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Tag, you’re it

I’ve been tagged by CherylAnne Ham as part of the ongoing tagging game a lot of the participants in the Fourth Campaign Challenge are doing. Once you’re tagged, you have to answer his or her 11 questions and then tag 11 others and think of 11 new questions for them. Eleven is actually my lucky number, my master life number in Western Numerology, one of the luckiest master numbers to have because it’s one of only two double numbers used in the system (the other being 22).

1) Are you ticklish?

Yes, as my so-called fiancé well knows.

2) Are you a secret writerly genius, or have you shared your bookish ways with the world?

Just about everyone I went to school with knew I was a writer, since I was the kid who was always reading, writing, and sometimes reading her stories to the class or talking about her books. (The callus on my former writing hand attests to how much I’ve written!) A lot of my friends now know it too, though it was a bit of a surprise at first to my editor/boss at the paper where I used to work. I’d always been so quiet and serious, and she came to find out not only how much I’ve written over the years, but also that some of my books are massive sagas!

3) Which do you prefer: hardcover/paperback, ebook, or audiobook?

Hardcover all the way.

4) What is your favorite writing tool?

I’m still writing Cinnimin, my magnum opus, by hand (bar the opening and finale), so I still love a beautiful notebook and a nice pen. I have so many beautiful notebooks, with pretty pictures of animals or beautiful artwork, on the covers, to use for the remaining few Parts of Saga VI (the Nineties) and the first Parts of Saga VII (the Aughts). I stockpiled those gorgeous notebooks before I came out of the closet about the true extent of my sinistrality and switched writing hands, but so far I’m not too bothered by the spiral digging into my hand. And if I have to, I can always use my right hand again for that one purpose. Hashem gave me the gift of being able to write with both hands, so why not take advantage of it?

5) This one’s a three-parter. (Yes. I cheat)  Bert or Ernie? Fred or Barney? Belle or Ariel?

Ernie, because he’s the child-like one of the two (see #8), and I tend to gravitate towards the man-child character in the classic comedy teams (e.g., Stan Laurel, Curly Howard, Harpo Marx, Lou Costello).  I’d choose Barney for the same reason, since he’s the dopier one.  I’d prefer Belle in a heartbeat over Ariel, since she’s a bookworm, and a more active participant in her story. (Plus, the original Little Mermaid fairytale is pretty gruesome.)

6) Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

I think I lean towards optimism.

7) Would you rather be able to fly or have X-ray vision?

I’d love X-ray vision.  I’d probably get motion sickness extraordinaire were I to fly.

8) Sweet or Savory?

I have a sweet tooth, so sweet. I love sweet treats and desserts as much as I did as a kid. It is said that my Sun sign, Sagittarius, is the eternal child of the Zodiac, and that that’s why we’re said to make such great parents, stepparents, and grandparents.

9) Do you write in the mornings or at night?

I used to write in the mornings, many years ago, but now I live for writing at night.

10) What is the age of the MC in your WIP?

Justine is currently 20, though she’s a few weeks away from 21. By the end of the book, she’ll be 25.

11) Have you discovered your “Voice”?

I had my breakthrough in my development as a writer sometime in 1997, when I was 17. I was no longer trying to imitate other writers’ styles or write the type of preteen and YA characters and storylines I thought I was supposed to be writing (e.g., issue books were big when I was that age). I’d also been with my characters long enough to know them very well. My voice obviously wasn’t perfect yet at 17, but it’s gotten better and better over the years, and there was no going back to my preteen and early teen years after that.

My 11 questions:

1.  What is your dream car? It could be either a current car or a classic or antique car.
2.  Are you interested in illustrating your own books?  Have you ever drawn pictures of your characters?
3.  What is your favorite flavor of jelly?
4.  What animal would you most like to be?
5.  What foreign country would you like to live in?
6.  Do you prefer the countryside or the city?
7.  What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
8.  What character from mythology (any mythology) would you most like to meet?
9.  Do you have a favorite or well-liked name you haven’t used on a character yet?
10.  What is your favorite amusement park ride?
11.  Would you prefer to live on the beach, in the forest, in the mountains, or in the desert?

I’m tagging fellow campaigners in some of my groups:
Brooke Busse
Scott Bury
Jennifer McMurrain
Carrie Butler
Kimberly Montgomery
Mina Burrows
Alexandra Shostak
Brenna Braaten
Siv Maria
Vicki Orians


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

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