Inquisitive Wednesday– It’s Been a While…

Hi, Reader-Peeps.

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It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.

It’s been a while since I’ve been tagged in anything. Which I’m partially thankful for. (You can only accept the Liebster if you have under 200 followers.)

Also, three posts in as many days. Crazy.

Anyway! I have been tagged/nominated in the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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The rules:
–Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
–Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
–Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
–List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So. I was nominated by Luke (thank you, sir!). And he chose eleven interesting questions for me to answer.

Here we go!

1.  If you could only read one fictional book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What kind of question is this?

I honestly don’t know. I think either The Raven Boys or The Lord of the Rings or A Wrinkle in Time.

2.  What type of computer do you use for blogging?

PC. Toshiba.

3.  What was the last album you listened to straight through?

I honestly don’t know the answer to that.

I think it was A Hollens Family Christmas by Peter Hollens. (Yes, I am already listening to Christmas music and have been for weeks. Shush.)

4.  What is your favorite holiday sweet?

Haystacks or Peppermint Bark.

5.  Are you known for making a signature dish or food?  If so, what is it?

No, I’m not. And I cook pretty much all the food at my house.

6.  Would you consider your handwriting to be sloppy or neat (or somewhere in between)?

In between. Years ago, it would have been sloppy. Just a few months ago, it was neat. Now it’s in between.

7.  What is the awesomest-looking book you own, and why?

Either the Percy Jackson myth books (because illustrated myths told by a snarky teenager) or Inkheart because I had to put a new cover on it myself (for those of you have read Inkheart, you know there is some irony in this) or The Hobbit (because it’s big and green and has Smaug on the front) or Blue Lily, Lily Blue (have you seen that cover? It’s self-explanatory).

8.  Name your three biggest fandoms.

Dragons (yeah that’s not a fandom, but that includes ALL THE DRAGONS so shush), Lord of the Rings, and Mistborn. (Also The Raven Cycle, okay, shutting up now…).

9.  Favorite childhood movie?

Beauty and the Beast. Or The Lion King. Mulan is good, too.

10.  Pizza or tacos?

It depends on what kind of pizza and how often I’ve had pizza recently. I have actually gotten sick of pizza before and that is not good.

11.  Name three books that everyone on earth should read.

The Lord of the RingsA Wrinkle in Time, and… hmm.

Hmmm.

Whatever great book that I haven’t written yet.

That’s it! Thank you, Luke, again.

I will not be tagging anyone (except my arch-nemesis Matthew Black— no apologies). Take this tag if you want it and use Luke’s questions.

Kate out.

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Beautiful People– WRITERLY RESOLUTIONS AND GOALS

Oh I haven’t done Beautiful People in FOREVER!

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This month’s theme is writerly resolutions.

It is the new year, after all.

That happened to me

What were your writing achievements last year?

Well, I won NaNoWriMo. I started editing LASER and got through Draft 2. I queried with picture books and took part in three Twitter Pitch events.

Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?

LASER. I am in the middle of Draft 3 edits and I would absolutely love to be completely done editing or at least very close by the time summer starts. LASER is my baby and I need to finish it and try to get it published.

List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.

  1. Less Procrastinating (working on it)
  2. Better Sleep Schedule (this is actually related to writing, though indirectly)
  3. Read More (as Stephen King once said, if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write)
  4. Don’t tell people about my new WIPs! (you’d think I’d have learned this by now…)
  5. I want to continue to write better stories. I want to learn how to manipulate reader-emotions better and I want to learn how to choose the right word and I want to create amazing characters. And I want to enjoy doing it. Because if I don’t enjoy it, then what is the point?

Are you participating in any writing challenges?

New Year’s Short Story Challenge 2016, if we do it. I’m not even sure about NaNoWriMo. If I do NaNo, it will probably be more for motivation and less for 50K.

What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?

I have two or three critique partners right now. These are my alphas, who read the earliest draft possible in all its hideous glory and will also read the finished product in all of its much-less-hideous glory. They also help me brainstorm from time to time.

As for betas, I have none. I’m debating on whether or not I want to find some. On the one hand, more eyes to help me get all the bugs out. On the other, betas take up more time. And then, which draft do I send them? The completed one or the next readable one? (Any thoughts on betas, guys?)

Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?

I plan to read Write You Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell. I believe it involves plotting from the midpoint first. I’ve always had trouble with midpoints, so I thought this would be an interesting read.

Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?

There’s a girl, currently nameless and mostly storyless. Her plot bunny attacked me the other day. I’d like to get to know her, perhaps.

If that plot bunny is not ready to be chased, there is a group of about six characters for the sequel to LASER. I met most of them back in 2011 and 2012. Their story may be the next one to be told.

Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?

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Editing is continuing what I’ve been doing and fixing/improving LASER as best as I can and chronicling how I do it here.

As for querying… research potential agents, write query letters and synopses and pitches, panic, compose emails, panic, hit send then feel relief but also excitement to the point of jumping every time my email notification goes off.

Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?

This is a difficult question to answer. Because it’s not like there’s an actual thought process for me of “Why are there no books like this? I know! I should write one!”.

I write what I want to write and I’m not trying to fill a “hole” or anything like that. I really just want a good story.

So maybe that’s my answer. There aren’t enough good stories in the world and there never will be. What makes a story good is subjective. The point is, some reader somewhere wants to keep reading good stories, wants to wander the library or bookstore looking for a new favorite, and it is my desire to give them a good story.

What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?

I want LASER finished and I want to query with it and it’d be nice if I could get an agent or a publishing contract… yes, I know I don’t have much control over that.

I want to start a new story and maybe finish the first draft.

That’s really it, but they are large and ambitious goals.

SO! Tell me all about your writing goals! What do you want to achieve by the end of the year? Do you write to fill holes or no? And any thoughts on beta-readers?

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DFTBA!

Inquisitive Wednesday– #WritersLife Tag

YES IT’S TUESDAY BUT I CAN’T WAIT TO POST THIS.

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I have been tagged by Sophia for the #WritersLife Tag! Thank you, Sophia!

WRITE FUEL: What do you eat/drink while writing?

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ICE!

I love eating ice. Ice in water, ice in diet coke, ice in milk… There’s just one problem with eating ice.

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This is a year-round problem, too, not just cold months. I sometimes have to drink something hot, too.

WRITE SOUNDS: What do you listen to while writing?

I love listening to music, just whatever I’m obsessed with at the time. I can’t always listen to music while I’m writing, though. Sometimes, it’s just too distracting.

I also recently found an ambiance-site that plays ambiance from various fictitious places and different enviroments. You’d think someone with 7 younger siblings wouldn’t want or like ambiance, but this is really nice. My favorite thus far is this one.

WRITE VICE: What’s your most debilitating distraction?

The internet. Which I’m sure is what most of you would say, too.

WRITE HORROR: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?

This past summer, July 26th, I believe (yes, the fact I remember the very date should tell you just how bad it was), I got a rejection letter and then my laptop died within the hour.

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Yeah.

We were able to save everything from my dead laptop and I got over the rejection letter, but still. That was bad.

WRITE JOY: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened while writing or how do you celebrate small victories?

The best thing that’s ever happened… often, that involves my alpha/beta readers letting me know that I got the emotional effect I was trying for– which sometimes involves all caps yelling at me but that’s awesome.

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How I celebrate small victories:

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Actually, I don’t really celebrate much at all. I proclaim my achievements to the world and revel in a feeling of numb satisfaction. Then I move on to the next thing.

WRITE CREW: Whom do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?

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So, I truthfully get too excited and want to tell the world about what I write. But if I do tell the world, I lose interest and momentum. Those in the know about WIPs is kept to a minimum.

WRITE SECRET: What’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?

Secret to success? Writing community, specifically, my critique partners. I have three of the best writing buddies in the world and then I have a huge writing community outside of that. Everyone encourages each other and I would not be the writer I am today without all these awesome people. Cake for you!

HBD Anna! #frozenfever

Hidden Flaw? I’m scared to write male POV. After one spends 7+ years writing it incorrectly and was more recently having trouble writing just a male side-character… nothing against any guys out there (I really do like most of you), but I don’t understand you well enough to write a male MC possibly ever again. Never mind that the sequel to LASER has a male MC… 

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Moving on!

WRITE-SPIRATION: What always makes you productive?

I don’t think there is specifically one thing that makes me productive…

WRITE PEEVE: What’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?

Ooh, full disclosure here?

Um… you know, I’m not sure. Possibly too much hubris, just judging by the way I can’t think of anything. That’s not annoying, though, right?

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WRITE WORDS: Share one sentence from a project, past or present.

“The year I turned 20 was a bit of a life changer. I graduated from my LASER apprenticeship.  I discovered time travel. I traveled the world and turned into a vampire. And now, 4 years later, my annoying little sister has signed me up for online dating.”

Elsa:

I tag:

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL OF YOU!!!!

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DFTBA!

Inquisitive Wednesday– Behind the Scenes Writing Tag

It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.

Ooh, it’s been a while since I’ve done IW.

Today’s tag comes from my friend Schuyler at My Lady Bibliophile. Thank you, Schuyler!

And this tag is about my writing process! Here we go!

– Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

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Not really, though brainstorming at night with a bowl of cereal is nice. Mostly though, I eat ice. And when I’m really writing, forget the snackies.

– When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

Well, I’ve been trying to become a Early Bird writer. It used to be that I write really well at night, but that changed within the last few months.

– Where do you write?

At the dining room table, in the armchair in the living room, on my bed. Sometimes at my desk, but it’s currently a mess and the chair I have is out to assassinate my back. Ah the joys of being old at 24…

– How often do you write a new novel?

Start a new novel is whenever a plot bunny attacks.

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Finish a novel is about once a year or every two years (editing in between).

– Do you listen to music while you write?

Sometimes. Just whatever I happen to be in the mood for, though sometimes it has to have a certain feel for the scene.

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– What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I used to write almost entirely longhand, except when editing. These days, I’m trying to get used to typing.

– Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

Not really. Though I do try to daily ask God to bless my writing efforts. My talent and love of writing is from Him anyway. Plus, I like to think this helps me not procrastinate so much, remembering that I’ve asked God to bless what I’m doing.

– What do you do to get into the mood to write?

Dive in. Check my social media first thing in the morning, but then write. Getting myself excited about the story helps, too. I have various methods for that.

– What is always near the place you write?

Hobbits. I can’t get rid of them!

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Also, my glass or coffee mug, whatever I’m drinking.

– Do you have a reward system for your word count?

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No. Though this year for NaNo, I have a sort of reward system. Which basically involves getting to social media after my daily wordcount is reached (which means [almost] no social media before I’m done). Also, if I win NaNo, I think I’m going to buy myself a new coffee mug and a new book. (If I manage to write a whole novel in one month, I’ll have cut my novel writing time record by 75%. I think that merits cute new coffee mug and a new book.)

– Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

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I try not to talk about my WIPs while I’m in the first draft (Though I really want to talk about it, I lose interest if I do).

I am instinctively a pantser, though I still like to have some idea of what I’m doing.

I roleplay dialogue.

I almost always want to start a story in first-person POV, though I write in third-limited because I’m terrible at first (I have no idea what is up with this wacky default).

Another default is what I call Pride and Prejudice Romance– basically, my couples almost hate each other before they fall in love (not every couple I write is like this, but it happens a lot).

I tag…

Lily J.

Brett Michael Orr

Sophia

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Inquisitive Wednesday and Beautiful People– Sparkles and Camo and Shipping

I AM HOME FROM VACATION!!!

Oh it is very good to be home! Vacation was lovely but I am tired and my stuff is here, you know?

Guess what.

It’s Wednesday. 

Guess what else.

Beautiful People! 

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And today, I am going to show you one of my characters from LASER.

This is Riley Jeanine Fisher.

Sarah Sanguin Carter / Maggie / Falling Skies

Personally, Riley is one of my favorite characters. She recently earned her own POV in LASER. Describing her in one sentence:

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On to the questions!

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

Coffee ice cream. Because who doesn’t like coffee ice cream?

When I get an ice cream maker, this will be my all-time favorite recipe. I'm a sucker for coffee ice cream!
I fully realize that about 3 of my best friends are among those who do not appreciate coffee ice cream. To which I say, oh well, more for me and Riley.

The other flavor I think Riley would love would be bubblegum ice cream. To which I gag and tell her to go share it with the coffee ice cream haters.

2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

Riley is probably going to a movie. She’s probably going to go see whatever the new Marvel or Pixar movie is at the time. What she wears depends on who else is going, but only a bit. If she’s going with just Isabella or all her friends, she’s be a little bit more casual– jeans, t-shirt, pink-camo jacket, light makeup. If she’s going with just Gavin (boyfriend), then she’ll probably dress up just a tad more.

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Around the house, pink, glitter-y socks. At school, flats (because school uniform). At LASER HQ, combat boots. Heels pretty much the rest of the time. But not four-inch high skinny heels that make one question “how do you even walk in that??”. That is agony. Also, agony is pinch-y shoes. Never sacrifice comfort for cute!

4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

She has a small scar on her left hand. First day of LASER apprenticeship, cut her hand on a sword (it was embarrassing to say the least.)

5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

Riley listens to Taylor Swift, I’m certain. I don’t know how she wouldn’t.

She also likes this song:

6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

Hmm… Riley is one of those people who can’t really sing but sings anyway. Like me.

As for a musical instrument, I think she took piano lessons, but then stopped playing when the lessons stopped.

7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Um… Contemporary YA, I think. I don’t know if she’d read fantasy or not. (This is a struggle I have with all my reading characters, in fact. Because they are living fantasy YA… does that make their contemporary fantasy? Or if you lived fantasy, would you still want to read it? I don’t know.)

8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation…

I’m not sure. I don’t think she does anything extraordinary. Continues to train with LASER, hangs with Isabella, Gavin, and her other friends, shops at the mall, babysits her nieces and nephews, swims, etc.

9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

I feel like I just answered this question. Refer to the last question.

10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

No… I don’t think so. Yes, I realize this was an informative answer.

And that’s Riley!

But one last thing that this interview did not cover.

Riley is a shipper. Perhaps to the extreme. Best friend and the new guy look cute together… Wheels turn and next thing you know, she’s dropping hints and coming up with a ship name.

DFTBA!

The Editing Diaries– Inquistive Wednesday and Beautiful People

Welcome to my series, The Editing Diaries!

In a nutshell, I’m editing my story LASER and bringing you guys along for the ride. I want you to see how my process for editing novels works (and maybe I’ll figure out my process with you). So, buckle your seatbelts, we’re going on a trip!

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So, this edition of The Editing Diaries is being paired with Inquisitive Wednesday and Beautiful People.

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Why?

In a nutshell, I’m still having to figure out a certain character who shall not be named in this sentence.

Lydia from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Loved her character!
He could take a tip from Lydia.

But, oddly enough, I am not interviewing him in Beautiful People.

I realized something, the other day. Part of the problem with Nick? Even with conflict, he’s still two-dimensional. But why? Because I don’t know him inside out. I don’t know him well enough to get inside his head and see what makes him tick. I need to know what he’s thinking about and doing and what scares him and where he draws the lines. Everyone is selfish about something– where is Nick selfish? And when does he give up what he wants for someone he loves?

I may not need to know all this, but I need to know what he sounds like. I need to hear his voice so I can bring him to life.

Hopefully, interviewing his older brother (who currently doesn’t even have a cameo in LASER) will bring out some of Nick’s personality.

By the way, I need to explain something. You see, Robyn is my doppelganger. I stopped going by Robyn online about a week ago, but I knew Nick had a sister who was basically me. Anyway.

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Imagine, if you will, a small, but cozy living room. There are two arm chairs, facing each other, a coffee table between them, and a sofa off to the side. On the table are mugs of coffee and a plate of cookies and a tape recorder. In one chair, sits me, armed with a pen and a notebook. In the other chair sits a young man about two years older than me. Gold-ish hair, bright blue eyes, a little bit of a beard. He’s pretty muscular, too, but he’s been laughing and smiling in such a way that I am quite certain that I am in no danger. On the sofa, there’s a girl who is my age, also armed with a notebook and pen, and a boy who’s about eighteen. I lean forward and turn on the tape recorder.

(Katie)So, why don’t you start by introducing yourself and your siblings?

(Dustin)Well, I’m Dustin Elliot. And these are my two younger siblings, Robyn and Nick.

(Robyn)Hello.

(Nick)Hi.

(K)And what do you do for a living, Dustin?

(D)Well, I’m currently working for a contracting company.

(R)He’s always had a thing for tools. 

(D)Nothing like a good hammer!

(K)Yes. So, let’s get out of the small talk and go deeper. 

(D)Yes, of course. What do you want to know?

What things do you value most in life?

Well, my family, of course. My mother, my sister and brother.

And your girlfriend.

I don’t have a girlfriend, Robyn.

There’s a reason for that.

What are your core values?

Well, you could sum it up by saying chivalry. By that, I mean like the code medieval knights followed. Those ideals.

Do you consider yourself a knight?

No. Not since I was a kid. But things like courage and justice and courtesy are still important to me.

Hasn’t been that long since you considered yourself a knight.

Working in LASER’s apprentice program is hardly the same thing, Nick.

You were in the program?

It’s hardly relevant. But yes.

What do you consider your “Achilles heel”?

Hmm. Well…

He’ll give up his code of chivalry in exchange for black licorice.

Well, one might say I have a weakness for it. But that’s hardly what you…

It’s true. He gave away my hiding spot in hide-and-go-seek for licorice when we were little.

How do you remember that? You were five!

You should all know that I am thoroughly enjoying this. But maybe we should just move on.

Do you get nightmares? If so, why or what of?

Ha. Not sure I can answer this one. Yes, I do get nightmares, but it’s usually because I ate something odd before bed or if I just have a lot on my mind.

What is one major event that helped shape who you are?

Birth.

He was born a perfect human being, of course.

Well, let’s reword the question. Where did this code of chivalry come from? Why do you follow it?

Well… when I was about 11 and getting to the point where I couldn’t wait to turn 14 so I could join LASER’s apprentice program, my dad took me to work with him one day. Another company like LASER was there–um, I don’t remember what they were called. Monsters Inc., perhaps.

That’s a Pixar film.

And LASER is a beam of intense light, Robyn. Back to the point, there were boys from this other company’s apprentice program there. And while they were possibly better trained than the LASER apprentices, they were also… they weren’t kind. They were mean to the LASER apprentices and basically bullies and they cheated. They were being taught that it didn’t matter what you did as long as the job got done. Now, disclaimer for this interview, the head of apprentices at this company has since been fired. But anyway, when I was telling my dad about this later, he told me that it’s better not to be brutal. It’s better to temper your work as a Ranger with kindness and courtesy and honor than to coldly get the job done. The rest is history.

Do you suffer from any phobias? Does it affect your life in a big way?

[silence]

Dustin?

This is an interesting question.

Um… well, it kind of goes back to how I was in LASER’s apprentice program. And this was… what would you say, Robyn? 7 years ago?

Something like that.

Yes. Well, our dad was killed in a werewolf attack. It… it left me with quite a fear of lycanthropes. Of course, that’s just a perfectly reasonable fear.

It made you quit LASER. And it made Nick crazy.

Crazy?

Not actually crazy! 

If you don’t mind me asking… what kind of crazy?

He’s prejudiced against werewolves, now. And not just prejudiced. He wants them all dead.

Sheesh! Make me sound like I’m just going to condone flat out murder, why don’t you?

He also writes purely out of catharsis. Which… in a discovery writer like him, causes a lot of disjointed character arcs and all the villains are werewolves. 

See if you ever get to read my stuff again… 

As you can see, it impacts my life a good deal. Especially when it comes down to these two hooligans.

How do you handle a crisis?

Concealing any panic I have and trying to think through the problem in calm and organized manner.

To quote Tigger, “Cool, calm, and collectivated”.

Do you have a temper?

YES!

…Well, I guess that answers that. Thank you, siblings. I’d like to speak to you both after this interview.

Are you easily persuaded or do you need more proof?

About what?

About big life issues and small life issues and whether or not the theory of relativity is actually relevant…

…I’m going to assume you meant in general, since my sister is going into one of her weird phases. I generally need proof before I can be convinced of something.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame?

Looking for juicy details, are we? Well, I promised to do this interview, so…

Perhaps your siblings would like to see if they know?

Poetry. He writes pretty little poems and scares off girls with them.

I do not! You really have no idea what you’re talking about, Robyn.

Singing in the shower.

We all sing in the shower.

Yes, but he could be on Broadway with the way he does it. Playing every role in Les-Mis. And Wicked. And The King and I. And…

My guilty pleasure is beating up my younger brother after he makes comments like this.

He also…

[scuffle] [tape recorder is turned off]

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Well, while I am still not sure what Dustin’s guilty pleasure is, I do know that this interview worked miraculously with figuring out Nick’s personality. (Don’t question, just roll with it.) If you made it to the end of this post, virtual cookies for you! And now, I must go make dinner.

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I think this basically describes this whole post…

DFTBA!

Inquisitive People: The Bronze Twins

If it were Wednesday which it is not, unless you are in Australia, then this would be an Inquisitive Wednesday post. But it is not Wednesday. And this time, the questions are not about me.

They are about two of my characters from LASER. Which means…

It’s time for Beautiful People, a monthly link-up hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In! PAPERFURY This month focuses on siblings. I give you…

The MC of LASER, Isabella, and her brother, Stephen.

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Second row, played by Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. Divergent and TFIOS came out at the perfect time for this casting. By the way, Stephen is supposed to have glasses.

Onto the questions!

1. What is the first memory they have of each other?

This is a tricky one. Since Isabella and Stephen are twins, they’ve known each other since before they were born. So there’s not really a specific memory. The other was just always there.

2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.

Loyal. Close. Teasing.

3. What kind of things do they like to do together?

Hmm… eat. They do a lot of eating together in LASERI don’t know. I’m thinking… You don’t see them often with just the two of them. They tend to hang out with their other friends. They are also both LASER apprentices. Board games and card games. Maybe even video games. Isabella has the tendency to win. There was a line in one of the first attempts of writing LASER that went “Stephen was the older twin. That was the last time Isabella let him be first for anything.”

4. What was their biggest fight?

This actually happens in LASER. Isabella does something pretty stupid and dangerous and Stephen is upset with her for it for a long time.

5. How far would they go to save each other?

They’d probably both give their lives, but Isabella would do it more recklessly and eagerly.

6. What are their pet peeves about each other?

Isabella is impulsive and stubborn. Stephen doesn’t seem to try hard enough.

7. What are their favorite things about each other?

Isabella’s favorite thing about Stephen is that he always is ready to stand up for her; that he wants to protect her. Stephen’s favorite thing about Isabella… he’s proud of her. Even though she is stubborn and impulsive, she’s passionate and she works hard. They know that if they need anything, the other will help, no matter what. Which is almost, but not quite, true, as we find out in the story.

8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?

They share a lot of the same looks (they both have red hair and green eyes) and they are both left-handed. They both have Half-Sight, which means they can see normally invisible fairy creatures, but only through one eye. They call each other “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”.

9. Who has the strongest personality?

Isabella, no contest.

10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?

They grow a bit distanced, I think. That big fight mentioned above contributes to that. But also, Stephen finds love and Isabella is trying very hard not to do the same. They’re still friends in the end, but I don’t think they are quite as close. And… that’s it. Now you know Stephen and Isabella!

Stephen and Isabella
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Inquisitive Wednesday– Quirky Questions for Readers, Part 11

It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.

I’m going to be answering the 55 Quirky Questions for Readers tag. 55 questions about books!

"You want weapons?We're in a library! BOOKS! The best weapons in the WORLD"- The tenth Doctor. Why i love him so much. He loves books
Tenth Doctor reads books. Books are cool.

Here we are. The last of the Quirky Questions tag. 11 weeks of questions from this tag come and gone.

*moment of silence as we remember how much fun we’ve had on this journey*

Okay, moment’s over. Here we go!

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?

The Fault in Our Stars. For numerous reasons, okay?

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What I will be if I read TFIOS.

52. Name a book that made you angry:

Like… it was the author’s intention for me to be angry or like this book was so wrong and it made me angry?

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Mistborn: The Final Empire. Mainly because I was so upset about a certain character’s death. But you could say I’ve “grown up” since then and if I reread Mistborn now, I wouldn’t get angry.

Honestly, I can’t remember being angry at any other books. I remember being annoyed with characters, but that’s not the same thing.

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:

Okay, let’s get things straight. I don’t read books I’m not interested in. So… to answer this question, we must go back to my school days.

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Hope none of you get motion sick…

 

Ah, Misty of Chincoteague!

I was made to read a section of this in my literature book (4th or 5th grade, I think). Reading was actually my least favorite subject in school I blame the comprehension checks at the end of each section. So, I read the excerpt from MoC, probably expecting to dislike it like the majority of the strange excerpts that curriculum required of me. Long story short, loved it, got the whole book from the library, read several more by that author for a long time.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:

Initially, when she hears she wasn't invited to Aurora's christening, she plays it cool.

This list is long…

Great Expectations

Jane Eyre

Paper Towns

The Hardy Boys series.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning 

Mariel of Redwall  I actually just lost interest in it when I had it checked out from the library, didn’t finish it, and unfortunately, stopped checking out Redwall books after that…

I could honestly keep going for a while. But I’m going to stop there.

55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading:

“Guilty-pleasure reading”… why not just ask if I’m reading anything particularly scandalous? That’s what that question implies. Answer to that question that I just asked: no.

I guess the answer to this question would be The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I love these stories so much (they deserve it) and yes, they do have their scandalous moments and possibly-excessive swearing, but I don’t feel bad about reading them.

 

And there you have it. 55 questions about books answered. This has been a lot of fun.

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But I suppose everything must come to an end.

Tell me your answers to these questions in the comments! And is everyone’s list of books we wanted to like but didn’t as long as mine?

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Inquisitive Wednesday– Quirky Questions for Readers, Part 10

It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.

I’m going to be answering the 55 Quirky Questions for Readers tag. 55 questions about books!

"You want weapons?We're in a library! BOOKS! The best weapons in the WORLD"- The tenth Doctor. Why i love him so much. He loves books
Tenth Doctor reads books. Books are cool.

I’m going to answer 5 questions at a time. I’m up questions 46-50! Next week is the last set of these questions!

Here we go!

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:

…30-ish dollars. On Amazon.com.

If only there were this much money for books…

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

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Almost never. Once I’ve started reading it, I may skim a bit. But for the most part, skimming ruins the experience for me.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

It would have to be pretty bad… if I’m really bored, or if there’s excessive gore or too much scandal…

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49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Yes. Series go together and authors go together. Sorted by color is nice, too.

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50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read?

*GASP* I keep them forever!!!

Unless I didn’t like them. Then they can go.

But NO! THE BOOKS ARE MINE!!!

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BOOKS ARE MY PRECIOUS!!!

 

However… I might need more bookshelves.

 

What about you, reader-peeps? Do you skim? Do you give away books you’re done with? What would make you stop a book halfway through?

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DFTBA!

 

Inquisitive Wednesday– Quirky Questions for Readers, Part 9

It’s Inquisitive Wednesday! On IW, I answer 5-10 questions, be they from awards, tags, or reader input.

I’m going to be answering the 55 Quirky Questions for Readers tag. 55 questions about books!

"You want weapons?We're in a library! BOOKS! The best weapons in the WORLD"- The tenth Doctor. Why i love him so much. He loves books
Tenth Doctor reads books. Books are cool.

I’m going to answer 5 questions at a time. I’m up questions 41-46! Here we go!

 

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:

Hmm… I think it was probably a couple of months. Reason? Too obsessed with writing and not really interested in what I was reading (it was one of those times I was trying to read 4 books at once) and kind of forgot to read.

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42. Name a book you could/would not finish:

Um… Paper Towns by John Green. No, I am not going to tell you why.

I never explain anything

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Well… I think it's very obvious that it's impossible not to love ten!!

Unfortunately, the television. But only if I’m not deeply interested in the book and am interested in what’s on.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel:

Ooh! Um… there are too many to choose just one! Pride and Prejudice (the BBC 1995 one), Inkheart, The Lord of the Rings… Okay, probably Pride and Prejudice with LOTR as a close second. They aren’t exactly comparable, anyway.

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LOTR doesn’t have Colin Firth.

 

45. Most disappointing film adaptation

Eragon.

Why

Okay, it wasn’t that bad… but I’ve only watched it once and haven’t had much of a desire to see it again.

Alright, what about you, readers? Let me know your answers to these questions in the comments!

 

DFTBA!