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Back From MIA (and the TOP TEN SONGS TAG)

Kassie from Soldier Girl Stories created this really cool tag and left the nominations wide open! (So I stole it. Hehe . . .)

(Yes, I’m back from MIA. But if you follow A Need to Breathe, you know I haven’t really been MIA, I’ve just been busy with another blog.)

Rules for the tag:

1. List your top ten songs in answer to the questions
2. Hyperlink the songs if at all possible
3. Tag as many people as you want
4. Feel free to use my graphic or one of your own.
5. Have fun!!

What’s a soundtrack song you can’t help but sing along to?

Umm . . . “sing along to”? I don’t know any . . . oh, actually, there’s a song in the movie Ice Castles (2010) that has a really catchy chorus for some reason, but I don’t know what it’s called . . . let me see . . . got it.

SAFE

What’s a song you love from a genre you don’t?

Oh my, I LOVE Easier in spite of it being a pretty techno song. The words are amazing.

EASIER

What’s a song that makes you cry every time, without fail?

Sorry, music has never made me cry. 😉

What would be your theme song?

Wow, I’ve never thought about this. I’m thinking this one:

DEAD MAN WALKING

That song, you guys. It’s hard-hitting and just plain great.

What’s a song tied to a good memory?

That would probably be Priceless. I first heard it in a time when I needed the reminder, and also during a time of just growing and maturing.

PRICELESS

If you’re a writer, what song best sums up your main character? If you don’t write…song for your favorite book’s main character?

Oh, for which book? 😉 Just kiddin’, my most recent WIP, Promised Land, makes the most sense. A theme song for Talia . . . Wow, that’s hard. Forget her. I’ll do a theme song for Owen.

ATLANTIS

What’s a song you always play on repeat?

This song just makes me happy . . . the video makes me smile . . . and the words are SO true.

LET GO

What’s the most convicting song you’ve heard?

That’s tough. At first, I thought ZION, but now I’m thinking REDEEMED.

What song reminds you most of your childhood?

Hmm . . . I don’t think of myself as being very far from my childhood yet. 😉 *cringe*

DID YOU FEEL THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE

My dad played this song on his guitar so many times, even for our church. I’ll never forget it.

What’s your favorite song?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s an official tie between HOW GREAT and DEAD MAN WALKING.

NOMINATIONS!

Over the Withers

Photos by AbbyRose

A Storynerd’s Life

Elisha – Africa Boy

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!!

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Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Tag!

So, if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know I kinda like tags. And the Kaleidoscope tag will be the second I’ve created myself. This is a tag geared towards books and movies. Who can resist? So grab your favorite reading snack and pull up a chair.

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RULES

  1. Link back to the blog which started the tag and also share the graphic above in your post.
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you.
  3. Tag up to five people (or more, if you want).

THE QUESTIONS

BOOKS

1. Name the first book that comes to mind. 🙂

For me, that is A Little Princess, even though I’ve never read the book.

2. What is the first book that comes to mind when you hear the word, “Christmas”?

Actually, a movie comes to mind for me, but since that wasn’t the question I asked, I’ll say A Christmas Carol.

3. What is the last book you gave (or would have given) a five-star review?

I had to go to Goodreads to remember this. 😉 But it was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. If you read only one book this year, let it be that one. (I read the young adult version, so naturally, that’s the one I’m recommending.)

4. Which book (that you can think of right now) made you feel like you were there with the characters?

To the biggest extreme, also. I’d have to say Unbroken. Maybe it was the story itself, but there were many times that I was RIGHT. THERE. Which made it difficult to get through at times.

5. Think of a favorite author – what is your favorite of their books?

I have several favorite authors. But I’ll pick Nadine Brandes and I’ll say . . . five minutes later . . . Fawkes. Or maybe A Time to Rise . . .

6. What’s your opinion on love triangles?

I really don’t mind them when they’re done well.

7. What’s your opinion on cliches?

Cliches, on the other hand . . . yeah, no. You don’t want me to get started on cliches. Granted, you probably can’t write without at least a few small cliches, but to deliberately build a story off of a cliche and then keep the WHOLE THING embedded in that cliche . . .

 

MOVIES

1. Your all time favorite movie?

That would probably be Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. It’s the only movie of the series not based strictly on one of the books, and it’s my favorite. The story was AMAZING.

2. Narnia or Lord of the Rings? (Movies, not books.)

Both. 🙂 Okay, Lord of the Rings.

3. Your favorite classic movie?

A Christmas Carolthe George C Scott version. We watch it every year!

4. Your favorite based-on-the-book-by movie?

Since I can’t say A Christmas Carol again, I’ll say A Little Princess. Just saw it recently for the first time in YEARS. I loved it. (The 1995 version.)

5. Your favorite movie you saw in the theater?

Unbroken: Path to Redemption. Or possible The Man Who Invented Christmas . . . (historical, again). Or possibly both.

6. How many movies have made you cry?

Officially . . . none. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t quite a few that could have.

7. What’s the first movie to come to find when you want a movie to make you laugh?

Moms’ Night Out. Enough said.

 

And that’s it! There you have it. Now to tag people . . .

The World Within the Wardrobe

Over the Withers

Lit Aflame

Life Without A Latte

Kate Flournoy

And Jane Maree

Have fun, guys! And spread the word. Also, if you weren’t tagged, consider yourself tagged. 🙂

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50 Things That Make Me Happy – a Tag

Thanks, Ann, for this cool tag! (You all, check out her take on this tag. It’s great!)

So, I had to come up with fifty things that make me happy. And that took a while. But here goes!

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  1. Living for Jesus. Nothing makes me happier. 🙂
  2. Family. Especially doing things together, like going for a drive or just chatting.
  3. Friends!
  4. Cats. They always make me smile.
  5. Dogs. When they aren’t stressing me out, they make me smile. 😉
  6. Going for walks! I LOVE walks to the garden, to the woods, to the field . . .
  7. Music. Albert Schweitzer said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
  8. Youth group on Sunday and Monday nights at church.
  9. Springtime.
  10. Fall.
  11. Summer.
  12. Winter.
  13. You notice the order I put those in, right?
  14. Writing! Of course! 😉 Writing makes me happy. Need I say more? Of course, it’s stressful, backbreaking, painful . . . but I love it.
  15. Snow!
  16. Rain. I love the rain. NOT thunderstorms. Let’s just clear that up.
  17. For King and Country’s music. (Check out their song, Control)
  18. Puppies. 🙂
  19. Pumpkins in the fall.
  20. Apples.
  21. Christmas.
  22. Christmas lights.
  23. Can I just say writing again?
  24. Dolphins. Why not?
  25. Fish. They’re pretty.
  26. The book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Read it, you’ll see what I mean.
  27. The movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption. Seriously, watch. that. movie. But read the book first.
  28. Christmas movies. Good Christmas movies.
  29. Reading! Especially books by my favorite authors. Somehow that’s like chatting with an old friend.
  30. Training service dogs. 🙂
  31. Piano.
  32. HISTORY. THE BEST SCHOOL SUBJECT EVVVVVEEERRR.
  33. Geometry (way better than algebra).
  34. Can I just say history again?
  35. American history. 🙂
  36. Gardens. Especially when I’m not pulling weeds out of the tomato beds.
  37. Goats. Beautiful, lovely goats.
  38. Wrapping presents.
  39. Sunshine.
  40. October.
  41. Sleeping in.
  42. Going grocery shopping with my mom.
  43. The ocean!!!!
  44. The ocean again . . .
  45. Summer vacation = trips to the ocean.
  46. Hanging out with cousins.
  47. Star Trek.
  48. Thrift stores (sometimes).
  49. A cat sleeping at the foot of the bed.
  50. Astronomy!

Wow. I did it. 😉

I hope you weren’t bored.

Now I gotta tag some folks.

Kinsey at Over the Withers

Anna at A Storynerd’s Life

Esmeralda at Writings From A Farm Girl

Have fun guys! And if you weren’t tagged but you want to do it, here it is. Leave a link in the comments???

Let’s chat! What are a few things that make you happy? Or fifty things, if you prefer. 🙂

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The Voted Most Likely Tag

So, for the first time in a while, we have a tag on here. Fun!

Rule One – Thank the wonderful person who tagged you . . .  But then, I tagged myself, so . . .  I’ll just have to link to Kinsey’s blog, since I found it there. 🙂 Thank you, friend.

Rule Two – Include this link (phoebeamorryce.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/voted-most-likely) in your post, because she created the tag.

Rule Three – Use your OWN original characters for the tag! Don’t use a friend’s characters or the characters from your favorite fandoms. Your characters can come from any project, just so long as you’re the one who created them.

Rule Four – Tag at least four blog friends to do the tag.

Ready? Good.

Your character most likely to be a poet

Poet? Seriously? Yikes. Okay, probably Amberly from One Light Shining, since she really loves nature and photography and such.

Most likely to dance in the rain

Ah! Nan from my new book Promised Land. Short bio: She’s spirited, fun, and resilient. And she’d be the first to dance in the rain. 🙂

Most likely to look good in a kilt

A kilt? Who thought of this? Since a kilt is kind of old-fashioned, I’m going to say either Cade or Elian from One Light Shining. But don’t tell them, please.

Most likely to get punched in the face

I’d have to say Logan from Ashes Remain. Not by anyone who knows him, and simply because he sometimes would come across as clueless and annoying. (He’s not either one, but he might seem that way at times.)

Most likely to drop everything and become a sheep herder

Oh, THANK YOU FOR THIS! I LOVE THIS!

Owen, from Promised Land. He’s, like, so far above “sheep herders” in social status, but under different circumstances, I can totally see him dropping everything to become one.

Most likely to be found in a library

Should I say Aros from Promised Land simply because he is often in his library? But then, so is Corwin from One Light Shining. On second thought, they don’t count. Talia from Promised Land, if she had regular access to a library.

Most likely to sleep through an earthquake

I want to say Issac (Promised Land). But that just doesn’t really fit him, so I’ll say (again) Logan from Ashes Remain.

Most likely to steal food from other people’s plate

Hmm . . .  I’d have to say Kierra from Ashes Remain. She would do it with a smile, but I think she would still do it. 🙂

Most likely to cheat on a test

Seriously? I think Aaron (Promised Land). Not under normal circumstances, but under serious pressure he would/might.

Most likely to say “oops” after setting something on fire

Andrew from One Light Shining. He’d feel terrible, but first he’d say . . . “Oops.”

Most likely to open an orphanage

Either Talia or Nan from Promised Land . . .  Nope, definitely Nan.

Most likely to run off with the circus

Katrina (One Light Shining). At the onset of the story, anyway. She’s insecure and unpredictable.

Most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse

Logan (Ashes Remain). He probably knows all the tricks for killing a zombie.

Most likely to fake their own death

I’ve never written a character, I don’t think, who would do that just for the sake of scaring people. However, I think Corwin from One Light Shining would have good reason to do it . . . and Promised Land contains a character who did do it. Again, for legitimate reasons. That character I shan’t name. You will just have to read the book. 🙂

Most likely to die and haunt their friends

???????? Um . . . . . I DON’T KNOW.

 

So there you are, folks! I tag:

Anna

Kate

Jane

Ann Marie

Have fun, guys! Oh, and if you weren’t tagged and you want to do it, do it anyway. As long as you leave a link and let me haunt your blog. 😉 Just kidding. But please, leave a link. I love blog tags! (Most of the time.)

 

So, which of your characters might drop everything to be a sheep herder? Which one is most likely to get punched in the face? Let me know which of these questions made you go, “Oh, that sounds like . . .” Let’s chat in the comments!

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The 777 Challenge (drum roll, please)

So, there has been kind of a flood of tags on my blog lately. But I was nominated for this fun little tag by Kate Flournoy. Thanks, my friend! (Check out her blog, by the way, it’s GREAT.)

This tag is simple. Go to the seventh page of your manuscript, count down to the seventh line, and share the next seven paragraphs. So these are seven-ish paragraphs, not from my portal fantasy, but from my contemporary adventure novella, Ashes Remain. You’re probably a little more familiar with One Light Shining than you are with Ashes Remain, if you’re at all new to my blog. And for reasons of poor planning, this is actually a piece of the sixth page, not just the seventh. Bear with me. I know, I know – I’ve been pretty quiet about my writing lately. *shh* But a full explanation shall follow . . . at a later date. 😉

    So it isn’t surprising when I find my older brother fishing through the fridge in the kitchen like a mouse. “Looking for something?”

    Matthew spins on his heel, mock fear in his eyes. “Don’t shoot.”

    Yeah, I have that kind of glare. “I’m making supper tonight.”

    He closes the refrigerator door and grabs a bag of chips off the counter. I snatch them away. “Hey!”

    “No way.” I toss the bag back up into the cupboard. “We’re eating in an hour. Or so.”

    “You can’t blame a person for being hungry.” He attempts to reach behind me to the cupboard, and I slap his hand away. “Come on, Wren.”

    “Forget it. You’re eating my cooking this time, whether you like it or not.”

    We all know the routine. I cook, they run. Every time. It’s not that bad, really.

 

That’s all there is to it! Except you then have to nominate seven people. But that presents a problem for me, since I just nominated eleven people for the Liebster Award. I don’t want to make enemies, so . . . I’m going to leave this one totally up for grabs, except for Anna Hicks, since I did not tag her for the Liebster Award (she tagged me). 🙂 And I shall also tag Paul Willis and Anna at A Storynerd’s Life. Have fun, you guys!

So go ahead and have fun with the 777 Challenge. It’s all yours! And you are hereby required to leave a link in the comments so I can check out your blog . . . and your work-in-progress book!

Let’s chat in the comments! Do you plan to take this challenge? Have you already? Or, do you have any thoughts on this little snippet? Thoughts – good or bad. Seriously. Either is fine.

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The Liebster Award and Tag – Such Fun!

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I did just do a blog tag, but that one was voluntary, and for the Liebster Award, I was nominated. Thank you, Anna, so much! You all have got to check out her blog – it’s really cool.

So, like all tags, there are rules. 🙂

  1. Link to Global Aussie’s Award blog post. Comment with a link to your Award post. And put the official Liebster Award stamp on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge and link to the blogger who nominated you. (Done!)
  3. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
  4. Nominate 11 more bloggers and spread the ‘new blogger’ love.
  5. Ask them 11 fun questions of your own.
  6. Let them know on their blogs that you have nominated them.

Optional Rules

  1. Write a paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging
  2. List ten random facts about yourself

And here we go . . .

Why did you start blogging?

Anna, I just love this question. 🙂 So, I started blogging basically because I was planning to publish something someday, and I wanted to have a following before I published. But it’s become a lot more than that. I’ve found more and more blogs of more and more young Christian writers, I’ve networked with them, and I feel like I’ve made some friends I’ll never meet in person. It’s been very rewarding.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Oh, boy. I like a lot of genres. Historical fiction rules my short stories. But often in longer works I write fantasy. Presently, I’m trying to get into more of a contemporary genre.

What is your least favorite genre to write?

Horror. I don’t write horror. It sickens me. Yuck.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Hmm . . .  I really don’t think about pet peeves. When they show up, I forget about them later. And now I’ve spent three minutes trying to think of something . . .

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

Oh, my, am I glad you asked! 🙂 So, we have lots of pets. Two dogs – one adult Great Pyrenees named Izzy, and one Goldendoodle puppy named Phoenix. Three cats – Lentil, Sam, and Cider, in order of oldest to youngest. Then there’s Yarrow, the mother of each of the cats, who is technically not ours because she was feral and still lives outside only because she flat out refuses to come inside for more than mere seconds. They all get along so well! Izzy is like their surrogate mother. While she tolerates Phoenix and allows her to yank on her fur, she secretly loves the cats. Seriously.

Then, we used to have goats. 😦 You can read that story here.

Marvel or DC?

Um, what’s that? Those are movies, right? Neither. I really don’t know what they are.

Where do you get your best inspiration to write?

Life! From things I hear, see, smell, read. Anything can inspire me to write. Recently, I had an idea for a story which was pieced together in two places – seeing a service dog with his handler, and seeing a similar dog on the cover of a book. See? Anything.

How do you get over writer’s block?

Me? Writer’s block? *snickers* Never!

I either write through it, or I wait it out. That’s about it. Sometimes, I have to take a break. Other times, it’s just better to write through it, then go back and edit later. Outlining is also a benefit, or talking the story out with a friend.

What’s your current WIP?

Which one? Actually, there is one that I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet, so I’ll give you a hint for this question – I might have a story with an editor right now.

*cue dramatic, epic build-up of music*

Yep! No further details till a later date. My lips are sealed.

Android or Apple?

*quiet laughter* I don’t have a cell phone. Nor do I want one. That’s just me.

What’s the most words you have written in one day?

A little less than 4,000, I think, during NaNoWriMo last year. That was fun. 🙂

Since those two rules at the bottom were optional, and I kind of did the first one, I’ll list five random facts. Me: loves dogs, loves cats even better, wants to train service dogs, is a Lord of the Rings fan for life, dislikes eating sugar because it’s bad for you but finds sugar a hard habit to break. Don’t we all? 🙂

 

And there you have it! Now, I’m going to list my 11 questions, then the nominations.

  1. Why did you start blogging? (I just had to share that one, Anna – thanks!)
  2. What is your favorite blogging memory?
  3. What is your favorite writing memory?
  4. If you could have any breed of cat or dog (or snake, or hamster, or horse, or whatever), what would it be?
  5. What is your favorite memory of a pet or pets?
  6. What is the one book everyone in the world should read?
  7. Do you like rain?
  8. Cauliflower or broccoli?
  9. What is the longest book you’ve read?
  10. What is the longest book or story you’ve written?
  11. What do you consider your biggest passion or cause in life?

And . . . *drum roll* . . . nominations!

Kinsey at Over the Withers

Kate at The Inky Notebook

Hope at A Star of Hope

Faith on the Farm

Ann Marie Swaim

Jane Marie

Tricia Mingerink

Books & Crannies

Vexilee

J. A. Allen

Hailey Hudson

Wow! I got all 11. Have fun, you guys!

So let’s chat. How do you conquer writer’s block? Do you enjoy blog tags? What do you consider your greatest cause in life? Let’s chat in the comments!

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#CoverLove Tag = Awesomeness!

This is a new tag, invented by Anika Walkes and it is AWESOME. Just sayin’. It’s a tag for anybody who loves books. And, um, doesn’t that just about define us all?

There are RULES, people. Rules.

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog. (I kinda nominated myself.)
  • Create seven new #CoverLove questions for your nominees (or just copy and paste mine).
  • Answer the seven #CoverLove questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate 7+ other bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged.

 

1 . What are your 3 favorite covers of all time?

book1 Michael Vey – Fall of Hades. Because, can you honestly tell me that cover isn’t epic-ness?

book2 Fawkes because that’s equally epic. And that mask!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00020] This cover is just plain cool. I mean, the scroll, the ink, the pen, it’s just . . . really cool. And it’s an awesome book, so there.

2 . What is one cover that you could squeal over forever?

book2 Why could I squeal over this cover forever? I think the cover answers that question, if I’m not mistaken.

3 . A cover that’s sweet and innocent and cuter than a kitten in a bow?

bookc This was such a fun book, and that cover is terrific.

4 . An absolutely EPIC cover that just screams “I’M AWESOME”.

book1 Um, yeah. Seriously.

5 . A series that has amazing covers for ALL the books (a rare delicacy)?

book3 24466484 700463 Can you honestly disagree with me here?

6 . What’s a cover you loved, but then you ended up hating the book?

23200402 I almost didn’t do this one. It just felt mean. But let me be clear – didn’t like this book, but I also didn’t finish it. My opinion of the story was by far the minority. But anyway, it’s such a lovely cover!

7 . The cover of a book that hasn’t come out yet but you’re screaming about how AWESOME the cover makes the book look?

book2 Yes, I did this one already. So?

 

Now it’s your turn!

  1. Your two favorite book covers EVER.
  2. A book you haven’t read, but can’t live without because of the cover.
  3. A book you loved, but disliked the cover.
  4. A cover you loved, even though you disliked the book.
  5. A series in which every cover was AMAZING.
  6. A cover containing your favorite color(s).
  7. A to-be-published book with an epic cover.

Take these and just have fun with them! I’m supposed to tag seven people, but I don’t really have seven people I could properly tag. So I’m going to tag three, and if you want to do it on your blog, please do! And drop me a link in the comments, because I LOVE BOOK COVERS!

Officially tagged: Kate at the Inky Notebook and Hope Ann at Writing in the Light and Kinsey at Over the Withers. Have fun you guys!

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The Joyful Tag for Writers!

Okay, so I’m doing something new today, and I am inventing a tag. 🙂 Sounds like fun! I was planning on continuing my post on POVs, but I thought it might be nice to split that up and stick this one in between.

Okay, rule number one: Acknowledge who tagged you for this.

Rule number two: Tag at least two people in return.

Rule number three: Post these three rules when you do the tag. 🙂 Easy, right?

1. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF ANY THREE OF YOUR CHARACTERS WERE PUT IN A ROOM TOGETHER FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME?

(Mine would be looking at each other, trying to figure out why that person is from the twenty-first century and they’re from a fictional medieval universe. That spells trouble for sure.)

2. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A THEME SONG TO REPRESENT YOUR CURRENT WIP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’m exempt from this question because I am presently in between WIPs. 🙂

3. IF YOU COULD TRAVEL TO ANY FICTIONAL UNIVERSE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

(I thought I was putting this question in here to be slightly mean – you can only choose one! – but suddenly, I’ve come up blank.) Okay, probably Rivendale in The Lord of the Rings, but ask me again tomorrow.

4. IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON ANOTHER PLANET WITH ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I would select my character Elian because he would be good at that kind of thing.

5. IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON ANOTHER PLANET WITH ANOTHER FICTIONAL CHARACTER – NOT ONE OF YOURS – WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Oh, totally Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. I mean, who else???

6. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE GENRE TO WRITE IN AND WHY?

Least favorite = horror. I. Do. Not. Write. Horror. YYUUCCKK.

7. IF YOU HAD TO LIVE OUT THE ROLE OF A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE?

(By the way, this can be your book or someone else’s.) I would have to go with Katrina from my story One Light Shining. She goes through some really, really hard stuff, but the result, as far as this author is concerned, is way worth it. I just haven’t thought to ask her if she agrees. *cue evil author laughter*

8. WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE MUST KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a cataholic. No, spellcheck, not Catholic, I said CAT-AHOLIC. Definition: Serious addiction to cats. 🙂

 

Now it’s your turn. If you want to do the tag, consider yourself tagged, and send me a link in the comments! Officially, I’m going to tag Kate Flourney, Jane Maree, and Hope Shelton. Have fun, you guys, with the Joyful Tag!

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A Writer-Reader Sort of Tag

I planned on a how-to post for today, but . . . then I read Kate Flournoy’s latest blog post and realized I was tagged. 🙂 Thanks, Kate! I just love these things. So, let’s jump right in.

1. Would you rather enter a fictional character’s world or bring a fictional character into yours?

Oh, noooo . . .  Can you honestly imagine the repercussions of bringing a fictional character into the real world?

Okay, so, based on the fact that if I were to visit a fictional character, it would probably be somebody from the Ba’ku village in Star Trek Insurrection – that or the hobbits of the Shire – I would have to visit them in their world. To do otherwise would take all the fun out of it. (And yes, I know those selections are rather opposite each other.)

2. Butterflies or moths?

Moths are . . . interesting, but butterflies are beautiful. So I pick butterflies.

3. What is your favorite genre, and what do you think is its primary purpose/goal? 

Favorite genre? That is, like, constantly changing!

Let’s just play it safe and say fantasy and science fiction. But then, some of my favorite stories are action in modern times. So . . . let’s move on. Purpose or goal? To get you thinking. To entertain. To inspire. I guess that kind of depends on the author more than the genre.

4. City or country?

I’m a farmer’s daughter, aren’t I? I’d go nuts in the city.

5. What’s your first memory?

Oh, no . . . oh, no.

Um . . . I think my first memory is of unplugging a vacuum cord from the wall (I know, I know), but I also have a couple other vague memories of us living in that house. Little things, so I can’t really say that is my first memory for sure.

6. Which of your favorite books do you think best matches your personality?

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Either the Out of Time Series by Nadine Brandes or Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye Knight. One is fantasy, one is dystopian, but both of them kind of reflect my personality in different ways. There. My secret’s unveiled. 🙂

7. What’s your favorite virtue? (Courage, joy, patience…) 

Joy. Joy can get you through so much. But I also have to say compassion wins a very, very close second. The joy of the Lord is our strength, and He calls us to have compassion.

8. Do you prefer character-centric stories or plot-centric?

Character-centric! Characters are EVERYTHING to a story! Hmm, maybe I ought to do a blog post on that . . .

9. Electronic books or physical ones?

Is that a rhetorical question? I hate reading books electronically.

10. Would you rather live in a library or a castle tower?

For good, or temporarily? If temporarily, library. If permanently . . . castle tower. 🙂

11. If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would it be, and why?

You didn’t! You mustn’t make me choose!

But you are making me chose, so if I could only keep one sense, it would be eyesight. If I lost everything but eyesight, I could probably still farm. But to not witness the moment a baby goat is born . . . ah, that would be its own torture. Besides, if I could see, I could still write!

And that concludes the tag. But apparently I have to come up with another eleven questions for all of you, so here they be.

Would you rather live in the city or the country?

What is your least favorite genre and why?

If given the challenge, could you live without ALL basic electronics (cell phone, computer, etc.)?

What fictional character best resembles your personality?

If you had to lose one of your five senses, which would it be?

Cats or dogs?

Horses or cows?

Butterflies or moths? (Thanks, Kate!)

Would you rather live on a deserted island or on a spaceship?

If you could time-travel to just one place and time, what would it be and why?

Sum up your current WIP in just four words.

And now, take the tag and let me know how it goes. I also officially tag Tricia Mingerink and anyone else who wants to do it!

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Just for Fun – the Blue Sky Tag

Come in and know me better as the Ghost of Christmas Present spoke in A Christmas Carol in this big, booming voice. 🙂

Yeah, I’m a big fan of that story.

Anyway, we’re doing something just for fun today. The blue sky tag has been floating about from blog to blog, so here’s one more to have a go at it. My thanks to Kate for doing this tag, as her post was the first time I saw it. You’ve got to check out her blog.

  1. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Telepathy. Not that I would seriously want to read everyone’s mind, but it would sure make some things a lot easier. But, on the other hand, I can foresee problems. Like, what if you’re talking to someone and they suddenly think of something crazy humorous – or maybe really bad, but funny – and you burst out laughing. That would be . . . problematic.

Fine, fine. Can I have the ability to manipulate emotions, then? (Read the Michael Vey Series if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Actually, read the Michael Vey Series anyway.)

2. WHAT SORTS OF THINGS MAKE YOU LAUGH?

Too many. I can seriously start laughing when I shouldn’t. Maybe that’s why I shouldn’t be a telepath. 🙂

3. IF YOU HAD TO LIVE  IN A TIME PERIOD DIFFERENT THAN THE PRESENT, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHERE?

Seriously? Seriously? I’d like to visit many time periods, but to live in a different one is a different story altogether. Eighteen-century America, folks, is for me.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENT?

Umm . . .

Piano? Violin? Ocarina? I have a ton of favorite instruments. Electric guitar? Harp? I’ll settle on violin. Or maybe the piano . . .

5. HOW WOULD YOU REACT IF SOMEBODY REPLIED WITH “K”?

Jane Maree, your answer to this question was so fabulous, I had to use it. Thanks. 🙂

6. IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND YOU COULD ONLY BRING ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

A fishing pole. Gotta eat, right?

7. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING A NINJA OR A SUPERHERO, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU PICK?

Superhero. Duh. Stalk in the dark or save the world? Of course, the whole “superhero saves the world” thing is a little twisted around. Save the world according to whose standards? Depends on what you’re saving the world from.

8. IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE?

Oh, dear. Dangerous territory. I’m playing it safe and going with fictional people.

Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), and – non-fictional but not living – Charles Dickens. Totally serious. Weirdest dinner in history.

9. IS THERE A HOBBY/SKILL YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY BUT NEVER DID?

Acting. But I suppose that manifests itself in writing.

10. WHAT’S THE WORST (OR BEST, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT) PUN YOU CAN THINK OF?

Setting: Church youth group.

Friend says: “I can’t remember putting the ice cream away. Did I?”

Me says: “Brain freeze.”

I know. Lame.

11. THINK OF A PERSON. WHAT SONG DO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH THEM?

Ah. My dad. The song Run Wild by For King and Country.

 

Now, if you have a, ever wished for a superpower or b, ever wished you could have dinner with at least one fictional person, consider yourself tagged for the Blue Sky Tag. Leave a link in the comments so I can check out your blog post!

And by the way, as I’m writing this, I’ve been visited three times by the cats. One of them stepped on the keyboard a couple times, so if I missed a typo, it’s his fault. Ha, ha. 🙂