FAQ


Nobody has actually asked most of these.  I'm just anticipating questions that might arise.  If you have any other questions, then please comment on any random post and ask away!  I'd love to answer your questions.

Have a question I haven't answered?  Send an owl message to theannie5marie(at)gmail(dot)com.  (Remove the 5.  I'm trying to protect myself from spambots.  I don't know if that'll help, but I'll try.)   You can pretty much ask whatever you want, whether it's something related to the blog, or writing, or books, or just random.

Who are you, anyway?
You can call me Annie.  I'm the CEO of this blog--I founded it, designed it, write for it, maintain it, and everything else.  I'm a writer of YA fiction, looking to get published eventually.  You can read more about me here.

Can I contact you?  I have a question/suggestion/cute picture of my pet baby sloth.
Yes, you can.  The email that I use for this blog is theannie5marie(at)gmail(dot)com.  (Remove the 5.  I don't know if this will protect me from the spambots, but it's worth a shot.  Because I do not, in fact, want to "see pictures of singles near you".)   You're always welcome to ask me questions about writing/books/misc. things.  And I'd love to hear your suggestions and I would most definitely love to see pictures of baby sloths.

What makes you qualified to give writing advice?
Nothing, actually.  I don't claim to be an expert.  I've been following agent and writing blogs for awhile now, and I do my best to share what I've learned with others.  I'm still learning to write, too.

Where did you learn all this stuff anyway?
I follow agent blogs.  I mercilessly stalk the internet for any piece of advice I can get.  I follow lots of writing blogs.  Most of all, I wrote a lot and read a lot.

What makes you qualified to review books?
Again, nothing at all.  I'm simply a book lover who knows what I like and don't like in a book.  I read, therefore I review.

But doesn't reviewing take all the fun out of reading?
No, it doesn't.  Far from it, actually.  A good book is a good book, whether I write a review or not.  Same with a bad book.  As a writer, I take what worked and what didn't, and try to apply what I learned to my own books.  And I enjoy writing reviews, so there.

Will you review my book?
Probably, if your book meets this criteria: 1) It's a published book (even self-pubbed works) 2) It's a YA book  3) It isn't straight-up contemporary romance or paranormal romance 4) You can provide a review copy for me.  If your book meets these four criteria, then go ahead and send me an email at theanniemarie(at)gmail(dot)com, and we'll talk more.  It might help to look at my reviews and get a sense for what I look for in a book (so you're more likely to get a positive review).

What if you don't finish a book?  Will you still review it?
I always finish books.  Always.  No matter how much I hate it.  If I didn't finish it, the book would haunt me for the rest of my life, so it's easier on me just to read it and be done with it.  In my life, the only books I haven't finished are The Eye of the World (because I was fifty pages or so into it and nothing had happened and the small print was making my brain swirl and I wasn't even done with the prologue), and a small children's Dragonlance book called Crown of Thieves (which I really had no reason to dislike, but the ninth Pendragon book came in while I was reading it, and then it had to go back to the library). 

Why did your "up next" book change?  Why aren't you currently reading what you said you were about to read?
This happens for a few reasons.  Most likely, I wasn't sure what to read next, so I just put something in the spot and later felt like reading something else.  What also tends to happen is that I'm hoping for a library request to come in, so I put that book as "up next", but the request doesn't come in time.  Or I just simply changed my mind.

Where do you get all these books?
As much as I'd like to be, I'm not one of those people for whom ARCs simply show up on their doorstep.  I get most books from the library.  I buy a few, and a few come as gifts from family, or won in contests.  Publishers don't generally send me books so I can review them.  (Click here to read more about where my books come from.)

Are you a published author?
No, I'm not.  But I will be someday.

What is SotLC?
What is Secrets of the Legend Chaser?
SotLC is simply an abbreviation for Secrets of the Legend Chaser, since it's a long title to type out.  It's either pronounced "Secrets of the Legend Chaser" or "Sot-uhl-see" (haha).  Secrets of the Legend Chaser is my previous novel (before I began my current one).  It's an unpublished YA high fantasy novel featuring a wayward boy searching for a legendary hoard of dragon eggs.  Danger, intrigue, and sword-slinging ensues.

Will you co-write with me?
If I don't know you personally, no.  Sorry.  If I know you personally, then...we'll talk about it, but probably not.  My personality really isn't good for co-writing.  (When you do a group project for school, there's often that one person that basically takes over the entire thing.  That person is me.)

Will you read/edit my book?
If I don't know you in real life: no.  If I know you in real life: we'll talk.  If I love you: of course!  I'd love to!

Will you be my friend on Goodreads/Facebook/Tumblr?
I'd love to be your friend on Goodreads.  On Goodreads, just add me.  You'll get asked a question about why you want to be my friend; just say you came from my blog (just so I know you aren't some weirdo trying to get a million friends, or some rude author trying to promote their book).  Facebook?  No.  Sorry.  Oh, and you can also follow me on Pinterest.  I have decided to keep my main Tumblr completely separate from this blog, because of...reasons.  You can, however, follow my side blog, where I post writing-related memes and other humor: http://writingmemes.tumblr.com.

Will you be a guest poster/be interviewed on my blog?
I'd love to (it'll make my day, in fact!).  Just send me a message at theanniemarie(at)gmail(dot)com, or comment on any old random post on this blog.  Then we'll talk more about it.

Can I guest post on this blog?
Possibly.  Follow the above directions and we'll talk.

How did you do your blog design?  Will you make one for me?
I messed with the HTML and pressed buttons until it looked right.  I cried until Blogger felt sorry for me.  I used the Force and yelled at it in the Ancient Language.  No, I won't make you one, sorry.  I had a hard enough time with this one, unfortunately.

Where can I find a list of the past "songs of the week"?
I put them all into a playlist on Spotify, which is right here.  I'm pretty sure you have to have a Spotify account to be able to listen, and I wish that wasn't the case, but at least it's free.  If you're thinking of a specific song, you could comment on any post or send me an email and I'll find the title for you.

Why did you delete my comment?
Because you're a spammer.  Or you were rude and mean.  Or what you said wasn't mature and reasonable.  Or you swore.  Or I felt that your comment was unnecessary/inappropriate.

What's your life motto?
Hmm.  Good question.  If I had one, it would be one of the following:
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then write two thousand."
"An apple a day keeps the Cullens away."
"If it seems sketchy, it probably is."
"Love lead me on/Where no one else has gone/Faith keep me strong/Love lead me on...."
"Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine."
"I do what I want!"

Hey!  I think I might have spotted an Eragon/Lord of the Rings/Dead Poets Society/Hunger Games/Princess Bride/whatever reference.  Is it a reference, or a coincidence?
It is indeed a reference, my friend.  Bravo to you for spotting it.  *hands virtual cookie*

Do you NOT realize that Loki is a villain?
Short answer: Excuse you.  I do what I want.
Long answer: Yes, I'm fully aware that Loki does some bad things.  He killed 80 people in two days, after all (he's adopted...).  And yet, Loki spends much of his early screen time being more of a protagonist than an antagonist.  When we first meet Thor and Loki, Thor is more the one who comes across as an arrogant jerk.  Loki does fall, but he is not without his moments of redemption.  Besides, he has a thing for stylish scarves and can self-replicate.   And he totally owned in The Avengers.  There's an even longer post on why Loki is awesome right here.

Are you obsessed or something?
You are asking the wrong question, my friend.  The question is not "are you obsessed?" but "with what are you obsessed?"

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
42.

What is your Myers-Briggs type?
Why do you want to know?  If you're wondering, I'm an INTJ.  Which means I'm out to dominate the world and such, which seems to be the INTJ stereotype.

Do you realize that you completely stole the idea of a "button of awesome" from Hyperbole and a Half?
Yes.

Hey!  I disagree with something you wrote.  What can I do?
Well, you have two options.  1. Ignore it.  This is the recommended option. 2. If you are capable of acting like a mature, sane person, then calmly comment on that post and share your opinion.  I appreciate people who can back up their opinions with logical arguments.  (Again, INTJ.)

What do you do in your spare time?
Um, you mean, when I'm not writing?  There's almost no spare time to speak of that isn't used for writing.  But, on the rare occasion that I find time to do other things, I practice my archery (I have these grand ideas about being able to shoot things out of midair like Katniss Everdeen...yeah, that's never going to happen...), play music of some sort (iPod, piano, flute, piccolo, whatever), talk to walls (Speech team!), perform my Auror duties, ride horses, keep the Narnian realm under control, ride dragons, etc. etc. etc.

Where do you live?

If you don't know, that's Asgard.
What is it with you and baby sloths?
Let me tell you a story.  One morning, I woke up.  My first thought of the day was "Oh please no, not again!"  I had been up very, very late doing homework pretty much every night that week and the week before.  I was utterly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work I had to do.  I had a cold.  The night before, there had been an ice/slush storm.  There was a good chance school would be called off.  But no, it wasn't.  So I had to go, and I was not happy about it.  I was frustrated and tired to the point of near tears.  And then I opened up my email, and saw that my best friend in the whole wide world had sent me this video.  It was utterly unexpected and adorable.  It was simply sloths being cute, but it was the best thing that could have happened to make me feel better.  Suddenly, I was able to bear the thought of going to school that day.  Ever since then, I have equated baby sloths and that video with happiness and hope and other good things like that.

Who is your favorite Avenger?
Tom Hiddleston.

That isn't a valid answer.  Tom Hiddleston is not an Avenger.
And that isn't even a question.  If you must know, Tom Hiddleston played Loki, so that negates every argument you could possibly have about this.

Why are you so weird?
Because normal is just a cycle on the washing machine.

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