Another Lovely Blog Hop!

I have been snagged yet again (translation: I feel LOVED). JM Frey is the culprit – and by the way, have you read her stuff? Do you call yourself a geek? If yes, then go read her stuff.

Anyway, here are my answers to the fun-time questions. Enjoy!

If you could time travel and steal somebody else’s novel/short story/film for yourself, what would it be?

That is a WEIRD question. Who comes up with these things? Fine: I do have answers for this.

  1. Stephen King’s It
  2. The original three Star Wars movies (ORIGINAL three, not PREQUEL *gag cough choke*)
  3. N. K. Jemison‘s stuff. All of it. Fanfiction included (because that’s where she got started and reading HER stuff inspired me to write some of MY stuff).
  4. Patrick Rothfuss’s brain. Wait, brains weren’t on the list, were they?

What writing sin do you actively have to struggle against in your own work?

Rewriting. You know that whole you can always make it better thing? Some part of my masochistic mind subscribes to that, because I’m never really satisfied. There does come a point where one has to go DAMMIT IT IS DONE SEND IT OUT TO THE WORLD, but I keep wanting to yank it back for further tweaking.

End result? New stuff not written; old stuff rewritten. This is is kind of self-defeating.

Pick three writers, past or present, that you would want to have dinner with. Why those writers?

Ilona Andrews, because she and her co-writer husband fascinate me.

Sarah Rees Brennan because THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN OH MY WORD.

Patrick Rothfuss, because I think The IQs would rub off onto me like too much moisturizer and I would get smarter by osmosis.

You have forty-two words, write a story.

Jaundiced air choked him. “You were right. I should have left it alone.” It didn’t matter that she couldn’t hear. Not anymore. He collapsed, and the dust that rose around him settled like the world’s last, gentle breath.

(In my defense of that dark picture, please remember I am working on a book covering the end of the world. :p)

Time to tag others, nyohohoho: I tag John Morey, Dylan J. Morgan, and Megan Paasch. 🙂

They have one week (approximately) to answer the questions above and choose three more writerly folks to keep this going. Have fun!


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.