Hello, my people.
Today, we have lots of deep and uncomfortably personal questions which I am supposed to answer. (Which generally means I don’t answer them at all, and instead ramble about chocolate.) Over the past month, I’ve accumulated several tags that I’ve put off until I could update my writing status (mostly because they all have to do with writing, duh). BUT seeing as that happened last week, I can finally stop ignoring these three tags I have.
(YA HEAR THAT, ABBY? THREE. LOOK WHO’S BEHIND NOW!! HAHAHGHAHAH!!!!)
*cough* Please ignore that, everyone. Private feud.
First up, we have the Rising Authors’ Tag, presented by my good friend D. G. Snapper over at The Silver Phoenix. Snaps, you’re a lamb. Here’s a chair you can melt. *offers chair*
Rising Authors’ Tag
1. What is the longest you’ve ever written in a single writing session? (i.e. 2 hours? 30 mins?)
My writing sessions are generally 30% writing and 70% goofing off, so I really couldn’t say. Probably somewhere in the longish hourish range.
As vague and unconvincing as that is.
2. What is the funniest scene you’ve ever written?
Sheesh, I don’t know. Probably something about corn.
3. Which of your characters is the most annoying?
My dear darling Noyarc. He’s so… childish. I cannot understand such immaturity from a fellow human being. I can’t imagine where he got it from…
4. How many of your stories (whether one chapter or fifty chapters through) have you planned for?
To date… nine. Nine books. A five book series and then four unrelated random things.
I hate admitting that, because now all the people I’ve called crazy for keeping eight and nine books in their heads will think I’m a hypocrite. IN MY DEFENSE, two came into existence last week, and even then, I still didn’t realize I had so many. They sort of… accumulated.
Basically, my stories are like dust.
5. If given the choice to write in a jungle filled with monkeys, or in the Antarctic with a bunch of penguins, which would you choose and why?
Just so we’re clear, I don’t fancy trying to hold a pencil with frostbitten fingers.
6. How do you world-build?
After two and a half years of writing, I’ve developed a simple but effective strategy that breaks world-building down into an easy, one-step process. Be prepared to have your socks blown off.
Step 1: Ignore World-Building.
I’m a genius.
7. If someone told you that you were a strange writer, how would you respond?
“Honey, you have no idea.”
8. What would you do if you received an email from your main character saying that she’d like to meet you for coffee (or tea, whatever the character’s preference)?
I would ask her why she suddenly wants us to be all cool and friendly now, when she’s spent two and a half years ignoring me when I was the one who wanted to talk.
9. Is there a scene you wish you had written differently?
Ha! I’m still in edits! If there’s a scene I wish was written different, I JUST GO BACK AND WRITE IT DIFFERENT!!!
HAAHHAHAHHAH!!!! I HAVE ULTIMATE POWER!!!
10. Which of your characters do you connect with most?
I gotta say Liriel. (My main character.) We’re both emotionally dead.
11. What is the weirdest thing someone has said to you about your writing?
[Full disclosure here—this is not a question Snapper asked me. But it was a question she was asked, and I want to answer it too. Therefore, I’m going to. Get over it.]
Just a little while ago, Anna had the audacity to tell me that teenage girls will probably consider Emolas a heartthrob.
I wanted to wash my brain out with holy water and permanently delete the character.
Next up is a tag by Mary Kate over at Sarcastic Scribblings. (Awesome name, by the way. I approve.)
(FYI, the formatting gets all messed up in the next couple of paragraphs, and I have no idea why. It’s not my fault, I swear.)
The Better Book Tag
First Draft: A Book or Series You Have NEVER Read Before:
Percy Jackson. And honestly, I have no desire to. Mostly because everyone else loves those books, and I’m obstinate that way.
*waits for the multitudes of screaming PJ fans to burn my house down*
Second Draft: A Book or Series You Didn’t Like as much the Second Time You Read It:
Anne of Green Gables.
Before you guys come after me like a swarm of incensed literature nerds, armed with wooden spoons and the glare of righteous death, let me first say this: I don’t understand why authors need to describe every single sight, texture, taste, smell, sound, emotion, expression, color, vibration, motion, wind pattern, and fuzz of lint. They could have just as easily said “there were flowers in the woods”.
With, you know, maybe better wording than that.
Final Draft: A Book or Series You’ve Liked for a Really Long Time:
Come on, guys. It has lions. It has swords. It kills off more main characters than any other series in existence (literally every main character dies, except for one), BUT IT DOESN’T MAKE YOU CRY.
Alrighty, we’ve made it to the last set of questions. They were given by none other than Kate Flournoy of The Inky Notebook, who christened this tag with the very creative title of “Another Cool Tag Thing”.
Kate… I have but one thing to say about that:
Another Cool Tag Thing
1. Would you rather enter a fictional character’s world, or bring a fictional character into yours?
I have a terrible feeling that if I went into a fictional world, I’d be dead within the week. But I also have this terrible twinge of conscience telling me it would be cruel to rip a person from their world.
So I say we should just have a big parallel universe where all the worlds converge and everyone can meet everyone, but no one dies.
2. Butterflies or moths? (Just so you’re aware, this is my method of gauging your position on the creepiness scale. You’re welcome.)
3. What is your favorite genre, and what do you think is its primary purpose/goal?
My favorite genre is fantasy, and I’m pretty sure it’s primary goal is to let annoyed teens vent about how boring our world is.
4. City or country?
Cities have people. I do not like people. So I choose country.
5. What’s your first memory?
Sitting on the bathroom counter as a two year old, looking at myself in the mirror and wondering why I was bald.
I’m not kidding. This is literally the farthest back I can remember—the intense confusion caused by having a hairless pate.
6. Which of your favorite books do you think best matches your personality?
The Hundred Cupboards, by N.D. Wilson. It starts out all mild and sweet, and you honestly think it’s going to be this cute, friendly little story full of slightly bland characters and even blander plots.
Then WHAM. You’re so creeped out, you don’t want to turn the lights off at night.
7. What’s your favorite virtue? (Courage, joy, patience…)
Is intelligence a virtue? If not, can we just pretend it is?
Okay, okay, fine. My favorite virtue is… eh, probably self-control.
8. Do you prefer character-centric stories or plot-centric?
I don’t really care, honestly. As long as it’s written well, that’s good enough for me. But if I HAVE to choose… probably character-centric, as long as the characters don’t spend the whole book whining and moping about how depressed they are, going around and around the same issues and mental angst, but NEVER. GETTING. ANYWHERE.
*cough* Sazed… *cough cough*
*as Anna shoots me death glares for disrespecting one of her favorite characters*
9. Electronic books, or physical ones?
Why is this even a question? PHYSICAL BOOKS ARE THE ONLY KINDS OF BOOKS I OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE AS OFFICIAL BOOKS.
Have a good evening.
10. Would you rather live in a library, or a castle tower?
How ’bout the castle tower has a library in it, eh?
(And a point goes to Sarah, as she circumvents yet another question. At this point, she’s making fine tracks toward not answering ANYTHING.)
11. If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would it be, and why?
I don’t like food, so taste can go. Touch is horrible, especially during hugs, so we can pitch that. Smelling is nice, I suppose, until there’s a skunk, so let’s do away with that as well. And HEARING… good grief, without hearing, I’d never have to listen to someone whine ever again. So GOODBYE, hearing.
I’d keep sight. Because then I could write my book in a lovely little corner of quietness.
So there you have it, folks. Lots of cool stuff. As far as who I’m going to tag…
ANYONE WHO’S NOT ABBY FRANKLIN.
Thank you, and have a nice day.
*disappears in a poof of glitter*
*awkwardly shuffles back onstage*
Okay okay, that won’t cut it. I’m sorely tempted to tag a bunch of people just to see how far we can make “Another Cool Tag Thing” go. Unfortunately, most of the bloggers I know have either been recently tagged by me, or someone else. Phooey for that. Sooo, I hereby tag…
Jess @The Artful Author)
Hope Shelton @A Star of Hope
Sarah @My Pen and I
Aaaaand… How ’bout Starling @Starling? (That’s fun to say…) Because you’re new to my blog and all that. Have a tag.
Anyone else who wants to do it, feel free to consider yourself tagged. The questions are:
1. Do you secretly plot world domination?
2. What book could read over and over again and never get bored?
3. Which fictional character do you think would be the most boring to meet in real life?
4. If you lived in a fantasy world, what would you want your name to be?
5. Would you rather have a spaceship or a dragon?
6. If you could burn one book, which would you choose?
7. Would you rather be an Elf, a Dwarf, a Hobbit, or an Orc?
8. What was the last book you cried over?
9. Which three fictional characters do you most identify with?
10. Would you rather have a lightsaber or a sword?
11. How long do you think you’d survive in a fictional world?
And after a whopping 2000 words, we shall cut this blog post short.
Have a nice day.