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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Tagged by MG Higgins!!

Okay, I don't even know what this means! I think I have to answer these questions....which is probably a good things, since I had a really good blog post planned, but have not the brain power with which to write, as an interim post, I shall answer the tagging stuff (Is it a Meme? a MeMe? How do you say it..what does it mean?)

What was the last thing you wrote? What is the first thing you wrote that you still have? The last thing was a few paragraphs of my attempt at a YA. As for the other, I still have a book I wrote in second grade. I take it to classes to show kids all the time....messy handwriting and all.

Write poetry?
If I got the time, I can bust a rhyme. (Sorry.)

Angsty poetry? If surfing hippos are considered angsty, then yes.

Favorite Genre of Writing?
Picturebook, then chapter book, middle grade, then YA.

Most annoying character you've ever created?
Not finished yet, but it has to be Extra Super Cranky Lady. She's made of annoying.

Best plot you've ever created?
No idea. Really.

Coolest plot twist you've ever created? Probably the famous Good Knight Kiss.

How often do you get writer's block? Almost never. Instead, I get Writer's-Complete-Lack-Of-Time-Itis.

Write fan fiction?

Do you type or write by hand? Hand.

Do you save everything you write? Yes. (Can I find it? no.)

Did you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it? There are no abandoned ideas, just those that aren't ready yet.

What's your favorite thing you've ever written? I love the Good Knight Books! Still crack me up.

What's everyone else's favorite story you've written? Kids love the Good Knight books, too. Also they love an unpublished middle grade about a dungeon under a school.

Ever written romance or angsty teen drama? There's a love story at the heart of my YA.....

What's your favorite setting for your characters? Um...not sure really. Where ever I'm not having to think too much about the setting, probably....

How many writing projets are you working on right now?
2. Finishing a YA and also finishing an easy chapter book.

Have you ever won an award for your writing?
One of my books is an ALA Notable Book, which is a good thing. Another was a Nickelodeon Top Ten Book of the year. Also, I got an Oppenheimer Platinum Toy Award for a book, and nominated for many, many state awards.

Almost forgot, one of my books was recognized by the Anti-Defamation League. Yeah.

What are your five favorite words?
Dude. (giving it up for the new year...can't really pull it off any more, even though it pours from my lips as if I were a skateboarding-skinny-jean wearing wannabee. Sheesh.

What character have you created that is most like yourself?
I am the Good Knight. Ironically, I am also the little dragons....

Where do you get your ideas for your characters? Usually, the concept comes first, followed by the characters. So they come to me by way of "who might fit in here?"

Do you ever write based on your dreams?
My book, Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace came came from a dream I had.

Do you favor happy endings?
Most definitely.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Does music help you write? Sometimes it really helps. Sometimes it is an incredible distraction. (Yes, Sean, I AM tired of you playing the heck out of the Jamie Cullum CD.)

Quote something you've written. Whatever pops in your head:
"The best gifts do not come from a store,
they come from our hearts and our hands,
nothing more." (The Good Knight said this in Happy Birthday, Good Knight.)

I don't think many of my answers are all that interesting, but they saved you from some lame bathroom humor, which is slated for the next post...unfortunately for you.

I am Tagging:

Laura and Lisa (but they probably already did this)
Katie and SF
Amy Tate
Corey Schwartz (that's what you get for being the first in the comments....hehehe, that was part of my evil plan, tag the first one!!)


Corey Schwartz said...

Wow. An impressive list of awards, Shelley!

Susan R. Mills said...

Thanks for sharing so much about yourself. It's fun getting to know all these bloggers better.

L.T. Host said...

Thanks for sharing-- and I agree! What an impressive list of awards!

MG Higgins said...

See, now wasn't that fun? :)

"If surfing hippos are considered angsty, then yes." HA!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow - very impressive. Really. I love getting to know each other better. ;-)

Natalie said...

I agree with everyone else your awards are SUPER impressive! It's fun to get to know you better

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, I feel like this post is a gift from your heart and hand. Wonderful read, and I have to say ditto on the awards. Way to go!

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh boy, we actually haven't answered these. We'll get it up sometime this week.

Thanks for the tag.

Also, I think my son Jack is finally ready for The Good Knight books. We've finally started reading some meatier picture books and he loves them. Can't wait to read these together! Off to the bookstore...

Paige Keiser said...

Ok...please publish the dungeon under the school story, that sounds fantastic and I want to read it!!