Fellow campaigner Jennifer Baker-Henry tagged me in an amazingly fun game of 11 Question Tag, so without further delay, here's my answers to her excellent questions!
1. What literary character (any genre) can you most relate to & why? Valancy from L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. I read that book for the first time when I was a tween, and Valancy just struck me as a kindred spirit. She was misunderstood, isolated, and continuously escaped into her imagination, just like me back then. But now, as an adult, I relate to her even more because she reached a point where she took control and shaped her life into what she wanted it to be, proving just how strong and capable she was; I did the same thing a few years ago, and like Valancy, I feel like I am living my happily ever after now. It’s still one of my favorite books!
2. If you could choose between having six months to yourself to pursue your art in a great area with beautiful landscape to write and no worries on money, food, living arrangements but would not be able to have any communication with the outside world whatsoever, would you do it? If I am allowed to bring my sweetie and my cats, I say this is my idea of heaven. Where do I sign up?
3. What do you think is more important: true love or success? True love is a success. Relationships are hard work, and if you have found true love and are willing to put in the work to make it last, then you have one kind of success already. I wouldn’t trade my love for any other kind of success.
4. What is usually the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Snuggle with my cat Argie. He’s got a particular routine where he waits for me to get up and then runs to the couch so he can snuggle in my lap for a while. He gets upset if I try to do anything else first, and he’s so fickle about snuggles, I try not to offend him if I can help it.
5. Of all the books pubbed that you have had the pleasure to read which one to you most wish you’d written? Honestly, I don’t think I know how to answer this one. The truly unique books that may inspire a “Why didn’t I think of that moment?” are rare for me, mostly I just appreciate the author's craft and use that as inspiration to get back to my own (hopefully brilliant) ideas, all the while giving them props for coming up with an idea I never could have.
6. Why do you write? I write because I have no choice and know that if I did have a choice I would still choose to do so.
7. If you had to lose one of your senses which would it be? (And yes, I include taste in this.) I think I would have to go with sense of smell. I would definitely miss it, and I know losing it would affect my sense of taste, but it seems like the easiest one to live without. Plus I have a sensitive nose and sometimes that is more of a curse than a blessing, especially when riding public transportation.
8. What is the best memory you have? Have you ever used it in your writing? I can’t really pinpoint just one. Most of my favorite memories center around my grandmother and my childhood dog CoCo. They just represent some of the simple happy times of my childhood. I write about both of them a lot when it comes to nonfiction, but nods to my grandmother also makes it into my fiction quite a bit.
9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I really haven’t traveled much at all, unfortunately, but if I just had to pick one place, I think I would want to travel to Australia. I’ve wanted to go there ever since I was in the second grade and my teacher was part of an exchange program from Australia. She taught us a lot about her country and I thought it sounded like the coolest place in the world. Also I would love to see some of those amazing animals in their natural habitat.
10. What is your favorite thing to do before you write? I like to log into Duotrope Digest and check on the status of any pending submissions I have. Getting excited about the possibility of getting another short story published helps motivate me to write more.
11. What is the food/drink item you go to most when stressed/upset/irritated? What is the food/drink item you go to most when happy/exuberant/celebratory? Well, the answer to both questions used to be chocolate, but I recently gave up sugar and actually am making an effort to neither use food to cope with the down times, nor use it as a reward for the good times. I am proud of myself for the success I’ve had in this endeavor so far, but I think I have replaced food with streaming TV on my Roku box to both cope with stress and to reward myself with a little down time. Not entirely sure that can be considered progress. ;)
Okay, now for the awesome new campaign friends I am going to tag: Ute Carbone, Jolene Stockman, Sara Biren, Elodie, L.A. Freeland, and Richard Alan. Tag, you're it!
And the 11 questions I have for you:
1. Where is your favorite writing spot and why?
2. What author/book first made you want to write?
3. If you could no longer write, what would your creative outlet be?
4. Music or silence when you write?
5. What is your writing goal for 2012?
6. What pushes you out of your writing comfort zone?
7. Where do you go when you need to escape for a while?
8. Which series are you eagerly anticipating the newest release for? (If you aren't addicted to any series right now, then what new book by a favorite author are you waiting for?)
9. What's your favorite online resource for writers?
10. Do you read any literary magazines? If so, which ones?
11. What's something that made you smile today?
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