Christine tagged me on her blog, Digging out of Distraction, so I'm supposed to do this meme for you. What the heck is a meme you ask? I'm not too ashamed to say I had to look it up, so if you don't know, click here and then come back.
I don't have anyone left to tag since the instigator in my group, Martha of Just Me & You, posted hers on Friday. Oh, well. Feel free to add your own responses in the comments!
So this game of 26-question “meme” tag goes like this: answer the 26 questions then tag those who have to do it too…
1. What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
Last thing: a scene from my current WIP, Floater
First thing: a recount of a trip to Switzerland (when we lived in Germany) written in 3rd grade, and illustrated by my grandmother
2. Write poetry?
Not too much anymore, but have a whole folder of it. The last one was for that same grandmother several days before she died.
3. Angsty poetry?
Mostly romantic poetry, or random ramblings.
4. Favorite genre of writing?
To write: contemporary and romantic suspense
To read: most romance (limited paranormal, though), mystery, political/spy thrillers
5. Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Hayden Farmer, the nerdy stalker from my very first MS
6. Best plot you’ve ever created?
Always the one I'm working on. Plot is actually my weak point, so I struggle with this. I'm still pretty proud of how Counting on You turned out, though.
7. Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
Since none of my books are published, I don't want to share, just in case. Hey, I can dream. 😀
8. How often do you get writer’s block?
True writer's block? Almost never (even though I blogged about it a few days ago). Usually I struggle if a scene isn't working. When it hits, I go jogging, or start making lists until I figure out where to go with the story.
9. Write fan fiction?
Heck no. I'm trying to emulate, but not recreate.
10. Do you type or write by hand?
Mostly type, but I often think creatively better on paper. I always have a notebook dedicated to the WIP I'm working on where I can put notes, ideas, and write lists, or just think through several scenarios. If I had to write a book longhand it would never happen. Plus, Scrivener just makes organizing so easy…
11. Do you save everything you write?
YES! I even have old one-line ideas that I emailed home from work years ago, transferred to Word.
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
Yes, and I have several WIPs that I started before I was ready for them. I definitely plan to repurpose them at some point.
13. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
There are some scenes from Counting on You that I absolutely love. There's no better feeling than going back over your own work and thinking, “Wow, I wrote that?” It doesn't happen often.
14. What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?
The only one anyone else has read is Counting on You, so by default, that's it. 😉
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Um, yeah. Romance, obviously.
Teen, but not angsty. I wrote my first novel (the term is loosely applied here) in 7th grade. The parents died and the girl goes in search of her biological father after escaping from an orphanage. (Like in Disney, all good adventures start when the parents die or disappear.) She also meets a friendly gang (I know, right?) of boys along the way, and rides a Greyhound bus. (After the Air Force sent me on the bus–twice!–I realized it wasn't all it was cracked up to be.)
16. What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
San Diego, hands down! It's one of my favorite cities. I started two MSs set in Virginia (near D.C.), but didn't finish either of them. I'll eventually get there, but I think writing about San Diego is a great excuse to go back for a visit, don't you? 😉
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
One WIP, the monthly newsletter for a military spouse group, my blog, occasional articles for SM newsletter
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Yes! Counting on You won 1st place in the 2009 Heart-to-Heart Contest.
19. What are your five favorite words?
Oh, Lord. I can never do favorites on the spot, but I may come back and fill them in as they occur to me.
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Probably Kate from my first MS, When You're Not Looking. Similar career, personality, and some life events. That was my “get all your biographical crap out of the way” book. It's not all me, but there are a lot of little bits.
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
I really don't know. I'm sure they are combinations of people I've met, but I don't base them consciously on others. They just pop into my head along with the story premise.
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Not so far, but I get great ideas during the alpha state just before sleeping and after waking.
23. Do you favor happy endings?
They are an absolute must! Of course, I write romance, so the HEA is essential.
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yep. I'm an editor by nature. I can't leave something incorrect and just keep writing.
25. Does music help you write?
I usually prefer silence, unless I need to block out the noise around me. Occasionally, music is inspiring, but mostly I like peace and quiet.
26. Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
This counts for my Daily Squirrel, right? 😉 This is the rough draft of the last scene I wrote for my current WIP, Floater. I'm sure my lovely CP will have some comments… (love ya C!)
Libby threw her bag into Diego’s truck and shivered in the ocean breeze. Strands of her dusty hair whipped across her face and she pushed it away to find Steve looking at her. He stood with his head down, hands in pockets. If he dug his toe into the ground, he’d look like a nervous third grader.
Screw this. She wasn’t letting him walk away without a fight. Rather than yell or cry, or leave without saying goodbye, she closed the space between them and wound her arms around his neck.
She stood on tiptoe and cut him off with a firm kiss. His muscles stiffened, and he pressed his lips into a tight line.
So she fought back.
Her tongue darted out and licked his lower lip, teasing as she ran her fingers down his chest. His body trembled and he slammed her hips against him as he opened to her, sweeping his tongue into her mouth. She poured all of her love and longing into him, the world shattering around her as they melted together.
She relished the heat and hardness of his body molded to hers and forced back bitter tears as she released her desperate grip on his waist. Reluctantly—her body screaming in protest—she untangled herself, ignored the shock and naked desire on Steve’s face, and got into Diego’s truck.
If that didn’t brand Steve’s heart, nothing would.