Monday, December 21, 2009

And the game continues...

I was tagged by Heather @ see heather write AND Robyn @ putting pen to paper. It's my turn, so here's my list of Q & A. If you make it to the bottom, I applaud you! ;)

1.) What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?

An alphabet picture book called The Techno ABC's

2) Write poetry?

you betcha

3)Angsty poetry?

sometimes, if I'm feeling the angst

4)Favorite genre of writing?

Picture books!

5)Most annoying character you've ever created?

an absolute brat the other girls sarcastically refer to as "Precious"

6) Best plot you've ever created?

The Naughty Boy Factory

7) Coolest plot twist you've ever created?

I'm working on it

8) How often do you get writer's block?

Only when I'm super-depressed, and then I punch through it

9) Write fan fiction?

Say huh?.

10) Do you type or write by hand?

Write by hand? You’re kidding right? People still do that sort of thing??

11) Do you save everything you write?

Duh! :)

12) Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?

Yes. We aren't always ready for an idea the first time around. It's sometimes better when it has time to percolate.

13)What's your favorite thing you've ever written?

The Naughty Boy Factory

14) What's everyone else's favorite story you've written?

When Grandpa Knew Me (a picture book about a grandchild dealing w/ grandpa's Alzheimers)

15)Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?


16) What's your favorite setting for your characters?

Outside. There’s so much room for so many things to happen. I mean! Look at all that space.

17) How many writing projects are you working on right now?

seriously editing two chapter books and at various stages of 4 PB's

18)Have you ever won an award for your writing?

I've had a few poems published

19) What are your five favorite words?

plethora, behemoth, vascillate, reciprocity, and daffodil

20) What character have you created that is most like yourself?

Um, hmm, um…

21) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?

usually from something weird my husband says or does - really

22)Do you ever write based on your dreams?

When I remember them clearly enough. Ideas abound in our dreams and pre-dreams.

23) Do you favor happy endings?

of course - I write PBs! :)

24) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

It's a large part of who I am. It's hard to turn the English teacher off.

25) Does music help you write?

No - I find it distracting

26) Quote something you've written. Whatever pops in your head.

The skin we’re in it limits us
It keeps us bound to earth and dust
We can’t step out of bones and skin
To reach beyond the space we’re in
We’re meant to place our hope and trust
In One who loves each one of us

In prayers is where God wants to hear
Of all the things we need down here
Don’t be afraid to turn His way
And pray to God with love today
For peace, for health, for family
For courage, friends, or to be free

Send loving thoughts and pleas for help
To those too far to reach yourself
The skin we’re in can’t stretch as far
As God’s embrace, His loving arms
He reaches out to those in need
When prayers request He intercede

And...the game continues! I tag: (it's getting harder to find people who haven't already done this)

Roxane @ Peace Garden Mama

Valerie @ Something to Write About

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Hopefully none of you have done this already! Enjoy!!! :)


Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Lovely poem!

I still have to post my TAGGED entry, but today I did the Kissing Blogfest so my answers will be up tomorrow. It is hard to find those of us who have not been tagged, isn't it?

I love your answers and am now curious about the annoying "Precious"....

Stephanie Thornton said...

I know- write by hand? My hand cramps just at the thought!

Thanks for posting- I love these ones!

BK Mattingly said...

I loved reading your answers! This is such a great way to learn more about all the people on here :) I loved these lines, "He reaches out to those in need...when prayer requests He intercede."

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Thanks for sharing, Shannon! It was great to read about your writing life!

Merry Christmas!

Tamika: said...

It was fun getting to know you Shannon! The poem was a delight.

Merry Christmas!

Jemi Fraser said...

I can't believe people still write by hand either. Absolutely everything I write is on the laptop :)

Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas :)

Angela Ackerman said...

LOL, I think this is my third tagging. I'll do it I promise, because it is a 'writerly' one. It might not appear tho until after Christmas--I'll see how time goes. Hugs!

And I agree, Naughty Boy Factory is an awesome plot!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I love how your answers are the total opposite of mine-short and to the point! Which makes sense since you write picture books. It was fun reading your answers.

kah said...

Those were great :) It reminded me that I got tagged and havent posted yet. Darn it, there just isnt enough time for all this blogging during the holidays. Good for you for following through!
Karen’s Blog

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

I don't know how you managed to answer so succinctly. My answers were novel-length. Perhaps that's a sign of our genres? Haha!

I know a couple of people who write by hand, but I can't imagine doing it myself--I've only ever done it when my laptop battery ran out away from an outlet!

Heather Sunseri said...

I love learning more about my blogging buddies. I do write by hand at times when I'm sitting by the pool in the summer - you know the glare on the computer would give me a headache, and the pool is a great place to work through plot issues.

And I agree, music distracts me as well. But I know many friends who can't write without it.

Roni Loren said...

Great answers. Love learning more about my fellow bloggers. I'm actually doing this tag tomorrow because I was tagged by someone else. :)

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Thanks for the fun today, Shannon. You were the first with this one, but I can't play quite yet. Been a crazy-busy day. Thanks so much for shooting by my blog earlier and letting me know about the "gotcha." I will try to respond soon -- maybe sometime during the break. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Jennie Englund said...

wow- did you pen that poem?

music distracts me from writing, too.

i'd think you'd be great at #15.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Sorry, guys - it looks like I'm a little behind on my responses.

Thanks for the positive comments. The poem is a short excerpt from a much longer version. It's one of the few things that just "came" to me. It was in my head, and I just sat down and typed.

I appreciate all of your comments. You don't know how much they brighten my day! ;-)

sanjeet said...

love your answers and am now curious about the annoying "Precious"....
Work from home India

Diana Paz said...

Beautiful poem. And I love plethora too! But my love comes from El Guapo, ha!

Alexia561 said...

Enjoyed finding out more about you! Loved the poem!

in which a girl reads said...

Ooh, I had a great time reading this :)

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