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Apparently I have been tagged in a thing.  How exciting!

Here’s how it works:

1.  Give credit to the person who tagged you.

That would be Matt Williams, whose blog contains vast quantities of posts about science fiction, advances in technology, books, and movies.  Not to mention his own fiction, which is an exciting read.

2. Explain the rules.

Ok, so I’ve done two of them now.  You should keep reading to find the rest.   There are four.

3. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP.

I would point out at this point that in the post I was tagged from there were only nine questions…  Also, “Work In Progress” may be too strong a phrase.  “Work Only Just Commenced” would be a closer description.

  1. What is the working title of your book?
    The Three
  2. What genre does the book fall under?
    Fantasy Adventure
  3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters for the movie rendition?
    Hum.  Well, the three main characters are identical, so it would have to be someone with a good repertoire.  Perhaps Kyle Schmid – clean-shaven and looking young.
  4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
    Three young men, physically identical but otherwise wildly different, must find each other and unite to save the kingdom.
  5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
    In an ideal world, represented.  We’ll see.
  6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
    Come back in a few years and I might be able to tell you the answer to that.  Alternatively, if you can provide me with a time machine and a few days to experiment, I’ll be sure to let you know.
  7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
    I would like to compare it to anything by David Eddings, but I think that might be insulting to Mr Eddings.
  8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
    Weirdly, Harry Potter.  I’m not quite sure how that happened.  They really have very little in common.
  9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
    The book is about balance – good and evil, male and female, magic and science.

4. Tag five other people and link to their blogs so we can hop over and meet them.

Ok, five people…  Hmmm.

Rosie Oliver (because I want to know if there are any more sequels to CAT coming)

David Higgins (yes we are related)

Sieni Madison

Miriam Joy

Kari Fay

So there we are.  I hope you’ve all had fun.

Richard Leonard has kindly tagged me in the Lucky Seven.  What that means is that I have to:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please!)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same

Now, the issue here is that my current manuscript doesn’t really have a page 7, since it’s mostly research with the occasional random scene thrown in.  So, I figure I’ll take the seventh paragraph that’s actually been written, and go with that.

In this scene, the protagonist has escaped from the factory where shi lived as slave labour all hir life, and is discovering the real world.

The apparent mistaken spelling of pronouns is intentional, for reasons which I’m not going into right now.

Zahra peeked out from behind the tree again.  The shouts of the other children drew hir slowly from hir hiding place.  In the factory, shouts had meant mistakes, punishment, but here the children seemed happy.  They ran in aparently random directions, and climbed on odd shaped objects.  Zahra didn’t really understand what the point was.

There were a number of adults standing to one side.  They seemed to be ignoring the children, but Zahra noticed that every so often they would glance over at them.

And now for the tagging.  I shall try to avoid anyone who has been tagged by Richard, or Goran, who tagged Richard, since that seems a little circular!

I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Apparently, people like me.  Specifically, Matt Williams and Richard Leonard have both nominated me for a VBA.  Thank you both!  May I encourage people to go check them out?

So, according to the rules, I need to tell you seven things about myself and then nominate some people.

Factoids

Hmmm, now to think of things which are interesting that I didn’t say last time.

I have a thing for secret identities.  Seriously, superheroes, spies, anyone who leads a double life.  My particular favourite is Superman (Dean Cain was the best version), but I’ll take any of them, any day.

My guilty secret – fanfiction.  Harry Potter time travel stories are great, and also Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

I write far less than I want to.  I suspect this is normal.

I’m not sure if Stargate SG-1 is the best show ever, but it certainly comes very high up the list.

I sleep better on camp than I do in a bed.  Or I would do if I actually went to bed rather than chatting with the other Leaders.

I don’t have a pet.  If I owned my house and didn’t have to bow to the wishes of the landlord, I would be crazy cat lady.  And my husband would be crazy cat man.

I like cauliflower cheese.  Can you tell I’m running out of interesting facts?

Nominations

Some nominations – mostly people I’ve discovered since the last time I got this award.  I’ve decided to exclude people I nominated last time, despite the fact that they still deserve it.

The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes, by Cat.  When I first discovered her she was in the midst of a month-long challenge to post a story every day.  She didn’t quite make it, but did discover some interesting things about herself and writing in the process.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill writes short scenes which really draw you in.

Human Nature and Superpowers; Preston Fuller is blogging about the process of creating a novel, as he does it.  The plot sounds intriguing and it’s fascinating to get an insight into how the creation process works.

The Best Place by the Fire, by Kari Fay.  Short stories on many different topics, which are well written and manage to get you emotionally invested very quickly.

Catherine, Caffeinated, by Catherine Ryan Howard.  She writes about the process of self-publishing, giving well thought out and helpful advice.

Keep up the good work, guys!

I’ve been totally flattered recently by MythRider, who nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award.  Phyllis Moore blogs about the process of writing, character, plot, and occasional random thoughts vaguely related to books.  Thank you Phyllis!

Now, I believe the rules require me to tell you seven interesting factoids about myself, and nominate some other people for the award.  This seems only fair, so here we go:

All About Me

I love Brownies.  Not the chocolate cake kind (although those are awesome too), but the kind that dresses in yellow and brown, plays games, sings songs, and promises to do a Good Turn every day.  I run one Brownie Pack, and help at another, and sometimes my husband accuses me of abandoning him.  Next year, our District is taking 30 girls to Paris!

I hit people for fun.  Ok, so mostly they, being fellow martial artists, dodge skilfully, but it’s the thought that counts.

I wish that the UK had a TV series like The West Wing.    Almost every piece of political knowledge I have about the US comes from the West Wing*, and I think it’s sad that I don’t have that same level of interest in the governing of my own country.  Making it interesting, funny, and dramatic would probably help with that.

* The obvious exception being the name of the current president and his immediate predecessor, who are basically the only real American politicians I can name.

All films should have aliens, elves, explosions, or magic.  Or possibly all of the above.  Also plot, but I can cope without that if there are enough implausible magical explosions narrowly survived by the elvish aliens.

I’m currently re-reading Shelters of Stone, by Jean Auel (does anyone know how to pronounce that?).  I need to finish it soon, because I was given the next one, Land of the Painted Caves, for my birthday and it’s giving me evil looks from the shelf.  I think it’s upset that I’m not reading it yet.

I like languages; I speak Spanish, and I have a smattering of Japanese (forwards, backwards, punch, kick, death!), Esperanto and Italian.  Also English.  Obviously.

I don’t own a car.  This is part ecological, part economical, and part plain old common sense, given the lack of parking near my house.

People I Think Are Brilliant

In no particular order, because otherwise I would have to come up with a reason for the order.

Rick Searle, at Utopia or Dystopia, a blog about contemporary science, political ideologies and other things in the context of images of future paradise and/or future hells.

Story Time.  A selection of stories written by a few people – the twist is that at the end of each chapter you have to vote on what the characters do next.  I like the level of control it gives us, the reader.

Also Matt Williams, of StoriesbyWilliams, one of the Story Time contributors.  He does reviews of films, books, games, etc, as well as writing his own stories.

Rosie Oliver, author of (among other things) C.A.T., a short story about an artificial intelligence in the shape of a cat.   I encountered the book before I found her blog, which is an interesting read.

Liberal Reflections is a blog about politics with a philosophical bent to it.  It’s fascinating!

So there we go.  I hope I’ve mentioned at least one blog that you’ve not heard of before.  If so, go check them out and see if they appeal to you!

The Author

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something martial artist who runs two Brownie packs and works full time. She somehow still finds time to write.

Her favourite genres are near-future and alternate world science fiction and fantasy.

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