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Tag Thursday

What is today? Today is a Thursday >_> and apparently the day that I decide to get back into my blogging. I’ve feeling great! I’m going to do an update blog after I finish this, but I wanted to get back into this exactly how they’re supposed to be going… so, Tag Thursday it is! I grabbed this tag from Jenna Moreci’s vlog! Enjoy, because here we go!


What kind of writer are you?

I am taking this to mean what genre do I write in? I dabble here and there, though you’ll mostly find me in the young adult area. However, amongst that I’ve done horror, paranormal romance, and high fantasy. I also wrote most of a lesbian sci-fi romance for NaNoWriMo this last year… I pretty much go wherever my muse takes me; it’s my favorite thing, exploring avenues that I haven’t been down yet… because you never know what surprises you’re going to find!

When did you start writing and what made you want to try it?

Shoot, I’ve written for a long time. I’ve always, always loved to read, and even before I was physically putting them down… I was writing entire novels in my head to put myself to sleep, finishing up books the way that I wanted them to end. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade though. I guess what made me want to try it was just the knowledge that there were so many worlds out there that only I could make. I also really, really wanted to make other people happy, the way that books made me happy.

What inspires your stories?

There is no one thing that inspires my stories. Sometimes I just have a dream, and realize that it needs to be a novel. Sometimes, it’s a writing prompt that I see. Sometimes, I go to my husband and I say: I want to write a novel about zombies. Tell me something that would make this interesting… and then he gives me a twist to it, and it turns into a novel. My creativity more than anything else inspires me, and the world around me.

What themes do you explore in your writing?

No particular theme. I feel like those are kind of something that you discover as you’re plotting your story out, isn’t it? I’m not the kind of person who is centric to one theme and one theme only as a driving force. I’m everywhere.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

I would consider myself a plantser. I plot, but I don’t plot so heavily that I don’t have wiggle room. I try to leave myself space for discovery while having a clear route from beginning to end – if I just so happen to deviate and see something along the way? Well, all the better, yes?

Where are you in your writing journey?

I… am… in a weird place. I have two novels that I really feel like I could seek publication with if I ever got them properly polished up. I have an amazing support system in my husband and family, and I’m pretty happy with the social media presence that I am very slowly garnering. I don’t know… I’m just on the teetering edge of really going for it, I guess. But being pregnant and wanting to really show my kiddo that you can go for your dreams may be the push that I need.

Have you entered any writing contests, and have you won or lost any?

Uh? Yeah, I’ve entered a few in my lifetime? I’ve won the few that I entered, but it hasn’t been too many? I’m really weirdly private about my writing… which I should get over, since I wanna get published.

Who are your writing heroes?

L.J. Smith and J.K. Rowling. – L.J. because she’s the one who really got me into the genre that I started writing in. Rowling because she was turned down so many times, and look at her now. Honestly, everyone who strives for and acheives their dreams inspire me.

Have you been to a writing conference?

Nope. I should change that.

What are your top three tips for newbie writers?

Ohhh, top three tips, huh? Well, lesse.

  1. Keep writing – that’s the hardest part. It isn’t always going to be good, and it certainly isn’t always going to be easy… but the best thing that you can do is keep writing, whenever you can, because it’s going to make you better, and it’s going to help you to grow as a writer.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism – I’m saying this to every form of artist, from writer to musician to someone who draws. You have to be able to take constructive criticism (not people being a dick, never take that). But when people tell you how you can improve, you need to listen. Never become complacent. Do not stop striving to better yourself. The moment that you think you’re the best you can be is the moment that you will never improve again. The only person you are in competition with is yourself, but you should always try to be a better artist than you were yesterday, and most often than not, constructive criticism and always trying to learn is the way to do that.
  3. Give yourself a break, but only in moderation – Sometimes, things aren’t going to work out the way you think. Sometimes, your book isn’t going to get accepted. Sometimes >_> you get pregnant and are so sick/distracted you can’t write for over two months. It’s okay to give yourself a break, but do it in moderation. Don’t let a necessary break turn into excuses. You know yourself, push yourself as hard as you can without breaking.

And there we have it! That is the Author’s Life For Me Tag! I challenge you all to complete it and link back to me, so I can see your answers!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! It’s Tag Thursday, and I’m trying to get back into the habit of properly doing my blogging! So, I found a writing tag over on this blog! Make sure to check it out! Anyway, onward to actually answering the questions!


1. Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I like to have something that is easy to eat, like chips, or sunflower seeds, or something like that. Sometimes when I’m having a writing binge, I’ll have a ton of candy, or actually  get my dinner/lunch while I’m writing. I usually have a ton of coffee while I’m writing, but I’ve had to cut out on that since I got pregnant. *eyes wordcount* I wonder if that’s why my amount of words that I usually write has gone done? Hm, questions… questions indeed.

2. When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

It depends, honestly. I have a huge variety of times that I like to write. I used to write a ton at night, but again… the whole being pregnant thing has changed up my schedule. Now, I tend to start writing around 8pm every night. I don’t know why, exactly. But it’s getting to be a habit – if I haven’t gotten my words out by then, I’ll tackle them, because I know that I don’t want to be waiting until I’m tired to do it.

3. Where do you write?

I either write at my desktop, or recently at my laptop in the living room. I have a little writing corner where I have my laptop/all in one/keyboard, etc all set up. It’s my second writing home, for when I’m not feeling like getting off of the couch.

4. How often do you write a new novel?

At least once a year, since I started doing NaNoWriMo. Now, if you were to ask me how often I start a new novel, that would be a completely different answer. I start new novels constantly, plot them, get excited about them. I’m actually hoping to complete 2 novels this year… but we’ll see how that is going to go. Everything is kind of up in the air right now, depending on how I handle this whole being a Mama thing.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?

I do! I actually listen to my Spotify a lot (Oh, look a link here!!) At least, I think it’s a link. I have different playlists for different moods, but I tend to listen to my Fallout writing playlist a ton while I’m writing.

That could be because I’m writing Fallout a ton of the time when I’m writing. Who knows xD

6. What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I’ll plot occasionally in a notebook, but for the most part all of my writing and plotting (and everything in between) happens on my laptop or desktop. I used to handwrite (my first novel that I wrote was handwritten), but I have a lot of wrist issues, so I can write by hand for about 5 minutes before everything starts to hurt and go numb. It’s really put a damper on the whole “plotting by hand” thing that I had going on.

But, honestly, with Scrivener and how organized it is now, I really just love writing on the laptop/desktop anyway. If not there, I’m generally on googledocs, cause I can access that even when I’m on my phone, so if I’m out and I needed to take notes, there they are.

7. Is there a special ritual before/after you write?

Uh… I don’t really have a ritual. If I’m writing creativly, I do like to get my music on to block out all of the other sound. Other than that, I just write. I guess I could say that writing on mywriteclub has become a ritual for me, because it gives me those fancy little stars so I can keep track of how much I’ve written. As to a ritual after, I do get up and record how much I’ve written. I need to know, after all. But all and all, I don’t really have something that I have to do before or after – generally inspiration just takes me, and I follow whatever whim it leads me along.

8. What do you do to get in the mood to write?

Sometimes I have a dream. Sometimes I am in the middle of writing a story of a novel. Reviews to fanfics that I’m writing always get me in the mood to write, because it’s amazing to see that people are enjoying what I write.

But… in truth… a lot of the time when I write I’m not in the mood to write. I am of the firm belief that sometimes you have to start, even when you aren’t feeling it. I find that after I get those first 500 words out, the writing is flowing, whether I was in the mood or not. It’s all about getting yourself going, even if you don’t feel like it. At least, that’s how it is for me.

9. What is always near the place you write?

A drink? Generally. I have water, or gingerale right now. Other than that… pens, paper, my calendar to see how much I’ve written. My laptop, if I’m in the living room. I don’t know o-o

10. Do you have a reward system for your word count?

It’s kind of just rewarding for me to get my 1,000 words every day. I will reward myself afterward sometimes, like, “If you finish your words, you can go take a nap.” or “you can have a tiny drink of that soda”… but usually, I just do it. It’s such a habit now that I just do it.

11. Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Hmm… I don’t know. I mean, usually I’ll sit down and just get at it. If I don’t know what I’m going to write, I’ll just start with a random scene – I let whatever is in my mind at that very moment form the first words, and then I make it work from there. My writing process is a very strange thing, full of ups and downs.

I do have to say, if I don’t feel like I can be creative, one of the most helpful things that I’ve come across is to practice stream of thought. Basically, I open a document and just write whatever I’m thinking and feeling. It really helps to get the words flowing, and then I can usually get down to the creative writing fairly easily after that!


So, there we go! Tag Thursday! If you end up doing this, link back to me so I can know!!! I’d love to read your thoughts and answers!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

Hey guys, it’s December, so I figured I could go ahead and do this. I’m going to try to adjust it to match my book characters instead of being a book tag as usual. I found this on the Goodreads forums, actually! Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?


“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love to hate.

Hmm… out of all of my villians, I think that the one that I love hating is probably Lucifer. >_> Oh, yeah, I mean Lucifer, as in the Morningstar, as in Fallen angel. He’s included in two different series that I’m writing, and even though it’s two different series, he’s actually the same character. He’s so charming, and eloquent, and dangerous… and you have to love to hate him, because he’s everything tempting, and everything that you want him to be… but you know that he’s never going to be any good for you. He’s really fun to write, and I think that’s why I love to hate him so much – trying to make sure that I write a character that’s truly tempting while remembering that he’s evil is just so delightful.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree this year?

Okay, so I’m going to change this – instead of what book do I most hope to see under my Christmas tree, it’s going to be what book would I most love to see finished and printed out, so I could place it under my tree. And for that, I’ve actually been debating this a bit. It’s why I haven’t gone so far as to really dive into a new book yet. I’m not digging my NaNo novel, so I’m actually setting that aside. I’m either going to finish my second draft of Cerulean Darkness, or finish my first draft of Limbo. So either my high fantasy novel, or my Zombie novel. I’m debating between these two, which means that it certainly won’t be done before Christmas, but alas… new years goals, I suppose?

“Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Well, I feel like a lot of my characters do this? I want them to grow as people, after all… but I think the one that does this the most is Rose from my Limbo series; she begins the story really doubting herself, and wondering why she even managed to survive the zombie apocalypse as far as she has… and she grows and develops through the story to be a strong individual who can fight and really make a difference. The transformation of a character is a really interesting thing to write, and it’s fun to make sure you pace it correctly.

“Santa Clause is Coming to Town” – a) Which character do you think is at the top of the naughty list and b) which character do you think is at the top of the nice list?

Ohhh… heh, okay. So, at the top of my naughty list is actually my character Salem from my Fallout fanfiction series. He’s a raider, so he’s basically the kind of person who takes what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. He doesn’t really give a damn about it, either. He’s so fun to write.

As to the nice list, I’ll stick to my realm of Fallout and say that my character Quinn is on the nice list. He does some things that are horrible, but he always does it for a reason. And about 99.9% of the time, he’s being a very, very good boy. He’s mischevious as shit, but he also does everything that he can to save everyone that he can. That’s my baby Quinn though xD

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart? 

Hmmm… I think that if any of my books got me emotional, it would be Cerulean Darkness that got me the most emotional. I have some big things happening there, and big things happening in the sequel, and it just makes me feel so emotional for my characters. I love to make my babies suffer, but damn xD That rollercoaster gets to me.

“Feliz Navidad” – Pick a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

My novel Riptide predominately takes place in the ocean. It’s about mermaids. So… that’s certainly a country that isn’t my own, and I have to say that it’s a really fun thing to write and navigate. That one needs a lot more research though, and I’m not upset about it. It’s going to make it so much more fun to write.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which Christmas book do you use to spread the Christmas joy.

You know, I couldn’t answer this, even if I was writing about books instead of my books. I haven’t read a Christmas book. I am going to try to write a Christmas Short story for the blog though, so maybe that’s what I’ll go with. Story TBD – Christmas Story for the blog xD

“Sleigh Ride” – Which character would you choose to spend the holidays with?

Uhm, if I could pick any of my characters to spend the holiday with… I’d probably pick Lex from my Limbo series. He’s kind of pretty awesome, and I feel like we could get into pretty much any shenanigans that we wanted to? I can’t talk to much about it, lest I spoil the fun… but he’d be a pretty damn fun fella to spend time with.


“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – which book, that you didn’t like, would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Uggh, I don’t really want to sacrifice any of my books? At the moment though, I’d get rid of The Melding – it’s my NaNo novel that I just did. I’m just super not feeling it, and I feel like if I’m going to end up doing something with it, I’d have to completely rewrite it anyway? So burn the pages, I don’t care. I like a bonfire anyway.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Which book do you think everyone should read?
This just seems self-absorbed to twist into my own writing. I guess if I wanted anyone to read one of my books out of all of them, it would probably be Cerulean Darkness. I think that’s the book that I’m most proud of, and the one that I’m probably going to end up pursuing publishing with first. Either that or Limbo. One of the two.
I don’t know x.x

Anyway, that’s it for this tag. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I’d love to see if you do it yourself! Just tag me if you do!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag over on Chapterchick’s tumblr! It was just too good to pass up. However, I’m going to answer these questions about characters and books that I’ve written! I thought it would be fun to make this a writer tag! There may be one or two questions that I have to defer to another book for the answer, but for the most part, I think that I can pull this off with writing! ❤ I would love to see you guys handle this the same way – answer in relation to your writing! Books, short stories, fanfics, whatever!


1. The Little Mermaid

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A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”

Oh! So, what about a bird in the ocean instead? My character Caithe exists in my novel Riptide. She actually lives in a post-apocalyptic world and is transformed into a mermaid. Though there’s a lot of development that needs to happen in the beginning of the novel (It was a NaNo novel, so I rushed the beginning), she’s truly a fish out of water, so to speak… Or, well, the exact opposite. But she’s learning a whole new world (that’s the wrong Disney cartoon, Amanda.)

2. Cinderella

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A character who goes through a major transformation

Would it be cheating if I said Caithe again? Yes. I’m going to try to use a different character for all of these answers. Hmmm… so, probably Liam, from When Flowers Fall. He thinks he’s simply a normal human male, but before it’s over… he’s going to discover that there’s an entire past full of baggage in his life that makes him something altogether different. Sorry that I wasn’t a little more clear on that one, but I don’t want to spoil the entire plot of the novel!

3. Snow White

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A book with an eclectic cast of characters

Hmmm… out of all of my novels, I think that Insert Epic Title Here has the most eclectic cast of characters. It’s a satire on a D&D game, so I have multiple roles, races, species, and alignments. Including (maybe most importantly) an Arm Giant. Yeah, he already has a fan base.

4. Sleeping Beauty

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A book that put you to sleep

I don’t know how to answer this about my own novels.I suppose the last project that I abandoned was a Hannibal fic that I was writing. It didn’t put me to sleep, but I don’t know if I’m going to return to it anytime soon. I got kinda… meh with it.

5. The Lion King

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A character who had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood

My novel Shattered Reality includes a girl who watched her parents die in a car crash. It actually shapes who she is in the future, as well as her fascination with the Grim Reaper. So, even though I could certainly answer with a lot of my characters, I’m going to go with her. I actually wrote that book back when I was a teenager – it’s a thought that I might want to revisit and rewrite someday. Who knows.

6. The Beauty and The Beast

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A book that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful

I was really intimidated to write my first real fantasy novel, Cerulean Darkness. Like, I was worried that I was going to fail, that I wouldn’t do it right… that I wouldn’t meet expectations. Until I dove into it – and the story was so enchanting and wonderful to write that I finished a 100,000 word novel in a month. (My first NaNo win).

7. Aladdin 

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A character who gets their wish granted….for better or for worse

Hmmm… Katherine, from When Flowers Fall. She’s my MC’s mother, and she’s actually the one who sells Liam’s soul away to Djinn for fame and fortune and the life of her other child. Suffice to say, in the end it isn’t going to pay out for her very well. Making deals with the Djinn never does, so…

8. Mulan

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A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Lex, from my story Limbo. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie novel, and Lex is one of my main, male characters. I’m not going to say who he is pretending to be, or what’s going on with that… because it would completely spoil the story line. Suffice to say though, his name isn’t even really Lex.

9. Toy Story

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A book with characters you wish would come to life

Since a lot of my novels have to do with the mystical and magical (and, you know, apocalyptic), I’m not sure how to answer this. Maybe… hm! Danse With Me is my Fallout 4 fanfic over on my AO3. If I could have a real life Paladin Danse and Quinn… mmm, yes please? Give me, give me, give me a thousand times over.

10. Disney Descendents 

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Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Hmmm… It’s kind of a toss up between Lex, from Limbo, Djinn from When Flowers Fall, or Kellen from Insert Epic Title here. But! Since I’ve written about all of those already… I’m going to pick my character Jack, who is from my Fallout Fanfics, but I’m going to actually give him his own independent, non-fanfic novel, because I love him so much. Evil-ish, gorgeous, lethal. What more is there that you need? Mmm.


So, there we go guys! My Disney Tag, turned from novel to writing, because I think it’s a fun way to give snippets of your novels without really giving away huge details! I’d love to see you guys do the same thing ❤ If you do, tag me in it and let me know, so that I can see your answers! If you don’t have enough stories to do everything individually like I did, you can certainly use just one or two stories. I can’t wait to see what kind of answers you all come up with, and I can’t wait to get to know you and your writing a little better!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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*tag created by Katytastic

 

Tag Thursday

I found this tag on my friend Kayla Dore’s blog, and due to my addiction to Pokemon Go, I knew that it was the proper tag for this Thursday! So, let us begin, shall we?

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Hmmm, I don’t know that there is a book that really started my love for reading. The thing is, I can remember being in Kindergarten and quickly graduating from the little flip books they give you there. I can remember being allowed into the chapter book section before most of the other kids in my class. I can remember falling in love with Island of the Blue Dolphins when reading for my first book report, and confusing most of the other people in my class, because I was speaking so passionately about a book that the wouldn’t have picked up.

I think that there was never any particular book that got me started with my love for reading. Maybe it was my mother’s love for reading that really got me started? She always had shelves and shelves of books, and she’d always be going to the library. We’d always participate in the local summer reading program (if you read a certain amount of books over the summer, you got certificates! I always read for all of the free ice cream.) Whether it was her encouragement and love, or something that was just ingrained in me… I can’t pick out a particular book, because I’ve been reading and loving books for as long as I can remember.

 

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So, I’m actually not super huge on classics? I suppose if William Faulkner is classic now, As I Lay Dying was an extremely good book. My English teacher in 9th grade recommended it to me when he noticed how much I loved to read, and gave me a copy. I couldn’t put it down.

I do also love The Divine Comedy – it’s gorgeous literature.

Frankenstein was always fairly enjoyable. So, I guess I do like some of the classics after all!

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Hmmmm…. I’ve never let myself lose interest in a book (or a zubat!) because it was everywhere. If anything, seeing so many people talk about something (because they will often times form such contrasting opinions) really makes me want to delve into the novel. I want to be a published author someday – it’s my dream job. So… of course, I’m going to want to see what in the world is making everyone talk, because I have full and complete intentions of repeating the process.

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I feel like a lot of YA books actually have overlapping themes. I’m not going to call out out specifically… but let me paint you a picture – our leading lady is living a normal life, and some bad boy comes along and shows her that not only is she not normal, but she’s amazing. 

Oh, and he’s in love with her.

Am I saying this is a bad trope? Not really. I’ve used it myself. People enjoy that formula. There’s a reason that it’s stuck around so long. It’s fun to read, we like to see women come into their power and (more and more often now) actually be the ones to kick the most ass.

And, personally, who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?

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Sooooo. I read the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series… but I haven’t tackled the rest of it. That first one was really long, and so full of details. I enjoyed reading it, but it is really a commitment to buckle down and say that I’m going to read all of those through. Usually, I don’t let the size of a book intimidate me, but those books, and the massive amount of important detail that is enclosed within them?

Well, I can’t rightly help myself x.x. Call me intimidated.

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Tell me a book that hasn’t kept me up at night. Honestly, when I get myself engrossed in something to read, I can’t put it down until I’m done. If the story is done well, I want to live in that world, and I hate it when I’m ripped away for something as paltry as sleep.

Daylight, what are you doing here? Go away.

Honestly though, I think the book that did this to me most recently was actually The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon. It’s a FnaF book, and it was absolutely engrossing.

 

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My OTP… when I was young, it would have been Jenny and Julian from The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I’ve since grown enough to know that it would have never worked xD So, my new bookish OTP is probably…

Morpheus and Alyssa from the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Call me a sucker for a man in a tophat, but I couldn’t fathom her wanting to be with anyone else. Honestly though, I could list you dozens of OTPs.

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Any of the L.J. Smith books. I can read those in a few hours, tops… and I never get tired of doing so. Maybe it’s just my childhood calling and wanting to forever remain a part of my heart, but whatever it is? I’m so digging it.

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Harry Potter! Every time something new comes out about it, I get pretty damn excited. It was such a big part of my life for so long, of course I am always, always wanting more.

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The FNAF book that I mentioned above. I’m a big fan of the lore of the games, and I didn’t go into it expecting much. I knew that it was going to have some grammar errors – I’d read the reviews before picking it up. But, it was still really good and well written… and the almost amateur way that it was written actually made it all the better for me.

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I feel like The Maze Runner books by James Dashner  have been way overhyped due to the movie success and whatnot, but I can’t wait to read them! <— I am actually going to steal Kayla’s answer right here. I haven’t read those books yet – they’ve been so over hyped by the media… and yet I’m still pretty excited to delve into them once I get a copy.

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Hmmm… do they have collectors editions of the Harry Potter novels? I don’t know though, I’m not huge on things that I have to keep super duper protected. I like to touch my books, and look at them, and knowing me? I’d spill red koolaid (I don’t even drink red koolaid O_O) all over them.

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I don’t have a debut novel that I’m super excited for at the moment… though, oh, I’m a liar! I am actually reading a draft of Kayla Dore’s novel, and I am so stoked and hyped for it. It’s really, really good. That counts, right?

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Laurell K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself. Whenever new books come out by her, I end up snatching them up. I’m greedy, and I love it.

 

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… I was going to say that I didn’t have something, but it’s because I’ve been waiting for literally so long that I think of it as a myth. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith. I’ve been waiting for years, and years, and YEARS for this to come out. Someday, we’re going to be graced with the last Nightworld book. Someday, she’s going to wrap up that huge series.

Someday, we’ll know what happens. But today (and tomorrow, and the day after that -_-) is not that day.


 

So, there we go guys! Wow, I really loved this particular tag Thursday! (It also made me crave some more Pokemon, so I’m going to have to look into that!) Honestly though, I challenge each and every person on this blog who loves to read! Do it, tag me in it, let me know that you did it! ❤ I really want to see what your answers are! I think that seeing someone’s taste in books can really tell you a lot about a person!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

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Tag Thursday

So, I found a pretty fun tag for this Thursday – it’s pretty much answering questions based on your current WIP. I picked the one that I worked on most for Camp NaNo, When Flowers Fall. Think Faeries and Djinn, mixed with Beauty and the Beast, mixed with Epic War. Yeah. I may actually redo this particular tag every time I switch WIPs, just so I can always have answers for them. Anyway, I grabbed the tag from Coffee and Calligraphy, where everyone was graciously tagged!


1. A crazy hacker’s gone into your computer, and has deleted all of your music, except for one song off of your writing playlist. Which song is it?

O_O First of all, how in the hell did you get onto my Spotify to delete all of my music. Secondly, you are a monster. I’ve accumulated my preferences in music over the years and I can’t believe you’d do that to me. Third… hm. I suppose if I had to pick a song, probably War of Hearts by Ruelle? I’m developing my playlist for When Flowers Fall right now, so it’s not that difficult.

2. Your protagonist and antagonist have been paired up by friends to go out to lunch together. Where do they go?

>_> Okay. Which protagonist? Because it’s either Djinn or Liam. And either of them going anywhere to lunch with the Fae King just seems like it would result in an untimely death. I don’t want my babies to die, please?

3. You’re crossing a bridge when the troll living under it stops you. He demands to read a chapter from your novel, and won’t let you cross otherwise. Which chapter do you give him?

I haven’t gotten that far in it, but I’d rather give him a chapter that I have planned out for later, where Liam discovers his true identity! It’s going to be pretty wrenching, as far as I’m concerned, especially since he’s going to discover the truth about some lies directly after.

4. Your friends have invited you out to a party. Surprise! All of your characters are there. Who do you choose to hang out with?

Djinn. Djinn. Djinnnnn. He’s beautiful and gorgeous and a goddamn djinn, so he’s gonna be getting into all kind of trouble. And besides that, by proxy, Liam is going to be right there with him. I get them both. Kekek.

5. Crap. You left your car keys in your house, and you’ve (somehow) locked yourself out. Which of your characters picks the lock for you?

>_> I could send Djinn in through his magic. Knowing my luck, he’d try to trick me into it as a wish though.

6. The zombie apocalypse is happening right now. (It sucks.) Everyone is fleeing the planet, and moving to Mars. ONE of your characters can go with you. Who do you choose?

… I don’t want to answer this. Uncool. I would want to bring Liam over Djinn, because he’s actually much nicer. But since he probably wouldn’t go without him… boop-a-doop, I guess us three would stay and fight the apocalypse instead. It’d probably be more fun, anyway.

7. You’ve been given the opportunity to travel to one place (town, building, landmark, country) in your book. Where do you go?

Ohhh, I want to go to the In-Between, where the Fae and Djinn world meets. It’s beautiful and peaceful and lovely. I’m so excited to write about it, and I’m really excited for the scenes that will play out there.

8. You meet your main character and start a conversation with them. Problem is, you’ve only got six words or less to do so. What do you say?

“Don’t be such a jerk, Djinn.” >_> Does that work?

9. Crazy acid rain is falling from the sky. Which of your characters would you use as an umbrella?

The Fae King. Because he’s a dickbag, and if he dissolved in acid, everything would be easier for everyone. Of course, I wouldn’t have conflict then, so that might go poorly for me as a writer.

10. You’re out at a restaurant with your main character, and the time has come to order dessert. What do you order for them?

Probably some fancy wine and something with meat. Djinn is such a meat eater, after all. If I was with Liam, he’d honestly be pretty stoked about anything on the menu? Hell, I’d take him to a diner and we could just have fries and shakes.


And there it is! I hope that you enjoyed reading my answers, and I am actually really excited to see the answers of the people who do this tag. I love getting to know your book characters, even if it’s really obscurely. I’m sure that some of my answers didn’t make sense, but getting to write it out was fun.

Tag me if you end up doing it ❤ I’d love to have a link back to you!

Until then, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

I found this tag over on Crazy for YA‘s blog, and I decided that it would be a fun one to do! So, without further delay, the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag!


Greed~ What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

I think that my most inexpensive book would probably be… well… okay, there was this bookstore that went out of business, and they put all of their books out on the sidewalk in boxes for free. >_> Suffice to say, I have an entire bottom shelf of books that were my favorite price of Free99.

As far as my most expensive book, I’d say probably… hmmm… any of my hardbacks, honestly? I don’t have any special, limited edition books of any sort, so it’s just the price of a hardback in general.

Wrath~ What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Hmmm… probably Cassandra Claire? I really, really want to like her books, a lot. I do like the concept of her books, but I can’t get into the whole love story arc that’s going on in the Mortal Instruments series. I’ve heard that I should just go read the Clockwork books first. I might try to do that. She’s a lovely writer, she really is… but I hate books where the love story is so contrived and keeps having issues like that. It’s a peeve.

Gluttony~ What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I will read about Julian over and over and over and over and over again, and I’ll never get tired of him. I mean… uhm, the books. I’ll never get tired of the books, right?

Sloth~ What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Now, it’s not lazy so much as the fact that they’re enormous books… but I haven’t started on the second Game of Thrones book just yet. There are just so many of them ;-; and they’re so huge. And I just… just… yeah. Okay. I’m lazy.

Pride~ What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Hmmmm… anything by Faulkner? I really enjoyed As I Lay Dying… but honestly, I don’t talk about books to sound like an intellectual reader. I’m a rabid and voracious reader of all things, both YA and Adult, so… who cares if I sound smart?

 Lust~ What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

Hrmmmm… I honestly like bad boys? I’m not gonna lie. I love those tall, dark, and broody characters. That’s the reason that I loved Julian from the Forbidden Game so much (though I wouldn’t call him dark.) Still. I also have a thing for people with blue/green eyes. I’m a sucker for it, what can I say?

Envy~ What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Uhmm….. er… Hmmm…. *Throws Amazon Wish List and runs away* No, uh, anything on there? Honestly though, most of the time if I want a book, I buy it? Especially now that I have an e-reader, and I have this beautiful one-click instant gratification. We can’t always afford books for me, but if something that I really want comes out, we can usually save up for it.


So, that’s all for Tag Thursday! I hope that you enjoyed it, and if you end up doing the tag, link back to me! I’d love to see your answers!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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