11 is an Odd Number…

I got tagged by Mirriam and Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden (one of my all time favorite bloggers :D)

The rules for this tag are simple, Post eleven random facts about yourself, answer the eleven questions the awarder has given you and make up eleven questions for your awardees to answer in return. Tag eleven fellow bloggers, and notify them of the award. And most of all, have FUN!!!! 😀

Ok, 11 random facts…..

1) I was born with jet-black hair, but in a month it all fell out and grew back light brown 😦 I always wished it had stayed black.

2) I am half German and a quarter Native American (Seminole and Cheyenne). I get my looks from my German blood.

3) I love colorful nail polish, especially weird colors like green, dark purple, blue, and even black.

4) I owned a horse for about a year, but I couldn’t afford to feed her, so I had to sell her. She was a yearling and had never seen people in her life, so she was completely wild. I had her halter trained by the time I sold her. 😥

5) I always doodle in my school notebooks, and then at the end of the term before I throw the notebooks away, I tear out all of the ones that turned out good and pen them to a bulletin board I have in my room.

6) At the moment I am listening to the Song of the Lonely Mountain from the Hobbit soundtrack over and over again!

7) I like to listen to Korean music (thanks to Mirriam). My favorite band is MBLAQ 😀

8) I collect books like you would never believe… I am seriously only a couple of books away from making it to a episode of hoarders 😀 My dad just built me a new bookshelf that is HUGE. It seriously takes up a whole wall in my room, and in addition to that I still have a second bookshelf ans books spread out through the rest of my room.

9) When I am reading books I  am always drawn to the dark, mysterious guys with sad, dark pasts. I also like to write that kind of character.

10) I like rainy days a lot more than hot sunny days, and I would always rather be indoors, even if it is sunny.

11) I am not afraid of anything unless it has eight legs and scuttles around. Then I turn into a ninja  and get all violent… I want him dead, I want his family dead, and I want his house burned to the ground. *shivers*

And now to answer Mirriam’s 11 questions!

1. Do you create playlists for your novels when you write, or do you write better without music? Yes, I do make playlists for each one of my stories. I write to the music, then I turn it off and read it to see if it makes any sense.
2. Is there anything you have given up in order to be able to write? Hmmm….. Sleep. I have busy days because of school and being the oldest girl in a family where mom works, I have to take care of the house, so I save all of my writing for the night time. My family goes to bed at 9:00 pm, and I usually stay up until 11:00 or 12:00, depending on what I am writing.
3. What character (not your own) has moved or inspired you the most? Why? I know this will probably sound a little cheesy and fangirlish, but I think Aragorn, Elrond and Thorin have always been my inspirations (but then again, Tolkien has always inspired me in whatever he has done). The next closest is probably Murtagh and Oromis from the Inheritance Cycle (Soryn is definitely inspired by Murtagh)
4. Have you ever seen a real-life version of your character walking down the street? Yes!!! Just the other day in fact!!! I was waiting at a stop light on my way home from school when a real- life Rowan Oakley walked across the cross walk! She was amazing… the same tall, strong form, and the long deep copper hair! I wish I could have stopped and asked her for a picture.
5. Have you ever been inspired by something completely random and strange? (“Did she say she liked to draw swill-buckets?”) I am sure I have, I just cant remember any at the time 😦 .
6. Have you ever come up with a fantastic idea, only to find out that someone in the past stole it from you? Oh, ALL the time!!! Now when I have an idea I google it just to be sure.
7. Is there one thing people tend to say all the time that you absolutely hate? Well, other than foul language, which I hear every day at school, I hate it when people feel sorry for me because I am homeschooled (which happens about every time I mention it at college).
8. Is there a Tumblr you go to for inspiration? No, not currently… are there any you can recommend 😀
9. What does your writing space look like? Ummm… it is a mess right now because I was doing school there earlier and havent cleaned it up yet :D. It is my brother’s old desk, which has a loft bed over it, so the area where the computer is looks alot like a cave.
My writing buddy distracting me by laying on my work

My writing buddy distracting me by laying on my work

10. Do you have a ‘routine’ for writing? Kind of… I usually clean off my desk so that there is no school visible, then I make some tea, then I light my cinnamon pecan swirl candle, turn on my music and start writing.
11. Have you ever been struck with creative lightning at an inappropriate time? When doesn’t it strike in an inappropriate time? During classes at school, when I really need to get my homework done, when I need to catch up on sleep, when I am driving to school so I cant write it down and I cant write when I get there, and most especially during finals week, when I should be studying for all of my tests. When I actually have a break from school…. not a thing…. Unless of course, I have planes.
Now, 11 things I get to ask all of you!!!
1) Which literary/movie character reminds you most of yourself?
2) What is your favorite music genre?
3) When creating characters, do you name them first and then come up with the character (Tolkien style) or do you create the character first and then name them?
4) Do you collect pictures/models of your characters (I most certainly do)?
5) When writing, do you start at the beginning and work to the end (same way you read) or do you just write whatever scene fits your fancy?
6) What are your opinions on adding mythical/fantasy creatures (elves, dragons, etc) to a story?
7) Do you play any musical instruments?
8) If you were to use a weapon, which one would you choose?
9) Are you a part of any fandoms (ex. LOTR, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Marvel, Jane Austin, Percy Jackson, Inheritance Cycle, etc.)?
10) Sunshine or Rain?
11) What is your favorite type of character (cheerful and bubbly, spirited and saucy, uppity and snobbish, or dark, angry/sad and mysterious)
And now 11 people… I hope I can think of that many!
Becca Anne at Life’s Melody
Katie McCurdy at Legacy of a Writer
Abigail Hartman at Scribbles and Ink Stains
Jenny Freitag at  The Penslayer
Since it it 1:30 am here I am going to just say that anyone else who wants to do this tag do so, just don’t forget to give me a comment!!!
Sierra

Random Questions

Mirriam from Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden posted some anonymous questions on her blog, and said that any one else who wanted to answer them could as well! I thought that it would be a good way for y’all to get to know me better, so here are my answers…
♦ Five ways to win your heart? Love God, buy me books, be a gentleman, love me no matter what, be funny.
♦ Something you feel strongly about? Abuse, bullying and suicide.
♦ A book you love? Just one?!?!? Impossible… I shall give you a short list of books that I could not live without. The Inheritance Cycle By Christopher Paolini, The Ranger’s Apprentice By John Flanagan, Stowaway By Karen Hesse, And of course anything written by J.R.R. Tolkien!

♦ Pet Peeves? When we are playing scrabble and someone bumps the board (It drives me CRAZY when the pieces are out of line), When someone borrows my DVDs and then leaves them lying around without their cases.

♦ How comfortable are you in your own skin? Below average probably. I am very big boned and sturdily built, but I have always been on the chunky side, which has never been pleasant.

♦ Something you always think ‘what if’ about? Whenever I go somewhere, or someone I love does, I always have the “What if this is the last time I see them?” thought.

♦ Five things you really want? A laptop, some fashionable clothes that actually look good on someone of my build, school to be over, a job.

♦ A quote you try to live by?

♦ Five guys you find attractive? Oooohhhh there are alot of them… 😀 Hmmm… Robert Downy Jr., Ben Barnes, Chris Hemsworth, the singer for Nickleback (don’t know his name), I know this may sound a little bit weird, and even nerdy-ish, but I find Aragorn to be exceptionally attractive…… O.o

♦ Five women you think are beautiful? Natalie Portman (Padme from Star Wars and Jane from Thor) Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow from Avengers) Cate Blanchett  (Galadriel from LOTR) and Vanessa Hudgens (Lindy from Beastly)

♦ Something you’re currently worrying about? Christmas money, and Finals for school are coming up fast (I am always a little worried about finals).

♦ What do you hope your future will be like? I would like to get a part time job as a nurse (which is what I am going to school for), which should pay enough to support my writing. I would also like to fall in love and get married to a nice guy. I also want to travel the world before I settle down and have kids.

♦ Five weird things that you like? Picture hoarding (I collect every interesting picture I see on the internet, which is why Pintrest and DeviantART are very bad ideas for me), collecting quotes & poems, book hoarding (I am seriously only a couple of books away from being on an episode of Hoarders), I love cooking but abhor baking, I am fascinated with medieval ships of any kind and sailing.

♦ Something that you’re proud of? Personally, I am proud of the fact that I finally worked up the courage to go to college after being homeschooled my whole life.

♦ A problem that you’ve had? Forgetfulness. It is weird though, because I used to have the best memory of all of my family, but since I started going to school, my memory has rapidly declined, and now I forget stuff all the time… If I have to remember to bring something to school, I had better write it down or I WILL forget it.

♦ Something that you miss? My best friend, Becca Anne, who lives in Washington and I don’t get to see her very often.

♦ One thing you’re excited for? The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, and Christmas Break (which is a month long)!!!!

♦ Something that bullets your whole day? Someone saying they’re disappointed in me or getting angry at me. (sorry Mirriam, I had to steal your answer here, because it is true for me too 😀 )

♦ Put your iPod on shuffle and name the first ten songs that play? Runaway by 3 Doors Down, I’ve got a Dream from the Tangled Soundtrack, Dance of the Darkness by Blackmore’s Night, Let it Burn by Red, The Mists of Islay by Hayley Westenra, Missing by Evanescence, Beautiful Bride by Flyleaf, It’s War by MBLAQ, Lost November by DIAURA

♦ Things you like and dislike about yourself? I dislike my size, my big hands, my square smile, the fact that I am short and stocky, and my shyness. Things I like: my eyes (which have good shape and are a dark, stormy grey blue), my smirk (which I use more than my smile, because I don’t like my smile), my strength (I suppose being built like and ox has it’s advantages… )

♦ What are you wearing? A brown Tee-shirt with a black velvet cross on it, my black and grey zip up jacket, a pair of comfy blue jeans, socks, blue and black Vanns skate shoes. Oh, and underwear 😀 .

♦ What do you think of school? School is ok, it is all the homework that I HATE. I like literature and history much more than math and science, which is unfortunate because my next year and a half is full of math and science… D:

♦ What makes you happy? When people complement me, or do nice things for me. When people want to be friends with me simply because they enjoy my company.

♦ What makes you angry? When people are ungrateful when I do something for them, or when I am reading and people assume that because I am reading I am not doing anything, and therefor can be interrupted over and over again.

And now I had better start my homework, or I will be in trouble because I procrastinated……..  again…….

Sierra

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