TAG! You’re it :)

The SUPER awesome Kip Wilson Rechea (part of the #wipmadness crew on twitter, she also blogs as kiperoo) tagged me in a fun question-asking tag that’s weaving its way through the interwebz. Of course, I HAD to play along. Here are the questions she asked me, followed by MY questions for YOU.

1. Keeping with the foodie theme, what’s your signature dish? Something you make that blows people away and that you luuuuurve.

Oh my gosh, I don’t think I can pick just ONE signature dish, I’m a total foodie. But if I HAD to by knife point… I’d say… There’s this Greek calzone I like to make and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Followed closely by anything that has avocados or jalapenos in it – the hotter, the better!

2. If you could be any fictional character, whose story would you want to live?

Right now? I’d probably have to say Tris from DIVERGENT. Even though the world is going to hell and there’s death and fighting and SO MUCH HAPPENING. I’d love to be as kick-ass as she is, fiercely protecting the people she loves. Plus, being a member of Dauntless would be pretty cool – train jumping FTW!

3.  If you won a magical trip to any destination and had to use the setting in your next novel, where would you go?

Iceland!!!! The geothermal hot springs there would make a really interesting backdrop for a story. I mean, look at this place – it’s SUPER magical:

photo credit: pinterest.com/travel

4. Your favorite five authors. Go!

NO NO NO…this is like asking me which five fingers or toes you can chop off. NOT FAIR! I’ll do a little mix of contemporary and classic, but know that this list is always changing. 🙂

  1. Shakespeare – He’s got family drama, love, tragedy, and he wasn’t afraid of killing off his darlings. I never get tired of his work. I used to HATE high school, but once we started going over his plays in class my life changed.
  2. Jack Kerouac – I love his stream of conscious style. His prose is manic and beautiful and really amazing when you look at it closely. I have a book of his poems that I re-read occasionally just to get a beat or writing rhythm in my head.
  3. Suzanne Collins – I mean, I know The Hunger Games is still exploding all over the place, but Collins is a great writer. She has an ability to expose the harshest/darkest aspects of human nature and make you feel your way through them – rooting the characters on, hoping against all odds that they make it.
  4. Scott Westerfeld – The Uglies series was awesome. I gobbled the books up in a few days and loved the story arc. He’s got a smooth writing voice which makes for an infinitely easy read. Which as we all know is hard writing.
  5. Beth Revis – I love her debut trilogy thus far. Both Across the Universe and A Million Suns were fantastic reads, I loved the mixture of science fiction and mystery and she kept me guessing throughout. Excellent for people who want to dip their toes in the sci-fi pool.

5. What music are you listening to while working on your current WIP?

This is an easy one! I’ve got a nice little mixture of some local musicians from NYC that I adore, plus a few other bands.

Ryan Adams – Wonderwall (cover)

Nathan Angelo – Brighter Day

Lauren Pritchard – Stuck

Iron & Wine – Boy With A Coin

Feist – My Moon My Man

Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only A Paper Moon

Chris Ayer – Relativity

Bright Eyes – Another Traveling Song

Christine Hoberg – Home

Mercy Bell – Icarus

Maryanna Sokol – Two

Okay so now you’ve read my answers, the rules state that I have to tag three more bloggers and come up with five questions of my own. BWAHAHAHA.

Here are the three lucky winners:

  1. Jennifer M Eaton – http://jennifermeaton.com/
  2. Aryn Youngless – http://www.weeklyadventuresordinarygirl.com/
  3. Dianne J Wilson  – http://diannejwilson.wordpress.com/

Here are 5 questions for YOU to answer:

  1. I’m also going to stick with the foodie theme – what’s your favorite dish you get out and what restaurant makes it?
  2. What are you reading RIGHT now?
  3. Do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hardbacks?
  4. What are your three favorite books of all time?
  5. What genre is your current project and is that your favorite to read?

Blog that sparks MY soul!

Holy Helvetica, I’m so darn honored you guys! The wonderful (and super talented author pal of mine) Anita Grace Howard, has bestowed my humble site with the ‘Blog That Sparks the Soul Award.’ Here’s what she said on her blog last week that warmed my heart:

Also, I’d like to thank Kerri Maniscalco for her blog of many hats: Write. Eat. Repeat. — a place of peace, inspiration, and witticisms. Kerri not only writes novels, but is a Folk Arts Columnist and always has beautiful and inspirational quotes on her twitter feed that warm my heart throughout the day. So to show my gratitude, I’m bestowing her this:”

Thanks so much for saying all those wonderful things Anita! If you all haven’t followed her yet on twitter, do so now! Her handle is @aghowardwrites. Not only does Anita run a mighty fine blog herself, if you’re a writer, she’s probably cheered you on in the query trenches on querytracker.net. If you’re a part of that community, then you already know her as, raven1.

Stop by her blog A Still and Quiet Madness. She’s always got something wonderful going on there. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy #WW (Writers Wednesday) to her and all of YOU out there. For good measure, here’s a quote:

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~Albert Schweitzer

PS One of these days soon I’m going to figure out some fun awards and pass them along too! <33333333333333