Posture, and Progress, and Painless, Oh My! {Writing Health, Day 2}

Good Morning, Y’all! As I mentioned yesterday, today we get to talk about healthy writing positions. 

From November 2012 until halfway through November 2015 I wrote almost exclusively on easy chairs, couches, and beds. There were definite pluses to this set up, like the fact that it was very portable, comfortable, and I could easily put my feet up and just chill. Plus, if I leaned at the correct angle I could actually have my puppy on my lap as I wrote which is totally a win-win situation. (Below is a picture from 2012.) 

The set-up obviously had far more detrimental attributes than positive side affects, hence the reason that I’m currently typing at a table with my posture the correct way, using an ergonomic keyboard, and my feet flat on the floor. (If you knew me in person you would understand that having my feet on the floor is a big deal. I basically never have my feet on the floor… Well, except when I’m typing now.)
Before we go into the correct writing (aka typing) posture, I figured I’d introduce Jason via his Goodreads bio: 

Jason McIntire is a 2005 homeschool graduate and entrepreneur, with business experience ranging from marketing tractors to selling ergonomic keyboards. His main interests in life are the Bible and people – especially the intersection of the two in preaching and teaching. Writing is his one hobby of solitude; all his other interests center around times together with friends and family. He likes writing about real people doing real things that readers can relate to.

As way of introduction, I also asked Jason if he would tell us a bit about how he got interested in ergonomic devices:

To put it simply: by necessity. I started out as a graphic designer in 2005, naïvely thinking I had a great ergonomic setup because of my curvy keyboard and mouse wrist rest. (I later found out that mouse wrist rests are not only useless but evil.) Pain and discomfort started within a couple of years, sending me on a quest for new devices – a quest that grew expensive over time. Partly to defray the cost of trying so many new things myself, I started reviewing products for the benefit of others as well. This ultimately grew into All Things Ergo, a blog that I’m glad to say has been helpful for number of people. It’s gratifying to know that I am helping others get out of the painful, unproductive hole where I spent a number of years myself.

And now For some tips on correct typing posture:

Question: Please describe the correct typing posture? (And, if you feel like telling us why it’s important, that would be cool, too.) 

Answer: This is going to vary a bit from person to person depending on your individual build and vulnerabilities. (It would vary even more if we covered writing while standing, but for now let’s limit it to the sedentary side of things.) In general:

  • Your thighs should be approximately aligned with the floor. If your knees are higher than your hips, you need to either get a new chair or significantly readjust the one you’ve got; that arrangement will limit circulation to your legs and really hurt after awhile.
  • You should not be sitting ramrod straight up. Instead, get a chair with some tilt to the back, and lean back a few degrees while you work. Similarly, don’t take extra effort to square your shoulders while sitting. Instead, relax them.
  • Rest your arms on something – usually the armrests of your chair – but don’t dig in and lock your arms in place. Instead, they should be resting “lightly.” Most office chairs with non-adjustable arm rests have them up way too high, creating a shoulder hunch that’s almost worse than no arm rests at all.
  • Your keyboard should be, in general, as close to the level of your lap as you can get it. It’s okay for your hands to hang down slightly as you type, but you want to avoid reaching up at all if possible, as this causes your wrists to bend backward.

Helpful, right? Come back tomorrow to hear some more. 

Cait – Notebook Sister Interview

Good Monday, people! Today I have a treat for you! (Yep, just for you!) There’s a blog that I’ve been reading for a year or two. Or maybe longer. And it’s pretty cool. (Meaning I really, really like it.) I know that some of you who read the blog will be like “What?”, because obviously, not every blog can be for every one. But this blog is simply a fantastically interesting and witty and informative blog. 
Notebook Sisters is run by two sisters (never would have seen that one coming!) who live in Australia and read a lot of books. And I do mean a lot. Right now Cait, the older sister, is doing the majority of the blogging and she’s the one who I had the pleasure of interviewing for this post. 
I don’t read a lot of modern fiction books because my standards are pretty conservative, but I do like knowing about the books, because as an author it’s very helpful knowing what people are talking about. Cait’s reviews have provided a very humorous and enjoyable way for me to learn about a lot of books. And now I’ll stop talking and get down to the interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 😉 

1. I know you read a lot. About how many books do you read each year? How many do you review each year? 

I comfortably read 100 books a year, but this year? I’m onto 140 already. (It has been a bookish sort of year.) So WHO KNOWS?! I just gobble books as the come. I review all of them, though, because I have a terrible memory. I review for me, mostly, so I remember why I loved/hated a book. Usually the reviews just go up on my Goodreads instead of my blog because I read too much.

Wow, let’s just say I can’t even fathom reading or reviewing that many books. I’ve read around 60ish this year and that’s pretty tops for me… 

2. What would you say is the number one reason you review books? 

It’s a very selfish reason, to be honest…I read them because I forget! Reviewing helps me remember. 
Well, all I have to say is I’m glad you review them. Your reviews are the best!

3. What is your average rating on books you review? 

I’m a nice person, I promise, I truly am…except…my average rating is 3.6-stars. Which doesn’t look very nice, does it? But mostly I love books or I loathe them. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND. If I love a book I’m not afraid to flail about it. Break out the maracas and let us dance to the glorious tune of Awesome Books.

4. How long does it normally take you to review a book? 

That depends on the gifs. Sometimes I spend aaaages looking for the perfect gif — oh, you mean actually writing the review? Ha. Oh yes. There’s that too. I’ve never timed myself. But I’d say it’s under 15minutes. But I waste a lot more time than that looking for gifs. (Pfft, what am I saying? It is not WASTE. It is necessary.)
I find that quite impressive indeed. Maybe if I wrote dozens of reviews each month I’d be able to write them so rapidly, too. 🙂

5. How would you describe your reviewing style? 

I want my reviews to be a conversation. A chat! FUN. I’m not afraid to throw in big words like phenomenal and exquisite, but I’m all about squeeing and saying awesome and occasionally just throwing my hands across the keyboard in and asdfjakdlsf of feels. FEEEEELS, peoples. I’m very far from a formal reviewer. I would probably fail if I was doing this professionally. 
Or you would just change the whole style of professional book reviews… 

 
6. Do you take notes on books as you read them? 

Not really, because I’m lazy. Although, if it’s an ebook, I’ll highlight passages on my kindle. And occasionally, if I find an awesome line in a physical book, I take a photo of the quote and page number on my iPod. But mostly I just lie with my book thinking, “I ought to make a note of that” and don’t do anything at all.
I have decided that you must have a fantastic memory.

7. Do you ever get nervous thinking about people one day reviewing a book you’ve authored? 

Oh. heck. YES. I’m not extremely close to being a published author yet, but I’ll be submitting manuscripts with my agent to publishing houses soon…and it really does scare me that maybe one day in the foreseeable future people will be blogging about my book. What if they hate it?! I…I need chocolate. I do. 
It does make me think carefully about how I review though. When I review a book I always think about the author. I never book bash and I never throw around phrases like, “Why was this book published?! It’s rubbish” or “the author was so clueless” because I know (from behind-the-scenes) that that’s never true.
Yes, that’s one thing I’ve noticed about your reviews and appreciate about your blog. 

8. If you could meet any author of a book you’ve reviewed, who would it be? 

Maggie Stiefvater (author of The Raven Boys and Shiver. Although I think she’d terrify me, because she seems like a wildfire. So, if I didn’t want to be scared, I would also love to meet A.G. Howard (author of Splintered) because she’s so nice on social media, I think she’d be freakishly lovely in real life too.

9. And random: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? 

Paris! I have this obsession with Paris. I think it might have something to do with small cafes serving coffee and croissants. I would never ever say no to a croissant. 

Sounds like fun! And thank you so much, Cait for letting me interview you. I had a lot of fun reading your answers! Keep reading, blogging, writing and reviewing! 

Interview with Elsie

Hey everyone! For my writing/blogger interview today I have Elsie from this blog. It’s good to have you, Elsie! Thanks for stopping by. And now, for the interview: 

Random Questions: 

Describe your family in one sentence:
I love all 8 of them, even if it get’s crazy.

Describe yourself in one sentence:
I may seem bubbly, until I try to kill of my MC’s Best friend. 😉 (Aidyl’s note: That’s a writing term for ‘Main Character’, just so y’all don’t freak out. 😉

When you’re stressed out, how do you cheer yourself up?
Writing, drawing, playing the piano, singing, writing poems.

About Writing:

How long have you been writing?
I tell most people 13, because that’s when I fell in love with writing, although I did a little bit of writing starting when I was 9 or 10.

What age do you write for and how did you choose that age?
I have to say I don’t really know. I would guess probably around the teen and older level, just because my writing is intense and sometimes depressing or gross, not because I have inappropriate stuff,

What genre do you write?
Mostly fantasy these days, but I dabble occasionally with other genres.

How serious are you about writing?
I love it. It’s a huge part of my life. I’m not sure where I’d be without writing.

What’s your current or favorite book about?
The last book I read that I really “liked” was Eight Keys by Suzanne LeFleur. It was a very simple story, about a perfectly normal person, but I connected with it a lot. Here’s the synopsis; Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise’s parents died when she
was too young to remember them.  There’s always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her ather. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the barn… 

If you could give us one bit of writing advice, what would it be?
The small things. Add little tiny things in, it gives your character personality. Just the tiniest things. Walk around your house, study objects, see how they may bring back memories that don’t necessarily mean anything, or aren’t sentimental they’re just something that you remembered, and you don’t know why. Little things. That’s the biggest thing in writing for me. What kind of car you drive. What you wear. What you read, when you begin to cry, who you see on the street and who you just pass by without noticing.

Would you rather…:

Would you rather write a book or read a book?
That’s a hard one. I think I would rather read, but that’s a very very VERY slight preference.

Would you rather read a blog or write a blog?
I would say write, because I love seeing my words right there on the page, exactly the way I wrote them. It makes me feel happy for some reason.

Would you rather receive a snail-mail card or an email?
Email is so much more practical, but there is something thrilling about getting a letter in the mail. I’m on the fence, but as a general rule, business is Email, and just for fun is snail mail.

If you could…:

If you could have your dream job, what would it be?
A published author OR a musician. Both if it’s an option though. 😀

If you could speak any language, what would it be?
Well, I’m currently learning German, and it’s tons of fun. I would actually like to write in German at some point.

If you could accomplish any goal, what would it be?
Right now? Finish a novel. I’ve never actually done it. I keep getting better so I never want to finish my novels It’s a bad habit of mine. 😉

If you could have any pet, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted a rabbit.

Favorites:

What’s your favorite meal?
Mashed potatoes are my favorite thing in the world.

What’s your favorite treat?
Chocolate. Or Root beer float.

What’s your favorite memory?
Playing dress up with my aunt when she lived with us would be one of my favorites.We would pick out an outfit, and she would put it on. It always included her umbrella, which we called a “Parasol.”

What’s your favorite quote?
“I beleived that I wanted to be poet, but deep down I wanted to be a poem.” Jaime Gil de Biedma

What’s your favorite blog?
Willa Nicole Scribblings (willafivecents.blogspot.com) She’s a good friend of mine, and an AMAZING photographer and writer. An sometimes a poet.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?
Pslam 4:8 “I will both lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone O, LORD make me dwell in safety.”

Interview – Will Cloud

Hey, y’all! I have another one of my writing-group-writers here for an interview. Thanks, Will, for stopping by!

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Will Cloud, and I live in Cumberland, Virginia. Very out of the way, but beautiful country, let me tell you. I’m a homeschooled eleventh grader, and am involved in theater and soccer. I love Legos, Marvel, and Doctor Who!
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve jumped off some pretty high dives, and climbed 30 foot tall rocks on mountain peaks, but I would have to answer that with wearing on Oompa-loompa jumpsuit…I’m 6’2″, so you can see how that worked. It was very fun though!
Describe yourself in one sentence.
Can I do one of those sentences that lasts for four pages? No, I’m good crazy, with a little snark, a little wit, and a little seriousness all in one.
How long have you been writing?
Only since January, actually. I have written, or tried to write, in years past, but this year is the first time I’ve been able to finish even a short story.
What age group/ what genre do you write for? 
I write mostly for teens, but not teen fiction. I usually write horror, thriller, and fantasy.
If you could give us one piece of writing advice, what would it be? 
Write, write, write…You get better the more you do it, and your ideas get better and better. Things that I thought of years ago are finally becoming solid enough ideas to be written down. Writers aren’t born with the ability to create NYT bestsellers, they get there through a lot of work.
Would you rather go on a backpacking trip or stay at a resort for a week?
I love resorts, but the adventure of a camping/hiking trip would be really fun. And depending on where, I might get to hunt for sasquatch!
If you could only choose to books to read for the rest of you life, which two would they be?
Well, excluding the Bible, I would have to say Les Miserables and Lord of the Rings. They are two of my favorites, and once I finished one, I could start it again and not remember any of it! They are very long books! But, they are some of the best pieces of literature out there.

If you could jump into any book world, which would it be?
Hard question! I would have to say either Middle Earth, or Narnia. But then there is Panem, which would be very interesting. Competing in the Hunger Games would be a challenge.
Who’s your favorite author?
Definitely C. S. Lewis! He was an incredible writer, and had such understanding of Christianity. I wouldn’t agree with him always, but I love his writing.

What is your favorite book? 
Definitely Les Miserables, with a close second being the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, and about a dozen others.
When was your favorite age? 
Well, I am quite partial to the First Age, the age of Morgoth, and the Silmarillions…Oh, wait, sorry. 15 for me. It was when I started theater, was first string keeper (only keeper) for my team, and really opened up to new things.
Outgoing or shy? Yes. It depends on the situation.
Coffee or tea? Can’t I have both? No, tea, definitely.
City or Country? Country boy all the way, right here.
Piano or guitar? I play piano, so no competition there.
Fancy or casual? Depends on the situation, but I prefer comfy over formal, so, casual.

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Thanks, Will, for stopping by! 🙂 

Interview with Julia Byers

Hey Everyone! During this month, I have several interviews I had the privilege of doing with fellow writers from my writing group. Julia Byers is our first guest. It’s good to have you, Julia! 

Julia Byers is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Teen Ink magazine, the RC Review, the White Ash Literary Magazine, the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection, and the 17th Annual Café Shapiro Anthology. She won the Children’s/Young Adult category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a 2014 Hopwood Underclassmen Fiction Award, and the 2014 Arthur Miller Award, among other honors. She currently works as a remote intern for a literary agent and runs the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Her hobbies include Netflix and not going outside. She fangirls/posts pictures of her dog at www.juliathewritergirl.com.

Questions About Writing: 
1.        How long have you been writing? 
I’ve been writing for longer than I can remember. My mom says that back before I learnedhow to do it myself, I’d follow her around the house begging her to write down my stories.
2.        What age do you write for and how did you choose that age? 
I write for young adults. The teenage years are all about discovery, so it’s a really interesting and special age group.
3.        What genre do you write? 
I write a lot of action-y stuff, usually espionage-related.
4.        How serious are you about writing? 
Not serious in the least. (By which I mean I’m majoring in creative writing, currently interning for a literary agent, have written five novels, and run a writing conference for teenagers.)
5.        If you could give us one bit of writing advice, what would it be? 
Keep going. Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it’sdisheartening, but it’ll always be worth it in the end.

Random Questions:
1. If you could travel to any country, which would it be? 
Right now, I’m dying to visit Italy. That area’s got such a complex and rich history.

2. If you could chose only two books to read for the rest of your life, what would they be? Probably the Bible (because that seems like a good book to have around) and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (because it can cheer me up, no matter what).
3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be (past included)?
CS Lewis. His writing and life both inspire me a ton. I got to eat at the Eagle and Child this past summer—the pub at which the Oxford Inklings met back in the day—and it was incredible.

Questions About Favorites:
1.        What’s your favorite book? 
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s a YA historical espionage novel about a pair of best friends during WWII, and it’s twisty and heartbreaking and beautiful.
2.        What’s your favorite quote? 
More than a little bit cliché, but “carpe diem” (by any number of people). It’s such a great motto to live by.

One word answers:
            Fancy or Casual? Fancy
Coffee or Tea? Tea
City or Country? City
Morning bird or Night Owl? Morning bird
Summer or Winter? Summer
Calm or Crazy? Crazy
Piano or Guitar? Guitar

Interview with Chloe

Hey y’all! Today I have the privilege of interviewing Chloe, a blogger who’s gotten to do quite a bit of traveling. I figured with all the traveling I’ve done/been doing recently, you might like to hear from a gal who can maybe give you another perspective on the activity. Enjoy! (And thanks, Chloe!)


1. Why don’t we start by you telling us a little bit about yourself? 

Hi My name is Chloe, I am a fifteen year old girl 🙂 The oldest of 3 kids, in 10nth grade, and a sinner saved by God’s grace….that pretty much tells you a little part of who I am. Two more things, I love missions..I’m hoping that God calls me to the mission field in a couple years, and I have a blog called Blooming Maiden...I’d love if you check it out!

2. You’ve travled quite a bit. Can you tell us what countries you’ve been to? 

Yes, I am blessed to have a Mom that loves to travel…and she trust’s God to provide all our needs…so therefore I’ve traveled a little bit. I’ve been to Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, North America, Germany, France, and Israel. 

3. Which is your favorite country? 

I think Israel has been my favorite place so far. 

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Wow…that’s a hard question. Umm, I would really like to go to India. And I would love to go to Canada to see my amazing friend face to face for the first time!! 

5. What country/place surprised you the most? Why?

 Jerusalem surprised me 🙂 I was totally not expecting to see what I saw. I thought it was going to be a lot more picturesque and a lot more quaint. But it’s not, it’s a like a regular city..though it does have it’s own indescribable quaintness about it 🙂 

6. If you could tell us one tip about making travel easier, what would it be? 

Well, I’m definitely not a pro at traveling…actually traveling by airplane scares me now and then. But there is one thing that I recommend very highly, don’t take more than you need. So many people are surprised when we arrive at a country to stay for 3 months with only 1 medium carryon suitcase each. It’s much easier to travel without a load on your back. And you get to enjoy the trip more 🙂  (If you are moving somewhere temporarily then yes, one needs more than just a medium carry on:) 

7. What’s your favorite part about traveling? 

I love to be surprised by where I visit…and I think my favorite part about traveling is meeting new people and making new friends!

8. Do you like to research a place before you visit it? 

As I mentioned in Question # 7, I love being surprised..so no, I do not like to research. Sometimes though, if my curiosity gets the best of me..then I will do a little search online 🙂 

9. Do you have anything else you’d like to share with us? 

If any of you have the opportunity to travel, enjoy it..and have a wonderful time!!! Thanks soo much Aidyl for letting me take this interview!!! 

Interview With Author Stephanie Morrill

Ok, y’all! I’m totally thrilled to have one of my writing mentors, Stephanie Morrill here today for an interview! She’s the one who started the much-talked-about-by-me blog/Facebook group, Go Teen Writers. So, without further ado, here the interview is! 

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Sure! I live in Overland Park, Kansas with my husband and two kids. I’m the author of five books for teens – The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. My sixth book, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, comes out this November. I have samples of all my books on my website, http://www.StephanieMorrill.com

Writing… 

1. How old were you when you began writing? 

I started writing stories in first grade. We were given writing time everyday in class and could write about whatever we wanted. When we finished our stories, we turned them in and someone (a teacher or volunteer parent, maybe) would type them for us. We got to pick the color of our cover and binding, and then they printed out our “book” for us to illustrate and read to the class. I loved it and from then on I started telling people I wanted to be a novelist when I grew up.

2. Who would you consider your writing mentor? 

Jenny B. Jones. We don’t talk very often, but she’s totally been there for me with her support, encouragement, and kindness in my confusing career moments.

3. How much time do you devote each (day or week, whichever is easier for you) to writing (including proofreading, marketing, etc…)?

It fluctuates as my children grow up. My daughter is in kindergarten now and my son is in preschool two days a week. With my parents and my husband’s parents living in town, I also regularly have babysitters one morning a week. I use that time for writing (and writing related stuff) and nothing else. I don’t meet friends for lunch or stop by the grocery store – I write. And I work most evenings for at least an hour after the kids have gone to bed, but I’m trying to get out of that habit now that their school schedule allows me more time during the day. So probably about 25 hours a week?

4. Do you snack and/or drink while writing? If so, what? 

I don’t snack a lot, but I do always have something to drink. Mostly coffee and water, but iced tea (or hot tea) from time to time as well.

5. What was your best “author moment”?

I had a book signing for So Over It, which is the third book in the Skylar Hoyt series, two weeks after I gave birth to my son. I hadn’t slept well, I felt gross, and I just really didn’t want to do it.

But I was really glad that I did, because about halfway through it a teenage girl stepped up to my table. She seemed rather shy, and I was trying to draw conversation out of her. Fortunately, her parents were with her because her father told me that they lived in a small town that didn’t have a bookstore, and when So Over It came out, they’d driven an hour to go get a copy. And then she had seen I was having a book signing and begged to come.

When I got home, I looked it up on a map and saw they lived over two hours away from Kansas City. I felt so humbled by that since I’d been a bit grumbly about doing the signing in the first place. It reminded me that I’m very lucky to have writing and that because of it I get opportunities to meet lots of wonderful people.

Random…

6. Which season is your favorite? Why? 

I’m an autumn girl. I love getting out my jeans, taking walks in crisp air, and busting out all the soup recipes I’ve collected over the summer. And the leaves. I adore the changing leaves, even more now that I can play in them with the kids!


7. What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“Be a voice, not an echo.” I’m not sure who said that first, but I first heard it a month ago, and I’ve been dwelling on what that means ever since.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why? 

I’ve lived in California, Florida, and Kansas, and I love it here in Kansas City the most because it’s a great combination of affordable city life, great schools, (I’m at the age where I have to think about those kinds of things), and great culture. Plus both our families are here in town, and that’s hard to beat.

But if I didn’t have to factor in family or affordability, I think I’d be pretty tempted to move back out west. I visited Sonoma, California a couple years ago and totally fell in love with it. Great food, great weather, great culture. Loved it.

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? Why? 

Funny story. My parents recently told my husband and I that for our tenth wedding anniversary (which is next May) they’ll fly us anywhere we want to go, so I’ve actually been thinking about this question quite a bit! Right now it’s looking like we’re going to tour Italy. Other places we contemplated were New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, and Greece.

10. You have a ebook sampler that can be downloaded for free right now, can you tell us about it?


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Thank you so much, Stephanie, for joining us! I had so much fun learning more about you! 

Interview with Author Rebecca Rash

Hey y’all! Another author interview. Aren’t they fun? Enjoy!

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Certainly! My name is Rebecca, and I am 18. I have loved to write since I was old enough to form letters, but only in the past five years have gotten serious about it. I’ve been home schooled, and enjoy being one in a family of fifteen. Besides writing, I love photography, music, guitar, Bible, and history. My wish in writing is to engage and change hearts of people, to honor God.
1. When and where do you like to write the most?
I’ve always been someone who loves to write at night, but lately my schedule has changed, and I’ve had to take my writing to a different time of day – early morning. It’s been a new experience, but I’ve heard your brain is fresher!
I write at the family computer in our dining room. Also I am partial to sitting at my desk in my room, looking out the window and pretending to be productive. I work better on a computer. 😉
2. What/who inspires you to write?
I’ve always had an inward drive to write. It’s not that I love writing, because I don’t always, but I don’t feel satisfied unless I have a story, book, or some kind of writing in progress.
On an outward level, I would say that other authors inspire me to write. I love to read a book and be challenged to further my writing.
3. If you could meet any author (past or present) who would it be?
L. M. Montgomery. She had a vocabulary filled with colorful, descriptive words, and an eloquent writing style. Her books involve every sense – sight, hearing, smell… – and easily transport you into her fictional world, which, if you’ve read any of her books, is a lovely place to be. I would love to be a mouse in her pocket.
4. Do you eat or drink when you’re writing? If so, what?
Oftentimes I simply drink water, or nothing at all. I love my “no plot, no problem!” mug, full of Chai Spice tea, but found that since I zone when I write, it only gets cold by the time I take my second sip!
5. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever found/heard?
There is a quote that I often say to myself – “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov
I think that to try and master the art of “showing, not telling,” is undoubtedly some of the best writing advice I have heard. It’s one of the pieces of wisdom most hammered into writers heads, but there’s good reason for it. The more a person can see and feel a story, the better they can relate to it. I am far from mastering it yet, but do my best to improve with each story.
Last but not least, expand your vocabulary and write! You’ll never get anywhere without effort! 🙂
Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your book(s)?
A Handful of Flowers is a short story collection, featuring five of my short stories focusing around kindness. I love to write about youth and the struggles and encounters they have while trying to live lives of faith. This is the focus of my book, and though written with a youth audience in mind, it’s been enjoyed by all ages. 🙂
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Aidyl! I’ve enjoyed it! 🙂
I enjoyed it too, Rebecca! 
Hey everyone else, you can find her book, A Handful of Flowers, here. Also, I’m happy to let you all know that she’s sent me a complementary copy and when I’m back to reading fiction, I’ll be able to read it and post a review. 

Interview with Daisy

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an interview on here…. But, here y’all go! Meet Daisy:

1. Tell us about yourself, favorite color, hobby, name, etc… 

Okay, my name is Daisy Madonna, my friends call me Daidai, Daisy Dukes, or something like that, haha. My fave color, is, well, anything neon. I like neon. I like to sing, act, and write short stories for the class newspaper. I don’t like doing any other writing than Newspaper Stories/Articles. I wrote articles on how I won tickets to Taylor Swift’s concert, a movie review on TANGLED, and alot of stuff like that. FUN! I’ve starred in a few stage productions, school plays, short movies too. I’ve been blessed enough to perform onstage, in concert, with Rock Music legend Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame. He is SOO awesome!

2. Would you rather listen to music, read a book or watch a movie? 

Hmm, that a toughie!! Okay, I’m a little picky about what movies that I watch, so yeah. Usually, I listen to the radio WHILE I read my books.

3. Are you more of a tomboy or a girly girl? 

Okay, I’m a bit of both!! I’m not gonna get into details, because I am THAT boring.

4. What is your favorite month of the year? Why? 
My fave months of the year? Hum. I like December, because it’s all about like, magical Christmas. Yay. I like June, because that’s my last month of school, and my birthday is June 12! I really can’t decide which one is my absolute FAVORITE, because I love them all.

5. What is your favorite book or movie?

Here, I’ll list all my fave books and movies!! Okay, Books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, The Hunger Games, Dork Diaries Series, Smile, Making Waves, The Queen Geek Social Club, The How to Train Your Dragon series, and a lot of others that I forgot!

6. What is your favorite food?

Well, I’m gluten intolerant, so I’m a little limited. But I sure do love PIZZAAAAA

7. If you could spend the day with someone famous (past or present) who would it be? Why? 

I would either spend the day with my fave actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, or my fave singer, Taylor Swift. or that BubzBeauty girl!

8. What is your favorite kind of animal?
A teacup chihuauaua, if that’s how you spell it. I want one, but I just adopted a Shish-Tzu named Maggie!! Yay!

9. What is your favorite blog? 

I don’t have just one favorite blog, but 3 of my definite faves are Randocology, A focus for HIM: Thoughts and Photography, and your blog, of course!
Thanks so much for interviewing me!