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Liebster Award

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A few weeks ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the very talented and lovely jac forsyth, the author and blogger of the site Crone. This sweetheart fairly recently popped up on my blog and started gifting me with all sorts of marvelous and insightful comments. She has all sorts of fun short stories and poems on her site, so please go and give it a look!

The Liebster Award is, more or less, allowing you folks out there to learn a bit more about me and, more importantly, find new blogs.

The Rules:
1. Share 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate up to 11 bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

The Facts:
1. I have a huge sweet tooth! Chocolate is one of my greatest weaknesses.

2. My other weakness is animals, particularly puppies (and, no, I don’t care how old a dog is — it will always be a puppy). I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to write full-time and, when I do, I’ll foster/adopt as many dogs as I can care for!

3. Gaming is important to me as well. The stories, art, music, characters, and the social aspect and community of gaming are all huge inspirations to me.

4. My day job is a tax collector. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Fortunately, I have an awesome work environment and amazing coworkers in my office!

5. My Hogwarts house is Gryffindor, while my Ilvermorny house is Thunderbird.

6. I’m a bit of a hydrophobic. I hate swimming, and I refuse to go underwater. As far as I remember, there’s no real rhyme or reason for this phobia.

7. As a kid, my greatest ambition in life was to be Batman, part of the X-Men, or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. I’d like to think that those role models are the reason why I cannot stand any sort of prejudice or bigotry and am gifted with an open mind.

8. While I did very well in school, I was never a fan of the classroom setting. I prefer to learn hands-on and work rather than sit at a desk and take notes.

9. I love music of almost any kind (I’m not too partial to rap), and I almost always have something playing in the background when I’m working. At the moment, it’s usually video game soundtracks or instrumental artists like Lindsey Stirling and Taylor Davis.

10. I’m pretty proficient with computers and software, as well as being able to code a bit in HTML and Java. I find most electronics and programs fascinating!

11. I’m the middle of three sisters in my family. Rachel is my younger sister, while our eldest sister is Lisa. Thanks to Lisa, Rachel and I just became aunts to our first nephew this year!

My Answers:
1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
Oh, dear Lord… Technically, I think I started my blog way back in 2012, but it wasn’t something I took seriously. This year I truly started buckling down, trying to build up my blog mostly to reach out and keep in touch with fellow writers and gamers. It also helps my own writing to be talking about it to the world!

2. If you were an evil villain trying to take over the world, how would you do it?
Patiently. Although having minions and using force may be fun, I’d be more inclined to take a manipulative route. Plant seeds of doubt within allies’ minds, watch them turn on each other, usurp the power for myself, that sort of thing.

3. Which quote would you have tattooed up your arm?
“Far over the Misty Mountain cold…” A simple tribute to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises with a line of lyrics from their songs. This particular one is from Misty Mountains and it just evokes a sense of fantasy and adventure to me. Other quotes I was thinking of were either from Disney or the Legend of Zelda games.

4. What book, poem or piece of artwork are you currently working on?
Well, there are several on the back-burner at the moment. I suppose I’ll say the tentatively titled “Glory,” my planned novel for next month’s NaNoWriMo. It’s going to be a fantasy-ish adventure novel with a cast of characters exploring the lands around them. Dragons will most likely be involved.

5. Blue pill or Red pill?
Red pill all the way. The truth may be ugly, but it’s better than a beautiful lie.

6. How do you deal with self doubt?
Fake it ’til you make it. I’m a fairly self-assured individual, mostly because I try not to care about what others think of me, but if I’m struggling with self-doubt when it comes to writing or one of my other projects, I try to push through it or even take a small break.

7. What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
Make your blog something you’re passionate about and let that passion roll off the page to touch your readers. If you’re having fun doing it, not only will it be contagious to your readers, it’ll never seem like a chore.

8. If you could go back in time, which period of history would you choose?
Can I go ahead in time? I’d love to see the technological advances of future! If not, then perhaps the time of the Renaissance period. The art movement alone would be amazing!

9. Which book or film do you wish you’d thought of writing first?
Uh, Harry Potter? The Lord of the Rings? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? Anything really that evokes a sense of magic. I also wish I could have been part of the superhero movement, such as the X-Men or Batman comic books. Those kinds of writings, about justice and overcoming intolerance, are fantastic to me.

10. What is your zombie apocalypse strategy?
Similar to my “take over the world” strategy, patience would be key. Stay low, go fast, keep quiet, hit the zombies hard enough to one-shot ’em. I’d probably try to make my way toward a mountainous region, somewhere that had a small neighborhood or not too many people/zombies around, and attempt to live off the land there.

11. Which character from any novel, poem or piece of artwork that you have produced, would you most like to meet?
Alexander Baker, also known as Tech. A character from my superhero series, he’s an adorable, geeky genius, the type of guy who has an unending passion for his projects, but can definitely be a bit flighty with other things. Nevertheless, if you needed someone to talk to or a date to a wedding or something, he’d be there in a heartbeat.

My Questions:
1. If your blog was categorized as a book genre, what genre would it be?

2. Congratulations, you just adopted a mythical creature as a pet! What kind of creature is it?

3. What is your ideal weather like on a writing and/or reading day?

4. What’s your element (fire, water, light, earth, etc.)?

5. Who is your favorite original character? Or, if you’re not that kind of writer/blogger, who is your favorite fictional character?

6. Virtual Reality gaming systems are on the market now. What fictional world (book, film, video game, etc.) would like you to visit if you could through a VR system?

7. QUICK — what song are you listening to right now?

8. What is the last movie that you have watched that you would recommend to your best friend?

9. If writing wasn’t an option for you, what would you be doing instead?

10. Would you rather be a wizard in a humans’ world or a human in a wizards’ world?

11. Which is easiest to write: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

Now, here are the 11 blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award. You guys are under no obligation to do this if it’s not your thing, but know that more of the world deserves to know about you!

1. Rachel Poli
2. The Huffman Post
3. Hencheman-4-Hire
4. Nintendobound
5. I Read Encyclopedias for Fun
6. An Adventure in NaNoWriMo
7. Richard’s Blog
8. Inklings
9. A-Scribe to Describe
10. My Little Book Blog
11. Tiffany Crystal

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Home

 

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The Unique Blogger Award

Over at his blog, Richard was kind enough to nominate me for the Unique Blogger Award a couple of weeks back. Thanks very much, Richard! It was sweet of you to nominate me for such an award!

Without further ado…

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. Answer their 3 questions.
3. Include one meme and one quote you really like.
4. Nominate 8-13 bloggers to receive this award.
5. Ask your nominees 3 UNIQUE questions.
6. Add a link to the awards creator: Tara at Flower in Rainy Day.

The Questions:
1. If you could direct a film adaptation of any book, which would it be?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I would dearly love to see this adapted into a film, with the best special effects team there is!

2. Where in the world would you most like to visit that you haven’t been to yet?

Considering how much of a Lord of the Rings fan I am, I’m thinking New Zealand. I haven’t traveled very far at all in my life, and the chance at seeing the gorgeous land where the movies were filmed sounds amazing.

3. Is there a particular animal you would like to see in the wild?

I would love to observe the majesty of a wolf pack or a herd of wild horses loping through their territory.

The Meme:

(I don’t really have a favorite meme? I’m going to cheat and skip this section… Sorry!)

The Quote:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Nominees:
(Obviously you guys are under no obligation to do this if it’s not your thing, but know that I love you all!)

1. Rachel Poli
2. Mr. Panda
3. Herminia Chow
4. Skye Hegyes
5. Jac Forsyth
6. Combustible Reviews
7. Miketendo64
8. Nthato Morakabi

My Questions:
1. How well equipped — both physically and mentally — are you to survive in the world of the last book you read?
2. If you were in an RPG-style game, what character class would you be?
3. If your favorite fictional character or world were a genre of music, what genre would they be?

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Home

 

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By the Seat of My Pants

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Lately on Rachel’s blog, she’s been doing articles and essays about outlining and planning her novels. Her latest method is using colorful index cards to summarize plot points, scenes, characters, all those fun things that go into novels, and it works for her.

My planning process? Maybe I’ll free-write in a notebook all the questions and ideas that come with the novel currently brewing in my mind, but that’s usually the extent of my “planning.” Usually I plan as I write, and it is not uncommon for half of my drafts to feature random notes in brackets smack in the middle of scenes. Most of those notes have to do with questions like, “Wait, why are my characters doing this? What is the point of this? What in the name of all that is holy is going on?!”

My notes tend to be tedious ramblings to help me figure out what road my plot was going down and when it decided to veer off of that path. In a way, they resemble the “chapter summary” way to outline that Rachel detailed in her Outlining: Tips and Ideas post.

Have I tried to plan out more details of my novel before writing? Yes, a couple of times, but they didn’t work for me. I generally have a loose idea as to where and how the story is going to go, and then I just start writing. I love it when I’m writing a scene and one of my characters does that something that is surprising and brilliant (and, once in a while, stupid), or when my subconscious had foreshadowed an important plot point 50 pages ago without me knowing it. I don’t think you can get that same feeling, not the exact same, with planning. You can always take a detour from your plans and outlines, of course, and those with planned novels probably get more of them written faster than us “pantsers” (please note that the only statistic regarding that last statement is Rachel versus me).

I’ve found that, with my few drafts that I have, it’s easier to see what the novel is about and where it’s going after the draft is done. Then I can “plan” what should and shouldn’t happen, also known as the editing process to me.

To me, writing is exactly like the quote at the top of this post. I may not have the best sense of direction, especially while driving, but eventually I’ll get to where I need to be.

(Visit me at my other blog: Mini Pawprints)

 
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