A month and a half ago, my friend Elise Allen (author of the hilarious and touching Populazzi and co-author of Hillary Duff’s Elixir series) tagged me in a post and… I missed it. I’m not sure how this happened, except that when I look back at my calendar, it appears that I had several meetings that week, plus a sister flew into town for our annual Sister Vegas Trip, which means I was busy purchasing/planning our weirdo sister outfits for the trip (for a later post).
The rules of the tagging are such: answer her 11 questions, make up 11 questions of my own, and tag 11 other writers. Elise bent some of the rules, and I think I’m going to do the same. That being said, here are my answers:
What’s your ultimate caffeine source?
That’s easy. Coffee. Every morning without fail. Every once in a while, I have an afternoon Coke or a chai latte from Starbucks or a green tea, but mostly it’s coffee in the morning. Dripped at home, enjoyed at home.
If you were stranded on an island, what book would you like to have with you?
It’s cliche, but I’m going to go with the Bible. I’ve always intended to read the whole thing but never have managed to do so and I figure if I’m on an island, I’ll have plenty of time to read when I’m not trapping rodents and fermenting wild grapes and befriending the natives.
But, please. Let’s be honest. If I end up stranded on an island, I’m screwed. Last year, I barely survived camping in Yosemite.
Favorite music source? (Radio, Pandora, Spotify, CD, iPod, etc.)
My iTunes playlists. They have oh-so-clever names such as “exercise” and “get cleaning!” and “kid appropriate.”
Author you’d like to emulate?
Oh, goodness. Too many. Anne Lamott for her unflinching honesty. Stephen King for his heart-stopping tension. J.K. Rowling for her vast, detailed landscapes. Judy Blume for being Judy Blume. Ayn Rand for the CRAZY. Margaret Atwood for her brilliance. Jodi Picoult for making me cry. Janet Evanovich for making me laugh. Orson Scott Card for inspiring me to create my own worlds.
And the minute I post this, a hundred other breathtaking authors will fly into my mind.
Favorite day of the week?
I’m probably alone on this one, but I’m going with Monday. The start of a nice, new week always feels a little magical to me. It’s all clean slate-y and anything could happen-ish. Plus, I generally have accomplished some mild organization over the weekend, so there’s a fairly good chance that I have groceries and dinner plans for the week. It could all fall apart by Tuesday but, on Monday morning, I’m convinced I’ve got it all together.
Favorite TV show?
Come on, now. I work in television. Having just one favorite is like picking a favorite relative. Impossible.*
Movie you’re planning to watch on the big screen?
I’m picking two of the upcoming blockbusters. The Dark Knight Rises and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The first because, y’know, Batman. The second because how great is it that someone put vampires together with the emancipator of slaves? It’s just so insane that it might be brilliant.
Actor/actress you’d most like to meet?
Hm. I don’t generally have fangirlness over actors/actresses. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of someone I would freak out over meeting. That being said, I’d kinda like to have a glass of wine with Jennifer Aniston. She seems like a cool chick and I feel like we’d have fun girl chat.
Author you’d love to have lunch with?
Please see above for the authors I’d love to emulate…
Favorite writing book?
I’m going to go with the same answer Elise gave: Anne Lamott‘s Bird By Bird. Beautiful writer, beautiful person, beautiful and realistic way of looking at life. Also — back in the day — I loved Natalie Goldberg‘s Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind. Wondering if those stand the test of time. Anyone?
Harry Potter or Hunger Games?
That’s just difficult to answer. HP’s scope is so much more huge. More characters, more intertwining storylines, more epic.
But HG brought tears to my eyes. So there’s that.
And now I’m tagging some writer friends… except not 11 because that seems insane. I’m going to go with Nina Berry, Stephanie Alexander, and Nicole Maggi. And, as Elise said, if you don’t feel like answering 11 questions — DON’T. The world won’t end and you won’t have bad luck for 7 years. If you so choose to answer them, here are your 11 questions:
1. In either books or boys, what are your deal-breakers?
2. What is the name of your imaginary butler? (mine is Jeeves)
3. What was the last song that played on your iTunes library/Spotify/Pandora/etc.?
4. Chuck Taylors or Adidas shell-tips?
5. Favorite season?
6. If you had to, would you rather write Haiku or limericks?
7. Clowns: funny or scary?
8. Favorite beverage?
9. Last television series that sucked you in, start to finish?
10. Facebook or Twitter?
11. What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Super long post, but that’s what you get when you accidentally procrastinate for a month and a half.
* Cue various relatives chiming in with why they should be my favorite.