Posted by Angela Ackerman
I've decided to go the route many others have and unplug this week of Christmas. But before I do, I promised I'd play along with a meme going around that I've been tagged with three or four times over now!
I don't usually do the memes, only because I try to keep the blog more resource-ish, but this one's more writing focused and shares some insight into what I write. It also gives me a chance to thank all the wonderful bloggers out there who have nominated this blog for awards over the year. You bring sunshine into my day each and every time you do this, so thank you!
So, here's a few things about the weird zombie-loving person behind The Bookshelf Muse.
1.) A-What's the last thing you wrote? B-What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?
A--A MG book called Wrath of a God. Sound bite: Osiris, God of the Dead attempts to take over a small town by gifting scarab tokens that hold the souls of Egyptian followers.
B-A story I wrote when I was four. It goes like this: I have a cat. It lives in a dish. I wish I lived in a dish. I know, brilliant, isn't it?
2) Write poetry?
I believe the world is a better place with Zombie Haikus in it.
Yeah, sometimes Zombies feel angsty when they don't get their morning bowl of brain-ios.
4)Favorite genre of writing?
MG, something dark or twisty
5)Most annoying character you've ever created?
A Sasquatch named Saski. I shouldn't have gone there.
6) Best plot you've ever created?
Tough call. Maybe my CB where a monster kidnaps the MC's enemy from a bookstore and uses the Horror Room Door to take him to Frankenstein's office building in the Land of the Undead. The MC must follow and get him back, even though there's a bit of temptation to leave him there of course.
7) Coolest plot twist you've ever created?
A girl survives a drowning against Fate's wishes and the result is her brother's life will be forfeited to balance death's scales.
8) How often do you get writer's block?
When I revise for too long without writing a new project
9) Write fan fiction?
10) Do you type or write by hand?
Hunt and peck, baby.
11) Do you save everything you write?
I save every draft, every revision.
12) Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?
13)What's your favorite thing you've ever written?
14) What's everyone else's favorite story you've written?
So many! The Thief of Always, The Lightning Thief, The Hunger Games, Before I Die, The Wheel of Time series, The Dark Tower Series, Swan Song, Imagica...
15)Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Semi angsty Teen Suspense...does that count?
16) What's your favorite setting for your characters?
A graveyard. Somewhere dark among the trees. A crypt. Somewhere non-typical for the type of story it is.
17) How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Editing three, one after the other.
18)Have you ever won an award for your writing?
When I was a kid, nothing fancy.
19) What are your five favorite words?
hemmed, scree, crackle, treble, clotted
20) What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Sabrina Milo. Her thoughts are unfiltered and 100% Mua-ha-haa. Just like me.
21) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?
A flash image, a sound, the way the light slants across the ground...it can be anything.
22)Do you ever write based on your dreams?
The world isn't ready for that.
23) Do you favor happy endings?
I favor endings where the character is a stronger person as a result of the trials they faced--these are the most satisfying.
24) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Once I edit. But I do break rules occasionally to fit a character or style if needed. If I do break em, it's knowingly, not ignorance.
25) Does music help you write?
26) Quote something you've written. Whatever pops in your head.
Okay, but it's first draft. It may mush your brain a bit.
Ma’at lifted her dark gaze, staring straight ahead. As she stepped backwards into the landscape, her curves flattened and the shimmering pleats of her dress dulled to a lifeless white. The scales hanging from her palms lost their dimensions and the feather at her temple returned to a mere brown plume wrought from an artist’s brush. Once again she was a painting, an ancient rendering of the Goddess Ma’at, and nothing more.
Well, there's a peek at what makes me tick. If you feel like adding your own answers, consider yourself tagged!
I hope everyone takes the time to enjoy family and friends and do all the seasonal things that make this such a special time of year. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and see you in the New Year!