I've run out of College 101 rules, so I guess we'll be leaving that installment behind for now. Instead, I'll be listing some people who inspire me.
I think it's pretty obvious why J.K. Rowling is my number one inspirational person. She's a fantasy children's writer who made millions and became a huge literary phenomenon. She changed the whole world. There are amusement parks, merchandise, video games, conferences, all sorts of stuff, all revolving around Harry Potter.
What children's fantasy writer doesn't want that?
But all the success and stuff is only part of the story. Yes. I want that. I want to be a phenomenon; I want to change the world. But what I'm really jealous of is her skill. There is no one who writes like J.K. Rowling. She is good at everything. She has great relationships, characters, and dialogue. She knows her way around language. She has the most incredible grasp of mythology and history ever, and it shows in her books. She makes incredible political, social, and religious points. Most of all, she is phenomenal at world-building.
World-building is really hard. You have to invent a whole system with social and political influences, with rules that define the magic, architecture, infrastructure, educational system, etc. I am not a detail person, so it's super hard to keep track of everything I've made up. I write factbooks, like mini encyclopedias, and I still do a terrible job.
J.K. Rowling is the master. She knows everything about the world of Harry Potter. EVERYTHING. Everything that is and isn't in the books. Everything that is and isn't in the movies. Everything that a crazy Harry Potter fan like me is dying to know. The Harry Potter series' best feature is the detail put into the world. It makes it fun and amazing to read.
I will never ever be as good as J.K. Rowling. Never ever ever. It's impossible. But she is my greatest idol.
She's also super charitable! She went through a lot of crap: before Harry Potter made her famous: an abusive husband, the loss of her mother to multiple sclerosis, having to raise her children alone and in poverty. Now she stands up for everyone else who struggles through those trials. She raises money for literacy initiatives, for combating multiple sclerosis, for single parents, etc--and I do aim to be that amazing in that sense. I've been through some tough stuff too, and I want to be able to stand up for others and make a difference through charity as well as writing.
Haha, Mom. I'm posting a picture of you, and you can't stop me!
Yeah, my mom is the other person I idolize most because she's amazing. Mom is the most hardworking person on the face of the planet. She's going to college to get a Master's in biology, working two jobs, and mothering three kids, one of whom is autistic and another of whom is physically disabled. She's also really pretty, and sincere, and smart, and morally strong. I love her to death.
Hans Christian Andersen
According to my friends, I am the reincarnation of Hans Christian Andersen. Here's why:
A) He wrote a bunch of famous fairy tales, all of which are beautiful, if tragic, and based on strong Christian tradition. I love them. "The Little Mermaid?" The Disney movie was my favorite as a child, just saying.
B) His stories often include references to chronic pain, like in "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Little Mermaid." I have fibromyalgia, which is a chronic pain disorder.
C) He was Danish, and many of my ancestors were from Denmark. (I mostly have Danish and English heritage.)
D) His birthday is the same day as mine, April 2nd! In his honor, it's become the official International Children's Book Day.
Also, to my friend Hero: look at that big sexy nose! LOL.
J.K. Rowling, I'll never reach, but I might reach the level of Suzanne Collins, maybe, if I'm lucky. The Hunger Games is one of my favorite book series.
Suzanne Collins is amazing with voice, as demonstrated by Katniss. Her romance is fantastic as well; any girl who isn't in love with Peeta, I do not understand. Her plot twists are horrific and wonderful, and her world-building is intelligent and meaningful.. From what I've seen in her interviews, she is like the sweetest person ever, which is an added bonus.
I will be this awesome someday. I will make myself be this awesome.
Of course, there are others I idolize, from authors to fictional characters to people in my life. I really like Anthony Horowitz, another British writer in the speculative fiction arena. His books are awesome. I admire Katniss Everdeen for her strength, Hermione Granger for her intelligence and key role in the Golden Trio, Suzanne from my #FibromyalgiaStory for her kickbuttness, and Augusta from my #IceEnchantressStory for the difference she makes. My friends, no matter where they're from, are wonderful. There's my writing friend all the way across the country whom I admire for her insane creativity in all situations and her skill with writing, along with her kindness. There's my best friend back home who is not only terribly funny but also very loyal and strong. There's the group of friends I have here, who have musical talent out their ears.
PEOPLE ARE JUST COOL.
Okay, not always. I have days when I hate people. But the abovementioned are all great, and they inspire me. Go ahead and comment with the people who inspire you, why don't you?
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