Merry Christmas and, to my fellow Berkians, Happy Snoggletog! Just remember to avoid the yak nog!
Been tagged to do this by Niina at Northern Chapters so I figured I would give it a go.
Rules of the tag:
- Please link back to A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!
- Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.
- Tag your friends and fellow writers – it’s up to you how many!
The Confessions of a Writer Tag was created by Nicolette at A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly. It is a ‘get-to-know’ the writer interview tag, dedicated to spotlighting the creative process, works in progress, and connecting to other writers.
When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I aspired to be many things as a kid from a vet to a nurse to a pop star, all the usual little girl ambitions. I wasn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the pack at the time and had no interest in anything remotely academic. It took a teacher pointing out I was good at writing that something seemed to start to click in my mind. I did start writing but the switch wasn’t fully turned on though until I discovered the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. After that, everything clicked into place.
What genre do you write?
I gravitate mostly to fantasy and crime with romance sub plots in most of my stories. Family drama, social commentary and thriller also make appearances in a few of my stories, something that didn’t hit me until a tutor pointed it out. I have attempted forays into the science fiction genre but they rarely work out well to be honest.
Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?
I’m working on my magic school story from July Camp NaNoWriMo. Anyone who follows my blog will know it started just from an idea after a failed sci-fi story and has continued since then. The story revolves around a teen girl, coming from a dark magic family involved in criminality, trying to escape and be different. Not sure what I will do with the story later. We’ll see.
What was your first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?
The first story I chose to write was a fan fiction based on Flint The Time Detective, about one of the detectives called Merlock Holmes and his daughter. It never was finished and is absolutely awful, with stuff borrowed from the Cardcaptors/Card Captor Sakura, Lord of the Rings and the Malory Towers series to name but a few. It did have the first version of the school my FMC from the above answer attends so it was not all bad really.
What’s the best part about writing?
Creating new things and exploring the world through the written word. One day, I want to explore the world myself, not just through stories.
What’s the worst part about writing?
Hitting a wall in the creation of the first draft then editing and rewriting. Ugh! Necessary but still hate it.
What’s the name of your favourite character and why? (This can be from a book by another author or from your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well).
Oh! I have no idea! I love characters like Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third from the How To Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell because he’s not your typical hero, and Hermione Granger, because she was smart and her description is very similar to how I was as a kid. Those sorts of characters appeal to me.
How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?
I tend to write in the evening most days because it is the only free time I have available to me in a typical day but I do prefer to write and work on an afternoon. I’ve run my errands, had something to eat and drink, checked the news and e-mail, etc. I can just sit and write (and watch some YouTube and television). It’s a routine that was developed at university and has proven the most productive.
Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?
I did Professional Writing at university (or college as it is in the USA), with the idea that it would set me up not just for writing in general, but was applicable to other jobs too. I’m not working as a writer in any capacity at the moment sadly but I do have ideas and career plans that relate to writing, even just part-time.
What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors, or grammar errors?
Has to be grammar mainly but the others drive me up the wall too, especially if it is in a document or something that you would expect to be correctly spelt, punctuated, grammar checked and formatted correctly.
What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?
It’s actually a philosophy quote by Confucius that applies to every part of life: “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” In other words, keep writing!
What advice would you give to another writer?
I hate the advice write what you know. You could write about everything you know very easily and quickly and end up stuck. I prefer the advice write not what you know, but what you would like to find out about. Write about the things that you want to find out about. The world is a big place so explore it!
What are your favourite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragement?
My friends are usually my first port of call for help but I also follow a lot of Tumblr prompt and advice blogs, such as Write World and Writing Cafe, as well as seasonal picture blogs that have some stunning picture ripe for prompts, Rayne Hall’s Twitter (her books are brilliant too) and love using Seventh Sanctum.
Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?
Love to read, watch a lot of TV, films and stand up comedy, like Call The Midwife, The Big Bang Theory, How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2 (I love Toothless!) and comedians like Russell Howard, baking and chatting to friends.
What is the best book you’ve read this year?
This year has to be Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud! Second in the series with a cliffhanger to match the first book, The Screaming Staircase. I am in love with this series!
What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Has to be Kingsman: The Secret Service. The church scene! The church scene!
What is your favourite book or series of all time?
It changes but I do default to Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah. Mah weaves a beautiful story of a girl playing her part in World War 2 in occupied Shanghai with wonderful teachings from Chinese philosophy and culture.
Who is your favourite author?
My all time favourite is JK Rowling as she is also my heroine.
What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?
Mostly just to write, as I haven’t been in a place to do so for a while due to life. More focused goals are to hopefully get my second NaNoWriMo win and to keep writing my Camp story.
Where else can we find you online?
Finished! I am tagging Kit from Where Landsquids Fear To Tread, Lizzie from mylittlebookblog, Diane from Tales from Baggins Bottom and Charles from Legends of Windemere. Anyone who I haven’t tagged but would like to do this, go for it!
Time Warner Cable over on YouTube have posted a new clip for the next How To Train Your Dragon film.
This clip has little new material that we haven’t already seen from the trailers but naturally, if you are wanting to go to into the film blind, do not read on or watch the clip!
The new clip sees Valka, Hiccup’s mother, and Hiccup bonding and discovering they are very much a like whilst Cloud Jumper and Toothless act adorably in the snow. Watch it here:
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is due out July 4th here in the UK and June 13th in the US.
Dreamworks has posted a new clip for the next How To Train Your Dragon film on YouTube!
In the video featuring Valka, Hiccup’s mum, and Cloudjumper, a new type of dragon, Hiccup discovers the Dragon Sanctuary she has lived in for 20 years. Explore it as well here:
Dreamworks has yet again posted a new clip for the second Dragons film on YouTube, apparently determined to up the hype for the film.
The clip shows the gang and Gobber riding baby Nadders and struggling to keep control whilst exchanging some banter. There’s not much to really draw out from this clip so no real spoilers. You can watch it right here:
It seems Dreamworks is determined to seriously hype up How To Train Your Dragon 2 as they have released yet another short clip from the new film!
This is the first time we actually see and hear anything from Eret, a new character in the film. Watch the clip here:
I wonder if Toothless plays fetch like Storm Fly?
If you don’t want the film spoiling for you, read no further!
Yahoo Movies has posted the first five minutes of the next instalment in the How To Train your Dragon franchise! From the clip, it seems everything that has already been released is all from the beginning though with added extra little bits and Yahoo Movies has also included an article on the same page comparing Toothless to cats.
Watch the first five minutes of the next film at https://movies.yahoo.com/video/train-dragon-2-first-five-153007023.html
I am super excited for this film and cannot wait for the UK release. What are you looking forward to in the next film? Is there anything you hoping they won’t do or will improve on from the last film? Is there anything from Riders of Berk or Defenders of Berk you hope will appear in the film?
Don’t be afraid to comment and share your ideas.
Dragon racing is the new sport of Berk, which seems to include scoring goals with sheep! No spoilers here! Just the poor sheep from the isle of Berk not getting a break!
Check out the new clip over on Berk’s Grapevine at http://www.berksgrapevine.com/2014/04/one-minute-clip-black-sheep.html
If you are heading to the Cannes Film Festival, you might be in for a treat. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set to have its world première at the festival! Find out more and what else has been selected for Cannes at http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/60533.html.
Dreamworks today posted the final trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2! This trailer shows us a lot more than we have seen before, gives us clues that we are about to see and learn a lot more about our favourite dragons and many new ones. It also includes part of the Itchy Armpit clip!
Watch it here:
I am SUPER excited for this film and cannot wait for its release. From what I can find, UK release is slated for July.
Dragon’s director Dean DeBlois, left, has been talking about the next chapter in the series, including the use of 3D technology. In a feature released on Brazil’s Bol Noticias, it also shows brand new clips from the film.
I’m currently unable to put the video on here but you can watch it here: http://mais.uol.com.br/view/14971847