A Bunch of Questions (and a boatload of answers)

I’ve come to the conclusion that the bloggosphere has an overabundance of tags. If not kept up with, this overabundance of tags will creep around your throat and choke you to death.

Needless to say, two months away from blogging has left me near the point of strangulation, and I’ve come to put a stop to that. (It also doesn’t help that my life is in a weird state of limbo and I have nothing interesting to write about. These things are great for lazy/stressed out bloggers.)

This should be quite educational for all the new faces that have been cropping up lately, so let us begin. The first set of questions was bestowed on me by Kate, my personal bestower of all things tag.


The Joyful Tag for Writers

(Gotta love these inspirational names people come up with…)

1. What would happen if any three of your characters were put in a room together for an extended period of time?

90% of my characters are petty, childish brats at heart, so I firmly believe that if any three of them were stuck together, they would spend the duration of their confinement trying (and succeeding) to annoy each other.

With the exception of Emolas. He would be that irritatingly self-righteous third sibling who actually attempts to stop the fighting, and thus unintentionally creates an alliance as everyone joins forces and gangs up on him together.

(This may or may not have been my position among my siblings…)

2. If you had to choose a theme song to represent your current WIP, what would it be?


3. If you could travel to any fictional universe, which would it be and why?

I was going to say Middle-Earth, but the probability of my dying there is alarmingly high. So I pick Narnia instead. It’s just a tad safer. With Aslan. Which is nice.

4. If you were stranded on another planet with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Probably this one guy named Ryad, who is… actually a bounty hunter. But HEY, at least he knows the tricks of survival. Not to mention he’s brilliant, and would most likely think up some genius plan to get us out of there.

If I couldn’t have him, then I’d definitely choose Liriel. Because hey, if you’re gonna die, might as well do it properly with the leader of the Doom-and-Gloom squad.

5. If you were stranded on another planet with another fictional character — not one of yours — who would it be and why?


Yes, I only said that to watch you flip out.

6. What is your least favorite genre to write in, and why?

I like every genre I’ve written in so far.

Which is one.

So I’m going to pick a genre I’ve never written in, and have no intention of ever writing in:


Just no.

7. If you had to live out the role of a fictional character, who would it be?

Gandalf. His character is 10% popping up at the most unexpected moments to save the day (preferably with a moth hanging around somewhere), 20% cool hat, 20% YOU SHALL NOT PASS, and 50% yelling at people.

This is the entirety of my aspirations in life.

8. What is one thing people must know about you?

I’m a living paradox of random extremes that shouldn’t work together, yet somehow do. So I’d like to think I’m a somewhat interesting individual. But when you first meet me, you are guaranteed to think I’m either the most bland creature that ever bored the world with her presence, or someone who’s slightly… not right in the head. (Which, hey, isn’t completely false.)

Moral of the story? I take time. I’m not going to pop out of my shell and reveal myself all in one conversation. Please be aware of that, and don’t write me off just because I seem reticent and dull.



The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognize blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As the web-page about the Versatile Blogger Award says – “Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

Up next is the Versatile Blog Award, given me by Carol, who is an absolute sweetheart. Thank you for the nomination, Carol.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Include the banner in your post.
  3. Tag it under #versatilebloggeraward.
  4. Tell 7 things about yourself.
  5. Keep up with the chain and nominate 10-15 bloggers for this award. [I don’t even know ten bloggers, so… that’s not happening. Oops. ]


Seven Facts About Me

1.) I can engineer things in my head. I once wrote out all the plans and diagrams of how to built a semi-realistic dagger using only my mind as a blueprint, and thus managed to work out all the kinks before I even attempted the thing.

Lo and behold, when I finally got around to making it, my mind-plans actually worked.

2.) I’m afraid of the ocean. Not looking at it, mind you. I’m not that dumb. But I don’t like being in it, if you catch my meaning. It’s creepy and dark.

3.) I am half Polish. No, no, that doesn’t mean I speak it. But my grandparents on my father’s side did live through the Nazi invasion of Poland during WWII, which is… neat.

4.) I actually have friends. Before you start looking at me weird, let me just say that if you ever meet me, you’ll no longer wonder at my having to point this out.

5.) Marius Pontmercy is the worst. Just wanted to throw that out there.

6.) Someone once told me that I look “angelic.” They clearly have no idea I plot world-domination in my spare time.

7.)  I once taught myself how to write in Elvish. And promptly forgot it a year later.




Up next is the Leibster tag, by Julia from Lit Aflame. Thank you, dear.

(Though the stunning question of the day is, am I even still allowed to do the Leibster Award?? I think that privilege ended when my blog passed the one-year mark, but… OH WELL. I’m doing it anyway.)


Le Questions

1.) What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? (If you dare say you don’t like ice cream, you are in serious danger.)

HA, no worries there. I am from a staunchly pro-ice cream family. My favorite flavor is chocolate.

Because I’m boring.

2.) What do you do in your free time?

Annoy people.

3.) What is your current view of bug-kind? (I may or may not be trying to see if you are an ally or enemy in my bug war)

I have tried my hardest to not be a typical, squeamish girl around bugs.

Sadly, I have failed.

This may or may not be the result of being traumatized by Shelob’s existence.

4.) What’s your favorite animal?


Because I’ve been a drama queen since I was two years old.

5.) Favorite quote?

“Go now and die in whatever way seems best to you.”

~Denethor, son of Ecthelion, Steward of Gondor

And the stunning second choice?

“Is stupid!”

~Numuhukumakiaki’aialunamor (otherwise known as Rock)


6.) Everyone’s life is a story. When yours comes to a close, what type of message do you want it to tell?

Joy is a choice, not a reflection of your circumstances. Just because life is tough doesn’t mean God can’t make beauty out of the ashes, and just because you have every reason to be unhappy doesn’t mean you have to.

7.) Favorite Bible verse?

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

~Romans 8:28


Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

~Micah 7:8

And a whole ton of others that I won’t list here for the sake of time.

8.) What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Ephesians for practicality, Acts for a stunning epic, and — weirdly enough — Ecclesiastes. A lot of people seem to find it depressing, but I think they’ve totally missed the point. My arrogant little heart needs daily reminders that without God, my pursuits are pointless.

9.) What was the most fun day of your life, and why?

Asking me something like this is like asking an obsessive bookworm what her favorite book is.

10.) What is one of your favorite memories?

Um… the time a friend gave his and my family a hay ride, and almost drove us into a creek by accident? Making a tent with my brother so we could very clandestinely write the bestselling book, “Cat Wars: That Time Dog Land Overthrew Cat Land and Turned Them Into Slaves“? Walking in the rain with two of my bestist friends and discussing everything from Charles Dickens to Tolkien?

I could keep going. I have a lot of favorite memories.

11.) If you could go back in time, what time would you go back to, why, and what would you do?

I would go to the Renaissance era, visit Leonardo da Vinci, and politely suggest that he be the one to test out his useless flying contraptions, instead of making his poor servants do it.


Eleven Facts About Me

1.) I believe that 90% of life is attitude. Doesn’t matter what you’re going through; your attitude ought to define your happiness.

2.) People seem to think I’m a slow mover. I prefer to call it “thoroughness”.

3.) I can quote all three Narnia films front to back. Don’t ask me why they are what my memory chose to record, but there it is.

4.) I don’t like music with words. It’s too distracting. Give me a plain old orchestra or soundtrack and I’m happy.

5.) I would be perfectly content to dress like Jane Austin for the rest of my life. People had much better fashion sense back then.

6.) I don’t have a twin. Over the years, this one has confused more people than I care to count. But no, despite popular opinion, my sister is actually four years older than me and WE DON’T LOOK ALIKE, PEOPLE. Really.

7.) I despise motivational/inspirational quotes. They’re so useless and insipid. I prefer listening to Jesus pound some sense into the world.

8.) Don’t leave kitchen cabinets open when I’m in the house. Just don’t. You will be yelled at.

9.) Children terrify me. Have you ever met a four-year-old? They’re scary.

10.) NEW ZEALAND. ‘Nuff said.

11.) When I was twelve, I wrote and published my very own magazine. With staples for binding. And lots of eraser marks inside. I had all of four subscribers. I was very proud.



Sheesh. Here we are at the 1,500 word mark, and I’ve still got at least three more sets of questions waiting in the wings. I warned you this might take a while, didn’t I? Which is why this thing just became a two-parter that I’ll finish up on Monday. So stay tuned, guys! You’ll get an extra little bonus post in the middle of the week.

If you had to be stranded on a remote world with a book character, who would you choose? (I’m assuming it wouldn’t be Thenardier…)



34 thoughts on “A Bunch of Questions (and a boatload of answers)

  1. Haha, chocolate is a great flavor! (preferably when it’s the chocolate in Rocky-Road Ice-cream).
    I’d want to be stranded with Aslan, because then, um, there’s nothing to worry about. If he doesn’t count. . . I guess one of the Pevensies. Or maybe Gollum, yeah, Gollum, because he is a really great survivor – as long as I had the ring that is.

    Really I’d probably choose one of my own characters though, like a certain somebody in my WIP who has really neat survival tech and an oversized panther.


    1. ASLAN!! Why didn’t I think of that? That’s so great. My second choice was gonna be someone like Manwe from the Silmarillion, but you’re RIGHT, Aslan is a hundred times better.

      I need to meet this oversized panther.

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  2. *eyes Joyful Tag for Writers* now there’s a tag I would actually do. *apologetic look at the people who nominated me for tags* sorry but I don’t do pictures…like, don’t know how. Please don’t eat me.

    You, Ms. Sarcastic Elf (I doubt you’re married, but never take chances…), seem only to get better as you go, a fact that somewhat astounds me. (I mean in terms of humor, of course. What did you think I meant, stately grace? Go talk to Miguel de Cervantes, he can find you some…I swear there’s got to be a character in one of his book that is both female and ugly. Somewhere. Somehow.)

    *coughs* I digress.

    Since you asked: there’s all kinds of characters that would be in the running. Just because nobody would expect it who didn’t know me…Elizabeth Bennett is definitely contesting for the top spot. Gandalf would be awesome. Anyone from the Half Upon a Time series, because I would be rolling on the (possibly nonexistent) floor. Anything that comes from the pen of C. Hope (shout-out to homeoffablesanddreams.wordpress.com).

    Of my own…almost any of them. What can I say, I love my characters. They basically ARE my stories, in the *hems, haws* general absence of plot that pervades my writing. But the top contender is without question Seraphina, who is basically the definition of a dreamer and an idealist.

    How do you haw, anyway?

    Also, can you nominate someone for a tag if you didn’t do it? Cause…there’s this tag I’d nominate you for (trust me, it would be right up your alley, and your readers would love it), but…if you read what I said about not doing pictures…yeah.

    And with that brilliant conclusion, over and out.


    1. Your comments are the most entertaining part of my week.

      But thanks… They do say practice makes improvement. Or something like that. (Perfection seems a little arrogant for me to claim at this point… 😂)
      (I’m also fairly certain that most of the classic authors had only one recipe for female characters: Beautiful and boring. They have clearly imparted none of their graces to me.)

      Elizabeth Bennett and Gandalf. *chokes* That would be entertaining.

      As far as nominations you haven’t done yourself… It’s probably not legal, but HEY, I say nominate me anyway. Being a somewhat dysfunctional blogger lets me get away with almost anything. Now I’m incredibly curious.

      (Also, you should ask donkeys about hawing. They’re quite good at it.)

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      1. Oh, thank you! *chokes up* *gives himself water* *pats himself on the back* *can you really pat yourself on the back?* *yes you sorta can cause I just tried*

        Now, where’d that blog post go…*dives through piles of papers* I am so organized.

        Oh yesss…so you may already have this lined up, but it’s called the Coverlove Tag. I’ve been *gulps* nominated THREE TIMES so I feel really bad about not doing it…and also I have three links for you. Cheers.




        Guessing you don’t want that much work in life…or do you? If not, just pick one and roll with it. Or not. If you’re that cruel and heartless.

        (Also, I didn’t do the post, clearly, but if you do actually do it, feel free to nominate me anyway. *subtle hint* *smooth, dude, smooth*)

        (Hm, well that’ll be easy. There’s no end of donkeys around here to ask…unless you don’t count me. Then we’re at zero. But thanks for the reference anyways.)

        Merry Writing, Happy Christmas, and may the Coverlove be with you.


        1. Well this works out beautifully. I already had this tag lined up for tomorrow, so I’ll just… squeak your name in somewhere. Congratulations: You’ve effectively dumped your problems on someone else. You can thank me later. *much benevolence* 😎

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  3. This just put a delightful little bright spot in a day that… hasn’t been the best. So first off, I want to thank you for that.

    Who would I want to be stuck with? *ponders* Probably either Samwise Gamgee or Jason Whitaker (from Adventures in Odyssey). Samwise is just very helpful and nice and enjoyable and has some survival sense. Jason is fun, smart, and would significantly increase my chances of survival. 🙂


    1. Aww, I’m so glad. Cheering people up is my blog’s goal, so I’m glad it could be of service.

      Now: *winds up* ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY…. *overabundance of nostalgia* My childhood… and large part of my beyond-childhood… Excellent choice there with Jason. He’s terribly clever.


      1. Wait… are you claiming to have left the pleasant world of childhood? Because I know I’m older than you, and I’m lingering here as long as I can. 😉


  4. oh, boy, do i feel it with all the tags. i haven’t done one since january and now i have two google doc pages full of them. whoops. but your tags are always the most interesting tags, to say the least.

    uhhh, i think i’d want to be stranded somewhere with gravity falls’ stanford pines. he survived 30 years in a nightmare realm with nothing but his own two hands. he would be annoying after a while, but i love him to death so, yeah.


    1. Good GLORY. You poor creature. *much sympathy* I hope you don’t drown under the weight of these dangerous things. 😉

      Well cool! I’ve never heard of Gravity Falls, but anyone who can survive in a nightmare realm has my respect.


  5. Wow, think I’ve found a new favorite song! *goes to listen to more of his music* Scratch that, I’ve found a new favorite artist.


    Hehehe, those fav quotes tho!! XD

    Ecclesiastes is a great book! There’s lots of neat little jewels hidden in there.

    Totally get the twin thing. For several years, people kept asking if my sister and I were twins, and I’m like NO I AM 21 MONTHS OLDER AND DON’T FORGET THAT!!!

    Children ARE scary yo. And downright annoying. But even more scary and annoying are their parents who make tons of excuses for their little monster. Like, DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOUR KID IS TURNING INTO???


    1. YES! *triumphant fist-pumping* The Orchardists are amazing and their lyrics have so much hidden depth, but sadly, not enough people know about them.


      I KNOW, RIGHT?? I just don’t understand parents these days. Like, if you’re not going to train your child do behave himself, at least have the decency to maybe… I dunno… ACKNOWLEDGE it?? Please and thank you.

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  6. I just wanted to point out something…

    A peacock is a drama KING! You said you liked them because you were a drama queen. The female version of that proud, strutting peacock is a peahen, a boring brown bird that poops all over the place like every other bird.

    As for who I would be stranded with: Ulmo. He’s the lord of the sea, you know, the stuff you’d be surrounded with if you were to find yourself in that predicament. He could send you two turtles and a bit of rope that got washed ashore (since you don’t have a beard, and you wouldn’t want to use your gorgeous hair for it) to pull you to civilization.

    Your welcome…


    1. But just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I can’t like the male version of an animal…?

      Wait. Did you just… cross the Silmarillion with Pirates of the Caribbean? 😂😂
      But yeah, I considered the Valar several times over for that question too. I mean, just to be able to MEET them, let alone have them keep you alive. Infinite amazingness. Ulmo is great.

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    1. “Legolas also has a tendency to get through a battle without a scratch.”

      I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT. What a genius conjecture. You win the award here.

      (Oh, and cool! Lovely timing. I can stick this one in with the post on Monday.)

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  7. LOL I love that quote by Denethor. So encouraging and optimistic. 😀

    If I were stranded on a desert Island or other planet with a fictional character I would want it to be Aragorn. Obviously.

    YES, NEW ZEALAND!!! Going there and England is on my bucket list and SOMEDAY I SHALL GO! And Texas of course because its basically considered the icon for western horseback riding and rodeos. I’m a cowgirl through and through. 😉

    Well if you’re scared of kids you wouldn’t want to meet my family. I’m the eldest of six and all of my siblings are a lot younger than me. But I love them. ❤

    Great post! Very entertaining. 😉


    1. Denethor is the DEFINITION of optimistic and encouraging.

      If you ever make it to New Zealand or England, can I please be a stowaway? Please? *soft, endearing bambi-eyes* Pleeeeease?

      Heh, yeah. Well, most of my friends have families with 5-8 siblings, and my best friend is the third oldest of 11, so God has definitely forced me to face my fears on the children side of things. 😂

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      1. lololol….

        Yes, you may. *pats your head condescendingly* XD

        Wow, you’re surrounded by kids! Our church is made up almost entirely of large families. There’s no escaping little kids there. 😀


        1. Aw, that’s so great. Despite being not particularly… adept at my interactions with them, I really love big families and churches that have a lot of them. Large families have the best dynamic and generally afford a boatload of hilarity.

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  8. Denholm.

    Or Gandalf. Sounds like he’s got his work cut out for him though.

    “Don’t leave kitchen cabinets open when I’m in the house.” #ORDERFREAKSUNITE

    “1.) I believe that 90% of life is attitude. Doesn’t matter what you’re going through; your attitude ought to define your happiness.”

    THAT is wisdom. *slinks off* Wisdom I’m desperately slaving over. Long live attitude-not-determined-by-circumstances-humans.


    1. Let’s petition Kate to write a secret scene of Denholm being stuck on a deserted island, just so we can watch him cheerfully banter his way through every perilous situation.

      I knew you would relate about the cabinet doors… It’s also really annoying when people spill/drop food on the floor but DON’T CLEAN IT UP and then you STEP ON IT. Or when they put dirty dishes in the sink while you’re TRYING TO RINSE CLEAN ONES.

      I have a lot of pet peeves that involve the kitchen.

      If it makes you feel better, I haven’t quite mastered the whole “attitude” thing myself… *dejected slumping*

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      1. Oh yeeeeeah. Pure awesomeness.

        *strangled squeaking* YES. ALL THREE. I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY.

        Oh it does, thank you, but that only proves what a wretched human being I am. *grimace* *knocks self out* But it’s such a sound philosophy to TRY and live by. We can be dejected horizon-seekers together. One step at a time.


      2. Denholm on a desert island would literally only be him making a tree house and letting all the tropical monkeys move in with him.


  9. I really like the People, People song!! (I’ve only listened to it twice.) Have you heard of an epic group of individuals called The Rabbit Room? I love them. Through the Facebook page of their founder Andrew Peterson I heard about the Orchardist and then one day found and listened to their People, People song and it was nice until it got lost in the more recent posts. So it was exciting to see it here.

    Okay, that’s not the greatest thing that this post did. Another interview or two with Sarah Baran, and I’ve been laughing and clapping (can you imagine someone clapping in front of a computer screen with nobody around to hear them?) and remembering once again to find joy in the life I live right now even though in my default mode my life is as boring as you might sometimes believe your own to be when it is not thinking about Jesus or any of His wonderful gifts from ice cream to New Zealand to the miracle of words and so on and so forth.

    P.S. Not all four-year-olds are scary! Some are quite adorable! I had one in my house last year, she’s gone now, but we now have an adorable five-year-old in her place 😀 !

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  10. First of all, that was a long post. Secondly, there’s a lot of things I have to say to you now so be prepared because here they come.

    1) There’s not only the Third Sibling, there’s also the Fourth Sibling, who just silently watches the chaos until they point out one tiny thing that makes everyone’s anger suddenly turn to a feeling of foolishness, which then goes back to anger at the Fourth Sibling. Guess which one I am.
    2) The video won’t play. It just shows me a screen saying “not available.”
    3) Not to be insensitive, but who the heck is storming “Thenardier”?
    4) I hate writing specifically in the Romance genre as well. It’s actually fun to include a bit in my stories, but only subtly and in quick hilarious doses.
    5) YES GANDALF. I love your summary of him.
    6) Heh, you’re not the only paradox around here, Sarah, and based on your addition to that comment, we’re even more alike than just being INTJs. Speaking of paradoxes, though, try and figure this one out: I’m simultaneously the firstborn of my family and the second youngest.
    7) Trust me, I don’t think you’re weird for listing “I have friends” as a fact about yourself. I know the feeling. Sometimes I sit for hours and cry wondering why on earth my friends are friends with me.
    7b) I just looked at that spot again and saw “WWII” which made me think of Cap and Bucky. So, thank you for reminding me of my favorite character. GUESS WHO IT IS BECAUSE I NEED CONVERSATION WITH OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ME AND PLAN TO ANSWER THIS WHEN I REPLY TO YOUR REPLY TO THIS.
    8) Can we compare notes on the whole world domination thing? I have mind-block, courtesy of my INTP nemesis.
    9) I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE IN ELVISH. Though I also want to learn women’s script from Roshar, so that takes priority.
    10) This is a lot of notes.
    10b) Sorry.
    11) Shelob terrified me for weeks, and still does. Spiders are evil.
    12) Numuhukumakiaki’aialunamor is a genius.
    13) Awww those memories are so sweet. My most recent favorite memories revolve around my brother basically just being a big brother to me and simultaneously making me feel loved while annoying the heck out of me so much I would try to strangle him if he wasn’t so much taller and stronger than I am. Plus faster. That one is annoying. (I’m obsessed with playing two-player Tag against him. It isn’t one of my *cough* smartest *cough* choices.)

    And if I had to be stranded on a remote world with a book character, I’m going to go with my current most-obsessed-over-favorite, aka Bucky Barnes, because he is just awesome and precious. COMIC BOOKS COUNT. And even if they didn’t, there have been spin-off stories with Marvel characters so I’m safe.

    My practical choice is Wit. I’d never get bored, and if I could convince him it would be a bad idea for me to die then I’d be safe as well.

    Sorry for such a long comment, Sarah. I hope it isn’t too annoying.

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  11. My sister and I are three years apart and constantly mistaken for twins, if people don’t think one of us is the other or vice versa. It gets to be really annoying and amusing after fifteen years.

    Well, don’t ask me /why/, but lately I’ve developed a sort of fondness for the few Greco-Roman gods who weren’t absolutely carnal idiots, being Athena, Hades and Persephone (a faithful divine couple! It *can* happen!), and Hestia or Vesta. And I certainly wouldn’t mind being stranded somewhere with either the first or the last. But if it was limited to one, and I was with Persephone, Hades might show up in style (he’s a bit dramatic sometimes) and there’d be an earthquake and things, and I’m not too fond of that.

    Good to see you back, by the way. It’s my turn to go AWOL, because I have a way heavier course load this term than I’d realized (hello, last term probably forever) and a job. But I’ll still read even if I don’t comment.


  12. I have not written multiple books- I am only in the middle of my first- a children’s book.

    My Fairy Frogs could easily be in a room for an extended period of time. Don’t know which three I could put in a room though. Sparkle, Misty, and Marge could- to be honest: Sparkle and Misty are Fairy Frogs and Marge is a toad. Those three would be talking and doing art the entire time. Misty at one point would be singing after she finished writing a song. Sparkle would be drawing something or be working on finishing a drawing she previously worked on. Sparkle befriends Marge during my novel and Marge eventually becomes friends with Misty. Those three would get along well in one room-with art. However, my characters would be tired of being in a room after a while, they would prefer being in Fairy Creek just saying.

    I find music without lyrics to be quite boring- I find those songs to not be about anything. I am the musical theatre fanatic.

    Best memory- wouldn’t be able to boil it down to just one.


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