Talked to mum about the name thingy. She said I'm not named after anyone and that she always knew that if she'd ever have a daughter, she'd name her Manuela. D'Oh XD And had I been a boy, I'd prolly have gotten some Scandinavian, kinda Metal-sounding name like Sven O_o
Okay, on with some observations about my writing (and suddenly, I don't even feel like adding "pseudo" or "wannabe" or something like that any more):
Well, I guess I'll just go and burn my German stuff. It reads like an instruction manual with dialogues compared to the first, rough version of "ayatsuri ningyou in English - chapter one". OMFG.
Somehow, I never managed to go into the minds of the characters back then. It felt like a referee observing some frickin' soccer match, fer cryin' out loud >:O But when writing in English, that thing just happens on its own and I doubt I could even do anything if I had to leave it out.
I guess that's a good sign ;)
And then, I was scared about the fact that my vocabulary might not be enough. But I seem to know a lot more words than I had thought, and for the though cases (when I'm missing a synonym or simply have no idea what some particularly difficult technical thing is called) there's still my big fat friend called dictionary (and the good, old German detour XD).
Not to mention the fact that German is an awkward language to write fiction in and that English keeps amazing me in that respect. All the cool stuff you can make out of it is just breathtaking!! And I might add "A big slap in the face to everyone who has the opportunity to learn it and doesn't give a flyin' fuck >:O"
So that's two more big, fat concerns out of the way. And I still think that this is indeed working and that I can really do this :D
(... and one thing is for certain: If my stuff still turns out to suck, at least it's somewhat grammatically correct and lacks spelling errors XD)
I'm bad at making up names for aliens and their planets. Really bad.
That's why I grabbed some old notes and combined the ones I like best. They're still pretty stupid, but what's in a name aynway? XD
But that's not what I wanted to say.
At one point, I made up a shitload of (human) characters. Never used any of them, like 99% of times, but anyway.
Guess I was on a sort of multi cultural trip back then cuz I made them come from allll sorts of different countries.I guess this is point #3750674 on my list of "things that make ayatsuri ningyou seem more like an anime than anything else", ehe XD
As I usually write up whole biographies for my characters, complete with birthdates and such, they all had cities of birth, too.
When I noticed I had an Italian girl as well, I checked her city just out of curiosity.
And guess what? It was neither Rome nor Venice nor Pisa. It. Was. Torino.
That really made me giggle cuz silicondreams
keeps wondering why everyone knows her city. Well, it seems like even six or seven years ago, the first Italian city that came to my mind was yours, dear ;)
Oh well. That's enough spamming for today. C ya tomorrow ^___^