NTMI: Hello everyone! I'm here today with Alison K, better known as slack_jawd_yokel, owner of Kiwibonk the aisha. Good evening, Alison!
NTMI: Our first question is how did you find Neopets?
Slack_jawd_yokel: My friend Gabby told me about a really cool website where you could make pets and play with them and stuff.
NTMI: What was your initial reaction?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Cool! At first all I did was play with my pets and stuff. This was before the Neopian Times started, in an account called satlydog.
NTMI: What happened to satlydog?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I didn't like the name. It was supposed to be saltydog but I spelt it wrong.
NTMI: Ouch! So how did slack_jawd_yokel come into being?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I had so many accounts with weird names and I wanted one with a cool one.
NTMI: Is that why you chose to submit to the NT using it?
Slack_jawd_yokel: No. I couldn't remember the passwords of all my other accounts.
NTMI: Oops! Not so fine. So now that we know why you chose that account, why did you choose to submit to the NT?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I always liked writing stories, so when I heard there was a newspaper for neopets, I decided to send something in.
NTMI: What happened to your first submission?
Slack_jawd_yokel: It didn't get in.
NTMI: Ugh. How many did you send in before you finally succeeded?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I sent my first story in again, and it got published. It was called "Operation: Neopets."
NTMI: Ah HAH! So try, try again. And you've had numerous other stories in since then. How and where did you get the ideas for so many?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Some of my stories started off like a normal boring day. Then I'd just add a new character or a conflict and see where it would lead. And sometimes I write stories about aspects of Neopets I really like, like the Faeries and Terror Mountain. I really like Terror Mountain for some weird reason.
NTMI: As someone who has written Terror Mountain into both a twelve part and five part series, I'm hardly one to judge! How long does it take to write a story once you do start?
Slack_jawd_yokel: A couple days usually, but sometimes longer, as it takes me a long time to get the first couple of paragraphs.
NTMI: Anything in particular that makes it take more or less time?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Not really, unless it's a mystery, like Midnight Sun, Canapy Dream, where there's a lot of hints and foreshadowing and stuff that I had to sum up or the story won't make sense.
NTMI: And once it gets in, what sort of feedback do you get?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Usually annoying messages like, "Can I be your Neofriend? I like your stories!"
NTMI: Anything nice, any good friends out of it?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Oh yeah, sometimes there are some decent messages that offer constructive criticism, or people that give me dung. I collect dung.
NTMI: Ohhh! How many pieces so far?
NTMI: Good start! But back to writing... what would you tell someone wanting advice on getting into the Times?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I would tell them to keep trying! More often than not, your first story won't get into the Times, so just reread it and make it better or write a new story altogether!
NTMI: When you're reading the Times, what sorts of faults do you most commonly notice in stories?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I don't like analyzing the stories, I just read them. Mostly I notice things like grammar errors, really. I don't consider myself that good of an author to notice other people's mistakes.
NTMI: What's the best part about being in the Times?
Slack_jawd_yokel: The dung that people give me. And the trophies. I like to show them off to people.
NTMI: And the worst part?
Slack_jawd_yokel: The people who want to be my neofriend. I have many many many requests for neofriends and I ignore them all. Unless of course, they give me dung.
NTMI: Always a point in someone's favor! In looking over the Times, is there anything you'd like to change about how it is organized?
Slack_jawd_yokel: Well, I'd like there to be more Editorial questions.
NTMI: Have you ever sent any in yourself?
NTMI: What about anything else on Neopets- anything published on the site that's yours besides the Neopian Times stories?
Slack_jawd_yokel: No, I don't think so.
NTMI: What about anywhere on the web? Any other sites out there where some of your work is posted?
NTMI: What sort of goals do you have for your writing, both on and off Neopets?
Slack_jawd_yokel: I want to be a famous writer, both off and on neopets! I'd like to be as famous as J.K. Rowling and Al_the_Chia! But writing's not my first love. Acting is.
NTMI: Great, well best of luck in that, and thanks for taking the time to talk with us!
Slack_jawd_yokel: My pleasure.
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