Good day, folks! The time has officially arrived. :D Are y'all as excited as I am??
Due to the massive-ness of the question list I got, the Q&A is going to be cut into two parts. One today, and the other tomorrow or Monday. I'll also have another 'one-year-in-the-blogosphere' post one day next week. :)
*rubs hands together with glee* Let's get started!!
First off, a huge thank you to all of those who've submitted questions for my Q&A session. I received around 75 questions from 14 different folks!! :D
I'm dividing the questions according to who sent them in, and I'm answering them (to the best of my knowledge) in the order they were submitted. :)
~ Lydia Dyslin
Would you rather wear high heels made out of stone or slippers made of Swiss cheese?
Ooo, interesting question, Lydia. ;) I would take high heels made out of stone. Why? Because slippers made out of Swiss cheese would melt (thanks to my feet) and then it would be all slimy and gross. And I also don't like the smell of Swiss cheese. *wrinkles nose*
Why did you start blogging?
As an outlet to share my thoughts, my life, and my stories. And, of course, to get to know some fabulous fellow bloggers. ^_^
What's your favorite book series?
I CANNOT ANSWER THIS. (But thank you, Lydia, for tacking on series. That helps.) I'm horrible at picking *one* anything when it comes to books, soooo. The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink, Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis, and Wings of Glory by Sarah Sundin to mention a few. ;)
~ Blessing Counter
How many stories have you written since you started your blog?
As in written to completion or just started? Because I've started a ton, but I've finished very few. ;) *goes to check*
I've started 36. Wow. So some of those may only be a paragraph or two (the idea I had) while others are 20,000+ words. :)
And I've completed 15 short stories, ranging from a few hundreds words to 7,000-8,000.
And which one is your absolute favourite? :)
Eh. Heh. Hehe. What a torturous question!! ... I think I would have to saw War Tears is my favorite. That story is just so special to me. :) To Win Her Heart and Love Needs No Words follows close behind. And if we're talking about stories I've completed, then Love Needs No Words.
What's your favourite breed of rabbit?
Wait, there's different breeds of rabbits? I learned something new. ;-) I suppose my favorites are the cute ones...
If you were to visit a planet which planet would you visit?
The moon! What do you mean that's not a planet??! Okay, fine. Uh... Venus, maybe?
~ Jonathan Trout
Which one of your characters would you choose to be abandoned on a deserted island with and why?
Ooooo. Now that would be fun. ;) Providing we weren't there forever, of course. Ummm... Either David or Michael Carnathan. Brothers with a nine year age gap, they would both be fun to be stranded with, but could still come up with great rescue ideas. ;)
What is your favorite snack while writing?
Candy. Jolly ranchers, sour patch, skittles, starburst, – you name it, I'll take it. Chips are a great writing snack as well but then the stuff off the chips gets all over my fingers...and therefore ends up smeared on the keypad/screen. :P Blah.
Do you have any writerly quirks?
Of course! ;-) I have several, actually. 1) No leaning over my shoulder and trying to read my words while I'm writing. It messes with my concentration and, also, if I wanted you to read it I would've asked you. 2) When I write I'm almost always editing (somewhat) as I go. If I see a misspelled word or a missing comma one line up, I'm going to stop mid-sentence to go fix it. That's just who I am.
What is your record for words written in one day? (if you don't know, you don't have to answer XD)
Well. Up until this past February/March I didn't really keep track of the words I wrote each day. (Now I'm like obsessed with doing that though. XD) According to the notebook where I record this stuff, I wrote 887 words on May 17th, which is the highest I have written down.
~ Rebekah Eddy
Can I give more than one question? Ok, so I'm taking that as a yes?
Yes, you may. (May not can. Sorry, I'm correcting you here. B-))
What's your favorite foot-wear (sandals, tennis shoes, etc.)?
FLIP FLOPS!!!! Always and forever, it's flip-flops. :D I will wear flip-flops anytime – rain, snow, or sunshine.
What's the most amount of words you've written in a single sitting?
Around 500 or 600, I would guess. I honestly don't know.
What's the maximum number of books you've read in one day?
I remember reading almost the entire Caroline (American Girl) series one day. So maybe 4 or 5?
If someone offered to give you a pet dragon, would you except the challenge or decline?
Decline!! I have absolutely no use for a dragon, pet or no pet. It might be something interesting to say though. You know, like, "Hey, did I mention I have a pet dragon?" Yeah, I'd get some concerned stares. *cough*
Which breed of horse is your favorite?
Uuuuuhhhhhhhh. I don't really know that much about horse breeds... Maybe Clydesdales? *searchs Pinterest* Wait, no. Gypsy vanner horses. :)
Should I stop now? ;)
Yes, you should. (Otherwise I'll never get done with this. XD)
I'll first ask the obvious question: What first got you interested in blogging?
Reading other blogs. :) I read several other blogs at the time and I started thinking of all sorts of cool things I could do with a blog. And here I am. :)
Do you remember the first book you read?
That would be the books that were part of my reading curriculum in Kindergarten. :-) The first one was Grandpa's Birthday Surprise or something like that. As for chapter books, anything from AG. :P
Hard (maybe mean?!) question: Would you rather read or write overall?
Raechel, how could you do this to me?!? *flails* *dies* *resuscitates* *deep breaths* I think this is one that could go either way, especially depending on what I'm reading/writing. If I'm having one of those days where I'm literally forcing myself to write, then I would rather read. If the book I'm currently reading is boring me to tears, I would rather write.
How many completed stories have you written?
*refers to Blessing's question* Fifteen. Some of those are super short, but they are stories. ;)
Do you plan to publish, and if so, are you going to go Indie (self-published) or Traditional?
Um, yes? I would like to publish someday. (But today is not that day. LOL.) Probably indie. As awesome as traditional would be, indie just sounds so cool for whatever reason. :D
Where do you hope to be in Ten Years?
Let's see... In ten years I'll be 25. I would like to be much better at throwing (pottery) and writing. Maybe published? And selling my pottery. :)
Icecream or chocolate?
Chocolate ice cream... XD
Do you want to travel someday? And if so, where is your top destination (or three top ones...)?
Top three – much easier. ;) Hawaii, England (or any WWII battle lands), and some exotic islands. :P
What's your favourite Season?
I like all seasons!!! Seriously. I can't pick a favorite. I love the snow and cold of winter, the flowers and newness of spring, the sunshine and long days of summer (also, no school), and the leaves and crispness of autumn. I just can't choose...
Would you rather be indoors or outdoors (be honest. ;))?
Outdoors, please. :) Somewhere in my hammock with a good book, if I have that choice.
Do you remember who was the first blog you ever followed?
The first blog I followed was the Circle C Adventures blog. :)
Do you have a favourite Bible book, and why it makes it your favourite?
No, I do not have a favorite. Again, choosing is impossible. Here's a couple... Ruth (beautiful love story), Jonah (love the story), John (my favorite of the gospels), Acts (because it's the story of the early church), and Psalms (I love how they read ^_^).
~ Eve Estelle
I realize inspiration comes in many forms and from many sources, but what would you say has been your number one inspiration for your stories?
*bites nails* The question I'm so good at asking others, but so horrid at answering... Um, okay. This is going to sound cliché, but I get inspiration from literally everything. Petting my dog, feeding the chickens (I actually thought up an entire story once about this family that was living in our woods and starving and I gave them chicken food. I should write that one sometime.), or doing laundry, I'm always searching for stories. Because this is where all the stories start – life.
Favorite flower? :)
Tulips!! Also, wildflowers. :)
How long did it take you to write the last short story you wrote?
For a super short story, that would be my entry to the Crystal Doorknob Writing Challenge. I wrote and edited it in 3 days. For something longer, would be Love Needs No Words. Other than coming up with the general idea, I wrote and edited all 7,500 words in the last 16 days of January.
After some time has passed, how do you usually feel about rereading your older works?
Horrible. I'm dead serious. Well, not always. (I smile whenever I reread Love Needs No Words because I love that story and I'm very pleased with it. Just wanted to clarify that last point there, in case you couldn't tell just by how many times I've mentioned it.) But Certain Others aren't that way. I was reading over something the other day and I nearly gagged. HOW COULD I WRITE SOMETHING SO POSITIVELY HORRENDOUS??
Again, thank you all SOOOO much for reading my blog and for submitting some awesome questions. The second half of the Q&A session will be up...shortly. ;)
Also, happy anniversary to a certain couple! Y'all have raised/are raising some wonderful kids. :)