Saturday, February 25, 2012

another tag

Hi,

I've been tagged again. This time, I'll just answer the questions I haven't already. Also, I won't tag anyone explicitly. But if you haven't been tagged and want to be, feel free to answer my questions from my first tag.

Here are my answers to the new questions:
If you were the main character of a book, what genre would it be?
Probably Middle Grade with a historical twist or a Superhero

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
That's easy. As a kid, I dreamt I was Rainbow Girl, Mother Nature's Champion. I could morph existing plants and animals into whatever I fancied, and I could change the colors of everything by touch (only I couldn't do pure white and absolute black). For new assignments, I was called by a telephone in a tree-trunk. It also had a big slide that took my to wherever I needed to go. I still love that dream.

What do you like to read?
I love MG and YA novels especially if they have elements of fantasy, SciFi and/or historical aspects, and I particularly like discovering new authors.

What is something unusual that you've done?
Apart from my car, everything I own is second hand (husband, house, dog, clothes)

How do you get names for your characters?
Wherever I like, a good place are word verification gadgets.

List the top three websites you use.
Holly Lisle's Forums, WSE (my critique group), goodreads.

Besides reading and writing, name two other hobbies you have.
Nordic Walking and raising my kids.

Where in the world would you like to go?
I'd love to go to Canada.

That's all.
Hope you have a nice day,
Cat

Monday, February 20, 2012

First Challenge (MG Fantasy)

Hi,

because it was so much fun last time, I decided to do Rachael's challenges again. Here is the first one:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count. 
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

  • end the story with the words: "everything faded." (also included in the word count)

  • include the word "orange" in the story

  • write in the same genre you normally write

  • make your story 200 words exactly!


Here is my try. It fulfills all added challenges. Enjoy:

Another world

Shadows crept across the wall, it grew dark. The orange wallpaper turned grey. Jude pressed his eyes close trying to fall asleep, but no matter how much he had romped around during the day, he wasn't tired enough.

He curled up into a ball. From below his covers, he peaked at the wall beside the door. A glowing line appeared and widened to an arch.

Clonk, clonk – the central heating rumbled. Now, his last chance of sleeping was gone. Soft steps came closer, and Jude did his best to feign slumber. He didn't need to look at the monster. His memory from the first encounter was still vivid. The fanged beast with the green fur had begged him for three nights to follow it. If only it didn't look so dangerous.

A soft paw caressed his cheek. "Please, Jude, come. I promise you'll be back before morning." The monster sounded like a singing angel. "You're the only one who can help me free the princess."

Jude thought. Here was his chance to be a hero. Was he to chicken to help a monster? He gathered his courage, got out of bed, and followed the monster through the arch. Everything faded.

I hope you liked it,
Cat

Friday, February 17, 2012

tag, I'm it

Hi,

I've been tagged by my fellow campaigner Sophie (visit her blog if you haven't already). Here are my answers to her questions:

1.When did you start writing?
Well, I learned it in school, and a hard lesson it was. My teacher never liked my letters and predicted I'd never get good notes because no one would ever be able to read my handwriting. Of course, I improved, but I'm grateful for the PC. It's so much easier.

As to when my passion for stories started? Possibly in the womb. My granny and my mother were/are passionate readers. From the minute I could read myself, I dug through books. I can't tell you how many I read, but it's many more then the 1500 books I own. I began writing stores as soon as my letters were vaguely recognizable (I still have them somewhere), but only started writing in earnest in 1995.

2. Who are your literary heroes? (/favourite authors)
Astrid Lindgren, Diana Wynne Jones, and Neil Gaiman (for their imagination)

3. What is your favourite fictional character?
Blush - the sandman (the one on German TV, not the character from Neil Gaiman's books, although I like him too)

4. What genre(s) do you write?
Middle Grade and Young Adult fantasy, often (but not always) with a historical background.

5. What is your favourite book, tv show and film?
Are you kidding? I've got too many favorite books to list them here, but no TV shows, and only one film "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel" (the Czech variant of Cinderella which has been translated into English too as far as I know but is probably hidden in some obscure treasure chest)

6. What is your favourite place you've visited in the world?
There is a spring near the bottom of a hill in Dunkeld, Scotland. The water is icy and delicious. It's surrounded by ferns, and the path up the hill is steep. I spend one of the loveliest days of my life up there.

7. What is your favourite music?
Hayden and Mozart

8. Have you ever written fanfic?/Opinions on it?
Nope, but I read it, and am often stunned at some fan fic writers eloquence. It's quite hard to enter another writer's world and do it justice.

9. Where is your favourite place to write?
In my office. It's tiny, (1.6mx2m) but I got it all to myself. No kids allowed!

10. Tea or Coffee?
Hot chocolate, milk, or plain water for me, thank you.

11. Have you ever taken part in NaNoWriMo?/ Opinions on it?
I've done it 4 times and won every time. It's not for everybody, but those that thrive when working under pressure will find it fun.

So, that was me. How about you? Here are my questions:
1. How many books have you read (roughly)?
2. Do you think reading is important? Please explain your answer.
3. What are your favorite genres to read/write?
4. Do you like libraries?
5. Do you remember your first book?
6. If you were stranded on an island in the sun, which book would you like to have with you?
7. What are your hobbies beside reading/writing?
8. What's your favorite actor/actress?
9. What do you think about Independent Publishing (self pubed eBooks)?
10. What would you do if there were no PC?
11. In which historical time would you want to be stuck?

And I'm tagging:
David Powers King
Mariekeyn
Shelly

Thursday, February 9, 2012

another Campaign and more

Hi,

I welcome all my fellow Campaigners. I know there will be many who'll just pass by. Have fun and if you're interested in something, let me know.

My wordcount has gone up to something just above 32K (form the 5th of January) and I'm quite proud of it. I will finish the translation of "Amadi, the phoenix, the sphinx, and the djin" this weekend. I also found a great artist who'll do the cover art.

At the same time, I started revising the Choose Your Own Adventure. It is fun but really, really hard work. I can't afford to overlook anything or the whole structure will come crumbling... I expect this to take somewhat longer than I had anticipated. Hopefully, I'll get it finished before summer.

The rest of my life is like always: I keep forgetting about blogging, twittering or anything else (like cooking or laundry) when I'm writing, so I need to catch up in the afternoons before my hubby goes crazy. He does help a lot an dis very supportive of my writing, so I'm in luck there.

I wish you a wonderful day,
Cat