Cool, right? I mean, I just started a blog and BOOM CRASH POW I get tagged by three lovely writer peeps. I figured, what a better way to get Stan on his way in the Blogosphere? Fun fun and cool beans and mushy gushy happiness and flutter muffins. (That didn't make sense? Sorry. Oh well.)
Before I begin my Happy Tags of Life, I want to thank you all. Stan and I were not really expecting much of a response, but a lot of people commented nice and sweet things and warmed me right up and welcomed me into this new, crazy field. I am so thankful to you all and very encouraged. You guys are the best. <3
*NOTE: these are blogger taggy things, and you totally don't have to read, as they have nothing to do with writing (actually, they are about me, so they do have to do with writing a little bit, but they do not contain constructive advice on writing)
Now, for tag #1, which is from the lovely lovely beautiful writer bean Sierra Abrams (whose blog and website you should totally check out by the way). I'm not going to answer all the questions, but I will answer a few.
Name: Hannah Elizabeth White
Nickname: Ohhhhh boy. I have been dubbed many. Liz, Nena (nee-nuh), Han, Hanner, Hanpantrantan, Agent Porpoise, and (probably the most legendary, the nickname of all nicknames) ... Princess Ermenguard (yes, cousin dear, I am giving you a look).
First best friend: When I was little, everybody was my best friend. XP But some of my closest friends from birth include Mary Brook and my cousin (duh).
First award: I don't remember, honestly. One of my first awards was a plaque for scoring a 91 on a 100 question quiz (known as the Bible Bowl) which covered the text of 2nd Samuel. That was fun.
First sport: I played soccer for several years, and my dad was my coach and it was awesome. I also took tiQuanDo. That was fun. I don't remember anything though. I would benefit much more from it now. It would really help in writing those fight scenes ...
First real holiday: It probably wasn't my first real holiday, but the biggest one I remember was our trip to Florida. I still remember seeing the beach from the first time and just staring in awe, digging my toes into the sand and trying to see beyond the horizon (it was also the summer I started writing, and my cousin and I sat on the deck of our beach house everyday and brainstormed stuff for our books together).
Favorite film: Oh boy. Pride and Prejudice (the short version), Inside Out, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, and Into the Woods (the Broadway play, NOT the movie) are some of my favorites.
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds (REID FOR LIFE) and BBC Merlin (*sob*) tie on that one.
Favorite color: This one is so hard to explain. It can't be captured on paper or screen, because it's more a type of light than a color. It's this beautiful golden glow that happens twice everyday for about five minutes. Once at sunrise, once at sunset. It coats the trees and grass and slips through the windows and into all the corners of the house and lights everything up and it is beautiful. (That, and I also love blue.)
Favorite song: Oooooh. Um, how can I pick a favorite song? Probably What Do I Know of Holy by Addison Road and Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave. And some of my favorite artists are The Civil Wars, Josh Groban, and Ludovico Einaudi.
Favorite books: ALL OF THEM. *clears throat* But my favorites are The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood and Co.) by Jonathan Stroud, The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen (WHO I AM MEETING THIS SUMMER AHHHHHHAFSDFSDJHFALDKSLJHV), Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (ugh. There are so many mooorrrrre but I shall stop now).
Where you want to live: I would love to live anywhere, really. Cities are exciting. A quiet cabin in the mountains or woods would be lovely and beautiful. My heart longs to travel the world, so anywhere on the globe would excite me.
Do you believe in ...
Miracles: Of course.
Love at first sight: Hahaaaaaaa nope. The world's view of love is so warped, so if you mean attraction, then, well, duh. Attraction is just skin deep. Love, true love, takes time and commitment.
Ghosts: Um ...
Aliens: UMMMM ...
Soul mates: Kind of. I think so. Yeah, probably. *nods slowly*
Heaven: Oh yes. Lord, take me.
Hell: Something I've struggled with for so long, but yes, I do. If you believe one, you have to believe the other.
Kissing on the first date: (initial thought: are you kidding me?) Um, no. Honestly, that would lower my opinion of the guy I was with (unless we'd known/liked each other for a long time already, then maybe) but if it was a new guy I didn't know that well...
Yourself: Is this a trick question? XP I believe in myself, because Jesus has saved me from my sins and made me a new, pure creature.
Well that was fun. I’m sure you really were dying to know all that stuff about me and now your life is complete.
Time for tag #2! (It’s much shorter, I promise.) This one was from the lovely, beautiful Kristana Aleman (whose blog you should also check out because it is amazing).
This is called a Happiness Tag, containing things that make me happy.
Books: All books make me happy. So happy. I mentioned my favorites above, but some others are Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, the Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale, Septimus Heap by Angie Sage, The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myer, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin ... I can name so many others, but I’ll stop there for the sake of your sanity.
Films: Pride and Prejudice. Inception (which I just saw for the first time last Saturday and YOU MUST GO WATCH IT NOW.) How to Train Your Dragon. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. The Princess Bride. Inside Out. Rise of the Guardians.
Words: Aesthetic. Quiddity. Scripturient. Sobremesa. Beauty. Wanderlust. Life. Faith. Hope. Love.
Scents: Freshly ground and brewed coffee. Tea. Peppermints. Chocolate. The salty ocean breeze. Warm, orange-zesty Christmas cookies baking. Rose candles. Vanilla. Coffee shops. New books. Old books. My nana's perfume.
Songs: Demons by Imagine Dragons. The One that Got Away and Kingdom Come by Civil Wars. Run to You by David Wesley (Pentatonix does a good cover, too), Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and Civil Wars. Junischnee by Dirk Maassen. Light in the Hallway, New Years Day, On My Way Home, and Royals, all by Pentatonix. (Plus the ones mentioned in previous tag.)
Random: Camping trips with the family. Sleepovers with lots of late nights and giggles and card games and warm fires. Cookies. Coffee. Books. Family. Friends. Laughter. Cello music. Piano music. Faces. Smiles. Quiet solo car rides. Sitting in a coffee shop or bookstore and watching people go about their lives and listening to the sounds of life.
This tag made me warm and fuzzy by just writing it. XP
Last tag! This was from lovely beautiful Caroline Meek (LOOK AT HER BEAUTIFUL BLOG, PLEASE), who is my clone.
Here is her picture tag thing-a-ma-jig.
These are the rules given in her post:
1. Grab the graphic above
2. Stick it in a post about your thoughts: thought process, deep thoughts, trains of thought, imaginary worlds...(don't forget to include a copy of these rules). You can personify your Brain, have a conversation with it...the possibilities are endless.
3.Then tag other friends to do the same and thank the person who tagged you!
Thank you, dearest Caroline. I shall have fun with this.
And here is my response:
My thought process? Ha. Are you sure you want to know?
Well, you asked for it (actually, you didn't. Caroline did. So you can flee now, if you want. While you still have the chance).
I ... can be inspired by just about anything. Often I will get an idea from something someone says. Which makes me think of ... okay, STORY TIME: I am one of seven, as I have said before, and we have this thing on our stairs so that, if we drop something, it falls through and comes out at the bottom. I was walking up the stairs with my mom and she dropped something and said, "Ooops. There it goes down the shoot."
At the time, I had just gotten the idea for The Thief's Conspiracy, my WIP (which you can read a blurb for here) and my creativity was going crazy. So when my mother said that, my brain exploded (thankfully not literally, but you know what I mean). It jumpstarted the culture of not only the kingdom my story takes place in, but the culture and history of my entire story world. Just those simple words and I was off like a rocket to my journal. I filled over five pages that day (and I mean filled) with ideas and notes on culture and the structure of the society and history and everything.
That is one of my favorite inspiration episodes. But wait, you asked for my thought process, didn't you? Not what inspires me?
I suppose this goes to show my thought process better than I could tell you. I like to bound down rabbit trails and I tend to lose my original train of thought quite easily. I can go from wondering how a hair got in my food to thinking about how you would break out of a prison cell with a twig and a bobby pin.
My thoughts are all over the place, but there is a beautiful messiness to them. I love capturing what I can of them in my notebooks (Notebooks are my faaaavorite).
And ... well, I could go on. Because, you know, that's how my thought process works. But I think I'll stop here. XP
Big thanks to Sierra, Kristana, and Caroline for tagging me and making me feel even more welcome in the blogging world! And thanks to anyone else who read this whole thing. You now know way more about me than you probably wanted to.
I now tag Katie and Olivia to join the fun. You can do one, two, all, or none of them. :) And Carlyn I think you should do the happiness tag to bring you some happiness (I know you've already done the other two, so I won't make you do them again ;P ). If I didn't tag you but you'd like to participate, please do so. Have fun guys!
What brings you happiness? How does your thought process go? If you don't want to write a whole post, please share in the comments!
Drop in again on Saturday for a post that will actually be useful to you (hopefully).