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inkpopper of the Week: HobbitFeet

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on November 8, 2010

“I’m a 15 year old guy that loves to write. I also play the electric guitar. I’ve been playing it for some 8 years now, so I’m not bad. One unique thing for my age that I’ve started to look into is psychology. Apparently most 15-year-olds don’t delve too far into stuff like that, but I just find that sort of stuff fascinating. It’s amazing the stuff you can learn about behavior and the human mind!

“I have actually never had a pet of my own. I am not good with taking care of animals. I’ve never been terribly interested in having one, either. I do like cats and dogs a lot, but I couldn’t own one. I’m just not good at that kind of stuff.

“Another interesting thing about me is that I’ve been around the internet for a bit. I had an account on GameFAQs for like 2 years. I don’t go there anymore, but I used to. During my time there, I wrote like 8 game reviews and 2 FAQs. Not full FAQs, just ones that talk about a specific detail. If you wanna check ‘em out, I wrote the Portal (PC version) Shortcuts Guide and the Halo 3: ODST Firefight Guide. If anyone still plays those games, they’re quite useful. I doubt anyone actually plays Halo 3: ODST anymore, though. My Portal Shortcuts guide doubles as a speedrun guide, though. You can potentially beat the game in less than 30 minutes using my shortcuts if you do them right. (I know that might sound surprising, but for those who don’t know, that game is normally like 2-3 hours long anyway.)

“Anyway, one more cool thing about me is that I used to be a forum moderator on this site! Inkpop! I resigned recently for several reasons, but I was a forum moderator on this site for a good long time and helped keep the forums all clean. Just thought I would say that for anyone that would be interested to know that.”

Despite the fact that HobbitFeet has left his post as a forum moderator; he has remained a very active part of inkpop – and he sees no end in sight for his devotion to it!

You are a very prevalent force on inkpop – sharing your opinions on the site whenever you have the chance to do so and such…what is it about inkpop that keeps you coming back for more?

HobbitFeet: Why thank you! This is the best writing site I’ve come across. I have been to other major writing sites such as Teen Ink and Fictionpress, and they can’t compare at all. This one is just better. It has a much better feel and community than any of the other sites. It’s also a LOT more have-it-your-way than most others. I found one or two sites that don’t allow second-person format. I know that it’s not common and not suggested, but that still brought me down. A lot of those sites also don’t allow non-fiction. Another one or two of them make you make a chapter of your book a certain number of hundred words. Well, what if I wanna pull a twenty word chapter for effect, almost like in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams? I can’t. One thing I love about this site is how you’re allowed to post anything you want in any format you want with any content you want to add in it. You have complete artistic freedom over your work so long as it doesn’t cross any copyrights. That is just really awesome, and even though this site isn’t perfect by any means, it is one of a kind. I really wish more people would be thankful about that. That is one of the biggest things that keeps me here.

Another thing is that I see a lot of potential in this site. I am rather harsh with my opinions on the new changes (the 5-star rating system for comments, non-fiction general in top-5 and whatnot), but that’s because I do care what happens. This is still a pretty new site and it’s gonna have to adapt to the fact that so many users come here. One more reason I’m not in support of all this complaining I see is it was bound to change. Like, when the site was just a few months old, about when I joined, there were not many users. Like, what, maybe 2000 or so? OF COURSE that’s going to be different than a site with 20,000+ users! There are probably far more users than that by now! Things were bound to take off the way they did from the beginning! Every site does that! I wish people would look towards making this site into a different better other than the same good. That is one thing I am trying to help with, which is why I never left this site.

You are one of the frequent faces in the insomniac chats…why are you such a fan of these threads? If it weren’t for the insomniac threads, what would you be doing in the wee hours of the evening/morning?

HobbitFeet: Well, I probably wouldn’t be on inkpop at that hour of the night. I really like those threads because they can have some very interesting questions that can challenge your writing quality. I have had questions asked about my characters covering subjects that I have never even thought of before. And sometimes the questions asked are just downright fun, even if they don’t have to do with writing.

Another thing is that the conversation can go pretty much anywhere in those threads. It is rather random. I don’t know, I just really like that.

You have three projects up – a short story (Shattering Tera), a poetry collection (Poetry Collection), and a book-in-progress (This is War). What would you say your favorite format is your favorite to write in and why?

HobbitFeet: I don’t favor one over the other. Poetry, short stories and books all have completely different feels to them. I have been working on This is War for not far from a year by now. That story has been in my mind for a very long time. Shattering Tera is a 7000 word long short story that I basically wrote in one sitting. Poetry is obviously different than writing a short story and a book for reasons I hopefully don’t need to point out. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing all of them and I can’t place one over the other.

What is your favorite place for thinking and why?

HobbitFeet: Hm… Well, I can think in a lot of areas. It really matters what sort of story and premise I’m thinking about. I thought about Shattering Tera, a horror story, a whole lot in my room with the door closed; an enclosed space where I can think about a creepy story like that. On the other hand, I have mostly thought through a novel-idea-in-the-works for a high fantasy called Forgotten Memories while at Jamaica, on top of a several-thousand foot high mountain. (That’s where you see me in the picture at the top of this interview.) It really matters what setting I’m in for what I’ll tend to think up.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

HobbitFeet: Well, one thing I can say is that my writing is very, very odd. My ideas are incredibly strange most of the time and I don’t think everyone has the mind to create ideas as odd as mine can be and still make them make some sense. My writing also tends to be quite dark, but I always make a decently good ending. Shattering Tera was a very dark story in my opinion, and had many sad points by the time it ended, but it ended very well for a story of its genera and I feel that I executed that well. I always like adding a dark feel to my stories without making a totally depressing and just awfully dark ending.

What do you think makes good writing?

HobbitFeet: A lot of things make it good. Too many to count actually, so I’ll be very brief with this answer. Everybody has their own way to make their writing original. My stuff is odd, but there are lots of interesting ideas out there that I would have NEVER thought of in a billion years no matter what I experienced. (I am not sarcastic at all with that.) Everybody’s mind works in a different way, so everybody has different things to contribute to the writing world. And because everybody has different minds, no two people have the exact same opinions on things. So there is something out there for every opinion from every direction somewhere. And sometimes, if you don’t think what you want to exist exists, that means you need to create it yourself.

Do you hope to make writing a career; or do you have other aspirations?

HobbitFeet: I definitely wanna publish a few books, but I plan to be a psychotherapist. There’s just not enough money in the writing world. At best it’ll be a side job.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Chocolate chip cookies.
What’s on your iPod? Most songs by the band Poets of the Fall. Namely Carnival of Rust, Lift, Sleep, Late Goodbye, Passion Colors Everything, Revolution Roulette, Dreaming Wide Awake and Tobacco Road. Sorry if that was too many, but those are all such amazing songs. They are all on YouTube if you wanna hear ‘em! (Tobacco Road is a VERY rare song, though! Just wanted to say.)
Lucky number? I never really thought about it, actually. I’m not sure.
Food you could eat everyday? Pizza.
Best place to curl up with a good book? My room. I love reading in my room.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

16 Responses to “inkpopper of the Week: HobbitFeet”

  1. HobbitFeet said

    Thank you! This turned out great! Thanks for making me the Inkpopper of the Week!

    There was something more I wanted to add to this, though. Some golden advice on coming up with ideas and getting inspired to write. This is long, though, so if you don’t wanna read it, you don’t need to.

    I’ll give away a little secret right here. Wanna know what started me on writing Shattering Tera, that 7000 word short story I wrote in almost 1 sitting? Okay, you’re not going to believe me. I saw a thread here that had an interesting name. I do not remember the title of this thread, but it had something to do with the word ‘kill’ and a =D at the end. I thought that was creepy, so I started on a story about a crazy guy. I started with that note that you read at the very beginning of the story, then I decided that it’ll start that that woman just read that. But the woman is single and lives alone. The note told her to go around her house trying to find this killer (who I decided she knows) and hopefully kill him first. Instead of doing that, I make it that he trashed her house and left strange sentences and blood splatters everywhere. From there, the story developed here, went there, this section of the backstory formed, that connection was made, I decided to throw this or that plot twist and make the ending in that sort of a way. The story almost wrote itself! And it all started because, for like one second, I glanced at a thread name that had some sort of odd title.

    The thread might not have had ANYTHING to do with that at all, I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter. I had the concept, and it was mine. I could do whatever I wanted to do with that concept and change it into anything I wanted to in any way I wanted to change it. I was just given a construction set with millions of possibilities to play with.

    Concepts can sprout that easily. And even if the story doesn’t work out, it’s a very healthy practice to think that way. Also, you don’t have to use that sort of stuff for separate stories. You can use that to add stuff to your long-running book. It’s your book; if you’re willing to put the work into it, you can change anything you want. If you come up with an amazingly interesting concept that you can really build upon, and it can apply to your book, why not consider adding that element to your book? It isn’t always easy to do that, but you will make one very interesting book if you put that sort of stuff in practice.

    One technique to get me used to thinking like that that I’ve always done was to practice on making a story for absolutely everything. Like, for an example, you look at a chair. Can you make a story for that chair, even if it’s not a good story? Maybe a story about how it got there? What if the chair is magical, or alive, or possessed, and nobody knows it? Or what if that chair gives you eternal life if you choose to sit in it? I know it sounds crazy, but it’s healthy to think that way!

    Looking at the clouds on a cloudy day is a GREAT way to do that, because clouds turn into any shape you want to see. You can see whatever you want in the clouds. Just think about all the depth of possibilities for concepts you can find in that! There are quite literally trillions of things you can get and create and start to form out of that! Like, don’t only look at the clouds, though. You can do this with anything.

    Also, it’s healthy to think of these like separate components. Almost like in chemistry, there are lots of different kinds of elements in the periodic table, but when you start combining them, you start to come up with countless things to make! Writing is almost like that, but there are FAR more elements to work with and mix to make things. You can make ideas that you can turn into separate stories, attach to stories you’ve been writing, or anything! It’s your idea and it belongs to you! You can do whatever you want with it, no matter how unconventional or unusual it is. Everybody thinks differently; you can’t just go ‘by the book’. (Pun intended.) There are no complete set rules for writing well.

    • Shock! said

      Haha, I wonder if that was me. xD I had a thread once asking for ways to kill off a character(don’t worry, he came back as a vampire. =P … … okay maybe that does give reason to worry. >.>), and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’d had a “=D” at the end.

      And I love that writing technique! I do something like that, though it’s a bit different–I take a word or phrase, and then write a short story around it. “Paradox clock” and “to the moon” are the two most recent phrases I’ve based a story around(the stories for neither of which I’ve posted yet… I should get around to that. xD), though in a more abstract than concrete sense. C:

      Also, PSYCHOLOGY. O.O I adore psychology as well; I may even be a bit obsessive about it(I once got in a huge argument with my friend over the unrealisticness of her character’s psyche. >.>). I’m really hoping to take AP Psychology next year, I’ve never been anything but fascinated by the human mind. (And the animal mind as well, actually. But that’s not an offered class. =P) ♥

  2. blackhills said

    Congrats HobbitFeet – this is a great interview. x3

    • HobbitFeet said

      Thank you! And yes, I know it was great. I wrote most of that, what else could it possibly be? It’s just logic that I’m thinking with here!
      Haha, though really, thanks for reading/commenting! Means a lot!

  3. El Rustito Magnifico said

    Nice interview Hobby.

    • HobbitFeet said

      Thank you very much, sir El Rustito.
      And… Hobby? That’s not a bad nickname for me! But it isn’t good, either. I won’t stop you from using it, but I don’t particularly like it that much. Nice try, though! It was worth a shot!
      Haha, though for real, thanks for commenting!

  4. theliving said

    Great interview 😀 😀
    You totally look like nine times older than fifteen o.o

    Not to sound creepy, or nothin’.

  5. Wildgreenskittle said

    Woot for Halo!!!! 😀
    Congrats on getting inkpopper of the week!!!

    • HobbitFeet said

      Yahoo! Halo! ODST was amazing until Reach came in and stole firefight away. Now ODST isn’t much of anything. =( But hey, Reach is still great! Nothing I’m gonna write an FAQ for, though. Everything in that game is just too large.
      Anyway, thanks for reading my interview!

  6. Nella said

    Looking at psychology at age 15?
    Psh. I’ve looking at it since I was 14 😉


    Congrats, dude!

    • HobbitFeet said

      Well, so have I. But I am currently 15 and still pursuing psychology. And yes, I was pleased that us awesome sommies were mentioned too!
      Thanks for the ‘congrats’!

  7. Jelsa said

    Heck yeah! More NevRev generals as Inkpoppers of the Week!
    Question! Where is the NevRev in all this and poor Fred ducky?
    haha! I kid! Hobbit is amazing. :). Great interview.

    • HobbitFeet said

      Yes, I agree that I am freakin’ awesome in pretty much every way, but I still would have loved a question about the NevRev threads…
      Still, though, regardless, I am pleased by my review. Thanks Jelsa for saying I’m amazing! Because it’s true. I really am. And thanks for reading the interview!

  8. HobbitFeet said

    Thanks for all the comments, guys! You’re all awesome too! I love my adoring fans.
    And guys, for real, check out Poets of the Fall. They are an incredibly amazing band. You will be shocked by how many amazing songs they have.

  9. Lithiawood said

    Well anyone who’s got the name Hobbit Feet and makes a reference to a Douglas Adams book is more than alright with me! =) Congrats


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