The Liebster Award

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It has been more than two years since I was nominated for the Liebster Award. This time I thank Author Gibson for the nomination, check out his blog and his books here.

Once I have answered the questions, I will nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions myself. Should they feel like playing along, they will do the same to other 11 bloggers. The hope is to spread the word and dominate the ‘internet’ world 😉 (super villain laugh included).

Nominee’s Rules:

Thank me, as I nominated you, so you (kind of) own me! and supply a link to my blog for your readers to browse: https://leticiatoraci.wordpress.com/
Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
Answer the eleven questions.
Nominate eleven bloggers and inform them of their nomination via social media methods.
List eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

Once again, there is no obligation to do this. You really should though, as it’s fun and helps spread the word of evil…no wait, it helps spread the word about your blog. Yeah, that’s what I meant!

Have fun with it.

My answers:

1. What do you feel is the best blog post you’ve written to date and why?
One of my favorite blog posts talks about when I started writing. For me the post reads like the page of a diary. It is interesting to see where I stood in 2015 and where I am now; planning not only a novel but also a series of books and having my science fiction and fantasy anthology in its final stages.

2. If you had to choose one of your current projects to tell a group of strangers about, what would it be?
I would talk about my anthology, how I came up with a different world for every short story and what inspired the plot of each of them.
In some stories interesting prompts were the imaginary carrots that made the plot bunnies approach me out of their hiding place; in others a very old piece of writing that had failed at being a good story long ago was made better by a thorough rewrite until its potential could unfold. Their timing was also quite varied, a couple of short stories took more than twenty years to ripen into an good one and others dropped from the sky almost ready.

3. Name an individual that has inspired you?
Most books do inspire me, even the books I didn’t like. So authors, if I read your book, regardless of how many stars I rated it on Goodreads, you have inspired me. Good work!

4. Name a book, you would recommend others read — that you didn’t write?
I would recommend “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley because it shows what happens if humans give up being adults and allow other people to make all decisions for them. Humans without any responsibilities may achieve a kind of hedonistic happiness, which would be so empty that sadness, struggle and the unending search for meaning in life would, at least in my opinion, be a much better option.
My second recommendation would be to read books written in other countries, by authors of other nationalities. This will open your thoughts to new ways of thinking. It’s like mind traveling LOL.

5. What is your favorite movie or TV show?
One of my favorite movies is Blade Runner. I did write a blog post with the longer list.

TV Shows, two I can remember right now are Frasier and Fringe. I will soon write a blog post with my top ten list.

6. Hypothetical: If you were abandoned on a deserted island, what genre of books would you ask to be left with you.
It would be impossible for me to choose. I like Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA and even Romance. I often tire of reading one genre and go reading something completely different next time.

7. Cat, dog, or other?
Cats, dogs are cute but I consider them too high maintenance for my current life style.

8. How easy is it for you to get into creative mode. Do you need to do something special to arrive at that?
For motivation, I need time and a long quiet day. Since such days are extremely rare, I mostly just push trough and get my butt on the chair.

9. Where do you get ideas?
Ideas appear all the time in my mind, like weeds in an untended garden.

10. Which creative endeavor or project would you like to be most remembered for?

To me it seems that to ‘be remembered’ creative endeavors have to be high quality, an original breakthrough, or be highly recommended by the right influential people 😉

A lot of books I considered terrible while reading were considered something to ‘be remembered’, so this isn’t the quality standard by which I choose my books nowadays. I hope though to achieve good quality and originality in all my creative projects, enough to be remembered.

11. Is there a city or place you never tire of?

Never, really never… Probably not. Life had often a way of throwing me around the globe, and I got used to it.

I was for a long time nomadic like the characters in my books and the theme of ‘not settling and wishing for changes’ surfaces often in my stories.
It gets easier to answer this question if I talk about places I like. For starters, most places where you are surrounded by the people you love are great. I like staying at home but often feel I must go out and see new places, and also eat food I didn’t cook, I often get tired of my own seasoning.
I love beaches with good weather, and my favorite ones are in Croatia. They aren’t always sand beaches but therefore less full of tourists and sellers. The only thing that chases me out of the beach is too much sun, but shadow + water is a pleasant combination for any place to stay, watch the kids play and read. And if there is swimming involved that’s great too.

 

So now, here are my questions:

 

1. What is your favorite season of the year?
2. Which were the three best books you ever read?
3. Where would be your dream vacation?
4. Your favorite book genres?
5. Do you have any reading habits or books you like to reread?
6. If you could retire tomorrow (and live a comfortable life with no time pressure), what would you do?
7. Do you have any hobbies?
8. Which book(s) you think every person should read?
9. Do you buddy-read books?
10. Do you participate in Readathons or like to set up TBR lists?
11. Do you have any current artistic/writing/life projects/goals?

I nominate:

1 – The Upstream Writer

2 –  Brandy Potter Books

3 – Bionic Book Worm

4 – Way Too Fantasy

5 – Richie Billing

6 – Amaysn Reads

7 – Author Raimey Gallant

8 – Blackwings666

9 – Saturday Nite Reader

10 – Red Headed Book Lover

11 – Jon Pill

and any of you who has a blog  and would be interested in answering these questions!

Post a comment down with a link to your blog so I may check it out!

 

 

 

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My favorite movies

After writing about my favorite villains, I’ll continue with the list making exercise from the book “Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II” by Alexandra Sokoloff.

This time I’ll list my favorite movies, dividing them by genre:

Science Fiction

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1. Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back
 

And only those first two, after all, the other films were made mostly for children. After being extremely underwhelmed by the Return of the Jedi (silly Ewoks) and the Prequel Trilogy, I’m still considering whether “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is worth watching. But I can’t deny that I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” so many times I caught Han Solo’s cowboy accent to spice my English. 🙂

2. Blade Runner
Awesome director, actors, and screenplay in one of the best science-fiction cult films of all times. The future setting is awesome, the story the best ever, and all characters make this film nothing less than Legendary!

Fantasy

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3. Ladyhawke

I saw this film still as a teenager, but it stayed with me forever. Special stories are never forgotten. Rutger Hauer gives a show here, like in Blade Runner. He’s the kind of actor you could watch forever.

4.The Dark Crystal

Together with the Wizard of Oz, this was a childhood favorite. The whole world and the characters were just magical and for years I pulled up my ears so they would look like Kira’s.

 

Comedy

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5. Tampopo

This is a cult Japanese comedy about love and food. I saw it as a child and never forgot it. I just wish I could have a bowl of Tampopo’s noodles after watching the film.

6. The Little Shop of Horrors.

This has been a favorite since I was fourteen. I watched both versions, though I prefer the one with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin who will make you roll on the floor laughing as Orin Scrivello, the crazy dentist. I also loved it as a theater musical.

7. What’s new Pussycat

The first produced screenplay from Woody Allen and IMO one of the best comedies of all time.  Petter Sellers and all other actors make you laugh non-stop in this awesome comedy.

8. Some like it hot

I’m a fan of Marilyn Monroe and most of her films, and this is the funniest of them. A classic is a classic and this film belongs among the best ones.

 

ROAD FILM

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9. Thelma & Louise

Another awesome cult film from director Ridley Scott and the actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Pure art, with an original story.

ROMANCE

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10. Shakespeare in Love

Romantic setting with the story playing in 1593 London, and Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare in one of his best roles.  I’m usually not a huge fan of romance, but this film was way too good to miss.

11. The English Patient

An awesome film based on the novel of the same name from Michael Ondaatje. All the actors are great, and Ralph Fiennes as Count László Almásy is unforgettable. He and Juliette Binoche are wonderful together as in the film 12. Wuthering Heights which is also one of my favorite romantic films.

And finally, a romantic film where things end up well:

13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

To explain why this film is one of my favorites I just need to say two words:  Audrey Hepburn. But the underlying theme of a girl pretending to be superficial and mercenary while she’s lost is a deeply touching story. The song “Moon River” helps too.

After this list, the following warning is advisable
Some films will mean something greater to you than just two hours sitting on a movie chair. Those you will not forget. And they will remain with you and be part of you forever.

 

If the Characters in my WIP had a Theme song.

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I won’t say much about each character due to the fact that my novel isn’t yet ready. But here are the theme songs I picked for them. The songs aren’t meant to disclose if they are good or bad in the story, they have more to do with their personality or a characteristic moment.  So here it goes:

AnitaLaura Branigan – Self Control

Jessica

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Kenrick

Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart (this video has some strong images, don’t watch if you have fear heights)

Oliver

Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX-QaNzd-0Y&index=42&list=PLNUJ5gKgghTXxQkzrKWLSr76Zdkj0mkaz

Christine

Lily Allen “The Fear”

Dan

Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime

Richard

Sting – Englishman In New York

 

Six delightful places and things I saw in my Tuscany vacation

1. The medieval San Gimignano

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Once an Italian friend told me that this small town is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, and I agree with her. It looks like a magical fantasy setting, especially at night when the stone towers, walls, and houses seem even more lost in time.

 

2. Etruscan tombs.

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Which, according to my son, look like the entry to the lost city of Ouroboros in Ninjago. 🙂

3. A delicious candy made of milk powder.

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These sweets made of milk powder, honey and yogurt were my main fuel in my Tuscany tours.

 

4. Decorative objects made of Alabaster.

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Alabaster, a white soft stone from Tuscany, is so beautiful white I couldn’t resist buying decoration objects made of them.

 

5. The Pisa Tower does justice to its fame.

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I had seen pictures of it before like everybody else, but to see it live is still an amazing, surprising and breathtakingly experience. It was much more beautiful than I expected.

6. The Devil’s Bridge

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Also called The Bridge of Mary Magdalene, it has the classic medieval “hunchback” design, but what makes it different (according to the prospect from the Borgo a Mozzano Comune) is its asymmetrical arches and the gravity-defying central arc.

I never saw such a glorious gothic bridge before and loved crossing it. I wonder how the eleventh-century pilgrims must have felt back then.

44 Odd Things You Don’t Know About Me:

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I saw this intriguing quiz on  author  Jen Ponce’s website ( Go check out her books! Visit her Amazon page by clicking here ), so I considered myself nominated to answer it. 🙂

 

1.Do you like blue cheese?

No. Mozzarella, though, is a great invention.

2.Last concert?

It was ages ago, Travis, one of my favorite groups.


3.Do you own a gun?

No.

4.What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It changes, a lot. Sometimes raspberry, sometimes chocolate or even just cream. But the best place to have ice cream is still Italy.
5.Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?
No, but I would prefer never to go the doctor.

 

6.What do you think of hot dogs?
I like the ones they sell at Ikea. There you can put as many pickles, onions, and sauce as you wish.

 

7.Favorite movie?
I have a list I’ll post it in a future blog post. But one of my favorites is a comedy called Tampopo.

 

8.What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Black tea with milk and sugar.
9.Do you do push-ups?
Never. But I miss going to the fitness academy.

 

10. What’s your favorite piece of Jewelry?
A necklace with two pendants,both in the shape of a small boy. My mother gave me each pendant when my sons were born.

 

11. Favorite hobby?

My hobbies always have the habit of becoming much more than a hobby so let’s say reading, I don’t take that yet so seriously it has overstepped those boundaries.

 

12.Do you have A.D.D.?
No. But I’m an easily distracted, right-brained kind of person.

 

13.What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself?
Being over sensitive. I wish I would always be good modded, but then I’m too sensitive for that.

 

14.What is your pet’s name?
At the moment I have no pets. I had a cat called Susi some years ago. I would like to have another cat, but it’s difficult when you don’t have a place to leave them when you go on vacation.

 

15.Name three thoughts at this moment.
1. It’s late and I should get some sleep.
2. I never learn and always sleep too late.
3. Tomorrow I’ll surely do the same thing again.

 

16.Name 4 drinks you drink on regularly?
Water, I love drinking water. Black tea with milk (4 cups in the morning to get on with my day). Can’t remember any other I drink regularly.

 

17. Current worries?
I usually keep most of my worries to myself. But sometimes I wonder about where our world is going to.

 

18.Current annoyance right now?
Too many compromises, too little energy. It happens with most mothers, I think.

 

19.Favorite place to be?
Home.

 

20.How do you bring in the New Year?
At home with family, sometimes we go to see the fireworks. Nothing too fancy.

 

21.Where would you like to go?
Sri Lanka, The Maldive Islands, Greece, a cruise through the east of the Mediterranean, and many other exotic places. Or also not so exotic. I love traveling.

 

22. Favorite TV show?

I’m always watching some DVD with historical,sci-fi or fantasy series. I almost never watch regular TV.

23.Do you own slippers?
Yeah, but right now I’m using Havaianas like any good Brazilian.

 

24.What color shirt are you wearing right now?
A white one with cats, stars, and moons, part of a pajama I like.

 

25.Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
No. I’m not the heroine of a romance novel. 🙂

 

26.Can you whistle?
Yeah.

 

27.What is your favorite color?
Red.

 

28.Would you be a pirate?
Only in the imagination of my sons.

 

29.What songs do you sing in the shower?
I usually never sing, but come up with plot twists.

 

30.Favorite girl’s name?
Sarah, Tatiana, Hannah, Bianca, my female character’s names, my own name. 🙂

 

31.Favorite boy’s name? Rafael, Liam, Simon, My male character’s names, both my son’s names.

 

32.What’s in your pocket right now?
I usually carry a bag with tons of things, therefore no use for pockets.

 

33.Last thing/person that made you laugh?
Both my kids are always doing funny things.

 

34.Best toy as a child?
Small dolls called Fofoletes. They illustrate this post.

 

35.Worst pain you ever had?
I prefer not to talk about the worse ones. But when it comes to mild pain, if you are a woman you get used to getting up and work despite it.

 

36.Where would you love to live?
A magical land where all my far away friends are nearby.

 

37.How many TV’s do you have?
One, but I often watch DVDs on my computer.

 

38.Who is your loudest friend?
My hubby. He’s my beloved parrot. (Hey! Perhaps I’m a pirate after all).

 

39.How many dogs do you have?
None. I’m more of a cat person.

 

40.Does someone trust you?
I hope so, lol. I think most people nowadays have trust issues, so more or less at the time they start trusting a newcomer like me after a couple of years, it’s already time for me to move to another place. And the difficult process of making new friendships with your real life neighbours starts all over again.

 

41.What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m waiting for a new book of Ilona Andrews to arrive from England. But I usually read about ten at the same time.

 

42.What’s your favorite candy?
Caramels made with salty butter from France. To.Die.For.

 

43.What’s your favorite team?
At the moment the reconnaissance team from Stargate Atlantis.

 

44. Favorite month?
Summer: August in Europe. December, January and February in South America.

 

My 10 favorite blogs on writing

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Here they are, not in sequence, since I like all of them. When I’m looking for writing advice here is where I look. Many of these bloggers have awesome books on writing I surely recommend.

 

1. Helping Writers Become Authors
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

 

2. Live Write Thrive
http://www.livewritethrive.com/

 

3. Writers Write
http://writerswrite.co.za/

 

4. Rayne Hall, Making Good Books Great
http://www.raynehall.com/

 

5. Marcy Kennedy
http://marcykennedy.com/

 

6. Jane Friedman
https://janefriedman.com/blog/

 

7.Writers Helping Writers
http://writershelpingwriters.net/

 

8. What is a plot?
http://www.whatisaplot.com/

 

9. Jami Gold
http://jamigold.com/blog/

 

10. She’s Novel
http://www.shesnovel.com/

My physical copy of the magazine Far Horizons arrived. How cute!

After contributing for around five months to the online magazine Far Horizons, I decided to order a physical copy of it, just for the fun of having a magazine with a story from me in my bookshelf.

And now it arrived! It has 83 pages, its size a bit smaller than A5. The inside layout of my story with the pearls it quite nice too.

Here are a couple of pictures:

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