Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Ahem: *We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you all some exciting news….*

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I have been nominated by my lovely writing buddy/fellow blogger Amanda for this award – thank you so much Amanda!! I will post a regular life/writing/reading update next week, but for now I am so excited to answer the questions Amanda has given me and pass on the nomination to other awesome bloggers I know!

Without further ado, the rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site (Thank you Amanda! Check out her blog here – To Live a Thousand Lives).
  2. Put the award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions you were given.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten other blogs. (Note: I so do not have ten blogs to nominate – eek! Sorry!!)

Here are my answers:

What is the best book you’ve read this year?

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (second in her trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles). I’ve talked about this one before, but seriously – go read. Go, right now. Complex, twisted, gorgeously written epic fantasy that will leave you thinking about it months after you put it down – I know I still am.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first and why?

Paris. Wait, I know, sounds cliche, but here’s why – I love this city, and I am so at ease in it. So I would go there first, hole up in a beautiful little apartment with copious amounts of bread, jam, salted butter, cheese and wine, and plan out the rest of my travels in pure bliss (which would include places I hadn’t been before, namely most of Asia, all of Australia/New Zealand, and good parts of Africa/South America – not to mention Canada, which I’ve still never been to!) before setting out in earnest. Oh, and I have two great aunts in Paris who I need to visit as well, so… priorities!

When you write, do you outline first or just pants it?

A little of both. I do a version of an outline – usually scribbled descriptions of a few key scenes and characters, along with a table of contents that includes one sentence chapter descriptions – and I do some of the world building, but then… well, whatever I’ve planned as a plot usually undergoes a couple of major upheavals by the time I’m done. At some point, the original outline gets mostly tossed and I just go with where the story is taking me – in an ideal world, that works! Ha ha….

When you aren’t reading/writing what do you like to do?

There are other things to do? 😉 Hmm… well, I like to cook random, usually spontaneously invented food concoctions… sometimes I chase the writer cat around until she lets me snuggle… I love exploring new restaurants in Chicago… did I mention I have a thing for food??

What TV show do you binge-watch?

Friends, always, and lately, Sherlock – I felt through all of it in a week and can’t wait for Season 4!

You can’t leave the house without ________?

A pen and paper. Not that I typically use them – I just have a chronic fear of needing to write something down and not being able to. It’s a writer thing, I’m told.

Books or e-reader?

Both. I used to be a strictly hard copy books girl, then I lived in Spain for a few months… and couldn’t possibly fit enough books in my suitcase to last me that long. So I relented, started using an e-reader, and wow that power to buy and read instantly is addicting. But, still love my hard books more than anything!

What is a cause/social issue you care deeply about?

Fair treatment of workers, both around the world and in this country. Everyone deserves dignity.

What magical/superpower would you pick?

I have always been fascinated by Mystique from X-Men and her ability to turn into anyone she wants, and to temporarily acquire their superpower when she does. But besides that (which feels a little like getting a wish and asking for a thousand more!) I would love the ability to fly. Or photographic memory. That’d be sweet too. Can you tell I’m bad at this whole sticking to the question thing?

What fun blogs have you found lately? (Maybe tag them in your post!) 🙂

Three very different blogs actually, but all well done! My blogging buddy Matt’s Scenes I Would See, featuring scenes he’s written, including some within the Sherlock world! And obviously, given my binging inclinations toward anything Sherlock, I’ve enjoyed reading. Another one is my good friend Kelsey’s new food blog, Kelsey’s Kuisine. While I can’t eat everything she creates (sorry Kels, vegetarian!) the recipes all look delicious, and not too time/labor intensive. And of course, My wonderful critique partner Janella always has great recommendations for books and TV, along with thoughts on the writing/creative process!

Okay, now onto my nominations (Amanda has already nominated most of my writing buddies, so please pardon the small list!!):

Katy Pool

Kelsey Hogan

Stacey Campbell

Here are your questions:

  1. Favorite Harry Potter book?
  2. Biggest fictional crush?
  3. Favorite food/drink to have while curled up with a book?
  4. If you created an alternate identity for yourself, what would your name be?
  5. City you’d most want to move to (besides your current one)?
  6. Dream job(s)?
  7. Favorite recent read?
  8. Favorite recent TV show (and how many episodes/seasons you binged – be honest)?
  9. Which character from a book would you most want to be friends with?
  10. What blogs inspire you (blogs of friends, blogs of authors, favorite food blogs, etc)?

Have fun!! And I’ll be back soon with updates, including awesome author events I have coming up – one in Boston in particular! 😀

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