First, the most important:
GIGANTIC HUGE smiley mushy-gushy CONGRATULATIONS to Laini and Jim and their beautiful new baby girl. I couldn't be happier! They're one of the coolest, smartest, funniest, most talented couples of my acquaintance, and they'll be BRILLIANT parents. Their daughter is so, so lucky.
And second . . .
CHECK IT OUT YOU GUYS:
See the person with his hand on the microphone?
THAT IS CHRIS MARTIN.
See the blob of fuzzy red-and-blue hair in the corner?
THAT IS ME.
I don't think I need to tell you what this means. But I will anyway. Obviously, I'm telling the truth about him being My Live-In Celebrity Boyfriend. Look how close we are! I could almost spit on him!
With, you know, my mouth.
So last Friday, Jarrod and I trekked to the Coldplay show in Charlotte to give our support. This support thing was actually a bit of a sacrifice, as we've been bummed the entire summer about Chris's absence. His tour is LONG. And our house is quiet without him.
But the whole band rallied to cheer us up, and the show was incredible. I won't bore you with details — though I do wish I could figure out how to post the video of the drunk guy (NOTE TO FUTURE CONCERT-GOING BEER-GUZZLERS: My husband will film you rubbing your butt.) — but here are a few pictures:
Pretty rainbow ground, after the butterflies dropped.* Now I have a glass jar filled with them on my writing desk!
I am a very happy Stephanie.
But enough of that. Time for some answers!
The lovely Lilie asked:
What fictional character would you like to spend a day as? (As in, you would be them in their world, not, for example, Elizabeth Bennet wandering around modern-day America.)
Ooo, fun. But before I answer, here's a short list of characters I would NOT want to spend a day as:
(1) Katniss in The Hunger Games — I'd rather not have to kill my friends.
(2) Wilbur in Charlotte's Web — I don't trust Farmer Arable not to kill me once Charlotte dies. I mean, what if her children can't write? What if next winter is really, really cold and food is scarce? What happens when I get old and can't move around anymore?
(3) Frodo in The Lord of the Rings series — I'd be like, "No, thanks, Old Man. Find some other dude to do it."
A short list of characters it'd be FANTASTIC to spend a day as:
(1) Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — The day he's in the actual factory, and not before, when he's poor and hungry and stuff.
(2) Elizabeth Bennet (or Catherine Moreland or any other Austen heroine) — Wedding night. Or maybe, like, a few weeks after the wedding night.
(3) Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia — Not when he's the witch's statue, but when he's hanging out in his cozy little home, with the tea and the books.
It's tough to pick one, but my top choice must be girly. Something involving enormous ballgowns, dancing, and a little magic. I always wanted to be one of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but I'm not sure how smart it is to WANT to be under a spell. So maybe one of the princesses after the spell is broken?
But by then, I'd probably be sick of dancing!
Aw, screw it.
Curse me and ballgown me! One of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Final answer. (The oldest or the youngest, depending on the retelling. I want to be the PRETTIEST princess.)
I cannot believe I just typed that last sentence.
How does it feel to know you'll be receiving 45% of all of my future earnings?
Really really good, thanks!
[SHE DID NOT ASK THIS.]
If you could only write one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Inspirational vampire westerns. Written in second-person, present-tense.
EXAMPLE FROM MY FUTURE BESTSELLER:
"You find Billy the Vampire Kidd leering suggestively at you from across the gritty, moonlit town. You call out your undying love just as the sun peeks its bloated head over the horizon. Billy ignites into crackling flames like a bowl of atomic Rice Krispies, and you fall to your knees, thanking God for His last-second intervention. The sunrise has never looked so divine, so vast, or so Western. To you."
Or maybe contemporary, realistic, young adult romance. I'm not sure.
If you were forced to write nothing but fanfiction for the rest of your life, which world would you choose?
WOO HOO! I love the Pigeon.
Honestly, it'd have to be something with a lot of characters, therefore, a lot for me to mess around with. I mean, we're talking about the rest of my life. Again. And I'd want something grounded in reality, but with magic available (if I chose to use it), for further flexibility. Harry Potter is an obvious choice, or anything in Joss Whedon's universe, but I've got something even better:
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. It fills all of my major criteria.
(A) So many characters it requires a companion.
(B) Reality-based . . .
(C) But with time travel! Allowing me to work in the present or anywhere-ish in the past. Maybe even the future. (Options!) Plus, history. Which I love.
(E) Swashbuckling adventure.
(G) More than kissing.
More (than) answers on the way! Hope everyone is happy and well.
*They're biodegradable. So phew.