...?: You may have encountered me somewhere on the 'net before. Everyone (eventually) knows me by my real name, Laurel, and I'm usually the only Laurel everywhere I go (message boards, forums, chat rooms, and also in real life). However, some who don't know me quite so well may have seen me under various screen names and/or nicknames.
  • Spiritual Leanings: Largely neo-pagan, with some Laurelisms thrown in (spirituality is and always should be a personal thing). I also find Native American spirituality to be quite beautiful (I'm a Dog person). There really isn't one central religion at this time that has everything I believe at its center. I believe in God, but I don't go to any particular church.
  • Personality Type: Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging (INFJ)
  • Which Means: I like to work by myself or with a small group, I go with my gut feelings, I think with my heart more than my head, and I like some organization and scheduling in my daily routine.
  • Pets: I usually keep guinea pigs, but I currently have no pets. :(
OTHER TIDBITS ABOUT ME...
  • Fears: Total darkness, really big insects, ghosts, rapists, ventriloquist dummies, riding in an airplane, big dogs that like to jump all over you, driving, rollercoasters, and falling
  • If We Wanted to Play a Joke on You, What Would We Need to Know?: Haunted houses and graveyards (at night) scare the crap out of me. I'm also extremely jumpy, and startle very easily, for some reason. Please don't startle me on purpose. I'll hurt you.
  • What Kind of Shampoo Do You Use?: The soapy kind. Called Suave.
  • What Do You Eat for Breakfast?: Usually nothing, but if anything, cereal, eggs, donuts, honey buns, or pancakes.
  • What's In Your CD Player?: Popcorn. Seriously, CD's. Oh, which ones? Mix CD's I made myself.
  • Do You Like Your Handwriting?: Sometimes. I'm always obsessing over it when I'm bored, though, and "fixing" things about it that I don't like.
  • Do You Think That You Are Strong?: Emotionally, yes.
  • Do You Color Your Hair?: Not really anymore.
  • If You Could Be Anywhere, Where Would You Be?: Las Vegas or Hawaii.
  • What Would You Be Doing?: Gambling, or lounging on the beach listening to music.
  • How Many Languages Do You Know?: Only one. You're reading it right now. I wish I could learn to speak Japanese fluently. I may take some classes someday, who knows. Does Pakuni count? If so, two. ;-D
  • Piercings You Want: Navel rings are pretty, but I'm too fat for that right now. I think it'd be cool to have something down below pierced, although I'd be afraid it would catch on a piece of clothing and RIIIIP! >_< So, I dunno... I'm not going for the Delores, though, because I hear that piercing dulls the sensation over time, and I DON'T want THAT... :D
  • Tattoos You Have: None
  • Tattoos You Want: Ooh, I want a tat on my upper back, on the shoulder blade, that looks like my skin has been ripped away to reveal leopard skin underneath. That'd be cool! And a small unicorn on my inner thigh. And some kind of pretty ring around my ankle. But tats hurt! I don't know if I'll ever get any of these because of that.
  • Are You Still in School?: Yes, I'm over 30, and I'm still in fourth grade. Just kidding, nope.
  • Did You Drop Out?: Hell no. My grades were too decent.
  • A Song That Reminds You of Yourself?: "Desperado" --The Eagles, "Just Older" --Bon Jovi
  • What Would You Title the Movie or Soundtrack to Your Life So Far?: "89" or "Routine Expedition"
  • What Confuses You Most About Life?: Adult people and why they react to things the way they do. Children make more sense.
  • What Scars Do You Have?: Mainly just surgery scars. Others are so old they have pretty much faded by now. Though you can still see the faintest outline of where I got stitches when my sister accidentally put a shovel through my foot when we were children. :O
  • I Feel Lonely When: When I allow myself to think too deeply about certain situations.
  • What Makes You Cry?: Stubbing my toe. Just kidding. See above answer! Oh, and I bawled when I burned my pinky really bad on a pizza. I was trying to cut it and I couldn't get through the crust on this one piece, so I bore down really hard on it with the pizza cutter. Next thing I knew, the piece jumped up and landed on my pinky, and suddenly there was this HORRIBLE pain. The sauce burned through about two layers of skin! It hurt like hell.
  • What Really Makes You Mad?: All sorts of things, but mostly people being hypocritical. And when someone gets in a bad mood because of something that happened to them that doesn't even involve me, but then they take it out on me just because I'm there. When someone tells me something isn't a problem at all, then trashes me behind my back to someone else because they really can't deal with whatever they said wasn't a problem. I get even madder when they say something isn't a problem even though they knew from the start that it was, then bring it up six months later and then admit it was a problem. There should be a statute of limitations on crap like that. Ooh, and I hate it when someone tells me they can handle doing something for me, no problem, even though they know there's no way they can do it, and the only way I find out the truth is when the thing doesn't get done on time. I'd rather just get honesty right off in all these situations.
  • Do You Get Motion Sickness?: Not really. The only thing that ever gave me motion sickness was certain scenes of The Blair Witch Project. (Heather running with the video camera.) I felt better once I just closed my eyes.
  • Do You Like Thunderstorms?: Love 'em. Unless the power goes out, or a tornado comes and sucks up my house. Otherwise, they're very exciting. If I had the faintest idea how to get into it, I'd love to storm chase as a hobby.
  • Type a Line You Remember From Any Book: Water water everywhere, now let's all have a drink. No, that was from "The Simpsons"...
  • A Song You Want Played at Your Wedding: "Through the Years" by Kenny Rogers. If a guy makes me feel like the lyrics to that song, then I'm marrying him! Which is convenient since the song is playing at my wedding.
FAVORITES...
  • Favorite Colors: Purple, blue, magenta, black, pink
  • Favorite All-Time Musical Artists: Def Leppard, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Tori Amos, Soul Asylum, Anthrax (with Joey Belladonna), Joe Walsh, Charlotte Church, Hole, Victim's Family, Babes in Toyland, The Police, Prince, Garth Brooks, Ferrante and Teicher, anime music, Motley Crue (with Vince Neil), Billy Squier, Faith No More, Led Zeppelin, Guns n' Roses, Black n' Blue, Metallica, Megadeth, AMQA, Beck, Tool, Dead Milkmen, some locals, LL Cool J, REM, Patsy Kline, Judy Garland, Circle Jerks, SOD, Dio, The Accused, Ozzy, Iron Maiden (with Bruce Dickinson), Blondie, Ratt, Paula Abdul, Madonna, Alanis Morrissette, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Milsap, more. My tastes are extremely varied, yeah. I just love music; couldn't live without it.
  • Favorite Actresses: Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone, Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Michelle Tratchenberg, Lucy Lawless, Rene O'Conner, Hudson Leick, probably others
  • Favorite Actors: Skeet Ulrich, Jensen Ackles (local boy makes good!), Misha Collins, Jimmy Stewart, Corin Nemec, Carl Crew, Will Smith, Keifer Sutherland, Angus Macfadyen, Wesley Eure, Cameron Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Brad Pitt (just his looks; he really hasn't done that many movies I liked, heh), probably others
  • Favorite Comedians: The Kids in the Hall, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Richard Jenni, CarrotTop, Ryan Stiles
  • Favorite Movies: It's a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Poltergeist I and III, A Christmas Story, The Omen, Scream (2 and 3 were okay, but the first one RULED), Independence Day, Ringu, Ring 2, Ring 0, The Ring, The Ring Two, Copycat, The Toolbox Murders (1978), Single White Female, Jurassic Park I-III, Blood Diner, Confessions of a Serial Killer, The Exorcist, Natural Born Killers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre I-II, Jaws I-III, Toy Soldiers, The Sixth Sense, A Nightmare on Elm Street I and III, The Secret Life, A Clockwork Orange, Misery, Beverly Hills Cop, The Pamela Principle, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, I Know My First Name is Steven, Wayne's World, Friday the 13th, Heathers, Kiss Meets the Phantom in the Park, River's Edge, Hairspray, X-Men, The Goonies, Gremlins, Superman I-III, The Time Machine, Don't Say a Word, Twister, The Others, Chill Factor, Paranormal Activity, The Uninvited, Silent Hill, Asian horror in general, practically any Godzilla movie, lots of Disney movies, tons of anime movies, most any Jackie Chan movie, lots more
  • Favorite Things to Collect: Stuff on all of the above, dolls, unicorns, Stephen King books, true crime books and articles (most read-about serial killer: Jeffrey Dahmer), Happy Meal toys, armadillos, Texas stuff, shot glasses from all over the world, miniature flags from all over the world, figurines, music boxes, cool and pretty fabrics and patterned papers, stuffed animals, Yuletide (Christmas) decorations, interesting candles, geodes, raccoons and foxes (stuff, not the real thing), clocks, books about ghosts and parapsychology, origami, pretty Mardi Gras beads, butterflies (stuff, not the real thing), windchimes, pretty needlepoint and cross-stitch kits, cute Furbies, crafts books, and any combination of the above (like a Jeffrey Dahmer music box ~_^)
  • Favorite Anime: Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets/G-Force, Urotsuki Doji: The Legend of the Overfiend, Guy, Ranma 1/2, Sol Bianca, Crying Freeman, Speed Racer, Vampire Princess Miyu, Sabre Marionette J, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kite, Dragon Ball (just the original series; I DESPISE Dragon Ball Z), Card Captor Sakura, Rurouni Kenshin, BASTARD!, and a whooooole lotta hentai
  • Favorite TV Shows, Past and Present: Land of the Lost, Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High/Degrassi: The Next Generation, Miracles, Supernatural, Medium, Far Out Space Nuts, The Bugaloos, practically anything put out by Sid and Marty Krofft, Gilligan's Island, I Love Lucy, Laverne and Shirley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Simpsons, Read All About It, The Banana Splits, Schoolhouse Rock, The Twilight Zone, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Xena: Warrior Princess, Friday the 13th: The Series, Fear, Doctor Doctor, Trapper John MD, Little House on the Prairie, 24, The Kids in the Hall, Whose Line is it Anyway?, My So-Called Life, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Scare Tactics, Ren and Stimpy (the Classic version; the new R&S is freakin' stupid), Stripperella, Kirby: Right Back at Ya, Spongebob Squarepants, Action League NOW!, American Idol, FlashForward, those Masked Magician specials, others I'm forgetting
  • Favorite Artists: Rene' Magritte is my hands down all-time favorite, Monet, Fragonard, Van Gogh, Munch, Georgia O'Keefe, the Dada period, Donatello, Michelangelo, Andrew Wyeth, Bernini, Remedios Varo, Dorothea Tanning, Jenny Holzer, Kandinsky, Calder, Pollock, Oldenburg, M.C. Escher, Schimmel, Chihuly, probably others
  • Favorite Food: Cajun, pizza, Chinese, chicken, tuna/hamburger/chicken helpers, TEX-MEX, fruit-flavored soda pop, celery and Dean's French Onion Dip, roast with veggies, potatoes
  • Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake, chocolate pie, ice cream, candy, candy bars, na-na-na-nana puddin', cake in general
  • Favorite Places to Visit: South Padre Island, Texas; Disneyland/Disneyworld; Las Vegas, Hollywood, and anyplace that has a great friend in it
  • Favorite Places to Dream of Visiting: Japan, The Winchester Mystery House in California, anyplace that has art museums, Hawaii, Australia, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park
  • Dream Car: One that is robot driven so I can just ride in the car and don't have to drive it.
  • Favorite Numbers: 8 (place it on its side and it's a symbol meaning infinityyyyy...), 12
  • Favorite Animals: Raccoon, guinea pig, doggie, fox, unicorn, anything cute and cuddly
  • Favorite Games: Many board games (most fun ones to play with a group: Taboo, Omega Virus, Scruples, and Pictionary), my computer Mahjongg games, Tenshindo, and many games for Nintendo and Super Nintendo (my favorites are the Kirby games)
  • Favorite Lunch Meat: That really cheap Buddig meat, with types like chicken, ham, and corned beef. It's shaved so thin, I just like to pile it on the bread and munch away.
  • Favorite Childhood Toy: My dolls and my Barbie house.
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake, Nutty Caramel with Baby Ruth pieces in it, Neopolitan, sherbert, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Favorite Grade: Junior and Senior year in high school. I had many friends, I was on the newspaper staff, and things in general were pretty cool. Two of the best years of my life. Which is sort of ironic when I think of other things that were going on during that time...
  • Favorite Shoes: The most comfy shoes I ever had were white sandals. My blue jellies were pretty damn comfy too. Other than that, a good pair of sneakers.
  • Favorite Saying: Most people are unhappy because they want to be unhappy. You may quote me! ~_^
  • Favorite Vegetable: Green beans!!!
  • Favorite Fruit: Strawberry or peach
  • Favorite Candy: Gummi Bears, chocolate and peanut butter, Blow Pops, Rolos, Creme Savers, Jolly Ranchers, Pocky, Kit-Kat
  • Favorite Gum: Bubble Yum
  • Favorite Cake: Red Velvet
  • Favorite Scent: Pot roast, freshly baked cake, some men's colognes or aftershave, Poison perfume
  • Favorite Season: Spring and Fall
  • Favorite Holiday: Yule/Christmas
  • Favorite Store: WAAAAAAL-MAAAAAART! And Sam's! So many things, and all sold in buuuulk... ::drools::
  • Favorite Fast Food: Long John Silvers, Arby's, Wendy's, Chick Fil'A, and McDonalds
  • Favorite Restaurant: Razzoos, any Tex-Mex place
  • Favorite Time of the Day: Night :D
  • Favorite Boys' Names: Steven, Skyler, Reed, Jason, probably more
  • Favorite Girls' Names: Clarissa, Adrianna, Penny, Holly, Penelope, Rain, Savannah, Charlotte, probably more
  • Favorite Swear Word: Goddamnit
  • Favorite Stuffed Animal: Either Muffy, the bear with the music box in his back I've had since I was 2; Joe, the stuffed fox; or Ricky Raccoon, the raccoon (surprise!) that I take with me on every vacation now (it just developed into a habit for some reason, like a good luck charm)
  • Favorite Author Who is Still Alive: Stephen King
  • Favorite Dog Breed: Basset Hound
  • Favorite Sound: Glass breaking!!! It sounds so cool. Oh, and music, of course.
  • Favorite Perfume: Poison, and its knock-off, Turmoil, which I believe is off the market now :(. I have received many, many compliments on my perfume when I wore Poison. I even once had a guy compliment me in front of his girlfriend, and then turn to her and say, "You should wear that." She gave me the diiiirtiest look... not the smartest boyfriend I ever met. ~_^ Hey, not my fault! It's the perfume! (See, guys, the way to do this is to ask the woman what perfume she wears while your girlfriend/wife isn't around. Then buy that perfume for her as a gift!)
STRANGE FACTS...
  • A Famous Person You Were in Love With as a Child: Luke Skywalker, and by proxy, Mark Hammill. And Ray from Menudo. I thought his name was Ray Menudo.
  • If You Could Be Someone Else for a Day, Who Would It Be?: Someone really rich. I'd take a suitcase and fill it with money, then take it back with me when I became me again.
  • Who Would You Hate Being Locked in a Room With?: Many people I've met online. (Please don't assume I'm talking about you.) If they can irritate and horrify me that much when I haven't even met them, think what effect they'd have on me in person.
  • Do You Untie Your Shoes Before You Take Them Off?: No. It's easier just to slip them on and off.
  • Whut R U Waring?: Snert.
  • What I Ought to Be Doing: Sleeping
  • Can You Do Anything Freaky With Your Body?: I can roll my tongue...
  • Bad Habits: I pick at the dead skin around my nails, especially right at the corner of my left thumbnail. Many times over the years I have picked it and peeled it off so much it bled and I had to keep band-aids on it to keep me from making it worse. I've picked at it all the way down the side of my thumb, too. It's just a bad habit that entertains me when I'm bored or nervous. I usually stop when it starts to hurt. (Hey, it's *dead* skin.) As for other "bad" habits, that's too personal. >;-D
  • When Did You Stop Believing in Santa?: There's no SANTA?! Seriously, around the age of 7? Somewhere in there. We were trying to sleep, and my parents were making a lot of noise putting out the presents from Santa, so my sibs and I snuck to the top of the stairs and peeked downstairs. We caught our parents in the act of putting out presents. They were very sloppy regarding Santa that year, even though they tried to deny everything. Such as, the note Santa wrote thanking us for the cookies was very obviously written in my mother's handwriting (she didn't even attempt to disguise it), and the plate with the cookies had part of an ice cream sandwich left on it (these really teeny, fancy ones), the kind that we had in our freezer! Somehow we doubted Santa Claus would raid our fridge, so we figured it out. XD
  • Does Love Really Make the World Go 'Round?: No. Gravity. Stuff like that. The world would keep turning even if we weren't here.
  • How Do You Want to Die?: Quick and painless. It'd be kinda cool to be part of a great scandal; hey, what the heck, might as well get some attention since I have to die. ~_^ I also think it would be cool to wander Texas as a ghost legend, though I'm not sure my ghost will agree with me. I'll just have to wait and see.
  • Do Angels or Demons Exist?: I think it's very possible. I don't believe that they are really seen as often as many people claim, though. Lots of those stories simply don't check out, or are obviously made up to cover for bad behavior, or were made up to booster faith in certain religions. Lots of reasons. But if they do exist, I don't believe that there are just Heavenly angels out there. Hell has angels too.
  • Do You Ever Feel You Are Insane?: LOL! What a question. Yes. It would explain a lot of things.
  • If You Could Be the Opposite Sex For One Day, Would You Do It?: No. I already feel like I halfway think like a man, so what would be the point? I know that may sound like a strange thing to say; I'm not a man trapped in a woman's body or anything like that. It's just that I often agree with men on certain issues that other women jump all over them about.
  • The Perfect Pizza: Cici's made this Philly Cheesesteak pizza for a while that was just... EYUUUUUMMMMM. I don't know why they stopped making it! Otherwise, I like just about anything on a pizza except for anchovies, olives, canadian bacon, and green peppers.
  • Your Most Overused Phrase in Instant Message: "Okay ^_^" I overuse that smiley *period,* but it's just so perfect for expressing my mood most of the time.
  • Your First Thoughts Upon Waking Up: Usually, "Ehhhhhhuhhhhh," or something unintelligible like that. Then it's, "I have to pee." Or I wonder something related to the dream I was having, like, "Did that really happen?" Or I wonder who called my name. (I have those auditory hallucinations a lot, where you think you hear a sound just as you're waking up, but it wasn't real.)
  • What's Under Your Bed?: Board games, boxes of stuff, and some other junk I can't find any other place for. Oh, and a monster.
  • If You Were Forced to Run Through the Streets Naked, But Were Handed a Small Towel, What Part of Your Body Would You Cover?: My face!! LOL! Then no one would know who I was.
  • If You Found Out You Had Ten Minutes to Live, What Would You Do?: It would depend on how I was going to die. Like, if someone told me they were going to kill me, I'd try to reason with them and beg them not to kill me. If something dangerous was coming at me, I'd probably scream and run (although that'd get old after about 30 seconds). If nuclear war was upon us, I'd listen to some music and probably try to call my friends and tell them I love them. Then call other people and tell them off, hehheh. If there was any time left after that, I'd get laid.
  • Would You Hit a Member of the Opposite Sex?: If he hit me first.
  • What "Social Group" Do You Fit Into Best?: I'd have to say "loner." I've never been able to fully fit in anywhere.
  • Who is the Fictional Character You Are Most Like?: Probably a composite of several of the characters on the original "Degrassi" tv show. It really reminds me of my teenager-hood often. Anne from "Anne of Green Gables" reminds me of myself in a lot of ways too.
  • What are Your Undiscovered Levels of Hell?: 1). Working in retail or customer service. Especially on Black Friday. 2). Being tied down and forced to watch reruns of "Yogi's Ark." Followed by "The Snorks." Then "The Smurfs." And finally "Small Wonder." 3). Trigonometry. It all made sense while I was doing the homework, but once I got to the tests... even when I had the formulas right in front of my face... my brain would just freak out. It's the devil's math! My teacher gave me a D in that class out of sheer pity. 4). Grocery shopping anytime during the five days before Thanksgiving. 5). Job hunting.
  • There are Three Wells: Love, Beauty, and Creativity. Which Would You Drink From? Beauty. Beautiful people are usually pretty well loved, and I've got enough creativity to hold me. So I get all three! Muahahahaha!
  • Do People Ever Perceive You Wrong?: At times, yeah. People are always drawing incorrect assumptions about me based on what I write about. Which is kinda stupid. For one thing, people have told me that they thought I wrote all my stories from personal experience. So, by that logic, Stephen King has murdered people and done battle with monsters? Yes, writers write what they know, but that does not mean they have done everything they write. Some of us are just good at imagining things after doing research, and fake that we know what it's really like. People also draw incorrect assumptions about me because they think I look sweet and innocent. Yeah, I can be nice, and I can be naive, but there's a side to me they never expect. >:) As Happy Bunny once said, "No one ever suspects me."
  • What's On Your Mousepad?: It's a Star Wars photo frame mousepad which has the sillouettes of many of the Star Wars characters' heads like they're sitting in the dark watching a movie (there's a space for the "screen," where the photo is supposed to go). It reminded me of MST3K.
  • Do You Look Like Any Celebrities?: I don't think so, but a couple of people have told me I resemble Renee' O'Conner (Gabrielle from "Xena"). Yeah, I'm Renee' if she really let herself go... XD I think we have similar smiles at times; maybe that's it.
  • When Did You Last Have a Hickey, and Where?: Good lord who thinks up these questions? XD Uh, I gave myself one on my arm years ago because I was trying to learn how to do it. XD
  • When was Your First Period?: I'm answering this question because my answer is really funny. I thought, from what I had been told, that I would start my period on exactly my 12th birthday, and my sister and I worked out this plan for her to slip me a maxi-pad at my birthday party. XD Then I got my period when I was 11. XD
EXTREMES...
  • Weirdest/Funniest Dream I Ever Had: I was kidnapped by Jeffrey Dahmer, but it was fun because he took me to Disneyland. Once he returned me home, he sent this tape to apologize for kidnapping me because the police made him. At the end of the tape he adopted this tv announcer voice and said, "And don't forget to watch my new show, Tuesdays after 'Roseanne'!"
  • Most Embarrassing Moment: The only one that comes to mind right now is I was talking to a friend on the phone, and somehow we got cut off. The phone rang right after, so naturally I assumed it was her calling back. I answered the phone, "What the >swear word< do you want?!" as a joke. It wasn't her.
  • Best Sequel: Terminator 2. It was better than the original! Also, I'd say The Eye 2 because it was so cool and spooky, much more than the first one.
  • I Feel Happiest When: Lots of things make me feel happy, but I'd have to say the thing that consistently makes me happy is shopping. I always feel good when I have some money and get to buy a few things. It just feels so good, and then when you get home you get to unwrap it all... and it's all MINE! Writing, in addition, makes me feel euphoric when it's going well. When I'm doing something creative in general.
  • Describe the Best Feeling You Ever Had: That's an awfully personal question. _ Hehheh. Besides that, the best feeling I've ever had... it'd be impossible to decide which one was the best. Just anything that made me feel special and like I could take care of myself. It's a very helpless feeling, to feel like you'll never be able to break free and be independent. It's nice to be able to make your own money and decide how it gets spent. School being called off on account of snow/ice was always a wonderful feeling of freedom. There's no school tomorrow!! ^______^
HAVE YOU EVER...
  • Bungee Jumped?: No way.
  • Broken the Law?: Oh yeah. I've shoplifted, jaywalked, ripped those tags off pillows, and drank while I was underage, among a couple other things of that nature. I'm a menace to society. ~_^
  • Made Yourself Throw Up?: Good lord no.
  • Gone Skinny Dipping?: In my bathtub...
  • Been in Love?: Certainly.
  • Made Yourself Cry to Get Out of Trouble?: I used to do it all the time when I was a kid, to make my older sister feel guilty for hitting me or yelling at me. >:)
  • Done Drugs?: No. I drink on occasion, but I'm pretty anti-drug use. If a friend of mine did light drugs on occasion, I could probably deal with that, but I can't deal with the hard stuff. I've seen too many people completely throw their lives away on the hard stuff.
  • Moshed?: No. I like my nose the size it is, and on my face. It looks like it could be fun, but I'd probably get knocked down and trampled.
  • Been in a Fist Fight?: I'd have to say no. I would have called it a Bitch Slap Fight, because that's all we were doing, is smacking each other, until she walked away. My sister and I have been in a few Smack and Shove Fights and one Remote Control Fight, where I pounded on her hand with the remote because she wouldn't let me change the channel. >:D We laughed our asses off about that one sometime later.
  • Caught Yourself Staring at the Chest/Crotch/Butt of a Member of Your Gender of Choice During a Normal Conversation?: Yes. I just hope THEY didn't catch me...
  • Watched an Infomercial All the Way Through?: Many times. Especially the ones where they prepare food, lol. I'm always like, "Gimme some!" I also like that Red Devil infomercial because it's so riffable. Like women want to go camping so they can cook 7-course meals!
  • Been Out of the Country?: To Mexico.
  • Run Away from Home?: Almost, when I was 13. Came pretty close. But I changed my mind.
  • Played Strip Poker?: Snrk, yes. With friends when I was kinda young. We were imitating the scene from "Three's Company" where they played strip poker. We even put on lots of extra clothes to make it funny. All of us got bored with the game before any significant clothes came off, lol! Never had the opportunity to play since.
  • Slept Outdoors?: Kind of, in a camper.
  • Killed Someone?: ROFL! Who makes up these questions?! No, of course not. Would someone even admit that in an e-mail survey? Yes, I'm a serial killer. Here follows my complete confession... please get me arrested.
  • Carried on a Normal Conversation with a Famous Person?: Pretty much, although I can't remember any that were really long conversations. Depends on what you consider 'famous.' Well, I've spoken to actor Carl Crew on the phone a bunch of times, for extended periods, and he was in actual movies...
  • Made a Snow Angel?: Not really. We don't get enough snow here to make an angel; it's never over an inch thick. I did once make a Ronnie James Dio snowman, though (short!). (I take back the 'never,' after we got about a foot of snow in February 2010. It was amazing.)
  • Splashed in Puddles After it Rained?: Yeah. I liked to make a little paper or leaf boat, then send it down the little stream by the curb and watch it float into the gutter while doing the voices of the tiny people trapped on the boat. "Help us, help us!" I was a melodramatic kid.
  • Had a Dream That Kept Coming Back?: Kind of. I have themes that keep coming back. Like, when I'm really stressed or depressed, I have dreams about fish not being able to breathe, either by jumping out of their tanks, or because their water is filthy. I believe this is symbolic of the Pisces (the fish, me!) not being able to "breathe." Sometimes other animals get put in large tanks and swim around, drowning, while I try to save them. I've also had recurring dreams about being in a huge, maze-like house and I'm looking for a place to sleep or something of that nature, but there's either some people or a monster in the house with me who are trying to get me, so I have to keep moving and find a place to hide. I usually wind up at some point going up really steep, narrow, dark stairs to a tiny door that leads to a really unpleasant attic. The houses change, but the theme usually does not. This theme extends itself, to a point, into my dreams of being back in high school or junior high. I'm always bewildered, unable to find my classroom for hours, and I go to my locker but cannot remember my locker combination. This causes me great distress because I need books or my coat from there. Most of the dreams consist of me wandering the halls, sometimes with other kids and sometimes alone, and I keep trying doors to see if they're locked. The doors never lead to the same place twice; like, if I go outside through one door, and I go back through this door, it will lead to a new part of the school. Often I am trying to find the roof, or a stage door, where I'm supposed to go on in a play for which I have not memorized any of my lines (which, of course, is making me freak out). In this way, the school becomes like a maze that I try over and over to find my way through. If I do manage to find my way to class, the other kids are usually mean to me (unless a friend of mine makes an appearance), and I almost always wind up partially naked, hoping the other kids won't notice (we've all had THAT dream). In 2003-04, I had several dreams about the TV show "Miracles," more than any I've ever had about one show/group of actors. Not sure why, but that's that. My dreams especially seemed to use Angus Macfadyen as a symbol, though I'm not sure of what.
  • Eaten Sushi?: Not real sushi. I've had what I would call imitation sushi, which was made with tuna salad and imitation crab meat (which I guess you could also call Wimpy Sushi, heehee). Delicious! My dad loved this stuff.
  • Cut Yourself on Purpose?: Ugh. No. I know it's a real concern for some people who have actual problems, but I am really tired of 12-year-old girls who don't have a care in the world who think their lives are so horrible and cut themselves for attention. It's sickening. They should be taken out and given some real perspective on just how awful life can really be.
  • Thrown Up at School?: LOL! Yes. Strange question. It was an ice cream sandwich.
  • Stuffed Your Bra?: Heh, no, I never needed to. Ever since I went through puberty I've had an ample chest (and a belly to go with it! :P).
  • Had Braces?: Yup. Braces, geeky rubberbands, retainer, the whole nine yards.
PREFERENCES...
  • Gold or Silver?: Silver
  • Chicken or Fish?: I love both, but I love chicken more.
  • Which Matters More, Words or Actions?: Actions all the way.
  • Silk or Cotton Sheets?: I'm gonna say cotton, because anything silk or satin makes me slip all over the bed.
  • Rich or Famous?: Rich.
  • What One Quality Makes a Person Most Worth Being Around?: Honesty.
  • What is a Major Turn-On?: Good cologne/aftershave, long hair on a guy, certain accents, a sexy smile, nice voice, empathy, responsibility, nice ass, muscular upper arms, a certain amount of protectiveness, a certain amount of bad-boy-ism, oh so many things...
  • If You Could Create the Perfect Person, What Three Qualities Would They Have Over All Others?: Honesty, sense of humor, sense of responsibility
  • What is Your Overpriced Yuppie Beverage of Choice?: LOL! Snapple. It's so yummy.
  • Do You Prefer Sweets, Salty Foods, or Spicy Foods?: Yes please. ^_^
  • What is Your Favorite Body Part on a Person of Your Gender of Choice?: Depends on the guy, what their best feature is. In general, I become a totally sickening, squealing girl over muscular upper arms. I see them and I just melt and want to squeeze them and junk. Drummers always have hot arms...
  • Chocolate or Vanilla?: Depends on what we're talking about. Like, for candy bars, chocolate. For ice cream or cake, vanilla. Sometimes I have massive chocolate cravings, which I'm assuming has something to do with getting older, since it never happened when I was younger.
LAST...
  • Last Film You Saw in the Theatre: The Uninvited
  • Last GPA You Got: For college, somewhere in the 3's. For high school, we didn't go by GPA; we had a scale from 1-100. My final average was an 89. Just THIS close to an A. Story of my life!
  • Last Thing You Bought for Yourself: Tarot cards
  • Last Movie You Rented: I get movies on a regular basis from Netflix, so it changes every week.
  • Last Movie You Bought: The Initiation. Delta Rho Chi never will die...
  • Last Song that Was Stuck in Your Head: A Huey Lewis song. Kill me.
  • Last CD You Bought: Bon Jovi's latest
  • Last Person You Called: Kaye
  • Last Person Who Called You: Bill collector :P
  • Last Present You Got: A really good slash story tailored to my wishes, featuring a couple I desperately wanted to see make out. XD
FIVE THINGS...
  • Five Things You Can't Live Without: My computer, friends, music, my video tapes/dvd's of favorite shows and movies, and my writing.
  • Five Habits: Playing with pillow cases, playing with the Slinky on my desk, counting things, snacking, and cutting my nails really short (all things I do when I am bored).
  • Five Things You Must Do Before You Die: Publish a book, ride in a hot air balloon, make a movie or tv show, meet Stephen King, and maybe have one kid.
CURRENTLY...
  • Current Taste in Your Mouth: The ice cream I had a while ago.
  • Current Desktop Picture: Skeet Ulrich
  • Current Book: Beloved Benjamin is Waiting by Jean Karl
  • Current Refreshment: Fanta Apple soda.
IMPORTANT ISSUES...
  • An Issue That is Important to You: Don't drink and drive. You are not immune to Bad Things.
  • Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?: Pro-choice, although I think there should be limits. It should not be an easy decision, either.
  • Are You a Vegetarian?: I like Mynda's answer. "I love animals... dripping in BBQ sauce." ^_^ In other words, NO.
  • Do You Support the Death Penalty?: Overall, yes. I think it needs some reform, though, because the thought that any innocent person could be put to death is just horrifying. And there have been men on death row who have later been found innocent, in time to save them. Think about how many times it was too late...
  • Is World Peace Attainable?: I don't think so. People are just too combative with each other; they seem to care more about winning and saving face than doing what is best for humanity.
  • Are You More Inclined to Set Short or Long-Term Goals for Yourself?: Short-term. They're easier to keep up with and attain. You just have no idea how things are going to go over a long period of time, so it's sort of self-defeating to make goals for many years from now. Things can change on a dime and you rarely have any warning or inkling of what's coming next. A good example of what I'm talking about is that when I was younger, I used to say that I was going to be a professional writer by the time I was 30 or I would quit. Now that I'm here, and haven't even really tried to get anything published (not on a grand scale), I can see how silly that goal was, because there's still plenty of time to attain it. I write better now than before I was 30 anyway.
  • Do You Hold Grudges, Or Tend to Let Things Go?: For the most part, I let things go once I've had some time. Grudges hurt the person holding them most. Some things, though, are so hurtful that I do hold grudges, or rather, I don't let my guard down around that person so they don't do me the same way again. If they apologize and they mean it, I can forgive. But if they apologize and then repeat the same behavior, they didn't mean it.
  • What Are Your Number One Priorities in Life?: My writing; it's just the most important thing I have. It's also very important to me that no matter what everyone around me does that my actions always be true and honest, so I can continue to look at myself in the mirror and not be disgusted with the person I see before me.
  • What is the Most Important Lesson You've Learned in Life?: Treat others as you would like to be treated. If you're into being treated bad, seek help instead.
  • Do You Believe in Life on Other Planets?: I believe it's possible, and probably likely, since there are so many other planets out there. I think the odds are actually better that there is life on some of those other planets. I'm really interested in theories about "aliens" actually coming from other dimensions, like John Keel has written about; not sure I believe it, but it's fascinating to read about.
  • Do You Believe in the Traditional View of Heaven and Hell?: Aspects of it, but in general, no. My views are quite different from the traditional.
  • Do You Believe God Has a Gender?: Specifically, no. God is more a force than anything that would have a gender. A higher power has no need for labels; we do.
  • Do You Think that Science Counteracts Religion?: The Christian religion, yeah, quite a bit. Although God created evolution, heh.
  • Do You Think Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual People Should Have the Right to Legally Marry?: Hell YES. It's all love! I don't understand why some people are so offended by it, claiming that they have to "defend" marriage. It isn't any of their damn business! I mean, sheesh, I've known plenty of het people who had no business being married and were just a divorce waiting to happen. Should we "defend marriage" from them? :P With a higher than 50% divorce rate in America, maybe marriage isn't so "sacred" anymore, huh? Maybe we should let some others take a crack at it; they couldn't do much worse.
ANIME FANDOM QUESTIONNAIRE
  • How long have you been into anime?: Since I was about 4. It all started with "Speed Racer." I have older siblings, and when you're the baby, you pretty much have to watch what your older sibs watch on tv unless you can beat them up or something. Lucky for me, I usually liked most of the stuff they put on. I became hooked on anime at the tender age of 6, when I saw "Star Blazers" (the dub of "Space Battleship Yamato").
  • Do you prefer subbed or dubbed anime?: Subtitled, because the Japanese usually care more about the performances of their voice actors than the people who dub anime programs. If the dub is good, then I enjoy not having to read my tv shows. It just depends. Sometimes one annoying, badly-acted voice can ruin an entire dub.
  • What do you think of the anime shown on Cartoon Network?: I actually keep forgetting it's on!!! I think it's great, though, because the more exposure anime gets, the more that will be brought over here for me to see, and the lower prices will go for tapes and DVDs. I'm old enough to remember when anime cost $35 for one tape of ONE episode; let us please not go back. Plus, it's nice to have people to talk to about my interests for once.
  • What do you think of yaoi?: Haven't had the chance to see much of it, but it's pretty hot.
  • Who is your favorite yaoi couple?: The guys from "Fake," Randy and Dee
  • What do you think of yuri?: I like love in all its forms, including yuri.
  • Favorite yuri couple?: Haruka and Michiru from "Sailor Moon"
  • What do you think of doujinshi?: Some of it is nice, when the writer actually cares about the story they're telling. Some of it is just horrible self-satisfying crap. But I really love the idea, that fans can create this material based on their favorite series and actually publish it without getting in trouble. I wish we could do that in America.
  • Do you like manga?: Sure. Gives you lots of nice still pictures of your favorite characters, hehheh. I don't really like it when the story moves too fast so that you don't get to know the characters, though.
  • Do your friends like anime?: Only my online friends. Well, one of my real life friends likes anime, but that's it.
  • Are your friends only your friends because they like anime?: Of course not. Does anyone actually stay friends with someone just because that person likes anime? That's idiotic. I would hope there'd be more to it than that.
  • What does your family think of the fact that you like anime?: They don't really care either way.
  • Did you develop other interests because of anime?: Well, it certainly got me interested in Japan and the culture...
  • What merchandise do you have and what's your favorite piece?: Too much to name. I like the dolls and action figures the most.
  • Is your room plastered with anime pictures?: Not currently. It's not really plastered with anything right now.
  • Do you have an anime website?: Pretty much; my "Sailor Moon" fanfic site.
  • Do you role-play anime?: An anime-style game, yes, but it's original. I have RPed in anime games in the past. (Right now, I'm not RPing anywhere.)
  • Do you like J-Pop and Rock?: Some of it. Haven't heard much.
  • Would you call yourself an otaku?: Never. I hate that word. It has negative connotations in Japan, and I've encountered too many 12-year-olds online who are like, "i am such an otaku, im the bigest anime fan eva, im so cool" that I now associate "otaku" with very young, annoying, clueless anime fans desperate for attention. They ruined the word for me.
NET QUESTIONNAIRE
  • Do you spend most of your day on the computer?: Technically, yes, because I work with one at my job.
  • Have you ever gotten up at 3 a.m. just to check your e-mail?: If I couldn't sleep and I was bored of lying in bed staring at the ceiling...
  • Do you actually know any of the people you talk to over the net?: Yeah.
  • If someone robbed your house and stole your computer, would you get depressed?: Hell yes. I do many things with my computer.
  • Do you spend more than ten hours a day on the computer?: On days that I work, yes.
  • Do you believe in online dating?: Eh. I think any long distance relationship is just based on an ideal, fantasy view of itself. You don't really know what a person is like until you know them in person, and see them on a regular basis. And even then... people can still shock you.
Writing Background: I have been making up stories since I was old enough to talk. My mom used to tell me about how I would sit there yapping to my dolls, making up stuff about them to entertain myself, to the point that people would say that I could "talk your arm off and leave the other one swinging." (Such a Southern saying.) At that age, I sang songs constantly, too (when you're that young, it doesn't matter so much that you can't sing in tune ~_^). Still under the age of ten, I remember making up movies and telling my friends about them as if they were real. They hardly ever believed me, but that didn't shut me up.

I believe I was seven years old when I wrote down my first story, one about a cold germ and how it got kicked out of a girl's body by her antibodies so she wouldn't get sick. Ever since then, I wrote stories in school every chance I got, and even won some awards for them. One particular story even got to the state level in the Cultural Arts Fair, and won me a trophy. I never knew you could get trophies for writing. ^_^ This was until I discovered horror movies, which got me started writing tons of scary stories, most of them pretty bad, but fun. Around this time, I had become old enough to be curious about sex, which also vented itself in my writing. What I wrote back then was pretty tame, but the fascination with erotic writing never died, as the one with horror stories never did either.

In high school I wrote for the school paper (serving as Entertainment Editor in my senior year), and on the side, kept writing my own stuff that wasn't really school paper material. >eyebrow wiggle< But it was during this time that I discovered I enjoyed writing comedy. I'd just write whatever made me laugh, and people would read it and they'd laugh too, so I surmised that I must be doing something right. In college, I took a couple of creative writing classes, which were very fun and taught me a few new things about writing I'd never considered. No matter how good of a writer you may think you are, take some Creative Writing classes - they can be very enlightening. It was during college that I also started my fanzine, Demented/Planet Demented, for which this domain is named. If you're not familiar with fanzines, they are self-published "magazines" that are usually made by creating a master and then copying it on a Xerox machine. This zine was published from 1992 to 1996. When I got on the internet in January 1997, the printed zine pretty much became a thing of the past for me since websites are FAR EASIER to make and take FAR LESS time to put together. With a website, you can create with less effort and time, reach more people much quicker, and reactions can be sent to you immediately. I am sold on this method of creative expression!

Demented was really great to do, though, because it reawakened my love of collaborative writing and helped me develop my writing style. Now my work seems to be a mixture of everything I love to write about: horror (contemporary and supernatural), melodrama, comedy, and sex. What else is there? ~_^

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