So I semi-stole this tag from Mary at Sunshine and Scribblings. She tagged anyone who was wearing socks and wanted to do this tag. I’m not wearing socks, but I DO want to do this tag, so let’s just call it legit, shall we?
Be warned – I got really, really giphy in this post.
:: The Rules ::
// link back to the person who created the tag (done deal)
// thank the person who tagged you (Thanks, Mary for letting me cheat!)
// share the tag graphic (Ignore this rule – I did and I give you permission to do the same)
// tag eleven bloggers (This rule is open to interpretation)
:: Vital Stats And Appearance ::
Allison Tebo. Are you SURPRISED?
Alli. Al. Grease Monkey. Twiddle Pie. Jungle Girl. Hummer. Miss Fashion. Miss Hollywood. Little Ewok. Flaubert. Pumpkin Pudding Cup. Chum-Chum. Gif Master. Gif Queen.
I’m one of those people that just produce nicknames. But just so you know – the only ones you are allowed to use is Alli, Al, or Gif Master/Queen. Only my brother gets away with calling me Pumpkin Pudding Cup, okay? I’m serious now.
That’s classified information, my friends.
Hair color and length:
It’s a sort of coppery-gold brown? A smidge past my chin.
I have cat’s eyes. Green with a ring of gold around the iris.
1. Got em and don’t miss ’em. 2. NO WAY. *clutches ears and winces* 3. NOT IN THIS LIFETIME.
You get virtual cookies if you recognize this movie ^^^ and call it out!
Righty or lefty:
And that’s good enough for me!
But I assume you want more.
Let’s see – I’ve got some Irish (doesn’t everyone?) plus German, French (hence the last name), English….
:: FIRSTS ::
First novel written:
Well now, let’s see. *strains brain to remember* I believe the first novel I completed was a monstronsity called The Four Warriors. You guessed it, it was about four warriors (four twelve year olds, to be exact), two boys and two girls. Some evil pirate king was attacking their country and they had to embark on a perilous quest to retrieve four swords. For some reason, these swords were the key to defeating the pirate king and after a hair-raising battle with an eel / snake sword guardian that was the length of the Empire State Building, they discovered the swords in an old quarry. The Four Warriors then returned to the castle location and called on their allies to defeat the nasty pirate king and rescue their families. It was very ala Redwall and it did include talking animals.
First novel completed:
Same as above, I believe.
Award for writing:
Er . . . my writing group (The Second Inklings Club) held a vote to determine which of my novels they were most anticipating . . . and I don’t even remember which one they nominated now. So . . . does that count?
Sadly none. I’d like to try for one next year, but that’s a long way off – things change. We shall see!
Eh – none. But that’s the top thing I want to do when I attend a writers conference. Will I be nervous? Mmm . . . yeah. But I work in sales and I do dozens of nerve-wracking pitches to people every single day. I’ve got some good pitching under my belt already, so I think I’d be fairly well prepared.
:: FAVORITES ::
Novel (that you wrote):
Hmmm – I like a lot of my novels – if I didn’t like them, I wouldn’t be writing them now, would I? 😛
I’m going to cheat – I haven’t actually FINISHED them yet, but I’m going to say my Peter Pan retelling and Sci Fi Baby. One day you SHALL read these; NOTHING shall stop me from finishing them one day!
Hmmm – I can like any genre if it’s well done – except for romance and horror (I think horror could basically be another word for the romance genre)
I’m such a naughty. 😉
If I had to pick absolute top favorite genres – I would say science fiction and fantasy (as well as their various sub genres, such as steampunk and fairy tale retellings).
SOME of my favorites include C.S. Lewis, Constance Savery, Rosemary Sutcliff. Louisa May Alcott, Herge, Laura Ingalls Wilder, M.I McAllister. Jan Karon, Linda Sue Park, Dorothy Gilman, Sid Fleischman, Mary Stewart, Jeanne Birdsall, Elizabeth Enright . . .
Hmm – often I just turn on random soundtracks to help distract me from overthinking. Some soundtracks I’ve been playing recently are Rogue One, Prince Caspian and The Magnificent Seven, to name a few. Usually I try to match more of the mood I’m writing in, and all these soundtracks have an intense vibe that does the trick.
Time to write:
Afternoon, between three and five – though that’s largely because I’ve trained myself to write at that time. Depending on my schedule (which changes) I’ve learned to re-train myself about when my mind starts getting ready to write.
I always have water on hand – and usually it’s a can of La Croix Sparkling Water.
Sometimes I’ll have a bit of popcorn or ice cream or chocolate (so healthy).
And I’m not too concerned about getting crumbs on everything . . . my poor laptop.
I’m . . . trying to figure out how this question correlates to the previous question….
Buuut I’m not picky. I shall create my own reason!
Let’s assume you are asking what movies inspire me in my writing.
Bad movies inspire me far more than good movies. Flawless movies are something I hold up to admire; to remind me of the excellence I aim for in my writing.
SO – movies that inspire me to write are actually bad(ish) movies – films that got close to being good, but missed it. This is when my imagination explodes (as well as my frustration levels) and I start fixing it in my mind, creating a launch pad that sends one idea after another rocketing into my mental space.
And now! To answer the question (you’ve been so patient, thank you) . . . a bad-ish movie that inspires me to write IS –
Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
I suppose I’ll always remember my first NaNoWriMo. The night I realized that The Reluctant Godfather had turned into The Tales of Ambia. Holding my proof copy of The Reluctant Godfather in my hands. So many good memories!
Childhood. Do you mean picture book or middle grade or YA? And I assume you meant actual children’s books and not adult books I read while I was a kid.
Hmm. I’ll try to answer all three with the first favorites that came to mind.
Picture Book: 6 years old-ish
Middle Grade: 10 years old-ish. #dontjudge
YA: 13 to 16 years old-ish
:: CURRENTLY ::
I’m currently reading . . . too many at one time.
I’ll just pick one off my burgeoning currently reading list . . . Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester.
For Camp NaNo, I’m working on how many short stories I can write in one month, polishing and rewriting a New Exciting Project, and a smidge of work on Little Red Riding Hood.
I’m also doing some rewriting and resolving of beta reading comments of The Goose Girl on the side.
If you mean literally as I write this post, I’m listening to –
I’m singing to myself, if that counts. Snowflower by Hayley Westenra. And here’s the link – because if you haven’t listened to it, you should.
I just re-watched the animated Tarzan and . . . . EEEEEEEEE! There’s a reason that was a childhood favorite because it is a GEM. Seriously, K.M. Weiland could hold it up for a thorough scrutiny for structure, plotting, characterization and theme. THAT MOVIE IS SOOOOO GOOOOOOD.
That pacing myself is okay. If it gets done, it gets done. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. If it’s meant to happen, it will happen in God’s perfect timing exactly when it’s supposed to.
:: FUTURE ::
Want to be published:
I already did – yippee!! I have independently published a novella and a short story (The Reluctant Godfather and Key To The Chains, respectively) and I have also been traditionally published twice in a magazine.
Indie or traditional:
Hybrid. After a lot of thought and research, I believe it’s really the best way to go. I’ve made a goal to have one of my novels traditionally published in the next four years (or at least have it on it’s way to being published) just to ensure that I get a move on with moving towards that process. For the next few years I’ll be independently published more books as well as submitting fiction to magazines as I pursue traditional publishing for a novel and make the dream a reality.
I would love to be a best-selling author that travels for half the year and the other half of the year run a charming little book store. And yes, I’m thinking like The Shop Around The Corner from You’ve Got Mail.
Mary wanted to have a bookstore too. Maybe we can pool our resources, eh, Mary? 🙂
And that sums up this post! If you want to do this tag – consider thyself tagged!