Saturday, July 9, 2011


Fellow blogger and friend DC Rich from The Write Time has tagged me and a handful of others in a fun game of Q & A. So here we go:

If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?
To answer this question honestly would be revealing something very special and personal to me. We’ll just say I’d wish to be fourteen again and relive a certain morning over and over and over because the memory anchors me.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
8th grade history class. Wiser-spirited me would have reversed the choice I made that day. I’d still probably lose a friend but this time it would be the jealous one that caused the problem. Someday I hope to be able to track down a certain guy and tell him how sorry I’ve felt for years.

What movie/tv character do you most resemble in personality?
Rapunzel from Tangled. Right after she gets out of the tower, that whole segment, I kept slinking further down in my seat and my husband’s chuckles got louder and louder. It was so me. Plus the homebody, learning a lot of different skills part fit too. My hair’s not quite as long and there’s no way I’d let anybody use it at a ladder. But yes, I’d probably use a frying pan as a weapon.

If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
Murphy. He’s had too much fun with my family.

Name one habit you want to change in yourself.
I’d love to kill how easy it is to fall into self-doubt. It puts a damper on many things.

Describe yourself in one word.

Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.

Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence.
After years of research, I figure this is my way to give back to the writing community and to help others get a jump-start with their research.

Who am I tagging?
See the list below.

Are you hot?
It’s summer, so um, yes.

Upload a picture or wall paper you are using at the moment.
Last year for my birthday my family spent some time at one of my favorite gardens and I took tons of pictures to use as wallpaper and icons. This is the one on my monitor for the month of July.

When was the last time you ate chicken meat?
A week ago. Fried.

What song(s) have you listened to recently?
Guilty pleasure and something both the kids and I can agree on when riding in the car: (These are just two samples.)
When writing I have a huge playlist that covers everything from classical music to new age to rock to pop and on. No alternative or country. I also like to avoid soundtracks when writing, though they're great for road trips.
What were you thinking as you were doing this?
Some of these questions are weird.

Do you have nicknames?
Lots and lots. Clipper is my favorite but I also like Epitome and Crazy-Girl. My other two favorites I reserve the right to remain silent about.

Tag eight Blogger friends.
Slight problem with this one. Most people I know and have the guts to tag have already been tagged. So for fun I'm just going to list a bunch of my writing associates and say nice things about them. If you haven't been tagged already, then consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.
  1. Diana Robicheaux. Writer, artist, blogger. We beta read for each other. She has a great sense of humor, is queen of the chapter ending cliffhanger, and is so far the only writer who can make me enjoy reading about vampires.
  2. Angie Sandro. Writer, query guru, and a fellow mom. Angie has a great imagination, is warm and kind, helpful, and I’ve enjoyed reading her work. (And oh yes, Angie, I am still reading through that full you sent me. Marathon makes it a bit slow, as you know.)
  3. Darke Conteur. Writer, blogger, intrepid soul out to conquer all different kinds of writing horizons. Gutsy and supportive. I think it would be a blast to meet you in real life.
  4. Brenda Carre. Writer, blogger, world explorer. Gives fantastic crits and advice. A mother figure for writers though I fondly refer to her as Sarge.
  5. Mindy McGinnis. BBC as we at AQC love to call her. Writer, blogger, librarian. Formidable force to be reckoned with. I admire her a lot.
  6. Riley Redgate. YA to the extreme. She plays the piano and likes the series Avatar: The Last Airbender as do I, so therefore she’s totally cool. She also has a fantastic blog featuring her unique and sage YA POV.
  7. Stephanie Poscente. Writer and blogger. She found me first and now I take pleasure in following her. Thank you for being so supportive of my blog and for the record, I like the fact that you work so hard to be different on yours.
  8. Cherie. Everyone knows her, everyone loves her, and for good reason. I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of her work too. And I can’t begin to count the ways she’s been so supportive and encouraging to me. She’s like that.
  9. Marewolf. Writer, blogger, and another person who found me first. I’m so glad you did. You’re fun to follow back.
  10. Eli Ashpence. Writer, blogger, and a no-nonsense kind of person. I’m in awe of her.
  11. Moonshade. Writer, blogger. Now, I haven’t known you for very long but I’m liking the way the interaction is going. It’s great to be able to read what you write and to see your special perspective of things. You’ve got quite the imagination and are a great critic.
  12. Dawn G. Sparrow. Writer, blogger, fisherwoman. So fun to chat with and so darn nice! If I still lived in your neck of the woods, I would so look you up.
  13. RC Lewis. Writer, blogger, teacher. She works with deaf kids, how cool is that? It also gives her an edge with the YA crowd when it comes to writing. She’s smart, and another person I admire.
  14. Peter Burton. Writer, blogger, and what a personality! The online room is never dull or lackluster with Peter around. Oh, and he has great hair too. It’s been fun reading your work as well.
  15. Dean C. Rich. Writer, blogger, sage. I know, I know, you tagged me for this but I couldn’t leave my regards with one simple word, now could I? I love reading your blog posts and it’s been great having someone like you in the marathon this year. Perseverant is another word that fits you.
  16. Michelle Simkins. The Greenwoman, writer and blogger mama. Big smile, lots of warmth and humor. She’s so much fun to follow and chat with. Plus a fellow gardner.
  17. Stephanie Diaz. Writer, blogger. She’s put up with my critiques and kept coming back for more. She strikes me as a sweet soul with fierce determination. Proud of you, Steph.
  18. Tracy Jorgensen. Writer, artist, blogger, vlogger. Versatile in her creativity, multi-talented, and someone I often wish I could give a hug to. Can’t explain the protectiveness on my part. I’m rooting hard for you to succeed.
  19. A.M. Supinger. Writer, blogger. Another great person I’m just getting to know and have had the privilege of seeing a glimpse of her work. I know I like her a lot because she understands villains in writing.
  20. Calista Taylor. Writer, blogger, and another sage. She’s also multi-talented, has been supportive and encouraging. I wish I knew her better and I’m looking forward to seeing some of her projects come to print.
  21. Matt Sinclair. Writer, blogger, guinea pig. Matt’s let me pump him for research information. He’s a down-to-earth, laid-back kind of guy, and I can still remember what month his twins were born.
  22. RSMellette. Writer, blogger, movie-guy. From what I’ve been able to see, he’s got a very engaging and fun writing style and a finger on the pulse of the movie world.
  23. Michelle4Laughs. Writer, blogger. I love her writing style and she puts up with all the tough love I dish out. A total trooper and a fantastic critic. Oh, and a marathon camper too!
  24. Cat Woods. Writer, blogger. Another I wish I knew better but have had a pleasant association with so far. I know she's smart, extremely knowledgeable when it comes to juvenile fiction, and has a wonderful smile.
This list is only partial but I'm running short on time. So many others I'd like to include but will have to spotlilght later on. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, has befriended me on Twitter or AQC, and who has had a positive influence on me.

And now you all know a little bit more about me. I think I need to replay that Tangled clip again and avoid the internet for awhile.


  1. Joyce, you are such a sweet soul!

    Tangled and Airbender (these are two of my favorite things!): I laughed so hard on that scene when Rapunzel goes back and forth between elation and guilt. I think we all do that to some degree. And, I didn't know you and Riley were Airbender fans! Woot! I watched all of the episodes until the very end. The cartoon, not the movie. ;)

    I can't see/open your song selections on YouTube but that's only because I'm using my phone. Will have to check it out when I'm near a computer. I love seeing what my friends listen to. :)

    Thanks for the list--most of them are familiar names, but I'll have to check out the others. Have a great weekend, Joyce!

  2. Awesome list of fabulous folks!! I STILL haven't seen Tangled yet - but I really have too. I love that clip :)

  3. Thanks for taking the challenge. It was fun reading your list. Glad to have met you and enjoy the interaction. Thanks for all your help with my ms in the Marathon.

    Hope to live up to your high praise!

  4. Cherie--I still have like the last 6 episodes to see of Airbender and the suspense is driving me nuts! The library lost their copy of the last two disks and won't reorder them until October.

    Jemi--Have to see Tangled. It's one of Disney's finer movies.

    Dean--I meant every word I said. You don't have to aspire to them, you've already achieved the status.

  5. You're making me blush. Thanks for the nice comments and it's a honor being racked over the coals by you! My ms is so much stronger.

    I've seen Tangled three times and am going to buy it for my birthday. Love it!

  6. I can seriously mail you the last two disks of Avatar. I can't imagine being deprived of the denouement until OCTOBER. I would die!

    Rewatched Tangled last night. XDDD Rapunzel is just the cutest thing.

    Also, this must have taken you FOREVER! Your tenacity is remarkable. <3

  7. Joyce,

    You are amazing and the feeling is recipricol. Thanks for the tag and the list of great writers. You've nicely compiled a list for me as I update my own blog roll!

    Tangled is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I could watch it every day and never tire of how adorable it is.

    Also love the honesty of your 8th grade history date to change. I think we all have those moments in life.

    Hugs and see you around a bit more often!

  8. Riley--last night I found out we just got a video rental store in town so we're going to try there first. But thanks for the offer. =)

    Michelle--I'm looking forward to reading your entire manuscript. And I'm glad my comments are helpful. (Whew! *sigh of relief* I'm not botching it.)

    Cat--thank you!

  9. Thanks, Joyce!
    You know, my kids don't like Tangled for some reason, but I force them to watch it (I'm not a terrible mother, I swear)! I love it!
    And I definitely agree with you about self-doubt. It's like a disease.

  10. Aww, this made my day. I just noticed this while googling myself trying to pretend I was an agent looking me up. Thank you. So sweet.