Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Meet-n-Greet Armchair BEA

Armchair BEA is so great... be sure to check out all the bloggers participating and join in the conversation!!

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
  3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event? 
  4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
  5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 
  6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s). 
  7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read? 
  8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
  9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
  10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? 
  11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

1 - ME!! I'm a mom of four. That pretty much says it all, no?  I'm writing a book - so I started blogging in October 2011 and things got out of hand from there.

2 - Beautiful soggy wet Oregon. I see sheep when I look outside. (Not my sheep, goodness!)

3 - I participated in Armchair BEA last year. Crazy time of year for mothers of school aged children. Who scheduled this thing, anyway?

4 - Currently... Highlander's Hope. Hilarious. I'm listening to The Hobbit in the car, too. I'm part-way through Blameless and Die For Me, too.

Favorite book so far this year was Carson Rae's The Bitter Kingdom followed closely by The Clockwork Princess.

5 - What in the world is not related to books?! (Phffffth)  My honey and I are overseeing a big classic car show event this summer. We're hoping to see more than 250 classics and a thousand participants not to mention over a hundred some volunteers. Just talking about it makes me feel a little panicky.

6 - I follow LOTS of blogs. Lots. I love... detailed reviews. I can tell when someone really thinks about what they're writing and I love 'em even more when the emotional feel of the book shows up in the review! I follow a lot of authors, too. Plus, right now I follow a lot of tour blogs. Most specifically: I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, Beck Valley Books, Candace's Book Blog.

Hey... speaking of following blogs - I like BlogLovin' - they send me an email every day with little blips and pix of everyone's post that day so I can zip through them. It's faster than following by email and more in my face than following on my Google page. 

Do you have a favorite way to follow your fav blogs?

7 - Post? Um... maybe chapter 1 of Mijita Ru? If I don't post a link to it somewhere on my blog, it's probably too close to my heart. Giveaways on on the left and recent things are in the lower left. I have busy sidebars, I know. You should see my desk.

8 - I still want to eat dinner with Robin McKinley, but "eat" isn't the right word. I'd slobber all over myself. If I wanted to actually eat... I'd love to hang out with Anna Banks. She's so funny and I don't think she'd mind if I snorted. I trip over myself when it comes to Robin LaFever and I'm afraid I couldn't stop asking questions. Michelle Diener is sooooo nice. I think I'd have the best time if we could meet in Australia. To have the awesomest dinner party, though... I'd want to hang out with my favorite Indie Authors:  Kimberly Krey, Rachel Fisher, Megan Thomason, Gretchen Powell & Nicole Grotepas. I'm not so awe-struck with the Indie authors, for some reason. Maybe because they have to forge their own way and be friendly-or-else. Lol. Very real, very nice people.

9 - Location? Um... I love those scenic places that are so big they make your heart ache. Hence... my love of Pinterest. *shrug* I want to see them all. ALL.

10 - Book bloggers rock. *tips hat* Confetti of respect to everyone who can write great post after post after post!

11 - Changes? The divide between big publishers and the small or Indie publishers is all muddled. I'd like to see the gap be bridged better... or more clearly defined... or something clearin' up that gap.

You know what I'd really, really like? To be an author myself next year for Armchair BEA. I mean, actually writing one of these things is seriously hard work! I get distracted so easily and blogging is much funner.


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