Woot, I got tagged in another blog! Things Matter tagged me in their 20 questions post! I love these types of things, so of course I’m going to take the questions and fill them in.

The Questions

IMG_20150511_2304511. What is your favourite book?

Have I told you that I hate picking favourites? I really do. Books that I re-read often – Belgariad. Current favourite dragon book – Natural History of Dragons series. Plenty of books I’m waiting for the next one in the series for (game of thrones, how to train your dragon, throne of glass). Just don’t ask me to pick favourite!

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?

I can’t do long term planning. Like my writing, I live very much in the moment and go with the flow most of the time. I know roughly the plan for the next couple of years, mainly because my goal is to complete a Masters in Librarianship (so I can become a full librarian rather than an assistant!). I’ve applied, and should hear back from them at the end of this month, so I’ll see if that happens. If it does, then for the next two years (because distance learning/part time) I’ll be working towards that. I also hope to finish editing my book by the end of the year and tentatively want to be sending it out to publishers/agents. So there’s a couple of mid term goal in there.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.

I am indeed a writer. Mainly I do novels, although I am writing shorts and other such bits for competitions, and I’ve got the theme challenges going on here at the blog. I have several novels in my head, and few of them in various stages of drafting/editing. See a list on the creative writing section for a tiny bit more information about them. The theme challenge currently going on is on theme 67, which is going nicely. Not got any active competitions at the moment, since IdeasTap isn’t giving out any new ones because they are closing *single tear* so no short stories in progress really.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Place I want to visit include Yellowstone National Park, Iceland (again), Egypt (again) and Australia. This year, however, for the occasion of my 25th birthday, I am planning a trip to Costa Rica where I shall be volunteering with a turtle sanctuary out there, and collecting eggs and helping baby turtles and getting to see them hatch possibly! Eee! I am very excited for that which will be taking place in August. So at the moment, that is where I would like to be most. Although at home, cuddled up on the sofa with the partner is never far away from the top spot.

5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. OH MY DRAGONS YES! I LOVED this movie so much, it was simply amazing and everyone should go and watch it. I think I need to go see it for a second time.

6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.

Mainly books that I got set in English GCSE. Stuff like Rebecca, Great Expectations. More classical stuff. It just found it too heavy at the time, and I’ve never gone back to because there are many other books I want to read. Also a clockwork orange. I picked it up, read the first two pages, and then was put off by the slang so much I put it straight back on the library shelf.

7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.

My current WIP is a novel called Mechanica Awakening, a steampunk fantasy, and it’s in the first editing stage. I have my first draft, I am trying to edit it into a second draft, and it is going very slowly. I struggle to find the themes of the book, but at the core the main character is lonely, and just wants her family to be all together in one place, at least for a little while, mainly because she misses them. There’s political drama providing conflict, both subtle talking stuff and overt power plays. And of course there are supernatural powers involved. I write fantasy, and I like my magic.

8. If you could live in any of your favourite books, which one would you choose?

Oooh, tough one. Probably…Dragonriders of Pern. In this multi-book series the dragonriders are paired at birth with a dragon, which then go on to fight the menace that falls from space, known as Thread. But you get the telepathic link with dragons, and I do like the mix of technology and old school the setting has. They’re very good reads.

toothless-and-hipcup-in-how-to-train-your-dragon-29. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?

As a rule I don’t like book to movie adaptations.

The exception to this rule is How To Train Your Dragon. Mainly because the film does not try to follow the plot of the books in any way shape or form. The books are great, the films are amazing, and they are different enough from each other that this works. In the books toothless is as long as your arm, and really does have no teeth. In the films, hiccup rides him, he’s a night fury, and is the best animation of a dragon I have ever seen.


10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?

I’ll admit, I most often go to the fantasy section first. I’m trying to branch out genre wise, but more often than not, first thing I check is fantasy. After that, it really is visual. The cover can often attract me or push me away. I like modernist, clean cut covers. I also like sets. Look at the library edition of the discworld or the Throne of Glass series for covers that I quite like. A recommendation from a friend or the bookshop staff will override a lot of my preferences, because I know whose advice to take a when. For instance I doubt I would have picked up “The Lies of Locke Lamora” on my own volition, but a friend and the bookshop assistant in the fantasy section recommended it, and now it sits in my too read pile on my desk. It’s a large too read pile, but I’ll get there.

11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?

Plug in the iPod and listen to music for a good long while, letting more ideas flow. I seems to brainstorm ideas better when listening to music, and also do it when I’m planning out a tricky scene with options. Due to this, I often attach certain songs to my stories. Sometimes they can be relevant, other times not so much, they were just the song that happened to be playing a lot when I was thinking on the story!

12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favourites?

Fantasy. Big fantasy lover. I don’t mind whether this is teen, YA, or older, but fantasy is my go to genre of choice. That’s not to say I dislike other genres, I am trying to read outside my comfort box this year (I might even attempt a classic). I like books that cross genres, and there often is romance, adventure and other hints of genres in fantasy books. Least favourite? Horror, definately. Maybe it’s because of my overactive imagination, but whenever I read or watch something of the horror genre, it gets in my dreams, I get really jumpy, and I freaking hate it. Doesn’t help when your younger brother somehow sneaks into the room and jumps out from behind the sofa at a really tense moment. Stupid sibling.

13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Up until recently, he would have counted in the alive category, but unfortunately, he was recently taken by the hand into that never ending desert. Yes, I would love to meet Terry Pratchett. Unfortunately, I now have to wait until I can pass into that desert myself, which I hope is a long, long time away. But I would have loved to have asked him about his writing process, and how he came up with the discworld, and with such an expensive playground to write in, how does he ever decide which story to write next? Now all I can do is collect the library collectors editions of his books and treasure them.

fiction_vs_nonfiction_tagxedo_2 (1)14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Bit of both? If I have to pick, fiction, because I love discovering new worlds, points of views, stories and ideas. But non-fiction is great for learning new things, and I am a huge nerd.

15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?

Are we talking archetypes or specifics? Because I’m pretty sure that there are specific characters I dislike that other people dislike. You can always find someone out there with your opinion, that’s one of the beautiful things about the internet. As for archetypes, I hate it when they’re done badly. One dimensional. Stereotypes exist, and can be well written, but when they aren;t that just boring. Like most writers, I dislike the blank Mary Sue’s that you can just project yourself onto. Yes, there are some highly prolific examples of this type of writing selling (and selling very well) but I could never write an undeveloped character like that.

16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?

Gaming. Tabletop, live action, computer, board/card and otherwise. At the moment me and a bunch of friends are trying out the Heroes of the Storm beta, and I have to say, it’s quite good. The second Empire festival of the year is happening not this weekend but next, hopefully I will have a new tent by then. Otherwise I have a dungeons and dragons tabletop game progressing along rather nicely, and I get together for board/card games with friends on an irregular informal basis. I have a new game called Dragon Whisperer I need to break out and play with people.

17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

My personality. Yes, I want to be a published author and I would love to have a book in physical print, but after I die? I really want people to remember me for my crazy and fun personality. I hope anyway.

18. What is your favourite guilty pleasure book?

I don’t believe in feeling guilty 😛

19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?

One book a week. I’m…a little behind at the moment, although I have like 20 books sitting on my desk in my “to-read” pile, so I should be doing something about that soon. Mainly because they’re library books with due dates, and there’s nothing like a due date to get you motivated 😉

let_sleeping_dragons_lie_by_jennysaur-d5e6r9q20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.

I can easily sleep in until 3pm if I have no reason to wake up, and frequently do most weekends. I have yet to discover whether this is inherent laziness, or actually due to my low iron levels. Could be either, but I just really don’t care enough to stop doing it. My bed is super comfy ^.^

I’m not going to tag anyone at the end of this post, but I will encourage you to pick it up. If anyone of you want to steal these questions for your blog, feel free! If you come back here and say you’ve done so in the comments, then I’ll add a shiny link to your blog here. Because shiny.