The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag


  1. Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you!
  2. Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @Sophie’s Corner. (I want to hear about your NaNo novels!!)
  3. Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
  6. And have fun!!!


Thanks Sophie for tagging me and letting me use the graphics


Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!

Come to Containsia a place with no gluten and no magic. Hiding from the Empire there maybe Centaurs, Dragons, Dryads, Dwarves, Elves, Fairies, Goblins, Lecrans, Nyads, Onontets, Trolls, Werecats, Weregoats, Werewolves and the occasional talking animal.

Zimran has a few problems. On one hand Zimran has “The Mark of Goozon”, on the other he has “The Mark Dracone”, in the back of his mind is the fact that both he and his sister is of age to wed, never mind the fact that the shunned have been in contact with him.

What’s the genre?

Epic. YA. High. Fantasy. With, No, Magic. There, Will, Be, Dragons. And, Elves. And, Fairies. So…

Describe your MC in three words.

Dragon-rider, Brother, Stressed

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

Empire, Evil, Cliche?

Not to be vague, but this is book one of a (hopefully) five book series, so …

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

Traditional, Traditional, Traditional. I want to hit 50K, but it’s not to important.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft, attempt six….

Yes. This story has been around a bit.

Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?

Starting a new draft. None of the existing drafts are up to snuff, but I will reread them all.

What is your favorite time to write in the day?

Mid morning?

Where are you going to write?

It depends. Hopefully on my desk in my room. But I’m still sharing with my sisters and the desk isn’t made yet. Probably on my lap, in my chair, in the living room. Possibly on my bed.

Computer or paper?

Computer, but I may switch to paper. There are advantages to both.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?

By reading less. I’m considering almost completely stopping reading on my computer and using that time to write.

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

Maybe… Yes! I’m hoping my boss librarian will let me hold a write-in or two in the local library, but I’ll probably do some sprints as well.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

Beginning to end. At a later point some scenes may skip around. But it is supposed to be beginning to end.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I’m planning. It is slow going. Last time I pantsed.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Cabbage! Private jokes from Camp Nano aside. Apples, Oranges, Cabbage.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

Mostly no, but I’ll have a cup of black tea on occasion.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

Ummm…. Maybe I should do this…. Ummm…. I’m trying to save money…. Ummm…. I really think this is a good idea, but I’ve never really done it. I don’t know what to make my rewards… Mom suggested that I get a sticker for every day I write. What the final reward will be is beyond me. Give me your suggestions.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

Plan ahead. You probably know what days you definitely  won’t be able to write on. (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) so plan ahead and bump up our word count goal accordingly.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Not terrified. I don’t put that much concern into the matter.

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

Now to be perfectly honest I’ve never made an aesthetic for anything, so tell me how I did.

The vast majority of these are from Pinterest. Because I realized I wanted to do this tag on Sunday the 13th, last Friday I went to the library and did some pin-surfing. If you want to see other options I considered for this aesthetic and more behind the scenes stuff check out my Containsia board.

I want to tag these wonderful people!

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I thought there was a couple more people I wanted to tag, but I can’t find them right now, so I’ll edit it if I remember.

If you want to encourage me or keep track of how I’m doing you can buddy me on NaNoWriMo or buy me a coffee.

I added the tag to my bookstagram

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Untangling Writing; Tangled Up In Writing Blog Tour

What is the oddest mistake the editor should have caught that you’ve noticed in a bestseller?
In a recent bestseller I read, there was a missing quotation mark after one character’s dialogue!
What is the least common thing you’re a fan of? 
Hmmm…I’d have to say either the TV show “Chuck” or the “Weddings by Bella” series by Janice Thompson.  I absolutely love both things, but I only know a couple of “Chuck” fans and only one person who has ever read Thompson’s series.  (If you’re looking for a funny romance series, look it up!)
What detail in your books are you most proud of? 
Probably that each character deals with the rough side of “real life” — so often, we deal with an onslaught of stuff if we’re dealing with one bad thing (when it rains, it pours!) so I always try to portray that in my books.  I do this in an attempt to give hope – that things might be rough now, but they’ll get better.
What do you think is the most important detail most people forget about when going to publish a book?
I think that a lot of people forget to hype it up before they publish it — they start when it’s a week out from publishing instead of talking about it from day one.  Of course, you don’t want to give the whole book away or bore followers, but teasing readers just enough will whet their reading appetite long before the book hits shelves!  (Why yes, this is something I forget to do as well!)
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go.” (NKJV) I love this verse because it’s so strong– I need this reminder frequently because I tend to be a worry-wart.

Here is the official schedule for the Tour. All of Michaela’s information is below as well.

June 3rd


A guest post from Michaela on the topic, “How Do I Find the Perfect Editor for My Manuscript?”
June 4th


A guest post from Michaela on the topic, “How Disney’s Tangled Inspired Me to Follow My Dreams!”
June 5th

A guest post from Michaela on the topic, “How Do I Find the Perfect Editor for My Manuscript?”

A guest post from Michaela on the topic “Why Having an Editor Can Make or Break Your Book”
June 6th


A guest post from Michaela on the topic, “How Disney’s Tangled Inspired Me to Follow My Dreams!”

A guest post from Michaela on the topic, “How Do I Find the Perfect Editor for My Manuscript?”

June 7th

An interview with Michaela!
June 8th

Abby G.

A Quick & Easy Q & A

A guest post from Michaela on the topic “Why Having an Editor Can Make or Break Your Book”

Be sure to check out these links so that the giveaway goes easier.




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Giveaway Info:
We have three different things running for different prizes — the links are as follows:

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SH’s Speech For Thursday

This Thursday my best friend’s directly older sister is getting married. It is crazy. I’m so happy for her, but she’s only three years older than me so that is strange. On to the speech I’ve agreed to write for my best friend to read at the wedding.

“My worst memory of P. is when she told me that she wanted these sleeves to be perfectly smooth.

I put them in, they didn’t look right so I took them out.

I put them in again and they didn’t fit right so I took them out.

In and out.

I’ve put in these sleeves almost more than five times each.”

Sorry, but at the moment I don’t have pictures of these deceptively simple sleeves.

Time To Hurry

This past week I went to visit my oldest brother and his family. Us girls spent most of our time making bridesmaid dresses. S and I did spend part of one morning posing by a waterfall.

I don’t know what I will wear to the wedding. I could borrow something. I could re-wear something. I could make something.

I also need to finish and photograph a shirt for my etsy shop. I have plans for another shirt. It would be fun to get a few 18th century pockets up on etsy.

I am supposed to be taking part of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Of course I also want to read books. Keep my blog going strong. Grow a little on Instagram. Help with the garden. Work on Hebrew, French, Irish, Korean, and Dutch.

Maybe I can finish all that I want to by the end of the month, but maybe it will take to just before the wedding, but I hope I can really get a lot done.



This Blog Is Brought To You By

Like every one I use a variety of services to bring my blog to you.

Most obvious is WordPress. Without WordPress I wouldn’t have a blog and if it had taken more to sign up than just my email address I still probably wouldn’t have a blog. I greatly enjoy WordPress.

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This blog is brought you from P…….. City Library, though technically it is a district library now… I come here most week days and write up my post. Yay for internet.

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It is also brought to you by T-Mobile, our family has used it for years. During the weekends and in the morning I use the hot spot for checking other blogs, keeping up with comments, and writing the occasional post.

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The photo edits are thanks to Krita, my favorite free digital picture editing software. It is easy to use and has fun options.

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I also think this blog is partially because of A my oldest sister, without her encouragement I doubt I would have had the courage to actually sign up.

And I want to give a final thanks to my photographer M. She’s great.

My NanoWriMo Movel/My WIP

I’ve written 18,227 words on my first novel this Nanowrimo. I expect that when I finish my story it will only be around 25,000 words when it is finished. When I remember that it is a Cinderella rewrite and Cinderella can be satisfyingly told with just five short paragraphs, I feel much better.

In the past I’ve mentioned O as being important, but he is also one of my favorites. He is Aleah’s step brother! He is also the future spouse of the narrator. O is one of the three characters with descriptions, (yes I know it will need editing) his is the shortest.

This is a very random snippet

vants often left us a lunch there. We’d stop and pick up or drop off those who had to be elsewhere and then we go on a ways to a place where the water got very deep. The boats would be tied together and an anchor would be dropped, and lunch would be eaten. It was always wisest to where something that could be swum in on one of those trips, for after lunch the anchor would be pulled up, the boats tied to someone’s ankle and we would swim through that section. We were only able to all go on floats during the weekend, but I’m sure your parents went on some by themselves.

R’s wedding was held just before we went back to finishing school. Prince S was invited, but none of the rest of our group was. As we traveled back to finishing school V told me about the wedding. Apparently it was very traditional and not much else, they only stayed up til midnight.

“Why are you telling them about R’s wedding, it was the most boring event of our lives?”

“Mommy, Daddy. We’re aw

I’m excited to finish my story. I must admit ending Nanowrimo with a very clearly unended story is great, you end with a WIP.

# My NaNoWriMo Novel

By the end of today I plan on having written at least 16,000 words. I know, I’m half way to the standard. Life has been happening and I am easily distracted.

I’ve read many blog posts about how far people are along, but I’m not doing well. I have changed my goals somewhat, I now plan to update every day. I also hope to have 30,000 words written when I’m done.

If you’re reading this and taking part in NaNoWriMo, once you’re done with your break, keep writing.

I just got distracted by the thought of Z’s engagement ring. It’s one of the few pictures on the Pinterest board.

I ought to run. Adios.