November 10, 2014

I've Been Tagged! (And So Have You!)

I've been tagged by Tabitha Martin for the Liebster Blog Award. I haven't done one of these things in ages! The questions Tabitha picked are super fun, so I'm going to give it a whirl again. Thanks for the tag, Tabitha! (I'm awful at tagging, so consider yourself tagged with these great questions.)

1. BEST WRITING SPACE?
The best writing space for me is in my office with my patootie
parked at my (clutter-free) desk, a mug of tea within easy reach.

2. IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY AUTHOR, 
ALIVE OR DECEASED, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Tough question! Too many to choose from. Right now, I would love to sit down with the always awesome Susan Dennard. You guys, this lady is one of the most friendly and encouraging authors ever and she shares super helpful writing tips and advice. If you're a writer and haven't yet checked out her blog and/or newsletter, you really should get on that ASAP.

3. FAVOURITE WAY TO PROCRASTINATE WHEN YOU SHOULD BE WRITING?
Let me count the ways... Curling up with a good book usually comes first, followed closely by curling up with a good TV show or movie marathon, often via Netflix. There is most likely a vast quantity of tea involved, along with a cozy blanket and a lap kitty. Sometimes a knitting project factors into the mix, depending on how serious I am about procrastinating.
→ This happens WAY too often, as I'm sure you can probably tell.

4. IN LESS THAN 20 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT WIP.
I'm hoping EVERY SAD & LOVELY THING, my YA Contemporary/Historical* will be kind of like: “OUTLANDER meets REVOLUTION, set in both present-day and WWI-era France, but primarily during the battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.”
(Some visual inspiration for my WiP.)

5. IF YOUR FAVOURITE WRITING GENRE DIDN'T EXIST (GASP), WHAT WOULD YOU WRITE INSTEAD?
I really don't have a favourite writing genre, to be honest. Actually, I kind of want to write ALL the genres anyway, so this wouldn't really upset me too horribly much. I can tell you what I don't want to write, though: Horror. So not my thing.

6. FAVOURITE BAND TO LISTEN TO WHILE WRITING?
I'm going to go with fave soundtrack instead because I listen to songs here and there from all kinds of bands. I love, love, love listening to the Ender's Game soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky while I'm writing. He makes great use of the strings, particularly the cello, in this score. It's flipping amazing and inspiring and gets me super pumped to work on writing.

7. MORNING WRITING OR NIGHT OWL SCRIBBLER?
I get the most accomplished writing-wise if I can get my heinie in the chair, my hands on the keyboard first thing in the morning. Though, lately I've been using time in the afternoons as well. I am absolutely not productive in the evening.

8. FAVOURITE FRIENDSHIP IN A PUBLISHED BOOK?
Apart from the obvious Harry/Ron/Hermione friendship (duh), I love me some Blue + the Raven Boys.

9. IF YOU COULD WRITE A BOOK TO CAPTURE THE HEART OF A SONG YOU LOVE, THE SONG IS?
I've always thought Taylor Swift's "All Too Well" or "Begin Again" would make great YA stories. Basically, just about anything by T-Swift begs to be written as a YA novel, don't you think?

10. WHEN THE MOVIE OF YOUR BOOK GETS MADE, WHO'S THE DREAM CAST?
Oh, gosh. This story isn't even at the drafting stage yet, so that's hard to even picture right now. I do, however, have a photo of a real WWI soldier that is serving as the visual inspiration for my WiP's love interest. The soldier in the photo to the left is British Second Lieutenant F. C. Aulagnier. As for my MC, I just found a random stock photo model who looks how I picture her.


You're up next! Feel free to answer these questions or those of your own choosing.


* I honestly have no clue how to categorize this WiP right now. It's historical (the WWI parts), sci-fi (because there's a time travel element), contemporary (but not exactly since "present day" is actually 2017), and possibly magical realism (though I still have no idea what that really is).

10 comments:

  1. Your way of procrastinating sounds familiar *whistles* Your WIP sounds really interesting, although I have no idea what category it would fall into either. Congrats on the award!

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    1. I should have added "fiddling around with photo editing and doing housework" to the list. (The latter only because I should be writing, not because I want to lol.) I think the WiP would more accurately fall under YA Magical Realism/Historical or something like that. Who knows? :D

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  2. Ah, procrastination. I'm so guilty of it it hurts.

    Your WIP sounds really interesting, and I don't think you need to worry about categorising it just yet. :) Personally I've always believed that the categorisation of books should be left to the publishers - they seem to be the ones who like putting stories in boxes so they sell!

    And that is a very handsome soldier indeed. I do love a man in uniform.

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    1. Likewise, Jess. I put the 'pro' in procrastination lol.

      As far as categorizing, I think it matters only because at some point I would probably query this story and you need to be able to pitch it as a particular genre. Publishers could definitely sort that out if they were interested. I would just hate to pitch it the wrong way and have it colour my story a certain way. I will cross that bridge when I come to it, though. :-)

      I love a man in uniform, too. So clean cut... ;-)

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  3. Your WiP sounds amazing, Jaime! I love the images you shared, too. And I totally agree about "All Too Well" being the stuff of a great YA story. I'm into T-Swift's "Out of the Woods" right now as well. Her song writing is so fantastic! Best of luck as you work on this project. I'll happily volunteer to read when you're looking for betas. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I'll remember that. :-) I had an awesome brainstorming session with my sister last night via Skype, so now it's full speed ahead. I think there may be drafting in my very near future! Every time I listen to T-Swift, I start imagining the possibilities with her songs. So many good stories there! I'll have to check out "Out of the Woods". I have to confess, I miss her music that has more of a country vibe to it. I loved the pop/country combo more than the straight up pop stuff. Something tells me you might be in the same camp. ;-)

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  4. Great answers, though, I wish I could see pictures of *your* cast. This was a fun one to play… I am not tagging myself again (LOL), as I did this one too. I love Taylor Swift too and think she should write her own YA novel! I mean if Tyra Banks can and the Jenner (Kardashian?) sisters… I mean let's be real….TSwift's lyrics are ALREADY a YA novel ;) so it wouldn't be that hard haha

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    1. I'm sure down the road I'll have a more clear picture of who I would cast once I've been working on this story for a while. ;-) You are so right about Taylor Swift. I bet she could rock a YA novel. I'd probably buy it, anyway lol.

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  5. I'm so excited about the direction your WIP is going! In fact, I totally wish I could read it right now, you know, if it wasn't still in your head instead of on the page. I think that Skype chat last night was exactly what we both needed to get motivated and inspired again. As for the Ender's Game soundtrack, I've come to depend on it too. I probably listen to it more than any other music because it's just so amazing. It kind of makes me laugh because it sounds more suited to writing romance than kids having a battle in zero gravity, don't you think? :)

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  6. OUTLANDER MEETS REVOLUTION!?!?!?!!?

    *dies*

    Nothing sounds better. I adore you, Jaime. You're so one of my favorite people. Love your updates, pictures, everything. <3

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