Thursday’s Children July 11, 2013

 

A weekly blog hop where writers share their inspirations. Please join us!

A weekly blog hop where writers share their inspirations. Please join us!

This week Kristina and I are launching the Like A Virgin Writing Contest!

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Part of the festivities include a blog hop to help contestants get to know each other by answering Seven Questions. Thursday’s Children can play too if they like, or you can do a “standard” inspiration post, or you can talk about a “first”. Your choice. The linky on my post is the regular Thursday’s Children blog hop. If you want to answer the questions and be part of the Like A Virgin blog hop (opens Friday), the linky will be on the Like A Virgin website.

Here are the Questions. Oh, and we want the Truth (not a Dare)~

  1. How do you remember your first kiss?
  2. What was your first favorite love song?
  3. What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
  4. Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
  5. Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
  6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
  7. What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?

Here are my Answers.

1. With disappointment. Beginner syndrome for both of us.

2. “Uncertain Smile” (The The) If you’ve never heard it, or are feeling nostalgic, click here

3. I read what I wrote the day before.

4. Stephenie Meyer. I know, I know. But I read TWILIGHT and the writing didn’t blow me away, so I thought I should give it a shot.

5. Yes, basically. But in between it had other first chapters.

6. Plot. The same can’t be said of my second, but can be said of my third and fourth. General setting has been a “given” so far, therefore I don’t count that as coming first, though maybe it does. Hmm.

7. Haunting. Because my favorite books are the ones that haunt me years after I’ve read them. P.S. I don’t think I’m “there” yet.

Now, I can’t wait to read all YOUR answers! Or about your “first”, or whatever inspires you this week.

Here are the Thursday’s Children codes for this week. If you use Blogger and have trouble with the Linky, try deleting the ” marks and retyping them when you paste the code in html mode.

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38 thoughts on “Thursday’s Children July 11, 2013

  1. Your answer to #4 is so true. I was pursuing publication when I finally got around to reading Twilight but I had the same reaction! I’ve only read one book that really haunted (read: traumatized) me but I tend to avoid all things creepy because I am a big wimp when it comes to that kind of stuff.

    • Well, “haunted” doesn’t necessarily have to be scary/traumatizing. For me it’s those books that I think about years after I’ve read them, the characters who seemed so real I can’t believe they’re not really “alive”, etc.

  2. Just stopped by to tell you how “haunted” I am by our musical synchronicity. Uncertain Smile is one of my all-time favorite songs. I just went and looked–it’s racked up 186 plays on my iTunes. And Lord only knows how many on the record and CD versions (I owned both over the years). Not only is it a genius lyric and great beat, one of the all-time best piano outros ever. The whole of it is utterly unique and moving. It’s done more than stand the test of time. It is eternal. Long comment about a song, but it’s worthy.

    • Totally worthy and it IS spooky that we have so many musical links to each other. I’m convinced we’d have met each other decades ago if we were located closer to each other geographically.

  3. You got a lot more out of Twilight than I did. I couldn’t get through it. But it did teach me about the dreaded subjective word. I passed the book on to a friend who devoured it and went on to read the whole series (and talk about it endlessly).

  4. Ooh, thanks for the fun quizz!

    1. Awkward. What, exactly, do I do with my tongue?
    2. Hopelessly Devoted to You. I wanted to be Sandy from Grease so bad.
    3. Coffee. For sure. Brain needs fuel.
    4. Lynn Kurland.
    5. Not even close. Ever.
    6. Characters – I’m a total pantser, so all the rest comes along on the journey.
    7. Freakinfantabulous.

  5. ” . . . the writing didn’t blow me away, so I thought I should give it a shot.” LOL! You are adorable. Loved all you answers and the song was new one for me. I enjoyed it. Hope all is going well in the new homestead. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ve been knee-deep in cardboard boxes for a month now and it is getting really old, as is being unable to find stuff I packed only 3 weeks ago… This moving thing is not for the faint of heart, or the scattered of mind, lol.

  6. I am surprised but a little relieved to see so many “my first kiss sucked” stories as a result of LV13…

    Also, I’d just like to apologize for any awkwardness resulting from the book I submitted being titled, well, Thursday’s Children. I had no idea there was a blog hop by the same name when I titled it, and then there was no going back… Now I feel like I’m a rip-off!

  7. Loved your answers…esp. #4. When I first read you were inspired by Twilight, I was like “what!”, then loved your reason why. I read them with the thought of “I can’t believe I’m reading this….I can’t believe I’m reading this…” Nice post!

  8. Haha I’m with you there about Twilight. By the time I reached the last one I was so done & definitely had this I can (& will) do better feeling. Thanks for hosting this wonderful contest!

  9. It’s true! Sometimes the most inspiring books are the ones I think I could equal or surpass. The really good stuff is daunting – “Something this wonderful is already in the world, why should I bother?” On other hand, if I didn’t have those Olympian heights to aspire to, I might get bored. So I’m glad there are both kinds of books in the world. (And yeah, I’ll admit I rode that Edward Cullen wave for awhile.)

    Thank you so much for all your work in putting this contest together! I’ve finally finished my manuscript, after much agonized error-making, and it’s great to have opportunities like this to get connected 🙂

    • You’re very welcome! Also you’re always welcome to join the Thursday’s Children blog hop, as are all writers. Now picturing Edward in wave form…not bad 😉

  10. LOVE the blog hop. It is so nice to connect with other writers! Thanks for the opportunity. This contest was just what I needed to finally put my ms out there and get my blog up and running. Thanks!!

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