Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More About Me Than You Ever Wanted To Know

I've been writing some heavier posts this month. So today I'm breaking away from that with a little fluff.

A few weeks back T.B. McKenzie of Magickless passed on to me the Kreativ Blogger Award which I am honored to receive. Thanks, T.B.! One is supposed to list 10 things about yourself upon receiving this award. Here goes...

1. I've always hated my name because it is so common. Going through middle and high school there were 13 other Sarahs (or Saras) in my grade alone.

2. To compensate for this, I like to give my children unique names. Possibly too unique sometimes. No one can spell or pronounce my oldest son's name: Maedhros (It's pronounced My thros.) 

3. In high school I had two close friends who were also named Sarah. We called each other Los Tres Sarahs (And yes, I know that's not proper Spanish grammar, but I wasn't the one who took Spanish and came up with the name.) and we "fought crime on the side".

4. Los Tres Sarahs was also in the habit of randomly handing out coconuts to people during our lunch hour. It was always highly amusing to see their faces when you just walked up and handed them a coconut. By our senior year there was a waiting list to receive a coconut.

5. It may already be apparent, but I have a serious obsession with Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien's writings set therein. I have a ridiculous amount of knowledge about that world and in particular about the Elves. For instance, I can rattle off the names of the seven sons of Feanor without a second thought: Maedhros, Maglor, Curufin, Caranthir, Celegorm, Amrod and Amras. I can also greet you in Quenya, the High Elven tongue: Suilanyel! or in Sindarin, the common Elven tongue: Mae govannen!

6. If I could trade places with any character in Middle-earth it would be Galadriel. She was the only main character that actually lived happily with the love of her life for thousands of years. Everyone else was either relatively short lived or had a tragic fate.

7. Despite my love of Middle-earth and all things Tolkien, my favorite book to read (and reread and reread) is actually Dune by Frank Herbert. And if I could write prose like anyone, I would want to write the way Frank Herbert wrote Dune.

8. In fact, I've always had a bit of a literary crush on Leto Atreides II from Children of Dune. Which is kind of creepy, because he's a kid. But he's also an adult. It's complicated.

9. I tend to get crushes on fictional characters far more easily than real people. (For which my husband is grateful.) Currently it's this guy...

Renji Abarai of Bleach.

10. I'm totally obsessed with the anime Bleach and everyone should go watch it. (Or you know, start watching it. There are 300+ episodes.) I'll be posting a writing lesson from Bleach later this week.

Whew. Ok. But wait, there's more. Miss Cole of Miss Cole Seeks Publisher tagged me to answer 11 questions.

1. When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

Fall of 2010. I've written since childhood, but it was never with the aim of becoming a published author. (I would often joke about "when I'm an internationally bestselling author..." but I never took it seriously.) It wasn't until fall of 2010 when I finally began to think to myself that hey, maybe this could actually be something I could do professionally.

2. What books inspired you to write?

In my younger years, it wasn't any specific book. I was just a constant reader and that naturally spilled over into writing as well. As a teenager I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and that made me realize that fantasy was my true love and from then on I wrote fantasy stories.

3. What are your other hobbies?

Reading, of course. Though I do less of that now than before I had four kids. I also love to sew, particularly costumes. I most recently made a princess dress for my daughter to wear to a Princess Ball at school. I am also a casual MMO gamer though I exclusively play The Lord of the Rings Online. From LOTRO stems my hobbies of making music to play in game and creating role playing events based on the lore of Middle-earth. (I know. Major geek.) You could also say that because of this I'm an amateur Tolkien scholar with a focus on Quendology. (I just made up that word. It means study of the Elves.)

4. Favorite film?

Wow. Tough question. I'm not really a movies person. I'll just go with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That's been a favorite since I was a kid.

5. What is the worst film you have ever seen?

That's a hard one too. I used to work at a movie rental place for a while and we got to take home New Releases the weekend before they came out for free. So I've seen a good many horrible movies. I'd have to say The Scorpion King. Its general badness was heightened by the fact that The Mummy is a pretty enjoyable movie and while The Mummy played around with Egyptian mythology and history a bit too leniently, Scorpion King completely divorced its self from reality and common sense.

6. What would be your ultimate fictional crossover?

Harry Potter and Bleach. Hijinks and hilarity ensues.

7. What's your dream house like?

I used to think it was a castle. But now I think it's a Hobbit hole

8. Best trip you've ever taken?

Easily, the month I spent in Egypt the summer I was 17. Oh the places I went, the things I did, and the wonders I saw.

9. Got a favorite kind of cake?

I'm not much of a cake person. Though I like to get little chocolate ice cream cakes occasionally. Yum.

10. Are you sporty? What's your sport? And if you're not sporty, is there a sport you wish you were really good at?

I'm a champion at long distance chasing toddlers around.

11. What's your one hope for the future?

Only one? I'd say my primary hope is simply to live to a very old age with my family around me.

And I'm spent. That's already too much thinking for one day. So, if you comment on this post consider yourself tagged to answer the questions above (I can't think of 11 more right now.) and if you're on my blogroll consider the Kreativ Blogger Award passed your way.


  1. A Hobbit hole would be cool.
    I never got a coconut.

  2. Wow! Being tagged sounds like a lot of work!

    I would definitely want to live in the castle -- preferably one in Britain.

    How much fun is LOTRO? Do you need to devote a lot of time to it in order to have fun?

  3. Congratulations on being tagged. For the record, there are a lot of people who obsess over Tolkien. The man was incredible. And I too liked Leto Atreides. I suggest you check out the Children of Dune adaptation done by the SyFy channel. They cast James McAvoy as Leto...mmmhmmm. And he's shirtless in most of it.

  4. Recently, when describing the kind of house I would want if I could afford to have a house of my own design, my wife was surprised to find that I wanted a dwelling that is largely underground. However, it has more to do with being environment friendly than wanting to live in a hobbit hole. Mostly, the desire is inspired by the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco which has a living roof.

    I'm untagging myself. I just don't have it in me, right now, to answer a bunch of questions.

  5. Ken, LOTRO is amazing fun and you can devote as much or as little time to it as you want. You don't even need to pay to play.

  6. I love fictional characters too--I'm currently swooning over my MC's love interest. It makes for interesting writing!

  7. It is so uncomplicated to fall in love with fictional characters. They also always treat you well well except they don't give you too much attention. I'd love to live in a treehouse (but with electricity and plumbing).

  8. I had the same problem with the name :) Great questions and answers, these are quite awesome!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  9. Thanks for letting us know a bit more about you. Now I wish someone had given me a coconut in school. ;)

  10. Fun answers! I have a request. Can you do a post on what you like about anime, because I just don't get it. It seems so bizarre to me.

  11. Actually, I did do one recently, Angela:


    But I'll be doing more soon!

  12. That's really cool that you sew costumes! What a fun mom! Also, major props on your love for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  13. I like your son's name :-) I'm rereading the history of Middle Earth and I'm on book 2...
    Thank you for the award! I've kinda been wanting this one :-)

  14. Deniz, I just finally ordered the final three volumes of HOME. Morgoth's Ring in particular has some fascinating stuff!

  15. I am totally with you on most of the points above. I almost died laughing over your crushes, as I also enjoy anime (and manga, etc.) and can identify with crushes on fictional characters... like the entire male cast of Vampire Knight maybe? I had to share with my husband (a Bleach fan). We geeks have to stick together!


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