Writing

Another Writerly “Would You Rather”

Remember when I did a whole slew of “Would You Rather” posts last year? Good times.

You can find her post here.

Would you rather…

Drink coffee or tea?

I run on water. But between the two drinks, I’d have to say tea. To be fair, I don’t think I’ve ever had coffee in my eighteen year lifespan.

Write a series in the same world or create a new world with every novel? 

Create new worlds. I get bored easily. Too easily.

Write a short story a week or one novel a year?

Probably a short story a week and then combine them all into a novel. In all seriousness, I’d write more if I wrote one short story a week as opposed to a novel a year.

Type or write longhand?

I think the appearance of my right hand gives it away.

Write play scripts or comic books?

Scripts. I’ve written scripts before but not comics.

Have more of an author presence on Twitter or Tumblr?

I have more of a presence on Tumblr because I’m horrendous with Twitter. But I’d like to be better.

Use your real name or a pen name?

I’m too vain to use a pen name.

Have your book become a movie or a television show?

Probably movie even though a TV show would be super cool. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

Read your writing aloud to a roomful of loved ones or strangers?

Without a doubt, strangers. Stranger danger doesn’t exist to me.

Write in silence or with noise/music?

Music please. I write in silence when the mood strikes me.

Have an entire day of uninterrupted writing time or write in short bursts of time?

Short bursts. An entire day of anything is too much.

Be a main character in a romance novel or an action novel?

Action. Action. Action.

Write about the past or the future?

Future. Who wants to drag up the past anyway? Not me.

Be the lesser-known coauthor of a bestseller or the sole author of an average-selling book?

This is tough. Probably sole author of an average-selling book. Again vain. I want my name and my name only all over the book.

Meticulously plot out every aspect of your novel or just wing it?

I wing more than I plot. That might explain why my stories lack plot. A plot is non-existent as well.

I tag all your beautiful bodies and brains.

Thanks Kris. You saved me from coming up with a blog post idea today.

Reading

8 Things Readers Can Agree With

  1. Books over boys. Who wants to go out with a boy when they can go out with a book?
  2. It takes a reader to understand another reader. Experience doesn’t lie.
  3. Clothes and chocolate will never beat books and other bookish items. Can anyone explain why people continue to gift clothes that don’t fit or chocolate no one ever eats?
  4. A book lover often befriends other book lovers. Although most book lovers are fantastic at pretending to like non-book lovers because readers are beyond kind.
  5. The book is better than the movie. Movies have one purpose. To disappoint.
  6. Owners can treat their books however they like. Bend the spine, dog-ear a page, lend it to another reader.
  7. It doesn’t matter what anyone reads or how much they read. The world would be better off without judgemental assumptions and conclusions.
  8. I automatically like you more if you want to talk about books. I don’t have many friends on Goodreads because most of the people I know aren’t keen readers. It’s tragic, but I have no time to convert anyone into being a reader.
Reading

“Would You Rather” Book Tag

I was tagged by a beautiful, lovely, and wonderful blogger, and I could go on forever, but I won’t. Don’t do yourself a disservice by neglecting to check out who I’m talking about. She runs this fabulous blog over at Inkcouragement. Phantomwriter143 is such a nice URL. It rolls off the tongue. Try saying it 143 times. I think you’ll agree with me.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Trilogies because if I had to read standalones and only standalones, I’d convert them into a trilogy by writing the next two books myself.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This one is terrible. Can I refuse to answer? I’m going to say male even though I’m currently reading a book written by a female. Does anyone want to go through my Goodreads and create a male to female ratio?

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Barnes and Noble although I’ve never been to one. Is anyone willing to take me there? I’ll pay for your purchase.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Neither. But if I had to pick, I’d say TV shows. The one movie adaption I watched (i.e. TMR) left me wanting more.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

When it comes to reading, the more the better. Plus reading 5 books a week would be the ultimate dream.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Professional author hands down. I’m not a good reviewer. I’m not sure I’d be a good author either. A girl can dream. Let a girl dream.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I used to want to be a librarian. Now I’d much rather be a bookseller.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

All other genres because I need variety. Plus reading the same authors over and over again would drive me crazy.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books. I have yet to read and finish one entire ebook.

I tag all of you because excluding people just isn’t my thing.

Writing

Do You Ever?

Do you ever write an amazing opening line?

I’m sure you’ve all done it. In fact, you probably write incredible prose all the time.

But do you ever write something and then get stuck?

So imagine you have this awesome sentence with nothing following it. A story in your head. A movie in your mind. With nothing written except an opening line.

This is why I am forced to yell at my brain for not corporating.

Blogging · Reading

Blogging 101: Create a Feature + Bookworm Club

First things first, today’s task is to develop a regular feature for your blog.

I plan on developing a regular feature for the 22nd of every month. The post will be entirely about something I love. Or even someone I love. And I may forget about the feature every so often. After all, Herminia is human.

Now on to what I’m currently reading and enjoying.

By the way, if you’re interested in checking it out, The Bookworm Club is an event I found in the Community Event Listings. It was an assignment for Day Thirteen of Blogging 101.

I am reading Endgame (The Calling) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. Goodreads lists it as The Calling (Endgame #1). But I’ve gotten used to calling it Endgame. For some reason, I thought this book fell under the adult section at the bookstore. When I couldn’t find it there, I went and found it with all the other teen books. My bad.

Sorry for the excessive linking.

Since I didn’t want to steal pictures, I held my own book photo-shoot this morning. What a coincidence. I have twenty-two pictures of Endgame on my phone. I swear I did not plan that at all.

For your viewing pleasure…

Endgame CoverEndgame by James Frey Endgame Inside Title Page

It should be obvious by now that I’m not even a decent photographer. I don’t aspire to be one. If you’d like nicer quality images, Google is your best friend.

I first fell in love with this book because of the cover. I have it on my bookshelf and when I wake up, the cover blinds me. It doesn’t actually.

Yes, there are some predictable moments. Then again, there are a few twists in there.

I don’t love all the characters. But I do like some.

The detail is incredible. A lot of research has gone into writing Endgame.

Give me a tiny bit of credit for trying my hardest not to spoil the parts I’ve read. I’m slightly more than half-way in so even I don’t know how it ends yet.

Have you read the book? Do you love it? If you do, we can gush about it together. Bonding over books is the best. Do you hate Endgame with every fiber of your being? What an interesting discussion we’d have. Plan on reading it? The book is worth a shot. It’s entertaining so the story isn’t a total waste of your time.

In my opinion, Endgame would make an amazing movie if executed well with the right cast of characters.

Personal Reflection

30 Before 30 Bucket List

I didn’t know I created a 30 before 30 bucket list. But I did. Like five years ago.

  1. Start a clothing line.
  2. Open a restaurant.
  3. Write a travel guide.
  4. Publish a book.
  5. Purchase a car.
  6. Renovate my home.
  7. Stay at a luxury hotel.
  8. Get married.
  9. Appear on a talk show.
  10. Run a marathon.
  11. Give back to others.
  12. Sing well.
  13. Act in a movie.
  14. Be a leader.
  15. Meet the members of Simple Plan.
  16. Try an exotic dish.
  17. Visit relatives in China.
  18. Graduate high school with a 90 percent average.
  19. Go to university.
  20. Speak at an event.
  21. Win a dance competition.
  22. Be fluent in 3 languages.
  23. Help other teenagers.
  24. Sky dive.
  25. Volunteer at the library.
  26. Cook an entire meal on my own.
  27. Love my job.
  28. Fund-raise for a charity.
  29. Learn to swim well.
  30. Coordinate a party.

Most of these are still relevant and applicable today.

Personal Reflection · Writing

Things I Don’t Know Much About

Me being me, I like to think I know at least a little about everything. But I’ll admit there are some things I don’t know much about.

Football

At one point, I knew nothing about football. If you think about it, at one point, you knew literally nothing about anything in this world. But watching parts of the Super Bowl over the years has taught me enough to get by.

Cars

I don’t know what I know less about: football or cars. Maybe I’ll marry a guy that will know a lot about both. What a stereotypical comment. My bad.

Movies

Obviously, I’d be lying if I said I watch movies more often than I read books. So my movie knowledge is severely lacking. Don’t believe me? Quote any line from any movie. I won’t get the reference.

Conclusion: I wouldn’t fair too well writing an essay on any of these without doing in-depth research prior to. And no, I’ve never concluded an essay the same way I concluded this post. Perks of being a blogger. Perks of being my own boss.

Writing

Countdown To Christmas: What Not To Give A Writer

This list may or may not apply to all writers. Still, I wouldn’t give a writer any of these. It’d be different if he or she has an obsession for smelling flowers, cleaning the house, and watching bad movies.

Flowers

I doubt many of you gift flowers during the holiday season. But for future occasions (like Valentine’s Day), don’t give a writer flowers. Why would you when you can give them something useful (like a notebook) instead? Okay, maybe I am only saying this because I’ve had some bad experiences with flowers. It’s a long story.

Cleaning Products

Hygiene items fall under this category as well. Do I really need to elaborate on this one?

Tickets To A Bad Movie Based On A Good Book

Unless you want to ruin a perfectly good book, avoid at all costs. I’ve avoided watching many movies for this exact reason. The book will always be better. Always.