Monday, August 29, 2011

Don't be a Stranger now, you hear?

Although today would normally be the day for a beauty post, we're going to do something a tiny bit different. In light of the campaign, and all the new people coming to chill on my turf, and me breaking into visiting theirs, I thought we could do a little something amongst the campaign group and general blogosphere to get to know each other. So, I've put together a little get to know each other tag. Aptly dubbed the "Don't be a Stranger" tag, because we can make this whole thing so much better by communicating and keeping in touch. Let's do this, shall we?

This is how you do it (Thank me for that blast to the past later.):

1. There are four things to answer:
  1. Here's a chance to hone your writerly skills: Tell me, who are you? You have one sentence only.
    1. What is about writing gives you the most joy? The dialogue, description, or something else entirely?
      1. If you were to write yourself as a character, what would your character phrase be? The little tics that make you, you?
      2. What books have you read recently? What would you recommend for us to read?
        2. Tag anyone and everyone you'd like to.

        Suppose I'll be stepping up to the stage first. Here we go...

        1.  Here's a chance to hone your writerly skills: Tell me, who are you? You have one sentence only.

              Leah toils away at her dayjob while dreaming of writing expansive worlds full of mythological creatures and gods intermingling with the mortal realm.

        2. What is about writing gives you the most joy? The dialogue, description, or something else entirely?

             Although writing dialogue brings me a great amount of joy, I have to say that what makes me the most deliriously happy is when I write description that feels just right. When writing, I'm constantly struggling between purple prose and bare bones. Those rare moments that I write description that makes me smile, they're the ones I write for.
         
        3. If you were to write yourself as a character, what would your character phrase be? The little tics that make you, you?

              Without a single doubt, and anyone who follows me on twitter probably has a good idea of where I'm coming from, my character's most repeated phrase would be, "Seriously?" "Seriously." or some other variation. Everything is either super serious or questionably serious when I'm around, okay? As for the character tics, I'm not quite sure. Trying to think of what people have said to me, I would have to pick either messing with my hair incessantly or making faces. I make a lot of faces. It's a thing.

        4. What books have you read recently? What would you recommend for us to read?

              Let's see, I've been on a bit of a reading binge lately. I read through all of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy in two and a half days, and am now joining the mass of people shouting at you to read them if you haven't. Seriously, I sat through a good portion of the VMAs so I could see the sneak peek. Yes, I could have waited until today, because it's everywhere on the interwebs, but I wanted to see it right away. Guys, I can't wait to see the Capitol in film. And Effie Trinket! So excited. I've also started reading Lauren DeStefano's Wither, which is part of the Chemical Garden Trilogy, and I'm enjoying it as much as one can enjoy a book that constantly makes you think about your own mortality.

             To get things rolling, you're all tagged of course! Feel free to use the cheaply made graphic and everything. Let me know if you choose to do it, I'm thinking of putting together a post on Friday with a link to everyone's answers. Enjoy!

        10 comments:

        1. ...You just made me dance in my chair at 1:55 AM. Curse you, '90s music! *grins*

          Hah! "Seriously" would've been mine too. Gah, I don't know if I'll have time to do your tag this week. Either way, it's a great idea, Leah!

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        2. Hahaha! I know, right? The moment I wrote that line, I was like OMGFLASHBACK and I just had to include it. Thank you! =D

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        3. Great post! I'd have to think about those questions, they are good ones!

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        4. haha, totally doing this. I need something to do tonight anyway since I'm taking a break from writing-writing.

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        5. @Lisa Thank you!

          @Hildred Awesome! I can't wait to see your answers.

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        6. 1. Nellie spends the day working for the Commonwealth dealing with making sure her co-workers don't go insane and wishing she could win the lotto and spend her time reading and writing on a large farm.

          2. I actually like making up different words and races and how people see things in modern day. Or I could enjoy imagining what it would be like to throw someone in with a Cthulian horror. :)

          3. My phrase would probably be quotes from animated movies like Megamind or Tangled or UP.

          4. I just finished Raziel by Kristina Douglas and I need to finish teh Books of Amber by Roger Zelazny and I just got a copy of an self published book by Jill Myles that she just put out tonight.

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        7. Okay I'll play along.
          1) Bridget is an artist struggling to raise her two young daughters in Los Angeles while maintaining her determination to get published in the very near future.
          2) I love the whole process of watching a story unfold since I never seem to know what my characters will do next. If I had to be more specific I guess I would say dialogue.
          3)Lately it's been 'Say what now?"
          4) I don't read as much as I should. I've read some Sonya Sones this summer, first The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus and then all of her YA novels. I'm also dying to read Wedlocked by fellow shewrites writer Bonnie Trachtenburg.

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        8. 1. Holly is a complex, over-thinker who can only escape herself in writing.
          2. I love to write dialogue, specifically playful banter. I also love building up to that perfect one-liner.
          3. My character would constantly be moving and her catch phrase would be "I do (or don't) roll it . . . "
          4. I am currently reading the most recent autobiography on Cleopatra. It's very stream-of-consciousness, which I find interesting for the genre, but the prose if beautiful. If you haven't read Hunger Games, do so IMMEDIATELY!

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        9. Hi! I'm stopping by via the Friday Campaign Boards. Nice to meet you all...

          1. My sentence: Nadja enjoys getting lost in a story so much that she makes up stories so that others can get lost with her.

          2. My fav: Capturing emotion, whether it be excitement, trepidation, wonder, doubt, love, or peace with just the right word(s) - that's joy.

          3. My character phrase: "Oy-Vey!"
          Character tic: Finds a way to laugh at anything. I mean anything.

          4. Books I'm reading/that I recommend:
          a. Pilate's Wife, Antoinette May
          b. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
          c. Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

          I'll look forward to this again next week. Will you want participants to post on their blog page, or will you just link to all who answer? ~ Nadja

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        10. Hi! Found your blog via Rach Writes and thought this sounded fun. So, here goes…
          1. Lauren is a twenty-something girl going through a quarterlife crisis who decided to deal with it by writing stories about other people’s lives.
          2. I like stories. I like being able to go on grand adventures every day when real life seems kinda dull. And I like that when I write, I can go on adventures right alongside my characters.
          3. My favorite phrase in real life is “shut it” – so my character would probably say something along the same lines. That, or “nobody like’s your attitude”, another of my favorite phrases. My character, like me, would probably be pretty snarky.
          4. Oh gosh, I read all the time so that’s a problem. I am currently working my way through the 100 Books to Read Before You Die List, so, yeah, that’s a lot to suggest. But I’d recommend the Percy Jackson books, Peter and the Starcarcher books, and The Looking Glass Wars books. All great!!!
          Thanks!
          - http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

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