Guess what? I've run out of College 101 rules! So I guess we'll be leaving that installment behind. If I get more, I may randomly add a post later. But today... we will be doing a list of people who inspire me, rather than getting more useful college rules. True story.
So, who inspires me?
I think it's pretty obvious why J.K. Rowling is my number one inspirational person/model in life. She's a writer. A fantasy children's writer. Who made millions and became the greatest literary phenomenon in history. She changed the whole freaking 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 I idolize her for way more than that. 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 pure skill. There is no one who writes like J.K. Rowling. She is good at everything. She has great relationships, characters, 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 through her work. It's fun to read. And most amazing of all is her world-building skill.
Take it from a writer--world-building is really hard. You have to invent this whole place with social and political influences, with rules behind the skills of the people, with architecture, infrastructure, educational systems, etc. I am not a detail person in the first place, so it's super hard to keep track of everything I've made up. I have to write factbooks, like mini encyclopedias, and I still really stink at it.
J.K. Rowling is the master. She knows everything about the world of Harry Potter. EVERYTHING. Every single stinking detail. 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 and reality put into the world. It makes it amazing to read, and even more fun.
Just to be clear, I will never ever be as good as J.K. Rowling. Never ever ever. It's impossible. But she is my greatest idol.
And guess what else? She's also super charitable! She went through a lot of horrible junk 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, and I want to be able to stand up for others and make a difference through that as well as writing.
This is why J.K. Rowling rocks the world.
Haha, Mom. I'm posting a picture of you. So there. LOOK HOW PRETTY SHE IS!!! That picture is from my graduation.
Anyway. 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 Biochemistry, 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 she likes to chase the cats around the house, which is like the best pastime ever. Plus, she's a great moral example. 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. And I take inspiration from them. "The Little Mermaid?" That was his, and the Disney movie was my favorite as a child, just saying.
B) He is thought to have had fibromyalgia, as I do. Because his mother also had it, and she came from a royal lineage, Hans believed chronic pain to be a sign of royal blood. Hence "The Princess and the Pea." Yay for me, I'm a princess! (It's totally not worth it.)
C) His birthday is the same as mine, April 2nd!
I like this guy. And to my friend Hero--look at that nose. ;)
I do aspire to Suzanne Collins's level. J.K. Rowling, I'll never reach. But I might reach Suzanne Collins, maybe, and she is really, really good. The Hunger Games, as previously mentioned, is one of my big fandoms.
Here's why I like her: she's really good with voice, as demonstrated by the well-written, strong-willed Katniss. Her romance is good as well. Any girl who isn't in love with Peeta, I do not understand. Her plot twists are horrific and wonderful, too--I didn't expect most everything that happened in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. So she has skill, on top of fame. And, from what I've seen in her interviews, she is like the sweetest person ever.
I will be this awesome someday. I will make myself be this awesome.
Of course, there are others I idolize -- I'll admit it, Stephenie Meyer is one of them. She's good at romance, and voice, and she's Mormon. Also, really, I love The Host. I talked about that in a previous post. I also really like Anthony Horowitz, another British writer in the speculative fiction arena. His books are awesome.
Being a writer and a reader, I naturally would idolize some fictional characters. From Katniss Everdeen, for her strength, to Hermione Granger, for her intelligence and key role in the Golden Trio, to my own characters--Suzanne from WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL for her kickbuttness, Augusta in THE ICE ENCHANTRESS'S PLOT for the difference she makes, and Cindy from TWIST for her ability to overcome challenges--they make a big difference to me.
Naturally, real people I actually know would make the biggest difference in my life--like my mom. And this includes my friends. It doesn't matter where they're from. 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 all types of writing, along with her kindness. Then there's my best friend back home who is not only terribly funny but also very loyal and persevering. And then there's the group of friends I have here, who have musical talent out their ears. They all inspire me.
PEOPLE ARE JUST COOL.
Okay, not always. I have days when I hate people. But the above mentioned are all very awesome people, and they inspire me and ladeeda. Go ahead and comment with the people who inspire you, why don't you?
Thanks for reading! Come back Saturday for the story of how I got fibromyalgia.
Pictures via fantasybookreview.co.uk, samuelfrench.com, and fantasticfiction.co.uk.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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