Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blogwards Again

People keep finding my humble blog somehow award worthy!!!

This is horribly exciting and at the same time, mind-swelling. Yes, it starts to make me think I'm all that. And this is very fun. I get to give awards to tons of people! And I've gotten to know some really terrific bloggers lately. I'm happy to give them a shout out!

The first award came from Sara, at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Writer. She gave me the Honest Scrap Award. This was also given to me by Jay and M. Wolfe (to whom I'm also passing it back), but we'll just pack it all into one.
This one I get to pass on to ten people who I think have honest blogs!!! These people shoot from the hip and say it with forthright, soulful honesty!

Here we go, in no particular order.

1. Laurel's Leaves 2. Kasie West 3. Melanie J 4. Jody Hedlund 5. T. Anne 6. David J. West 7. M. Wolfe 8. Natalie Whipple
9. Jaime Theler
10. M. Gray

Oh, and I have to list ten facts about myself.

1. When I was 11 years old I stepped on a copperhead and spent a week in the hospital.
2. I'm a quarter Guatemalan.
3. I really enjoy scrapbooking.
4. I'd rather have $30 to make a gourmet meal than go out to eat.
5. I can't keep my plants alive.
6. My children wore/wear cloth diapers.
7. I still haven't printed my Christmas cards.
8. My husband and I had known each other for 3 1/2 months when we got married.
9. I hate sleeping.
10. My favorite Christmas decoration is the nativities. I have 13 in my house and expect to get a new one every Christmas.

Next award! Or something like that.

David J. West also tagged me with the 'pass-along interview,' which I have to pass along to two more people. Those two people are:

1. LMJ 2. Melissa J. Cunningham

And finally, the interview. Since this blog post is taking me forever, we'll make this short and sweet.

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have? The last thing I wrote was the sequel to Perilous, working title Altercation. The first thing I wrote that I still have would have to be Perilous. Of course the original copy is very, very different. (All the other things I wrote, my mom has somewhere.)

2. Write poetry? Only in high school.

3. Angsty poetry? You mean there's another kind?

4. Favorite genre of writing? fantasy, paranormal.
5. Most annoying character you've ever created? Amanda, a foil-character in Perilous. The kind of mean girl you love to hate.
6. Best Plot you've ever created? I think book 3 in my series. But I've also got a bunch of half-baked plots that I think will be excellent, also.
7. How often do you get writer's block? I don't. Just laziness.
8. Write fan fiction? Used to. Harry Potter and Star Trek.
9. Do you type or write by hand? Type.
10. Do you save everything you write? Yes.
11. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written? Branca.
12. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama? Yes! It's probably one of my favorite things to write, actually. I really get teens. I think mentally I still am one. I don't think many adults realize the depth of teenage emotions--or they've forgotten.
13. How many writing projects are you working on right now? Three.
14. Have you ever won an award for your writing? I won an award for an essay in college.
15. What character have you created that is most like yourself? Jaci is a lot like me, but better.
16. Do you favor happy endings? It's a must.
17. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write? No. It happens naturally and there's always spell check.
18. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head. This is from a book I haven't written yet. This is all I have, plus an outline.

“What’s your name?”
She tried to open her eyes, but the brilliant white light around her blinded her. She narrowed her eyes to slits, the light slicing into her line of vision. She couldn’t see anything, but the voice spoke again.
“What’s your name?”
She licked her lips and formed the words, “I don’t know.” She doubted they heard; the sound didn’t even reach her ears.
“Your name is Number Sixteen.”
Number Sixteen, Number Sixteen. It echoed through her head, reverberating off the walls of her mind.
“What is your name?”
She knew the answer to that question. This time her voice came out strong and confident. “Number Sixteen.”

Now, I'm curious about the rest of you writers out there. What are you writing? Do you mind sharing a short snippet of something you're working on?


Kasie West said...

Wow! Thanks, Tamara! (I'll probably post this on my blog next Wednesday) I don't believe you stepped on a Copperhead, that's scary. And you must love to cook because I'd rather go out to dinner any day. :) And we must both have the same lack of green thumb because I can't keep a plant alive no matter what I try (although I'm sure if I remembered to water it more often that might work). :)

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great post and congratulations on your upcoming book. :)

M. Gray said...

Hey thanks for the award, chica! Cloth diapers? Wow!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

LOL, Kasie. I'm asking for a grow lamp for Christmas. I had this beautiful sage bush that I brought inside for winter. Well, it's dead. completely. And now my rosemary is following suite.

Thanks, Sharon!

T. Anne said...

You LIKE to cook and scrapbook? OK, you're the perfect woman and you can tell your hubby I said so. THank you, thank you, thank you for my great award! And a huge congrats to you for yours =) I love learning new things about my blogging buddies that was totally fun! Sorry about that whole copperhead thing though.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

T. Anne--what I forgot to mention is that I hate to clean...

Anonymous said...

Wow, I want to read this book you haven't written yet! Sounds pretty awesome! =D

Voidwalker said...

Tamara, first of all, I'm very disappointed in you for not liking to sleep. :P

Secondly, I enjoy your blog and think you DO deserve the honest scrap award. Keep it up!

Third, I'm working on a fantasy based novel called Trueborn. It has a bit of a play on the Garden of Eden story and the after effects. Nothing tooooo controvertial, but definitely gets the mind going.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

thanks, Mireyah! I'm really excited to write it! Someday...

Voidwalker--argh, sleeping is such a waste of time!!! I hate it! your fantasy novel sounds interesting! I love controversy. :)

David J. West said...

I like your snippet-makes me want to keep reading.

And thanks for the award.

Voidwalker said...

I'd never call sleeping a waste of time. Then again, I'm an extremely lucid dreamer, so I get a TON of material from my dreams. I blame it on my high blood sugar levels since I'm diabetic. I tend to dream very intensly when I have high blood sugar.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

voidwalker--really? Hm. I get pretty intense dreams. But they're usually really hoaky too. :)

Glad you liked my snippet, David!

Vicky said...

OMG I can't see you writing Harry Potter and Star Trek fan fics. That's so awesome!

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

How fun! Thanks for the tag! I'll get right on that interview.

laurel said...

Thanks, Tamara! Two awards in one week might go to my head...except one of my college friends posted a totally embarrassing pic on facebook from when I was 19, so your divinely-timed gift saved me from feeling like a total dork today. I'll try to pay it forward with as much kindness as you've shown me.

Snakebite survivor and writer of HP fan fic...something in parceltongue perhaps? :-)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Hey Mary! How did you sneak that comment in there? I swear it wasnt' there before!

I loved writing fanfic, Vicky! I don't think I stopped until I was 21...Ha ha. and no parseltonge... total snake coincidence!

LMJ said...

Oh cool!!! Thanks Tamara!! I'll get working on that one tonight!!! =D

Something fun to do!!

LMJ said...

By the way, I have an award for you as well! Stop on by!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

oo, coincidence! On my way over.

Jaime Theler said...

An award?! For me?? *sniff* Thanks! But the pressure... Now I have to make sure to be honest. I think I can, I think I can. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

So great to learn more about you! Congrats on your award! Your snippet completely drew me in. Very cool!

By the way, I totally love your attitude towards teenagers! I've always felt the same way.

Heather Sunseri said...

Congratulations on the awards! Awards are awesome!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Yay Jaime! Time to be honest! :)

Carolina, I'm thrilled you liked the snippet. Looks like when I get around to writing that book, it'll be a winner. Ah, teenage emotions and drama! Adults roll their eyes, but to them, it is LIFE.

Thanks, Heather!

Jody Hedlund said...

Thank you for the award, Tamara! I appreciate knowing that you think my blog is saying it like it is!! Have a blessed day!

Sara ♥ said...

I loved reading your interview! Your snippet makes me want more... a LOT more!

Natalie Whipple said...

Thanks for the award. I enjoyed getting to know you a little better:)

Jaime Theler said...

I just realized I need to pass this on now. Soon, very soon! And I loved your snippet, too. :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

thanks, Jaime!

And there's no rush! I usually collect awards for a month and then do one big blog about them...hee hee.

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