Because it's Monday, because Actually Finishing Something [in] July starts tomorrow (can you tell I'm excited?), and because I'm releasing my inner Ree Drummond in this introduction (but mostly because Emily tagged me with the Sunflower Blogger Award), I'm going to go with a more frivolous blogging topic and answer the tag questions. After spending the weekend in Georgia at my cousin's wedding and going to bed after midnight both yesterday and the day before, my brain is not up to the challenge of much more. So bear with me and enjoy the miscellany and madness to follow.
State eleven random facts about yourself, answer the eleven questions, and give eleven other people eleven new questions. (Also known as how many times one can use the word "eleven" in a sentence.)
eleven random facts concerning yours truly:
1. In case you haven't heard, I'm thrilled to be taking British Literature next semester. I've also probably told every person within the vicinity. That is all.
2. I quote Studio C, Blimey Cow, Broken Lens Productions, and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on a regular basis. ("You had ninety-six episodes to think of a costume for me, and you came up with pigtails and a book?")
3. We are not above throwing spontaneous One Direction dance parties in the kitchen.
4. Iced mint tea (in Mason jars with fresh mint on top) is the lifeblood of our summer. Emily, you would know.
5. Loreena McKennitt's An Ancient Muse captures the sound of my Five Enchanted Roses novella (which still needs a title, by the by).
6. In less than a month, Bree and I will be leaving for a two week summer travel course on the roots of American liberty. We'll be hearing lectures and stopping in several of the East's most historical cities to taste their richness for ourselves. I'm nervous, but mostly excited about the experience and the opportunity to travel more.
7. I'm currently loving a mint tank top I picked up at Old Navy yesterday for only two dollars. (Nothing beats the sale rack!) You may now condemn me for triviality.
8. I never know when to stop starting new books. I'm currently reading a biography on John Quincy Adams, Redcoats and Rebels (research), The Mind of the Maker (which I should have finished by now), Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal (small and powerful), David Copperfield (British Lit summer reading), The Lamb of God (devotional / Bible study), Plenilune (!), and this afternoon I began the first Cinderella retelling in Five Glass Slippers. I never realize how long the list is until I add them up on Goodreads. It's a problem.
9. You wouldn't believe how long it's taking me to come up with these facts.
10. I work at a fitness center, which means I get to make protein shakes and smoothies (and wraps, and sandwiches, but those aren't nearly as fun) for a living. I like when the regulars come in and you know exactly what they're going to order because each one is a creature of habit. Ten ounces of water with no ice. Chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and half a banana. A vanilla Powercrunch bar. ("Have a good day, sir.") I love my job.
11. My go-to Pandora station for housecleaning is Disney.
1. Favorite classic Disney song?
"Belle" from Beauty and the Beast. We love doing all the overlapping voices.
2. Mermaids or elves?
Elves. Mainly because of Legolas. (I can feel all my respectability leaving me in this post.)
3. Who is your favorite dead author?
I'll resist the urge to retort that all my favorite authors are dead because there are several still living whose work I admire and love. (Jenny, Katie, Rachel: I'm looking at you.) But if I am to pick a favorite dead author, I'll skip over Lewis this time (he's implied) and say Flannery O'Connor, because I only recently discovered the wisdom and truth in her fiction, and she's a gem.
4. Which country do you most want to visit?
The United Kingdom, specifically England-an'-Scotland. Perhaps that's cheating, but I can't choose just one.
5. Which state do you most want to visit? (I'm talking U.S., of course.)
I have a pet dream to live for a time in a small cottage on the salty shores of Maine.
6. Dream job?
7. Any future names in store for your future children?
I have a full alphabetized document of names, if that answers your question. Some current favorites of mine are Cora, Eira, Rowan, Kenneth (you saw that one coming), and Henry. Since I do not have children of my own in need of names, I content myself by attaching them to various characters as the opportunities present themselves. I recently was able to use Cassandra for a character, which was exciting, as I've been keeping that name on hold for several years.
8. Captain America or Bucky Barnes?
I haven't seen either of the Captain America movies . . . yet.
9. Which is your preferred choice of weapon?
For me or my characters? I'd take a gun. A sword sounds far more dashing on the page, but if it came down to it, I don't think my stomach could take physically stabbing something (or someone, if it was a matter of defending myself).
10. Which non-published book are you most looking forward to reading?
Right now it's a toss-up between Golden Daughter by A. E. Stengl and Anon, Sir, Anon by our own Rachel Heffington. I'm also excited about the upcoming Five Enchanted Roses collection, whether or not my story makes the final cut.
11. If you were forced to dye your hair a different color, what color would you choose?
I wouldn't have to be forced to dye my hair a dark auburn. I've always loved red hair, and I do have some strong higlights, but I might not be brave enough to go full Anne Shirley at first.
my questions for you:
1. What music inspires your writing?
2. How do you keep from reading too many books at once?
3. What movie could you watch over and over and still love?
4. Do you outline your novels?
5. Favorite book genre.
6. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
7. Would you rather attend a masquerade or spend the evening at home in a library like this?
8. You have an empty Saturday afternoon with reasonable funds, sufficient transportation, and your hometown at your disposal. How would you spend the day?
9. Share some of your own particular quirks, literary or otherwise.
10. Describe your writing style.
11. Are you for or against flowers in church? ("There. We have found something we disagree on.")
...and I tag anyone who wants to join in the fun!
[p.s. sanity to return tomorrow. we hope.]