[Apologies for the delay, folks! Saturday got away from me.]
The sun is out (today at least--I've no idea if it will be on the day this is posted), and I'm back to thank Belle Anne @ Worlds of Ink and Paper for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I have a sneaking suspicion I've done one of these before, or else I've just seen it circulating the blogosphere countless times. But that's totally fine because it's always different!
The rules are simple: answer 11 questions from your nominator, then tag 11 other bloggers, and ask them 11 new questions.
[Enjoy random pictures that have nothing to do with the post and everything to do with the fact I simply like them.]
1. Who was your fictional childhood hero?
2. Who is your favorite band?
Gah, what a hard question! I love Owl City for his whimsy and gorgeous music (though he's not really a band, just one person). But I also love For King and Country for their incredible voices and profound lyrics. And I've also been loving a number of worship songs by Young & Free, Hillsong United, and Bethel Music.
As you all know, I am a multiple choice kind of girl when it comes to these narrow "favorites" questions.
3. What was the most deep book you've ever read?
Aside from the Bible, I'm assuming.
I'd have to say the entire Chronicles of Narnia, because I connected with them in a deep, powerful, simple way during my childhood. They encapsulate something precious about that time in my life, a piece of which I carry with me permanently. That's not to say I haven't read all kinds of wonderfully deep books since then--just that Narnia happens to have a depth of life history for me as well.
4. What was your least favorite book you've ever read? (and I mean if it's your least favorite due to opinion, and not morality of material)
Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, which I had to read for school, was a book I found mind-numbingly boring (sorry, Hemingway fans!) and not at all deep like my curriculum claimed it was supposed to be. It all seemed rather pointless to me, and either too generic or too stark to be the kind of allegory I enjoy.
5. Who (disregarding the classic authors, like Tolkien, Stevenson, and Dickens) is your favorite author?
If you've been an adventurer 'round these parts for any length of time, it's pretty safe to say you know the answer to this.
And once again my answer is not singular.
Bryan Davis, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and Ted Dekker--in no particular order--are three of my tippity top favorite authors. Together they represent some of my favorite qualities in fiction!
6. What is your favorite movie scene of all time?
TOO MANY. And actually I've never sat down to analyze favorite scenes as opposed to favorite movies. Even if I knew what my favorite movie was, you've now made my dilemma a hundred times more difficult by giving me a hundred options within an option!
Huh. Options within options . . . Dreams within dreams, anyone? Because that final dream sequence in Inception is one of my faves. (I also hate it with a vengeance. If you've seen it, you'll understand perfectly.)
And I love Aslan's death and resurrection scene in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; as well as the attack on Miraz's castle in Prince Caspian.
While we're discussing fantasy movies, can I just say the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is my favorite? No? Okay. Anything taking place in the Shire = favorite. Anything containing Gandalf quips = favorite. The scene in The Return of the King where shots of the battle are intercut with Pippin singing = also favorite.
Lizzy and Mr. Darcy in the field at the end of Pride and Prejudice (2005) is another favorite.
Oh, I also love the boat scene in Tangled where Rapunzel and Eugene sing "At Last I See the Light." All the feels.
Aaaand I'd better stop, but before I do--the "ground rules" scene between Peter and Gwen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is just . . . just . . . excuse me, I have to go have a good cry.
7. If you had to pick one pen name/stage name to use forever instead of real one, what would it be?
Oh dear. I have difficulty coming up with pen names, because . . .
a) Where do I start?
b) It's so final--you don't want to write one book under a pen name and then decide, "Oops, I like this other name better. Can I change mid-series?"
c) There's pressure to make it a good name that represents you and your books and your main genre and it's supposed to memorable.
d) I would be paranoid about avoiding ridiculous pen names like Daisy Meadows (who writes juvenile fairy books) and Michael Steel/Gunn (not a real person, but I've seen something similar for an author of thrillers).
My real name just seems easier. But if I absolutely had to pick a pseudonym, I would call myself Violet Dragonsbane.
Okay, to be serious, the name Samantha Quinn just came to mind. My parents considered naming me Samantha, and the letter Q is fun. Except now I'm squinting and wondering if Quinn sounds as ridiculous as Meadows, Steel, and Dragonsbane. It's also worth considering the fact that a Q name would put me near the bottom of the shelf in a library or bookstore. Maybe Samantha Blake or Samantha Foster. I really don't know!
8. What do you think is the best hobby a person could have? What about your own personal favorite hobby?
Journaling. It's an ebbing and flowing hobby for me, but I find it so helpful for venting feelings, clarifying thoughts, and writing down prayers and musings. Obviously not everyone in the world processes their thoughts in written form as I do, but for those who share that tendency, I think journaling does wonders.
My personal favorite hobby is--wait, I want you to guess! It's a laughably easy thing to notice, so tell me in the comments what you think it is.
9. What is your favorite kind of scenery to be in (forests, riverside, etc.)?
Any place with trees, so yes, forests are a favorite of mine. I also find mountains cropping up all over my books, so those too. Lakesides and meandering streams are also lovely.
10. Do you enjoy poetry? If so, who, in your opinion, is the greatest poet ever?
I do! Unfortunately, I have not studiously sought out many poets' works yet. But from what I have read, I really enjoy Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. (I know, I know. Typical high school assignment kind of poetry, but I'm serious. I love most of the (very little) Frost and Dickinson I've read.)
11. Where, if you could choose anywhere in all Europe, in any time period, would you go?
Italy! Renaissance! Yes!
But I would make it a point to travel Britain and France and probably the entirety of Europe as well.
A new set of questions:
1. What's the most addicting app on your phone?
2. What's a song that speaks to your life right now?
3. Do you have a book or movie that's your "happy place"--a fictional world into which you retreat when you need a breather? What is it?
4. What's a book you were (or are) looking forward to so much you're scared to read it, for fear it won't live up to your expectations?
5. If you had to have all of your past memories wiped except for one day, which day would you choose to remember?
6. What question would you like to ask one of your favorite authors?
7. If you had to describe yourself as one of the four seasons, which would it be?
8. What's your personality type? (Myers Briggs, DISC, whichever test you prefer.)
9. An envelope containing $500 shows up on your doorstep. On what do you spend it?
10. Would you rather be trapped in a lamp, a tower, or an enchanted sleep?
11. Which Disney villain(ess) do you find the most scary?
Whew, now to tag 11 bloggers. Here we go:
Florid Sword @ The Writer's Song (Congrats on your new blog!)
And Chloe @ Faeries and Folklore (Welcome to the blogosphere, sis!)