Answers! (Part Six: BOOKS/WRITING)

Two pieces of exciting news today.

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 . . .


See the person with his hand on the microphone?


See the blob of fuzzy red-and-blue hair in the corner?


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:

Everything was beautiful.

I'm pretending the giant Chris Martin is the real one.

What are you talking about? Of course we took this picture. From backstage. VIP.

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?

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.

Me, ready to dance.

Kiersten-Rhymes-With-Beersten asked:

How does it feel to know you'll be receiving 45% of all of my future earnings?

Really really good, thanks!


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.


"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?

Pigeon fanfiction!

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.

(D) Humor.

(E) Swashbuckling adventure.

(F) Kissing.

(G) More than kissing.

More (than) answers on the way! Hope everyone is happy and well.

*They're biodegradable. So phew.


  1. Picture me laughing. A lot. Someone was in a goofy mood while writing this post...or a post-Chris giddy high : )

    Are we really up to 45% now?

  2. I saw Coldplay this summer too, near the beginning of their tour. It was so cool when the butterflies dropped but it's good to know that they are biodegrable. X) Thanks for the pretty pictures! Tell Chris I say hi when he gets done with his tour. He he. :D

    P.S. - I like the Frodo comment. Technically speaking he volunteered to take the Ring to Mordor...yeah, I'm a geek.
    P.P.S. - If I could be any character from a book I would want to be Mia from Meg cabot's Princess Diaries series. Because of Michael Moscovitz, of course.

  3. Stephanie,

    The Pigeon is totally MY homeboy!!

    Yeah, you can have your Chris Martin, but keep your hands off my Pigeon.

    (Or I'll have to sic Jamie Fraser on you....you might have celebrity bfs, but I have imaginary ones.....so there).


  4. Aw, Chris. Looks like he did great, and I can picture your girly squeals of joy.

    For some reason, I'm getting a HUGE kick out of picturing you as a fawn. So much of a kick that I may have to draw that...

    I don't want to be Katniss ever...I'm getting a pit in my stomach just thinking about reading Catching Fire. Sigh.

  5. good lord, I think I need to get "I want to be the PRETTIEST princess" printed on a tshirt. fantastic answer! :)

  6. Hahahahaha! Yay Pigeon! I quickly read those books whenever they're returned. (At the library. Where I work.) And one of Mo Willems's recent-ish releases, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed? A masterpiece.

    I'm with you on not wanting to be Katniss. Thanks for another incredibly entertaining post!

    And that vampire Western in second person? I'd totally read that.

  7. I have some of those little butterflies too! Hooray for Coldplay concerts!

  8. You...you...you got to see COLDPLAY???!!!!! WHAT??
    Lucky! :[

  9. Heh. If I ever had to be in The Hunger Games, I would be slaughtered for food in like the first five minutes. Seriously.

    For some reason when I was little, I wanted to be either Anne of Green Gables or Laura from the Little House books. And you don't want to know how many years I waited for my letter from Hogwarts.

    ps I really liked that pink poufy dress. You could sew the coldplay butterflies onto it!

  10. I'm with Lexi. I would've lasted approximately 3 mintues and 37 seconds in the Hunger Games.

  11. No way. I've always wanted to be one of the 12 dancing princesses too. Now all we need are 10 more, and we're totally set.

  12. Kiersten – 50%, before taxes.

    Mary Clare — I thought about Mia, too! I'd definitely love to be her on the day of her carriage ride with Michael. (Chris says "Hi!" back. I just got off the phone with him.)

    Shelley — YES!! A Jamie Fraser fan! Actually, as much as I love Jamie, Fergus is my very favorite. I always picture him like...a naughty French pirate.

    Natalie — I would be deeply honored to be drawn as a fawn someday!

    Lilie — *GASP* I want that printed on a shirt too.

    Sarah — You're a librarian? YAY! I didn't realize that! I discovered my Pigeon love at the library too. I also love Edwina ("Everyone loved Edwina. Everyone except Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie.") and Leonardo the Terrible Monster.

    Mariah — Huzzah for pretty music and pretty butterflies!

    Anon — I DID. And I am so, so grateful. I hope you get to see them some day, too!

    Lexi — Oh, I know. They'd get me at the cornucopia. And the pink dress is from Firefly, one of the BEST SHOWS EVER. If you haven't seen it yet, you MUST! (P.S. I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, too.)

    Carrie — Really??? Eek! Let's start recruiting!

  13. Oooh! Oooh! I want to be a princess, too! Pretty please?

    Also, you need to check out the Piggie and Elephant books by our friend Mo. They are early readers and have such a delightful humor in them. Nayna LOVES them.

  14. Yeah, I'm with you on the being Charlie for a day. AFTER he got the golden ticket went to sleep then went to the chocolate factory. Not a second before that.

    Mr. Tumnus would be fun, except for the trapping little humans thing to betray to the queen. That guilt didn't look fun. I think I'd switch it with Bilbo Baggins here. Smoking a pipe in my comfy hole in the ground, eating elevensies and second breakfasts. Not to mention the Golden Dragon pub. Sounds like my kinda place.

    I also thought Wilbur was a goner three chapters after the story ended.

    Might be careful putting that colorful butterfly paper in your mouth too. Speaking of "dropping."

  15. Hee hee, Edwina :D I like her, too.

    I'm not an actual librarian; I'm a clerk. I'm in college, and it's been my part-time job for a whole year now. I love it. Because it's a branch library, I do check in and check out, and I also do information (reference), track down books, and help with the computer-y things. And any number of other odds and ends. I am considering getting my master of library science someday...We'll see.

  16. Kiersten — SWEET. Three princesses down, nine to go! And I adore Piggie & Elephant. My Friend is Sad is my favorite.

    Ben — Ooo, Bilbo! Good call. (As long as it's pre-ring/pre-obsession. I just want the food and the pipe and the cozy home. No responsibilities.)

    Sarah — Sounds exactly like what I did as a librarian! :) What are you studying right now?

  17. I'm a double major in English and Art, with a minor in History. I'm not planning on changing it, we'll see...It's fun.

  18. I agree with what you said about Katniss; wouldn't want to have to kill my friends, but would love to have her skills.