The June Crusade Tag!

(Ahh, yes.  Two tags in a row.  Lazy blogging at its best.  Hey.  I have a busy life.  Deep and profound blog posts will come later.)
Well, it’s that time of year again!  Anne-girl over at Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard is hosting The June Crusade again, which I thought was a grand success last year – after all, I got a novel out of it!  : D
Greatly looking forward to this year where, instead of writing 50k words (my schedule doesn’t allow it this year……  *insert sad Laurie face from Meg’s wedding*), we’ll be doing a peer review/critique of another participant’s novel!  Exciting, right?  I’ve been teamed up with Kendra Ardnek and I’ve been enjoying getting to know her and reading her novel, The Ankulen.  (Check out her blog, if you have the time!)
To start things off, Anne-girl has issued a tag for all the participants, to be answered by my characters!
Hey, you guys….  This is Nikki Scott.  (Haha, this is kinda weird….)  Eowyn wanted me to answer these questions, but I got a little nervous about answering them myself.  Alec was busy, so I decided to ask my best friend, Natalie, to help me.
So I’m only your second choice?
Not exactly!  I mean… ummm….  Yeah.  But I can’t wait to do this with you!
Me, neither.  Let’s do this thing!
Describe your author in one word.
Only one word?  Wow….  That’s hard!
She’s kinda weird….
I know, but I was trying to be nice.  She’s going to read this, Nat.
I know!  So it’ll help her like us more if she knows our true feelings for her.  Right?
Um…  I don’t think so.  Think of a nice word to describe her.
She’s a nerd.  A geeky nerd.
Ha!  Well, knowing Eowyn, I think she’d probably agree with you.  She’s a self-proclaimed Whomizzer.
See?  Weird!
Moving on.
If your author had a theme song what would it be?
‘I Have Confidence’ from The Sound of Music.  *nods*
I don’t think so, Nick.  I think she’s exactly like Jo from Little Women, so her theme song would be ‘Astonishing’ from the musical.
Minus the feminism.
Probably.  She’s independent, though.
If you could pick an actor to play your author who would it be?
Ooh, I know!  Ashley Clements!
I’d say Samantha Barks.  She’d be happy we gave her a beautiful voice.
What are your author’s strengths?
People tell her all the time that her eyes are really blue….  To the point of it becoming slightly annoying.
That’s not a strength, Nat.  I’d say she’s got a determined nature – she’ll work hard at a job to do until it’s done.
Yeah.  And she’s a people person.  She loves kids.
And an introvert.  But in a good kind of way.
*cracks knuckles*  Well.  Let me tell you.  I’ve spent a year with this girl and –
Hey!  Be nice.
I’m being honest.  She’s really prideful sometimes.  And a little selfish.
And self-centered at times, but she’s trying to be more focused on others.
What type of laugh does he or she have?
Her laugh changes!  Have you noticed that, Nat?
Yup.  She recently started laughing like Jordan from BlimeyCow after doing a marathon of episodes.
I’d say her normal laugh is more of a guffaw, really.  Yeah.  A loud and slightly annoying guffaw.
Yeah….  Whatever that is.
Any strange hobbies?
She collects stamps!
And she sings.  A lot.  Whether it’s in tune or not.
And she plays piano and violin.
And she writes.  That’s strange.
What was the weirdest thing she did for his/her writing?
She once wrote fifty thousand words in a month.  That’s weird.
Yeah, she’s crazy.  Other than that, she once climbed a tree and wrote on her laptop… at her piano teacher’s house….
Yeah….  She also has a folder on her laptop of actors and actresses she likes so that she can cast them as her characters.
And constantly freaks her dad out about saving all these pictures of good-looking guys.
But!  Be not dismayed, dear father of Eowyn.  She’s only getting a picture of him so that she can study his features… so that she can best describe how she’ll kill him off.
Yeah.  Or make him be a public disgrace forever by ruining his good looks with a freak burning oil accident.
If you could make him/her do one thing differently what would it be?
She needs to write more.
Girl, you’re crazy!  She writes herself insane already.
Yeah, but she doesn’t do it enough.
Whatever.  I’d say she needs to publish her novel.  It’s been on her mind too long, and if she doesn’t do it now, she’ll start doubting herself and get scared and not be able to do it.
And then we’ll never see the light of day!
What is your favorite thing about his/her writing?
She listens to a ton of movie soundtracks while she writes, so that’s fun to listen to.
Yes.  And Josh.  We’re all very fond of his voice around here.
And she always rewards herself with chocolate, which is a plus.
And when she rewards herself with chocolate, she writes better.  Which means we act and talk like real people.
And aren’t cardboard characters.  And then she gets obsessed with us and replies to tags in our voices.
Which is something we probably should have said earlier….  In the strange habits question….
Well.  I have to go practice at the rink.  Nationals is coming up and we have to be on our toes.
Literally.  Hey, stop rolling your eyes at me!
Well.  That was one of the weirdest thing I’ve ever done.  : D

The June Crusade Tag!!

This tag looks like a fun one!! Anne gave me questions to ask my characters, and they’re going to answer. (Let’s see how crazy this gets….)

I’m going to do this with my two main characters (yes, you CAN have two main characters – “I believe I just did.”), Nikki (15) and Alec (17).

(FYI, they’re brother and sister. Clearing up a little boyfriend/girlfriend rumor that’s going around…..)

Do you want a hug?
Nikki: Yes, please. All of this nonsense you’ve put us through has made me feel in need of a hug!
Alec: You? Hug… me? A writer hugging a character?! Talk about weird… I think four thousand words in three hours made you a little… um…. Oh, look, a shiny quarter!

Do you have any kids?
Nikki: No way!
Alec: Silly girl. You should know – you invented me.
Me: Heehee… that’s true…

Have you killed anyone?
Nikki: No… unless hating counts…
Me: I don’t think that’s what Anne-girl meant.
Nikki: Then no. And I don’t plan on it. Even though I feel like seriously wounding Liam and Kylie…
Me: Watch it, Nick. Alec?
Alec: Nope. Next question.

Love anyone?
Nikki: Besides Alec and Dad? No. Although… you’ve made Dylan start being friends with me and that’s totally weird.
Me: I’ll make him leave for a Christmas vacation.
Nikki: Thanks.
Me: Alec?
Alec: That’s a personal question.
Me: I already know who you love.
Alec: That’s because you’re the writer. Duh!

What is your job?
Nikki: Oh, great. Um, I don’t have a job. I’m a sister and a competitive ice dancer… very competitive.
Me: Oh, really? I didn’t know that.
Nikki: Just wait til Nationals. *rubs hands gleefully* Liam and Kylie are in for it.
Me: I can’t wait! Maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow…. Alec?
Alec: My job? I don’t have a job, either. I’m Nikki’s brother.

What are you going to do when this tag is over?
Nikki: I think you had me going to Natalie’s house. Or… um… something else. I was talking to Kate.
Me: Yeah, you were. No idea what you’re doing next.
Nikki: Oh, great. That’s just perfect. So I have to decide for myself?
Me: That’s about it. Yeah.
Nikki: Then I’ll take a nap.
Alec: I’m going to talk to Dylan. (Purple shotguns, heehee…)
Me: You can’t talk about purple shotguns yet! That’s later! With Nikki, remember?
Alec: How am I supposed to remember it if it’s later?!
Me: Good point.

What is your greatest fear?
Nikki: Personal much?!
Me: Well, it’s on the list! Be a good girl and answer, please.
Nikki: Ugh, fine. My greatest fear is that *whispers* Alec won’t remember something.
Alec: Huh?
Me: I know what she’s talking about, and you’re not supposed to… yet. Your greatest fear?
Alec: That I won’t be able to remember anything.
Me: You’ll remember.
Alec: Really? Ooh, goody – spoilers direct from the author!
Nikki: Oh, shush!! Don’t tell him any more! Next question!

What do you think of your parents?
Nikki: I love Dad a lot, and I loved Mom a lot. Didn’t I just tell Kylie how much she meant to me?
Me: Yeah. That was good. *high five* You, Alec?
Alec: Well, at this point in my life, I have no idea who my parents are. (No idea who I am, actually.) So I can’t really say what I think of them.
Me: This is a sad question. Thanks for making me tear up. Moving on.

Any siblings?
Nikki: *coughs*
Alec: Um…. Didn’t you say that you were my sister?
Nikki: Yeah.
Alec: Then we’re siblings.

Eye color?
Nikki: Um…. *runs to a mirror*
Alec: What about it?
Me: What color are your eyes? Don’t be difficult, Alec.
Alec: Who’s being difficult? I’m just asking. Goodness. I always thought that my eyes were red, but I think they’re green.
Me: No, they’re not. They’re brown. Nikki, yours are blue.
Nikki: *comes back* Okay, thanks.

Are you good or bad?
Nikki: I have my good moments, and I have my bad moments. I’m a sinner saved by the grace of God.
Me: Good answer! Alec?
Alec: Uh…. From what I gather from Nikki’s conversations with Natalie that I’ve read –
Nikki: Hey!
Alec: – I was mostly bad. But I’m working on myself. Being good and all.
Nikki: He’s more like the old Alec now… and that’s great.

Favorite season?
Nikki: Winter. I can practice on ice better than I can on roller-skates.
Alec: I don’t know. Summer, I guess?

Who’s your best friend?
Nikki: Natalie Fraser. Hands down.
Me: Did you know that she was named after Hadley Fraser?
Nikki: You’re weird. Been watching too much of the 25th Phantom?
Me: No. Well…. I think I named Natalie right after I found out that Hadley was in the 25th Les Miserables. *coughs*
Alec: That’s disgusting. I thought you liked Sir Percy!
Me: Who I like is of NO concern to you. (Although you are correct – Sir Percy is farther up on my heroes list than Hadley because Hadley isn’t a hero. He just has a really good voice and does an amazing Raoul and a deep Grantaire. Moving on.) Who’s your best friend?
Alec: I’ve recently discovered that Dylan was my best friend. (Unless Allie counts….)
Me: No, she doesn’t.

Nikki: I love ice dancing. And watching period drama films – you discovered that a few days ago. (Beating carpets?)
Alec: I don’t know what I like, heehee, so I’ll just say that I’ve liked reading whatever book I’m reading right now. You never named it, did you?
Me: Uh, no…. Wait!! The List by Robert Whitlow.
Alec: Oh, yeah! It’s good. Intense and suspenseful – isn’t that what I said?
Me: Yeah.

Do you care what others think of you?
Nikki: Yeah. More than I should, probably. I’m an introvert, and that probably doesn’t help much.
Alec: Sort of. Right now I’m just trying to figure out what I think of me.

Was this interview fun?
Nikki: Yeah, I guess so. It was a good break from all of that nonsense you’ve put me through.
Me: Deepest apologies. Alec?
Alec: *yawns* Yeah, but it’s made me tired. I’m ready to go home.
Nikki: Me, too. Can we go home now?
Me: Yeah, whenever I have time to write it.
Nikki: Good. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Alec: Me, neither. Hopefully I’ll remember soon….?
Me: We’ll see. I’ve been getting a little long-winded, heehee.

Wow, that was fun! Now for a little break before I start at it again. I just passed 35k this morning – woot! – and can’t wait to finish!

BUT! Due to some news my family got on Wednesday, I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish my novel in time. We might have to take a sudden, long trip. (Exciting, exciting!!!) Any prayer would be great and appreciated! I’ll have more news whenever I get more!


A Little Note…

Hello, dear readers!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth and, as of right now, I am eighteen years old. I cannot disclose my last name because that would ruin a surprise. (It’s been a great secret for almost a year now and I’m afraid of what Lady Eowyn would do to me if I told you. Kill me off, no doubt. Wouldn’t want that!)

I have been asked to write a guest post by my lady, who says she has no time for blogging. She regretfully admits that two of her last few posts have been scheduled because she can’t find time to “sit down and write a post.” So she sits and writes a half dozen to post later. (Her reasoning is beyond me…)

Lady Eowyn has been swamped with work (her words, not mine) on her newest short story. She is trying to finish it for a few friends and thinks it would make a wonderful Christmas present for them – that is, if she can ever get it done. (I hope she gets it done soon, for I wish to see what she does to me.)

All that to say, my apologies, dear readers. Lady Eowyn will be back soon with either a Christmas post or a New Year’s post, whichever one she can write in time.

– Elizabeth

EDIT: Wow, Lizzie, it’s good to see you here! I guess that since you were such a big part of my life for the past few days and consuming nearly all of my free time writing your story, you decided to visit my little world here on Blogger. No prob. Your story’s done, by the way. Longest short story I’ve written, which makes me happy and means that you’ve been through a lot. I can’t help it, though; it’s what writers do! : )