Happy March! We’re still buried in snow and ice, but I crossed a herd of deer right outside my office this morning. That’s gotta be auspicious, right?
And welcome back to the blog! I totally have a bunch of posts all lined up and ready to go, just like I said I would.
Way back in August, Kenzie tagged me for the writerly Get to Know Me Tag. Then, nearly a month ago, the lovely Megan over at Painting the Pages tagged me for the same tag! Go check out her blog and give her a shout! She’s got cool excerpts and posts on first drafts and, of course, tagging games. (Plus anyone who likes van Gogh’s The Starry Night is A+.)
Some of the answers here will be nearly identical to what I answered back in August, but such is the nature of things. And it saves you from going back to that old post, right?
Of course right.
- Link back to the person who created the tag (Savannah, another awesome writer with a gorgeous blog I definitely need to check out)
- Thank the person who tagged you (Megan! Of course I’ll do the tag! I love tags, and thank you for tagging me!)
- Share the tag graphic
- Tag eleven bloggers (*cracks knuckles*)
VITAL STATS AND APPEARANCE
Nickname: Pheebs? *shrugs* I never really get nicknames.
Birthday: March 15!!! I’m gonna be OLD.
Hair color/length: My usual mousy brown, and it’s finally past the sits-on-my-shoulders-like-an-angry-ferret length.
Eye color: Gr…ay..? Ish.
Braces/piercing/tattoos: Just ear piercings. I’ve considered getting a single small tattoo with a book quote, but *shrugs again*
Righty or lefty: Righty. All attempts to become ambidextrous by force have failed.
Ethnicity: After Dad took that DNA test… 99.9% English/Welsh/West European. We did find some Native American back in the American Civil War era, but it’s not quite confirmed. Mom’s side is more of the same. #whiteasacracker
First novel written: One about princesses who were all named after precious stones. #clever
First novel completed: That One We Don’t Speak Of (Dad promises it isn’t as bad as I make it out to be)
Award for writing: A sticker?
First publication: Nothing but Wattpad and Neopets. Wait. Neopets didn’t publish me….
Conferences: I’ve looked at the Realm Makers Conference. I don’t know if I could make it this year but maybe next year!
Query/pitch: Soar was the first book I queried/am querying.
Novel (that you wrote): It comes and goes. Currently I happen to think Dark and Deep is absolute brilliance….
Genre: Fantasy. I’m hoping to branch into sci-fi-fantasy soon….
Author: Recently, Neal Shusterman. This man is a master at building: suspense, worlds, plot threads, all of it. He knows how to write a quietly horrifying book and make you keep reading it.
Writing music: Always the OSTs. Always. Lately I like songs with a chorus of voices that hum, chant wordlessly, or do one of those awesome swelling harmony things. I want more of those.
Time to write: Early morning if I can stir myself to write.
Writing snack/drink: Tea, obviously.
Movie: Um, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON THREE. I need to talk about this. I am…not ok.
Writing memory: Recently, watching a beta reader get emotionally destroyed IN REAL TIME while reading my MS. All the evil cackling.
Childhood book: Always The Secret Garden.
Writing: Um…nothing. I am officially not writing anything. That’s a long story….
Listening to: My coworkers chatting. *cough*
Watching: Mom and Dad are into Madame Secretary and Mom and I seem to be simultaneously pretending to be interested in The Umbrella Academy because we both think the other person cares.
Learning: About octopus!
Want to be published: Still, yes. Always yes.
Indie or traditional: I’ve considered indie for Soar because I’m happy with how the story ended up and I have readers who want copies and I don’t know that I could stand to take it further (which sounds like a cop-out, but I’m tired, guys, and this story is already perfect to me). Traditional for the long-term is a goal. I would love to see my space witch and her telepathic star whale on shelves one day….
Wildest goal: For a reader to get a tattoo based on one of my books.
TAG! YOU’RE IT!
Oooh, look! A tag Kenzie didn’t get to first and steal all of our mutuals for tagging! I might actually come close to 11 people…. (Gonna steal ’em all, Kenzie! Mwahahahaha!!!)
Also, I know some of you have already done this tag, so don’t fret if you don’t want to do it again.
Penny (and I have your tag queued up!)
Ok! So I got eight people! (If anyone else ’round here ever wants to be tagged, let me know! I’d love to share!)