11 Questions and #writemotivation Goal Check

Thanks to the hilarious AE Welch for tagging me and giving me the responsibility privilege of participating in her challenge. I suggest you all go check out her page and watch her own 11 question vlog post. It’s superb. My daughter even stopped what she was doing to come ask me what I was laughing at. Teen life interruptions are not easy to come by. They can block out all kinds of stimuli – parents asking them for the millionth time to put their dirty clothes in the hamper that is two feet away from the growing mountain of reeking, sweaty cast-offs; teachers reminding them about the major project due the following Monday that they don’t remember until one hour before bed on Sunday night because somebody else tweeted about having theirs totally finished. Seriously, check her out. HERE.

I’ll wait.

Are you back? Excellent! Although, I am not yet brave enough to tackle the vlog and I do NOT look fabulous in hats like AE, I will pick up the gauntlet and tackle the 11 questions for her.

Questions to answer:

1- What are your five favorite movies?

This is almost as hard as picking your five favorite books. Way to start with an easy one! I decided to to list the first five I could think of that I watch every time they comes on, now matter how many times I’ve already seen them. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Broadcast News There are so many great quotable lines from this movie that I have a hard time keeping quiet when it’s on. One of my favorites is, “Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If needy were a turn on?” Holly Hunter and William Hurt are amazing, but Albert Brooks just steals the show as far as I’m concerned. When everyone else is being utilized to cover a huge breaking news story and he’s been sidelined, Brooks decides the best salve for his wounded pride is alcohol and a bi-lingual singalong. The funniest scene in the movie. Okay, ONE of the funniest scenes, There are too many to narrow it down to just one.

2. Hot Fuzz Dynamic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together again in another action packed blood bath set in the tranquil town of Sandford where no one misbehaves and nothing goes wrong…for long. There’s very little crime and never any murders, but there sure are an indecent number of grisly accidents. So fantastic. If you loved Shaun of the Dead – and who didn’t, I ask you? – you’ll love this one even more.

3. Shakespeare in Love Could there be a better movie for a writer to watch ad nauseum? I don’t think so. This one has it all. This is also another movie I can’t keep my mouth shut through. Too many great lines! And how will it turn out?  “I don’t know; It’s a mystery.” The camaraderie of writers with Marlowe helping Shakespeare find the right title for Romeo and Juliet – how many times did he get ideas for great characters names from someone else? – the writer’s doubts and insecurities, the muses, oh! I could seriously write a whole entry about this one all by itself.

4. V for Vendetta Because everyone needs one kickass revolutionary film in their top five. “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” This one’s so epic that the Occupy Wallstreet crowd adopted the Guy Fawkes’ masks as part of their identity. And Natalie Portman acting superbly even with a bald head? C’mon!

5. The Princess Bride Not your average fairy tale. It’s way funnier and far more quotable. Yes, this is another movie I can’t stop talking through. (Maybe that’s another criteria for a great movie for me. Fantastic dialogue.) If you’ve never once shouted out, ” Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father; prepare to die!” then you just haven’t lived. I wish my grandparents had come over to read me stories like this when I was sick. Of course all of mine were dead by the time I was this kid’s age. That may be part of the nostalgic appeal for me. I can’t help but tear up every time he say “As you wish.” at the end. Every single time.

I feel so bad for all the movies I left on the cutting room floor that I’m going to list them all as honorable mentions – again in no particular order – but with no descriptions or links. Look them up if you’ve never heard of them: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pulp Fiction, Amélie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, Raising Arizona, Alien, Stand by Me, Donnie Darko, Chocolat, A Knight’s Tale, Bull Durham, Breakfast Club, Life is Beautiful, Juno, The Virgin Suicides, Fargo, Silence of the Lambs, Atonement, Good Morning Vietnam, Sweeney Todd, Almost Famous, Die Hard, American Beauty, Casino Royale, Heathers, Star Wars, LOTR, The Matrix,…stop me already!

2-  Would you rather go without makeup for a year, or without shaving your legs for a year?

Finally an easy question. I rarely wear makeup so I could easily go without it for a year.
3- What book have you read recently that you really loved?

Shine by Lauren Myracle. Obviously. I just wrote a love poem of a post to it the other day. See that post here.

4- What book have you read recently that you really hated?

I haven’t read anything that I really hate, but I didn’t exactly love the last two books in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. So why read them? Mostly to know what’s being published and why and because I did enjoy the first book enough to want to see how the series concluded.
5- If you had to eat one food for one meal every day for a year, which would you choose?

Chocolate. (chocolate is food, right?) It can be prepared in many different ways so I wouldn’t get bored. Psh! Like that would happen.

6- What was the best part of your senior year of high school?

One of my best friends was a year ahead of me and was attending school at a university in town, so I’d have to say hanging out with her on campus every spare moment I could and enjoying college life a year early. It helped me hang in there that last year.
7- What piece of electronic equipment do you think you could easily live without?

Ummm. Alarm clock.
8- Do you prefer your beverages through a straw, from a bottle or from another container?

I like straws…I do like to drink beer from a bottle. This is a weird question.

9- Would you rather have glow in the dark skin or squishy teeth?

Now the questions are just getting even stranger. I would have to go with glow in the dark skin, although that would highly diminish my sneak-attack abilities. Just the thought of squishy teeth makes me queasy.
10- Who would win in a fight between Gandalf and Dumbledore?

I’m going to take the controversial opinion of Dumbledore.

11- Do you consider pushup bras to be a form of dishonesty?

No. I consider lies a form of dishonesty, omissions of truth a form of dishonesty; not a piece of clothing.

Well that was whimsical. A nice break from all of the serious writing I’ve been doing. Now to tag some fellow writers who need a bit of whimsy to lighten their day.

Tag! You’re it!

Lisa Rosenman at Lisa the Word Nerd

Jamie Dement at Write Backwards

Abigail Kern at Lesson of the Day

M. Andrew Patterson at Dyadic Echoes

Rachel Russell at Rachel Russell (yes, that’s me trying to be funny)

Have fun with the brief writing break, guys!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sahlgoode/

Now, on to the last order of business, the #writemotivation goal check…

1.Write full rough draft of new WIP. Slow and painful progress, just like a first draft should be.
2. Continue to submit current YA project out to agents. Yes, add five more to the board. So far, no rejections this round, but it is early.
3. Keep up with my blog posts, commenting on blogs, etc., but also keep a limit on this time so that my writing comes first. Doing better, but still want to try to keep daily limit to two hours. Not quite making that yet.
4. Exercise three times a week. Far exceeding this one. Who knew that this would be the easiest goal to make? Not me!

I’ve had so much encouragement from my #writemotivation peers on Twitter this week. You guys are just the best. When any of us need you, there you are. Our thoughts are with Becks this week, especially.

How are you all doing with your goals?

18 thoughts on “11 Questions and #writemotivation Goal Check

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I definitely agree on Hot Fuzz as one of the best movies. I own it and watch it regularly because it’s just comedic genius. Thanks for playing along. Tell your daughter I said hi, from that wacky woman on the internet 🙂

  2. Very interesting Valerie. I’m glad you don’t want squishy teeth. I’m not sure I even want to know someone who wants squishy teeth. Good job on the goals. Kick me when you see me!

    1. ah ha ha ha! only if you kick me first! i’ve seen some mentions of submissions happening over there. you’re doing great. the pain will subside eventually!

  3. Challenge accepted! It’ll be legen- wait for it!- dary! Also, best of luck on your goals and I love you for loving The Princess Bride. Classic.

  4. You seem to be doing really well on your July goals 😀 That’s the whole point – just chip away at them 😀

    Keep it up, and we’ll keep cheering 😉

  5. You’re doing awesome on your goals, congrats! Oh, and I completely agree with your movie selections, especially Shakespeare in love and V for Vendetta. Also, good luck on the submissions you have out!

  6. Great list of movies – and very eclectic too. I LOVE Princess Bride so much – I even have a homage to it in my current WIP.

    Congrats on making such great progress on you goals, especially the exercise one since it is so important for your health. Hope you get some bites from your queries!

  7. I spent the last 30 minutes of Hot Fuzz laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. It was one of those movies that just clicked with me. I might even (POSSIBLY) like it better than Shaun of the Dead.

    Great job on your goals this week, and way to keep it going!

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