Savvy Salutations’ to…ermm…the Tagged Person
I’ve been tagged -where have you heard that before -the school playground? Well, sure -that was like ages ago. What I meant was that I have been tagged twice (yep you heard correctly, TWICE) in the blogging community, by two fellow writers (Vikki & Jennifer Baker) who are part of the Fourth Writer’ Platform-Building Campaign. What does this entail? Apparently a Q & A session with yours truly (how lucky you are ). There’s 2 x 11 set of questions by the above
interrogateors -I mean interviewers; I thought (as much as I love answering questions) I’d whittle it down to the usual 11 questions we have here as part of Savvy Salutations. I hear that sigh of relief! *darts a look full of disbelief* Anyhoo, before we go on to the questions, I wanted to share an inspirational song by Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (above); this is for the fab ROW80 & WPBC posse as well as anyone else who wants to be inspired.
I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin…
Natasha Bedingfield sings (full lyrics can be found here); I think these words are perfect for what we are striving to achieve, capturing the images and senses in our stories and transferring it into words which someone would hopefully take pleasure in reading one day. To catch up on my ROW80 progress click here, to continue with the questions I have been tagged into please read on.-
There’s Something About – yikici
1. What thing have you written that you’re most proud of?
I am quite surprised with some of the Flash Fiction I have written as I did not envision myself as a budding Flash Fiction writer; but I am hooked in a way I wouldn’t have imagined -ever! Having said that I am proud of the non-fiction articles’ I’ve written -especially those that have been inspirational for fellow bloggers/writers & readers passing by. Some examples are: Grooming of Another Kind: Kill Me if you Can, Different Styles, Indifferent Ways, my current faves are: Trust Me, I’m A Doctor & ‘What if’ Risks Led to your Success?
2. What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I am working on two projects. The first is a novel B-MR (part of a trilogy), it’s a YA/NA with elements of Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal and Romance (the paranormal element of it is currently going under review). The story is based around a numerical legend where the love of one will save the world (isn’t that always the case huh?)
The second is a short story inspired by a Flash Fiction I wrote a while back (Moon of Change). I’m developing the story so it fuels and answers the questions raised by readers of the blog when it was initially written.
3. If you were a superhero, what special power would you have?
Oooo I have this question as part of Savvy Salutations, I never thought I’d ever have to answer it (reminder to self: never say never). Hmmm…the ability to transport myself from one place to another (not time travelling) without any difficulties; this would be a great way to save time and catch-up with everyone I love and also go places when I just need that ‘let’s do something different’ moment.
4. What scares you?
Being a failure scares me, which is why I work hard at what I do. Also, not being there for those I love -see, this is why I’d have the transportation superhero powers.
5. Do you have a pet peeve/hate? What is it?
Oooo who hasn’t? I’m not too fond of ditsy wasps (see my rant on them here) -oh and if my tea is not brewed to my standards I can become a tad stroppy; so, I’ll always offer to make my own tea -please don’t be offended if you ever witness that.
6. If you could choose between having six months to yourself to pursue your art in a great area with beautiful landscape to write and no worries on money, food, living arrangements but would not be able to have any communication with the outside world whatsoever, would you do it?
That would be ideal wouldn’t it? No distractions, just beautiful scenery and the opportunity to sit and create/write… I am soooo close to saying ‘heck yeah’; but, I think I’d lose my marbles if I didn’t get to speak to anyone. I’m a people’s person, so I’d have to communicate; which means I’d have to decline that unless I could rope in a companion or two.
7. What do you think is more important: true love or success?
Oooo that’ too close to being a toughie; but it has to be true love (or love generally); no matter what level of success you have, if you do not have that special love and contentment it just means nothing -you just have that gaping big hole, so true love all the way I say.
8. Of all the books pubbed that you have had the pleasure to read which one do you most wish you’d written?
I had to think hard for this one; of all the books I’ve read only two really stands out for me: Wild Swans by Jung Chang and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Had you asked which painting I would have loved to have painted; it would be Rain, Speed and Steam by JMW Turner (as many of you already know that).
9. If you had to lose one of your senses, which would it be? (And yes, I include taste in this.)
“Can I not just keep them all?” *looks up expectantly*
“I’ll take that as a yes then.” *cheers*
I have to say, I threw this question to my flatmate and sister. One was happy to be without their sense of taste; the other suggested the question be changed to ‘if you could enhance one of your senses, which would it be?’ I quite like this take on the question and shall add it to my 11 questions that will go out to the lovely people I will tag. *grins cheekily*
10. What is the best memory you have? Have you ever used it in your writing?
There are many good memories, my fondest memories surrounds the moments I spend with my grandmother. I have not used these memories in my writings. I sometimes find it difficult to use real memories in my stories (especially those that have been special). This is mainly because if I do not do that memory any justice I’d be hugely pee’d off. Having said that; unpleasant memories I have no qualms in adding to stories -although I have yet to do that.
11. What is the food/drink item you go to most when stressed/upset/irritated? What is the food/drink item you go to most when happy/exuberant/celebratory?
This simply boils down to one thing for both: ‘a good brewed cup of tea’.
Phew! Now that’s over with, it’s my turn to send out questions to y’all!
YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SAFE…
1. Where did the inspiration for writing your WIP come from?
2. Any interesting tales about your muse?
3. Your muse; fab/frustrating/inbetweener?
4. Why do you write?
5. If you could enhance one of your senses, which would it be?
6. When you are not creating what do you do?
7. Ask yourself a question –now answer it.
8. How long is a piece of string?
9. What was the last dream you saw?
10. In a film about your life, which actor would play you?
11. What’s your motto in life and also your work ethics?
…NOW I TAG YOU AND YOU AND YOU*…
Lady Gwen, Lara Schiffbauer, Vicki Orians, Kim Switzer, Shelley Brown, Diane D. Gillette, Traci Kenworth, Misha, CM Brown, Sylvia van Bruggen, Lady Jai, TD McFrost, Akoss, Gina Carvey, Lena Corazon and Angela Scott.
To all the lovely crew above: I’d love to get to know a bit more about you; so I’ve pinched my Savvy Salutation questions and fluttered it your way…
*Due to an onslaught of attention I had to dish out these past two weeks and also my involvement in the behind-the-scenes-campaign work, I have been slow to start on the usual campaign fun. This means a lot of my fellow campaigners have already been tagged (if I tag you again, please be forgiving and smile -you don’t have to partake again and again; just smile a huge grin and say taaa. ); ho-hum…let’s hope patience is a virtue all around…
Please note: There will be some changes coming to the schedule at yikici (it’s been too manic and I have not been able to adhere to it as I had intended to; therefore, some pacing will be considered); I will post an article soon(ish) with the full lowdown, until then keep an eye out for posts that will likely to turn-up unannounced.
Stay good and keep that sunshine smile-a-going.
The next Savvy Sunday Salutations’ will be this Sunday, I’ll be welcoming writer and fab blogger Rance Denton (I met through the Third Writer’ Platform-Building Campaign –how cool huh?). He has a few things about families -parents in particular, to get off his chest -want to know more? Pop back on Sunday and have a good day until then.
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