Tagged, and I’m Taking It!

Because, frankly, I’m exhausted. I started a second part-time job this month (because apparently I’m insane), and I’ve set a goal to finish FRACTURED RADIANCE by the end of the month.


I’ve had several self-imposed deadlines for this book that I haven’t met, but this is the one! And I have a very legitimate reason, in my opinion, but I can’t share the details as to why just quite yet.

Kristin of Aspiring tagged me with 10 questions. So I’m agonna answer ’em. Because it’s an easy blog post! Mwahaha. >_<

1. What is the one book you couldn’t live without? Okay, okay, I know I say this for every favorites-type question, but this is a hard one! It actually wouldn’t be hard if I included religious texts, but I’m not going to do that because it’s no fun for you. I definitely want to choose a book that could teach me something new with every read. And honestly, my February book pick The History of Love would be a serious contender. Krauss executed so many difficult techniques in that book, and it’s so lovely. I’m sure I would never cease to learn from it.

2. What can you see out your window at the moment? My neighbors house (painted the worst color of baby-poop-green), bare branches, the line of privacy fence between our houses, and a patch of beautiful blue sky.

3. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Umm … I’m not very adventurous when it comes to eating, I guess. I’d have to say goat. Or, or, or! Sweetbreads. They are NOT breads that are sweet. They are the thymus gland of a cow or pig and taste as bad as you’d think.

4. What fictional character would you most like to marry? Honestly? I just reread The Hunger Games for my book club, and Peeta is pretty dang perfect. But Newland Archer from Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence might beat him out. (Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Edith Wharton? As in Ethan Frome, aka the only book that everyone hates?” (I’ve seriously never met a person who likes that book). The Age of Innocence is nothing like Ethan Frome. It’s wonderful and not crazy-depressing.) Also, I love Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre.

5. If ever a fictional villain was going to win, who would you want it to be? Richard Parker from Life of Pi. Because he’s a tiger and tigers are awesome!

6. How many types of cheese can you name off the top of your head? 17. I really like cheese.

7. If you didn’t want to be a writer, what would you want to be? Professional dancer*, preferably a ballerina. They’re so graceful. Of course, ballet is terrible for your body in the long run, but I think being a writer is terrible for your sanity in the long run. ^_^

8. Can you play a musical instrument? Si, the piano. I’ve also played, in the past, the xylophone, the bassoon, and the violin. I want to learn to play the cello one day.

9. Do you own a Kindle or a Nook or any sort of e-reader? Nope. I’m not opposed to it, but there are other things I’d rather spend my money on, and I rather like having books on my shelves, so I’m not racing off to B&N for an e-reader anytime soon.

11. You just got published. In a glowing review, someone calls you “the next [insert famous author name here]”. Which famous author has to watch their back now you’re on the scene? EASY! Laini Taylor. If I could write like her, I’d probably die immediately from Awesomeness.**

I tag you, dear reader! Answer one of these questions in your comment.

*While proofreading this post, I realized “professional dancer” could sound like I want to be a stripper. That is not the case, let me assure you.
**I realized this sounds strange too. What I meant is, I don’t think I could handle being that awesome. I don’t have the ability.

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

10 thoughts on “Tagged, and I’m Taking It!

  1. Oh oh oh. FIRST of all, Richard. Parker. Yes.

    And also, um, have I told you about how my husband is eerily like Peeta? Blond and blue-eyed, happiest when baking bread and cakes, not too bad at the whole painting thing. It’s… kind of weird. So, yeah, I’d marry him, too. Haha.

    Funny: when I first read your response to the instrument question, I thought it said, “Sir, the piano.” BAHAHAH! I can just hear it in a disgruntled butler voice. “Sir, the piano.” I’d love to know the context of that statement.

    And, for the record, YES TO ALL THINGS LAINI TAYLOR. That would have been my answer, too. Or Kelly Link. Mm.

    1. I now want to walk around saying, “Sir, the piano.” It will be nothing new to the Mister.

      You did tell me that your husband is like Peeta. That’s so funny! Is Suzanne Collins spying on your life?

  2. Best of luck with finishing the WIP in time! How much more do you have to go?

    I understand what you mean about handling awesomeness. I often feel that way about the imagination and writing ability of some of my favorite authors, like “No way could I handle being that talented. I mean, what would I do with myself all the time?”

    1. I’m about halfway done–I have a little over 30k words, if I’m going to hit my goal of 60k. (I’m not a wordy-author. My second draft will likely be for buffing things up a bit.)
      I’m glad someone else feels that way! I was worried about sounding a bit crazy.

  3. I’ll answer question 11: C.S. Lewis. Both his fiction and non-fiction writing style is to envy. Unfortunately he’s no longer with us, so he doesn’t have to worry about watching his back. Besides, I’m far from him having to worry. :)

  4. Um, I didn’t even know there were more than about five kinds of cheese… I’m answering #7 – I often think if I had it to do over again I’d do some kind of job where I could work in TV or movies. Not as an actress or writer. I just think it would be fun to be “on set” all the time. Even if it’s just to run and get Harrison Ford his coffee or something lame like that! I love watching all the “behind the scenes” features on every DVD I’ve ever bought.

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