Thursday, March 1, 2012
My, my, February seems to have flown by, and now the Ides of March are upon us. This time last year there were tons of murder/intrigue blogfests, but either I'm not visiting the right blogs, or nobody is that bloodthirsty this year. Do share your deviousness with me if you know where to find a good blogfest.
And don't forget to post for the Insecure Writers Support Group; the first Wednesday this month falls on the 7th.
In the meantime, Chris Kelworth has Tagged me in a Q&A meme. Chris is one of the most intriguing sci-fi authors I've met here in the blogs. His worlds are unique and interesting, as well developed as his range of characters and their plots. A Save The Cat enthusiast, he seems to put everything he learns into his writing, and it turns out well. Be sure to visit Chris and offer him your support.
Onto the questions . .
Who’s the first person outside your family you remember meeting?
Wow, that's kinda hard for me. When I was a child, I had attention span difficulties, and people and things didn't make an impression on me. They seemed to just always be “there.” But I do remember sitting on a swing in pre-school and talking to a boy. He could as easily have been an imaginary friend though.
What’s the last book you bought?
Yay, an easy one. Out of the Great Black Nothing, by Eric Trant. Sadly, it is still in its neat plastic wrapping – but the mailing box has been opened, and it is next on my reading list after the two beta reads. If you count free downloads to my Kindle however, I'm not sure exactly what would be the last, as I tend to impulse “buy” in bulk.
What’s your happiest memory of the past year?
Oh geeze, do I get to count “getting the call” in late March last year for getting accepted in An Honest Lie Vol 3, and then the actual publication in October? Not to mention being accepted in The Literary Lab's 3rd annual anthology, Variations on a Theme, expected publication date 3/15/12.
Do you like soft drinks?
Yeah, but only one. I am a Diet Pepsiholic. I'd rather have nothing at all to drink if there is no Diet Pepsi, and don't think I can't tell the difference between diet Coke and Pepsi. Or any other generic diet.
What’s your favorite genre? (to read, watch, or write)
My first love is fantasy (to read), but the truth is I've always been drawn to thriller/horror. To me, fantasy is rarely done well in movies (although some of the urban fantasy is pretty good lately) and I'm working hard at writing a couple fantasy novels. Very, very hard at it, which leads me to believe its not my writing genre. But I can always read, watch, or write the darker side of any genre – at least in short story form.
If you could go anywhere in the world and do anything for a one-week vacation, what would you pick?
Really really, I'd sit in my own home, kick everyone out, and probably play card games, put together puzzles, read, watch movies. I'd crawl into a hole and pull the hole in after me if it were possible. Yeah, I'm hoping I'd get bored real quick; but I gotta try it just to see ;)
What’s the biggest writing (or creative) mistake you ever made?
Like there's only one or six to pick from? Querying too soon, querying to the wrong agent for the genre, giving unsolicited feedback on an excerpt, signing a contract with a vanity press, forgetting to back up a 60k word project (twice) and losing it all. How about ya'll tell me YOUR writing/creative blunders and I can already respond “done that!”
Have you read the Harry Potter series?
Yep; and enjoyed every book. (Close your eyes Michael Digesu and skip this part, for your own sanity.) The movies DID NOT truly capture the storyline of the novels, but did manage to mature the characters more effectively, and show the marvels of the world building. And it was the world building that kept me reading the series, not the character Harry.
What magic spell do you wish you could cast?
I think I'm too practical minded to be able too cast spells. I thought about this question when Elizabeth Mueller's novel Darkspell came out, and still can't answer it.
What gadget do you most wish someone would invent?
I want a time turner. Or an easy button. I'd probably settle for a flying car though.
Who is your favorite singer or band?
Lately? Godsmack. But just turn the radio on to anything with music and it will be my fav of the moment.
So now I need to pass this on to some people. I've searched my followers for some new/new to me bloggers for this Tag, cuz I would really like an easy way to get to know them better.
Chris Parmenter: one of my ftf crit partners and a man of deep thoughts and insights who writes YA/adult fantasy.
Kyra Lennon: who is hosting the WiP Movie blogfest on 3/9.
Amber: An aspiring Christian author of fantasy.
Crystal Lacata: who's YA paranormal trilogy The Devine has "A bit of suspense, a bit of humor, and a whole lot of love."
Rek: who isn't new to me, I met her during the Rule of Three challenge, but I manage not to know a lot about her except she writes sci-fi/fantasy/romance.
Ellen Brickley: a pink tea drinker who lives in Dublin and is a compulsive list maker. I don't visit as often as I'd like but I love her eclectic posts.
Amy Lunderman: a paranormal/thriller/romance writer with two awesome published books.
Clare Dugmore: who I believe thinks every month is NaNoWriMo; seriously she can put out the words.
Hayley Jones: a prose writer of fiction, short stories and screenplays.
Pat Hatt: because I'd just love to see what the cat can do with his little rhyming ass for this Tag.
Now for your questions, should you choose to answer:
Who is your favorite fictional character, and why?
How do you come up with the names for your own characters?
What book would you pass up, even if it was offered for free?
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what is on your playlist?
Do you have to make time to write, or have a set schedule; and do you have any writing quirks?
Who is you dream agent/publisher?
Do you prefer printed books or ebooks?
What is the weirdest dare you ever accepted?
I hope ya'll accept this challenge and have lots of fun with it, but if you prefer to pass, that's alright too :)
Grrrrhhh; blogger has been messing with me all week; and now it posted before the scheduled time.
Thursday, March 1, 2012