The Spring Cleaning Writer Tag

When it rains, it pours, apparently, because I’m back today with another blog tag! This one was created by Deborah O’Carroll, and I was tagged for it by my good friend Daley Downing @ The Invisible Moth. So let’s dive right in…


springcleaningwritertagchallenge


Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Share the picture
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)


The Questions:

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

I laid out a few writing goals in my 2018 Goals post, but now that we’re three months into the year, I think it’s time to give them a good reevaluation.

  • My first goal for this year was to publish Esmeralda’s Story, and I was actually able to do so this February! The novelette is currently available only on Kindle, and you can find it here on Amazon. So, that’s one less thing to worry about this year.
  • My next writing goal is to write and revise at least one book. I’m a notoriously slow first drafter, even more so when I’m legitimately busy and also procrastinating at the same time, but even so I’ve been able to make some progress on my current WIP, and hopefully over the next few weeks or months I’ll be able to finish it up. But we’ll see…
  • My final writing goal for this year is to blog more consistently. I’ve been trying to write at least one post per week, and although there have been a few rough patches, I’ve mostly been able to stick to that goal.

Sometimes it feels like I’m accomplishing exactly zero things, so it was nice to take this little look at what I actually have done this year! Now, on to the next question…

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

I love these neat metaphors! I would say that I’m at the ‘painting the walls in colorful hues’ stage, or slap-bang in the middle of writing my first draft of what I hope to be my next novel. I’m just over the half-way mark, at almost 30,000 words of what I hope to be at least a 50,000 word draft.

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

His earliest memories were of her voice; sweet, mellow, rich and dark in tone, not like any other voice he heard around him. She used to sit beside his bed and sing him to sleep, her voice coloring his dreams long after he had sunk into slumber. In the blurs and shadows of his past, she was constant and clear, a rock in a sea of memories. He had hardly yet begun to appreciate his youth, but she made him wise beyond his years. She was everything.

He never wanted to be apart from her.

 

He realized after a few moments that they had stopped shouting. The silence of the twilit city, made up of a hundred thousand different sounds, pooled around them in the growing gloom. Chelsea’s heartbeat pounded against his shoulder, and every breath she took seemed to catch in her throat and shake her body like a trembling leaf. He couldn’t tell if she was crying or not. Her limp and dirty hair, which not so long ago had been neat and brushed and washed, hung in strings down her shoulders and back. He pristine white gown was gone, replaced by a shapeless gray dress which felt like it was made of potato sacks. She was gripping his hand, and her fingers were icy on his skin, but even in this state she felt like safety.

 

He pulled her through the garden gate into a blooming world carpeted with green; neatly trimmed hedges and soft moss and flowers fed by the rain, flourishing in color.

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

Eh, I’ve been cleaning up my room off and on over the past few months, but  it’s  still extremely messy  in some places, so I’ll spare you from any horrendous pictures… 😅


Thank you so much for this awesome tag, Daley! I would tag all my fabulous blogger friends, but I think they’ve already been tagged, so, if you haven’t yet been tagged, but would like to participate, consider yourself tagged and just head on over to Deborah’s original post to grab the questions for your own blog! ^_^

Thanks so much for reading! See you again soon.

🙂

The Bookish Q&A Tag

Heyo, everyone! I’m back with another Q&A tag! This one was created by Deborah Kelty, and I was tagged for it by S. M. Metzler @ Tea with Tumness. So let’s dive right in!


Bookish Tag


Q1: What books do you remember reading that kick-started your bookworm habit?

There are a couple of books that come to mind for this question. The first one is The HobbitI would get the audiobook out from the library and listen to it over and over, to the point that I can recite entire passages from memory to this day. I was also a very ‘horse crazy’ girl when I was younger, and there was a series of horse books that my mom got me for my birthday that really kickstarted my obsession with horse books and books in general. It was called the Sneaky Pony series and they were my favorite books when I was younger. I read them over and over again. I would definitely recommend them if you have any horse-crazy children in your life. 😛

Q2: What genre, or genres, would you normally choose? 

This is a little difficult to answer, because I would say fantasy, but then have to specify that I don’t usually like traditional (often cliche) sword-and-sorcery type fantasy. So I guess I’d have to say urban fantasy, sci-fi, and whatever genre Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon fall into. I’m also quite partial to memoirs and poetry.

Q3: Do you eat while you read and if yes, what exactly?

Every once in a while I will have a snack while I read. More often than not, it’ll be some kind of cracker (like Goldfish) or chips. Sometimes I’ll have some hot chocolate while I read, but only on mornings after I haven’t slept very well, because can’t really drink any other kind of caffeinated beverage.

Q4: Are there any scenes from your favorite novels that you remember vividly?

I tend to remember the emotional impression a book makes on me way more than specific scenes or moments (or even plot details!) You know a book is really good when it leaves a lingering emotional impression long after you’ve forgotten character names or specific events.

Q5: Were there any least favorites?

I’m honestly a tad confused about this question. I’m not sure whether it means “Are there any least favorite scenes from your favorite books that your remember?” or something else entirely! I’m going to go with that first interpretation and say, yes, there are scenes and moments from some of my favorite books that have made unfortunate impressions in my memory, and I can actually name some specifics this time! Often the scenes that make the deepest impressions on me are scenes where characters are put into awkward or embarrassing situations, or when characters I love are mistreated by mean authors 😛 I’m thinking of certain moments in the Emily books by L. M. Montgomery; specifically, the many times Emily is misunderstood or mistreated by her relatives, or the moment where she burns all her old stories and scribblings rather than let her relatives see them. I identify with Emily so much that these moments sort of ‘cut me to the heart’, as they say.

Q6: So, as you’re a bookworm, what are you reading currently today? (Optional)

I’m currently reading a couple of books for the Back to the Classics Challenge, specifically A Little Princess and Jane Eyre, as well as Emily Climbs, the second book in the Emily trilogy, which might be why poor Emily’s plights are so fresh in my mind…

Q7: How’s it getting along for you? (Optional)

I’m enjoying all three books thoroughly. Jane Eyre is a little hard to read, as I’m still in the first part of the book, and poor Jane is being abused and trodden on left and right. But still, I’m enjoying reading a classic for the first time, and rereading a couple of books I haven’t even touched in a few years!

Q8: Have you then got a large bookshelf, or do you plan to?

I would love to have more bookshelf space. Currently, my shelf is absolutely jam-packed, to the point where I can’t actually fit all the books I own on it. I’d like to get a little bookshelf specifically for indie books, as I appear to have acquired quite a few of those over the past couple of months, but we’ll see. I probably wouldn’t have anywhere to put another shelf even if I did get one… 😅

Q9: Do you have a liking to indie or traditional books?

For me, it doesn’t matter whether a book is traditional or small press or indie: what matters is whether or not it’s a good book. While I would love to support more indie authors, I’m not going to do it just because they’re indie. They’ve got to write a good book first. Same goes for traditional publishing. Personally, I try to judge all art on its own merits, and not by any external biases.

Q10: And lastly, do you plan to promote reading in some way, or already are?

I love promoting reading and books that I love! I do it on Twitter, on Instagram, over on my Goodreads (you can follow me there, if you’d like to see all of my book reviews) and on this blog as well. I love doing bookish tag posts like this, and I’m hoping to do a few book recommendation posts in the future, so stay tuned for that as well!


Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my Bookish Q&A post. I had tons of fun writing it! Make sure you check out S. M. Metzler, who tagged me, and Deborah, the creator of this awesome tag.

Today I’m tagging:

Hannah Marie @ Plottinger Twist

Daley Downing @ The Invisible Moth


See you again very soon!

🙂

The Writer’s Tag

Welp. I was supposed to do this post yesterday, but, obviously, I completely forgot, so I’m going to do it today! I was tagged a couple days ago by Susannah @ Tea with Tumness for the Writer’s Tag (not to be confused with the Writer’s Book Tag, which I was also tagged for on the same day…) So, without further ado, let’s jump into the questions, shall we?


Writer's Tag


1. What was the first story you remember writing?

When I was very, very little, I would tear out enormous sheets of sketch paper and tape them together into ‘books’. These ‘books’ were usually Super Mario of Legend of Zelda fanfiction, filled with lots of colorful (badly drawn) pictures and poorly-spelled stories. These are the very first stories I remember writing, and I still have them… somewhere.

2. Where do you gain your inspiration? 

Often when I read a new exciting book or watch a cool movie, I’ll feel really inspired to create something new. I also enjoy listening to music and making aesthetic playlists that help inspire new aspects of a story.

3. Who/What exactly encouraged you to become a writer?

When I was in elementary school my mom read me a book called The School Story by Andrew Clements, which is about a girl who publishes a book when she’s only twelve. I was super inspired by the story, and it encouraged me to try writing my own books in the hope that one day I would be published too!

4. If you had a choice between past or present tense to use, which one would you pick?

I’ve experimented a fair amount with present tense, and while I like it and enjoy writing in it, I still think I prefer past tense, at least to some extent. Present tense seems  to give the story a more modern or fast-paced feel, which is good for some stories, but past tense gives the story a slightly slower, more familiar feel, and also make it way easier to write with multiple points of view.

5. Do you have some type of “kryptonite” weakness?

I spend far too much time browsing Twitter or Instagram or doing literally anything other than writing. I honestly tend to procrastinate way too much. I also can’t write when there are people around.

6. On the flip side, do you have a type of “superman” strength?

I write best in the evenings, or during thunderstorms. The weather seems to have something to do with my moods, at least when it comes to writing.

7. Are there any guilty pleasures of yours?

I love watching YouTube videos! Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of a very science-oriented channel called Vsauce, where they talk about everything from physics to the concept of infinity to whether or not cereal can be considered a soup, all in a super engaging way. Among my other favorite channels are The Game Theorists, The Film Theorists, React, and Rosanna Pansino.

8. Is there a genre of media/entertainment you’ve not seen but want to try out one day?

I am very interested in modern (freestyle/free verse) poetry, but I haven’t really read much of it except a few pieces here and there online. I’ve asked my family to get me a copy of Smoke Signals by Ashley Dun for Christmas, which looks to be a very good collection of beautiful poetry, and I can’t wait to give it a read!

9. And finally, what is your favorite writing snack?

I don’t really have a go-to writing snack, or usually eat while writing, but I did munch on some tasty corn chips while writing this post, so I guess those will have to do. 😉

10. So, would you do more Q&A’s like this?

Yes! I love doing Q&A’s, be they interviews on other people’s blogs, tags like these, or Paper Fury’s Beautiful People Meme!


Now, it’s time to tag some bloggers! I tag…


I hope you enjoyed this post! I promise, this should be the last tag I’m doing for at least a little while… unless I get tagged again. 😛

See you again soon!