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|Favorite book:||Buddenbrooks: Decline of A Family (Thomas Mann); Short stories by Thomas Mann (translator David LUKE); poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; fairytales of the Brothers Grimm|
|Member Since:||Feb 7, 2011|
Hallo people of the Internet, welcome to my little den of original fics(yes, I use 'original fic' to define my writings here because I used to write fanfics on FanFiction.net; not that I've abandoned that place, though! Fanfiction=Fabulously fantastic!) A fanfic everyday keeps the medical apple away! So long, doc! :D
I'm a second year CS undergraduate(computer science, that's what *slumps and rubs eyes*) who really, really loves words. Words in general, words in stories, whatever. I sometimes write silly short poems but I'll try to incorporate them into my novels.
Tinofloss is my pen name. Tino is my fluffy-faced feline-shaped familiar for seventeen years; alright, I admit he is technically a plushie who looks rather like an overfed Doraemon. Hence my profile picture, see? I’m so very taken with him. I suppose some part of me just refuses to grow up.
I dunno why but most of my favourite writers do clutter and thrive in the 19-20th century period. (Ach nostalgia anyone?)
Thomas Mann is my literary GOD (I adore his prose as well as his interpretation of artists);
Oscar Wilde is my new hero. I fell for his essay-epistle De Profundis a long time ago but only dived into his broader portfolio recently. Honest, who wouldn’t fall for artists (read: decadent-exile-artist)? Moral is so very much a pejorative in the vocabulary of artists.
Sci-fi-wise, I adore Michael Crichton (Why? I've got dinosaurs on my brain lol) and concerning the study of Animal Behaviour, out jumps Konrad Lorenz (Me, animal lover, Q.E.D)
Bram Stoker is my vampy mentor. Yes guys, if you are so into vampire stories you can’t possibly miss the greatest vampy tour de force of all time! (points and blathers to Bram Stoker’s Dracula like a nutjob) Not really a vampire lover myself, I confess this hellish boyar and casket-dweller really charms and sucks the soul out of me! (Oh, not Dementor again!)
However my own writings generally feature children/tweens, the world at large as they see and understand it, and probably with tints of arts, ordinary kids' grappling, rolling in the mud and tree-climbing. That kind of stuff. And oh yes, conflict. Conflict is a huge win; not always an external horn-locking, but something deep down, bordering on habit, personality and demeanour.
Currently I'm working on Departing Parallels, a children's novel with lots of grappling, rolling-in-the-mud and tree-climbing (hey did I mention those already!). In all, things that are pretty much little boy. Besides I also have a handful of short stories in handwritten manuscript; strange that when I face the glowing screen of my laptop I can't write anything worth a damn, so I'll have to type and type and type before those stories could get a chance to see the light of day. Much yayness to self when they do!
My all time ambition:
a). become a polyglot. Does it have anything to do with my most adored fictional characters? Count Dracula is quadrilingual, Dom Claude Frollo... well, let's exclude medieval polymaths for the world. ;-p I have written a short story as a dedication to a Spanish friend and music teacher who knows five languages, though. That says something about the sort I look up to.
b). become a writer. Not necessarily a full-time one, though. Freelancing seems a huge win, as does regular contributor to some literary magazine.
c). become a graphic designer/illustrator. The craziest thing I've ever done was paint Egyptian religious frescoes on my bedroom wall. On the normal side of the scale I do sketches on (thankfully) paper. At the moment, I'm thinking about illustrating my novels.
Info Update, April 2011:
I haven't got around to being online much recently - blame my studies if you want to, only I've already done that without receiving a single day off :-/ That's basically why I'm slow to reply people's comments and upload my own writing. I won't put off reading requests though, but I can't guarantee a speedy comment because I'm trying my hand at giving constructive criticism, which no doubt requires quite a bit of time.
When I read people's writings I tend to pay more attention to their choice manner of writing. To put it straight, prose is my thing, whereas a moderately fancy plot hardly stimulates me at all. I prefer slow-paced and well-written stories, particularly those with detailed characterisation and insightful perspective. I'm gripped by stories that can make me think, either on my own or along with the characters. Hence if I really like a story, I read it again and again and am reluctant to move on to a new one. I don't mind if you fork out thousands of words for a one-shot: that's practically a testimony to your style! And if you put ideas in lieu of whining emptiness into pages of flowing prose, I'm your slave this instant :p