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Imanya Alam
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Above are a bunch of words I seem to use a lot in my writing. (Among others) v.v

If you've ever favourited one of my deviations, thank you ever so much. :love: It's truly appreciated. I used to thank everyone for each one but I haven't really been able to keep up with it, so here's my solution. Also, if I end up watching you or favouriting something of yours, it's not just in return, but because I think it's worthwhile. :heart:


I'll be setting up my tumblr (finally) after a little while, after dealing with another deadline. These are all fairly new, and I haven't really done much yet but feel free to join me on this little awkward journey! I mean, since I was feeling a little too ambitious and decided to join/create/rejoin/recreate everything in one go. :lol:

Um. Except youtube. I haven't uploaded a video in two years apparently. :saddummy: :dummy:

Here are some people you should definitely go check out. :heart: (In no particular order)

:iconrovanna: :icondreamfutureais: :iconspiralingspontaneity: :icontirasunil: :iconphinnimonster: :iconblakecurran: :iconrin95: :iconstarlightcomet:

:iconhypermagical: :iconweirdandproudofit: :iconkhaimin: :iconsycamoresea: :iconivanradev: :icontoffeesmile: :iconpeaseblossoms: :iconluminescent0513:

:iconnullibicity: :icongoldshroom: :iconcreativelycliche: :iconphantomtigers: :iconoaklungs: :iconinnoctemn: :iconmatieucanadawilliams:

Recent Songs (02/02/15):
Mr FijiWiji - Yours Truly (feat. Danyka Nadeau)
Tristam - My Friend
Tobu & Jordan Kelvin James - Summer Breeze
Nick Leng - Inside Your Mind (feat. Carmody)
I'm currently going through the process of getting started on my dissertation and gathering the data I need for my mini-area of focus. So, anyone willing to fill out a short survey?

If you are, then here are a few things I'd like to mention if you don't feel like reading the long intro sheet/page in the actual survey. It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes to complete, or 20 if you really want to take your time. You need to be either Caucasian or Asian, if you're both, then go for the former rather than the latter. Please don't take part if you have depression or a history of it. All data collected will be entirely anonymous; the only things you'll have to provide is your gender and ethnicity. Also, excuse any strange wording, it should all make sense, but there's a specific reason as to why it's written the way it is.

There are two versions, just pick one, right now I need more people to answer the first one.

[Link 1]
[Link 2]

Thank you every so much if you do! :love:

If you're curious about why I excluded those with depression, and why I'm focusing on just two ethnicities then just read the short explanations below after you've answered one of the two surveys (if you decided to that is, if not, then go ahead and read on).


Simply put, it would have raised a pretty big ethical issue if I did include those with depression, and also because having it can alter perceptions, and well, the entire point is to measure attitude towards it from those who don't have it.

Ethnically speaking; research has been pretty interesting in this area, I think some people might be surprised (or perhaps not) by some of the extreme views certain ethnicities have towards something that doesn't seem like such an uncommon thing any more. There was this one journal I've used that looked at attitudes in Turkey, some responses were pretty strong, going as far as saying 'those with depression should not be allowed to roam free'. 0_0 This was of course, a little while ago. Others, are pretty nice, much nicer than some of the things I was expecting, or not expecting. (But don't take my word on any of this, seriously, I'm not an expert, or a professional, or anything of the sort). Anyway, I decided on these two ethnicities because it had little previous research, but the little amount had some interesting and mixed results, so there you have it.

Oh and, the gender thing, it's also pretty interesting to see just how much the response changes depending on the situation described, along with the gender of the individual in question. (For those who peeked at both and may have realised that the only difference is the switch in names).

Goodness. Sometimes even talking about some subjects with people feels like it's too sensitive a topic to really discuss. I generally...dislike studies based on cultural backgrounds because of personal reasons. Regardless, it's what I ended up focusing on. :/

So, I volunteered to answer these in BlakeCurran 's journal One of those taggy things, and goodness did it take a while. I hope it's not insanely boring? :XD:

1. What does your Deviantart name mean and why?

Well, it's a combination of the word Entity and the name Aria. Both those words have a kind of special meaning to me, entity refers to something that happened a long time ago (and still hasn't ended exactly) that affected myself and those around me more than I would have imagined or would have liked it to. (Not because it was an 'entity' but, it's a word, and it kind of just stuck, kind of like a running joke)

Aria is the name of a character I made up when I was around eleven, who was supposed to represent some parts of me. It's also because whenever I've come across 'Aria', it's usually associated with either melody or wind. I came up with a huge number of stories and arcs within those stories for Aria, ones I still keep expanding even today. I guess you could say that was one of my ways of escaping reality? I daydreamed a lot, and sometimes still do when given the chance. (I never identified myself with her though, not entirely, or thought I should become the same, it's a little difficult to explain, but I guess the simplest way to look at it is that she's the first character I made up that meant a lot to me). And no, I'm not going to write about her. Ever, if I can help it. It would be like baring my entire soul. :lol:

For those who didn't know, my username used to be Deruptus, which is meant to mean 'broken' in latin. (I think).

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?

I wasn't really into much when I joined to be honest. I found dA through looking for fanart, but I can't even remember what it was now. :XD: And after I made the account I abandoned it for a year before starting to use it. I have a track record for joining websites and not becoming active until much later. :lol: I'm also not really into 'obsessing' over something, it's usually just an intense like for something, and I have a lot of things I really like.

3. How many watchers do you have now?

175. Which is surprising, for a lot of reasons. Thank you, so very much. I just wish I spent more time talking to everyone here. :dummy:

4. Name 3 of your favorite artists on DA.

Can I cheat here? I have too many favourites, so I'm doing three for each category I put down.

Poetry: Khaimin creativelycliche peaseblossoms 

Prose: Rovanna BlakeCurran GuinevereToGwen 

Digital/Traditional: megatruh Jon-Lock Telemaniakk

These aren't in any particular order, and I have so many more. :<

5. Or lack thereof, move along…

I certainly don't have a lack of favourites. :facepalm: Trying to narrow it down to three for each was an incredibly painful process, and I didn't even include all the categories I wanted to. :saddummy:

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on dA?

Nope. Though I want to give it a try, when I have more time.

7. What is your most popular submission?

Whoops, submitting this messed it up; it's
CrossroadsShe's at a crossroad again.
If she recalled correctly, then this was the fourth time in her entire life. She tentatively places a foot forward, on to the cool glass. Decisions were never my strong point, she thinks. Knowing that this could take anywhere between an hour to a few days, she takes off the bulky coat, spreading it out before taking a seat in the middle of the cross-section. There weren't going to be any passer-bys after all.
Wait. I've...I've never looked back.
The thought crosses her mind for less than a second, but it clutches onto the messy vines inside her head and before she can stop herself, she's turning her head around looking over her shoulder and gazing into the mist-filled street. It's murky, grey, dark, and filled with heavy rain.
Why have I never looked back?
She doesn't know if that's really a question, or if it's something she's asking herself, but she definitely finds the confusion that comes with the thought loathsome, at best. Deciding

8. What are your favorite non-anime TV shows?

Well, Danny Phantom, and assuming that these don't have to be animated, the Stargate series, and ... I can't think of another one at the moment, I hardly watch TV any more. Llama Emoji-06 (Depress) [V1] 

9. What are the things you wish you could draw better?

Backgrounds, anatomy, and just generally trying to make characters more distinctive but consistent at the same time. And just generally trying to improve my shading and drawing techniques?

10. Summer or winter?

It's not that I'm a huge fan of cold weather, but, I prefer winter simply because I don't seem to like being too warm. I can deal with the cold better than hot weather. But honestly, my answer to any seasonal preference question is always changing, and it just depends on how I'm feeling.

11. Rain or Sun?

Rain. I like rain. Provided the wind isn't set on trying to make me fly away at the same time, and isn't accompanied by melting ice. (I also like gloomy weather, I guess it's kinda lucky I live in England then). :XD:

12. What's your favorite type of music?

Before I would've had a definite answer, but I kind of just go for what sounds nice to me. The only genre I don't like is rap. But I think I lean more towards a certain indie rock sound, or slightly more gentle types of electro.

13. PC or Mac

PC. Definitely.

14. Anime or Manga?

I can't decide between the two, I just love both.

15. Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi. Pepsi Max specifically? I can't drink sugared drinks because of, well, *cough*type 1 diabetes*cough*, but also because they leave me with a really bitter-sweet after-taste, too much sugar and all. (I think it's eight cups of sugar per bottle? Or was it eight spoonfuls per glass?)

(Also, I'm too lazy to explain why I can have chocolate/ice cream/other sweet stuff and why I can't have juice/sugared drinks/similar stuff, at least, not without a great deal of trouble. Sorry! :saddummy:)

16. Read or TV?

Read, since I've already said I don't watch TV, but the amount of anime/youtube videos I watch makes up for that.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on dA?

These days, it's barely more than ten minutes at a time, answering this is the longest I've been here for a while now. In total, it's probably just one?

18. Name a talent.

Uhh, what kind of talent? Like writing, drawing, composing, or musical talent? Or something like telepathy?

19. Flash or traditional cartoons?

Both, again, I can't choose between the two.

20. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

I can't decide. T_T I'm in one of my phases right now where I don't feel like eating much.
Llama Emoji-38 (Confused) [V2] 

21. What are your top 3 favorite books (no mangas)?

What I'm about to say horrifies me. :lol: But I haven't been able to pick up a good book for almost two years now, and I can't remember before then because they've all blurred together, I read too many back then. :XD: Well, unless you count psychology text books and journals? :saddummy: Though those are interesting in their own right.

22. Wii or PlayStation?

If I had to choose, I'd say PlayStation, but I'm more of a PC gamer.

23. Name 3 of your favorite bands/singers.

I hardly ever like more than a handful of songs from one band/singer/artist, so I'm basing this on what I've listened to recently and what seems to be more abundant in my library: Muse, New Order, Uppermost.

25. Do you like Denny's?

I've never been? So I can't say. o.o

26. What is your favorite smiley(SSSSSSSS)?

This one: :dummy: It's how I feel most of the time; hesitantly happy and silly.

27. What is your favorite type of pie?

I'm not much of a 'pie' person, but I'd probably go for a sweet one?

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?

Close, but no, I just have a really bad routine.

29. Do you go on dA a lot?

Visits? I suppose, but definitely not as much as I used to.

30. Are you a member on any other sites besides DA?

Well, tumblr, twitter, facebook, instagram, youtube. Whether I'm active or not is another question entirely.

31. Do you cosplay?


32. Fruits or sweets?


33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?

I can't stand plain, so either buttered or salted. But I like sweet popcorn best.

34. Have you skipped school?

No. Though I did skip one or two lessons here and there in high school, in year 10 and 11.

35. Have you been on a plane?

Twice, almost every year.

36. Have you swam in an ocean?

No. As much as I like water, I'm deathly afraid of vast amounts of it.

37. Have you been ice skating?

No. I'd probably slip and fall before I even get onto the ice. :lol:

38. Favorite sport?

Not a very sporty person, but if I had to choose, then either badminton, or basketball.

39. Ever been on TV?

No. I hope I don't ever have to be.

40. Favorite salad and dressing?

I don't really have a favourite one for either, but I usually like the simple kinds, with either caesar or thousand island dressing?

41. What do you do to relax?

Read, draw, listen to music, play a lot of games, watch stuff.

42. What is the last film you saw in the theater?


43. Favorite Sandwich?

I... don't know.
I'm the most indecisive person I know. :cries:

44. If you could go anywhere in the world…

I want to see a lot of places, but at the same time, I'm tired of travelling.

45. Favorite time of the day?


46. What did you want to be when you were little?

Far too many things. I thought about becoming a fashion designer, an architect, a writer, an artist, an interior designer, and even thought about counselling because I was introduced to the idea a long time ago, and other similar things. :lol:

47. What do you want to be now?

An artist and a writer? If that doesn't work out well, then I want to go into counselling or forensics/forensic psychology.

48. If you could eat with one person, who would it be?

Someone I'd rather not name.

49. What character would you hate to be stuck in a room with?

That's a tough one. But since I'm thinking of older things I've read/watched, I'd say Count Olaf, because I had never, ever been so happy about a character dying as I was when he did. As terrible as that sounds. :XD:

50. When is your birthday?

24th August.

51. Favorite type of ice cream?

Anything with caramel? Or chocolate mixed in?

52. Last book you read?

I can't remember. :cries:

53. Which store would you max out a credit card at?

Any bookstore or art/stationary store.

54. Do you buy / sell / both on eBay?


55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?

I don't really find any questions I've been asked annoying. o.o

56. Favorite all time movie?

Noooooooooooo, I can't answer this, definitely can't.

57. What was your favorite show when you were a kid?

Tom & Jerry? :XD:

58. What are you listening to right now?

Ordinary Love by U2

59. What is the last thing you ate?

Ice cream.

60. If you were a crayon what color would you be?

Blue, either a dark royal blue, or a slightly more turquoise-y shade?

61. What is the first thing you notice about another person?

Their demeanour.

62. Favorite sport to play?

Didn't I .... didn't I answer something similar a few questions ago? Either badminton or basketball, but I don't really like sports much.

63. Favorite Day of the Year?

I don't have a favourite day? Kind of hard to narrow it down to just one. o.o

64. Hugs or Kisses?


65. Vanilla or Chocolate?

That depends on what it is, chocolate is too heavy for me sometimes, and vanilla too plain.

66. Favorite Board Game?

Snakes & Ladders? Or Monopoly. :XD:

67. Favorite smells?

Most strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla scented stuff.

68. What inspires you?

Music, what I read, emotion, observations, and human nature.

69. Do you have any piercings?

Do the two I have for earrings count? Other than that, no.

70. How many siblings do you have?

Two younger brothers. We're all four years apart.

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?

I've never had the former, so the latter.

72. Favorite Day of the Week?


73. Favorite phrase?

No one is as good or as bad as they might seem.

74. Favorite Restaurant?

This one I go to with my parents from time to time near university, if they ever drop me off, called Zoya's.

75. Favorite animal?


76. Favorite thing to do outside?

Go for a walk.

77. Favorite thing to do when it's raining?

Read, or just sit next to a window and listen to music with one headphone.

78. Favorite Disney character?


79. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favorite brand?

I actually don't like hot/warm drinks in general, if I have coffee it's almost 80-90% milk, and if not then 40% milk and 50% vanilla ice cream.

80. Tag 6 people.

Ah, the dreaded tags.

I'll tag a few people, but I'll honestly understand entirely if no one feels up to it. :XD:


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Thanks for the fave (a while ago now)! :hug:
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