Friday, July 3, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Storytelling & Pixar

What is the first story you ever wrote? AND What is your favorite Pixar movie? (and why?)

   The first story I remember writing was actually written before I could read or spell, so my mom wrote it on paper for me. It was about our cat, Mudd, and an imaginary cat named Love. I also illustrated it, although I made my mom draw all the people because I didn’t like the way they looked when I drew them.

   My first “novel” was written when I was about eight, and it was about a group of kids stranded on a deserted island. I don't think I ever finished it, though. I can't go back and check because, as I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned on the blog before, this is the story that I found a couple years later when I was twelve or thirteen. I was so horrified by my old writing that I ripped it into shreds but was still paranoid that someone would find and piece it together, so I burned it. In our bonfire barrel.

   I really didn't want anyone reading it, okay?

   And now to the next question....

   My favorite Pixar movie is Monsters, Inc. I love Sully, guys. I just do. (and Mike is hilarious, of course). I've always loved friendship stories, and this one wins out even over Pixar's other beautiful friendships. Plus, it has some of the funniest and most quotable Pixar lines ever.

Mike Wazowski is a gift to this world.

   Also, now that I think about it, I've always had a soft spot for large furry monsters...*cough cough* Beauty and the Beast*cough* They just looked warm and cuddly when I was a kid, and in need of hugs. I also found it appealing to like characters (and  even more importantly, be liked by characters) that others might find scary or intimidating. (I also think that Monsters, Inc. was the first Pixar movie that I saw in theaters)

   My second favorite Pixar movie is probably The Incredibles, although I also like A Bug's Life, which is sadly underrated! 

Check out everyone else's answers here:


Friday, June 26, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Other Authors

Week 4: What famous author(s) do you feel your writing is most similar to, and why? AND/OR What author do you wish you wrote the most like?

   This is a really hard question for me. I’m not sure who I write like! I remember reading a couple books by Julianne Donaldson and thinking that our writing style was somewhat similar, and one of my WIPs (Refining Rosemary) definitely has a Louisa-May-Alcott feel to it. I also took the same quiz (well, not really a quiz...but a writer thing) Jenelle did. Entering a passage from The Wulver's Rose, I got Robert Louis Stevenson. But I have taken the quiz before and gotten different answers so I'm not positive the thing is really all that accurate. I got Jane Austen when I entered in a section from Hidden Pearls, though, so that was a rather pleasant surprise.

   As for whom I wished I wrote more like…honestly, I’m not sure. When I was younger, I probably could have handed you a list! But as the years have gone by, I've been more focused on writing like me. I just want to write to the best of my ability: I can't be anyone else. That being said, I’m always inspired by Charles Dickens’ intricate plots, the witty satire of Jane Austen, Daphne Du Maurier’s atmospheric prose, and L.M. Montgomery’s ability to write both painful and painfully funny scenes. Some other writers who inspire me are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien (he’s like the master of all worldbuilding, isn’t he?) and Louisa May Alcott.

   Oh, and I was in a dreadful hurry last week, was gone all day Friday, and basically forgot to put links to the other participants in my last post! But I’m making up for it this week: go check out their answers!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Meeting Dragons

It's time for week three of Ring Around the Rose!

   This week's question?  How would you go about talking a dragon out of eating you, especially if no weapons were available?

    “I have a delightful sense of humor, tell good stories, and can cook. Yes, my friend, killing me would be a terrible mistake.”

   I’d even offer to sort his gold (be his personal accountant, if you will) and of course, I’d feed him cookies, which are, as everyone knows, a Dragon’s favorite meal. (Okay, not everyone knows this, but it’s true. There’s a kind of long story involved with that, but take my word for it.)

I'd buy a little baby dragon just for you ❤️
It's such a cute little baby dragon...

   Quite honestly, I’m fond of the idea of working for a dragon. I’d dress like an old-fashioned secretary (but with some fantasy flair, of course) and help him get his life in order, and in return he could obligingly protect me from danger with his fire-breathing skills. He'd also use the same skills to keep the fireplace blazing, in front of which where I'd read to him every night (although not stories where the dragons are the bad guys...I'd probably avoid those)

   Of course, this is assuming the dragon is intelligent and able to speak. If it was just a regular dragon like any other animal, I suppose talking to it wouldn't help. Maybe I it? *runs off to re-watch How to Train Your Dragon*

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Meeting Characters

Question #2: If you could meet any literary character, who would it be?

This is such a difficult question, since reading about people is a million times different than actually meeting someone in real life. There are a ton of characters I love…but I’m not sure how many I could hold a conversation with, partly because I'd be so eager to make a good impression I'd probably say something really stupid or act ridiculous.

So I’ll cheat a little bit here and go with The Doctor, who is a literary character in addition to being a television one (Yes, BBC releases official DW novels. I’ve even read a few. IT COUNTS). I have to admit, I mainly chose him because you don’t necessarily have to worry about superficial conversation when you’re running away from monsters :)

But in all honesty, meeting The Doctor would be insanely fun. And who wouldn’t want a ride in the TARDIS? I’m not sure which Doctor I’d get along best with, though. Ten and Twelve are my favorite doctors, but I think I’d probably get along best with Eleven, because he’s a goofball.

Or maybe Four?

Basically, as long as I got to meet the man—er, Time Lord—I wouldn’t be overly picky about which incarnation I got. Running about on adventures through time and space? Count me in.

Make sure to check out the other answers to this week's question on the blogs of Kaycee, Savannah, Jenelle, and Dorian!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Fantasy Worlds

I'm so excited about the upcoming release of Five Enchanted Roses! To celebrate, the other authors (Kaycee, Savannah, Jenelle, and Dorian) and I are doing a bit of a blog hop! Hopefully you've seen their posts earlier in the week. Throughout the month of June, I'll be posting my answers to the questions every Friday. Fun, huh?

Week 1 Question: If you could live in any fantasy world, which one would you choose (and why)?

This is poser, for certain. I love Narnia (and Aslan) but my first instinct is to go with Middle Earth, and I think I’ll stick with it. (I think every single person this week mentioned Middle Earth and then went, "Nope. too dangerous." Now I'm worried :) The hobbit life is just for me, guys. Little cozy hobbit holes, lots of food, green grass…my only complaint is that I’m a woodsy person and there doesn't seem to be an abundance of trees in the Shire. Also, Ringwraiths.

But honestly, I’m kind of a homebody, so staying in the shire my entire life in a book-filled hobbit hole with a well-stocked pantry is definitely living the dream for me ;)

But if Gandalf approached me with an adventure, I would probably behave in a manner identical to Bilbo’s. That is, refuse any involvement whatsoever but then run after the next morning screaming, “Wait for me!”

And if I have a hankering to live around trees...well, I think I'd make a pretty good elf. Except for all those leafy greens. I'm a little more of a dwarf when it comes to my eating habits....but I don't want a beard.

So, yeah, I'll stick with being a hobbit. :)

Up next, find Kaycee's answer to question #2 on Monday!
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