C'mon, Peeta, ditch Katniss. You know you want me!
This applies to Answer #3 below.
Three wonderful blogger buds gave me awards.
On 6--29-11, Margo Berendson of Writing at High Altitude awarded me the Versatile Blog Award & the Irrisistibly Sweet Award, but she changed the questions and credits the Fantastic Book Reviews blog as the source of the questions.
On 6-30-11, Nutschell of The Writing Nut awarded me the Irrisistibly Sweet Award also, in which I'm supposed to list seven things about myself.
Then Gracie of I Am Writer...Hear Me Roar!, a teen blogger from Canada, surprised me with an award by listing my blog as one of her favorites. She didn't notify me. I found out while reading her post, and she left it up to each blogger to decide whether they wanted to accept the award or not. I thought that was a cool idea.
I'm combining these awards. Let's name it the Sweet'N'Versatile Blog Award. I'll answer Margo's questions, which pretty much cover the seven things about myself that Nutschell's award calls for.
Before I answer the questions, I'd like to put in a plug for Margo, Nutschell, and Gracie. Check out their blogs. Each is unique in their own right.
So here are the questions and my answers:
1. If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go?
I LOVE time travel stories. This was hard to answer. I finally decided on the Roaring '20s, in a big city like New York or Los Angeles. I learned the Charleston in junior high. It would be a blast into the past to try my hand and feet as a flapper. I'd also like to check out a speakeasy. Did they sell beer & wine, too? I can't stand the taste of whiskey. Blech!
Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston at the Folies Bergere, Paris, in 1926
Photo from Wikipedia
2. Describe your writing work-in-progress in seven words or less.
Edgy. Teens. First love. Summer 1971. Betrayal.
3. Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date.
My favorite book is The Good Earth. As far as my favorite fictional crush, I'm kind of old to be crushing on a teen, but if I was young again, it would have to be Peeta from The Hunger Games, my second all-time favorite book. Peeta's a genuinely nice guy, and I bet he's got hunky muscles!
4. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? And why?
I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I'd pick O-Lan from The Good Earth. Her character captures the epitome of an indomitable spirit.
5. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the role as you?
I'm stumped. Any goofball comedienne will do.
6. How would you describe yourself in seven words?
Quirky, mediator, nurturing, spiritual, loyal, unorganized.
I'm passing the Sweet'N'Versatile award on to some of my favorite bloggers, and I'm pulling a Gracie and not notifying them, but will let them be surprised when they read their names. And it's their choice whether or not they want to accept the award and pass it on:
Kristen Lamb's Blog - Author of the best-selling book "We Are Not Alone--The Writer's Guide to Social Media." She's overcome unbelievable odds to get where she's at. No whining or feeling sorry for herself. She persevered and succeeded. Now she shares invaluable tips with us.
Gene Lempp - His Designing From Bones series, "where we use archaeology and the artifacts of human history to find and design stories." In each post he leads us on fantastic adventures and offers us some awesome writing prompts. I highly recommend these posts to teachers to use in their classrooms. He also shares weekly links to Blog Treasures he's found.
Ellie Ann - "Navigating Through the Week." I just started following her blog, but she has a variety of topics, has a humorous voice, and a great imagination. Her Tall Tales Tuesday posts are hilarious as she weaves tall tales about other bloggers who leave a comment saying they'd like to be in the next Tall Tales post.
Haley Whitehall, Historical Fiction Author - She just redesigned her blog and needs her old followers to sign up again. If you're a history buff, you've got to follow this blog. She also started a new Twitter hashtag for history buffs, #lightonhistory, where writers can meet up, help each other with research, and share their WIPs.
Writing YA and Other Things I Love - StephaniePQW has been working hard designing the breastplate for the model to wear for an authentic-looking cover pic for her novel about ancient Nubia. It will debut in February. She's looking for new blogger friends, so I hope you'll follow her journey toward publication.
Heather Kelly of Edited to Within An Inch of My Life. She's so thoughtful and helpful to newbies. Right now she's hosting the Tour de Writing. This contest is actually helping me accomplish my writing goals, plus she's offering some cool prizes to the winners.
Laura Pauling of Exercising the Write to Ramble. Lately her posts have been covering changes taking place in the publishing industry. She's hooking us up with some informative links, and she's getting lots of interesting feedback in the comments.
There are a lot of other blogs I follow and thoroughly enjoy, but I could only list a few. So I'll leave each of you this question, and I hope you'll share your answer in the comments:
If you could be a character in a fictional story, whether in a book or a movie, who would you be, and why?