It looks like my survey was a success! I was so glad to hear from everyone about their thoughts and interests, and some of your responses made me laugh, too. So here are some of the compiled results of my survey, for you to sort of see where you stand. I'll be working on the suggestions and potential guest posts you guys gave for later on.
YAY FOR GRAPHS AND LOYAL READERS!
Some of you may know about the song game on Facebook, where put your music library on shuffle, and whatever song comes up for each question determines the music of your life. I'm going to do that here, but with a character from my book, Sage O'Riley, putting in commentary.
Questions in BOLD, songs in normal, character response blue. Got it? Good.
Sage O'Riley's Playlist
Songs for the Quintessential Fan-Favorite, Sage O'Riley of THE CHOSEN FOUR series.
1) IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY?" YOU SAY...
"Godric's Hollow Graveyard" from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, scored by Alexandre Desplat
Sage: This question comes across as a threat. I'm gonna say heck no.
2) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"Bolero" by Ravel Bolero, played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sage: What is that supposed to mean, that I'm so stuck up, I named a song after myself?
Happy day after Valentine's Day! Love you all. <3 Thank you for continuing to read!
Today, I thought I'd write a blog post about blogging! I've been blogging for over a year and a half now, and it has really been a great experience. It makes me insanely happy, and though I know I don't have a massive readership, I still love the process and am super grateful for those of you who do read up.
I read lots of articles online from agents and authors talking about how some authors really struggle with maintaining the blog and social media presence that's almost a necessity for authors in this day and age. That's never really been a problem for me. Blogging is another kind of writing, and writing is what I love. I started blogging basically on accident, for those of you who remember. I was setting up an author website for later, and I accidentally published it. So then I was like, What the heck. And I started blogging. As I said, it has been very enjoyable for me. Those of you who keep up have probably figured out by now that I write a bunch of blog posts at once, save them, post them one at a time, and then do it again when I start running low. It's economic, I think, and I love the days when I get to start looking for new blog post ideas.
Not entirely sure where I'm going with this post, but, um, HOW ABOUT SOME WEB ANALYTICS. HECK YEAH.
For those of you green on the scene of blogging, web analytics show you basically how many people visit your website, and what they're doing, and how they got there. I do it through Google Analytics, which is the best analytics website I've found, very well put together. I check my analytics, I don't know, maybe every two weeks, whenever the urge hits.
Quite a while ago, Books and Such put up a blog post about writing idols, and recognizing what it is about their talents that you yourself as a writer want. Basically, you look at their style and decide what kind of a writer you want to be based off of that. I loved that idea, so I thought I'd make a full blog post about my writing idols and what they have taught me about writing. I know I've talked about these people a lot, but they really do deserve it! So here it is!
*Check out the 16 June 2018 update on this post here.*
Brit native Jo Rowling with her glorious Harry Potter series, as you all should know by now, is my ultimate writing idol, and I admire so much more about her than even her writing. I admire her strength through the trials she's faced, and I admire her charitable contributions and spirit. But as for her writing, there are a few specific gifts of hers that I wish to bring into my own work.
First and foremost, J.K. Rowling is an incredible world-builder. I struggle so much with world-building as a speculative novelist, and she just knows everything about the Harry Potter world. Everything. Not just the incredible stuff shown in the books, but so much more as well.
Not to mention how much culture and meaning she slips in secretly throughout the book, as connected into the world-building. Just find any Pinterest board or Tumblr with Harry Potter stuff, and you'll see bits of information various fans have managed to pick up on--brilliant stuff. She knows her literature, and that is so very clear in the little details you find.
Hi guys! As you might know, I have this thing for surveys, as in, I like to take them. I actually have an account through SurveyMonkey where I'm alerted every time a new survey related to my life experience comes up. I take the survey, and $0.50 is donated to the Humane Society. I also get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card every time I take a survey, but I haven't won yet.
Anyway, I was thinking, I want to make a survey for you, my readers! Just to gather information. I'll keep it going for a little bit, get my answers in, and then I'll make a post showing selections of the (anonymous) results! I don't know if you like surveys as much as I do, but I thought it could be fun!
So here it is. There are multiple sections to fill out, but hopefully it'll be good.
Image via SurveyMonkey.
Today, I thought I'd step in with thoughts on some recent big news in the writing world. *Harry Potter spoilers ahoy*
RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman
As you've probably heard, actor Phillip Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning, of an apparent drug overdose. This, of course, is a tragic event. I don't know much of his work, but from what I've heard he was a very gifted actor. What I do know about him is from the Hunger Games movie series, in which he has been playing Plutarch, who is a pretty important and somewhat complex character.
From what I've heard, all the work acting-wise on Mockingjay: Part 1 is done and the movie is post-production, so he will be in that movie, and only seven days were left for shooting Mockingjay: Part 2, leading to the same conclusion. We Hunger Games fans can breathe easy, knowing we still have the inclusion of both an important character and a great actor in our series. Nonetheless, it's only appropriate to say RIP, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. You will be missed.
J.K. Rowling's Interview: Ron + Hermione = No?
In a shocking turn of events, J.K. Rowling gave a recent interview in which she stated that, in hindsight, she was wrong to put Ron and Hermione together at the end of the Harry Potter series, even going so far as to say Hermione and Harry would've been a better match. She stated that the couple was "wish fulfillment" for her, and that they would have ended up needing counseling.
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