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inkpopper of the Week: isabella2296

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 31, 2010

“I’m a strange thirteen-year-old and a self-described geek. My proof is that I love both math and writing. Seriously, you can’t get much geekier than that. I also happen to be rather uncoordinated. And clumsy. And uncoordinated. There was that one time in Biology with the burner and that girl with really long hair… and that other time in “Introduction to Stage Combat” where I managed to strangle someone for real by accident… and then, of course, 7th grade Home Economics with the knife and the cooking partner…. You get the idea.

“I also have a dog named Dragon. He’s roughly the size of my laptop screen, and he’s surprisingly similar to me. For example, if I throw a ball in his general direction and it lands more than a foot away, he won’t bother to go and fetch it. Occasionally he’ll make a valiant effort and sort of wander over, but he usually gives up halfway through and plops down on the floor. He shares my singing abilities as well; we both have pleasantly screechy voices that refuse to hit the proper notes. I’m pretty sure we’ve actually invented notes that haven’t yet been invented for a reason.”

Notes, however, aren’t the only thing that inkpopper isabella2296 is busy at work making up. Not only has her inkpop project Winter Child been named a Top Pick, receiving a beautiful review from HarperCollins Editor’s; she was also named the Editorial Winner of inkpop’s recent Supernatural Writing Contest for her short story Twelve-Nine-Six-Three.

You were recently the Editorial Winner of inkpop’s Supernatural Writing Contest for your short story Twelve-Nine-Six-Three. How do you feel to have received such an honor? What was the writing process like for this particular project?

isabella2296:Being the Editorial Winner came as a huge surprise for me. I wrote the short story a week or so prior to the announcement of the contest, and so when I realized the theme worked for my story, I decided to enter just for the heck of it. There were a lot of amazing stories and I had a good time reading and voting on them. When I got the email telling me that I was the Editorial Winner, I screamed and ran around in circles and hugged my dog. My dog, having been asleep at this time, didn’t appreciate it as much as I did, however.

The writing process for Twelve-Nine-Six-Three was a little different from how I usually write. Typically I have a vague idea of what I want to happen and face-palm my way through the story. However, this time I was actually inspired by a story I read in Teen Ink magazine. I admired the surreal effect the writer created and I tried to do something a little similar. For probably one of the first times, I planned out the story and apparently that worked well. It came more easily than usual, basically flowing out of my fingertips. If only everything I wrote was like that….

You mention in your profile that you are “compiling a list of twenty goals to accomplish by the time you graduate high school.” What are you doing to determine what goes on this list? Can you share with us what you have listed on it and why?

isabella2296: I suppose you could call it a “bucket list” although I’d be graduating high school instead of dying. It’s a sort of fun thing I started one day when I was thinking about my terminal shyness, and how on sites such as MyLifeIsAverage you read about all these awesome people who do awesome things. My list has expanded considerably and includes: becoming romantically involved with a non-vampire (zombies are so much sexier, don’t you think?), being one of the crazy NaNoWriMos who manages to write something like 8 billion words in one month, finally getting a snuggie and wearing it everywhere, and of course, getting a novel published.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book (not on inkpop) what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

isabella2296: If I could be any character in any book… I’d have to go with good old Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She’s smart, relatively pretty, and best of all, she hardly gets injured during the series! I’d love to be able to use magic and to attend Hogwarts, with all the quirky teachers and shifting staircases and everything. It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I first picked up a Harry Potter book, and I even furtively checked the mail on my eleventh birthday (I’m still waiting, actually).

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

isabella2296: I recently discovered my personal best solution for writer’s block. The important thing is to write, but especially when what you’re writing actually pertains to what is blocking you. For example, I got stuck in the middle of a chapter of Winter Child. I picked a random character and wrote the rest of the scene from his perspective. After that, I was able to complete the chapter without a hitch. At least for me, it doesn’t matter if the character picked is a major or minor character or whether the “fake” scene has anything to do with the “real” scene. It just gets the writing juices flowing and I’ve used the technique multiple times since I’ve found it.

How does your success on inkpop make you feel about the future of your writing career?

isabella2296: Of course the success makes me feel optimistic. It’s greatly boosted my self-esteem when it comes to writing, but I know I still have a lot of work to do and many places to improve on! inkpop and other writing communities have helped me grow so much in the past few months, and I hope to grow even more as a writer. If I don’t slack off, I think I might have a shot at publishing a novel in several years.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite animal? Foxes. They are so adorable! Squee!
What’s on your iPod? Green Day’s American Idiot album, along with a couple songs from Dookie; Sum41; Blink 182; Jimmy Eat World; Jack’s Mannequin.
Music or movies? Music, all the way. I’m not a huge fan of movies although I don’t mind watching one now and then. A Beautiful Mind, for instance, was beautiful as the mind it was about.
Favorite book? Catcher in the Rye.
Cotton candy or potato chips? TATER CHIPS!

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

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: May 25, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 25, 2010

We’re off to see the wizard Since their release in June of 1997, readers and non-readers alike have found themselves sucked into the vortex known as the world of Harry Potter. The seven-book series has been devoured over and over again by fans; allowing them to find themselves lost in the land of Hogwarts amidst Harry, Ron, Hermione, and a slew of other characters. Come June 18, 2010, however, fans will no longer have to use their imaginations to be a part of the Wizarding World. They need only stop at Florida’s Universal Orlando Resort to experience the magic firsthand. Visitors will have the opportunity to break bread at The Three Broomsticks; savor butterbeer at The Hog’s Head Pub; choose a wand at Ollivander’s; take a ride upon the Dragon Challenge – a twin, high-speed rollercoaster – and so much more! MTV.

I read; therefore, I draw The Neverending Story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Sabriel…chances are that your childhood was a whirlwind of afternoons spent lazing about your front porch hungrily reading many of these titles. Now you have the chance to see the words you adore so much transformed into art by some of the best illustrators in the biz! Picture Book Report is an ode to books which consists of drawings posted on a daily basis depicting scenes from your favorite forms of fiction, created by fifteen amazing illustrators – including Laura Park and Lucy Knisley. Pop Candy.

‘The Perks’ to light up the big screen! Stephen Chbosky made jaws drop when he released his debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower back in 1999. Though the novel was quickly banned from several schools, and even found itself in the midst of controversy via its inclusion in both the 2006 and 2008 American Library Association’s 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books Lists; it retained massive popularity with readers. Now the book is set to hit the big screen with Emma Watson in talks to play the female lead – Sam – and Logan Lerman up to possibly play the male protagonist known as Charlie. Fans will be happy to know that Chbosky not only wrote the script for the film; but will be directing it, as well. MTV.

Over to you…will you be visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when it opens? What attraction are you most looking forward to and why? What do you think of Picture Book Report? Is there a book you would love to see adapted into art – which one and why? What do you think of a film version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Do you think Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are good candidates for the lead roles?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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