Saturday, September 10, 2011

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Claire Hennessy over at her blog Crazy California Claire, and as a result I have to share 10 random facts about myself. It made me realize I haven't said anything about who I am and what I do, or better to say, what I write. Forgive me, I'm a bit of a scatterbrain. There, I already said something about myself! Anyway, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

Firstly, I live in Croatia, a small European country on the Mediterranean sea. My town is situated on the seaside, but I don't go to beach much. Never can find the time. Daina Rustin is my pen name and I mostly use it because my real name is much too, um, Croatian :D. I'm 30-something, I work as a web developer and in my spare time, I like to draw and, you guessed, write.

I write mostly fantasy at the moment. Sword and sorcery fantasy, to be more precise. I would like to get into other sub-genres, but to tell you the truth, my characters won't let me. If you've read my Campaigner Challenge entry, you've already met them. They've taken a permanent residence in my head and refuse to leave. I've only written a few short stories with them, and a novella size one that's in dire need of a serious edit (it's the one that started it all), for some reason I keep putting off larger pieces with them and opting for short stories instead. Perhaps I don't feel ready yet. I plan to self-publish one of those short stories as a part of my little experiment with self-publishing, you might have seen the cover(s) I plan to use for it. It's going to be for free, and hopefully some of you will want to download it and read it :).

I also have an unfinished novel of about 100000 words, a disaster born during two years of NaNoWriMo that will probably never see the light of day, because I started writing it before I had a firm grip on the characters and they turned out completely void of character. Too bad, because the plot itself isn't all that bad. It's about a young prince and his little sister being chased by their enemies across an unknown land, forced to seek help from two mysterious and mutually adversarial native races. Maybe one day I'll come back to it and edit it properly (a little nudge might help ;) ). For this year's NaNoWriMo, I have in mind something with pirates :D.

I would also like to write some science fiction, but the stories just won't come. Which I think it's pretty strange, because I love sci-fi, I read a lot of it, I watch even more, I'm a geek for technology and science stuff, but the inspiration just won't come. Weird. I also love detective and mystery genre, and been toying with the idea of writing a fantasy who-done-it for a while now.

I read pretty much the same genres. My favorite authors are Guy Gavriel Kay, Roger Zelazny, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold for her Vorkosigan saga (she also writes good fantasy). Mike Resnick has some of the best short stories I've ever read (I still need to find out if his novels are just as good), I love Ellis Peters' Cadfael series (a historical who-done-it)... I used to be hooked on Agatha Christie as a kid, until I realized all her books are almost exactly the same. I like thrillers too, and children books, basically anything that has action in it, not just drama for drama's sake or romance for romance's sake - that is to say, I don't like romance and drama books, but I like romance and drama in my "actiony" books. Because really, what's action without a bit of romance and drama?

What else should I tell you about myself? Well, my health has been a bit wonky lately, I have a defective thyroid gland that might or might not be the cause of a constant tiredness I've been feeling for the last half a year or so. It's not the fatigue like you get from hard work or lack of sleep, more like a chronic lack of energy. I wake up tired, I'm somewhat functional before noon but at 3PM sharp my brain shuts down, and at 5PM when I come home from work I'm so tired that all I want to do is just curl up on the couch and sleep. The reason I'm mentioning this is not to get sympathy or whatnot, it's just to inform you that that's mostly the reason I haven't posted much yet (I will try to write at least one post a week, probably during the weekend, weekends are a little more bearable). It's the reason why I haven't still answered to all of your comments, or dropped by all the people in my groups (and I put myself down for 3 groups, go me), or commented on your entries, although I did read a lot of them, and loved them all. Hopefully I'll get to catch up this weekend. I want to read as much entries as I can. Anyway, if you don't get an answer to your comment, don't think I'm ignoring you or something, I was just probably too tired to come sit at the computer. Also, if you added me and I didn't add you back, give me a shout, I probably missed you somehow. The most frustrating thing about this is that I really, really want to write, but most of the time, I just don't have the energy for it.

Aaaanyway, before this post reaches the size of a small Mediterranean country, let's get down to this tag business. Here come 10 random facts about me.

1. I live with my boyfriend, who broke his leg playing soccer with his friends about a month ago.

2. I like dogs, but I'm really a cat person. Unfortunately, I had to give my cat to my mother because my future mother-in-law is allergic.

3. I can't imagine life without chocolate.

4. It's very hard to piss me off, unless you're family. Then it's the easiest thing in the world.

5. I rarely start writing before I have a beginning, a middle and an end, but I never make notes, I keep all the planing in my head.

6. I don't have a driver's license.

7. In case you haven't figured it out by now, English is not my native language :D

8. I like emotes. A lot.

9. As a child, I was extremely picky about my food, I refused to eat most of it. Now, I eat everything, and I love trying out new things. I do draw the line at roasted cockroaches and fried worms though.

10. I love 80's cartoons. And 80's music and shows. Also movies and hairstyles. I hate the cartoons that run on Cartoon Network today (although I just watched the new Thundercats and I loved them, they have finally started making cartoons that are not downright disgusting).

So now I have to tag back 5 more people. I found a few victims among the Campaigners, so here they are:

You're it, Cheryl! @
You're it, Michael! @
You're it, Jes! @
You're it, Barbara! @
You're it, Mish! @

Ok, now that that's done, it's your turn. Tell me about yourself. What do you write? What do you read? Where do you live? How's life?


  1. Daina, the more I read from you, the more I'm interested in reading more. I'm giving you The Versatile Blogger Award. For info check here:

    PS I see you tagged me. So, I'll try to get to that one in a few days. I've got fibromyalgia, so I have to pace myself, too.

  2. Hey Daina, thanks for the tag! We have a few things in common! I love Terry Pratchett, he's probably my favourite author. I also don't have a driving license! I LOVE your line about it being hard to piss you off unless it's family.

    The thyroid thing must suck and I sympathise. I think it's a marvel that you manage to write at all given the circumstances.

    Good to know more about you! And thanks for tagging me.

  3. Oh, I have the thyroid thing too. I take medication and usually it helps, but it's gone wonky on me lately. It's always a matter of adjustment. Blah.

    Numbers three and four also fit me perfectly. :) And eight, obviously :P

  4. Cats and dogs-we don't have them at my house anymore. My mom gets too attached to cats and the dogs we prefer are banned from the village.

  5. Thanks for tagging my friend Micheal. Because your space looks awesome and tagging him I am a new follower. Will visit back soon!

  6. Hey Fellow Campaigner , thanks for the tag ! I will get my post done ASAP and check around for a few victims to pass it along to !
    ... and I can identify with no.8 - mainly the music part ... not much of a TV fan ...

  7. Sorry about the mistake :) I meant to say no.10 LOL !

  8. Barbara: fibromyalgia sucks a lot more than hypothyroidism :( And I thought I had a hard time keeping up to everything.

    Cheryl: Pratchett is amazing! I just love how he can take a phrase you've been taking for granted and totally twist it around into something crazy and hilarious.

    L.G.Smith: The problem is that I have two cysts that have completely destroyed the left side of the gland, but all the hormones are normal (ideal, actually) so all the doctors claim that my symptoms are not caused by the thyroid (maybe they're right, but what are the chances that I have some other condition with the exact same symptoms?). They just look at the numbers, but none of them has ever asked me how I feel, and when I try to tell them, they just shush me up and dismiss me. I just hope it will be sorted out while I still have some hair left on my head.

    niiganab: that's too bad. I understand your mom though, I get attached even to other people's cats :D I wish we could have a dog, but we just can't take care of one right now. Why are the dogs banned from your village?

    The Writing Well: thanks for dropping by. I'll be reading you too.

    Hey, mish! I'm a child of the 80's, so that's the period that I'm most attached to, but I still believe music was much better then, all the other stuff too.

  9. That was really interesting! And, i'm still a picky eater although I do try things on occasion.

  10. Oh, and of course welcome to the Rule Of Three Blogfest!

  11. @li It's still a mystery to me how I came from eating nothing to eating everything! It's like someone just flipped a switch inside my head.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Aloha Daina,

    Mahalo again for following my newly created Hawaiian blog, and I gave you a personal shout out in my latest post at
    Please consider me should there be any tagging in the future! (I am always looking for ways to meet and follow other bloggers – I'm just not sure of how to do it sometimes (I don't want to be “rude” and burst into someone's thread or post - or is that OK??? So confused:)
    Best regards, and aloha,

  13. Hi Fellow Campaigner - I finally got my post done ! Read all the juicy details here :
    Thanks for the tag !