Q: Will you join my guild?
A: I figured I'd get this one done first, since I get it far more often than anyone who has blocked guild invitations ought to. The answer is NO. If ever I join a guild, it will probably be the Neopian Times Appreciation Guild, since it sounds like my kind of guild. I'm actually tempted to join right now, just to make people stop asking me to join barely-started, barely-active guilds. But that sounds like a stupid reason to join a guild, especially considering the fact that I don't have the time/desire to chat, so for now, I shall stay guildless.
Q: Will you write a story about my pets?
A: I'm not very active in the Times lately due to focusing on real-life writing projects, so I'm afraid I can't.
Q: Where do you get your story ideas?
A: The stories I write tend to be a side effect of spending most of my time in an imaginary world, and building on what happens there. Sometimes a line from a song or from another story grabs my attention, and a whole different story slowly grows from that fragment.
Q: Will you give me a story idea?
A: Maybe. If I can think of one that I don't want to write myself. And even if I do, the idea will probably be very vague.
Q: What's your real name?
A: As if I'd tell you over the Internet. Sarah will do.
Q: Did you base the first part of your name on the Sarah Lee pancake brand?
A: I didn't even know there was a pancake brand named Sarah Lee until I was asked this question.
Q: How old are you?
Q: Are you an author in real life?
A: Working on that. I've got a few partly-written books, and seven written ones. Unfortunately, most of those books are in a badly-written series, and will need a lot of editing before they are publishable.
Q: Could you give me some writing tips?
A: To avoid the appearance of arrogance, I should mention that this is one of those questions that I actually have been asked. Anyway, here's the list of tips, which is badly in need of updating when I get around to it:
Q: Can I use your character(s) in one of my stories?
A: I don't have a corner on Lord Darigan or Sloth or Dr_Death or any of these other official Neopets characters, so you don't even need to ask me to use them; but as for my own characters, feel free to use the side ones, like Konar, Rorn, Boloro or Togthar, for example, just so long as you ask first and mention that they're mine. As for the main ones, like Tamiya, Tenultra, Filora Evenlight or Miaglo Darkwind, you DEFINITELY ought to get my permission first. If I know you and your writing well enough to know that you won't mess up my characters, I'll probably say yes.
Q: Will you be my Neofriend?
A: I ended up blocking Neofriend requests, due to the inexplicable glut of people who would Neofriend me and then vanish into the sunset before we'd even said 'hello'. I've pretty much quit making exceptions for the 'no pressing the Neofriend button' rule. The only time I do it is when I have a long-established friend that I want to be sure to stay in touch with.
Q: Will your pet fight mine in the Battledome?
A: Only if we've confirmed over Neomail that we're both on at the same time. I HATE it when people challenge me to a fight and then never show up, so I blocked Bdome challenges.
Q: Are you going to write any more stories?
A: As I said above, right now I'm concentrating on my real-life writing, so probably not for a while.
Story Telling Contest
My first Storytelling win
My favorite story so far
My second favorite
The best ending I've written so far
The inspiration for Behind the Forbidden Door
My 100th win!
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