Monday, June 18, 2018

The Get to Know Me Tag {Writer’s Edition}

About half an age ago (a.k.a 3 months) the dear Savannah from Inspiring Writes created the Writer’s Edition of a Get to Know Me Tag. And I loved it so much, I was toootally gonna put on my pirate hat and steal the tag if she didn’t tag me for it. Buuuut she DID tag me, so I shall be doing it all legally and stuff. Yay me! (Except can I still wear a pirate hat and pretend to be nefarious???)


This is one of those super fun get-to-know-me tags so you dear nosy dragons can learn more about the person behind all these words you put up reading every week. Except this tag is all about the writerly life! Which is the only life for me, yo-ho yo-ho! (Ha! See, I am a pirate.) Because Savannah is brilliant and fun and you should all go follow her.

So let’s get to it! Because I know you’re all dying to know about every aspect of my life, riiiiight??? (Just humor me and feed me pizza and I’ll leave you alone, I promise.)

. . . RULES . . .

  • Link back to the person who created the tag (That would be SAVANNAH!) 
  • Thank the person who tagged you (Thank you, Savannah, for tagging me so I don’t have to become a thief. And for creating this tag in the first place! Woot, woot!)
  • Share the tag graphic (Optional, but of course I wanted to because Savannah’s graphics are gorgeous.) (Except her blog name is now “Inspiring Writes” instead of “Scattered Scribblings”, if you’re wondering what’s up with that.)
  • Tag eleven bloggers (Getting’ there!)

. . . THE TAG . . .

Vital Stats And Appearance

Name: Christine Smith

Nicknames: Lauriloth and more commonly Lauri by the internet crowd. (Lauriloth means shining, golden flower in Tolkien’s elven language, if you’re curious where that came from.) And that’s…it? I don’t really have a nickname people call me by in person. I give people murderous glares when they try to call me Chris. Eheheheh. I just…don’t like being called that. No clue why. Two of my friends called me Stiney for a while which was amusing, but it didn’t stick for terribly long. OH. And when I was little I went by Dee a lot because when my sister was a toddler that’s what she called me. Nooo clue how the child got “Dee” out of “Christine” but what can you do with toddlers?

Birthday: Somewhere between January 1st and December 31st. *grins* Or maybe I’m an ethereal being who has no birthday. WHO CAN KNOW???

Hair color and length: Blonde. (I joke that I’m blonde in both ways because of my hair and I’m ridiculously airheaded. XD) And it comes a little past my shoulders.

Eye color: Hazel

Braces/piercings/tattoos: Not a one. I mean, I wear a retainer at night if that counts??? Lol.

Righty or Lefty: Righty! Shocking turn of events I know. :P

Ethnicity: Uh… A mix of a bunch of different stuff like most Americans. Lol. I shamefully don’t even know what all blood I have in me. Though my grandmother is from Canada, which is fun. And I have some Denmark blood too. Plus supposedly Irish blood which is great! Also sometimes I feel like I’m a descendant of snowmen because my skin is so absurdly pale…


First novel written: My first story was called Christine and Pepper because apparently I was that narcissistic when I was little. I also wrote it in a Lisa Frank notebook ‘cause I was a cool kid. It was about, er, me finding a horse in my backyard with no explanation to speak of and naming it Pepper. Because, like any 9 year old girl, I was ridiculously obsessed with horses. I wrote a little bit of it, but then decided I didn’t actually want the girl to be me. So I started it over and titled it Samantha and Pepper, and I think I got about 11 or 12 chapters through before I realized I wanted to write fantasy. THAT’S RIGHT. My first novel was a contemporary with no fantasy elements to speak of. SHOCKING I KNOW. But I quickly changed that and never wrote a realistic story ever again because ew the real world.

First novel completed: My first “big” fantasy titled, wait for it, The Grand Adventure. (Wooooow! I was so clever with names.) I started it a year or two after my Samantha story, and stuck with it for a long time because I had found my element. Fantasyyyy. It took me a year to write it, and I was so proud when I finished it. It was a portal fantasy about a girl named Maria May Maiden (I thought I was so clever with that name oh my gosh), who gets sucked into a fantasy world via a mirror and must save the world from a cliché villain because she’s prophesied to do so and it had basically every cliché fantasy trope to ever exist. Oh. Maria also befriended and went on the adventure with a talking horse because my horse obsession was still strong. Except this time it was a magical horse. Naturally.

Award for writing: Er…none? Woot, go me! (I’ve literally only ever entered one writing contest. XD One of these days I’m gonna join in more!)

First publication: Also none as of yet? One day maybe hopefully??? I might have a better chance if I, ya know, started submitting stories to things. But I’m getting to that point, I promise!

Conference:  I’ve never attended a conference…YET. But I’m going to Realm Makers in July and AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! I CAN’T STOP SCREAMING ABOUT IT.

Query/Pitch: Also none yet. (Wow, Christine, you’re doing great.) BUT. I will be pitching my book to a couple of agents at Realm Makers so…yeah. Prayforme.


Novel (that you wrote): Wow, Savannah, just ask evil questions why don’t you??? I DON’T KNOW. I don’t really have a favorite. My favorite novel tends to be the one I’m writing at the time. I love following along on the journey of every single one of my characters. I honest to goodness don’t favor one novel over the other. They all hold a special place in my heart, even the horrific ones, because they’ve shaped me into the writer I am today. Each one is a grand adventure (oooh, harking back to my first fantasy novel) and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

Genre: FANTASYYYYY. (Aren’t you surprised?) Although I love almost all YA speculative fiction. (Save for maybe paranormal, and I’m picky when it comes to sci-fi.) Why do I love teen drama set in the very-not-real-world here at 26 years old? NO CLUE. BUT I HAVE NO SHAME.

Author: Wait. Author? As in ONE??? HAHAHAHAHA. No. *cracks knuckles* Here we go: Bryan Davis, Jill Williamson, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Diana Wynne Jones, Kyle Robert Shultz, Donita K. Paul, Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Okay, okay, I’ll stop. But I feel like I’m forgetting like 20 authors.

Writing Music: Soundtracks are LIFE. I don’t ever listen to lyrical music while writing, it’s too distracting. But I have to have music going. The silence is distracting too for some reason. With each book, I listen to different things. Such as for Burning Thorns it’s a loooooot of the songs from Maleficent and Cinderella (2015). For another book, I listened to a lot of the music from Final Fantasy X (possibly my favorite video game soundtrack period) and Legend of Zelda stuff. The music from the game Skyrim sounds like it was made for my Colors of a Dragon Scale series. (Video game music is fantastic, just so you know.) I DON’T KNOW. Anything nice and instrumental that fits the tone. I like it all!

Time To Write: My most productive time during the day is anywhere between 2 and 5 in the afternoon. I actually write best at night when the house is quiet and I can turn my light out and put headphones in and just utterly immerse in the story. Buuuut nighttime is usually my unwinding time where I read or watch TV because my busy afternoons burned me out. Lol.

Writing Snack/Drink: I pretty much never snack while writing. I mean, come on, snacking is the perfect excuse to take a writing break! But I always have a beverage with me. Mostly water, but sometimes I get a glass of coke. And coffee and tea are necessities.

Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy is and probably always will be my favorites ever. Despite some of the unthinkable things they diverted away from the book. BUT STILL. The amount of epicness in those movies moves my soul. I’m also an utter Marvel movie geek (The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, both Guardians of the Galaxy ones, and Ragnarok being my top faves.) Both the Maleficent and Cinderella movies inspires my writing heart possibly more than any others out there though. They encompass everything I love to write, Maleficent especially. And then there’s Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon and… Okay, I need to stop. (If you didn’t know, I’m almost as much of a movie/TV show fan as bookworm. CRAZY I KNOW!)

Writing Memory: What? WHAT??? I’ve been writing for 17 years now! I HAVE SO MANY. That first moment I discovered I loved telling stories when I was 9. When I found my niche in fantasy novels. The first time I actually finished a story. The fun I had with my beta-readers when they read through Burning Thorns. GAH. SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES. But, in all truth, my top favorite would probably have to be my first ever NaNoWriMo back in 2010. It’s what really changed my world forever. Not only did I make writing friends (where before I did this writing thing all on my lonesome), was inspired to make this blog, and just had the time of my life poring myself into a novel for a month, it also was the turning point for me. After that magical experience, I knew, without a doubt, this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Before, writing was just a fun hobby that I didn’t take nearly as seriously as I should. But from that first NaNo on, I began learning the craft, writing like mad, making more writing friends, and seriously pursuing this thing. And I’ve never wanted to look back!

Childhood Book: Favorite childhood book??? And the evil questions continue! I DON’T KNOOOOW. I just loved to read. I didn’t really have a favorite favorite for a long time. Maaaaybe Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace? That whole series is really special to me.


Reading: At the time of writing this post, Horseman by Kyle Robert Shultz and loving every bit of it!

Writing: I’m actually not writing anything at the very moment. *gasp* *shock* *agh* BUT I AM WORKING ON THINGS. I just finished a major revision for Burning Thorns, and am getting it ready to pitch at Realm Makers. See? Progress!

Listening to: While writing this post I have a playlist of pleasant instrumental songs going, lots of soundtracks. At this very moment it’s playing “A Bracing Cup of Tea” from the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

Watching: My sister and I just rewatched the 2015 Cinderella movie because we’re obsessed. (Which apparently is obvious since that’s the third time I’ve brought that movie up in this post.) I’m slooooowly making my way through ABC’s Once Upon a Time because I literally got seasons behind on that show and am trying to catch up. Currently just started season 6! Annnd my new obsession is Steven Universe, a cartoon put on by Cartoon Network. It’s super weird (and has some questionable agendas going on, grrr), but it’s also somehow relaxing and has an epic story and if you look up cinnamon roll in the dictionary you’d most likely find a picture of Steven. He’s the epitome of a cinnamon roll and I adore him.

Learning: Oh wow. Well, this round of revisions for Burning Thorns has taught me so, so much. I still would like to do a post about my editing journey for it. But I think a big thing it taught me is, with a lot of patience, any story can turn into something readable. All it takes is going through it one chapter, one sentence, one word at a time. And, most shocking of all, editing can kinda be…FUN! *GAAASP*


Want To Be Published: Most definitely! That’s been my goal all the way through.

Indie or Traditional: I hope to go traditional. That’s the plan for now! I know it’s a looong and slooooooooowwwww road, but, as awesome as indie is, I don’t think I can do it. I actually need someone to be my boss and guide me through it all. I would happily send my babies off into the world to be shaped and sold as a publishing press sees fit! Strange I know. Most people want full control of their books but, eh. I’ve never claimed to be normal.

Wildest Goal: Oh goodness. Really, all I’ve ever wanted is to be able to write full time and sell multiple books. To be able to produce and sell one after the other for…ever? I know that doesn’t happen often for any author and the chances are next to none. But hey, it said wildest goal! So here we are.

That was super fun! Hopefully you found these little tidbits interesting? Maybe? Can we pretend?

BUT NOW FOR THE EXCITING PART! Time to pass this on…

. . . TAGGING . . .

Skye @ Ink Castles | Kiri Liz @ Lianne Taimenlore | Liv @ Liv K. Fisher | Jameson @ Lovely Whatsoevers | Sarah @ Sarah Plain and Average | Josiah @ The Steadfast Pen | Victoria @ Wanderer's Pen | Kate @ Story and Dark Chocolate | Kyle @ Kyle Robert Shultz | Allison @ Allison's Well | Christine @ Overflowing Mind and Pen | + anyone else who wants to don their pirate hat and steal this! (Does it count as stealing if I give you permission tho?)

Noooo pressure to anyone whatsoever! (Goodness knows I fail at doing all the tags I’m tagged for…)


There we have it! Some writerly stuff about the strange girl behind the blog which you may or may not have known about. Now it’s your turn to tell me something about yourself! Mwahaha! To all my fellow writers, what was the first story you ever wrote? And to my dear non-writing readers, what’s a favorite show or movie you’ve been obsessing over lately? (Because you know I love to fangirl over these things!)


  1. Well, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who started writing by making up horse stories. *sobs* Sometimes I miss those days, when writing was simple and I didn't have to worry about plots and stuff like that...

    Video game scores - yes!! The only video game I've ever played is /occasionally/ my family goes on a Counterstrike craze, and play that in the evenings...but I do enjoy some Skyrim or Assassins Creed to write to. That, and any Marvel movie soundtrack...

    1. Hahaha! You're definitely not the only one. I suspect a looooot of girls started out that way. XD But YES. Writing was lot more fun when I didn't know the rules and just did whatever I wanted. Ah, good times, good times.

      *high-fives* Aren't they the BEST??? I think people don't realize how beautiful video game music can be. I grew up on it, because my siblings and I have been video game geeks since we were toddlers. Lol. But YES. Skyrim and Assassin's Creed music is goooorgeous! And you can never go wrong with Marvel music! :D

  2. Agh, I love this tag! I definitely need to get around to doing it sometime because it's just so FUN to get to know the writing community on a slightly more personal level. I love seeing all about your early stories, too (they're oddly reminiscent of mine. xD)

    And Betsy-Tacy <3 *heart eyes* I LOVED THAT SERIES. I bought a bunch of mini notepads and wrote my first story sitting in the tree in my backyard as a result of Downtown...kind of dropped off reading the series after the fifth or sixth one (I was too young for it, I think, and then could never find them at the library :P) but they were so much a part of my childhood. <3

    1. DO IT. DOOO IIIITTTT! I'd love to see your answers! :D And I 100% agree. I absolutely love seeing how all my writing friends got into writing and what their writing preferences are. It fascinates me! My early works were a lot like yours? Lol! Too funny!

      *LE GASP* Another Betsy-Tacy fan! YESSS. I was so obsessed with those, and they're still near and dear to my heart. And I totally wrote outside a lot because of those books! Lol. It's funny, I actually liked the series better when it got into the later ones. There's four books for each year Betsy was in high school and those were my favorites. I guess because they felt more like YA. Lol.

  3. Thanks for the tag! I've been really wanting to do this one.
    Loved all you answers! Your first story sounds adorable :D
    I love video game music, it can be so motivating for writing!

    1. Awwww, you're welcome! :D
      Thanks so much! Hahahaha! It was a mess with no plot to speak of, but hey, gotta start somewhere, right?
      YES. Isn't it though? Some of my favorite soundtracks come from video games. There are such great ones out there!

  4. I love love LOVE reading answers to this tag!! It lets me get to know my writer friends so much more and learn about how they got to where they are.

    1. Thanks, Hanne! And I feel the EXACT same way! It's my favorite thing to learn these tidbits about my fellow writers and discover what differences and similarities our writing journeys have. It's fascinating!

  5. So many of my early stories involved horses (or unicorns). Now many of my stories include explosions. Not sure what happened there.
    I'm not too keen on the idea of having someone else handle my stories...but, like you, I want to go through traditional publishing to have a boss and guide for the wild adventure. I need someone older and wiser, telling me what to do. (Oops, now I'm singing 'The Sound of Music')

    1. Oh my goodness, I AM THE SAME. Allll my early works had horses, and now for the past few years I've discovered how much FUN putting explosions in my stories is. LOL. That's so funny! XD

      Yes! Glad to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Trying to do this on my own with no boss or guidance honestly sounds awful. Lol. I'm a follower all the way! (Lol. Lovin' the Sound of Music reference. XD)

  6. Oooh, this looks like fun! Tags + writer questions = AWESOME! ("Dear nosy dragons..." I laughed!!)

    It's so cool that you have elvish nicknames! The others...heh, I see why you didn't care for them. :-)

    BAHAHAHA, I laughed at the birthday answer!

    Wow, that is a really cool heritage! I'm always fascinated by the old world countries people's families came from...there are often interesting cultural combinations!

    Your first novel sound cute! I wonder how many writers started out writing self-insert stories (I definitely did!)...

    Definitely praying for your trip to Realm Makers!

    That's an amazing NaNo experience--sounds like it was a Godsend too, directing you towards a passion! Two passions, actually: blogging and writing novels!

    This was an awesome tag! I had fun reading it, you gave great answers, and it's been amazing to get a glimpse into your writing history and inspirations! AND THANK YOU FOR TAGGING ME!!! I can't wait to do this!

    1. YES!!! I'm a sucker for writing tags. Hehe.

      Thanks! A friend was giving a bunch of us elvish names yeeeeears ago. And me, being the elf-obsessed person I am, took mine and ran with it. Lol. But yeeeah, nicknames and I don't mix. XD


      Oh, thanks! I'm shameful in that I don't explore my genealogy very much. I think it's fun, but not something I've ever been super into. I really should look into it more though, because you're right. It is fascinating seeing where our roots are!

      Tehehe. Thanks! XD It had no plot to speak of, but it introduced me to writing, so I won't complain!
      So I wasn't the only one writing about myself? Hahaha! That makes me feel better! I quickly discovered, though, that creating characters is my favorite part of writing. It just took me a bit to realize that. XD

      Awwww! That means SO much to me. Thank you, sweet girl! <3

      YES. NaNo was SUCH a Godsend. It completely changed my world. I'll never take that for granted!

      Thanks, girl! So glad you enjoyed reading this. I can't wait to see your answers!!! :D

  7. My first story was about three friends, Holly, Molly and Polly... yes, horrendous I know... going on an adventure.

    Video Game Soundtracks are pretty great! I also absolutely love music from Studio Ghibli, Joe Hisaishi especially.

    On a side note, I finally bought the Howl's Moving Castle series and began reading it. :)

    1. Oh my goodness, that is so cute! I love it!!! That's funny, too, because my first story later turned into a book about three friends. I guess writing about three friends is just fun for some reason! Lol.

      AAAAAAHHHH!!! STUDIO GHIBLI. YES YES YES. I listen to music from those movies CONSTANTLY. They're so pleasant and beautiful. <3

      *SHRIEKS* You did? THAT MAKES ME SO EXCITED! I hope you enjoy them!!! :D

  8. Ahh!! This was so fun to read! What a great tag. I loved all your pirate references.

    1. Thanks, Maddie! Hehehe. So glad you enjoyed it. :D

  9. 'Christine and Pepper'. Has a nice ring to it, I have to say. XD I wrote so many self-insertion stories when I was younger, and every one of them was just dreadful. I give you props for at least changing your character to NOT be yourself. *thumbs-up* That never happened in my case. XD

    I feel the same way about traditional publishing! Like, I feel like I shouldn't be so okay with handing of my precious booklings to someone else, but...I would gladly do so. Weird because I'm a total perfectionist/control freak. XD

    Also, Thor Ragnarok just fills me with fangirl-ish joy and happiness. <333 :D

    1. LOLZ. I guess it kinda does. XDD So you wrote stories about yourself too? That makes me feel so much better! It took me a bit to realize how much fun it is to create characters...and that I'm not a very interesting protagonist. LOL!

      REALLY??? :O #TWINS I thought I was CRAZY. But yes! That's exactly me. AND I'm a tooootal perfectionist and can be SUCH a control freak. So it literally makes zero sense that I'd prefer to have other people handle my books. Forever a paradox! XD

      YESSSS! My mouth hurts watching that movie 'cause I'm grinning so much!

  10. This is a great tag! I learned a lot about you that I didn't know. ^ ^ Video game soundtracks are seriously the best for writing since they're designed to be made to listen on repeat they don't get annoying. XD

    1. Awwww! I was hoping it'd be entertaining (and that I wouldn't bore you guys to death with random things about me, lol). That's exactly right! Other things can get repetitive and distracting, but video game music is MEANT to help us focus. It's the best!

  11. This was so much fun to read! Of course, like most girls I wrote a lot of horse stories when I was little (and then I got my own horses and realised that they aren't angelic beings after all :( ). I also wrote dragon stories...
    My favourite books right now are the Lunar Chronicles and The Lord of the Rings (which I'm almost finished rereading!). But I'm about to start The Count of Monte Cristo and Great Expectations, and I'm hoping I'll love those too! My family also just finished watching BBC's Victoria, which was pretty good.
    I actually feel the same way about traditional publishing. I don't think I could self-publish?? Too much stress, but something about working to a deadline and then handing pretty much everything else off to someone else is really appealing to me for some reason.
    And yes, editing can be kinda fun :D I'm going through edits at the moment and its taking a long time, but hey...its kinda fun.

    1. Awww, I'm glad you thought so! ^_^
      Ahaha! So you too, huh? Gotta love the horse obsession. How cool you ended up actually getting a horse! But yeeeah. Lol. They can be stubborn creatures, can't they? XD
      DRAGON STORIES!!! That's my adult obsession. Move over horses, now I want DRAGONS. XD

      Oh my goodness! THE LUNAR CHRONICLES AND LOTR. Only some of my favorites EVERRR. I am way past due for a reread of both of those! I've never read The Count of Monte Cristo, but I have read Great Expectations. It was an intriguing story. I was kinda younger when I read it, so got bored some. I might appreciate it more now, but it WAS a very cool story.
      I've been wanting to try Victoria! Mainly because of Jenna-Louise Coleman. Love her! XD

      Oh wow? You too? Most people I know are all about self-publishing, which is perfectly fine, but I just feel like the odd person out. But YES. As crazy as it is, deadlines and having someone else handle a bunch of the aspects sounds so, SO much better than doing it all myself. Totally with ya! *high-fives*

      Right??? It's so unexpected, but it is really satisfying seeing that story you love shape up into something beautiful. Glad you're enjoying it! I hope it continues to go well for you. ^_^

  12. How I love this tag!!! It's so much fun to get to know you, Christine!!


    1. You're so sweet, Catherine! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks, girl! <333

  13. (IthoughtIcommentedonthishalp.)

    This was so fun! :D

    I'm guessing your sister as a toddler couldn't pronounce the ST combination or the N easily, so probably Dee was her attempt at the "steen" sound in Christine... My little brother as a baby called me Baba because that was as close as he could get to Deborah. XD

    Christine and Pepper honestly sounds adorable, and I love that your first big novel was The Grand Adventure! XD Maria May Maiden with her magical horse sounds so fun.

    REALM MAKERRRRS. I feel like all I ever do is squeak about that to you but oh well. XD

    Sneaking so many favorite authors in IS MY FAVORITE THING. XD Fantasy is ooobviously the best. And I write best late but don't always do it either. :P So many fun movies.

    You don't have to be writing anything BECAUSE YOU JUST FINISHED YOUR EDITS ALKJDLFSKJDFLSJDLKJ!!!! :D :D :D I just started OUAT season 3 sooo I'm three whole seasons behind you. XD

    I hope all your publishing dreams come true, love! I'm definitely cheering you on! ^_^ Such a fun tag and thanks for sharing. :)

    1. (Lol! Totally sounds like something I'd do. XD)

      Awww! Glad you liked it. I had fun answering the questions!

      Oh wow, YOU'RE RIGHT. It's been nearly 20 years, and I literally NEVER figured out how she got Dee from Christine. And here the brilliant Celti pops in and figured it out in 0.2 seconds. You are awesome! That makes sense. And oh my goodness, Baba for Deborah is ADORABLE!!!

      LOLZ. XD It had nooo plot or logic, but I guess I had to start somewhere. And yeah, The Grand Adventure. *shakes head* My titling skills have at least gotten a SMIDGE better. XDDD

      REALM MAKERS!!!!!!!! Don't worry, it's all my friends and family have heard for MONTHS now. SQUEAK AWAY.

      Bwahaha! Like I'd actually do ONE. HA. Neverrrr. And of course fantasy. ALWAYS!
      Lol. You too? It's so hard to write at night when there's books to read and movies to watch!

      D'AWWWW!!! I suppose you're right! ^__^
      Nothing wrong with that! I'm just so excited you're watching it!!! :D

      AWK. CELTI, YOU PRECIOUS BEAN. I would not survive without you! <3333

  14. (I wrote out a comment, my computer glitched, and now my comment is gone. ahahahahaha. RETYPE.)

    ACK, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS POST, CHRISTINE!!! This tag. It is perfection. I am totally stealing it. *whips out pirate hat*

    Oh my word, your first NaNo sounds SO much like mine!!! Mine happened in 2015, and holy guacamole did it forever change my life. The NaNo has a way of manipulating every writerly soul, man. I don't know how it does it, but it DOES. XD

    ACK!!!! REALM MAKERS!!!! I cannot wait until the day when I can go! Buuuuuut -- good luck with the pitching, my friend!! That sounds utterly terrifying, but I have every faith in you!! I'll be praying that all goes well. I NEED Burning Thorns in my life. Like seriously. I need it. Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairytales!

    Amen to the instrumental soundtracks! XD I'm just beginning to discover how glorious they are, but wow are they amazing. I used to just listen to music with lyrics, but I've started listening to the Sherlock soundtrack while writing, and my productivity has literally skyrocketed. It's amazing how many times I got distracted by lyrics without realizing it. XD I should definitely check out the Skyrim soundtrack. I've never played the game, but I've heard great things about it's music in the writing community. Might as well see what all the buzz is about! XD

    As always, I absolutely adored this post, Christine! It was so much fun to learn more about your wonderful writerly self!!!! <333

    1. (OH NOES! I am so sorry. I HATE when something like that happens. Ugh.)

      Oh my goodness, THANK YOU, KENZIE BEAN. I'm so very glad I didn't bore people with my life stories. Lol. And YESSSH. STEALS IT. Do iiiiittt!

      Really? That is so funny! And also AWESOME. I love how powerful NaNo is. And I totally agree. NaNo is hiding something. They have some sort of mental manipulator device that makes us all want to become authors. >.> Buuut that's okay! I will happily be controlled by NaNo! :D

      Yes, yes, yes! You MUST go one day, and on that day we shall CELEBRATE!!! But meep. Thank you so muuuuch. I need all the prayers I can get! Lol. But seriously, that means the world to me! I've been feeling overcome with anxiety lately, but just knowing there are people behind me rooting for me and believing in my story melts that panic away. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! *glomps*

      Aren't they the BEST?! Yeah, I *have* written with lyrical music, but every time I do I get distracted and write slower. So instrumental music for me all the way! Oh my goodness, the Sherlock music is AH-MAY-ZIIING! That is such great writing music! And yes, the Skyrim soundtrack is amazing. There's even a track that's just 40 minutes of atmospheric sounds (like rain and fire crackling and such) with very light music and it's so, so relaxing and inspirational. I think it's a favorite amongst the writing community for a reason. Hehe.

      Thanks so much, Kenzie! You've brightened my day! <3

  15. Thanks for tagging me, Christine! This looks like a really fun one, so I'm excited to do it. :D

    When you said that you're a descendant of snowmen, for some reason, the first thing that came to mind was Marshmallow from Frozen. I don't know why. XD Also, your line where you said "But I quickly changed that and never wrote a realistic story ever again because ew the real world" was the best. XD

    I haven't listened to the Final Fantasy X soundtrack (or any of the Final Fantasy game soundtracks, actually). I suppose I should give it a listen, if you praise it so highly. Did I tell you that I recently bought FFX for PS2?

    Overall, this was a great post! I really enjoyed reading all of your answers and getting to know more about the writerly side of your life. Do continue to share your humor and insight with us! And thanks again for the tag. :)

    1. You're so welcome! I look forward to seeing you post! :D

      Marshmallow??? BWAHAHAHA! That is absolutely hilarious. No I'm imagining him as my great-great-great grandfather or something and I can't stop laughing. XD And totally true story about never writing a realistic story again. ;D

      *GAAAAAAAAAASP* YOU HAVEN'T???? I DID NOT REALIZE THIS. The FF music is THE. BEST. That and Zelda music are my TOP favorite video game soundtracks of EVER. I don't think I realized you've never even played FFX. Or forgot. I'm so excited to hear you got it! One of my most favorite games in the history of ever. AND probably my top favorite fighting system in any RPG. It's just so good! Hope you like it!

      So glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks, Josiah!


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