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I’ve Been Tagged!

Writers Tag banner made by Lorraine Ambers

I’ve been tagged in the “Writers Tag” game by fabulous blogger Ari Meghlen.

Hmmm. This Saturday morning is supposed to include some deep house and vehicle cleaning, but well, when you’re tagged, you’re tagged, right? Maybe the dirt will just disappear in the meantime…

My thanks to Ari. If you are looking for a site with excellent information for writers (and far more know-how on the technical sides of marketing and social media than I will ever have) you should check hers out!

This sort of tag includes less running than I remember- it’s more about answering questions and connecting with other writers.

SO. Here are my answers!

  • Name one novel that inspired you to write.

My first story long enough to be called a “novel,” drafted in spiral-bound notebooks when I was twelve, was very derivative of  one of my favorites- The Lord Of the Rings. 

  • What’s your favourite genre to write and read?

I love writing historical fiction. The research is fascinating (even if I get a little obsessive over details because I’m afraid of making mistakes!) and I like working within the framework of real times and places.

Reading-wise, I’ll read just about anything that will stay still long enough for me to make out the words. I can’t resist a well-crafted story, regardless of genre.

  • Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?

I write stand alone. After everything I put my characters through, I figure they earn a rest!

  • Use 3 words to describe yourself

Dreamer, Organized, Chaos (The last two go together 😉 )

  • Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.
    © IWM (NA 17567)
    © IWM (D 8793)

     

  • How long did your first MS take to draft?

I finished the first draft in six or seven months. The re-writes are stretching into years, but I’ve finally set a publication goal!

  • Who is your author idol?

Hmmm, this is tricky. I tend to look more at the stories than who’s writing them, so I don’t always recall author names, which is a pain when I make it into the library. If I’m browsing the stacks looking for a fun read, I’d grab an Agatha Christie off the shelf any day.

  • Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

Admitting to friends and family that I was writing- seriously writing- was a huge step. While I was a little embarrassed and self-conscious, saying it aloud gave me a new level of accountability, which helps during the busy times!

  • Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.

I’m teaching part-time this school year, and my students are shocked and appalled by the fact that I don’t have a smartphone and don’t really want one. There have been whispered classroom debates about whether my trusty “tries really hard” phone even has Siri. (It doesn’t.)

  • Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.

Making time to write is an ongoing challenge. Some advice pages urge us to set everything else aside and write no matter what. This doesn’t really work when you have small children to care for!

I’ve had to find ways to tuck writing into my day-to-day life. It isn’t easy to find balance, and there are days I set my goals aside. God-willing, I’ll have years to write, but my little people won’t always beg me to come and play dinosaurs with them. It’s all about balance!

  • What’s your favourite social media and why? Share your link.

This blog is my favorite place to engage on the internet- thanks for visiting!

  • Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less

“Take heart…wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

 

WHEW! That’s it for me!

This Writers Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen.  Click on the highlighted names to check out their blogs and don’t forget to leave a comment to tell them that you’ve played the fun Writers Tag so they can connect with you too.

Now, like any good game of tag, I’ve got to pass it along!

Today, I’ll tag the following writers:

Gail Johnson

E. Michael Helms

Jean Lee

“brewinsgirl”

Lydia Eberhardt

N.R. LaPoint

If you’d like to play, here are your instructions!

Post the Tag and Image on your blog (see above).

☆ Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.

☆ Mention the creators of the tag and link back to their blogs. Then, answer the following.

  • Name one novel that inspired you to write.
  • What’s your favourite genre to write and read?
  • Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?
  • Use 3 words to describe yourself
  • Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.
  • How long did your first MS take to draft?
  • Who is your author idol?
  • Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.
  • Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.
  • Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.
  • What’s your favourite social media and why? Share your link.
  • Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less

☆ Nominate 6+ deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their
blogs. (You may copy the questions above to send on to your nominees.)

This Writers Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen.  Click on the highlighted names to check out their blogs and don’t forget to leave a comment to tell them that you’ve played the fun Writers Tag so they can connect with you too.

5 thoughts on “I’ve Been Tagged!”

  1. Yay, thanks for playing! Iove your answers. As someone who was VERY late to the Smartphone trend and only caved because I run my own business and needed to have access when my international customers contact me at random hours during the day… I can appreciate the desire NOT to have one.

    Agatha Christie is such a good choice, I love her work especially her Poirot books which I believe she didn’t actually like as much as her others.

    Yes, the idea of just prioritising writing above everything if you have children, or are a carer or run a business etc is that kind of advice that is just so blinkered. I currently write one day a week and have a word count goal to meet each month. It works for me and I’m happy with it. To all those who can write 2000 words a day, every day, good on you. I just don’t have that kind of time 🙂

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    1. Thanks!
      Now that’s a great writing schedule! I should really try to do something like that- long range planning I’m great at, follow through with day to day organization is harder.
      I have great memories of watching David Suchet as Poirot with my mom- he’ll always have a special place 🙂

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      1. I have to admit, since I blocked each day for a specific task (Monday – blogging, Tues – Business, Wed – Writing etc) I get so much more done and it helps keep me focused.

        Yes, David Suchet was the best Poirot, I have them on DVD and watch them often!

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  2. Ack, I’m tagged! But this is perfect–I think I can write a response for this in December or January, because these questions get me thinking about family and holidays and time and the like. 🙂 And good on you for the phone! Blondie’s wondering how old she has to be before she can have one. My answer: “When you’re old enough to buy one.” Bo went on to explain monthly phone bills.
    That sobered the kid up a bit. 😉

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