December 4, 2009


 Diana and Girl with One Eye tagged me in a MeMe which looks like fun.  So here goes...(If anyone else wants to play along, let me know and I'll link to you)

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have? 
Last thing:  NaNoWriMo Novel    First thing (that I still have):  Frantic in the Freezer (published in a small magazine when I was in high school and based on a true incident of me getting locked in a McDonald's freezer) 
2. Write poetry?  I attempt sometimes. 
3. Angsty poetry?  No, usually about odd things in life.  Or my kids.  Who are odd sometimes. 
4. Favorite genre of writing?  Middle Grade  
5. Most annoying character you've ever created?  Chloe. She has a habit of stopping mid-sentence and leaving everyone hanging. 
6. Best Plot you've ever created?  It started with a problem...which led to a bigger problem...that created an even BIGGER problem...then got solved. 
7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?  Don't know if I've created a really cool one yet. 
8. How often do you get writer's block?  Every two days--give or take a day. 
9. Write fan fiction?  No, but I've always been curious about it. 
10. Do you type or write by hand?  Both.  I'm faster with the computer, but the flow of a pen is exciting.
11. Do you save everything you write?  I try.  My computer has eaten a few. 
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?  Yes!  I flit, and float between WIPs. 
13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?  Lilly's Loud Voice, a short-story fairytale about a little girl and her enormous voice.  (Diana, if it makes you feel better, it was bought by Highlights but hasn't been published YET.) 
14. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written?  Not sure... 
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?  Romance, but not teen drama. 
16. What's your favorite setting for your characters?  The mountains.  I grew up in the Ozarks. 
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?  Ummm, two picture books, three articles and one novel. 
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?  Yes, one from the Library Association and one from Writer's Digest Competition. 
19. What are your five favorite words?  "Your book went to auction!" 
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?  Grace.  She loves making up words and tries to get her friends to start using them. 
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?  Everyone I know, have met, seen, or observed (even you). 
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?  Yes, I've received some great ideas that way. 
23. Do you favor happy endings?  Yes.  But I also like bitter-sweet. 
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?  Oh yes, I'm a nerd in this category. 
25. Does music help you write?  Absolutely!  I listen to soundtracks.  But they have to be instrumental or else I get distracted by singing along. 
26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.  "Since the day they brought me home from the hospital, I've lived in a doghouse."



  1. Ha ha! Fantastic!! I also make up words. And congratulations on your Highlights sale! It doesn't make me happy that it hasn't gone to print yet, but I will be THRILLED when it does. Please let me know! :)

  2. fun answers. My grandpa was raised in the Ozarks and we went to Missouri every summer when I was a kid. Love to read stories in that setting.

  3. Diana - You do? Maybe we could start using our words and they would catch on! Thanks, I will.

    Mary - The Ozarks are so pretty, especially in the fall. Hopefully you get to return once in a while.

  4. You are so flavored with accomplishment, how wonderful. Your #19 is very clever. And I love you #26, so cute. Thanks for playing along.

  5. Girl with One Eye - Flavored with accomplishment? Okay, it's official, you're my new best friend.


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