Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tag, You're It!

Okay, so Courtney Pearson over at Writer by Day, Mommy Always tagged me and wants to know my answers to a few questions. In other words, she tagged me ... and now I'm tagging YOU!


Here's the questions:

1. Plotter or Panster?


Big time plotter... BUT a lot of my story comes from drafting spontaneously, I've just got my outline and characters all mapped out beforehand. And if there's world building, I plot a good 2 months before writing. But I get as much of a high from plotting as I do from pantsing, it just makes the revisions a heckuva lot easier when I've plotted ahead of time. 


2. Who is your fave character and why?


Tough to choose only one. But a few are Hannibal Lecter, Scarlett O'Hara, Count Dracula, Edmond Dantes from Count of Monte Cristo, Hermione Granger, Matilda, Samwise Gamgee, Legolas, Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair ... just to name a few. Each one is multi-layered so they feel real in my mind.


3. Name 2 things within arms reach


coffee and cell phone


4. If you could go back and do anything over again, what would it be?


I'd go back to like age 8 on Christmas morning and just feel that joy again... just for a day ... but wrapped in love and family and no worries. And I think I got a really cool game that year... Merlin. Anyone remember those handheld electronics? And an 8-Ball ... I got one of those too!


5. Date with a celebrity, who would you pick?


This has changed over the years for sure... but at present, I'd pick something really geeky like George Lucas so I could convince him to a hook a sister up with some film connections. ;) 


6. What is your fave song?


Sheesh, I can never give just one answer. I am widely eclectic. I love everything from New Age to Techno to Classical to Classic Rock to Jazz to Alternative. But just to throw an answer out, for now, I'll say Little Star by Madonna... not Lucky Star ... Little Star... It's a song she wrote for her daughter when she was little and it's a song I sing to my daughter all the time. My little girl loves it and sings it with me. So cute. 


7. What genre do you write in?


I write for kids: YA, MG  and within that age group, I write contemporary, fantasy, light sci-fi, suspense. I love all genres too!


8. Fave thing to do other than write?


Dance, any kind of craft with my hands, travel, read, watch movies, swim


9. Coolest thing you've ever done?


I've gotten to do some pretty cool things all over the world. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, walked barefoot through the Taj Mahal, rode an elephant through the jungles of Thailand, scuba dived beautiful reefs in Hawaii and Mexico, sipped cappuccino on the Spanish Steps of Rome, taken a gondola ride through Venice, gazed on the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo's David and Sistene Chapel, hiked a mountain ridge in Alaska, horseback riding in Costa Rica and Montana, okay okay... you get the idea.  I've been blessed to do a lot so far.


10. Coolest place you've ever been?


Um, see above for a few on the list... lol


11. Favorite quote? 


"Less is More." Mies Van der Rohe   It just applies to almost everything in life. 


Okay, so now it's YOUR turn! How would you answer these questions? Either do so in the comments, or post it on your own blog and let me know so I can check it out! 

37 comments:

Susan Fields said...

Yes, that "less is more" quote is a great one! I was saying the same thing just a while ago about using swear words in writing, and my aunt asked me to repeat what I'd said to my uncle regarding his general vocabulary.

Cassie Mae said...

Okay, when you have your date with George, you hook me up too, yes?

:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I still have some of those old hand held games!

Kyra Lennon said...

Ha, I am a big fan of Matilda too! :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

This is a great post . . .I might post my own responses on Wed or Friday . . . but within arm's reach . . .a cup of tea, and a pen.

Old Kitty said...

PK!! What a life you've lived so far - so not less is more! LOL! Wow I am in super AWE!!!

Take care
x

meradeth said...

Love your answer to #4--totally brings back memories of X-mas morning and all that awesome joy and excitement. If only we could go back :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love Scarlett! My AIM is Scarlett9284 :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I'm not going to answer these questions. I prefer to remain a mystery. But I liked your answers.

DL Hammons said...

WOW!!!! You've done a LOT!! :)

Jay Noel said...

I'd tell Mr. Lucas to stop making horrible movies.

My son did enjoy seeing Episode I in 3D on the big screen. But my opinion of the cardboard acting and annoyance with Jar Jar (whom George thought would be his most beloved character) hadn't changed!

McKenzie McCann said...

Coffee and a cell phone. That's my girl. ^-^

nutschell said...

OOh I just got tagged as well. These questions are always a great opportunity for self reflection:)

Brinda said...

I laughed out loud at your date choice in #5.

Trisha said...

Nice answers! Sounds to me like you have a lot of interests & a very fulfilled life!

Laura Josephsen said...

Wow, you've been to and done so many awesome things!

fOIS In The City said...

Loved your answers, PK ... it gives me another insight into tht cute little face of yours ... or as they say ... "you are more than just a pretty face."

jamieayres said...

Don't know if I can answer all of these since I must go pick up kids from school! So fun though. I'm a big time pantser . . .was just having that convo over on another blog today:):)

mshatch said...

Loved all your answers :) And boy, you are lucky to have been so many places and seen so many things!

Christine Rains said...

Great answers! I'm a pantser myself. Also, you've won my Learn Your Craft Giveaway! I've sent an email your way.

Suze said...

'I plot a good 2 months before writing.'

How many novels have you written this way? Have you ever tried a different approach? If so, how do the two compare for you?

(Lots of questions, but I'm always curious about the process of other writers.)

Medeia Sharif said...

I love that quote. I believe it.

You're well-traveled. I hope I get to do some of those things.

I enjoyed reading this.

Jennifer Jackson said...

Wow!

Have you ever set any of your stories in those lands?

Pk Hrezo said...

Hi Suze!

I've written 2 novels that required a lot of prepping ... one for world building (fantasy) and one for research on a factual/fiction thriller.

I've tried pantsing before, but I don't like it unless it's just for kicks and I don't have an actual story in mind. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I remember those 8 balls. Ask it a question, shake it, then hope you got a favorable answer.

William Kendall said...

Let's see...

1. Definite plotter, but I can be flexible as I go along.

2. So many characters, so little time! Aragorn of the Lord of the Rings, obviously, Sean Dillon and Hannah Bernstein from the Jack Higgins novels, Gabriel Allon from the Daniel Silva novels, Viola and Olivia from Twelfth Night...

3. Back pack and chocolate.

4. Too long a story to go into, but the short version involves getting myself out of a bad situation I put myself into much sooner then I have.

5. Norah Jones. Or Sarah McLachlan. Or both.

6. So many songs! I'd have to say All I Want Is You by U2, or Sarah McLachlan's Answer. Nikki Yanofsky also does a great version of At Last, and I've always liked Duke Ellington's Take The A Train. Then there's a fiddler named Sierra Noble who plays a haunting version of the Soldier's Lament...

7. Spy thrillers on the one hand, and romance in a collaboration with my writing partner.

8. Rock climbing, out in the great outdoors. And photography. And motorbiking.

9. Travelling to unlikely places, getting out on just the right cliff face and enjoying the day with nothing but empty space beneath me.

10. Quebec City. Prince Edward Island. Yellowstone. Jasper and Banff. Cape Breton.

11. "The light at the end of the tunnel is usually the light of an oncoming train."

Carol Riggs said...

Count of Monte Cristo, YES! I love that movie. (Haven't read the book.) How neat that you've climbed the Wall of China and seen the Taj Mahal! and I'd LOVE to see the David/Sistine Chapel. I'd ditto you in the craft/art for doing things other than writing. I love to watch dance too (though not a dancer myself, except when warming up for my exercises!).

kmckendry said...

I love your answers, esp the date with Mr. Lucas!

Just wanted to let you know there's an award for you on my blog. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

It was nice to learn more about you. I'm a panster! I like having my cat and coffee within arm's reach.

Julie Musil said...

It was fun getting to know you better! You really HAVE done some cool things. #jealous

Like you, I'm a big time plotter, with a bit of pantsing on the side :D

Julie Musil said...

Oh, and this is why I stopped by in the first place...

Congratulations on making it to the next round of the Amazon breakthrough contest!!

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, PK. It's been too long. I hope you and yours are well.
When I see a post that reads: Tag, you're it. I usually flee. It usually means work for me. However, I'm glad I didn't. It might be fun answering those questions. Perhaps that will be my post in a week...
My, you have been blessed to visit some really cool places! Thanks for sharing.

-Jimmy

Leslie Rose said...

You've given me serious travel envy. You can have Sam and Legolas. I'll take Aragorn.

Paul Tobin said...

Great idea PK my tag is here: http://magpiebridge.blogspot.com/2012/02/tag-youre-it.html

You have lived an interesting life, I enjoyed reading the post.

LTM said...

I'm pretty sure these are the questions I was tagged with last week. Methinks that's next Monday's post!

But hey! that's exactly the plotting/pantsing approach I'm taking with WIP. I'm kind of digging it, too, and although I'm sort of charting out the direction, I'm looking forward to seeing how the story grows and changes.

Ahh... the life of a flight attendant. Tres jealous~ :o) <3

Arlee Bird said...

You've certainly had a wealth of great experiences.

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Donna Yates said...

What an amazing life you've had, PK. Think of all those memories. If I could go back in time, I'd find a way to not lose contact with the many friends I've met over the years.