Friday, February 17, 2012

Tag, I'm It!

Okay, I've been tagged three times so I have 33 fantabulous questions that I get to answer :)  Thanks Lisa, Ninja Girl Reads, and A.E. Martin for passing this fun game on to me :) Then I get to make up 11 questions and tag other writers out there, you could be next!  

Lisa's questions:
1.  What is the first line of your current WIP?
Going to the river was forbidden.
2.  What is the most overrated "classic" that you ever read?
Great Expectations--read that freshman year in high school and I still hate it.
3. What is your guilty pleasure?
4.  If you could win any literary prize, what would it be?
A published novel (does that count?)
5.  What historical figure from any time period would you most like to meet and hang out with?
I hate history, so right now my mind is flashing images from Bill & Ted's Excellent adventure, ummm Billy the Kid?
6.  Most consecutive hours without sleep because you were in a writing frenzy?
That doesn't happen, unless you count time I spend trying to fall sleep while my head ceaselessly spins story lines, and that is every night for at least an hour after the lights go out.
7.  What are your three favorite movies?
Impossible question, I love movies! I'm gonna stick with titles that start with the letter D and go with Die Hard, Dirty Dancing, and Defiance.
8.  Name one fictional character whose ass you'd love to kick.
Oh, I'm gonna get in trouble for saying this, but Bella Swan. I couldn't stand when she was so wishy-washy and Kristen Stewart's monotonous portrayal of her really deserves a smack down.That being said, I loved the Twilight saga and am thankful for reading it because it opened up my reading world to YA.
9.  Would you rather have one book published that becomes a classic or have multiple books published that sell well but eventually go "out of print"?
Multiple books that sell, I'm writing what I hope is a series :)
10.  What was the weirdest moment of writing inspiration you've ever had?
The dream that came after sushi and Fast & Furious--a girl, a beast, and a Protector--spurred my WiP.
11.  If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
You're So Cool by Hans Zimmer (from the movie True Romance)

Ninja Girl's questions:
1. What's your favorite color?
2. What's your favorite name?
Cort and Quynn
3. Cat or Dog?
Cat if I had to choose (they aren't as smelly), but really I'm both :)
4. If you could be anything, do anything, what would you be/do?
A traveller, I'd like to see the world
5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying-it'd save a lot of time and money
6. What was your first blog post about?
Why I started my blog, the origin of my ms
7. Favorite song lyrics?
Just Breathe lyrics by Pearl Jam
8. Favorite line from a book/poem and why?
Going to the river was forbidden. This is the first line of my ms and someday it will be a book (I hope) :)
9. If your life had a soundtrack, what would be the title tracks?
You're So Cool by Hans Zimmer (me)
Stand By Me by Ben E King (my husband)
Delilah by Plain White T's (my son)
Halo by Beyonce (my daughter)
10. What's your latest obsession?
Friday Night Lights on Netflix
11. If you could recommend any book/series, what would it be and why?
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, incredible writing with a poetic intensity 

AE Martin's questions:
1. What is your biggest fear?
snakes and never getting published
2. What would you wish for if you had three wishes?
An agent, a publishing deal, and my own book in my hands (wow, I'm starting to sound obsessed)
3. What's your favorite childhood novel?
Half Magic by Edward Eager
4. What's your earliest memory?
Either the time when a slug fell out of a tree and plopped on my shoulder, or holding a dead mouse up in front of the window for my mom to see, or the time a mole ran up my pant leg. I think these all happened around when I was 3-4 years old and had lots of traumatic grossness!
5. Would you rather be the hero or the villain?
Hero for sure, I don't like bad people
6. Vampire, Witch, Werewolf, Mermaid--which would you be?
Witch, they seem to blend in better with the rest of the world while holding secret powers
7. What's your favorite song?
Right now, One and Only by Adele
8. Would you rather go back 50 years to the past or 50 years into the future?
The future for sure!
9. If someone could tell you how you were going to die would you want to know?
I would want to know if it was something like by a falling tree or poisonous snake bite so I could avoid those things :)
10. Are you more spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead?
I like to plan, there are three calendars in front of me and a whole slew of sticky notes
11. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Since I'm a mommy, I'm going with the chicken.

I asked a few fellow writers if they had been tagged yet, a couple had already been tagged a few times, so I'm not going to pass this on to specific individuals. Instead, consider yourself tagged and answer any of the following questions or any of the above questions in the comments! I'd love to get to know these silly tidbits about you!

1. What do you think is the hardest part of writing?
2. What is the easiest part of writing?
3. Sun or snow?
4. What is your favorite movie quote?
5. What are the names of three characters in your WiP?
6. Salt or sugar?
7. What is the title of your WiP?
8. How are you like your main character in your WiP?
9. Dialogue or action scenes?
10. How many WiPs have you started?
11. Do you have a favorite joke? Please share :)

If you love movies as much as I do, don't forget to hop over to Cinema Challenge Cavalcade , you still have a few hours to test your knowledge on A Little Night Music  and tomorrow a new challenge will begin-- Manuscripts to Movies :)


  1. So nice to get to know you! I didn't really think anybody remembered Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure! LOL

    1. Yeah, Bill & Ted's, I remember well :) I heard they were going to do a remake, not sure if that's necessary :)

  2. Haha, great answers! The story about the mole was particularly priceless.

    1. Oh, and since I've been up since 2:30 AM (couldn't sleep - we find out where we're moving in the Foreign Service today), why not answer a few questions?

      1. What do you think is the hardest part of writing?
      Not knowing if I'll ever be published

      2. What is the easiest part of writing?
      Writing the first draft (you know, before critique partners and beta readers step onto the scene).

      3. Sun or snow?
      Definitely sun. I hate being cold! So I'll probably be moving to Siberia...

      4. What is your favorite movie quote?
      For some reason Clueless was the first movie that came to mind. There are so many great quotes in there. So I'll just go with this:
      "So okay, I don't want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don't get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so."

      5. What are the names of three characters in your WiP?
      Friday (main character), Craig (love interest), Lycus (bad dude)

      6. Salt or sugar?
      Sugar! I have a major sweet tooth.

      7. What is the title of your WiP?
      Forever Friday

      8. How are you like your main character in your WiP?
      I'm sarcastic, like Friday. And I love horses. She's WAY cooler than I was in high school, though. Or now, come to think of it.

      9. Dialogue or action scenes?
      Dialogue probably comes more naturally.

      10. How many WiPs have you started?
      I have five completed novels, and about six that I started and never finished.

      11. Do you have a favorite joke? Please share :)
      My grandpa is always telling jokes, and this is one of my favorites. It's a little long so I apologize!

      The Americans and Russians at the height of the arms race
      realized that if they continued in the usual manner they
      were going to blow up the whole world.

      One day they sat down and decided to settle the whole
      dispute with one dog fight. They would have five years to
      breed the best fighting dog in the world and which ever
      side's dog won would be entitled to dominate the world. The
      losing side would have to lay down its arms.

      The Russians found the biggest meanest Doberman and
      Rottweiler females in the world and bred them with the
      biggest meanest Siberian wolves. They selected only the
      biggest and strongest puppy from each litter, killed his
      siblings, and gave him all the milk.

      They used steroids and trainers and after five years came up
      with the biggest meanest dog the world had ever seen.

      Its cage needed steel bars that were five inches thick and
      nobody could get near it.

      When the day came for the dog fight, the Americans showed up
      with a strange animal. It was a nine foot long Dachshund.

      Everyone felt sorry for the Americans because they knew
      there was no way that this dog could possibly last ten
      seconds with the Russian dog.

      When the cages were opened up, the Dachshund came out of
      it's cage and slowly waddled over towards the Russian dog.

      The Russian dog snarled and leaped out of it's cage and
      charged the American dachshund. But, when it got close
      enough to bite the Dachshund's neck, the Dachshund opened
      it's mouth and consumed the Russian dog in one bite.

      There was nothing left at all of the Russian dog.

      The Russians came up to the Americans shaking their heads in
      disbelief. "We don't understand how this could have
      happened. We had our best people working for five years
      with the meanest Doberman and Rottweiler females in the
      world and the biggest meanest Siberian wolves."

      "That's nothing", an American replied. "We had our best
      plastic surgeons working for five years to make an alligator
      look like a Dachshund.

    2. Oh that joke is classic! Great answers :) I hope you get a sunny and warm new Foreign Service post!

  3. Love these answers. I love the idea of 11 questions and sharing.

    And you came up with your idea for My Protector after Fast and the Furious and sushi?? Very interesting :) haha

  4. 1. KYBITC (Keep your butt in the chair)
    2. Making things up for the story, then saying "that's cool".
    3. Snow, because I love to ski.
    4. "I'll be back" I think because my kids keep on saying it.
    5. Painly, Cooper, Hunter
    6. Sugar, sugar and sugar. Sprinkled with sugar.
    7. Most likely Sector Twenty or The Source.
    8. I think there's a mix of me in each character, but they're way cooler.
    9. Dialogue for sure. Only because I like to be a smart alec in my responses.
    10. Five WIPs in the works.
    11. What did the mushroom girl say to the mushroom boy? You're a fungi. (That one's going around the house now, so its my favorite)

    Thanks for the questions! That was fun!

    1. Sugar with a side of sugar please :) That's me :)

      I love both your titles, I'm super lame with titles.

      My husband loves to say the fungi thing whenever he sees a mushroom, oh he's a funny one!

      Thanks for playing :)

  5. Wow! Great answers! I wouldn't want to know anything about my future. Takes the fun out of it. Your answer about Bella Swan is funny because I've heard the same thing so many times before and yet those books are obviously an international sensation. How odd. Well I hope your three wishes come true! (I'm obsessed too!!!)

  6. Bella bugged me, too. I enjoyed the series, but, yeah, she was annoying.

    1. Yeah, that wishy-washy business was a little lame.

  7. Heh, I like your three wishes! They don't sound too far off from mine! ;) You rock, Hope. So fun to read more about you. :D

  8. Great answers! I totally get the Kristen Stewart comment! My mind spins stories and wakes me up early in the morning (like 4-5 a.m.)...At least I don't have trouble falling asleep, though :-)

    1. I wish there was a mute button or something on my brain sometimes :)

  9. I feel like I know you so much better now. Kudos for answering all of those. Phew!!!

  10. Love your answers. I picked Bella for characters to throw off a cliff once.

    1. What do you think is the hardest part of writing? Keeping all the rules straight.
    2. What is the easiest part of writing? Letting my imagination go wild.
    3. Sun or snow? Hmm. Rain? JK. I really need all of it.
    4. What is your favorite movie quote? These are the Lords chips.
    5. What are the names of three characters in your WiP? Alysander, Evagelos and Kier.
    6. Salt or sugar? Both
    7. What is the title of your WiP? The Guardian Tribe.
    8. How are you like your main character in your WiP? I moved around a lot when I was growing up.
    9. Dialogue or action scenes? Both. LOL. I need the back and forth. I've found myself skimming action scenes if its all descriptions of kicks and twirls.
    10. How many WiPs have you started? 2
    11. Do you have a favorite joke? Please share :) Hairy nipples are hard to shave.

    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh Jenny, that joke is unbeatable :)
      I had to look up where that quote was from and started giggling as soon as I saw the title, Jack black in a singlet, too funny!

  11. 11. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
    Since I'm a mommy, I'm going with the chicken.

    That has got to be the quote of the day! :) Very appreciated by a pregnant woman with a two year old ripping up the living room as write this. Yeah...I was here first.

    1. Oh, and here are my answers. Great way to do this, by the way.

      1. What do you think is the hardest part of writing?
      Ugh...probably patience.
      2. What is the easiest part of writing?
      Wanting to keep going. (I can't stop)
      3. Sun or snow?
      Sun. Although not too much please. I'd probably choose snow if it was August.
      4. What is your favorite movie quote?
      "All shall love me and despair." - LOTR
      5. What are the names of three characters in your WiP?
      David, Amanda, Emmy
      6. Salt or sugar?
      7. What is the title of your WiP?
      8. How are you like your main character in your WiP?
      I love my family more than anything, but I have a dark side.
      9. Dialogue or action scenes?
      I am a sucker for dialog.
      10. How many WiPs have you started?
      5 - Whoa...when did it get to be that many? To be fair, #1 was when I was 15 and I'm not sure if it counts.
      11. Do you have a favorite joke? Please share :)
      Sorry, can't think of anything!

    2. Great answers Sharon! I'm a sugar and sun girl myself :)

  12. Totally agree with you about Bella Swan. I really hated her character by the end of book one, and it went down hill from there through the rest of the series. I did finish them, though! You are not alone with sounding obsessed with the desire to be a successful writer! I think you're just saying what everyone thinks! :)