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It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for another road trip Wednesday hosted by the girls over at YAHighway. Today’s question is:

How do you reward yourself when you meet your writing goals?

I actually have no good answer for this. I don’t reward myself with a certain amount of television, ice-cream, or chocolate. I kind of do what I do with working out, bask in the satisfaction of completing the task by doing absolutely nothing. This may explain why I don’t finish projects faster, but I think that has more to do with me being overly critical of myself and writing ability. Maybe I could develop an award system. Maybe, every time I meet a goal, I could…take the next work day off and spend it doing whatever I wanted. Perhaps I’ll take a hike in the mountains 30 minutes from my house, or I could go lounge on the beach 45 minutes away. Or, I could go to the Zoo since I do have a year pass and spend the day hanging out with my favorite animal, the tigers, alongside my favorite niece and nephew. I don’t know. There are so many options and only one day to do them. This is another reason why I may have problems hitting my goals. I’ve never been the greatest decision maker. Even deciding where to eat is a never ending back and forth with me and myself. Sometimes I want everything and sometimes nothing sounds good. I think my no award system works pretty well for me. Sometimes nothing is the best thing.

What about you? How do you reward yourself when you meet a goal?

Unfortunately my laptop is still not charging and it’s $45 to get it diagnosed, so until I get it down to the computer guy, my pencil will remained lost. That’s okay though, I’m still finishing up the pictures to my children’s book. Hopefully when I finish I’ll know what’s wrong with my computer. Til then I hope you all find your pencils.


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Okay, it’s Road Trip Thursday, where the lovely ladies of ya highway provide a question and I answer it.  Today’s question is:

If you went to high school with your characters, would you be friends?

This is an interesting question for me, since my ya novel isn’t quite as contemporary as some of my writing counterparts, so my story doesn’t revolve around any type of school setting.  With that being said, there is a “high school” and some of my characters do (did) attend it.  But in the spirit of things, I am going to pretend that all of my characters have landed in the middle of my old school.

First I’ll start with my MC.  He is dark, mysterious and keeps to himself.  I would like to think we would be friends, but remembering how anti-social I was during those four years of my life I probably wouldn’t have started a relationship.  Plus, he’s not really the kind of guy who seeks out new people to hang out with.  So sadly, I would have to say no, we would not hang out, but rather I would have crushed on him from afar; although the whole Angel of Death thing may have freaked me out a bit.

The second person is my MC’s love interest who used to be human, but was turned into a vampire.  I know everybody roll their eyes.  Now that you’re done, I would have to say that I think we would be friends.  Not BFF’s, but casual acquaintances.  We probably would have a few AP classes together and would be study buddies.  Every once in a while we would venture to a party, where we’d only speak to each other.

There are a few other characters I could see myself being friends with, such as Lysander, the man Selene (my MC’s love interest), is in love with, and who harbors a secret demon within him.  He’s outgoing, charming and athletic.  All the qualities of my best guy friend in high school.  For some reason I seemed to get along with guys better.

So there is a short list of who I would and who I wouldn’t hang out with.  I have many others, but I figure I’ve bored you enough.

Now it’s your turn.  Would you hang out with your characters in high school?  Why or why not?

Let me know in the comments, while I rescue my pencil from my seven month old nephews mouth.

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So today’s Road Trip Thursday question is, If you could travel back to any historical era for research purposes, which would you choose?

For me, this is a no brainer.  Ever since I was little, I’ve been captivated by the Elizabethan age, and pretty much the whole Tudor reign.  I’ve actually participated in the Renaissance Faire.  I’ve gotten to the point where I want to experience the time so badly, I’ve resorted to historical make-believe.

My second choice would be Greece, during the time when Gods and Goddesses ruled mythology.  Having this information upfront, instead of searching books and the internet, would make it far easier to finish my novel.

While there are some great eras in American history, the fact is, it bored me stupid when I was in school.  Maybe it’s because growing up most of my father’s reading material revolved around one theme-the civil war.  Whatever the case maybe, I’ve never really been that into American history.

So there you have it.  The places I would like to research.

So where would you go?  The hippie-sixties?  The day Mexico gained their independence?  Or would you sail the seas on the Santa Maria?

My pencil’s caught in Zeus’ beard.  Excuse me while I fish it out.

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So this is the day I answer the question provided by YA Highway, I know I haven’t answered one for the last few weeks, but last week they didn’t have one, and before that I couldn’t answer the question they had posted. This week’s question is a fun one though.

What does your main character hide in their underwear drawer-or other secret location?

Hmmm…this is a good question. Azrael is the Angel of Death so naturally he would hide a sketch he drew himself of his first love, alongside a magenta flower and a miniature rocking horse made of wood.  He may even have a Water Woo or two lurking somewhere.  One can always hope since they’re fun, magical creatures with a mischievous side.  Of course, Azrael doesn’t like them very much…

Tell me, what would your MC hide in their drawer?  A picture of a lost love, their favorite pair of pj’s, or maybe the head of that Barbie doll they took from their older sister? 

Hmmm…my pencil has gone missing again, perhaps I will find it in Azrael’s underwear drawer ;p

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Today’s Road Trip Thursday writing question from YA Highway is…what is you favorite book you’ve read this month?

Okay, so I haven’t read that many books this month and since I already reviewed the only novel I’ve completed this month so far, I’m going to pick a children’s story in honor of my niece who turned three two days ago. 

For her birthday I have her one of my favorite stories growing up.  Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.  It is one of the best children’s stories and my niece, who normally wanders away about halfway through a book, sat and listened to the whole thing.  All the while telling me she like eggs and ham, lol.  And when I finished she asked me to read it to her again.

So my favorite story I’ve read this month definitely Green Eggs and Hams.

What is you favorite story you’ve read this month?  Leave a comment and let me know why I scrounge around for my pencil, I’ve seemed to misplaced it again.

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This is my first roadtrip Thursday post, where YA Highway asks the question and I answer it.  Today’s question is what is your favorite reading memory?  Hmm….

Okay, so my favorite reading memory is lying in my bed and listening to my older sister read James and the Giant Peach. 

Now an even better question is, why is this my favorite reading memory?

When I was younger I shared my room not just with my older sister, but also with my younger sister and brother.  We would all cuddle into our beds and listen to our “OS”  while images of James inside the Giant Peach bounced around in our heads.  When our sister was finished we would talk about what happened and what we thought would come next.  Sharing the experience with siblings somehow made the story that much more magical and allowed us to connect on another level besides, “Mom so and so hit me again.” Which was probably a relief to my overwhelmed mother.

Since my then I have read Harry Potter to every single one of my younger brothers and sisters, as well as many nursery rhyme books.  I continue the tradition today with my niece and nephew and hope that one day Stinkypants will read to her little brother too.

So what about you?  Do you have a favorite reading memory?  If so what is it?

Now I’m off to find my pencil.  I seemed to have missplaced the darned thing again.

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