Thank you for the nomination from my my regular reader Pearl R. Meaker. I’ll have the rules for this below, after the questions.
Three things about me…okay, I got five.
1) Does your blog have a theme? If yes, why did you choose that theme?
The theme is me. The hardest thing for fiction writers is figuring out something that works. A lot of writers land in “How to write” craft posts, and often pass along bad advice (and I’ve been guilty of that myself). Most blogging advice says to blog as an expert, and fiction writers were directed to blog about the topic they had researched for their book. It’s silly advice to me, because it doesn’t get you the right kind of audience. I did a book set an alternate world that was Hawaii called Rogue God, but if I blogged about Hawaii, I’d have attracted people wanting to go to Hawaii, not readers.
2) Where is your favorite place to go for a vacation – or where you would like to go if you could go there.
My favorite place is the beach. I’m from Southern California, so I grew up seeing beaches pretty regularly. We used to drive north to Morro Bay, which is in central California. It has some beautiful–but cold!–beaches at the base of Morro Rock. There was a cool beach called Montana Del Oro that I really liked. It had all these rocky black cliffs–and a cave! Never could go into it, since it was facing out into the water, but I imagined exploring it.
3) Has your favorite subject in school stayed a part of your life? (As in, if it was art do you still do art things? Music – are still playing or singing?)
-I didn’t really have a favorite subject in school. I liked creative writing, but the schools only had two classes. I got into one, but the other one I was turned down for–likely because I wasn’t a good student. I’m a visual spatial learner, which means I learn better by pictures. Audio learning and nitpicking about details, which was how schools taught then, are the poorest ways for me to learn.
4) When was the last time you played a board game or a card game using real cards? (FUN QUESTION)
The game was gin, and it was about ten years ago. That was when I was still writing with a co-writer, and he introduced me to the game. I was pretty horrible at it. Takes a while for me to process how to play and figure out strategies.
5) Do you read to relax? If you do, do you have a genre that is your go-to relaxation genre?
I read all the time. Someone on a productivity board asked if reading two books a week was too aggressive. I’d done five…no six. Hmm. I bounce around genres a lot. I just read Tamara Pierce’s new book that just came out (about time!), which was a YA Fantasy, but I was also in progress of reading Dean Wesley Smith’s Thunder Mountain book bundle and there’s a really interesting book called The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy. Always something new to read…
Guidance for the Mystery Award
The creator of this award: Okoto Enigma has this to say: “I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet.”
- Put the award logo/ image on your blog
- List the rules
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well
- Tell your readers three things about yourself
- You have to nominate 10-20 people
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
- Share a link to your best posts
And questions for the next group:
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
- What’s the best way to market your books?
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
- The weird question: Do you believe in sea monsters?