Who are you? In real life, I mean?
I am a seventeen-year-old American girl, and I live in the Middle East.
WHERE in the Middle East?
You’ll have to meet me in real life to find out.
What are your names?
Alison – my real first name (my last name shall remain a secret)
sheesania – the handle I generally use on the Internet
AlisonTheAdmin – for use on websites where I am the administrator and wish to rub it in
Anyason Asaabha (or Anyason) – my name in my first imaginary language, Kwywa
Alisonne Gialif (or Alisonne) – my name in another language, Lesturne (however, Gialif isn’t Lesturne; it stands for “God is Awesome, Linux is Fun”)
Seakitty – another username
AlisonTheSeakitty – another username
Natty Natty – my name in Seakitty Language
What do you do for school?
I’ve been homeschooled with Sonlight for most of my life, but I also went to a kindergarten and a public school in the country I was living in until I was 6, and I went to public school in America for a few months when I was 9. I do really enjoy homeschooling, and hopefully this website will convince you of its success.
How many countries have you been to?
About 15, not counting countries where I’ve only been to the airport. Most of these countries are in the Middle East or Europe, though. In fact, I’ve never been south of the Equator. But I’ve never spent a whole year in one country, either.
What languages do you speak?
English, a bit of Arabic and some Seakitty Language (a language my sister and I made up that really is not complex enough to be called a language). I also know how to say “hello”, “goodbye” and “where’s the bathroom?” in Pig Latin and Openglopish.
What’s your favorite website? (Besides this one, of course.)
Wikipedia, probably, but I also love Slashdot, Super User (and really the whole Stack Exchange network), Amazon, MarioWiki, TVTropes, Ravelry, and Goodreads. Plus a slew of obscure forums related to made-up languages and the like.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m not sure, but I’d love to do work that involves both computers and linguistics – maybe writing programs to help in linguistic research and analysis. I’d also love to write fiction on the side, but I’m quite sure that there’s no way I could make my main income from that. Oh, and if there is any way at all that I could make a job from creating imaginary worlds, I would be all over it.
What makes you happy?
Interacting with fun people and doing fun things with them. Joyfully obsessing over flawed but delightful things, like a cheesy video game or a book with awkward writing. Fixing a computer problem (though it’s always frustrating at first). Playing games like Settlers of Catan or Puerto Rico or Pitch. Reading a good book. Traveling. Finding an easter egg in a program or Wii game. (Did you know that you can fly around in a UFO in We Ski?) Going to Christian conferences with lots of worship and prayer and Bible study.
What makes you mad?
A bad argument for something I think is true.
Who do you admire?
Jesus, my father, Bartolomé de Las Casas and Louis Pasteur, among others.
What are those pictures in your header?
I have the header in the left sidebar set to randomly pick and show one of these pictures that have to do with me and my interests:
Me in a hijab with a glasses-shaped cookie. (I’m a Christian, but I wear the hijab sometimes to show respect for the Muslim culture I live in.) My sister and I made cookies in shapes related to our favorite Brandon Sanderson series – Aon cookies for Elantris, Steel Alphabet cookies for Mistborn, and these Lense cookies for Alcatraz.
This is an image that’s sent to your Wii Message Board once you’ve 100% completed Super Mario Galaxy 2, showing all 242 Power Stars that you’ve gotten. My sister and I are proud recipients of this message and wish we were better photo editors so we could make this picture good enough quality to put on a T-shirt.
Nastasia, my favorite character from my favorite video game, Super Paper Mario. I love her so much that I came up with an awesome theory about Nastasia that really should be canon.
Me with a selection of my favorite books as of September 2014. (It’s a bit outdated now.) From top to bottom: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Nothing but the Truth by Avi, The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, Super Paper Mario (fine, not a book, but a favorite creative work of mine), Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Language Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder, Describing morphosyntax by Thomas Payne, The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, The Writing Revolution by Amalia Gnanadesikan, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, The Complete Alcatraz by (wait for it) Brandon Sanderson, Head First Java by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, Vogue Knitting (which is just a book about knitting technique, not about vogue knitting per se), and finally the ESV Study Bible.
My favorite shot from a scene in Playmobil of Lemony Snicket running away from an angry mob (another incident mentioned in A Series of Unfortunate Events). Yes, he is showing his face, but don’t you love that pitchfork in the background?
A combination of the symbols of the Windrunners and Lightweavers, two types of magic users from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. I put them together because, much to my embarrassment, I really ship the main Windrunner and Lightweaver together. Curse you, Brandon Sanderson, I never ship couples like that.
What on earth is this “&c” that you keep using?
It means “etc.” The ampersand originally meant “et” (Latin for “and”) and so instead of bothering to write three whole letters for “etc” you’d abbreviate the “et” and just write “&c.” For some reason people nowadays write the three whole letters instead, but I, for one, think ampersands look cool and prefer to write it “&c.”
You use so many big words, you sound awfully pompous.
Apologies, dear reader, but I’m afraid that’s just the way I naturally talk! I read a lot, I enjoy words, and I go for days only talking to my parents and my sister, who also reads profusely and enjoys words. The result is that my sister and I both have a sort of weird ingrown English dialect involving many obscure words as well as words from Seakitty Language.
You keep using British expressions! Are you really American?
Yes, yes, trust me! I just read a lot of British books, so blame my homeschool curriculum that’s full of Usborne publications, not me.
How can I contact you?
You can use my email, which is a secret, so I wish you luck with that, or you can comment, or you can contact me here.
Where else can I find you on the Internet?
I have a post about that here.