“Princely” or “And the Patiently Waiting Nominees Are…”

Previously on Ever On Word, my blog and I received the Liebster Award, for which the rules of acceptance are as follows:

* Answer the 11 questions provided.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to the one who nominated you.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!

I’ve taken care of items one and three; now to finish the job by announcing my 11 nominees and questioning them like the good cop/bad cop interrogator I am.

Because I like to work with themes, I’ve chosen to relate each of my 11 questions to my novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of the Wilderhark Tales)”, (coming in 3 weeks, whoo-hoo!). It was a challenge (there are only so many general questions you can ask about swans!), but I think I managed to come up with a “like or befitting a prince; magnificent” mix. Take a look.

1. If you were cursed to take on an animal form every night, which do you think the spell-caster would choose for you, and why?

2. Which song reminiscent of moonlight on water do you enjoy more: Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata, or Debussy’s “Clair de Lune?

3. Name the fairytale nearest to the story of your life.

4. You feel sick. ): Would you rather see a doctor about it, or tough it out alone?

5. Who is your favorite “Swan(n)” – Emma Swan (“Once Upon a Time”), Bella Swan (“Twilight”), Elizabeth Swann (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), or [other]?

Must’ve been a real pain in heroine school, having all those other Swans in your class…
Must’ve been a real pain in heroine school, having all those other Swans in your class…

6. Who is your favorite prince? (Real, fictional, the “Purple Rain” artist who partied like it was 1999… whatever.)

7. Who is your favorite “the”? Just kidding. X) If you had to go on a two-week walking trip with someone – any someone – who would you want it to be, and why?

8. Are you the cool, rational type, or emotional and instinctual?

9. How far would you go to make a person fall in love with you?

10. Describe your early childhood home.

11. What does “happily ever after” mean to you?

As for my nominees, I feel like I’ve already tagged most of the bloggers I follow. So I figure, hey, how about I show some love to the bloggers who follow me? (Just in case you weren’t of the opinion that a subscription to my words is reward enough in itself…)

A warm round of applause to our dozen-minus-one arbitrarily selected nominees:

Shannon A. Thompson

Ionia Martin

ofglassandbooks

Carrie-Anne Brownian

The Parasite Guy*

Ellen J. Miller

Rick Mallery

Ursa Bowers

Kate Conway

Fel Wetzig

Bird

Congratulations, one and all! And to anyone who didn’t get nominated and is sitting there thinking, “Aw… but I wanted to answer those questions…”, I do have a comments section, guys. If you’ve got answers you’d like to put there, I would be glad as all get-out to read them. (:

* Speaking of The Parasite Guy, would you believe it? He’s nominated me for yet another award – the Sunshine Award! – the rules for which are:

Sunshine Award

  1. Post the sunshine award logo
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Nominate ten other blogs(or sites) and inform them of the award

1, done. 2, done. 3… well, I’ve answered these particular questions once before, and my opinions on these matters have not much changed. So I’ve decided to delegate and let one of my characters answer in my stead. And what better character to interview during this princely post than the swan prince himself? Sigmund, come on down!

Favorite color: “I’ve not thought about it, much,” he says, clearing his throat awkwardly at having been summoned and thrust into the spotlight with so little notice. “I suppose I prefer dusky reds, like burgundy.”

Favorite animal: “The trumpeter swan.”

Favorite number: His narrow, sidelong glance at me has “This is a silly question” written all through it, but he answers, “How about… seven.”

Favorite non-alcoholic beverage: “Water.”

Favorite alcoholic beverage: “They don’t serve alcoholic beverages at the children’s asylum. The nuns promote temperance. Perhaps if I spent my evenings carousing in the village with the other youths, I would acquire a taste for it anyway; but I do not.”

Facebook or Twitter: “Wilderhark has neither.”

Passions: “I have yet to develop any. I have more important things to concern myself with. Never you mind what.”

Giving or receiving gifts: One shoulder lifts and lowers in an elegant shrug. “If the gift is worth receiving, I would prefer that. If not, you’re welcome to it. Enjoy.”

Favorite city: “Cersegg. Though I don’t expect most of your readers will know where that is.”

Ooh, hey, this question wasn’t on the list, last time I answered. I choose San Francisco! (…pending my someday visit to London.)

Favorite TV shows: “Wilderhark doesn’t have television, either.”

Well, we do. And I don’t watch it much, but when I do, it’s probably because “Once Upon a Time” is on.

Thank you for your indulgence, Sigmund! As for my ten nominees… well, gee, the list I’d compiled for the Liebster would have been perfect – eleven minus The Parasite Guy, since he nominated me – except P.G. nominated Shannon A. Thompson as another of his ten, and I don’t want to burn her with too heavy a dose of awarded sunshine. So I’ve got one additional nominee:

Gwen Stephens

Congrats, award winners! And mega-thanks to all my followers, for bringing your sunshine to Ever On Word. Y’all make me smile.

“Interesting” or “I Don’t Always Blog About This Stuff. But When I Do…”

Ever On Wordians, rejoice, for I have been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by author/blogger/British person J.A. Belfield! You all know what that means. …Or, in case you don’t, here are the rules of acceptance:

* Answer the 11 questions provided.
* Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.
* Link back to the one who nominated you.
* Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
* Go to their page and tell them.
* No tag backs!

Now you all know what it means – a Q&A session of the most “arousing or holding the attention; absorbing” sort. ^-^

1. What is your favourite genre to read?

Are Robin Hood retellings a genre? Can we make it a genre? ‘Cause I could happily come up with more variations than my “Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” trilogy! Or we could just throw everything I love into a single genre: Humorous YA murder mystery fantasy, with thieves. (Shoot, I should’ve thrown a murder mystery into the “Ballad” books; then they would have had it all!)

2. You’ve just won a competition and the prize is any pair of shoes in the world of your choice. Describe them.

Shoes, eh? Well, this is coming from the girl who’s worn the same sneakers almost every day for a year or more. But if we’re talking dream footwear… They’d be tall leather boots (brown or black) that could be slipped on and off without too much hassle (but not so easily that they’ll fly off when I don’t want them to!), provide excellent sole-cushioning and arch support, breathe well yet be reasonably waterproof, and which any pirate / ranger / outlaw / minstrel / knight would not be ashamed to wear as part of their epic ensemble. Oh, and they’d better be period for Elizabethan times, so I can wear them on the job at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

3. Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

Only one?? But I would trade in half the real people I know for fictional ones! (What? No, none of you readers are in the “give away” half, don’t be silly.)

What’s called for, here, is a fictional character who gives me access to all the others (I’m such a user…-_-). A character who can somehow smuggle people across reality lines, and who’d be willing to do so for me without any deal-breaking strings attached. That rules out Rumplestiltskin from “Once Upon a Time”; sure, he’s my favorite of the series, but all of his magic comes with a price. (Besides, he’s a creeper.) And Aladdin’s genie goofs around too much (particularly since his release from the lamp downgraded him to only semi-phenomenal, nearly-cosmic power). Hmm… Aha! Maybe I should try Ms. Frizzle! Her magic school bus has done the impossible before! Alright, Friz, I’m taking my chances with you; get messy if you must, just don’t prove my choice a mistake.

4. The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Undead beings are beating at your door, slobbering over your freshly-cleaned patio windows, and you’re barricaded into your living room. Sticking to truth, what’s the most useful item you have to help you swing your way out of this somewhat precarious situation?

Do my kinemortophobic sobs do nothing to change their hearts? …Yeah, I thought not. Looks like my only weapon at this point is prayer. Lord, strike them down, or kill me before they can get me. Amen.

5. I’ll never understand why mashed potato is considered a signature dish for a certain chicken restaurant in the US, so if you couldn’t have both, but had to choose, which way would you swing? Chicken or mash?

I love potatoes, but if they’re mashed, I kinda need meat to go with ‘em. Come to that, I don’t like eating chicken without a side or two, either. Doggone it all! I’d probably just put off thinking about it until my family ate all the food, leaving me to pour a bowl of cold cereal. (This kind of thing happens all the time.)

6. What is your most favourite accent in the world *cough* British *cough*?

Heck yeah, British!

7. If you could visit any fictional land (created world/situation/etc) from any book of your choosing, which world/situation would choose to play witness to and why?

Hmm… I think I’d like to follow my tailor around during Book Three of “The Wilderhark Tales” (which, too bad for impatient me, won’t be out for months and months; but hey, Book One’s coming on May 31st!). Yeah, he’ll be kind of stressed out for most of it, but we’ll get to meet up with a lot of interesting people, and… okay, I’ll be honest, I would happily stalk him through pretty much any book, never mind what else is going on, because I love him more than is sensible.

8. Slippers or socks? No, they’re NOT the same!

Socks. Socks in my aforementioned sneakers, depending on where I’m expected to walk.

9. Favourite James Bond actor? Why, what’s so special about him, then?

I can name two, and I don’t care about either of them. Never got into Bond. Try casting the Most Interesting Man in the World, and maybe I’ll sit up and pay attention to the preview.

I don’t always watch James Bond movies. But when I do...
I don’t always watch James Bond movies.
But when I do…

10. Best (in your opinion) special effects for a werewolf film to date? (to the US folk out there, film = movie.  )

I only let you mock me because you’re a Brit, J.A. X)

I’ve seen two films with werewolves in them (we’ll count the whole “Twilight” franchise as one movie), and the werewolves in “Van Helsing”…weren’t the best part. So I’ve gotta give this one to the Quileute pack.

11. And last but not least: Head into your mobile (mobile = cell phone *snicker*) scroll through your ‘favourites’ list of numbers, find the number that you dial the most … Who is it? Can I have their number? ‘Cause they must be pretty cool if you ring them all the while, right?

What d’you mean I can’t have it?

Hmmm, okay then, how about: What topic are you’re planning to write (or blog) about next?

I’ve read British YA humour! I know what a mobile is! I’m not like the rest of these Yanks! You can tell, ‘cause I barely use my cell phone.

I don’t always use my mobile. But when I do...
I don’t always use my mobile. But when I do…

In any event, my next post will be a stop on somebody’s blog tour for their book. Who’s the somebody and what’s the book? Sorry, not telling! *singsongs* You’ll just have to wait and see-e-e. (:

I can tell you about a post coming up after that, though: The one where I list my 11 nominees for the Liebster Award, and give them some interesting questions for which I hope they’ll come up with interesting answers! Stay tuned, gentle reader – one of those nominees might just be you…

“Sunny-Side Up” or “The Introspector Writes Again!”

To my pleasant surprise, Mere Joyce has bestowed upon me the Sunshine Award! I love an award that comes with questions to answer. (: I’m an introspector, that way. (Or I would be, if it were, y’know, a word.)

What inspired you to start blogging?

My writing bestie. She loves pressuring me to do stuff she thinks is good for me, like developing a web presence in the name of my authorial career. So thanks, Tirzah; I’m willing to concede this as one of your better ideas.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I actually didn’t. Edgwyn did. (You won’t meet him properly until Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales. I know, it’s a tragically long wait, but hey, the release of Book One’s scheduled for May 31st!) I wanted a catchy, word-related title, and after a few other ideas had been tossed around, he suggested the twice brilliant Ever On Word. 1, it’s like “ever onward”, which is a plucky, optimistic, “tallyho!” sort of thing to say. 2, it’s a fair description of my typical day, in which I am ever on Microsoft Word, typing away at stories and such. So thanks, Edgwyn; you generally make for a great Ideas Guy.

What is your favorite blog to read?

Aw, man, that’s a tough call. I follow quite a few. But if we’re talking about the pure joy of reading, I’ve got to go with katekatharina.com. I admire her style of telling everyday events – like they’re funny and touching and important, frequently all at once. I’m not much for memoirs, but if she wrote one, I’d probably read it.

Tell about your dream job.

If it weren’t the job I’ve got currently (i.e., having short stories and novellas and a novel published), it would be minstrelsy. I would traverse some idyllic countryside, strumming my lute, and filling the hearts of every village I pass with music. A great many songs are stories, after all, so in that regard, I’d still get to be a writer. It’d be like, “Author: The Musical!”

A sunshine-y place for my minstrel gallivanting.
A sunshine-y place for my minstrel gallivanting.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

When I’m pouring the beverage, I consider it half full. When I’m drinking the beverage, I consider it half empty. Feel free to imbue that with deep, philosophical meaning, but I was pretty much going at this like a literalist, so…

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

If imaginary magical Renaissance Faires don’t count, then I choose England. London and Sherwood and quaint villages with peculiar names – oh, my!

What food can you positively not eat?

Food that I have reason to believe has had gross things happen to it, or has been prepared in such a way that it just doesn’t look edible to me. An egg “fried only on one side”, for example, has too much non-solidified yolk for me, even if you serve it with toast – especially burnt-black toast, which I also will not suffer myself to ingest. And if somebody sneezed on the whole thing, well, I’m just done. Check, please.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Make mine milk! Although if the dark chocolate’s got some nuts or tasty filling or something to pep it up, I may sample that, too.

How much time do you spend blogging?

The actual time I spend writing the posts is irregular. I’ll type them out as I feel inspired – which can take anywhere from half-an-hour to four times that – and line them up to await their scheduled day to hit the web. Posting doesn’t usually take too long, unless I have a lot of pictures to insert and/or typos to fix, or the internet’s giving me trouble.

Do you watch TV, and if so, what are your favorite shows?

Not a lot of TV these days, with one exception: “Once Upon a Time”. That show has got one faithful viewer in me. The Wilderhark Tales is no isolated incident, folks. I adore fairytales, and OUAT’s writers have done some really creative things with the old stories I know and love. I also like to catch an episode of “Monk”, when I can. …not that I’ve written any murder mysteries with obsessive-compulsive detectives, but it could yet happen.

And now, to spread a little of the sunshine around, a couple of new nominees:

The Feather and the Rose, largely in recognition of their Save-a-Word Saturdays, which always brighten my weekends;

and One Little Library because, c’mon, what sounds shinier to a word-lover than a library?

That’s all for now, folks. Have a fine, fair day!

“Seven” or “Like Author, Like Character”

I received a blog award from The Hyperteller! *cough* …Way back in June. *cough* Fortunately, blog awards have an amazing shelf life, and have no problem waiting around as long as it takes for you to find a slot for them in your blogging schedule. Thanks for your patience, Tell Me About Yourself Award!

There are two rules of acceptance: 1) The nominee must tell seven things about his/herself; and 2) the nominee must nominate seven others for the award.

Because I work best with guidelines, I’ve given my facts to share a theme: Seven things about me that I share in common with one or another of my characters.

One – My idea of a totally awesome date (one of) is to go to a bookstore and stroke pretty covers and flip sweet-smelling pages and squeal over exciting new titles together. Bruno’s cousin Gianni from my “World of the Dream” saga pretty much did that, once; how’s that for romance?

Two – My heart aches for joy at the beauty of the moon. Princess Laraspur from my “Wilderhark Tales” feels the same way.

Three – Before I got serious about writing, I spent my teen years filling volumes of journals with nonsense paranormal soap operas for fun. So did Annabelle, female lead of my novel “Inspired”.

Four – Ruster from a partially-unfinished trilogy and I have the same favorite part of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Movement I. It’s this really dramatic bit toward the end of the recapitulation; a shame most listeners will never continue past the exposition. We also both play B-flat clarinet and piano, though he practices more, so he’s better.

Five – My house is over a century old. So is the Llewellyn family’s in a novel temporarily titled “Under the Stars”. (I know the book needs something cooler than that, but I haven’t found it yet. Titles, I mutter.)

Six – I own a top hat and a fox tail, just like Glyph does! …Okay, not just like him. He grew his tail himself.

I can’t even really play a flute like Glyph does. Ruster can. My minstrels can. It’s my sister’s flute, so obviously *she* can… *hangs head and feels musically inferior*

Seven – Aiming high is never high enough. I want the sky! Me and Gant-o’-the-Lute both.

“The difference being,” says Lute, “that I am far better equipped to reach it.”

Yeah, yeah, and you’re my flutin’ musical superior. We know.

And now, for the seven bloggers about which I would be glad to learn seven things:

1Dianne from Doodles

2Emerald from Dreaming Awake

3J.P. from House of Happy

4Kendra from Flame Writer

5Sam Chaffin from Her Ink-Lings

6Tirzah from The Ink Caster

7Tiyana from Seven & a Half First Drafts

Take as many months as you need to, nominees. Your award will keep. (: