Wednesday, September 5, 2012

GUTGAA: Getting to Know YOU

First, if you're participating in the GUTGAA Meet and Greet, my little mini-interview-whatnot is here. :) If you're not, you really should! It's not too late to sign up!

Second, random update for the blog: I'm leaning more and more toward freelance editing/writing. My amazing friend Kristy is even sending me a copy of the APA Style Guide so I can edit theses (being in a college town, I imagine that's where a bulk of my work would come from). If I take this route, I'll have an extra page or a new site blatantly broadcasting my services. And I'll need to print more business cards. But we'll see if I can weasel my way into one of these library positions first...

Third, in the spirit of GUTGAA's Meet and Greet week, (+2 assonance points to me), I want to know more about YOU (even if you're not in GUTGAA!). I loved reading everyone's interviews, especially the questions about inspiration. So if you have an extra minute, please answer my own questions in the comments!

  1. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
  2. What genre do you write in?
  3. What would be your least favorite genre to write in?
  4. If you could make it big in one foreign country, which would you choose?
  5. Someone is making a movie about your life. What actor/actress would play you?
  6. Would you ever be willing to do a Someday Stars interview?
  7. Tell me your favorite joke.


  1. Love this idea!

    1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I enjoyed it, though I had hoped it would be a little saucier.

    2. For longer works, contemporary (ya and adult). For shorter pieces, I dabble in speculative.

    3. Least favorite -- interesting question! I guess I would say that I don't see myself as writing paranormal romance any time soon -- but then again, who knows?

    4. I'd like to start a Europop craze in Germany that eventually expands to the rest of the continent.

    5. Ellen Page -- small, brunette, looks young for her age, and very sarcastic.

    6. Sure!

    7. All things "that's what she said."

  2. Hey, what a great idea :D

    1) Still reading Chuck Wendig's Blackbirds. It's brilliant but dark, so can only manage small sections at once.

    2) Speculative romance. Which is a bit of a cheating answer, but true none-the-less.

    3) Chicklit or YA. Not a fan, sorry.

    4) The US? LOL

    5) No idea.

    6) Indeed :D

    7) ...

  3. What fun! I wish I'd thought of this! :)

    1. I'm half way through two books, but the last book I finished was Gail Carriger's Timeless.

    2. Speculative (modern military fantasy)

    3. I don't know. Maybe writing for little kids? Picture books? I wouldn't have a clue how to begin.

    4. One where they have the most people who would love to read my book. Let's go with China or India. ;) Either that, or a very small country where they would be willing to declare me a national hero.

    5. I was once mistaken for Debra Messing by a toddler at Home Depot. I'll go with Debra Messing.

    6. I suppose, but I'm quite shy and nervous, like a chihuahua.

    7. What's black and white, black and white, black and white? A penguin rolling down a hill.

  4. 1. Watership Down! It was really, really good. I always think the classics are going to be overrated, but then I read them and understand why they're classic, ha.

    2. I always wanted to write satirical fantasy. If I ever get back into writing, I think I'll toy with shorter fiction. Maybe with a hint of satire, if I can pull it off.

    3. Does non-fiction count as a genre? lol. I used to love epic fantasy stuff, but I don't think I could handle that anymore.

    4. That's a weird question. Probably Europe somewhere.

    5. Mark says that Avril Lavigne looks like me (Avril was their codename for me in the 198th ward, haha) and while she's not an actress, let's just go with I'd have her do it. Cause this isn't going to happen anyway.

    6. In a few years if I ever pick up writing again. Is it weird that I read your blog?

    7. Here's one you made up instead: "What do you find inside a marshmallow? More marshmallow!" I tell it to people every time we eat marshmallows. All I get are blank stares :D

  5. 1. I've been book hopping because I couldn't find one to settle with. Horrible, I know. I started reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the xth time, so I'd say I enjoy it. :)

    2. I've been writing NA.

    3. I'd have to say MG. I love having a little romance and steam in my books, not sure the kiddos, or their parents, would appreciate it.

    4. England. It'a in the middle of all the other cool countries so it'd be easy to travel around when I hop over the pond for my adoring fans. ;)

    5. Selena Gomez. We both have round faces, dark hair, and spunky attitudes.

    6. Most definitely!

    7. Knock knock.
    Who's there?
    Smell mop.
    Smell mop who?
    My four year old and I get a kick out of that one. :)

  6. I'll try to hop on the GUTGAA wagon next week if my computer is behaving again.

    Hmmm... the last book I read was Coraline, and I loved it. You already know about my genre since I'm doing the guest post (see you next week!). Least fave - probably romance. I'm extremely tired now, so not sure on the other answers...

  7. Charlie, I'm loving the way you took the blog meet and greet theme and extended it. It's late and I've been watching the Democratic Convention, but I hope to answer these questions somewhere soon.

    Good luck with the editing. It's a great gig if you are the sort of meticulous person who can do it.

  8. Okay, here goes:
    1. last book - WHERE IT BEGAN by Anne Stampler - great voice
    2. YA - contemporary and sci fi and fairy tale retell and "squirrel!"
    3. Can't do the crime drama thingy
    4. Ireland, wait New Zealand, no Ireland, yeah Ireland
    5. Annette Bening can be me if I can clock time with Warren Beatty
    6. Sure
    7. This guy asks a farmer why his pig has a wooden leg. The farmer says, "Well let me tell you about my pig. My daughter was drowning in the creek and this pig dove in, swam out to her, and pulled her to the shore." The first guy says, "Oh he lost his leg in the rescue." Farmer says, "Nope, let me tell you more about my pig. Our house was on fire and this pig grabbed each one of my family in his pig teeth and yanked us out of the flames." The first guy says,"Oh, so that's why he has a wooden leg." "Nope," says the farmer. "So," says the guy, "How'd he get the wooden leg?" Farmer says, "Pig that good, you don't want to eat him all at once."