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What’s Your Favourite Genre?

It’s been nearly two years since I’ve asked this question. My readership changes over time, so I think it’s a good time to ask this. It was also the Authors Answer question I answered on video this weekend. I reached back to Authors Answer #9: What are your favourite genres to read?

Here is my answer:

Although my answer can be pretty simple, I should add that I don’t just enjoy reading my favourite genres. I also like historic fiction, mythology, Shakespeare, and am interested in some classic literature. In addition, I like Sherlock Holmes.

So, what genres do you like to read? Let me know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 62 – Our Favourite Created Characters

Isn’t choosing your favourite character out of all the characters you’ve created like saying which of your children you like the best? Is it unfair? Well, we’re not talking about that, but we are going to talk about who we think is our favourite. This question comes from Authors Answer contributor Eric Wood.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 62 – Who is your favorite character that you created (either for a book/story or just because)?

Linda G. Hill

That’s a tough one. I love most of my characters – it’s hard not to when I know them so intimately and understand what they’ve been through. Even the bad ones! I’d have to say one of my favourite characters is Drommen, a chronic public masturbator from my “Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right” series on my fiction blog. After a year, it turned out he wasn’t such a bad guy after all. 🙂 You can find Drommen here, if you’re interested.

Allen Tiffany

Kira and IrSaa are my two favorites from my upcoming Military Sci Fi series (End War , see more at http://www.allentiffany.com/end-war-scifi-novel-excerpts/ ). They are the MCs, and over the whole of the series will get equal stage time.

Much of the early story is about Kira when she is between 18 and 20 years old as she goes through some very hard times leading what is left of her lost colony through a an alien siege. Later, she is isolated away from her home, family and friends in the second and third novels. Pressed into military service by first one faction and then manipulated into helping the other faction after they rescue her, Kira is smart, but adrift and in a foreign land. At times she is unable to tell friend from foe.

We initially see IrSaa when she is between 32 and 34. IrSaa is a brilliant, relentless Special Forces officer that is as smart and sophisticated as she is calculating and brutal. She is self confident to a fault, and like Kira, IrSaa has a unique talent that makes her a powerful warrior. Unlike Kira, she is mature and self-directed with a clear understanding of her role. But what she really wants in life only crystallizes later.

When circumstances bring them together in the midst of a galactic war between the two factions of humanity that have abandoned a dead Earth, all kinds of things are going to happen. Sisters in arms? Best friends? Lovers? Mother and daughter? Teacher and student? Sworn enemies? …It’s complicated… It’s big, it’s violent, it covers a lot of ground and years, but at its heart the series is about these two women and their relationship and how it changes over time. Hopefully it is going to be believable and compelling.

So, yes, these are my two fav characters. Both are complex, admirable and flawed. Sometimes they have a common purpose and sometimes not, and both are in a game neither fully understands and over which they have less control than they think.

It is hard to provide a lot more detail here in any way that makes sense, but here is the logline for the 500,000-word epic: End War: Two women. Two warriors. One Destiny. Loyalty and Betrayal. The wreckage of humanity will litter their passage.

D. T. Nova

Probably Hiiro from my upcoming novel. I keep wanting to do more with him and being more satisfied with the way scenes focused on him turn out.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My favorite character is the one I’ve never actually put to paper. Let me explain… When I was young – say, maybe 6 or 7 – I used to be a bit of a devil at bed time. I often had a hard time falling asleep, so I’d crawl out of bed and start playing with my toys instead, which of course would eventually result in my parents coming in and ordering me back under the sheets. One night I whined to my father that I couldn’t fall asleep, and he told me to just close my eyes and think about everything that had happened throughout the day; he told me to play it through my head like a movie, and eventually I’d fall asleep. At the time I misunderstood what he was trying to tell me to do, so instead I closed my eyes and began to tell a story in my mind. I imagined myself as some kind of hero, off on wild adventures. Eventually, I did fall asleep. And the next night I did the same thing, and the next night, and the night after that. I’d come up with cooler and wilder stories every night, or sometimes if it was a really good adventure I’d repeat it the following night. It actually got to the point that sometimes I would wake up in the morning and already be anticipating bed time so I could go on another adventure.

Eventually I began writing, but the writing never really followed the nighttime adventures, and those adventures never stopped. Even today I still have this little ritual (except on the nights that I’m so tired I just pass out), and the character is still the same: an idealized version of myself who is prettier, stronger, cleverer, faster, cooler. I imagine her as this perfect character who can do anything, and I don’t think I’ll ever really let go of her, but I’ll also never write about her because wish fulfillment doesn’t make for good literature. ^_~

Paul B. Spence

Er… What to say without jealousy setting in? Well, Hrothgar Tebrey is my primary character, so… I have to say that I’m really fond of Daeren Drake.

H. Anthe Davis

My consistently favorite character is probably the one that serves as my icon here on WordPress, Shaidaxi.  I’ve played/written him since I was maybe thirteen, making him an easy skin to slip into when it comes to the series; also, he’s a snarky and erratic individual, so his dialogue is always entertaining to write.  However, I’ve found that other characters occasionally eclipse him when I get a chance to focus on them, so I often have a temporary favorite that I dedicate a lot of side-story to.  My current temp fave is Linciard, who I’m trying to un-mire from the plot swamp he’s been stuck in.

Eric Wood

My favorite character I created is a little boy named Timothy. As a five year old, he has a wild imagination and a grand adventure through a grocery store looking for his Mom and stuffed bunny. He’s kind, sweet, and thoughtful. Everything I wish my own kids were (more often).

Elizabeth Rhodes

My favorite character doesn’t have a story of her own yet.  A dream I had years back inspired her creation, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with her.  She’ll likely be the protagonist in that first draft I’d mentioned in the last Authors Answer.  But her name is Leila, she was abducted by some outside force in her teenage years, and came back with abilities that could either make her a hero to her home planet or the subject of a Salem-style witch hunt.

Jean Davis

Hmm. There are so many favorites. I have to say all my main characters are favorites or I wouldn’t want to spend so much time in their heads. If I have to pick just one, I’ll go with Vayen, who hails from my space opera series because we’ve been together the longest and through multiple books. When I’m writing him, I have to make an effort not to channel him throughout my daily life because tends to be confrontational, especially in relationships.

Gregory S. Close

I have a few favorite characters, and I love them like I love my kids, each with his/her own qualities, but not necessarily one better than the other.  Developing favorites can make things hard if and when the character has to die, or otherwise suffers miserably.  I don’t want to end up making excuses to preserve my favorites.

That said, one of my all-time favorite characters to write is Osrith, the world-weary mercenary and knight errant from In Siege of Daylight.  He’s got a very simple moral compass, some might say a little too simple, as the needle points directly between Self Preservation and Preservation of Friend/Loved One.  Nothing much in the way of religion, national pride, virtue or chivalry intrudes on that.  Therefore his approach to some classic epic fantasy conventions can be unconventional, and that’s always fun to play with.

S. R. Carrillo

This one is hard! Seriously, in just one series, I have created so many characters that each have soft, squishy places in my heart, but… I think my OVERALL favorite woule have to be my original OC and one of the main characters of my debut novel, The Soul – and that would be Sol Bell. He is complex yet simple, soft yet fearsome, strange yet adorable. Only he could get an outcasted angel to fall in love with him. ;]

Jay Dee Archer

This is not an easy question to answer, considering I haven’t discovered the full personalities of all of my characters yet. However, I’d have to say that my current favourite is a character I have developed pretty well, but haven’t written much for. She’s the main character of my first novel. On April 23 last year, I introduced her in the A to Z Challenge. For the letter T, I wrote the story The Teacher, and Solona Knight became known to the world. If you read the story (please go there and read it now. It’ll only take a minute), you will have noticed she has a kind of power that could be said to be magic. It’s a science fiction story, though. What I like about her is how she’s handled the power she has, though her situation is not unique. She’s the first, though. She’s put into a position of responsibility at a young age, which I have yet to write about. You will see that in the my first novel.

How about you?

Have you created a character that you love? One that you would consider your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

Ask the Readers – Your Favourite Book

A couple weeks ago, I asked for you to ask some questions that we can ask the readers. It’s time for the second question! Again, it’s from Solveig. First, I’ll answer the question, then it’s your turn.

Is there a book you really love?

This is a very difficult question for me, because there are too many. But I think there’s one that has stood out in the past couple of years. That would be Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s all about the colonisation of Mars and the beginnings of terraforming. It’s a fascinating look at this process that is very heavy on the science. It’s perfect for me. But it may not be perfect for others. Since I studied astronomy and physics in university, I like this type of hard science fiction.

How about you?

Now it’s your turn. Is there a book you really love? Let us know in the comments below, and maybe you can discover some new books. And of course, don’t be afraid to engage in a conversation with other commenters! Finally, please share this post with others.

My Must Watch YouTube Channels

Other than book vloggers, there are a few YouTube channels I like to watch daily (or whenever they have a new video). I thought I’d share them with you.

Bad Lip Reading

Although updated irregularly, some of the music videos, The Walking Dead, and movie lip reading videos are hilarious.  My personal favourite is Morning Dew.

TheFineBros

These brothers have gathered together various YouTubers, teenagers, kids, and seniors to do React videos.  Those are my favourites.  They also have a REACT channel dedicated to just that.

Improv Everywhere

This group does massive public pranks and experiments, including the No Pants Subway ride and the various musicals in public places. They’ve done a lot. Watching the reactions of people is pretty fun.

Screen Junkies

These guys are all about movies, basically. I love their Honest Trailers. They say what we’re all thinking, but would never be in an official trailer.  Quite funny stuff.

HaloMasterMind117

You may be wondering why I watch this channel. It’s all about what this guy records on his dashcam while driving in South Carolina. Well, South Carolina apparently has the worst drivers in the United States. He sees a lot of them. I have no idea why I’m entertained by his channel! He gives a lot of commentary while driving, too. Check it out and watch a video of Bad Drivers of South Carolina. And here’s a compilation of his favourite clips.

Geography Now

Finally, this has got to be my favourite channel right now. It’s a one of a kind channel. Paul Barbato is going through every country in the world in alphabetical order and making an approximately 10 minute video each, outlining various aspects of the country’s geography (physical, political, demographics, etc). Highly informative, educational, and entertaining. He has a good sense of humour. Love this channel!  Here’s his latest video about Belarus.

Now that you’ve seen some of my favourite YouTube channels, what are some of yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Green

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My favourite colour is blue. Cobalt blue, to be exact. I discovered my love for this colour through copper II sulfate, which is a slightly lighter shade of blue, but I like both.

But green is what makes me feel like I have energy. Especially the green of new spring leaves. And the time for that green is now. The above picture is the new leaves of hydrangea. They’re quite vivid, aren’t they?

The Most Perfect Things According to My Five Senses

Everyone has their favourite things.  Well, here are some of my favourite things classified by the five senses.

Sight

Let’s look at the less obvious things, rather than the things that everyone likes.  This is what I love looking at:  bookshelves filled with books, bookstores, bamboo forests, mountains.

Sound

These are the things I love to hear: silence, rain, light wind blowing through a forest with sounds of birds, ocean waves.

Touch

This is what I love to feel:  being in water, a cold drink in summer, my daughter’s hug, a cool breeze on a hot day.

Smell

I love these scents: bacon frying, curry, garlic.

Taste

There are so many things I love to taste, but these are at the top: bacon, grilled cheese sandwich, raspberries (I’ve been obsessed with them lately, even though it’s been a very long time since I’ve eaten any), fruit flavoured popsicle on a summer day, mint chocolate ice cream.

How about you?

What’s Your Favourite Genre?

I’m curious about you.  I know you’re reading this.  I want to know something about you.  Not a lot, just one thing.  Since this is a blog mainly about writing and books, I’m assuming you’re here because you like books.  So, I have a question.  Or let’s make it two questions.  Here they are.

  1. What’s your favourite genre?
  2. What’s your favourite book?

The first one is probably easier.  The second not so easy.  I find it difficult to answer myself.  Here are my answers.

  1. It’s actually difficult.  I like both fantasy and science fiction, but I feel like I’m drawn into epic fantasy far more than any other genre.
  2. How do I answer this?  It’s honestly a very difficult question.  But if I were to choose, I’d say Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  Close behind is Fellowship of the Ring.

Now it’s your turn.  Please leave a comment with your answers.  In the words of Gandalf the Grey: You shall not refuse!

Oh, he didn’t say that?  Well then, in the words of the Borg: Resistance is futile.  You must reply.

What’s your favourite colour?

Tonight, as I was washing the dishes and thinking about the colours of the dishes, I asked myself the question, “What’s your favourite colour?”  I always answer blue.  To be more accurate, the colour of copper (II) sulfate.  Why?  I don’t know.  It just feels right.

But then I started thinking, is it really my favourite colour?  There are many cases in which I think other colours are perfect.  I’ll look at all of the main colours.

Blue is a great colour because it’s often quite neutral, my preferred clothing colour, and looks good on cars.  It’s also the colour of the sky, which looks amazing when there are no clouds.  Neptune has a beautiful shade of blue, too.

Green is arguably my favourite colour to look at outside.  I love the lighter green of new leaves in spring.  It makes me feel more energetic and alive.  It’s the colour of life.

Yellow just makes me happy.  It feels sunny.  My grandparents used to have a kitchen and dining room with a lot of yellow, including their kitchen breakfast table, which was a bright yellow.  That room was one of my favourites in their house.  The yellow just made it feel so welcoming and comfortable.

Orange is a warm and bright colour that just gives me a warm feeling.  I would not paint my walls bright orange, though.  Too bright and hard to look at.  It’s great in small quantities and is very eye-catching.

Red is similar to orange, but I also like the darker wine red.  I think that would be a great colour for the walls and carpet of a home library I want to have.  It would complement the reddish cedar or mahogany wood I’d like my bookshelves to be made of.

Brown isn’t my favourite colour for many reasons.  I don’t like brown clothes.  I sometimes associate it with soil.  However, brown wood is another matter.  Actual wood furniture (not fake woodgrain) is quite nice, as well as older brown wood buildings.  It gives me a bit of a warm, earthy feeling.

White is safe.  It’s good for many things, but I really don’t like white walls.  Too boring.  We’ve got off-white walls with a slightly brownish tinge in our apartment.  But as far as what’s best in white, I’d say paper and websites.  I prefer to read text on white.

Black is also pretty safe.  Black furniture is very attractive-looking.  My computer is black, actually.  If it’s a shiny black, it looks great, I think.  But as a background on a website, it makes it difficult to read the text, giving me an awful afterimage.

Pink is okay as a highlighter. And I do have to admit it looks good on my daughter.

I was hoping to write a review of Dune tonight, but I’ve been busy recently, mostly with being sick and having to deal with my daughter not sleeping well at night.  But I’m okay now, and my daughter seems to be sleeping better.

Before I finish, I have to ask you a question.  What’s your favourite colour and why?