Lookit guys! Another tag thing. These are fun. For this I have the lovely Rolena Hatfield to thank, over at The Author’s Attic.
Straight on to the questions.
What kind of animal represents your personality type best?
Undoubtedly a hummingbird. Because they look so sweet and innocent and graceful you know, until you find them dazed on the ground after having smacked into a window because they weren’t watching where they were going.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Ack! Ugghhhh… um… probably Scotland. Because castles. But then there’s also Norway, because fjords. And Williamsburg, because we went there as a family years and years ago and I don’t think I appreciated it properly. Argh. I can’t pick.
If you could be a part of one scene in a book which one and why?
You can’t be serious… my favorite scenes are either all too scary or too emotionally intense. But if you’re making me pick…
[insert long period of muttering and moaning]
Okay. Javert’s suicide from Les Miserables. Because why? Because some crazy insane part of me says I might have been able to stop him. He deserved better, even though I totally agree it should have happened from a writer’s standpoint.
I’m complicated like that.
What’s your favorite genre to write and/or read?
Anything speculative, really. Mostly fantasy. Having been raised on Lewis and Tolkien, allegorical fantasy is preferable. Both for reading and for writing.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Okay, so that’s five verses, but it’s just so beautiful. And it captures so much.
How many books have you written?
Ehh… books, or books that I would actually consider publishing? 😛
*coughs* In total, nine, I think.
Thus far, only two… okay, three of them have potential. One’s a novella. Not sure if that counts. 😉
Who’s your favorite author?
That sound is the sound of me tearing out my hair. Long tradition and writerly principle demand that I reply with Tolkien, whose stories I adore for their messages of hope in simple things and simple people, and who has shaped my own writing almost from the start with his epic world and… and… I could go on forever.
The more professional side of me is poking me to reply with Brandon Sanderson, whom I recently discovered, and who has totally blown me away with the depth of his worlds, the stunning realism of his characters, even more stunning plot twists, and the inherent messages of hope amid despair, courage in the middle of failure, greatness in unseen and unrequited acts of kindness, responsibility, and honor… and whose prose, frankly, is awful, but really I couldn’t care less, which is a huge deal for me.
And then, the visionary, theoretical side of me wants me to reply with Ray Bradbury, whose Fahrenheit 451 blew me away with its prophetic vision and its hard-hitting message about the power of thinking; the power of books. Also William Golding, for Lord of the Flies, which had me thinking on it for months afterwards.
On the other hand, the old-fashioned, prim-and-proper, old-ways-are-best side declares Dickens, because A Tale of Two Cities, duh, obviously.
On the other other hand, I want to say Victor Hugo because Les Miserables, but he also wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame which I hear is absolutely awful. *exasperated sigh*
Then… there’s C.S. Lewis, whose Screwtape Letters quite literally change my life, but I don’t agree with him on all of his philosophies, so…
You see my predicament.
If you could sum up your current Work-in-Progress in one sentence what would it be?
Exiled prince learns that the world is not the just, truthful place he hoped to find it, and struggles to discover why— when good men can hate and bad men can love, and good men don’t always win— the world is still worth saving.
What’s one food you couldn’t live without?
I don’t like food.
Okay, okay! I’m exaggerating.
Uhh… probably venison tacos. With fresh tomatoes. *nods*
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Heh. Night owl all the way.
What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger writer self?
Observe and question. Everything you need to know about writing can be gleaned from the world around you. Sometimes you have to dig for it, but it’s always there.
Now I have to think up eleven new questions for people I tag… erg. The price I pay for my wild popularity, I suppose.
Hey, don’t look at me like that. I need to practice at least projecting confidence.
1. Would you rather enter a fictional character’s world or bring a fictional character into yours?
2. Butterflies or moths? (Just so you’re aware, this is my method of gauging your position on the creepiness scale. You’re welcome.)
3. What is your favorite genre, and what do you think is its primary purpose/goal?
4. City or country?
5. What’s your first memory?
6. Which of your favorite books do you think best matches your personality?
7. What’s your favorite virtue? (Courage, joy, patience…)
8. Do you prefer character-centric stories or plot-centric?
9. Electronic books or physical ones?
10. Would you rather live in a library or a castle tower?
11. If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would it be, and why?
Tagging Sarah at The Sarcastic Elf, Hope Ann, Hannah Gaudette, Elizabeth at The Wondering Writer, Ruby Sky at The Sea Calls Us Home, Gabrielle Pollack, and… and… *scrambles to find more people to tag* … egh, if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged and let me know. 😛
And if you want to answer some of the questions without the trouble of responding to the entire tag, feel free. That’s what the comments section is for. 😉