Call me Aji. I am an eighteen-year-old student who studies architecture, though my real dream since I was six was to do animation. I am an artist; I draw and design. Writing and reading are my passion, coming in second behind my love for sketching.
People see me as a boring nerd whose everyday ritual is devoid of any social activity, which is partially true; I am a nerd and I don't socialise as much as one would normally. I am split whether I am a boring person or not. My best friend and very close friends would surely say no, but my sisters would probably say yes. I guess, for you to know, it would depend on our level of interaction as acquaintances.
-Contrary to popular belief, I am, in fact, a creature with two X-chromosomes.
-I tend to buy lots of books and leave most of them in my bookshelf unread due to my busy schedule.
-I'm an Evangelical Christian who is the only one in a Roman Catholic clan.
-I have been single all my life and I prefer it that way until--dare I say it?--marriage. And religion/belief is not the reason (well, partly), can you believe it? It's because boys are too high-maintenance. I love my 'Me' time.
-I already have names for my future children, and they are based on Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. If I wouldn't be able to conceive, I'll adopt.
-I love Monty Python, A Very Potter Musical, Potter Puppet Pals, Phineas&Ferb, and Glee.
-I had a crush on Chris Colfer when they did Vogue in Glee.
-I hate Twilight. End of.
-During schooldays, I tend to down more or less five cups of coffee.
-I've gone more than three days without sleep. That's normal for architecture students.
-I've never smoked. The smell is nauseating.
-I love swearing colourfully and I borrow swearwords from my favourite books and shows. Dobby's sock.
-I did karate and achieved a black belt and a purple belt in two styles/systems/schools. Beware.
-I read mangas, and I prefer them over anime. I am picky with what I read though.
-I love thick books.
-My favourite punctuations are the semi-colon and em-dash.
My Writing, A History.
JK Rowling inspired me. I was amazed upon reading Harry Potter when I was twelve. That's when I began to write. And also discovered fan fiction. Puberty immensely affected my writing at that time; my genre was clichéd and shallow romance (that I have had no idea about, but I wrote them anyway) and my characters were Sues. My ego had been overly inflated by nonsensically praising reviews. When I realised that my writing was horrid, I left fan fiction for two or three years while trying to make my writing better. Afterwards, I wrote my Harry Potter fan fiction Albus Severus which was quite decent. Then I had another year of writing nothing until I decided to do Artemis Fowl flash fiction exercises to keep what I've improved on so far from deteriorating. I collected them in my A Nib's Babble in Fanfiction.net under the penname xybolic.
My writing is mostly in the humour genre. I think of myself as unfunny and not witty at all, so it makes me wonder how in the world this happened. Hilarious one-liners are hard to come by, and when they do (rarely, mind), I sort of build a humourous situation around it. That's how I write. Eoin Colfer also probably influenced me.
I have yet to find my writing style. I usually have hiatus more often than I write so my writing is a tad undeveloped. I'm trying though, since it's my dream to be published.
Summary: Al doesn't like his name. Or being named after two oddballs. He asks Uncle Ron, “Why couldn’t Mum have named me instead?” so then maybe he could have had a better name. Well, this is why...
Big thanks to Azhure for beta-ing this!