Follow Friday (006)

January 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM (Follow Friday) (, , , , , )

Hello all!

Sorry for the absence, I’ve been chiseling away at my thesis what with the start of the quarter.

Hope you all enjoy the music recs to tide you over.  :)

Thanks to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for hosting Follow Friday!

Q: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Oh man!  Don’t get me started.  I have to admit a big secret of mine.  I love classical music.  Not like Beethoven and Handel and stuff.  Okay, just kidding, I do like those guys.  I even like when they get spruced up with techno music.  But I have a supreme weakness for modern instrumental music.  So, if I could rec a group or two, I think first up would be Two Steps From Hell.  They mainly do trailer music.  That’s right, the jamming tunes they play in a dramatic movie preview.  That’s them.  Take for instance, Freedom Fighters:

Which was the trailer music for the recent Star Trek film.

And Thomas Bergersen, who is part of Two Steps From Hell, has released his own album.  And my absolute favorite track from that is this gorgeous song, Sonera:

If you like epic music, especially if you’re a writer or artist who wants to “get into the mood” for writing epic scenes, I’d suggest looking into pieces by these fabulous musicians!

Happy music hunting, and thanks for stopping by!

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Follow Friday (005)

December 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM (Follow Friday) (, , )

Well well well!  The new year is almost upon us!

I thought this FF question was appropriate,
and a much-needed motivation for keeping up with the blog.

Thanks to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for hosting Follow Friday!

Q: The New Year is here — and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

Very good question!  I think one of my main goals is to try to be better at commenting.  This includes visiting and commenting on other blogs, as well as responding to comments on my own posts.  A huge thing that I’d like to work on next year is organization.  I have been here and there with organization since I started up the blog, but I’d like to be more consistent with posting, especially since I do more than just book blogging here.  I came up with the Toaster Tuesdays and Workshop Wednesdays to give the blog a little more structure, but I’d like to take it a step further if I can.  I definitely want to be better at posting updates on Twitter, and possibly on a Facebook page or other social media of that sort.  In that vein, I’m also going to look into more ways people can follow the blog, because there have been some requests for that.

Wowsers, think I can do all that in the next year?  We shall see!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Follow Friday (004)

October 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM (Follow Friday) (, , , , )

Many thanks to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for hosting Follow Friday!

Q: If you could have characters from a book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a TV series, which characters would you choose and why?

Couldn’t resist tackling this question.  I’ve been pondering it all day, and I thought I had my answer a second ago, but now I’ve been struck by inspiration!  I’d want the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy peeps to meet up with the Colonial Fleet and their Cylon friends from the revamped Battlestar Galactica series.  I really, really need to see Kara Thrace cope with Marvin the Paranoid Android, and vice-versa.  The accidental replication of Marvin would definitely have to be in the storyline…  :D  I’m pretty sure this crossover would be beyond epic!

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Follow Friday (003)

August 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM (Follow Friday) (, )

Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost Friday again!  These past two weeks have been hectic, but things are looking up now, sort of.  Hello to anyone stopping by for the first time.  Please feel free to check out my 100/300 Follower Giveaway.  Those of you who entered the Show Me Your Teeth Giveaway, hang tight.  I’ll be working on counting entries tonight.

Many thanks to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for hosting Follow Friday!

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question “comes out of the closet” and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Do angels count here?  Because my answer is totally angels.  The heaven ones and even the hell ones… although those would probably be really, really scary.  I have had an odd fascination with angels ever since I started seriously studying creative writing way back as an undergrad.  I currently have three active writing projects, and two of them involve angels in different ways.  Surprisingly, my thesis novel doesn’t have any angels at all.  But it does have gods… Sort of.  Anyway, I think it would be neat to converse with my guardian angel, at least.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that the nice guy in the house opposite from you was actually there to keep you safe?  I sure would love to have that conversation.  :)

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Follow Friday (002)

August 18, 2011 at 9:38 PM (Follow Friday) (, , , , , )

Hi everyone!  Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve had a tough week that isn’t quite over yet, even if Friday is almost here.  (And it is here for some of you!)  But I saw this question and thought it’d be a nice break to think about my answer and post it. :)  Hello to anyone stopping by for the first time.  Please feel free to check out my Show Me Your Teeth Blog Hop Giveaway or my 100/300 Follower Giveaway or both.  Thanks to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for hosting Follow Friday!

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

This one was pretty easy for me.  I would write myself a part into the world of the Dirk Gently books by Douglas Adams.  Unfortunately, there are only two books–Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul–but the stories are so amazing and epic that doesn’t really matter.  I’d very much like to be someone who helps Dirk with his cases, a consultant of some sort.  I’m thinking maybe a tabloid writer of weird, magical stories that people dismiss but are actually real.  Think something like John Schuyler Moore in The Alienist meets the tabloids in Men in Black.  Except, I’d be the guide to the seamy magical underworld rather than aliens or real-life mobsters.  Yeah, I think I’d like that.  :)

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Follow Friday (001)

August 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM (Follow Friday) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen?

Well, this is an interesting question.  I didn’t really know what I liked when I was a teenager.  I pretty much just read whatever titles happened to fall in my line of sight, and I liked them all.  I read Catcher in the Rye in seventh grade just because I’d heard it’s supposed to be good.  I loved it, of course, even though I didn’t really get a lot of the adult themes at the time.  I read The Alienist by Caleb Carr on a friend’s recommendation and that turned out to be good for the budding writer in me.  I also read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because it stuck in my brain.  Don’t remember how I heard of it, but glad I picked it up.  So I was pretty scattered.

I’m also willing to admit that I used to read a lot of fanfiction.  Yes, it’s true.  But you know what?  I don’t regret it. I read all sorts of stories, whether they were humor or drama or action or whatever else.  And to be honest a lot of the fanfiction I read was in a fandom that had high caliber writing.  We’re talking Jaida Jones, here.  Now that is some good stuff, if I may say so.

But now… interestingly enough, I’m into the YA scene.  I do still read adult books as well (love Neil Gaiman), but I seem to have gravitated toward YA.  One of my graduate professors is puzzled as to why this is.  As if there might be something wrong with me.  I don’t think there is.  I just happen to think a lot of the cool fantasy is in the YA section.  That’s another thing: over the years I’ve come to realize I’m a fantasy fan at heart.  I still like other genres, but it’s fantasy that really gets me excited.  Which is funny because the fanfiction I used to read didn’t have fantasy elements.

So that’s my first Follow Friday!  FF is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.  I thought it would be fun to post my answer to this week’s question.  I’m looking forward to the future questions.

And, yes, don’t fret.  Giveaway this weekend for sure!  Keep your eyes peeled!

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