Would You Rather…?

I was honored when my friend, PhantomWriter143, tagged me for the “Would You Rather” book tag tour!

She’s an amazing blogger and writer (and even a physical therapist!), and how cool is it that she started her blog just a couple of days after I started mine?  If you haven’t checked her out yet, go do so now.  You won’t be sorry.

At any rate, this fun little tag-a-thon asks us to answer a series of questions as writers/readers, then we pass on the love to five more bloggers.  Here are my answers, and my tagged victims are below:

  1. Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Two of my favorite authors are V.C. Andrews and Beverly Lewis.  Both ladies almost always write in trilogy format (though sometimes they have four or five books in a series!).  So, yes, I prefer trilogies.  It allows the writer to give me more information, and it keeps me from feeling empty when the story ends sooner than I’d like.

  1. Would you rather only read male or female authors?

I don’t think I really have a preference.  As long as I enjoy the genre and the story, I don’t care who wrote it.

  1. Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

That’s tough.  Last year I got a Nook and have been trying to thin down my paper book collection and go digital.  However, I do still enjoy going into a physical book store and seeing all the different books “in person.”  Can I opt for a third answer and say I actually prefer used book stores?

  1. Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Hmm, I’ve got to go with movies.  Honestly, if I’ve read a book first, then it’s made into a movie, I probably won’t see the movie because it’s never as good.  But sometimes I see the movie, then it makes me want to buy the book.  Although I actually found one of my favorite authors (mentioned above), Beverly Lewis, because I saw a made-for-TV movie of one of her books.  How about this:  Ask me how much I despise when I find a movie I love, then I want to know more, and I discover that the movie didn’t come from a book!  I hate it when that happens!

  1. Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Duh!  That one’s easy.  Five books per week, no contest.  If I only had the time to make that a reality…

  1. Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Come on!  Do you really have to ask?  An author, hands down!  If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know that I don’t even need to quantify that answer with an explanation.

  1. Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I think I’d rather be a bookseller.  Better yet, can I own the bookstore?  That way, I could order all my favorite authors to sell, and YOU would probably be among them.

  1. Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

Oh, I’d definitely rather read my favorite genre only.  I couldn’t give up my love of Amish fiction for anything.

  1. Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

That’s tough.  I want to prefer ebooks.  (As I mentioned above, I got a Nook last year because my physical books were swallowing me, and I wanted to thin the collection.)  That said, I do not like that my Nook is heavier than a paper book, and I have to keep it charged in order to read.  If I was forced to choose, I guess I’d reluctantly go with ebooks just to give myself the kick I need to make it happen.

So that’s all there is.  I want to thank PhantomWriter143 again for asking me to play along.  I really love these blog tags, but too often, no one asks me to play in their reindeer games.  (Sigh.)  LOL!

Anyway, here are the bloggers I’m tagging:

Ali Isaac

C.S. Boyack

Rhonda Blackhurst 

Mark Bialczak

Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Thanks, guys.  I look forward to reading your answers!

~Rachel

P.S. Dear Writer,

A while back, I took a survey and asked if any of you would be interested in sharing some of your editing secrets here on my blog.  For people who have never written anything longer than a college thesis, the thought of actually writing a novel may seem daunting.  But to those of us who have thrown our hat into the authors’ ring, we know that writing the first draft can actually be the easy part.  We’re creative.  There are a lot of brilliant stories spiraling around in our heads.  But what we want is a brilliant story told magnificently.

So if you’re interested, what I’d like to do is feature one of you every Tuesday from the second through the last Tuesday of each month until I run out of willing victims participants.  The topic will be your editing process, and I’ll ask you to answer the following:

  1. Please share one to three* tips or tricks that you use when editing your work, how specifically you use them, and why they work for you.
  1. What was your biggest repeated mistake when you first started writing?  What is your weakest point of editing and why?
  1. Have you used any editing methods previously that just didn’t work for you? If so, what were they, and why didn’t they work?
  1. Please tell us something about your current work in progress or your most recent completed work (or both), and tell us where we can purchase your book(s).
  1. If you have any other news to share with us, please feel free to do so now.

I’ll then provide a link to your blog (as well as link[s] to anything else you want included), and if you send me a photo of yourself, and/or your book(s), I’ll be happy to include those as well.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at the link in the picture below:

email(*I asked you to share only one to three tips or tricks to keep each post short enough that people will read it in its entirety.  If you have more helpful hints that you’d like to share, I’ll be happy to feature you more than once.)

Time to talk:  Is this a feature that you would be interested in reading on my blog?  Would you be willing to participate?

Sometimes, I get embarrassed for people who don’t have enough sense to be embarrassed for themselves…

…Such as the people who name certain roads.

(I also feel bad for the people who have to live on them!)

Let’s talk:  What’s the oddest named road in the city where you live?  What about the oddest named city or body of water in your state or general vicinity?  How about the most mispronounced name?

Where Cats Hide

It’s time for another edition of “Where Cats Hide.”  You’ve probably heard the expression, “Curiosity killed the cat.”  Well, it is true that cats are definitely a curious breed.  The funny thing about cats is, once one has discovered a special place such as a box, every cat has to inspect it to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

Not long ago, I received a package in the mail that arrived in a huge box.  First Dakota a/k/a/ Stewie had to inspect the inside…

Then his best friend and sister, Snow, had to check it out…

And sweet little Zsa Zsa is never one to be left out, despite her small stature.  She followed up the rear to make sure she wasn’t missing something good…

(Unfortunately, by the time Cleo got in the box, I realized that I’d left my camera in a different room, and by the time I returned, she’d jumped out.)

Time to talk:  What was inside the biggest box you’ve ever received in the mail?  What was inside the largest box you ever mailed to someone else?  FedEx, UPS, or the Post Office?

SCARED!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a scare…  (Thankfully it wasn’t the kind of scare I had in my younger days… you know, one that involved the calendar.)  This scare involved something like the blue screen of death. I was working at home and was in the middle of searching for a graphic for my job when I clicked on a site and my entire computer locked up and turned blue.  I was petrified that I’d suddenly gotten one of those viruses that force you to restart, and when you do, it eats your hard drive, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

I do back up my computer regularly.  About three times a year, I burn the entire hard drive to roughly twenty DVDs.  And at least once a week, usually more often, I put only the latest versions of the important stuff (documents, recipes, and most importantly, my manuscripts!) to cloud storage.  But the thing that takes up so much space… the thing that’s too large to out on (free) cloud storage, is my massive collection of photos.

A few years ago, my son, Jeremy, asked how he could get access to “every photo that was ever taken of him.”  Challenge accepted!  He soon forgot all about his request, but I did not.  I made it my mission to scan in every photo every taken of him.  I started by making year folders for every year since I was pregnant with him…

Then within each year’s folder, I made a folder for each month…

But I didn’t limit my scans to only include photos, I also added school work, report cards, etc…

(By the way, I’m not insane with the desire to be über-organized… It took me nearly a year to complete Jeremy’s project!)  When I was done with Jeremy’s photos, I copied his folders to my daughter, Stefani’s file, and deleted any photos that she was not in, then I added her photos.  (Because I had a lot of hers scanned in where she was in the photo with her brother, hers only took me about five months.)  That seemed like the best way to organize my children’s memories, and even though some months have empty folders, it’s kind of neat how sometimes they get filled this many years later.  For example, my daughter’s former stepmom recently put an old picture of both my kids on her Facebook wall.  I’d never seen the photo before, and it was so cool to add that to my “collection.”  (Of course I copied it twice, one for each kid.)  And recently, I was at my birth mom’s house and we found an envelope of picture my Grandma took of my kids when they were little that she’d never shown me.  It feels almost like finding buried treasure when this happens.

Of course, after I started my children’s projects, I wanted to scan in my grandparents’ photos.  However, unlike my kids, I had no desire to attempt to organize each of them by month and year…  (Grandma was never one to write dates on the back, so that would have been impossible.)

So for each of them, I made folders such as Grandma Alone, Grandma & Her Siblings, Grandma & Her Children, Grandma & Her Grandchildren, Grandma & Her Great-Grandchildren, Grandma & Friends/Other Family, Grandma & Granddaddy’s Wartime Correspondence (yes, I scanned in their letters to each other. Okay, actually, I photographed it on a black blanket because that was faster than scanning it.), and Grandma’s Cool Stuff…

“Cool Stuff” includes just about anything that isn’t a photo, and it’s also stuff that my birth mom, uncle, cousins, or my own children might want copies of.  For example, I photographed Granddaddy’s track letterman’s letters and his trophies and ribbons.  For Grandma, I added her high school diploma and a short story that I recently found which she apparently wrote shortly after she was married in the 1940s.  (How cool that she, too, fancied herself a writer… a well-kept secret that neither of her children or I ever knew!)

So these days, unless I get the rare treat of one of my kids allowing me to do a photo shoot of them, I mainly add to the “collection” when I find a new photo (generally a selfie, which as a professional photographer, makes me cringe!) of them on Facebook.  And that’s the main reason I panicked when I clicked on that bad website and thought I got a fatal hard drive virus.  Thankfully, after I rebooted, I ran a virus and malware scan, and haven’t had any problems since.

Time to talk:  Do you keep your photos well organized?  Do you scan your old photos that were not digital?  Do you regularly back up the photos on your phone and camera?  When was the last time you had a computer virus?