The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!


I have yet again been underservingly nominated for a blogging award by Writing Underdog and Dreampunk Geek! These two fabulous bloggers keep handing me these awards, and I feel terrible for not getting the chance to nominate them back! Their blogs are truly wonderful, and if you haven’t subscribed, please do. It is well worth the time. So thank you, thank you, thank, guys!

For these questions I’m using my new WIP, not my first-draft fantasy novel. Bear with me, because I’m still getting to know my characters and story line.

What is the working title of your book?

Broken Rainbows. I’m not sure yet. Opinions are welcome!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Ermm… I was watching the Scotiabank Giller Prize and tried thinking of book ideas that might end up with me sitting in the same room as Margaret Atwood. Somewhere during a commercial break an awkward, rebellious-esque girl walked into my head with the name Tonie (sort for Alton, after the place in Nova Scotia).

What genre does your book fall under?

I’m not sure; I’ve never written — and barely read — anything like this before. Teen drama? Self-discovery? Romantic-explorative fiction?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tonie Marron and her friends are terrified of graduating next year, and together they take their small suburban town by, storm, losing and making friends, falling in and out of love, and discovering things about themselves they had never even suspected along the way. (Who said anything about run-on sentences?)

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmm…Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, and…a bunch of teen actors who haven’t been iconized by YA franchises.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m torn, but will try the traditional publishing road first. Prepared to self-publish.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Can barely call it a WIP. Have a couple pages of brainstorm and three pages of scribbled dialogue in an well-loved  notebook.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I haven’t read too much in this genre, but maybe something like Write Naked by Peter Gould, or a more adult-content Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli? Funky and fun and playfully sexy with elements of sacrifice, choice, and loss. Can anyone think of a book like that?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is a story about self-discovery, friendship, different kinds of love, life-changing choices, and overcoming obstacles for people you care about. The protagonist comes from a family of social outcasts, which sometimes is a blessing and curse depending on if she can sneak away to her friend’s house for a Star Wars marathon or if she’s stuck working at the family-owned thrift store. It’s less organized into chapters than short stories and blog posts in Tonie’s POV and just is going to go wherever she takes me.

For the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I nominate:

Dreampunk Geek

Writing Underdog

(I know, but the Force is strong in these ones. Derserve it, they do. 😉 )


One Lovely Blog Award (x2)


My inbox delighted me this afternoon with tidings that I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award — for the second and third time. Writing Underdog and dreampunk geek, thank you for the noms, and everyone else please check out their fantastic blogs! These are two of my favourite sites, and being recognized by them is one of those warm-and-fuzzy feeling moments.

The Rules:

1. Copy and paste the award logo onto a post.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

3. List seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate five other blogs.

Seven Things About Me:

1. I currently have an awful head cold.  I despise being ill.

2. At the moment, I’m addicted to the song ‘Porcelain’ by Marianas Trench.

3. Wet cedar is one of my favourite scents. (I’m recently discovering this, because in this Atlantic wetness I’m missing its lovely aroma due my clogged nasal ways.)

4. Vanilla is one of my other favourite scents. It tastes good, too.

5. When I started this blog, it was not intended to be purely a writing blog: I meant to include more Tudor content, bizarre fashion combos and trends, talking to trees, and more movie/book reviews. If you go back and read some of my earlier posts you’ll be struck by the difference in subject, and even the writing style.

6. When I’m feeling glum (more like Puddleglum in this rainy weather. Geddit?) I watch Whose Line is it, Anyway? on YouTube. It cheers me up immeasurably.

7. I’m going to Word on the Street on Sunday; this is my first WotS, despite planning on attending for the last three years, and I’m beyond excited.

My Lovely Nominations (in no particular order)

Can I re-nominate dreampunk geek and Writing Underdog? They deserve it.

1. Brian Rush – thought-provoking analytical posts regarding fantasy/SF world-building.

2. 20four12 – where I go looking for Fantasy and SF book reviews

3. ellisnelson – children’s author and blogger of things-I-didn’t-know-but-am-now-interested-in.

4. Mere Inkling – for fascinating posts on C.S. Lewis, his legacy, faith, and writing.

5. Lantern Hollow Press – some of my favourite posts of all time are written by this enlightening, witty, insightful group of people.

Happy reading/writing/blogging! Have any big plans for this weekend?

Liebster Award!


I woke up this morning to find that I had been nominated by Writing Underdog for the Liebster Award!

Here is how it works:

  1. Thank and link back to the giver.
  2. Answer the giver’s questions.
  3. ‘Nominate’ five other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer.
  5. Post it all on one’s blog

A gratified and humbled thank-you to Writing Underdog! Make sure you check out Underdog’s blog, where all writing underdogs are welcome. 🙂 

Now, for the questions:

  1. How do you find the time/inspiration to write your blog? Good question. I’ll think about something I want to blog about (researching for a book or talking with trees) and work it out in my head while I’m doing daily chores. Once I get a few spare moments, usually in the morning, I’ll quickly hammer it all out, come back while I’m eating lunch, edit it, and post it.
  2. Favourite type of music? I’ve recently developed a hunger for classical music. Because it’s emotional music, but without lyrics, it helps me create a ‘zone’ for when I’m writing or thinking about writing. If you searched my YouTube history you’d find embarrassingly high amounts of videos called ‘Epic Music’ or ‘The Most Sad, Epic Music of all Time.’
  3. If you could meet any person, dead, alive, real, or fictional, who would it be and why? Anne Boleyn was the first name that popped up, but when I think about it I’d probably be lectured on my state of dress and religious tendencies than actually learn anything from her. And yet, as much as I’d like to meet someone like J.M. Barrie, C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, I still have to go with Queen Anne. I’ve invested too much of my time reading, writing, and dreaming about her to pass up the chance. She’s just such a mysterious, alluring historical figure, and I’d love to be the one who got that golden interview — ‘Anne Boleyn: What really went down besides her head.’
  4. Do you play any kind of “sport”? (Including martial arts/sporting activities) I used to ride horses quite a lot, but now our horse is mostly a lawn ornament. I’ve also tried my hand at Quidditch. Yes, the sport from Harry Potter. It’s a real thing. YouTube it.
  5. Can you say Anna banana 10 times fast? No, but I can say it nine times!

My Nominations, in no order. [Sometimes it’s impossible to tell how many followers one has…]

  1. I Dared to Eat a Peach
  2. Something Bigger Out There — I know I keep nominating you for stuff, but I love you, and you’re stuck with it! 🙂
  3. Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver
  4. The Songs We Knew — she doesn’t post very often, but her art is adorable.
  5. Dreampunk Geek was already awarded this, but I’m gonna nominate them again anyway.

My Questions

  1. Would you rather receive a time machine, seven league boots, or a 10-pound chocolate bar for your birthday?
  2. What three historical figures (or characters) would you want to have dinner with? Remember that you’re paying!
  3. Preferred time of day, and why?
  4. Do you have a hobby (other than blogging, of course!), and what is it?
  5. What is the strangest notion, concept, or thought that ever crossed your mind?

Happy blogging!