Welcome to our first ever fLiP iT fRiDaY post! How very inaugural-ish!
Describe a typical day in your life.
A typical day? Okay. I’ll describe a Tuesday because for some reason I think of Tuesdays as the MOST typical days. Tuesday: wake up early (which I hate), head to school for a morning Geography class that starts at eight o’clock. I hate that class. My “lunch” is at nine-thirty in the morning, so I eat something and either do homework or write/blog/read until my eleven o’clock Creative Writing class (which is awesome). Then there’s History and a P.E. Education class before I leave school around four o’clock. I get home. I eat. I do some sort of nonsense like reading/schoolwork/tv-watching/something else/possibly go to Starbucks in the evening to write. It’s all very un-scheduled.
Eww, I am also not a morning person. I remember having lunch scheduled at 10:30 AM my senior year of high school, which was about the dumbest thing ever. The only redeeming quality was that as seniors, we could go off campus for lunch, so we could make it to BK in time for the French toast sticks off the breakfast menu.
What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?
I wouldn’t say it had a profound effect on me, but I feel pretty secure in saying that my favorite YA book is serafina67 by Susie Day. It’s the You’ve Got Mail of books – I can reread it (or even just parts of it) over and over again and never get sick of it. I absolutely love that book.
What are 5 of your favorite things?
By “things” I’ll figure you mean “actual tangible material things” and come up with the following list, in no particular order…
- Bible (my bible is well-worn and written in, which makes me like it more than using someone else’s bible… which I realize makes no sense)
- my Macbook
- Sharpie pens (greatest. pens. ever!)
- Get Smart boxed DVD set (the tv show, not the movie!)
- the book Cool Names for Babies
How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?
Personal blogging and the Redthebook website has been happening since November of ’07 – when Red came out. Book blogging happened for a while in ’08 at a now-dead blog called Page Numbered, and started up again at the beginning of ’09 at Ten Cent Notes.
I’m going to blame Jocelyn from Teen Book Review for getting me started book blogging. I read her blog years ago before I’d actually met her and after we became friends (we met through the Red book) I started reading other book blogs and she persuaded me to start book blogging again. So I did. And it’s going splendidly. I love it. 🙂
Guys, if you haven’t checked out Red The Book, run don’t walk. It’s a pretty amazing project featuring essays from 58 teen girls, including Jordyn. The Web site also has info about the authors, their blogs and articles, links to buy the book, and more cool stuff.
Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?
A lot of the features I do are sort of Ten-Cents-specific. Meaning I don’t do a lot of the features (In My Mailbox, Booking Through Thursday, etc) that other book blogs do. Probably the weirdest (or, uh, most “unique”) feature I have is something called Breakup, Divorce, or Death, where I try to predict what happens to the hero and heroine after the book ends – do they break up, get married and then divorced, or get married and then eventually one of them dies? It’s less morbid than it sounds… or maybe it isn’t.
Hmmm. I think it’s only morbid if you play this game on your friends and family rather than on fictional characters!
In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?
WRITING! (Imagine that word in huge bubble-cloud letters with a million sparklers around it.) Photography, though I’m a couple of rungs below novice, if you can imagine that.
What do you want to be when you “grow up”?
A YA author. (Wow. That was easy.)
What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?
These are from my list of 50 things to do before I die…
- Call into a radio station and dedicate a song to someone.
- Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
- Throw a masquerade ball/party.
Random, insignificant things, I know. But there you have it.
Not at all insignificant! You could even combine all 3 by throwing a masquerade ball to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house, and during the ball, call in for the song dedication. *Covets invite to this awesome ball*
Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.
I have no idea. Honestly, I’m really too honest a person for people to be surprised by much. Plus, I’m just not a very surprising person. That being said, everyone seems to be shocked when they find out I hate hate hate English classes and always struggle to pass them.
*Is admittedly surprised!*
Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!
If I ever had to face a Martian attack I’d want Maureen Johnson on my side, because she’s probably on a first-name basis with the Martians and would be able to convince them to ease up on the whole overtaking-Earth thing.
If she wasn’t available, I’d take Spencer from the book, Suite Scarlett, because he’s probably on a first-name basis with them too.
In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat sushi and have a thai iced tea and then I’d tell everyone, “Stupid Martians….“
OMG I love Thai iced tea! Now I want some!
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