A Survey of…Elementals

This is one of those “play with me” Facebook Notes-“tag” Friends thingys. At least it doesn’t try to force you to answer in 15 minutes. I needed some post inspiration and some WIP procrastination, so I latched onto it. Now you must suffer, too!

I’ve left all the questions in case you want to play on your FB page or home blog or whatever. Please don’t use the “comments” for the whole list. Give me a link. I promise, I’ll come look. Even if you don’t want me!

1. What’s your word count? Aiming for 100K. Haven’t quite cut it that much yet, but I’m working on it.

2. How long until you finish? Depends on when it gets published. Does a writer ever “finish” an unpublished manuscript?

3. If you have finished, how long did it take you? Feels like 400 hours, but less than that, probably. 

4. Do you have an outline? I thought I did. That was most of my problem.

5. Do you have a plot? See answer above. 

6. How many words do you typically write a day? skip,

7. What was your greatest word count in one day? skip,

8. What was your least impressive word count in one day? skip to my lady…

9. What inspired you to write? This one? Dare I say it? ElfQuest. And some Old Western movie involving Maureen O’Hara and Errol Flynn involving ranchers and shepherds.

10. Does your novel have a theme song?

“Little John and the Band” from the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves soundtrack. This is the song running through my head during Dyana’s fight with the boarase.

11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song.

Dyana: “Annie’s Song” sung by Roger Whittaker. I can’t believe I found this version! I love it! I don’t actually know if this link will work. Guess I won’t know until I publish. Hmmm.

Glorya: “Love Has a Hold on Me” by Amy Grant

Cahnar: “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman

Spidraax: “She’s Like the Wind” sung by Patrick Swayze. Yes, this could be Dyana’s theme song, but it isn’t. Looking at all those pics of Patrick, he could be Cahnar.

12. Which character is most like you? Glorya.

13. Which character would you most likely be friends with? Glorya.

14. Do you have a Gary-Stu or Mary Sue character? No.

15. Who is your favorite character in your novel? Harimer.

16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected? Yes.

17. Have you based any of your novel directly on personal experiences? Not this one. Can’t think of a single thing in this one.

18. Do you believe in plot bunnies? Don’t know what they are. Sound delicious.

19. Is there magic in your novel? Two kinds.

20. Are any holidays celebrated in your novel? Is marriage a holiday?

21. Does anyone die? Ooohoho, yes.

22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience? 4 per day on average.

23. What is the latest you have stayed up writing? 11 PM.

24. What is the best line? Oh, so many…

“What do you suffer in this arrangement?” Before Cahnar could speak the word poised on his tongue, Harimer interrupted.

“Hamstring her. Height means nothing if she cannot walk.” “Thank you. That is the kind of help I want.”

25. What is the worst line? I suppose all the lines I don’t giggle about.

26. Have you dreamed about your novel or its characters? Not these.

27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory? No.

28. Summarize your novel in under fifteen words. There are worse things than marriage, although not many. *evil grin* That is not my hook, by the way.

29. Do you love all your characters? Yes.

30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase your word count? No. I like hurting them for no reason at all.

31. What was the last thing your main character ate? Dyana? Poisoned fruit. Glorya? Granola bar.

32. Describe your main character/s in three words.

Dyana: reckless, headstrong, spitfire.

Glorya: cautious, determined, righteous.

33. What would your antagonist dress up as for Halloween? Herself.

34. Does anyone in your story go to a place of worship? Yes.

35. How many romantic relationships take place in your novel? At least two.

36. Are there any explosions in your novel? Not this one.

37. Is there an apocalypse in your novel? Not this one.

38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world? No.

39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel? No, but now I have Jimmy Buffett’s “Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost” running through my head, thank you very much.

40. Are there witches, wizards or mythological creatures/figures in your novel? Witches, yes.

41. Is anyone reincarnated? No.

42. Is anyone physically ailed? Not sure what this means. Disabled…actually, yes. Not like “missing limbs,” but difficulty getting around, yes.

43. Is anyone mentally ill? So very many.

44. Does anyone have swine flu? Who wrote this survey?

45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they? No pets. No capes, either.

46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel? Demons, yes. And plenty of religious references.

47. How about political figures? These are princes and princesses, so, yes, I suppose.

48. Is there incessant drinking? A liberal application of potions, yes.

49. Are there board games? If so, which ones? No. Do have some hacky sak.

50. Are there any dream sequences? Not that I remember. I was asleep when I wrote most of it.

51. Is there humor? Boy, I hope so.

52. Is there tragedy? Absolutely.

53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum? So many.

54. How many characters end up single at the end of your novel? Most of them.

55. Is anyone in your novel adopted? Depends. Do in-laws count?

56. Does anyone in your novel wear glasses? Nope. Not invented.

57. Has your novel provided insight about your life? It was no walk in the park, I’ll tell ya that.

58. Your personality? Bits of me all over the place.

59. Has your novel inspired anyone? Quick, somebody comment!

60. How many people have asked to read this novel? Nine? I gave it to eight of them. *evil grin*

61. Have you drawn any of your characters? Yep. This may not load easily. My apologies. I don’t know how to save it at a lower resolution. Yet.

62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you? Not to my knowledge.

63. Does anyone vomit in your novel? Not in this one. I had enough of that with my first.

64. Does anyone bleed in your novel? Everybody bleeds in my novels.

65. Do any of your characters watch TV? Doesn’t exist. If it did, Spidraax would watch Iron Chef. Glorya would not.

66. What size shoe does your main character wear? Dyana: 5s. Glorya: 8s.

67. Do any of the characters in your novel use a computer? Don’t exist.

68. How would you react if your novel was erased entirely? I’d kill myself. After I killed whoever erased it. With a spoon. It would not be pretty.

69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters? No.

70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters? No.

71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer? Don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. You’ll end up with a mess.

72. Describe your ending in three words. Happy until sequel.

73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, etc.? Yes.

74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least stressful, 10 being the most) how does your stress rank? I don’t understand the question. Where’s my spoon?

75. Was it worth it? Totally.

Don’t know if this survey was…

About Robynn Tolbert

Born in Kansas and born again at age six, Robynn has published two novels and started her third. Robynn, aka Ranunculus Turtle, lives in Kansas with a clowder of cats, a patient dog and a garden.

7 comments on “A Survey of…Elementals

  1. Hehe…a wielder of the spoon, Princess Turtle? I suppose your weapon of choice is due to your love of food. LOL

  2. Hey, it worked for The Tick.

  3. I keep telling you, turtles bite! and use spoons as a weapon apparently…we always used them for dessert when she was growing up. I loved Elementals and learned adversty can be overcome with enough faith.

  4. Your favorite character is Harimer? Really? Mine are Cahnar and Spidraax.

    She’s not kidding about the bleeding, folks. Seriously.

    Pretty fun reading a survey like this on a manuscript I’ve actually read (am reading…) 😀

  5. Patrick Swayze? Clearly I need to re-read. I would have cast Lou Ferrigno in the role of Spidraax. But I like the choice of song.

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