Friday, March 11, 2016

My Favorite Things

To answer a few questions regarding my favorite things:

What is your favorite color?
"Pink. Then green. Pink wins out over green."

Why is that?
"Because it's pretty and soft and girly. I like girly thingsthe whole 'pretty in pink' image."

What's your favorite movie?
"That's a tough question. I'd probably have to say 'Shrek'. I just adore that movie. All of them. But I really like 'Tangled' too, and 'How to Tame Your Dragon'. I like cartoons. Actually I love cartoons, I always have.  Choosing from living-actor movies I'd have to say 'Avatar' was my favorite, although that was sort of animated too, wasn't it. Hmmmm. I like 'Ever After', 'Stargate''The Lord of the Rings', 'The Hobbit', 'Pirates of the Carribean', 'Alice in Wonderland', and 'First Knight'. Sean Connery has always been my heart-throb. Him and Richard Dean Anderson and Johnny Depp."

What about your favorite music artist?
"Hands down, Rascal Flatts. But I always listened to Sting as a kid. Funny how your tastes change."

Do you have a favorite song?
"That's an impossible question with an ever-changing answer. Give me a list of Rascal Flatts songs and I'll mark them off for you. I really like 'Unstoppable' and 'The Day Before You' and 'I Won't Let Go' and 'Where You Are' and 'Feels Like Today' and so on and so on. But I also like 'Mean' and 'Today Was a Fairy Tale' by Taylor Swift, 'Crazy Girl', by Eli Young Band, 'All Your Life' by the Band Perry, and other songs. I guess I like country music most, but I have my favorites in other genres too."

How about books and authors?  Which are your best-loved books? 
"My favorite book of all time is 'Les Miserables', written by Victor Hugo. He's a master storyteller and a wizard with words. I love how well he describes settings and characters, and how he rouses the deepest emotions in readers. He's a genius.  My next favorite authors would have to be C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, masters of fantasy.  'The Lord of the Rings' is my absolute best-loved saga of all time.  And I really liked 'The Screwtape Letters'.  That book hit a nerve.

Other favorite books include 'Rumpelstiltskin' and all the old fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault and George MacDonald.  I like 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. 

I also adore Charles Dickens' writing.  He has such personality in his narrative voice.  It's bright and distinctively 'him'.  It was a treat to read 'A Christmas Carol' after watching the hundreds of movies based on the book for so long.  And 'Oliver Twist'wow!  The model for a classic work.  Lastly, I'm a sucker for a good (clean) romance novel, which is why I like Stephenie Meyer's books.  'The Host' was my favorite of her works. 

I could go on and on.  There are numberless good books and impressive authors anymore.  I just discovereFĂ©lix J. Palma and his 'The Map of Time" trilogy.' I love his imagination and exceptional writing skills.    We're spoiled as readers these days.  It's all good.

If you had a free day to yourself and a choice of doing anything at all, what would you do? 
"Easy.  I would curl up in the corner of my sofa with a hot cup of cocoa and work on writing another book.  I love storytelling.  It's my obsession."

Okay, Richelle, here's a string of random questions.  Ready?

What is your magical number?
"Ten.  Followed closely by seven and seventeen."

What's your preferred flower?
"A large-petal lilly.  Especially in pink or maroon."

Your favorite animal?
"Cats.  Big cats."

Favored comic strip?
"Ziggy.  He's everything good and adorable."

Your pick of animated characters?
"You're probably thinking I'll say Shrek, but it's actually Winnie the Pooh."

Most impressive of all mythical creatures?
"Huge, scaly, fire-breathing dragons!"

Who is your all-time favorite super hero?
"Thor.  I like the whole medieval image, the idea of immortality, and the muscles.  Gotta like good guys with muscle.  A close second is Captain America."

What supernatural power would you want for yourself as a superhero?
"Definitely healing powers.  It would be rewarding to heal people."

What's your favorite food?
"Fresh, hot, homemade bread with butter and honey or berry jam.  Mmmmm!"

Sweetest dessert?
"Soft chocolate chip cookies and hot fudge sundaes and bittersweet dark chocolate bars.  I can't choose between the three, so I have to just put them altogether."

What's your preferred restaurant to frequent?
"Wendy's for fast food; although I recently discovered Carl's Jr. which I have to say is really good.  I like The Olive Garden for nicer dining."

Your favorite holiday?
"My birthday, of course!  Actually, it's Christmas.  I always pull out my many copies of 'A Christmas Carol'a collection I continually add toand watch each movie over the December month.  It's my traditionone that makes my family groan.  They can probably recite the entire script from beginning to end now."

Do you have a best-loved sport?
"To play, it would be volleyball.  To watchfootball.  It's never boring."

Besides writing, what else do you like to do for fun?
"Go to the movies.  3D movies are the best to watch, with popcorn.  Gotta have popcorn."

Do you have a preference in perfumes?
"No, but I do have a favorite incense or two.  I love the smell of eucalyptus and myrrh.  You can get them as essential oils.  The smells are unusual; earthy, warm, spicy, exotic and totally intoxicating.  You have to keep sniffing at them because the fragrance is a rare experience.  To me, it's sort of mystical.  I dab a little oil on my neck sometimes just to catch the smell throughout the day.  

Do you have a treasured quote?
"Oh dear, many!  I love good quotes.  My favorite changes, depending on the day and what's happening in my life at the time.  One that has always stuck with me, though, was written by Henry David Thoreau.

"If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them."

That quote has been a motivator for me, one that's urged me to keep on with my dreams regardless of how ridiculously improbable the likelihood is of ever reaching them."

I know you have a few quotes of your own.  What's your favorite personal quote?
“Don't ever give up.
Don't ever give in.
Don't ever stop trying.
Don't ever sell out.
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.”

"Words I live by."

That's inspiring.  Any other words of advice for fellow writers?
"Yes.  Please don't take this the wrong way, but my best advice is this:  Don't listen to anyone. I truly mean it.  Don't change your writing to try to please the world, because you can't.  Don't be swayed by those who would take over your ambitions and see your zeal for writing slowly fade.  Write what makes you happyjust you.  Your story should come from the heart, be written in your words, become your own distinct, compiled treasure.   Only then will the work be a worthwhile endeavor.  And in the end, there will be those who value it.  I think a quote of mine is appropriate here....
"No matter what you write, no matter how meticulous and painstaking the creation process, someone is going to laugh, scorn, and dissect your work with criticism while another quietly falls in love with it." 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I Slay Dragons at Night

I slay dragons at night while you sleep. 
I see by the way your face contorts how they exist in your dreams. 
Willing a magic sword, I plunge into your deepest nightmares and swing at the beasts with all my might, dodging flames exhaled by monsters that would eat me alive to go on torturing the fair one I love. I see your face relax, eyes still drowsily closed, when the mighty dragon is slain. 
It may be that my fingers rub soft circles on your forehead as I imagine my brave fight as a knight reclaiming your dreams. You smile under the spell of my touch, and I am rewarded.

And so, my love, as I await the dawn, I stand ready to slay dragons while you sleep.

― Richelle E. Goodrich
 Copyright 2016 Richelle E. Goodrich