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My Life in Books Tag

Hello Writer Bees!

Since I recently celebrated my 300th post and 400 followers, I figured I do something lighthearted this week. And I haven’t done a tag in quite a while. So, this is my life in books.

Shoutout to TinyNavajo for doing this tag. Be sure to check out their awesome book blog!

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials

V – Vengeance is Mine! by Mickey Spillane

A – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

P The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (featuring my favorite femme fatale.)

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf

I’m 27 years old and the 27th book on my shelf is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. It’s on my TBR list, I heard the play was amazing.

Pick A Book Set In Your City/Country

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m from New York. I also have Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney and Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. A proud New Yorker, if you couldn’t tell. And I can’t resist a good NYC story.

Pick A Book That Represents A Destination You’d Love To Travel To

The Jewel Box by Anna Davis. I’ve always wanted to travel to London, or the U.K. in general. I’d love to visit Doyle and Christie’s old stomping grounds.

Plus, I have a few Hemingway books, like the Sun Also Rises and the short stories collection. It’s a stretch, but I’d like to take my boyfriend to Key West someday, to visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and to get him a Cuban coffee.

Pick A Book That Has Your Favorite Color On It

Surprisingly, the only lavender on my shelf is the title text color for The Mirror of Merlin by T.A. Barron. Although, I do love the blush pink on Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz.

Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memories Of?

When I was a kid, I hated reading. Ironic, really, since I later became a writer. One day, the Scholastic book fair came to my school. While searching through the books, I found Bone (Book One): Out from Boneville. Then and there, I fell in love with graphic novels and fantasy/adventure stories.

(P.s. – Am I the only one who remembers Scholastic book fairs? Or am I just old?)

Which Book Did You Have The Most Difficulty Reading?

The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I liked the premise, but pace wise, it was a little on the slow side. I’ll probably give it another shot, though.

Which Book On Your TBR Pile Will Give You The Most Achievement When You Finish It?

This extra-thick collection of Hercule Poirot stories, written by Agatha Christie. It has over 50 short stories. Eventually, I’ll read through the entire tome of mystery.

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Tag! You’re It!

Well, this was fun. If you guys decide to do this tag, let me know. I’d love to hear what’s on your bookshelves. And please click the links, it really helps support this blog.

Stay safe and keep writing, writer bees!

Love, Lady Jabberwocky

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The Writers are Weird Tag

Hey Writer Bugs? You know what I haven’t done in awhile? A good ol’ tag.

Found this one on Jane Ridgewood‘s blog. Be sure to check her out!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?


01. Do you have bizarre internet searches? (if so, what’s the weirdest one?)

I mean, my WIP centers around a freakshow, so I’ve researched quite a bit on “circus freaks”, people born with abnormalities and showcased for profit. That’s the very definition of weird. Also, since I’m writing a murder mystery, I’ve had to search stuff about drowned victims and murder investigations during the 1920s. That’s sort of creepy and gorey. Thank goodness for private tabs, am I right?

02. Do you write people you know and dislike into your story as villains or dumb people to kill off?

Noooo, I would never. Well, there was this one time…. But no, I typically don’t use names of people I dislike in my stories. Frankly, I never found satisfaction from purposely killing off characters. That’s just me, though.

03. Does personal hygiene sometimes come second to writing?

Sometimes. Let’s be real here, this lady sometimes looks a tree monster. My greasy hair is always tied in a messy bun. In my defense, I’m a freelance writer that works from home. So I’m basically one of those disheveled hermits that writes all day. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves , writer bugs.

04. Do you go on baby name websites to help you name your characters?

OMG! I thought I was the only one who did that. Actually, those baby name websites are super helpful for naming characters. If I need a name with certain letters or of certain origin, those sites are my go to. It only gets awkward when the pop up window appears, asking if I’d like to track my pregnancy. I’m not pregnant, just searching for names for my fictional babies, that’s all, don’t mind me.

05. Do you have a list of actors and actresses that would play your characters if there was an adaptation made?

Pretty sure I’ve answered this question in my WIP tag. I don’t have an entire cast list in my head, I’m not that meticulous. However, I do think Andrew Garfield would be perfect for the role of Oscar Fitzgerald, the narrator. I always imagine Oscar with a cocky smirk on his face, and that actor fits the bill. Still, it’s strange to think of a film adaptation when I’m still in the drafting process. Wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself.

06. Have you ever stared at a stranger because they look like one of your characters?

No? But sometimes, I stare at strangers and wonder what kind of character they’d be. Ad that’s probably worse. Oh! I just remembered! My detective is an older gentleman with a bad limp and he walks with a cane. When I was riding the subway to college, I would watch elderly men with walking sticks and see how they moved. How they sat down, got up from their seat, and how they teetered around with a cane. It actually helped me work out the detective’s physicality.

07. Do you talk to yourself to help work through scenes? (if so, where do you talk to yourself?)

I tend to write out ideas on sticky notes. That’s just an easy way to unravel my thoughts. Just jotting quick notes down and sticking them up on the wall works for me. Post-it notes are everywhere though.

Also, talking to my boyfriend about my ideas allows me to work out my thoughts out loud. He’s not a writer, but he has an interesting viewpoint on stories and storytelling. Sometimes, you need the perspective of a reader/viewer, and not another writer.

08. While writing, do you make the expressions your characters are making?

Yes and I probably look like a crazy person. Especially when I’m writing a scene of conflict. Like if my characters are angry or upset, my face pinches in a scowl or a frown. Plus, I’m pretty sure I mouth lines of dialogue to myself. That’s when you know you’re really focused and invested in a scene. (Or you’ve completely lost your mind as a writer.)

09. Do you ever practice answering interview questions in case you “make it big?”

Yes, as embarrassing as that is to say. Although, my goal isn’t to “make it big”, it’s to published a book, no matter it’s success. Sometimes I’m nervous talking in front of people, words get jumbled in my mouth. I’m working on it, okay? But yeah, I’ve prepared some eloquent answers if ever I get interviewed by Oprah.

10. Do you have a soundtrack and/or playlists for your book or scenes from your book?

No, don’t think so. Should I have one?


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Thanks for two wonderful years on WordPress, writer bees!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

The Work In Progress Tag

Hello everyone!

Now that we are in 2019, I have a couple new year’s resolutions. One of them is to work on my WIP, my novel. So what better tag to start off the new year with than the W.I.P tag? Found this on The Shameful Narcissist‘s blog. Hope you guys enjoy.

And psst! No judging my work in progress. It’s still in progress.

1. What is the working title of your book?

The title, drumroll please, is The Case of the Drowned Mermaid. Add the bright lights and the confetti. And as of now, I’m pretty sure that will be the title of the finished product. I wanted the title to be reminiscent of classic murder mysteries, like ‘The Murder in the Rue Morgue.” Also, in the story, it’s the name the narrator dubs the case him and the Detective are investigating.

2. Where did the idea come from?

I’ve had the idea for my detective for about 5 years. When I entered college, I had an interest in mysteries and began reading the Sherlock Holmes stories. And then, I asked myself, “If I created a detective and sidekick, what would they be like?” Soon after, the detective and his partner were born. Sometimes, characters and ideas are born by asking yourself “what if?”

The idea for the actual murder in the murder mystery is a whole other story. This wasn’t going to be a simple point-and-shoot kind of mystery, those aren’t my Detective’s cup of tea. The more peculiar cases are more interesting, right? Next to my love of mysteries, there is an equal love of fantasy stories. I love fairytales and magic and “the strange and unusual”. I did a lot of research on the 1920s and freak shows at the time. And being a New Yorker, I’m a train ride away from Coney Island. A vague story line, centered around a dead sideshow performer, seemed to just fall into place. 

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Mystery/Detective fiction would be my WIP’s genre. I wanted it to be a twist on a classic murder mystery. My detective isn’t like typical detectives, nor is his partner like Watson. My mystery solving duo is complex, have flaws, and stray away from tradition.

Also, there’s a bit of romance, humor and historical fiction thrown into the pot too.

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4. Which actors would play your characters in the movie adaptation?

Wow, hard to imagine my rough first draft as a full fledged movie. But sure, I’ll play along. I have two main characters and a list of suspects. This is a murder mystery after all. I’m just going to focus on those two. So, Detective H.B. Cooper is a long-in-the-tooth private detective, from Great Britain. Perceptive and irritable, he has a gifted memory and a crippled leg.  Now, I’m not sure who would play him in a movie. Maybe a bearded Ian McKellan?

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On the other hand, I know exactly who would play the detective’s assistant, Oscar Fitzgerald. Andrew Garfield would be perfect. I always imagine Oscar with that cocky, playful smirk. He’s a young man, living it up in the 1920s. Sarcastic and cheeky, he looks after Mr. Cooper, in more ways than more. I like to think they make a pretty good team.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

How to condense my life’s work into one sentence. Hmm…

When a sideshow mermaid is found floating belly up, Detective H.B. Cooper and his associate, Oscar Fitzgerald, unravel a mystery surrounding her untimely death.

Peek your interest? Man, I hope so.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft?

That’s a complicated answer. See, I was working on one mystery, with the same cast of characters. Then, I basically started over. I changed the murder in my murder mystery. After I scraped a lot of written material, a new plot rose from the ashes.

My first draft, of about 20,000 words, was finished around Christmas. It took a decent couple of months. Participating in National Novel Writing Month really pushed me to write. Slowly, but surely, this little draft will grow into something bigger and better. So, short answer, a good six months, at least.

8. What other books will you compare your book to?

I feel as though my humble draft is unworthy and cannot be compared to published masterpieces. If I had to compare, It’d have to be a Hercule Poirot book.

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9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

With a genuine interest in mysteries, I took a Detective Fiction class in Hunter college. There, I read all the greats, like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe, and Raymond Chandler. Those authors really inspired me to write a story like this.

10. What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?

Lots of things, hopefully. Call me a perfectionist, but I hold myself to an unreachably high standard. And if I ever do achieve my goal, I want it to be real page turner.

  • A Death at a Coney Island Sideshow
  • The 1920s at it’s Best, and Worst
  • An Unlikely Partnership
  • A Detective with Golden Eyes and an Extraordinary Memory
  • Suspicious Suspects
  • The Anti Femme Fatale
  • Sarcasm and Humor mixed with Mystery
  • The Biggest Plot Twist Surprise Ending EVER 



And there you have it. Let me know what you think of my novel idea. Be kind, all things start from somewhere. If you’ve got a Work In Progress, proudly show it off in the comments, I’d love to know what you guys are working on.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo Tag – Celebrating 100 Followers

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Today, I am celebrating 100+ followers with the NaNoWriMo Tag! Seemed fitting enough, it being National Novel Writing Month and all. Thank you to each and every one of you who follows this blog. I greatly appreciate your support. So, here it is, the NaNoWriMo tag!

1. How many years have you participated in NaNo?

This will be my second year participating in National Novel Writing Month. Last year was a rewarding experience, and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. Writing during the NaNoWriMo event has given me the push of motivation to write my novel.

2. Are you a planner, pantser, or plantser?

Most of my story and characters are planned out ahead of time. However, I do have some wiggle room to add scenes I didn’t initially plan for. Nothing is set in stone. During the writing process, things change, and that’s just fine. So, I’m like 80% a planner, and 20% pantser.

3. If you are a planner/plantser, what are the first story elements that you flesh out?

Because I am writing a mystery novel, one of the first things I have to consider is the case itself. What is the central mystery pulling everyone together? Is it a murder? A disappearance? So I need, at least, a vague idea of what mystery is being solved here.

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Typically, I develop my characters first too. For me, characters drive the overall story. Like playing the Sims. I like to come up with the cast of multi layered characters and let them loose into the fictional world.

4. NaNo Forums? Do you use them?

No I don’t. Maybe I should…?

5. Writing Buddies? Do you prefer to write socially or alone?

I’m a firm believer that writers should support other writers. It’s the reason behind this blog. When I’m actually fiction writing, I usually write by myself. Actually, I have a hard time writing when someone’s peering over my shoulder. Puts too much pressure on me.

I like to think using the Lady Jabberwocky blog helps me connect with other writers.

6. Do you diligently write 1,667 words a day, or do you write in spurts?

At the moment, I’m writing in spurts. Some days, it’s a couple hundred words, other days it’s a little over 1,000. Despite being way behind word count wise, I am still trying to write every day, even if it’s only a little bit. Balancing work writing and fiction writing has been difficult, but I am determined to keep writing daily and to reach the 50,000 word goal.

7. Do you have a writing totem?

Not sure if it counts, but I have a photo book of pictures of Brooklyn in the 1920s. Looking at historical photos helps me connect to the setting I’m writing about. Also, my boyfriend thinks I need my hair in a messy bun to write. Which is true. Maybe that’s my writing totem too.

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8. Do you go to kick-off, write-in, or wrap-up parties?

I’ve never been to one, no. But I have considered going to a write-in, if it was close to where I live. Events like that sound like fun.

9. When writing, are you an analog (handwritten) or digital writer? Does the same apply to when you’re taking notes or brainstorming?

I am a digital writer, I write solely on my laptop. In terms of notes, I have sticky notes posted around my room, when I want to quickly jot down ideas . However, I do have some notes on my computer too. But mostly, I stick to post-it notes for brainstorming. My wall is starting to look like something out of a crime movie, all I need is the red string and newspaper clippings. “It all makes sense! Everything is connected!”

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10. Share your NaNo username (if you feel comfortable doing so) so that others can connect with you on the NaNo site!

You can find me at LadyJabberwocky on the NaNo website. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy, if you like.


I just want to thank you guys again for all your support. I never thought I’d hit 10 followers, let alone 100. Truly, I appreciate every follow and comment. You lovely people inspire me everyday to keep writing.


Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

The Ultimate NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

Signing up for NaNoWriMo this year? You’re gonna need all the help you can get.

This guide will help you survive National Novel Writing Month.

Find the Time 

 To reach 50,000 words goal, you’ll need to write about 1,667 words a day. Come up with a plan, find the best time for you to write.  Make that time commitment. Schedule what part of your novel you will work on each day. Decide whether you are a day or night writer. Create a routine and stick to it as best you can. And don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, it’ll happen to everyone.

Set Up Your Writing Space

Establish your writing space. A place to be organized and creative. A place where you can focus and write and hopefully not be disturbed. Dedicate a work area, with all your research and inspiration materials nearby. Make sure you have all your needed resources close at hand. Whether it’s at home, at the public library, or at the local coffee shop, find your cozy corner of the world.

Keep Resources Close

This coincides with creating a great work space. Notes, historical sources, journals, character profiles, outlines. Everything.  Keep it all organized and in reach, in case you need a reference.  Use time in October to gather information and prepare for the writing ahead.

Right now, I’m working on a revised outline and developing my characters. Because I’m writing a story set in a specific time period (1920s), I have bookmarked a couple of historical resources, just in case. I also have a book of photos of Brooklyn in the 1920s that I like to glance through for inspiration.

Writers Require Nourishment

Be prepared with all the snacks and beverages you’ll need to get through a month of writing. I’m talking leftover Halloween candy. I’m talking caffeine, and lots of it. I’m talking the comfort food that makes your heart happy. Look, some would suggest eating healthy, and while that is true, sometimes, you need a bag of salty, potato chips, and no one will judge you for eating the entire bag.

For me, I’m planning to switch back and forth between  roasted chickpeas and gummy bears. Maybe some chips and salsa. Maybe some Chinese takeout…. Now I’m getting hungry. Onto the next point.

Goals and Rewards

Set smaller goals for yourself. 10k, 20k, 30k, etc. And when you reach them, reward yourself. Whether its with your favorite movie or favorite meal, celebrate those little milestones. During National Novel Writing Month, every word counts. So, treat yourself and do something special for you once you reach a certain word count. This will keep you motivated and encourage you to keep going.

Outline

Whether you are a planner or a pantser, have a general idea for a story. Develop your characters. Establish some kind of plot line, even if its a vague idea. Note the key scenes of the plot. It’s important to have an outline. And remember, use the method that feels right to you. Every writer has their own way of planning a story. Do what works for you.

Have a Support System

We all need someone in our corner, supporting us. Find some writing buddies. Consider attending write-ins and writing events. Find the people in your life you trust, who you can talk openly to. A significant other, a friend, a teacher, a classmate. Have someone to express your worry or doubt or just iron out ideas with. Someone to cheer you on through the absolutely ridiculous journey that is NaNoWriMo.

Surround yourself with other writers. And hey, feel free to add me as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo website. My username is LadyJabberwocky.


What’s a necessity in your NaNoWriMo survival kit? Let me know in the comments!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Leave Your Questions for Q&A Celebrating 100 followers

Lovebugs!

I’m incredibly excited.

I’m creeping up on 100 followers. Which, I can’t believe is actually happening. Never thought I’d get to five followers, let alone a hundred.

Seriously, thank you to every follower and comment, I appreciate your support very much.

To celebrate, I will be hosting a Q and A, where you can ask me anything. Writer related, nerd related, personal life related, I mean anything. This lady is an open book.

Got a burning questions? Leave it in the comments below. And when I officially hit 100 followers, I will give a shout out to your blog and answer your questions. Looking forward to hearing from you guys!



Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

The Writer’s Life Tag

Found this awesome tag at mylifewithbooks

Thought I’d give it a shot.

1. What do you eat or drink while writing?

This may sound weird, but dry cereal with no milk (Dairy allergy). or greasy potato chips. Yum. Roasted chickpeas are delicious too. I’m also getting into those KIND granola bars. Drink wise, I usually stick with water. Maybe a Snapple. Maybe some mango juice, to lift my spirits. Sometimes you need to eat your stress/feelings when writing.

2. What do you listen to while writing?

I’ll dance in my chair to soundtracks of Broadway shows, Newsies soundtrack specifically. Love Newsies, that music gets my energy up. I enjoy acoustic guitar and ukulele, easy breezy kind of music. I have played Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” on repeat many, many times.

3. What is your biggest writing distraction?

Somehow, I always end up with like 10-15 tabs open when I write. And I’ve definitely fallen down those YouTube rabbit holes. But yeah, too many opens tabs. Also, having a bunch of writing assignments that take me away from my personal writing.

4. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?

Haven’t we all had that moment when a word doc doesn’t save? Or the battery on your laptop runs out? Or you forgot your flash drive? Yeah, I’ve had those moments. I’ve bawled and had panic attacks during those moments. Not fun.

5. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you while writing?

That wonderful burst of inspiration, when my fingers are typing fast and loud on the keyboard. Words come out in a flood. Like I caught lightning in a bottle. And for those of you that have been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I recently made a huge change to my plot idea that I’ve been working on. That experience of starting over has been amazing and one of the best things I have done as a writer.

6. Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?

I mean, I don’t talk to anyone while I write. In the dark of the night, It’s just me at my desk. But, if I need to brainstorm, or just work out an idea out loud, I’ll talk to my boyfriend. He’s not a writer, and that can be a benefit sometimes. He sees things through a reader’s lens, not a writer’s lens and he really does help untangle my thoughts.

7. What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?

I don’t know if I’d call it a secret to success. Whatever I write, I try to challenge stereotypes and cliches. I’m always pushing myself to do things differently. I just try to be honest and create 3 dimensional characters and stories that feel real.

My biggest flaw? Well, I am struggling to be consistent. I want to write fiction everyday, but sometimes it’s difficult. Missing a day of fiction writing, turns into a week of no writing very quickly. And then my motivation is low and I don’t know where to start or how to get the ball rolling. Does that make sense? Finding the time and getting motivated are my biggest flaws, and I’m working on that.

8. What inspires you? Or what makes you productive?

Whenever I read, I feel inspired. I try and learn from other writers. I consider what captures my attention and try to apply that into my own writing, so I can become a better writer. I have a tough time being productive with my writing. Being a freelance writer, I’m writing for everyone else but not for myself. I work on my story as best I can. I just know I want to write a novel one day. My dream, for the longest time, has been to have a book on a shelf with my name on it. To write the story that hooks a reader. That’s what keeps me going.

9. What is one thing you do or other writers do that’s annoying?

When writers say dumb stuff like “omg no one understands my art!” or “my story is amazing, you don’t know anything!” Seriously? I know about being protective of your work, but really, take it easy, pal.

10. Are you willing to share something you’ve written?

I have shared some of my old, junk drawer, stories on this blog before. Just some snippets of stories and scenes. I had a four part flash fiction series called The Wizard and His Lady   I’m just making use of rejected pieces and drafts from fiction class. There are a couple other short stories on my blog. One scene I posted actually has the characters from my current fiction project. They’re probably not that great, but a writer has to start somewhere, which is why I share some of my work.

((And be on the look out for a new flash fiction series on Lady Jabberwocky, coming soon!))


Hope you guys liked this tag. If there is another tag you think I should do, let me know! Have an awesome day, lovelies.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

The 20 Questions Book Tag

What’s up everybody? Today I am doing the 20 questions book tag. Found this on Jenny in Neverland‘s blog. Thought it’d be fun to do a tag all about books and reading. Check it out!

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?

Honestly? Not a big fan of many books in a series. I feel like it’s harder to jump into a story if there are 5 books before it. I’d say more than 3 books is too many, in some cases.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS? Love ’em. Consider me hooked if there is a compelling cliffhanger.

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK? Either one. Although hard cover is usually more expensive. I may lean towards buying paperback, cause I’m cheap.

4. FAVOURITE BOOK? There’s no way I can choose just one. Not possible. Okay. I adore the Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. And Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is just spectacular. For argument’s sake, let’s say those two are tied for my favorite book.

5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK? That’s a tough one. Do I have a least favorite? Hmm… I don’t think I have a least favorite book. I do have a least favorite short story, the Lottery. Does that count?

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO? 

Only if the love triangle makes for an interesting story. If it’s like one girl that has to choose between like the hot biker guy and the sweet nerd guy, then it’d be cliche and I’d say no. But sure, yes to a good love triangle. Why not?

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH? 

Maybe… The Boy Detective by Roger Rosenblatt..? Sorry. It’s not you, it’s me.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING? 

Trying to tear through the giant collection of short stories by Agatha Christie. Also, I would like to start reading Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney very soon.

9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I always recommend Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. That book changed my life, as crazy as that sounds.

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

I had to read Le Morte D’ Arthur, which is the original King Arthur legend, for a class in college once. That’s medieval literature right there.

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? 

I’ve been reading a lot of old books lately. Maybe…. Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee.

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR? 

Again, can’t pick one favorite. Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Nina George, to name a couple.

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Usually, I buy books. However, I do live close to a public library, and have borrowed books from time to time. (Support your local library, seriously)

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE? 

Okay, I like the Great Gatsby. I do. As a reflection on an era, it is wonderful. And I understand why it is considered an American Classic. I know many people LOVE the book. While I respect and admire F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, his writing style can be a bit flowery sometimes. I’m more of a minimalist, Hemingway fan. Sorry, don’t hate me. I like the book, I don’t love it as much as everyone else does.

15. BOOKMARKS OR DOGEARS? 

Bookmarks. And if I don’t have one, I will use any scrap of paper I can find. Receipts, business cards, anything.

However, I will dogear a page that has a memorable quote that really struck me.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

Any of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve reread those stories many many times.

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC? 

Don’t usually read to music. Occasionally, I will read with the T.V. on. But yeah, I think I can read while listening to music.

18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?

Just one point of view. Sometimes a story can feel jumbled with too many perspectives. I prefer to stick with one character as a story unfolds.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS? 

Multiple days. I applaud anyone who can just read an entire book in one sitting. Because that is like a super power.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER. 

Witches of East End series has beautiful covers. And a great story too.


Let me know in the comments what you think of my answers. I tag you! How would you answer some of these questions?

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

My Life in Books Tag

Want to know more about me and what’s on my bookshelf?

Well, here you go, the “My Life in Books” Tag. Inspired by Dreamland Book Blog 

1.- Find a book for each of your initials

V – Miss Violet’s Shining Day by Jane Breskin Zalben

AAll Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg

P – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

2.- Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

My Father’s Daughter by Tina Sinatra. Nice. That would be the 25th book on my shelf. Just turned 25 in February. I’m getting old.

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3.- Pick a book set in your city/country

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m from New York. A proud New Yorker.

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4.- Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

The Jewel Box by Anna Davis. I’ve always wanted to travel to London.51wAg-l4ScL.SX316.SY316

5.- Pick a book that’s your favorite color

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. It’s a beautiful antique rose sort of color. Is that not gorgeous?

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6.- Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You guys know, I love a good mystery. When I was commuting to college, a train and two subways,  I would read Sherlock Holmes, and those stories always make me happy.  There’s something enchanting and intriguing to me about classic mysteries.

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7.- Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Duchess of Nothing By Heather McGowan. I read this novel years ago. I can’t say this is a bad story, by any means. The thing is, I had a difficult time connecting with the main character and the story. There was just no real plot progression. It’s more about the internal, physiological conflict of this woman who feels trapped and stuck in her romantic relationship and life.

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8.- Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

I recently bought a collection of Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie. It’s this massive book of 50 short stories. I’m gonna try very hard to get through the whole thing. Or at least most of them.

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Do the kids still say “tag me” when they want someone to give them a tag?

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky.

A Jabberwocky Does Tags: The Writer Tag.

What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

I’ve mostly written short stories, but I’d like to have a novel on the shelf someday. In terms of fiction writing, I love writing stories of fantasy and mystery. I’ve always been split between those two genres though. I’d like to think there’s a bit of curiosity sprinkled into the stories I write, If that makes sense. Topics? Well, I try to include elements of real life in my stories. Like real issues people deal with, like strained relationships and personal struggles. (Does that answer your question?)

How long have you been writing?

Since high school, way back in Freshman year when I was an infant. I started writing a few short stories here and there for fun, to make people laugh, not to spark some profound emotion. Later on, I had a few assignments where I had to compose scenes based on works we read in class, like Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. I really enjoyed those kind of assignments. Using my imagination and molding a story just felt right, but I was so shy and insecure about my writing, I let very few people read.  I did have one teacher who was really encouraging about my writing and thought I had a unique, “quirky”, voice. She influenced me to earn my degree in English after I graduated.

Why do you write?

You know when you pick up a book and you can’t put it down? Because you’re so absorbed in the story and characters? I want to write a story that grabs the reader’s attention. A story that makes people feel a deeper emotion and they can relate to the characters in some way. When words on a page can connect to someone like that, that’s special. To me, writing is like magic.

When is the best time to write?

For some reason, I write best around Midnight. When I probably should be in cozy pijamas and asleep, is when I usually feel like writing. But I do have the occasional afternoon writing session, but mostly I tend to write after the sun goes down. (Plus, right before a deadline, because I’m a procrastinator and pressure makes diamonds)

What parts of writing do you love and hate?

I love…

  • Dialogue, like conversations between characters. That’s usually what comes first to me when I start a scene, I write around the dialogue. (Is that weird?)
  • Creating Characters, building them up to be flawed and real and wonderful.
  • When you find that “right word” that you’ve been searching for that just fits. Feels like hitting the ball out the park.

I hate…

  • Descriptions of the setting, especially when describing the outdoors and nature.
  • When ideas come to me and I can’t get to them right away. Or no idea comes at all.
  • When that teeny voice in your head tells you all your work is terrible. (Every writer has one, not just the crazy people)

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Still learning how to overcome writer’s block, if i’m honest. But when I am stuck, talking my ideas out with someone or taking a break to reconfigure my thoughts, helps. Sometimes, I just need to forget about being perfect and allow myself to write utter garbage.

Are you working on something at the moment?

Slowly but surely, I am writing a mystery. It takes place in New York, 1924, and it’s about a detective and his apprentice solving the murder of an actress. Recently, I just got hired to write reviews on comic books for a website, so that’s exciting. That is taking up most of my time at the moment. Also, keeping up this blog too. So, juggling a couple of writing projects here.

What are your writing goals this year?

  • Set a routine for writing. Right now, I’m focusing on work writing and not on my personal writing projects, like this blog and my fiction writing. I want to establish a schedule, actually stick to it, and find time for everything.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again. Last year was a fun and well needed challenge. I definitely want to try again.
  • To continue writing my detective story. Smooth out all the bumps and really focus more on what I want to write.

Found the writer tag on Drizzle and Hurricane Books ! Check out her answers!

Think this is going to become a new series on my blog, doing some tags for all you guys. So, send me some fun tags you’d like me to do. Tags about writing, books, being a human, anything.

I believe the expression is “tag me” (Do the kids still say that?).

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky.