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#1 bittersweetflames

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:50 AM

Hi everybody... Well, my name is Carla and my name on the archives (and TDA) is BitterSweetFlames.

Don't ask how I got any of my usernames as I am Queen of Random. lol

 

Anyway, a little about my HPFF history... I've always loved to read fanfiction because I totally

love Harry Potter and to my way of thinking fanfiction was a way to enjoy more of it. I joined HPFF and TDA around the same time in 2006 and I've not looked back since.

 

I went on a nearly 4 yr. hiatus (so I became inactive in writing in 2009) but it's 2013 and I was in a totally bad place and came back to HPFF and it just made me so happy. And I'm glad to be back just because this site is gorgeous and I hate myself for having left it when I did. The saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder"? 'Tis true. 'Tis very very true.

 

When it comes to writing, fanfic or otherwise I am more comfortable writing shorts so looking at my Author Page here15+ you will see lots of one-shots or short story WIP's but mostly I tend to write one-shots (I think it's my total inability to commit that hinders my novel-writing). The only novel I've ever completed in my entire lifetime are ones for NaNo and well, anything for NaNo is horrendous. At least in my case.

 

So, yes, I would love to talk to all of you. :D Just shoot me any question you might have and I'll be very happy to answer. 

 

Cheers!

 

--Carla


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#2 ReeBee

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 06:45 AM

Carla!! I'm here to ask questions...obviously! I was going to do it on my laptop but I cant be bothered... -_-
FIRST! Yay! :D

1. Which character do u enjoy writing? Don't enjoy ?

2. Where did u get the idea for a Hermione/Charlie ship in Wildflowers? It's not a common ship.

3. What about The Perfect Moment? Where did that idea bloom? ( that's about as poetic as I get, bloom)

4. You make banners as well, do u prefer requesting or making your banners?

5. Rose asked me this question and I enjoyed answering it- who would u have tea with (from the hp world) and why?

6. Your favourite Disney character?

I've got to answer your PM! Sorry, Carla! I can't be bothered doing that on my phone!

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#3 bittersweetflames

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 07:15 AM

1. Which character do u enjoy writing? Don't enjoy ?

--- I really like writing most of the women... For example... Hermione, Rose, Victoire, Ginny. They are enjoyable and easy to write. But those I actually LIKE writing are the ones that are interesting like Snape or Sirius but they're harder, really so I love writing them but they're not exactly ENJOYABLE. Get what I mean?
--- As for those I DON'T enjoy I would have to say Harry and Ron. They're just so well-known to us (esp. Harry!) that I don't want to mess them up. I do try but I find it daunting more than anything. :/

 

2. Where did u get the idea for a Hermione/Charlie ship in Wildflowers? It's not a common ship. 

--- Absolutely not common at all! :O But, you see, Charlie the least known of the Weasley brothers was the one that interested me most. He obviously knew how to have fun because he was so good at Quidditch BUT he also seems so very smart and compassionate to understand and genuinely care for dragons and for seeing them as more than just big scary monsters. He's also reckless and full of danger! Dragons in Romania? d'uh. lol And so he appealed to me because of that complexity even if we never got to see much of him. I'm never comfy making an OC and just thought that probably only Hermione would fit him. And I was looking for Charlie/Hermione fics and couldn't find many. I joined the challenge (where there was one thing and that one thing was the catalyst sort of thing that would make the pair fall in love or what have you) and I thought.. perfect time to do a Charlie/Hermione! So I did and it basically wrote itself. Took me a day if I remember correctly. :D
 

3. What about The Perfect Moment? Where did that idea bloom? ( that's about as poetic as I get, bloom)

--- Now this. Well, I don't really know. I think it started with the line where Teddy proposes to Vic? Basically cursing at her? HAHA. That was the first thing that came to mind. It was clear in my head and I had to write the circumstances that would lead to that. Whenever I hear Teddy/Vic I always think they're the most intimate but comfortable pair. I enjoy reading them so why not write them. :D
 

4. You make banners as well, do u prefer requesting or making your banners?

--- Oh, I would on occasion force/coerce/blackmail (haha!) my friends on TDA to make me a banner when I'm in the mood to change them BUT I make my own when I post the story because I cannot stand posting a story without a banner and you can't request one without a validated story, right? :D so it's usual that I would make myself a banner then get ABSOLUTELY sick of it and request for a new one.. That way any story of mine is never without a banner. hehehe. :D
 

5. Rose asked me this question and I enjoyed answering it- who would u have tea with (from the hp world) and why?

--- Oh! LUNA! :O If only to get inside that woman's head. She's endlessly fascinating and I find it so difficult to write her (which, as a note to myself now, must do) so I'd love to have tea with her and maybe gain a deeper understand of her psyche so I could write about her... And, all that aside.. Wouldn't she be just soo much fun! :D The depths of sadness you get from her are coupled with an innocence and joie de vivre that not many people have so, like I just said, she fascinates me. :D *plus, wouldn't you want to see what cooky outfit she would wear to tea? I know I would!*

 

6. Your favourite Disney character?

--- Cinderella from the classics. <3 But, I've always been fascinated by Mulan *and her sheer stubbornness and boyishness remind me of myself from time to time*. But if we're talking ABSOLUTE favorite? Edna Mode from The Incredibles. She's a riot and she's just amazing and for me, that was a GORGEOUS movie but she stole the show. <3 

 

There you have it. :D Thanks for the questions. Curie. ilu.<3


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:15 PM

Hm, I'll ask some questons!

 

1. What is your favorite ship and why?

2. Where is your favorite place to write and/or think about a story?

3. If you could pick only one HP moment to be your favorite (an almost impossible question, I realize), what would it be and why?

4. How long does it generally take you to write a one-shot/single chapter?

5. Out of all of the stories you have written, which is your favorite so far?


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#5 bittersweetflames

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 06:20 AM

Thanks for the questions! I'm so late, omg. D= Gonna answer anyway. XD

 

 

What is your favorite ship and why?

I've always been a Dramione fan. <3 It was the first ship I read about and the first ship I wrote about so it holds a special place in my heart. I also love Hermione/Severus. :) There's a story there. A long one. lol

 

 

 

Where is your favorite place to write and/or think about a story?

I write in the study where the desktop is. It's quiet here and the computer monitor is huge so I get to write and do other things as well. :) Thinking about a story is different. There's never any specific place. I could be brushing my teeth and an idea springs to my mind. When that happens I take note of it any way I can (Using my phone, tablet, a pen to my palm.lol)

 

 

 

If you could pick only one HP moment to be your favorite (an almost impossible question, I realize), what would it be and why?

This is basically impossible! But I have to say I have so many fave PoA moments. But basically when Harry thinks he can live with Sirius and leave the Dursleys. I wanted that so bad for him. And I just love PoA the most so it's my fave HP moment, lol.

 

 

How long does it generally take you to write a one-shot/single chapter?

Oh, it depends on motivation. I've written a one-shot in one sitting (about two hours) but I've had something that's taken so long like years. So there's never any set time, which is bad. Makes me seem like an undisciplined layabout. XD

 

 

Out of all of the stories you have written, which is your favorite so far?

Fit15+ And just because I've loved reading HG/SS fics for so long but never thought I'd be able to write it. But I did and here it is. :)


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Posted 14 November 2014 - 04:40 PM

Hi Carla!  I've just come from reading one of your stories and thought up a few questions for you!

 

1. What gave you the inspiration for Two: A Perfect Blend?

2. I noticed that you've written quite a few unusual pairings - do you have an OTP?

3. What's your greatest strength in writing?  And your biggest weakness?

4. If you could recommend three stories on the archives, which would they be?

5. You're a brilliant artist!  Do you use graphics to inspire stories, or do stories inspire banners?

6. What's your favourite thing about NaNo?


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 01:05 PM

Hi Sian.:D I swear I saw this as soon as you had posted it but I am such a bad and busy person it did nearly take me a month to answer your questions. Thank you for them though. <

 

 

 

1. What gave you the inspiration for Two: A Perfect Blend?
 
Well, it was written for The Winter Duel 2013 so that was half the idea. As for making it Scorose, I wanted to try a NextGen and I'd just written a Ted/Vic and I've read ScoRose, so I went there. Basically, I thought of two people who I thought would have completely different Xmases to write about and landed with these two (Like, Ted and Vic wouldn't work because their xmas are the same so there's no contrast. lol)
 

 

 

2. I noticed that you've written quite a few unusual pairings - do you have an OTP?

Ah, yes, I love unusual pairings! I started reading Dramione stories 'cos those had always been super interesting to me but as for OTP, I can't say that I have. I'd read/write anything as long as they interest me. :)

 

 

 

3. What's your greatest strength in writing?  And your biggest weakness?
Strength - Well, IDK, but apparently I set great scenes. And I love little details like that so I try my best to get them worked in. :)
Weakness - English is not my first language so, dialogue. I always have the hardest time making sure my dialogue really flows/is realistic because my English is classically learned thru school so I try to watch as many English-speaking shows as possible to help with this. :D
 

 

 

4. If you could recommend three stories on the archives, which would they be?

So many great stories!! I don't know how to choose but some of my faves are: 30 Days of You and Me by Mistress, which is the first ScoRose I ever read! We Are But Strangers by Elysium, who is one of my most fave Dramione writers. And, lastly, Nothing is Perfect by aurevoir, because it's a Dramione but it's Post-War and it's not a romance but it's so fascinating.

 

 

 

5. You're a brilliant artist!  Do you use graphics to inspire stories, or do stories inspire banners?

THANKS! Ah, I've never really made any graphics then thought, oh, I'd love to use this for a story. Usually graphic-making is organic. (i.e. I slap things on a canvas and hope for the best. <3) But, yes, stories inspire banners. I love making banners for stories that I really like. It insires me greatly. I also make banners for my stories because I hate posting them and having them up without a banner on them. Makes me think they're naked. D=

 

 

 

6. What's your favourite thing about NaNo?

 

 NaNo? The torture, the lack of a sleep cycle, the ignored family, the copious amounts of tea? No. <3 The writing. I get to write again. I've missed writing (I haven't done it in nearly a year!) and I'm just so happy to have inspiration back even if 50k words in a month is the basic definition of insanity. :)

 

Thanks for the questions, darling. :) Always a pleasure. <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 21 December 2014 - 10:42 PM

Hey, hey, hey lovely! :wub:

 

1. I really liked how in Fit and fall. you explored non-canon pairings, so two questions. 1. why did you choose those pairings specifically?

2. Do you think the writing experience (cheesey word but I can't think of a better phrase) differs for canon pairings and non-canon pairings? And if it does, how does it differ?

3. So I saw you've been writing since 2006, how has Harry Potter fanfiction changed since you started writing?

4. In the whole history of Claws, which Claw is your favourite Claw?

5. What are your favourite types of graphics to make?

6. Finally, you can bring one HP character back to life which one would it be and why?

 

Have fun and Merry Christmas, Carla!  :xchristmastree:


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Posted 23 December 2014 - 11:37 AM

Hi Kiana! Thank you for the lovely questions.< 3 HAPPY CHRISTMAS. :D OK, to answer:
 
1. Ah, in fall. I decided to do Rose/Teddy because I'd already planned to write a story for them a long time ago that never materialized so to make it up to them, I did this. Also, I wanted to explore how it is to fall in love with someone who was nearly family (but isn't) and who already belongs to someone who IS family. As for Snamione, they are my jam. <3 I've always loved Snape and just wanted him to be happy and I've always thought he'd be happy with Hermione. (Besides, I've always had a thing for older men. *coughs*)
 
2. Oh. Well, I think in non-canon pairings the hardest bit is making it believable (impossible, really. -shrugs- haha) but it's FUN because you're being rebel and I LOVE that. I love canon, reading it is fun but writing it bores me, you know? Or might just be me. haha. <3 As for canon pairings, it's comfy. Like settling down with a nice glass of wine after a long day's work. You know you like it but there are elements of different in there as well. :)
 
3. Oh. It was so much fun when the series wasn't over yet! Everything was up in the air (Harmony and Romione shippers were at war. lol) Ah, 
 
4. SO MANY. But I have a soft spot for Luna because she's different and she is OK with that, she's comfortable with that and she's beautiful, inside and out. <3 I just love her (although writing her is horribly difficult and I've never done it. haha)
 
5. It really depends on the day because I rut based on graphic types. So there are icon days, sig days, banner days and CI days (not really a straight answer, yeah?) But I LOVE LOVE making things for other people. <3 It's a fun process and it makes me happeh.
 
6. SNAPE. But since I am still in horrible denial that he's dead (HE IS NOT. -cries-) I will say Remus becase, really, how could all the Marauders be dead? SO NOT FAIR. D=
 
THANKS, Kiana. FUN TO ANSWER those questions. Hard but fun. lols

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 06:20 PM

Hi Carla!

 

1.  Do any of your stories from before your hiatus still exist on the archives?

2.  Do they make you cringe, or are you proud?  (Or a mixture of the two?)

3.  I love your Tedrose one-shot, fall.  Do you ship Tedrose or Tedoire (Teddy/Victoire) more?

4.  Do you write happily ever afters or unhappily never afters more?

5.  I see that you have two longer stories as WIPs.  Which one keeps your attention more?

6.  Do you speak any other languages?

7.  What's your OTP?

8.  Do you have a NOTP (as in, a ship that you can't stand)?

9.  Favorite season?

10. Favorite breed of dog?  (And if you don't like dogs, then cats?)


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