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.
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)
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