Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Questions for Me, Questions for You

This should probably be called the Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Tracy, and then some post! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award as well as tagged for the Next Big Thing blog hop, so I’m going to do the two-birds-one-stone thing and share them both with you here.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Allison at The Wannabe Writer Life tagged me for this blog exercise for writers to have a chance to discuss their work-in-progress or soon-to-be-published book.  Everyone answers the same questions, then tags five more writers to publish their responses the following week.  So, without further delay, on to the questions!

1. What is your working title of your book (or story)? The Dreamless City

2. Where did the idea come from for the book? Zendikar + Ravnica + steampunk + horses + love triangle  (No, I’m not explaining it.  If you want to know, google it and know how much of a geek I am.)

3. What genre does your book fall under? steampunk urban fantasy, probably young adult

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t know any that can ride horses that well, so I suggest finding some young equestrian champions who can act.  Riding is a pretty big deal in this story.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? When Nissa Rhodes goes to work for the Stagunner family as a stablehand, her loyalties will be tested when she has to choose between the survival of the Highborn family or herself.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published, although I will entertain a deal if it is to my advantage.  I firmly believe that control of an author’s creative content should reside with the author.  There is a great deal of room for improvement in the book publishing industry.  I want to be part of that change.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Three months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, Her Own Devices by Shelley Adina, and StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce, except with more horses

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Steampunk is really awesome, and everyone should be reading more of it.

And here are the five people I am tagging to carry the torch:

Gabriela Blandy – The Sense of a Journey
Laura Hogan – Just One More Edit
Jess – Waiting on a Word
Katie King – The Corner of the King
Eric John Baker – Clawing at the Keys

Liebster Award – Share the Love!

Scarlett at Too Much Drama nominated my blog for the Liebster Award, which is given to blogs that are favored or well-liked, as per the German translation.  I am quite pleased to receive this award.  Now I have to answer her eleven questions, make up eleven new questions, then nominate eleven bloggers to answer those questions.  Here we go!

1. What makes you smile?  My precious daughter, a good song, a great kiss, puppies, and happy endings in movies.

2. Do you like to cook?  Yes, I love to cook, and the more challenging the recipe, the better!  Cooking duck or expensive seafood is always an adventure.

3. Any weird odds? Be honest!  Hmmm, not sure if this is supposed to be about unusual stats or just something weird about me.  I’ll give you both.  I have five ear piercings, that’s an odd number.  As for weird, I like to write in mall foodcourts.

4. Why did you start blogging?  Because that’s what you’re supposed to do as a budding writing.  It has quickly changed to become a way to connect with other writers, creative-types, collaborators, friends, and (maybe one day) readers of my book.  My time I have spent at WP so far has been very rewarding for me.

5. What do you think is the best way to deal with a broken heart?  I am not the person to ask for love advice.  Dealing with a broken heart, well, accept that life will never be the same as it was before.  What we do when we are faced with hard choices determines who we really are.

6. Would you rather turn of the Internet for a week or say ‘yes’ to everything for two days?  Easy, no Intertet.  I’d miss you guys, but I’d get a lot more writing done.

7. Pessimist? Realist? Optimist? Dreamer?  Dreamer, for sure.

8. When you were in primary school what did you want to become once you are grown up? (Did you become it?)  I wanted to get my MBA when I was 10, and I finally got it last year.

9. What’s your favourite kind of music?  Indie rock and alt rock.  It is much more unique than what passes for pop rock these days.

10. Have you ever been in a situation in which you expected to be absolutely screwed but somehow magically got out of it?  No, that would be a cool story, but it hasn’t happened to me.  However, I have learned that if you are in a bad situation, moving on is often best.

11. What is something geeky about you?  I like Star Wars over Star Trek, and I love the Ewoks.  When I was five years old, I spoke in Ewok for over a year.  I guess it was the first foreign language I learned.

And here are my questions for you:

1. What is your favorite book, and why?
2. Where is the coolest place you have ever been?
3. What is the fanciest dish you know how to cook?
4. First kiss, did you do the kissing or were you the one kissed?
5. What song do you always turn up the volume for when you hear it?
6. Sneakers, flats, pumps, boots, stilletos, sandals, or barefoot?
7. What is the best movie ever?
8. Why do you have a blog?
9. What is your favorite genre of fiction to read?
10. Who is your favorite character in anything ever and why?
11. Is there anything else you would like to add about how incredibly awesome, talented, and good looking you are?

The nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Pish Ngyuen – Pish’s Blog of Loveliness
Christi Gerstle – Novel Conclusions
Alexandra – AVBofSteel
Arlene – Writing Pieces of Me
Jessica – Shift
Janet Rogers – Hunger is a Wanderer
Catherine T – London Lately
Laurelyexx – Book Crate
Ellen J. Miller – With That She Wrote
Ella and RB Austin – 2UnpublishedGirls
Michael S. Fedison – The Eye-Dancers

9 comments on “Questions for Me, Questions for You

  1. diofoxx
    March 16, 2013

    1.Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut because It has me laughing out loud all the time. 2. I used to give tours in the Pentagon.3. lemon garlic scallops with steamed veggies and a special red wine vinaigrette cucumber side. 4. I think I was kissed? 5. I believe in a thing called love by the darkness lol 6. barefoot, vans, sneakers. 7. Depends on the genre I think. 8. yes, 9. sci-fi,humor 10. too tough 11.nope but I liked reading this post :)

    • tracycembor
      March 18, 2013

      1. I have not read a good satire in a while. Just added this to my reading list.
      3. Ooo, lemon garlic scallops sounds awesome!
      5. This song confuses me, but I still like it!
      7. What is the best action movie ever?
      10. Willing to name one of your fav characters and why?
      11. Thanks!! :D

      • diofoxx
        March 18, 2013

        7 and 10 are probably the same, Sherlock Holmes. His mental faculties and attention to detail are amazing except in social situations. On top of his command of the human body. Probably my favorite superhero besides batman, if you could call him that. I have read almost all of the stories except for a few of the short ones.

  2. beautycalyptique
    March 17, 2013

    the Liebster Awards makes you discover blogs that really are ador(k)able. gotta <3 it.

    • tracycembor
      March 18, 2013

      I agree, I check out a lot of new blogs by seeing who Liebster nominees are.

  3. ericjbaker
    March 17, 2013

    I haven’t read a horse-themed Steampunk book yet, so maybe yours will be my first!

    • tracycembor
      March 18, 2013

      It’s a very small niche that I’m shooting for. ;)

  4. Christi
    March 18, 2013

    Congrats on the award, and thanks so much for the nomination! Also, I, too, love Ewoks. They are so adorable!

    • tracycembor
      March 18, 2013

      Yay! It’s nice to know I’m not alone on Endor singing songs that no one else knows.

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Monday through Friday I will be posting about writing as business and craft, the science of creativity, all things steampunk, and progress on The Dreamless City.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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