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If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Wow, tough one. I guess if we're just talking about the physical world (as opposed to getting into philosophy, religion, etc.), it would be nice if the overall world economy could be fixed up. Obviously everyone can't be rich, because financial wealth is defined in having more than others, but I would like for all countries to be at least fairly prosperous, with unemployment and rock-bottom poverty eliminated. And for every household — or at least those of people who care about that sort of thing — to be able to afford a reasonably good car, premium cable, and high-speed internet. That would be part of the whole better economy deal... if it can all count as one thing.

What makes a person respectable?
A good combination of honor, morals, and conviction. Qualities such as tact, fairness, respect for others, courage, and diligence also help quite a bit... but a deficit in these is often excusable is the person has enough of the first three to make up for it.

What do you look for in a friend?
If we're talking basic companionship, I'm pretty shallow: I look for someone who shares my interests (not necessarily all of them, but the more the better), is entertaining enough to talk to that I know I won't be bored in their company, not excessively obnoxious or ditzy, at least fairly intelligent, doesn't swear every other word or otherwise act crudely, has no off-putting physical qualities such as horrific disfigurements (I don't meant to be discriminatory, but I need to be able to feel comfortable looking at a person) or really strong body odor, is not too moody/depressive/likely to bring me down just by being around them, and has decent enough morals (doest need to be a saint, but shouldn't go around shoplifting and pushing old ladies in the mud for fun). I'm fairly open to people who approach me on their own: basically, if I'm not bored or frightened by you, I'm willing to be your friend. However, for me to make an effort to befriend someone, there has to be something really special about them; usually I don't bother.

Online, I'm a lot pickier about my friends than in RL. The person needs to not only not be an idiot, but also speak in an intelligent manner: use complete sentences and proper punctuation, have good grammar (unless they have the excuse of being foreign), not use net-speak (with minor exceptions) or say "lol" every other word, and basically not talk in a way that sounds stupid (it's hard to explain... but I know it when I see it). Anyone, for example, who refers to Severus Snape as "Sevie" on a regular basis would be out of the question. I also usually require the person to share at least one of my main fandoms (currently Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, and Pirates of the Caribbean) and — because I am a devout shipper — prefer for us to have at least one pairing that we both like (it doesn't have to be an OTP... just something each of us is at least fairly interested in; enough to be able to enjoy discussing it). One the same note, I need to know they're intelligent enough to have a basic understanding of the characters in whatever fandom we share: if they believe something of a character that is wildly contradictory to canon — let's say, that Snape, if I may use him as an example again, is likely to squee and dance around when something goes his way — that will majorly turn me off from wanting to associate with them more than necessary. Finally, the person needs to be fairly open-minded and tolerant of others' opinions and preferences, especially when it comes to issues of fandom — I have trouble being friends with anyone who bashes pairings or characters they do not like (with the exception of doing it in private, around like-minded individuals only).

To sum it up... I'm pretty selective when it comes to making friends online. I try to be nice to everyone (unless they're jerks to me — or my friends — first), but I only befriend those I feel are truly worth my time. Despite this, I am a lot more eager to make online friends than RL friends: while in real life I wait to be approached — or introduced by someone I already know — online, particularly on LiveJournal, I am likely to start conversations with people I've never met before and will sometimes actively attempt to engage the attention of those I feel I would like to be friends with.

Now, to become really good friends with someone — and this probably applies equally to real life and the internet — I have some requirements that are a bit less shallow (I hope). I need the person to be honest and trustworthy; to be someone with whom I feel I can connect intellectually and someone who understands me emotionally; I need to be comfortable with them to the point where I can tell them embarrassing things and not only know that they won't repeat them, but also that they won't judge me (whether aloud or not). I also need to feel like I can tell them critical things, be completely honest (though delicate if necessary), and they won't get hurt or offended; and I need to be able to hear critical things from them and not take it too hard, and know that if I don't agree with a criticism of theirs I don't have to be apologetic about it. I need them to be tolerant of my beliefs — my deeper ones, such as political, moral, and religious — even if we happen to disagree, and I need to see that they're equally tolerant of the beliefs of others. And, of course, I need to be able to carry on a fairly long conversation with them and not get bored.

What are your hobbies?
TV and the internet (primarily LiveJournal) sums up most of it. In the real world I also like to go to the movies, visit amusement parks (water parks are my favorite), walk around/drive around with friends, go out for food, or just sit and talk about nothing and everything (I'm very talkative once I get started — in case you haven't noticed). When I'm alone I also like to draw, make digital graphics (including LJ icons), and occasionally read books (though I'm too lazy and too slow a reader to do it on a regular basis); listening to music is also fun, but way too time-consuming, since I've trouble concentrating on other things during it — so I usually only do it in the car or if I'm walking/taking public transportation with no one to talk to.

Online, other than general LJ-related activities such as updating, reading my friends list, and leaving comments, I like to read fanfiction, look at fanart — both hand-drawn and digital, collect pretty graphics such as icons and wallpapers (I'm sort of a pack rat about that kind of thing), compete in blend challenges and icon contests, vote in said challenges and contests (one of my most favorite things to do is judge the skills of others), beta read when I have the time, and occasionally (very occasionally) write my own fanfiction. Oh, and I love to roleplay, especially one-on-one; I can't believe I almost forgot that one.

Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
Meh... I want to say I would, but I'm selfish and lazy. I guess I technically have in the past, because I've been to visit nursing homes with my church youth group, if that counts. And I almost always give offering in church, part of which I'm sure goes to charitable causes... But, because I've no steady income at the moment, I'm pretty stingy with what little money I do have; and I'm way too busy and — as I said — lazy (not that I'm proud of it) to volunteer my time. If and when I become successful and start making a sufficient amount of money, I'll very likely end up putting some of it away to give to charity every month. I'm just not in a place where I can really do that right now.

What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
I guess something cheesy like "fall in love" isn't really an accomplishment (besides, that's not always a good thing, so it probably wouldn't fit anyway). What I would really love is to become a really successful, world-famous fashion designer; it's not my most realistic of goals, but it's probably my most coveted.

Who is your role model?
Hard to say. I don't think there's any one person I'd like to be like in every way... or even most ways... but out of the people I know I guess my father comes the closest to being a role model. I have a lot of respect for his intellect, his sense of conviction, his analytical way of thinking, his amazing endurance and work ethic, his creativity and humor, and his loves of politics and literature. We have very different views on some things, and there are certain aspects of his personality that I just don't like — not simply because they annoy me personally, but because they are traits that I don't think are good for anyone to have; but the things I listed above are certainly things in which I would like to be more like him.

At the same time, there are already a lot of things I've picked up from my dad, whether intentionally or not; from many of his political views, to his personal brand of humor, to some of his habits, such as always checking the unit price at the supermarket. I repeat many of his catch phrases and jokes, as well as use many of the philosophical principles he's taught me, sometimes without even realizing I got the stuff from him. He's probably had the most influence on me out of all the people in my life, and I think I might have more respect for him than anyone I know (even if I can't say I always act that way).

What trait most annoys you about other people?
Ditziness really gets to me. Especially online; anything involving excessive punctuation or caps lock (unless used ironically), constant use of internet shorthand (which, I'm sad to say, I used to be guilty of myself), sticky caps, etc... and I want to run away from that person as fast as I can. Too much cutesiness usually falls under the same category. Also, bitchy people who take offence at you for breathing, and who accuse you of either things you clearly didn't do or things you shouldn't reasonably have to apologize for; they're really annoying. And also, excessive swearing and other types of pointless crudeness, such as telling jokes that attempt to be funny simply by being shockingly off-color (this is different from dark humor, which I often enjoy).

Oh, and discrimination based on ideas: from bashing other people's political views to insulting someone's music taste just because it differs from your own (again, I make exceptions for doing this sort of thing in private around like-minded people). One of the things that I hate most, as I mentioned above, is fandom based discrimination and bashing; even if you're only talking about a pairing or character, rather than directly insulting the fans of said pairing or character, I still find it offensive. I think ship wars, for example, are incredibly stupid and immature: I don't understand why people can't just leave others' pairings alone and worry about their own. Somebody else's OTP isn't going to hurt yours, even if they contradict each other; supporting a non-canon pairing, such as Harry/Hermione, does not make you stupid or delusional; preferring het over slash doesn't mean you're a homophobic sheep who's been brain-washed by mass media (!). And so on, etc. This kind of stuff ticks me off worse than anything.

What do you want to do for a living?
Right now, my career ambition is to be a graphic designer, hopefully focusing on projects such as album covers, movie posters, and book jackets. I would also like to be a fashion designer, as I mentioned, but being as I both hate to sew and am not very good at making patterns, I've decided not to concentrate on that.

If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
It really depends on the sort of attack. If it were something serious, I would use magic (if in the wizarding world) to the best of my ability to slow the attack, as long as I could remain reasonably safe while doing so, then run and get help; if it were a situation where I couldn't get help, I would try to aid my friend as best I could, but might be too scared to do anything useful and may end up shamefully hiding somewhere (although, having never been in a situation of that sort, I don't really know... I may have some hidden bravery in me that extreme circumstances could bring out).

However, if the attack were minor — let's say a person hitting or jinxing my friend — I would either defend them myself if I could or otherwise alert the nearest authority (it's not tattling if you or your friend is getting hurt). Likewise, if it were a minor animal/creature attack, I probably could do something to try to stop it, especially if I had the use of magic.

Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Good question. I might use Imperius if it were for a justifiable cause and there was no other way; I would use Cruciatus if it were a matter of self-defense (or defending someone else) and, again, only if there were no better options; I would avoid using the Killing Curse at all cost, even in a battle situation, if there were any way to get around it (that is to say not kill anyone, rather that kill by other means). I might, of course, make an exception if I were facing someone like Voldemort... but I highly doubt that would ever happen. Oh, and... I guess I might use the Killing Curse on a bug I didn't want to touch to squish; or if I were defending myself from a ravenous animal and it came down to it or me.

What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
Artistic skills, graphic skills, niceness, intellect (which I often doubt, but other people seem to think I'm smart), ability to theorize and be insightful on the subjects that interest me.

What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
Wow, only five? Insecurity/low self-esteem, Foot-in-Mouth Syndrome (saying everything I'm thinking without considering the consequences half the time), inability to get work done on time, fearfulness, occasional tendency to be annoying.

Define in your own words the following key traits:
I guess "bravery" would be redundant. Uhm... the willingness and determination to do what is needed in the face of danger and uncertainty, even at great personal risk or when harm to self is inevitable.

Standing by and supporting/defending a person/people or cause, and remaining true to them/it to the very end, despite whatever reason there may be to turn away, be it threat or temptation.

Oh... this is a very difficult one. A combination of smartness (for lack of a better word), a bit of cunning, a certain amount of sophistication, at least a little wisdom, and a basic logical understanding of how things work in the world.

A strong desire and determination to succeed, to climb the ladder, and to gain whatever one most desires: be it power, status, respect, recognition, wealth, fame, devotion, fear... or any combination of the above.

Supergirl (or Anna)


What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? (This question is optional for those who feel they just DO NOT fit in a house. Please explain WHY.)
I've taken quizzes and gotten Hufflepuff before, but I really don't think it fits me. For one thing, it seems to me that a true Hufflepuff should have a lot of house pride; I would have next to none. I have a ton of respect for Hufflepuffs, objectively, but I seriously don't want to be one and would likely spend all my time wishing I were in a house I actually liked. And a more substantial reason: I may be fairly loyal... but I don't think I have a hard-working bone in my body. Why is it everyone keeps saying I'm smart, and yet I get poor grades? Because I don't know how to apply myself — unlike all those diligent, hard-working Hufflepuffs. Plus, half the time I'm just blatantly lazy.

Where did you find out about us?
All over, really. But I was finally convinced to apply by atalantapendrag.
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