Looking for Author Interview Sites?

I recently stumbled upon three sites which offer author interviews. These sites are different from most others in that they are open. That is, you need simply access said sites, go to the appropriate forms, answer the questions contained therein, and press submit. Within a few days, voila! Your interview will be live. Interested? Click here to be taken to Awesomegang. Click here to be taken to Book Reader Magazine. Click here to be taken to Pretty-hot.

The College Bear

byronWhen the now-famous Romantic poet Lord Byron enrolled in Trinity College, he was informed that dogs were not permitted on campus. Forced to send his canine companion home, Lord Byron went and acquired a tame bear, arguing that the university had no statutes in place which forbade the keeping of such a pet. Lord Byron won the ensuing dispute and was permitted to keep the bear in his lodgings. Much to the amusement of his fellow students, the poet often walked around on campus with his pet bear (leashed, of course) following closely.

Disney World Vacation Ride Videos

Last week, I went to Disney World with my sister and parents. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Disney now not only takes your picture on certain rides, but they record you, too–a lot like how Universal videotapes riders while they’re on Rip Ride Rockit. (Coincidence? I think not. Monkey see, monkey do. Lol.)  The resulting footage is then edited and made available to riders. I was able to get the videos from my visit to the Tower of Terror and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I wanted to share them with you all, so–without further ado–here they are.

I’m sitting aaaaaaaall the way in the back in this video. See the third person from the left–the one in the light pink shirt? That’s me.

Keep your eyes on the second-to-last row in this video. The girl in the striped tank top (the one on the right side of your screen) is moi. 🙂

I’m loving these videos. (The intros are so cool!) Hopefully, Disney decides to expand this service and record park guests on more of their rides in the future. Wouldn’t that be neat?

The Anagram Challenge

Who doesn’t love a good anagram? They’re so much fun to solve! Occasionally, anagrams find their way into literature. Potterheads are surely reading this and thinking of the following scene:

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Shakespeare fans are likely thinking of Cordelia from King Lear. Her name was formed by combining “cor” (which is Latin for “heart”) and “delia” (which is an anagram of “ideal”). Hence, her name revealed that she was the daughter with the ideal heart.

Since I’m somewhat fascinated by anagrams–and by somewhat I mean unequivocally–I turned one of my characters’ names from Capering on Glass Bridges into one. Can you guess which name I’m referring to? Bingo! It’s Tulip Filira.

What, then, is Tulip Filira an anagram of? you might be asking. I’m not telling. Instead, I challenge you all to figure it out! 😀 The first person to successfully do so will receive a copy of the sequel to Capering on Glass Bridges as soon as it is released. For those who would like to try solving the anagram, please see below.

Tips/Pertinent Information

  • You may make as many guesses as you’d like.
  • Type your guesses in this post’s comment section.
  • The correct solution contains exactly two words.
  • The second word is shorter than the first word.
  • The first word begins with the letter “P.”
  • Some letters from “Filira” appear in the solution’s first word.
  • The solution tells you something about Tulip’s character–as was the case with Cordelia and the phrase from which her name was taken.

Good luck to you all!

Writing Tip #4: Make Your Characters Distinct

Most stories don’t open with a character’s birth. The majority start much later on, usually on the eve of a turning point in the main character’s life. For instance, The Hunger Games opens shortly before Katniss takes her sister’s place in the 74th games. Divergent starts when Tris’ Aptitude Test is on the horizon. The Lord of the Rings begins not long before Frodo Baggins is given the titular ring by his cousin, Bilbo. What, however, happened in Katniss, Tris, and Frodo’s lives before the aforementioned cruxes were reached? Plenty. (By the way, this is true for every character–even minor ones will have led occurrence-filled lives which transcend the book’s pages. They were not born in a vacuum.) It stands to reason, then, that–akin to us non-fictional beings–each character in your story will have a unique way of relating to the world around them, so shaped by their life experiences. Bearing this in mind, how can they all express themselves in the same way? They can’t. It’s impossible. Mannerisms, facial expressions, posture, gait, and word choice will differ from character to character. It must. This isn’t to say that there can’t be overlap. Rather, each character should be endowed with at least one quality which sets them apart from the rest.

Superstitions

Isabel Allende - Register filesIsabel Allende’s debut novel, The House of the Spirits, was born from a letter that she wrote to her dying grandfather. She began authoring said letter on the 8th day of one particular January. Hence, partly out of superstition and partly for the sake of discipline, Allende always starts a new book on the 8th of January.