Yes, yes, another blog award within two weeks. I know - I'm being naughty. But, honestly, when the wonderful Liam tagged me, and left me such marvellous questions, who was I to say no?
The actual award is, according to him, the Shine On Award.
However, being rather pressed for time, not to mention very tired, I shall avoid the pain of having to hunt out the award's picture, or copy over the rules. We all know how these things work by now, anyway. Let's cut to the chase.
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(1) Has a piece of music ever given you a headache? If so, what was it? If not, what was the closest thing?
Anything with excessive bass and / or techno-electronic overtones will do it for me. Especially if the beat is horrifically repetitive. I'll sit there, with my head pressed against the nearest solid surface, hoping the the artist's trousers are infested with fleas for the rest of eternity.
(2) Do you like pens, pencils, or word processor better?
I like to try and swap between them when I can, though I always hand-write with a pen - pencil leads snap far too easily. But, as I only use biro pens (I can't write with anything else due to the fact that my ingrained pen-holding technique means that I smudge ink all over the place), it's hardly a major sacrifice.
I like Word Processors best, though, because I'm one of those unfortunate souls who will suddenly have a brainwave for a chapter they wrote two weeks ago, and it's far easier to work in these spouts of genius when I don't have to tear pages out of notebooks.
Note: I'm still a terrible notebook hoarder. Because I'm sure I'll need them one day.
(3) Out of the last five books you’ve read, what character was your favorite?
Well, I've not been doing an awful lot of reading outside my school syllabus lately, but when I've had a spare moment I've been reading Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" series (which are fantastic - an absolute must for any dragon enthusiast!)
Of the myriad characters, I'd have to say my favourite has to be F'nor. Anyone who's read the books will know exactly why. To anyone else: wisecracking, easy-going, extremely competent, yet ridiculously unafraid of his terrifying brother and sister-in-law. His amazing girlfriend Brekke comes in a close second.
(4) Out of the last five movies you’ve seen, what character was your favorite?
I haven't watched a movie in so long . . . but suffice to say that the Thenardiers from "Les Miserables" will always have a special place in my heart. Not that I sympathise with thieves and child abusers - let's be honest, who really gives a toss about Cosette anyway? - but these two are just so utterly without morals, scruples, or backbone that they just make me laugh. And make me feel an awful lot better about my own occasionally squicky life choices.
(5) What’s your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy. Because I'm an obsessive worldbuilder, loremaker, ancient weapons enthusiast, and borker of the laws of nature. Because I do what I want.
(6) Is that your favorite genre to read?
This is a hard one - again, I'm a fantasy nut, because I love the detail and lore of the worlds (no better form of escapism, a mon avis). That said, I love a good sci-fi, provided the science element isn't too heavy, and my inner history nerd adores a good historical novel. And if it ain't got a few plot twists, you won't catch me sniffing it seriously.
To put it bluntly - anything with an adventure, an engaging cast of characters, a few delicious plot twists, and preferably some nice weapons for me to drool over.
(7) When was the last time you wished your library bought more good books, more often?
I actually cannot remember the last time I visited the library for a purpose other than ensconcing myself in a five-page essay. I have no idea.
(8) Do you write with music or not?
It depends. Some scenes demand my total concentration, and thus silence. But, sometimes, I like to have some music going in the background - mostly soundtracks that fit the mood of my novel. I fuelled the novel I just completed, my NaNovel "Ikarus", with the "Sherlock Holmes" film soundtrack . . . and some German sea shanties.
They are relevant. Honest.
(9) Do you outline? If so, what method do you use?
I use what I call the "milestone" strategy. I'll set out a few key points in the story that I know need to be reached, or events that need to happen, and then let the story take itself there. Sometimes I will plan a scene out in advance, but only very rarely. I'm a very flexible plotter.
And no, this is not because I'm a creative free spirit who hates restrictions upon my genius. I just can't stick to outlines - even if I wanted to. They will always be tossed straight out of the window by the second or third chapter.
(10) About what book or movie are you the geekiest, especially in public?
Anything and everything Tolkien-related. Seriously. With "The Hobbit" suddenly spurring a resurgence in the fanbase, it's just too easy for people like me to get very excited. Because, let's face it, we've been very very dormant since "Return of the King" came out all those years ago.
Fans shouldn't be repressed like that. It does things to us.
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And there you have it, folks!
With regard to tagging and creating new questions, I'm also going to be a huge cop-out, namely because today and tomorrow promise to merge into a rush of travel and exhaustion, so I shall simply leave you to repeat Liam's lovely questions.
Who's tagged? Why, all of you who'd like to have a go! Because, let's be honest, we all enjoy these. Even if we really shouldn't.
I shall see you all soon!
~ Charley R