Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Award Goodness

So my friend Rena, aka the Liz with the Dragons, has nominated me for an award. Awards are fun, and I always enjoy talking about myself, so here we go!

The rules:
  • paste the award badge to your blog, 
  • give us 11 random facts about yourself, 
  • answer the 11 questions, 
  • and choose your nominees
 Since I am not sure I can think of random facts about myself everyone wants to know, we're skipping right to the questions, m'kay? M'kay.

a.        What naive misconception did you have about writing books when you started

That your "process" was a static thing. Once you found your magical process at the end of a rainbow, that was it. Just, lather rinse repeat for every single book, forever and ever.

This is so not the case. I always try new things, partially because I am always trying to find a better way to do something, and also because the same thing doesn't work for each book. Some ideas I spend a lot of time working on the character, while the next book I might not have to work hard at all. 

This isn't to say that I don't spend equal time working on character, plot, and setting, just that some things come easier than others, but what things are easy and what is hard changes with each book.  
b.      What is your favorite part of writing? 

That warm, bubbly feeling in the pit of your stomach when you're writing and the rest of the world disappears. Your fingertips are flying across the keyboard and the words come easy.

I also really love brainstorming new ideas.
c.       What is the one thing you would change about publishing and why?

Wow, what a can of worms! Most of the business practices of publishing are there because they need to be, I think (please lay down your pitchforks). But there's a lot of things that could be done far more efficiently, and I think the new computer tracking systems make it hard to build a career. 
d.      Do you have an inspiration list? Can you give us a sample? 

I use music and pictures to inspire me, especially during the brainstorming stage of a project.

Pinterest is excellent for the picture aspect. Here are my boards. All of them are for a book idea. Some of those ideas are really far developed (Deja Vu and Sanctuary for example), but other ideas have been really slippery, so I actually used Pinterest in attempts to brainstorm (What the Water Gave Me for example). 

As for the music aspect, that's why Job invented iTunes. I make playlists for each book idea, and I have a separate playlist called The Idea Mine that's nothing but songs I find inspiring. A few of those songs are:

"A Question of Heaven" by Iced Earth
"Snuff" by Slipknot
"What the Water Gave Me" by Florence and the Machine (if you couldn't already tell from Pinterest) ;)
"Talons" by Bloc Party
and "Daisy" by Brand New

Tangent: there is an excellent Whedonverse music video to Daisy...

e.       If you were a super villain, what would be your fatal flaw? 
Hubris, for that is everyone's fatal flaw.

Other than that, it would be over thinking everything. I would try to run a Xanatos Gambit, over think all the possibilities, and never get anything done. I would be the less effective supervillain ever.

f.       If you were a super hero, what would be your super power? 

I would be the superhero that pulls all the other superheros together. When the chips are down and all hope seems lost, I would be the plucky sidekick that gives a rousing speech about friendship or courage or nachos that kicks the Moody Superhero off his/her butt and saves the day.

If I was short inspiration that day, I would just crib Aragorn's speech. He wouldn't mind, I'm sure.

g.      If you could go on a trip to a tropical island but you didn’t get to pack anything before you left, would you go?


If you asked the same question about the Arctic Tundra the answer would be no. I figure, a tropical island, I could just buy whatever I needed there. Arctic Tundra, not so much.

Now for the nominees:

Joe Selby
Liz Davis
Charity Bradford (who also has a book coming out soon, that you should read because it's AMAZING)

...and anyone else that wants to answer these questions. Let us know in the comments section if you're game, so we can visit and see!

Nominees, because Rena asks awesome questions, I am going to ask that you answer the same ones. :D


  1. Oh, those are good answers, Liz. I especially like Aragorn's speech. When I first heard it I was all "Wait, is this a we give up speech."

    And then Aragorn said "But not this day!"

  2. I love your answers too. Especially the one about finding your method and sticking to it. Why doesn't that work? Theoretically it should, but it so doesn't. :) Thanks for sharing the music too!

    I'll do this the first week in March. Perhaps I'll have caught my breath by then. ;)

  3. Congrats on your award! Hubris is one tricky villain. It's in everything we do. I try not to be too perfect. That way I don't tempt her (him?) to come at me with a lightning bolt.

    Love your shout out to Charity.
    CD Coffelt ponders at Spirit Called

  4. Rena, thanks! I thought the same thing when he first started talking, and then he said, "But it is not this day!" and then I got chills and teary eyed....

    Charity, no problem! I thought it would be a nice dovetail from your blog tour! :d

    Huntress: Hubris is the bane of us all, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!