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20 Facts Meme

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 6:40 PM
After being tagged by :icongraphix-goddess:, I did my best to share some things that I haven't before. It's possible I might have shared information that I already did before, but I hope you enjoy.

1. Technically, my first fan fiction was written when I was 12. I didn't upload it on the Internet though because I had no idea people did that. That, plus fear of being done for plagiarism.

2. It was in that particular fan fiction that I featured one of my first OCs, a detective named Nelson Pandora.

3. I wrote a vampire story called "Moscow After Dusk" once when I was 12. The title was inspired by a film called "London After Midnight", a film starring Lon Chaney Sr. who played Erik/The Phantom of the Opera in the Universal Studios 1925 silent film adaptation. The story itself was based on a whole bunch of overused vampire story elements (i.e. seductive nobleman who is a vampire, crazed servant who gets killed off, vampire can turn into a rat or wolf and command the fog).

4. The first time I seriously took the pain to create OCs (original characters) I was 13 years old and in eighth grade.

5. My OCs names were Leon "Leo" H. Solaris, Damon Corrigan, and his mother Alice.

6. Leo Solaris first appeared in a story I wrote when I was 13 called "A Vandal called X"

7. I intended to create a whole trilogy of stories involving Leo Solaris. All of them had one central thing in common: a bullied main character who resorts to a crime of some kind with various degrees of harmful consequences but is shown the error of his/her ways by a mentor figure of sorts.

8. I began the sequel to "A Vandal called X" when I was 14 and have been working on and off of it for more than eight years.

9. When I was 10 years old, my favourite class was English (although we called it Language Arts). It was during Language Arts that we took a Creative Writing unit and the whole class had so much fun writing stories. Even after the class ended, I continued to write short stories by myself.

10. The short stories were particularly hilarious as they always featured people from the class as the main characters of their own stories. Fun times :XD:

11. It was during that class that I came up with a story that took place in two cities/towns in France, Lyon and Strasbourg.

12. About 7 years later, I moved with my parents to Lyon and my sister spent an Erasmus exchange year in Stasbourg! :o

13. I wrote my two horror stories, The Nightmare Queen and The Wild Huntsman, during my undergraduate years in Farnham, Surrey. In particular, the park in the middle of the town and a public footpath just around the corner from my University were the two locations that most inspired me to write The Wild Huntsman. My story "Dirge of the Swan" and its original source "The Swan Song" was inspired partly by King's Pond in Alton, Hampshire and partly by the music of Within Temptation.

14. From April to August 2013, I undertook an internship at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. I worked in the Archives department and had a chance to read and examine old documents from UNESCO that included a draft of the original Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948.

15. It was during that internship that I saw and said hello to Forest Whittaker, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He was presenting his documentary, Rising from Ashes.

16. The majority of my stories do not involve any OCs because I never really had the tradition of doing so. Sometimes, I don't even give my main characters names because they are just one-shot characters. I'd like to think that it makes the story easier to relate to :shrug:

17. My first internship ever was at euronews, a pan-European TV news channel that happened to be based in the city where I've been living for the last five years. The funny thing is, I got into that internship because my supervisor's sister happened to be the International Students advisor at the university I was studying in.

18. During my undergraduate course, I got to train in parkour/free running with a member of 3RUN, one of the most famous freerunning/PK teams in the UK. My first teacher was Sam Parham:

19. I speak English, French and some Arabic with my mother, English and French with my father, and English almost exclusively with my sisters.

20. I was in my last year of my undergraduate when I voted in the first free multi-party elections of Tunisia's history. I still have the photo of me from that year:
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Skander (Eric Alexandre) Lafif
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Name: Skander Heythem/ Eric Alexandre Lafif

Nationality: Tunisian/French

Occupation: martial arts practitioner, trombonist, wannabe parkour practicioner & gymnast, fiction writer and poet

Get to know me. Feel free to check out my gallery. Maybe you will like what you see. The majority of my work is prose and poetry, but you will find photography and occasionally some illustrations too. :)

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AlwaysRainCheck 10 hours ago  Student General Artist
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Many thanks for the :+fav: on Mythology with a Twist: Meleager and Atalanta, I really appreciate it!
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Not at all, you're really talented! It's amazing to follow your work :aww:
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