Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Q - Brian asks: If you could get personal writing advice from any author (living or dead), who would that be...and why?
A - This may not be very original, but I'd have to go with Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games books are my all-time favorites, and she's an amazing author. How I would love someday to create a character as memorable as Katniss!
Q - Candyland asks: If you had to choose, would you rather have a fantastic book no one sees or crap that has been published?
A - I dream of getting published, but not if it's something I can't hold my head up and be proud about. So I'd have to go with the fantastic - if unread - book.
Q - Jennifer Shirk asks: How long have you been writing? Are you agented? If not, who is your dream agent?
A - I've been writing longer than I'd like to admit. Off and on since about the second grade, though I got serious about getting a book published maybe five years ago. I'm not agented, and I don't have a dream agent, though I have been known to look longingly at the Writer's House website from time to time. :)
Q - Lotusgirl asks: Are you a naturally good speller or do you rely on spell check?
A - I don't use spell check at all. I guess I'm a pretty good speller naturally, though when I run into a question about spelling, I'll check it on dictionary.com. And I've certainly been known to let the occasional typo slip by.
How about you? Which author would you most like to get personal writing advice from? Do you have a dream agent? Do you use spell check?
Tomorrow is a big day - Talli Roland's Blogsplash! In honor of the occasion, I'll be posting on Wednesday instead of Thursday. Then next Tuesday I'll wrap up my Q&A series with some more questions on writing.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A - I had to really think about this one. My favorite food is shrimp, but I do think I'd get sick of it eventually. Finally I decided to go with vanilla pudding - especially the cook-n-serve variety while it's still warm - yum!
Q - Lynda Young asks: "milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate? ;) "
A - All of the above! If I had pick just one, though, I'd go with dark chocolate.
Q - Lydia Kang asks: "What is your favorite season and why?"
A - Fall, because of the beautiful colors, cooler temperatures, start of the holiday season, apple picking, etc. There are so many reasons to love fall! The only bad thing about it is that it means winter's coming - brrr!
Q - Lisa Maliga asks: What country would you like to live in for 1 year?
A - I think I'd go with Australia. Not only is it beautiful and English-speaking, but you gotta love those accents!
Q - Emy Shin asks: "If you have to live in one place for the rest of your life, where would you choose?"
A - Hawaii, please!
Q - Terry Lynn Johnson asks: "If you could wake up tomorrow with a new skill or talent, what would you like it to be?"
A - I'd like to have a beautiful singing voice. I love to sing, I just feel sorry for the people who sit next to me in church!
What about you? Where would you like to live for 1 year? For the rest of your life? What's your favorite season? And is there a new skill or talent you'd most like to have?
Friday, November 19, 2010
Q - Jeanette Levellie asks: "What is your favorite coffee?"
A - Black, the darker roast the better. My favorite brand is Starbucks, but I'll drink about anything as long as it's good and strong.
Q - Alex J. Cavanaugh asks: "Explain the significance of the smiley face coffee mug."
A - That's one of my favorite coffee mugs (I have many coffee mugs!) because it was given to me by a group of fifth graders that belonged to a Destination Imagination team I managed several years ago. Plus, it's just really happy. :)
Q - Les Edgerton asks: "(1) If someone didn't 'step away from your coffee cup' did you take them down? and (2) If you took them down, did you draw blood?"
A -My blog's first post (363 days ago!) dealt with this very subject. My husband does actually steal a cup of coffee on weekend mornings. I guess I'm an old softie, because I let him get away with it. And I don't even draw blood. :)
Q - Old Kitty asks: "Erm...coffee!! Cappuccino? Latte? Half caff...? Chai...??"
A - Since I drink so much coffee (I make 5 cups every morning, some days I drink it all, some days I don't), I drink half caff. Otherwise I'd be too hyper to write anything, let alone take my nap. :)
How about you? Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what's your favorite type of coffee? If not, do you have some other favorite treat that gets you into writing mode?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Q - Jai Joshi asks: "I'd like to know what got you into blogging in the first place. We all have a story about it. What's yours?"
A - A couple of years ago, I attended the Highlights Writer's Workshop at Chautauqua, NY. There I met a wonderful group of friends, aka The Wad. You may know a few of them: Tess Hilmo, Amy Allgeyer Cook, and Sharon Mayhew all write their own amazing blogs. While the workshop itself was wonderful, I really think it was meeting these fantastic women that brought me infinitely closer to my goal of becoming a published author. One of the ways they did this was by encouraging me to start my blog.
Q - Velva asks: "What was the point in which you said, I am seriously going to do a blog?"
A - It took many months after I got back from Chautauqua before I was ready for such a huge step. The Wad started a group blog, but we rarely updated it and it fell by the wayside. Then Tess, Amy, and Sharon started their blogs. I spent time reading their blogs and learning the ropes before I was ready to start my own. Then when I did, only a handful of good friends (or extremely supportive friends of friends - like you, Velva!) visited my blog. Not until Jackee at Winded Words happened onto my blog one day and became a follower did I begin to branch out and meet new people through blogging. And what a fantastic experience it's been!
Q - Theresa Milstein asks: "What have you gained from blogging that you didn't have before?"
A - A sense of community, of not being alone in this writing thing. Writing is so solitary, but blogging gives me an invaluable connection to others who really "get it."
Q - L. Diane Wolfe asks: "How often do you update your blogroll?"
A - Not nearly often enough. It's due for an update right now, as I've got some new blogs I've been meaning to add. If I had to guess, I'd say about once a month.
Q - Clarissa Draper asks: "Do you follow a blogging schedule and memes?"
I've never done much with memes, but I do follow a Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogging schedule. However, as nothing is set in stone on my blog (as those of you who are paying attention to my color schemes can attest), I was thinking just today of switching to a Tuesday, Thursday schedule to try to free up a little more writing time and maybe finally fight my way through this latest round of revisions. At the moment, my plan is to finish out this week with a Friday post, and then switch to Tuesday, Thursday next week.
How about you guys? What have you gained from blogging? How did you get started? Do you follow a schedule?
Monday, November 15, 2010
Q - Sheri Larsen asks: "Favorite character crush?"
A - Roiben from Holly Black's books, Tithe and Ironside. Sure he's a fairy, but he's a really good looking, powerful, angsty fairy, and I love the way he talks. Case in point: "I have had a surfeit of killing, Kaye." Love that line!
Q - Bish Denham asks: "What was the first novel you can remember reading? How old were you?"
Q - Kelly Polark asks: "Of course I want to know what your favorite song or band is!"
A - I remember absolutely loving The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I read everything I could find by her after that, like The Changeling and Black and Blue Magic. Thus began my love of fantasy.
Q - Clara asks: "If you had to choose between a baby monkey in diapers or a cute puppy dog, which would you take home?"
Q - Stephen Tremp asks: "What is the flight of a swallow?"
A - Nice try, Sharon! :)
How about you guys: What was your favorite book as a kid? What's your favorite band/song? Puppy or Monkey? Care to weigh in on the swallow question?
Have a great Monday!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Barnes & Noble - book of writers quotation
What book (fiction or non-fiction) is at the top of your TBR pile?
Have an wonderful Wednesday, Everyone!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Jeanette Levellie at Audience of One
L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick
I'll be emailing you to see which prize you would like. Choose from my five fave non-fiction writing books (click on the titles to see my reviews):
1. Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon
2. Hooked by Les Edgerton
3. The Baby Name Survey Book by Bruce Lansky
4. The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
5. How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
6. A $15 Amazon.com gift card.
Thanks to everyone who entered! It was so nice to see so many familiar faces and to meet some new ones, too!
Have a great Monday, Everyone!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Today's post is about two books that didn't make my top five list, but which are still awesome and deserve a mention.
#1 - Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Amazon.com price: $18.00
The Flip Dictionary is a thesaurus, but better. It doesn't just give synonyms, it also gives related words. For example, if you look up "minerals," you'll find synonyms listed for "mineral deposit," "to search for mineral deposit," "divination to find mineral ores," "mineral spring," "mineral water," "nonmetallic mineral," soft mineral," "to place minerals in a mine to deceive," as well as a list of 225 minerals.