Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Top Fives

Top Five Favorite Songs on My iPod
(I love to listen to music while writing!)

1. Stepping Stone – Duffy
2. Mud On the Tires – Brad Paisley
3. I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
4. Viva la Vida – Coldplay
5. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

Top Five Writing Supplies
(You gotta have supplies!)

1. Felt tipped pens
2. Lined 4x4 inch Post-it notes in orange (general info), lime green (hero) and purple (heroine)
3. Decorative Thumb Tacks
4. Recycling used, mostly empty school notebooks (what a waste)
5. Highlighters (pink and blue, of course)

Top Five Things Stuck on My Office Wall
(Things to Inspire)

1. Character Board (currently filled with pictures of Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Connelly, an Aston Martin and a 17th century sword.
2. The Invitation, Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Native American Elder
3. Newspaper Clipping – Woman Seeks Pardon for Grandma’s Witch Sentence. (Britain) She was sentenced during the Second World War, yes that would be the World War II, under an 18th century anti-witchcraft law and jailed for nine months. She is now 72 years old. Sometimes a story is just handed to you.
4. A sheet of descriptive words my son got in seventh grade, which I found at the end of that year while going through school ‘stuff’ and decided what the heck, it couldn’t hurt to post them on the wall.
5. A following quote from Richard Curtis, screenwriter for Notting Hill.

“When I was lying sleepless at nights I would sometimes wonder what it would be like if I just turned up a my friends’ house, where I used to have dinner once a week, with the most famous person at that time, be it Madonna or whomever. It all sprang from there. How would my friends react? Who would try to be cool? How would you get through dinner? What would they say to you afterwards?

That was the starting point, the idea of a very normal person going out with an unbelievably famous person and how that impinges on their lives.”

Top Five Electronic Devices
(of which I only have four)

1. My laptop
2. My iPod
3. My iPod dock
4. My printer

Top Five Non-Electronic Devices
(of which I only have two)

1. My stapler (permanently on loan)
2. Three hole punch (also on loan, permanently)

Top Five Reasons to Write Romance

1. It’s the greatest genre there is!
2. I’m a sucker for Happily Ever After
3. Where else can you incorporate any heat level you like and still create a fantastic story.
4. You can bring your inner werewolf out to play.
5. The chance to meet other romance authors!

Forgive me for the hastily put together, rather lame post but an out-of-town family funeral yesterday, for which I was a pallbearer, has made my head a bit mushy. I liked to hear your top five reasons to write romance. Or the reasons why you think one in five books sold is a romance? Or your top five anything. Feel free to share!


Nayuleska said...

Top 5 Favourite Songs on my ipod

1. Colours by Utada Hikaru
2. Simple and Clean by " "
3. Flavour of Life by " "
4. Beautiful World by " " (seeing a pattern?)
5. Final Fantasy Advent Children theme song (end one) by The Calling (I think)

Top Five Writing supplies

1. Laptop
2. Usb pen
3. music
4. open office
5. time

Top five things stuck on my (work) office wall

1. Postcard of Barrier Reef on my pc monitor (from parents)
2. Postcard of US Naval Academy in memory of my trip this year
3. Bunny stuffed toy on my label printer
4. Panda postcard from my friend's trip to china
5. Cute birthday card from my parents

Top five electronic devices

1. (New) laptop
2. playstation 3
3. xbox 360
4. printer
5. my phone

Top 5 reasons why I write YA

1. I can produce sci-fi AND fantasy AND inspirational works and still be under 1 genre.
2. Magic rules, pure and simple.
3. Space provides lots of worlds for exploration and hiding.
4. I don't have to include lots of smush
5. It's the genre I'm most comfortable with. I didn't set out intentionally to write YA, it just happened!

Hayley E. Lavik said...

Sometimes the simple topics are the greatest, Karyn.

Top Five Favorite Songs on My Playlist (at this exact moment)

1. Sarah McLachlan - Possession
2. Nightwish - Ghost Love Score
3. Saint Saens - Danse Macabre
4. Evanescence - Sweet Sacrifice
5. Sting - Fields of Gold

Top Five Writing Supplies

1. Black, quill-tipped pens
2. Loose lined paper
3. Writing boards (as I rarely seem to write in logical seated positions)
4. Traveling notebook
5. Laptop case, which holds everything when I write in town

Top Five Things Lurking on My Writing Surfaces

1. Cup of hot tea
2. Laptop background (currently a poppy field, distantly acting as inspiration)
3. Faerie statue (technically unrelated, but a gift from my mom because she knows I like fantasy things, so it's a sign of encouragement)
4. Scented oil burner, so I keep my butt in the chair for a certain length of time
5. Cat, who walks on my papers, sticks butt in my face, or sleeps behind me on chair back

Top Five Electronic Devices

1. Laptop (also a writing device, but you gave us two categories)
2. My earbuds, since I don't use my iPod much lately
3. USB drive
4. CD and MP3 collection
5. Kettle (for aforementioned tea)

Top Non-Electronic Device That Isn't Already on the Writing Supplies List

1. My grandmother's chair, the most comfortable piece of kitchen furniture in the world

Top Five Reasons to Write Fantasy

1. Everything's better with a touch of make-believe
2. Exploring any world I like, real or imagined
3. No one thinks me weird for throwing spilled salt over my (proper) shoulder
4. When I was little, I believed there were portals all over our forest, shapes in the night, and that I could grow up to be a squirrel. Most adults lose that. Fantasy preserves it.
5. Fantasy is the oldest genre of story-telling.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Karyn, Hayley was right. Love talking about writing in any form.

The music was erased from my iPod when my laptop crashed this spring. Since then, I've reloaded: it. So, the Top 5 listening items on my iPod are these audios and podcasts:
1. 2008 ACFW conf workshop tapes
2. Harlequin Meet the Editor
3. Grammar Girl's Quickie's
4. Open University - Tanika Gupta on Voice
5. CBC's Vinyl Cafe

Top 5 Writing Supplies:
1. Laptop or Mini
2. Flashdrive
3. Comfy chair
4. Comfy clothes
5. Quiet

Top 5 on Wall to Inspire:
None - I had to take them down. However, I do have 2 whiteboards, one with To Do tasks and the other with CP notes.

Top 5 electronic devices:
1. My HP mini (laptop)
2. My iTouch
3. My Laptop
4. My Sony eReader
5. My digital camera

Top 5 non-electronic devices:
1. 3 hole punch
2. scissors
3. binder clips
4. letter opener
5. stapler

Top 5 Reasons to Write Romance:
1. I believe in the HEA
2. I've always been a dreamer
3. I can't not think of romances
4. I only read romances
5. Joan Wilder is my hero.
Remember Joan Wilder, the romance writer from the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone? When accused of being a hopeless romantic, Joan Wilder said, 'No, hopeful. Hopeful romantic.' I love that line.

Thanks Karyn. That was fun.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Yunaleska. I immediately had to go to iTunes to check out Hikaru. I love finding new and different music to listen too. I really liked it, so thanks for introducing me!

Time, yes! How could I forget time.

Loved your top five lists. Thanks for giving us a look into your writing world and space. And you're right - magic rules, pure and simple.

Nayuleska said...

You're welcome! I only really listen to anime/video game music now. If you like I can recommend a good online radio station for japanese music ;)

Karyn Good said...

Hey Hayley. Back to iTunes I went, because how could I resist looking up songs titled Danse Macabre and Sweet Sacrifice, and found my new favorite song! My Immortal by Evanescence - I love this song. Thanks.

And now, I too, need a tea station in my office.

How blessed to have your Grandmother's chair to sit and be creative in.

We do tend to lose that precious gift as we get older and Fantasy is a wonderful way to bring it back.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Anita. I will definitely look into Grammar Girl's Quickies. Is this a podcast? I need all the grammar help I can get. I have two stations I listen to, Big Dog 92.7 (country) and CBC. Stuart Maclean tells awesome stories, especially at Christmas.

Glad you had fun!

Don't know how I forgot to include my digital camera as I'm a photo junkie.

I know exactly what you mean when you say you can't not think of romances. Those are the only type of stories that come to me.

Silver James said...

Don't worry, Karyn, and condolences. This is a fun one!

Top Five Favorite Songs on My iPod
(I love to listen to music while writing!)

1. Orinocco Flow - Enya
2. What About Now - Daughtry
3. My Wish - Rascal Flatt
4. Falling Down - Duran Duran
5. Last of the Mohicans soundrack - various artists

Top Five Writing Supplies
(You gotta have supplies!)

1. Post-it Notes
2. Write on/bulletin board
4. printer paper
5. Journal, notebook, anything I can write on

Top Five Things Stuck on My Office Wall
(Things to Inspire)

I don't have wall space per se. In the bookcase where I look up from the monitor, though...

1. Stone gargoyle thinking
2. Partial collection of my unicorns
3. Photo tree of The Only (daughter)
4. Framed cover of my first book - FAERIE FATE
5. My writer's board

Top Five Electronic Devices

1. My desktop
2. My iPhone
3. My laptop
4. My printer
5. My Garmin GPS unit

Top Five Non-Electronic Devices

1. My coffee cup
2. My file/storage boxes
3. My Flip Dictionary
4. MY LOLCAT - currently fighting for keyboard time
5. My imagination

Top Five Things closest to me as I work

1. Computer
2. Coffee
3. Lolocat/fraidy-dog
4. TV remote
5. View out my window

Top Five Reasons to Write Romance

1. I can stop listening to the voices in my head when the story is done.
2. I’m all about the Happily Ever After
3. You get to put people together and make it right
4. You can write any genre you want and still have the HEA!
5. The chance to meet other romance authors!

Helena said...

Great post, Karyn! Sympathetic thoughts are winging your way from me, too.

Top 5 Writing-Related Electronics

1. Laptop
2. Wireless router
3. Printer
4. Flash drive for back-up/travel, plus another for pictures
5. Cell phone (so my family can find me when I'm rambling to and from events, holiday locations, (read: settings for my next wip)

My Top 5 Music CDs

These are in my vehicle so I can listen while I brainstorm plots, etc. I do NOT listen to music when I write (make that: I CANNOT write if there is music of any kind playing). In my working days, when I had the authority I didn't allow radios in the workplace. Sorry, guys, I guess I'm a party pooper.

1. Il Divo (borrowed from a friend, not their most recent)
2. Ian Tyson, Songs from a Gravel Road
3. Andre Rieu (Strauss collection)
4. Corb Lund (can't think of the title of the album I have)
5. Songs from the Fifties (multiple CD set to inspire my memories of one of the periods I'm writing about)

Five Things in My Writing Corner

1. Collectively, all my important electronic items, except my cell phone
2. On the wall: A print of a field of sunflowers in Spain (bought while on a holiday in Spain, 2002)
3. Also on the wall: pictures of my writing gable in the old farmhouse moved to town. The gable was the first thing that I noticed when we were house hunting!
4. Gund monkey (very small and so soft) sitting on my Helena coaster - also on the coaster, one of the definitions of the name: "A seeker of truth who is not easily distracted"
5. Mug of tea sitting on another coaster that pictures a boat with sail down, silhouetted against a lake and sunset.

You really got us going this morning, Karyn!!

Jana Richards said...

Hi Karyn,
My condolences on the death of your relative yesterday. All the best.

I'm at work and have to meet with the accountant ASAP so I'll just say I've loved reading everyone's top five. I guess my top answer for writing romance would be "Who wants to live in a world without romance and love?"


Karyn Good said...

Hi Silver and thanks. I also have My Wish on my iPod plus a couple other songs by Rascal Flatts. And I also like picking our soundtracks that go with my writing mood. My favorite being a soundtrack from one of The Lord of the Rings movie (can't remember which one).

And I can't even imagine the special jolt you get from looking at Faerie Fate's framed cover. Some day!

For someone who could get lost in a round room, a Garmin is a must.

Imagination - good one, lol. So true.

Linking the right people together - so much fun creating the perfect person for someone.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Helena and thank you. Not only is Il Divo wonderful to listen to, they are also wonderful to gaze upon. My son's a Corb Lund fan and I believe he's playing at the Folk Festival here this year. Will have to check it out.

You mentioned a writing gable, it makes me think of Anne of Green Gables.

I would love to have a picture on my wall I'd bought in Spain!

Yes, thank goodness for cell phones and as busy as you are, its a necessity!

Karyn Good said...

Hi Jana and thanks so much. I, too, think the world would be a cold dark place without romance and love to keep us going.

It was great fun to get a glimpse into our fellow writers' worlds!

Karyn Good said...

I'm off to visit with out of town relatives but will be doing my best to check back in when I can today!

Yunaleska, recommend away!

Nayuleska said...

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www dot animeacademyradio dot net

It's awesome! I'm fortunate I get to listen to it at work too :) My colleague likes some of the songs which come up.

Suse said...

Hi Karyn, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Take care.

As everyone else has mentioned, this has been a fun and interesting exercise/read.

I have my Media Player on random when I write, but if I had to narrow it down to the top 5 favourite songs, it would have to be:
1. No Thinking Thing - Trace Adkins
2. Phantom of the Opera - Sarah Brightman
3. Wrong Man - Tim McGraw
4. Where to Now St. Peter - Ann Wilson & Elton John
5. Making Memories of Us - Keith Urban

(But I could go on forever with favourite songs.)

I'm at work so I guess I'll have to get back to it. I won't have a chance to come back to it later either.

connie said...

On the wall:

Flemish art c 1550
pic of mouse stuck in printer (but okay)
prize I won at a fair for being good natured enough to enter media ploughing conpetition with a horse and donkey team furrow looked like a letter J but I won third anyway (out of a field of 8)
gorgeous painting of a Grebe
and a picture of our first dog - mutt aka nine toed west flat mud puppy

five electronic thingies: of which I am barely literate i.e. I can't make head nor tail of the instructions
things I haven't had time to install/use yet
lap top

5 toes numb because dog is resting her head on them - her writing pose
top of desk:
way, way, way more than five items
enjoyed the blog!

Karyn Good said...

Hi Suse. A follow country music fan! I don't have the Tim McGraw and Keith Urban songs you mentioned but I've got others by these talented (and very sexy) artists.

Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you had a productive day at work.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Connie. That's quite the name for a pet mutt and glad you've got a current canine companion to keep you company while you write. It sounds like you've surrounded yourself with wonderful memories to help inspire your writing.

Now you just need to get your lap top up and running!

Molli said...

Had fun reading the post and the responses -- it's a bit late to chime in , and other than a laptop I'm woefully short on electronic devices, but for music I go for Yanni, Enya, Rhonstadt, Dion and ABBA, for top writing supplies it's pen and blank newsprint paper, things on my wall are mostly post-it notes saying "torment" and "write--something bad can be fixed", and why I write romance is because it's universal and I believe that love is not a guarantee of happily-ever-after but a very real possibility. Thanks Karyn--it can't have been easy to fit this in this week.