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Re: Getting to Know You

Postby johobbit » May 01, 2017 6:36 pm

A hearty welcome to NarniaWeb, Fireberry! :D Yes, agreed, your username is great! And a high-five to a fellow Canadian. There are a (very) few of us Canucks on here. ;)) B-)

Interesting ... THaHB was my leas-liked Chronicle growing up (although I still really liked it), but now it nearly vies with my long-standing favourite, The Silver Chair. Although I do hasten to add, as others have stated, that my best beloved Narnia story is whichever one I am currently reading, they're all so amazing. I love that you've read the series "many, many, many, many" times. :D

It's good to have you here!
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Re: Getting to Know You

Postby hmj97 » May 17, 2017 6:00 pm

1. Name: hmj97

2. King or Queen of Narnia (guy or girl): Queen

3. Family (single/married/kids): Single

4. Occupation: College student/childcare provider/freelance actor (won't be freelance for much longer, thankfully!)

5. How you learned about NarniaWeb: I think I found this site back in 2015? Or maybe it was last year? I think I found it through a Google search when I heard news about 'The Silver Chair'. And then I read a comment from someone who was wondering about auditions for the movie and I had to make an account. I love talking about acting and I really wanted to help that person out and get them informed. (Shout out to the admins for getting me set up with my account after a couple tribulations! Hope I wasn't a bother!)

6. How old were you when you first read the Chronicles?: I started reading LWW when I was about 8 or so (I think for a book report?) but I just wasn't a reader as a kid and gave up after around page 24. :)) I restarted the series around Christmas time 2015. I, umm, still have 3 books to read. :D Whoops. I have ADHD so it's kinda hard for me to really sit down for a few hours and commit myself to reading. It doesn't help that I've been super busy the last 5 months, either. :|

7. How many times have you read the Chronicles?: Not even once all the way through the series. :)) Working on it though!

8. Favorite of the Chronicles: From the ones I've read, probably LWW. MN comes in at a really close second though (so far, at least).

9. Hobbies and/or interesting things about you: Reading, creative writing, learning different languages (currently learning 7) in addition to being interested in travel, world culture and history, singing (only sometimes - I get tired of my voice after a while! :)) ) and acting. I'm originally from Portland, Oregon but I now live in a small-medium sized town in the Midwest (a good 7-8 hours of a drive to any real city) due to having a parent previously in the military. There's no talent agency here, but I'm moving back to Portland next summer and I'm so excited to get an agent and do a lot more screen acting stuff instead of being relegated to strictly community theatre and bit roles in local indie shorts. I read through the first few pages of this thread and I came across a few other people interested in different aspects of filmmaking, so that's really neat! How fun would that be if we all got together at some point and made a feature film? :) I also love film scores (James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson-Williams and David Hirschfelder are a few of my favorite composers) and I'm interested in learning how to knit. :D I also have a slight obsession with thunderstorms and fog (especially fog - guess it comes with being from the PNW :)) ).
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Re: Getting to Know You

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » May 18, 2017 11:03 am

Welcome to NarniaWeb, hmj97! :-h Ooh, I'm almost envious that you still have a few of the Chronicles left to read... it would be amazing to go back and read them for the first time again. :D

And wow, you have lots of interesting interests! I'm especially curious about what languages you are learning... I tried to start learning Russian on top of studying Greek a few months ago, but learning two new alphabets/keyboards at once was making me dizzy. :))

Anyway, you might enjoy checking out the books thread, Writer's World, and The Second Measure, which is for all things sewing, yarnwork and other needlework. We also have a thread called The Filmmaker's Studio which is currently locked, but I think it could be opened again if there's interest. :)

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask! Have fun exploring the forum!
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Re: Getting to Know You

Postby hmj97 » May 18, 2017 11:44 am

The Rose-Tree Dryad wrote:Welcome to NarniaWeb, hmj97! :-h Ooh, I'm almost envious that you still have a few of the Chronicles left to read... it would be amazing to go back and read them for the first time again. :D

And wow, you have lots of interesting interests! I'm especially curious about what languages you are learning... I tried to start learning Russian on top of studying Greek a few months ago, but learning two new alphabets/keyboards at once was making me dizzy. :))

Anyway, you might enjoy checking out the books thread, Writer's World, and The Second Measure, which is for all things sewing, yarnwork and other needlework. We also have a thread called The Filmmaker's Studio which is currently locked, but I think it could be opened again if there's interest. :)

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask! Have fun exploring the forum!
Thank you for the warm welcome, The Rose-Tree Dryad! :) I'll be sure to check out those other threads. Thank you for mentioning them!

I learned about the Pevensies' fate in LB a few years ago because of some Wikia thread. :(( When I told my mom a few months ago what happened to them (she only ever read through VDT or SC as a kid), she cried. I felt awful for telling her. :(( But I've yet to actually read LB so at least I'll be fully experiencing it for the first time.

I'm learning Russian, Swedish, French, Arabic, Irish, Mandarin Chinese and Hungarian. I'm learning it all on my own time, too, which is nice - I've heard learning languages through school sucks the fun out of learning about them. I wanted to learn Swedish solely because it's a strong part of my heritage and it's the only bit of my ancestry that I've always known about. Only within the last few years did I realize I'm also part Russian, Native American, etc. I'm also playing around sporadically with Spanish, Hawaiian and Icelandic (so I guess that makes it unofficially 10 languages? But I'm not focusing on them so I rarely mention them). I kinda have a thing for lesser-known languages like Irish and Hawaiian. Such rich histories! Also, the Russian alphabet is surprisingly easy to learn. The pronunciation exceptions to certain letters however... I'm still having trouble with that. :)) The Greek and Russian alphabets are both derived from the Cyrillic alphabet, so a small handful of the letters between the 2 languages are the same. I've wanted to learn Greek for a while, but I could never choose between wanting to learn Ancient Greek or Modern Greek. Similarly, I had the hardest time choosing whether to learn Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese. :)) (I ended up picking Traditional.)

The dream would be to get cast as adult Lucy in HHB film (after the script is written so the Pevensies have larger roles than what's written in the book, of course :)) ) but unless the specific agent I'm looking at signing with has connections in London (highly unlikely, though he does seem to have a good reputation with casting departments in LA which is neat) or I eventually get an agent in London (even more unlikely), it just won't happen. I can always fancast myself, though... right? :))

I forgot to mention this, but I'm a bit of a nature photographer. All freelance, though, and I've never submitted my photos for photo contests or calendars or anything like that. I just like taking pictures of pretty things in nature. :) I have a VSCO - I'm hmj97 on there as well, though I haven't updated it in a while. I'll try to update it soon.
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Re: Getting to Know You

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » May 18, 2017 7:01 pm

@hmj97: Well, I won't say any more about the Pevensies' fate in LB so as to not spoil any surprises, but I do hope you (and your mom!) are able to read the book soon! :)

That's a super cool collection of languages! :D The Russian alphabet itself wasn't so bad, but learning how to type in Russian on an American keyboard, on the other hand... hardly any of the letters corresponded with the phonetically similar Latin letters. I thought my brain was going to melt out of my ears. :P This site was great for practicing, but I figured I'd do better after I was farther along with Greek and maybe I wouldn't be so mentally exhausted. ;)) My ultimate goal is to be able to read Ancient Greek fluently, but I'm learning Modern Greek at the moment just to get my feet wet. Some things have evolved, but the core of the language has endured over the millennia... it's pretty amazing, honestly!

(Methinks maybe we need a thread in the Spare Oom about this topic... I shall have to look into that. :D)

Good luck with your Narnian acting dreams! You never know until you try, and even if playing Lucy is out of reach, you might still get the chance to be a background character. Playing a dryad or a naiad would be so cool!

And wow, very nice photography! :ymapplause:

I forgot to mention before: the central hub for free-floating conversation is the Town Square over in Ditto Town. It's a great place to chat with NarniaWebbers and talk about interests and life stuff, so you might want to check it out! :)
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