I know I didn’t update the blog last Monday, but between my Good Friday post and a mile-long list of things to do, I just needed a short break. Last week was full of significant writing accomplishments, though, including 1) mailing my book proposal to a new publisher, 2) submitting my first query letter to a literary agent, and 3) reaching my Camp NaNoWriMo word count goal! (Good things going on there, friends. My next novel is finally taking shape, and I’m so excited.)
Also: I’m delighted to share with y’all my second article with Cultivating! Our Spring Issue, “Receiving Life,” went live last week, and it’s absolutely wonderful–especially in the midst of Quarantine Life. Heads-up to my fellow foodies, too: you’ll find some great recipes in the “Taste” section, including my great-grandmother’s Louisiana Strawberry Cake.
I do have lots of good blog content lined up for May, including some guest posts and book reviews. This week, however, I have a tag sent to me by my dear friend Emily! Enjoy my answers here, dear readers, and have fun with the challenge I offer you at the conclusion of this post 😉
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Done above!)
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
- Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
What was a book that you read as a child that you still have fond thoughts of?
I was an avid reader of all the American Girl books, but I particularly remember Felicity Saves the Day. The cover was beautiful: Felicity in her white-and-blue dress, sitting astride Penny with a determined look on her face, was worthy of a chef’s kiss. Then there was the whole adventure of visiting her grandfather’s planation–so different from her town life in Williamsburg–AND THEN there was her epic rescue of Ben!!!! SHE SAVED HIM, Y’ALL.
Looking back, I think Felicity and Ben may have been my first OTP.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Ugh, Emily, this is such a cruel question.
Okay, how’s this for an answer: I’d rather watch the Original Star Trek than the Original Star Wars, but I’d rather watch the New Star Wars than the New Star Trek. Original Trek is WONDERFUL. I adore the ever-developing, ever-endearing Triumvirate of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and the cheerful optimism and thought-provoking adventures make up for any 1960’s campy-ness.
On the other hand, New Star Wars captures my emotions in a way New Trek has never managed to do. It’s a fairytale in space, the characters are so much more complex and developed than the ones in Original Wars, it features my favorite type of heroine (a claim very few stories can make), and the droids are the Cutest of the Cute.
Pit Original Trek against New Wars, though, and my choice will depend on whatever form of whimsy my mood demands. And that’s my answer. It depends.
Have you ever finished a full-length novel, or are you planning to do so soon?
I have finished a full-length novel, and I’m currently submitting it to publishers and agents! You can read more about Operation Lionhearted here, if you’re interested! (And yes, as you can see, I did get quite a bit of inspiration from New Trek. I never said it wasn’t beautiful, y’know!)
What is your favorite genre to write?
Science fiction/fantasy–and I’m learning not to be embarrassed or ashamed of that. I thought I needed to try my hand at something different after Operation Lionhearted…but pounding out over sixty thousand words of Star Wars fanfic since December has reminded me that SFF really is my first love, and I should chase it with everything in me.
How old were you when you started blogging/writing?
Ohhhhh, I was 5 years old when I started writing–but I didn’t start blogging until I was 20!
3 Things About Myself:
NUMBER ONE: I’m actually quite short! I’m 5 feet, 2 inches tall–and I barely claim the title of “Tallest Sister in Our Household.” I fear my 13-year-old sister may pass me up before it’s all said and done, though.
NUMBER TWO: I FINALLY got around to taking the official Hogwarts House quiz, and guys…I’m a Ravenclaw!!!!! I’m still way too excited about this, considering I haven’t even read Harry Potter (yet). But this means I’m officially an INFJ Enneagram 6w5 member of Ravenclaw House. Which is pretty awesome.
NUMBER THREE: When I was 13 and we were building our house (and we weren’t doing much school as a result), I wrote a 12,000-word Lord of the Rings fanfic about Éowyn. It was called Lady of the Horse-Lords, and it was her journal from when she was an awkward, ambitious, horse-loving teenager. I didn’t finish it, but the fact that I’ve kept it all these years testifies to the fact that it remains one of my favorite projects.
I hereby nominate EVERYONE who reads this post and invite you to answer the following 5 questions in the comments section! Here goes…
- What was your favorite childhood toy?
- If you could live in one fictional universe, which one would it be?
- Given the choice, would you time travel to the past…or the future?
- If you could pick three different songs to describe your life, what would they be?
- What have you learned about yourself during Quarantine Life?
And last but not least, allow me to offer…
The best of my posts:
These are the three posts I’m most proud of, anyway 😉