Liebster Award

A huge thanks to my friend Erudessa for nominating me! 





Here are the rules:
– Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
– Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the award.  To be eligible, they need to have 200 followers or less.
– Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.

– Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.


My Nominees:

My Eleven Questions from Erudessa:


#1 – If you would live anywhere in the world, where?
Either Maine or Scotland, I think. 

#2 – What did dream occupation did you have as a child?
More like, which one didn’t I have? I have always loved writing and that was always my fall-back dream.

#3 – If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, which color?
Pink, as long as I can vary the shades. If I can’t then I’d have to say royal blue.

#4 – Favorite new book?
You would ask. Argh, I hate picking favourites! My mind goes blank and I cannot remember any of the three dozen new-to-me books I’ve read in the past four weeks. For lack of any other options, ‘How To Eat Fried Worms’ by Thomas Rockwell, simply because ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ are not actually new to me even if the charming audio edition I’m currently listening to is. 
#5 – Do you prefer to watch foreign entertainment with subtitles, dubs, or you don’t like to watch foreign entertainment?
I watch BBC, which is, of course, in English. I haven’t watched any foreign entertainment in a different language.

#6 – Favorite fairytale?
Again with the favourite questions! It’s like asking, ‘what’s your favourite food?’ Suddenly I can’t remember what I just ate for breakfast. But this one is a bit easier. ‘Beauty’ by Robin McKinley.

#7 – If you decided to learn another language, what language would you choose?
Gulp. I don’t know. French, Spanish, Latin, Gaelic, Orcish? Mostly I’d rather learn Old English so I can properly mutter Shakespearean insults at people who behave poorly.

#8 – Books or E-readers?
Books.

#9 – How peculiar. There isn’t one. *double checks* Yup, not there.

#10 – Your favorite real historical lady?
Okay, you’ve already heard me mutter and grumble about my blank mind, so I’ll shut up. Today it’s probably Queen Elizabeth the First since Cate Blanchett probably isn’t historic yet because she’s still around and doing stuff.

#11 – If a new planet was discovered and you got to name it, what name would you choose?
It depends on the type of planet, the color that the planet appears to our eyes, what sorts of beings might inhabit the planet, how old the planet appears to be, how many moons it has, how close to its sun it is, and a number of other things that make it impossible for me to give a name. Sorry.



Eleven Random Facts About Me:

#1 As I am writing this blog post, my laptop mouse touchpad has decided to lock itself. I have a little orange dot in the top left corner of the touchpad which means something is locked, and it refuses to move the cursor, although I can right click and left click. This is highly annoying and I am about to go bother my brother about it as soon as I finish this paragraph.

#2 Having restarted my computer and unlocked my mouse, per my technical brother’s advice, I crossed my fingers, all ten of them, and my eyes, and my ankles, and hoped that it would have saved my blog post draft. It did. 

#3 I have three small suitcases in my room full of library books.

#4 I love Chai tea hot or cold with a splash of vanilla extract, a little bit of sugar, and some cream. 

#5 My cat likes squash and coconut milk.

#6 It’s about -2 degrees outside and I was a popsicle after doing chores. Then I came inside and overheated in approximately .278 seconds because I was bundled so warmly.

#7 My favourite colours are blue, pink, green, purple, black, and silver.

#8 I am possibly addicted to old books. Old, old books with the thick, faded sheets of paper and the huge margins and the curious print. And the smell of old books…! 

#9 I am not claustrophobic, thank goodness. I probably could be but that would mean that I wouldn’t be able to scramble through hay lofts and attic rafters and motel basements as easily, which would be disappointing. 

#10 I have about 20 cubic feet of books in boxes waiting for me to inventory them and shelve them. They are all my own books. 

#11 I got Picasa Photo Editor last week and it’s entirely too much fun.


Eleven Questions for My Nominees:

#1 – What’s the ‘outdated’ phrase that you use the most? 
#2 – What was the name of your first character you created?
#3 – About how many books do you read a week?
#4 – If you were a dragon rider, what colour would your dragon be?
#5 – You’re in a fight. What’s your weapon of choice?
#6 – How many times a week do you use sticky notes?
#7 – When was the last time you hand-wrote a letter to someone?
#8 – How many story ideas have you come up with in the two and a half minutes before falling asleep?
#9  – Text or phone call?
#10 – Do your characters have conversations with you?
#11 – Stars or hearts?

~AnnieLou~

My Writing Companion

My cat Eleanor is currently upstairs in my bedroom, wrapped up in my comforter, and probably sharing a bowl of cream and some cookies with the fairy, named Sassi, who resides in my house plants. This is Elli’s day off. Yesterday she was out, doing important C.A.T. work for the agency. Top secret, you know.

Okay, so not really. But I’m sure that she’s telling Sassi something like that.

Elli is pink. Well, partially pink. She has a pink streak down her face and pink spots all over. Her markings are really quite similar to her Tortoiseshell sister, Arwen.

This was little baby Arwen. This is behavior that she still frequently engages in.

Elli likes to be in the thick of things. Which, since she is a cat, means that she likes to sleep curled up in the exact middle of whatever we happen to be working on.

This is Elli. There really is a cat in there, I promise.

One of my favorite things to do when I’m writing is to have an hour or two entirely my own, a cup of hot chai tea at my elbow (but not too close or I might knock it over), and Elli curled up nearby (but not on my wrist.)

This is okay.

This is my writing desk. This is less okay.

Elli likes books. She likes to be read to, she likes to sleep on them, she likes to bat at the pages with her paw when I turn them, and she likes to weave herself in, under, on, or around them while I’m reading and not paying enough attention to her. She probably reads them too, but she doesn’t write book reports for me so I can’t say for certain.

Classic novels are a good place for a luxurious bath.

Yes, I asked her permission before I shared pictures of her. She didn’t mind too much as long as I didn’t start telling embarrassing stories. She is a cat, thank you, and has dignity.

In front of the kitchen cookstove is a good place, if I’m working in there.

Elli likes to sit on the dog crate in the kitchen while I’m cooking and glare disdainfully at Lute. Lute is my family’s black Lab. They are not the best of friends.

And the best place to be is right in the middle of whatever I’m working on.

Elli is just generally a helpful sort of cat, you know?

Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell

My Favourite Quote For Today

So today this is my favorite quote. It’s from my work-in-progress ‘A Promise Rose’. I wrote it a few days ago in a comment I made while half-asleep and it haunted me so I put it in my story. I’m wondering if maybe I should do some more creative thinking while I’m half-asleep, it’s almost as if the muse can get the information through my thick skull faster and more easily that way.

And also, I did the thing again – I used British spelling. I hope nobody minds because I like spelling ‘favourite’ that way…

Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell