I’ve been tagged for the Liebster Award! That means I get to answer a bunch of fun questions posed by another blogger.
Thank you nominating me, Tania (@Write Owl). As far as I know, you’re the first person to tag me, so thanks! *Hands you the first-person-who’s-ever-tagged-Gabby award*
1. Do you enjoy classics or do you think they’re boring and overrated? (I’ll try not to judge you if the latter is the case :P)
I do enjoy classics! I’m currently in the middle of The Count of Monte Cristo. At least, I was before I started Brandon Sanderson’s books. But I will get back to you, COMC! I promise!
2. Do you prefer to write/read in first- or third-person?
Ooooh, that’s a hard one. I’m currently writing both. I enjoy reading in both if they are well done.
3. How often do you use personal experiences to make your writing more authentic? Do you actively seek out new experiences to heighten your stories?
I’m not sure how often I use personal experience in my stories, but I do use it when it applies. I don’t necessarily go looking for experiences (most would be quite dangerous, considering all the fights my protagonist gets into), but I keep mental notes on experiences that may apply to my writing.
4. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, is there a specific genre that you prefer?
Yes! I love plugging in my headphones and turning on some soul sauce when I write. There isn’t a specific genre I listen to, but it usually has to be music I’m familiar with, lest I get distracted. Sometimes I’m in the mood for rap or obscure vocal pieces by indie artists, and sometimes I need epic instrumentals or a piano piece.
5. Where is the strangest place that you have ever found inspiration?
Three letters. REM. I’ve had a few interesting dreams that have served as inspiration. Rook wouldn’t exist without a dream, actually.
6. What are your top three favorite quotes from any book that you have ever read?
Glory, that’s a hard one. I’m sure I’m leaving out some epic quotes, but I do love these three:
“Not all who wander are lost.” (I’m pretty sure you guys can figure out who penned that.)
“In the mind of a young boy, a warning is an invitation.” -Andrew Peterson, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
“I strive for nothing but consistency.” -Kelsier, a character in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I’m pretty sure I messed this quote up, and it doesn’t really make sense without context. Kelsier responded with this remark when someone pointed out that he was late. Again. I love it because I tend to be late and am storing the quote away for later use.
7. Do you generally like your characters? Have you ever written one that you didn’t like?
I love my characters, even though they can be naughty/murderous psychopaths bent on destroying my protagonist. But there is one villain that isn’t as lovable as the rest. His name is August.
He has issues.
8. What is your favorite movie from a story-telling point of view?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Live Free or Die Hard (the most recent one) are pretty tight plot-wise. Rogue One and How to Train Your Dragon has great character arcs and subplots. I’m not sure I can really pick one.
9. Do you let anyone read your work(s)-in-progress, or do they have to prove themselves worthy before they can get a peek?
Haha, no. They must prove themselves worthy.
10. who is your favorite author that not many people have heard of?
Andrew Peterson. He’s a Christian music artist, but he also wrote the Wingfeather Saga. Those books found me, tied me up, and dragged me on a journey I won’t soon forget.
11. On average, how many books do you read in one year?
I’m ashamed to say that it’s not too many. Either I use all my time to write, or I use all my time reading. I’m working on that, however, and actually managed to have a decent writing life while reading Mistborn.
Well, sort of.
That’s it! I’m nominating Rolena @TheAuthor’sAttic and Audrey @AudreyCaylin. If I’m not mistaken, the rules to this thing are that one must thank their nominator, answer the questions the nominator asks, and make up eleven of their own to ask eleven other bloggers.
At least, those are the rules. As you can tell, I didn’t tag eleven bloggers.
Here are my questions:
What is one thing you own that encapsulates your personality?
What’s your personality type?
Do you prefer writing on a computer or with good ol’ pen and paper?
What is your favorite food that isn’t American?
DC or Marvel (or neither)?
When you roast marshmallows over a bonfire, do you like your marshmallows roasted to a golden perfection, or do you light them on fire and eat them burned?
What is your least favorite flavor of ice cream?
What is the name of your current Work-in-Progress?
What do you like to snack on while you write/read?
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
What’s one of the best pieces of writing advice you’ve received?
Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is full of books and other amazing things.
-Gabrielle R. Pollack
P.S. I’ve got a new page out! Head over to My Projects: Rook to learn more about my current WIP and the characters in it.