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The Next Big Thing Tagging Game

Photo by J. Paxon ReyesBack on the 18th of October (Wow — was that really two months ago?), Dave Higgins tagged me in a game of Author Tag known as The Next Big Thing.

This “game” is designed to give writers heart palpitations as they try to figure out how to make the first draft of their novel sound entertaining and appealing to the masses, whilst simultaneously not giving away too many details — just in case the details change, or the story sucks, or the  writer decides to throw the whole project into the electronic paper shredder where it deserves to be because even though it’s a first draft it’s not nearly as awesome as that book that I read that one time and anyway I’m a writer and occasionally I need to wallow in self-pity and my own sense of worthlessness before I get over it and decide that I’m the greatest writer who ever lived and all others are second or worse and whatever happened to that awesome novel that I was working on anyway, and WHO TURNED ON THE SHREDDER?!

Oh. Excuse me.

What I meant to say was that the “game” is designed to give writers a chance to talk about their current WiP. (Work in Progress for those non-writer types who haven’t picked up in the lingo.)

Over the last two months, I’ve debated whether to participate. (If it’s not clear why it’s been a difficult decision, please refer again to the second paragraph of this post.) And then last week I was tagged for a second time, this time by Kelly Johnson of My Countless Lives. And I decided to throw caution to the wind and play along.

Because peer pressure.

The Next Big Thing

The rules:

  1. Give credit to the person who tagged you. (Thanks again, Dave and Kelly!)
  2. Explain the rules. (Done.)
  3. Answer the ten questions about your current WiP. (By the time this meme reached Kelly, she was down to four questions. I have revived the other six via Dave’s blog.)
  4. Tag five other writers to participate in this extremely prolific and probably annoying meme.

1. What is the working title of your book?


Although, in all fairness, I should advise that there’s only about a 5% chance this will be the title when I finish writing it. The theme has changed fairly significantly since I first set fingers to keyboard.

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?

The idea for this book sprang out of a single sentence that wound its way through my subconscious and wouldn’t let go: ‘I should have left town when the goblins stole my keys.’

This sentence doesn’t actually appear in the novel, but it got me thinking about goblins and magic and what happens when people of different magical races find themselves entwined in a fairy tale, each drawn their by their curiosity.

3. What genre does the book fall under?

Urban Fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters for the movie rendition?

Rather than the names of characters and actors, allow me to treat you to a visual representation of the cast of the movie of the book.

(There is one other character, but I’m afraid he will have to be done with CGI.)

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

When Michael Storm vows to save a twelve-year-old girl from the Sleeping Beauty Curse, he will need more than his fledgling rune-magic to survive the fury of the faery court.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My goal is an agent and traditional publisher. But before that, my goal is to finish the damn book!

7. How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your manuscript?

So far? I’ve been working on this novel for just over a year. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft at the moment. I’m hoping the last third is quicker than the previous two.

8. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

I’d say this would appeal to readers who like Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series, M.L.N. Hanover’s Black Sun’s Daughter series, and (although I hold my breath when I say this) Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My husband. The sentence I mentioned in question two above turned into the first line of a short story. That story introduced two of the main players in this novel, as well as the world in which they live. My husband’s enthusiasm for the world and the characters inspired me to write more about them.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Forget vampires, werewolves and zombies. This book is packed full of faeries, goblins, trolls, sprites, and other magical races. Plus there’s Runes, Spells, Curses, Rainbows, Venomous creatures, Heroism, Love, Danger and Betrayal. What more could you want?

Time to play tag:

I’m not a big fan of chain blog posts, so I’m hesitant to put pressure on anyone else to continue this meme. Nonetheless, I’d be interested in hearing the answers to these questions from some of my favourite writing bloggers. So please participate if you’re inclined, ignore me if you’d prefer, or complain about chain blogs in the comments if it will make you feel better. The choice is yours (in alphabetical order, because that’s just how I roll):

Tag, you’re it!


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The Lucky 7 Meme

Apparently this meme has been around for a while, but I only just came across it. It’s a writing meme (so I apologise to all the non-writers out there), and is basically a chance to share a random excerpt of your current WIP (Work In Progress).

I was tagged in a Lucky 7 Meme post by Ben Trube, and enjoyed the excerpt that he posted. So, in the spirit of fun, I decided to have a look at my own WIP and see if I had anything worth posting.

The challenge is pretty simple:

  1. Go to the 7th or 77th page of your WIP.
  2. Go to the 7th line of the page.
  3. Copy the next 7 paragraphs (exactly as typed).
  4. Tag 7 other authors and let them know they’re it.

Well, as I said, I had a look at my WIP and it turns out that page 77 is a pretty interesting one. So, here goes:

Claws raked my back, effortlessly tearing through jacket, shirt and flesh. The pain barely registered. I just kept yelling and pulled at her hair even harder. She crashed to the floor next to me. I let go of her hair for long enough to clench my fist and slam it into her face.

I missed.

My hand hit the wooden floor and I heard bones break, but felt nothing. Then a hand locked around my neck and claws pressed into my throat.

I blinked away tears and my vision returned. It was blurry and shaky, and only my left eye was working, but it was better than nothing. Blood coated the floor below me, dripping from my face and pooling around my broken fingers and the glass from the shattered vial.

“It’s over, Gothi. Time to die,” Death-Faerie whispered against my ear. Her claws pressed deeper. I hated it, but she was right. I was about to die.


The sound was deafening. The pressure on my throat vanished, and then Death-Faery collapsed to the floor by my side. I looked down. She had a hole in the centre of her forehead. Golden liquid dribbled from the wound.

As for tagging seven authors, please find my list below. Have a look at your own page 77 (or 7) and see if there’s something you’d like to share. (You’re welcome to share in the comment here if you don’t want to put it on your own blog.)

Emerald Barnes

Jim Franklin

Connor Rickett

Kay Hudson

Laura Stanfill

Stephen Watkins

Dan Thompson


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Meme Me

I hadn’t really prepared a post for today. I haven’t read anything exciting, or talked to any authors, or done anything particularly geeky. (At least, nothing more than normal.)

I thought about writing “Five Ways Board Games Rock” or “Five Ways to tell if your Parents are (Secretly) Aging Rockstars”. But both take some effort, and I’ve got a jigsaw to finish.

Then I read Anthony Lee Collins’s latest post, and thought: A character meme! How awesomely awesome! (That description was especially for you, Brian Buckley.) So, here goes. My first (and possibly) last meme. Enjoy! And then go and enjoy Anthony’s answers as well.

A Character Meme: Pick 12 of your favourite original characters and then answer the following questions. (Note: Pick your characters before reading the questions!)

Since the names don’t mean much to anyone else, I thought I’d make this easier on you and list the characters by description.

  1. The Hero
  2. The Hot Prophetess
  3. The Biker Troll
  4. The Private Eye
  5. The Thief
  6. The Secret Prince
  7. The Homicide Detective
  8. The Interdimensional Detective
  9. The Faerie Queen
  10. The Teenage Girl
  11. The Goblin
  12. The Vampire

1. Who would make a better college professor: The Secret Prince (6) or The Goblin (11)?

Well, the Goblin can’t talk and has all the decorum of a doorknob. On the other hand, the Secret Prince’s only real skills are sneaking out of home, eating odd food, and dreaming about being someone other than himself. I’m pretty sure most college students already know how to do those things, so I’ll go with the Goblin.

2. Do you think The Hot Prophetess (2) is hot? How hot?

Yes. Very.

3. The Vampire (12) send The Interdimensional Detective (8) on a mission. What is it and does it succeed?

The Vampire’s home has been invaded and a magical artifact stolen. He contacts the authorities, who sends The Interdimensional Detective to retrieve it. In the process, she discovers that the stolen artifact is merely one part of a larger plot to undermine the Council of Nine Worlds, and finds herself drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. She saves the Worlds and defeats the bad guys, but unfortunately the magical artifact is destroyed in the process. So, technically the answer is no.

4. What is, or would be, The Faerie Queen’s (9) favourite book?

The Dummies Guide to Being Human. (If it doesn’t exist, it should.)

5. What would make more sense, for The Hot Prophetess (2) to swear fealty to The Secret Prince (6) or the other way around?

I would suggest that this answer speaks for itself.

6. For some reason, The Thief (5) is looking for a room-mate. Should he share a studio apartment with The Faerie Queen (9) or The Teenage Girl (10)?

Firstly, I know exactly why The Thief is looking for a room-mate. It’s because he’s a tool. His last room-mate left after being tricked into paying all of the rent for six months. Since it would be ethically and morally wrong to leave a teenage girl alone with him for any length of time, I’m going to have to go with The Faerie Queen. Of course, she doesn’t share very well. I give it six hours before The Thief is sleeping on the street.

7. The Hot Prophetess (2), The Homicide Detective (7) and The Vampire (12) have dinner together. Where do they go and what do they discuss?

They don’t so much have dinner together, as they meet outside a fancy French restaurant. The Hot Prophetess tells someone The Vampire is going to bite them, and The Homicide Detective breaks up the ensuing conflict.

8. The Biker Troll (3) challenges The Teenage Girl (10) to a duel. What happens?

The Biker Troll has every advantage, but can’t bring himself to hurt a little girl. The Teenage Girl wins by default.

9. If The Hero (1) stole The Interdimensional Detective’s (8) most precious possession, how would they get it back?

This question stumped me for a bit, because I can’t imagine The Hero stealing anything at all, and the Interdimensional Detective doesn’t have any possessions that she cares about very much. Then it came to me. He steals her heart! And when their relationship inevitably crashes and burns (because he’s in love with someone else), she “gets it back” by faking criminal charges against him and having him hunted down and locked away. (Nothing’s more dangerous than a woman scorned.)

10. Suggest a title for a story in which The Homicide Detective (7) and The Vampire (12) both attain what they most desire.

And Justice for All

11. What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted The Hero (1) and The Private Eye (4) to work together?

I’d put the life of The Teenage Girl in danger. It’s actually the plot of my WIP.

12. If The Homicide Detective (7) visited you for the weekend, how would you get along?

I think we’d get along pretty well, although we wouldn’t have much in common. Possibly I could ask him about the worst murders he’s seen so I can use the details in my writing. Or maybe it would just get awkward

13. If you could command The Biker Troll (3) to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?

 I don’t know if commanding a loyal and yet bad-tempered troll to do anything is a good idea. But I might ask him nicely if he’d take me for a ride on his tricked-out Harley.

14. Do any of your friends resemble The Goblin (11)? (Either in appearance or personality.)

The Goblin is a three-foot tall, stone grey creature with pointy ears, a flat nose, and no sense of modesty. Strangely, I don’t know anyone who looks like that. Although his personality is a little like my four-year-old son on a bad day.

15. If The Hot Prophetess (2) had to choose sides between The Private Eye (4) and The Thief (5), who would it be?

It would depend on what she’d seen for them in the future. It would probably be The Private Eye, though, because he’s an all-round nicer person.

16. What might The Teenage Girl (10) shout while charging into battle?

Battle? Um… “Team Edward!!!!”

17. If you chose a song to represent The Interdimensional Detective (8), what would it be?

Killing Heidi – I Am

18. The Hero (1), The Secret Price (6) and The Vampire (12) are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?

The Hero and The Secret Prince are both too gentlemanly to eat it, and The Vampire doesn’t eat…. food. So it goes uneaten. (So it would seem. But when they’re leaving The Hero takes it and eats it, because he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to afford his next meal.)

19. What might be a good pick-up line for The Hot Prophetess (2) to use on The Teenage Girl (10)?

 I think I’ll leave that to the slash writers. Neither of them are interested.

20. What would The Thief (5) most likely be arrested for?

Indecent exposure. No, wait. Vagrancy. Just kidding.  How about we stick with the obvious and say… Trespassing.

21. What is The Secret Prince’s (6) secret?

I promise I didn’t read the questions before I picked these characters!

22. If The Goblin (11) and The Faerie Queen (9) were racing to a destination, who would get there first?

The Faerie Queen. She plays dirtier.

23. If you had to walk home through a bad neighbourhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of The Homicide Detective (7) or The Interdimensional Detective (8)?

It depends on if a “bad neighbourhood” is more likely to includes muggers, rapists and murderers, or witches, warlocks and vampires.

24. The Hero (1) and The Faerie Queen (9) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by The Private Eye’s (4) sinister secret organisation. The Goblin (11) volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that he is actually a spy for The Private Eye (4). Meanwhile, The Private Eye (4) has kidnapped The Vampire (12) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of The Thief (5), they seek out The Biker Troll (3), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this story?

Blood is Thicker than Water


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