currently.

I’m currently in the Smoky Mountains on a writing retreat.

I should be working on a difficult essay, so naturally I’m avoiding it and posting a meme instead.

At least it’s pretty here!

The mountain is smoky today ⛰⛰ #greatsmokymountains

reading.
DARK PLACES – Gillian Flynn
WRONG IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS – Tiffany Brownlee
a bunch of Vampire Academy novels

watching.
N.A.

loving.
being on this writing retreat!

listening.
score for BLACK PANTHER
WARRIOR by Chloe x Halle
ALL THE STARS by SZA f Kendrick Lamar

wearing.
romper

enjoying.
being with friends

eating.
sandwiches
junk food
breakfast foods

looking forward.
sharing some amazing news soon
my and Adam’s 10 year wedding anniversary
ALL the blessings raining down on me and my loved ones!

drinking.
Gatorate
San Pelligrino
black cherry tea

needing.
pain killers
to eat better
to exercise more
TO WRITE THESE LAST 1100 WORDS

playing.
The Sims 4
Wordscapes
Wordscapes in Bloom

liking.
I dunno lol

feeling.
ALL THE THINGS

random ronni facts.

I know. I just keep making posts about me. But it is my blog, after all, so I think that’s OK.

I stole this list of prompts from one of my favorite people/authors Jennifer Niven (peep her “about” page to see her answers) because it looked super fun, and also challenging. I’m going to have to think about most of these answers.

So please bear with me. Enjoy this post, and I PROMISE I’ll write a real update soon. And I know I owe you some Disney pictures as well.

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Favorite writers:
– Marian Keyes
– Sarah Dessen
– Erma Bombeck
… just to name a few

Favorite book:
-no comment-

Favorite literary heroine:
Right now, I’m rereading WATERMELON by Marian Keyes, and it’s a toss up between Claire, Anna, or Helen (3 of the Walsh sisters).

Favorite storyline(s):
– I always enjoy a good love story, especially if it’s funny but not full of unnecessary angst and drama. I really like rich, hot white boy stories, especially if he gets the girl who is either on a lower economic scale or of a different race, or both. And I like far-fetched yet sweet ones, like the movie THE PRINCE AND ME. And of course, I adore good old-fashioned romantic comedy, like HITCH, THE WEDDING PLANNER and books like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West.
– OK, this is going to seem really sick. But I love reading books about teens locked in institutions. Especially if it’s against their will and really awful and they have to be super daring/clever/brave to get out. Like April Henry’s SHOCK POINT.
– Dance, dance, dance! (OMG DANCE ACADEMY!)

Favorite love story:
Well, I listed a bunch in the previous question, so check there. ;)

Fictional doppelgänger:
*insert diatribe about the need for #ownvoices and more diverse literature here*

Fictional boyfriend:
Detective Walter Clark Jr. from the (sadly cancelled) show Golden Boy

This is him:
Golden Boy

Don’t EVEN act surprised about this.

Fictional best friend:
Regina Mills from Once Upon a Time

Favorite word(s):
banana

If I were a song, I’d be:
(when I’m depressed) Left in the Dark by Annelise Collette
(when I’m better) Bird Set Free by Sia
(when I’m flying) The Greatest by Sia

If I were an old-time movie star, I’d be:
Susan Kohner. She played a role that still to this day touches a deep part of me in the movie Imitation of Life.

If I could be another writer for a day:
Well, this depends on several factors! I can think of many author’s success I’d like to have, or at least my own version of it.

If I weren’t a writer, I would be:
My DayJob™ and freelance gigs are various copy editing, proofreading, and editorial gigs. So probably still that.

Things I keep on my writing desk:
My writing desk is technically my lap. I have a pretty fancy lap desk that my friend Andy got me for Christmas a couple of years ago. But also the coffee table in the living room, or my bed. But for the sake of this, I’m going to create my DREAM writing desk:
– at least one mug full of pens and pencils
– a 6 pack of Vitamin Water
– candy, candy, candy
– my glasses
– incense and sage, burner, lighter
– notebooks and notepads
– planner
– stickers
– my Lumiere lamp and Lumiere Funko figure
– my two Funko Regina Mills figures
Double Trouble #onceuponatime #funkopop #evilqueen #reginamills

Secret talent(s):
– I can cry on command.
– I can wiggle my ears.
– I can put my foot on my face like Maddie in the Big Girls Cry video.

Oh! And if you’d like even more ME (Oh God), then head over to ChiYA, a band of Chicago-based YA writers. I was featured on the blog a couple of days ago.

sunday stealing: bookish questions

Books!!

This week’s Sunday Stealing is… Bookish Questions!

Right up this bookworm’s alley. :)

1. How long did it take you to finish your last book?
The last book I read was It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, and it took me a few days. Usually, I can read a book in 1 or 2 days, but because I’ve been so busy with work, it’s been taking me upwards of a week or two to finish books these days.

2. How many times do you stare at your bookshelves each day?
At least once. How could I not, though. Look at them:

New Bookshelves! :)

3. How many Goodreads friends/books do you have?
I have more than 1000 books, 544 friends. Wanna be one? Add me here: https://www.goodreads.com/lilrongal

4. Do you ever quote books in public?
I’m sure I do.

5. Do you ever re-read books?
Absolutely. Especially Harry Potter, A Christmas Carol, and Sarah Dessen novels.

6. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I do. Sorry.

7. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?
Every once in a while.

8. What are your biggest distractions from reading?
Work. My own writing. Playing internet and computer games.

9. Where is your favorite place to buy books?
Anderson’s Bookshop and other indie bookshops.

10. Do you always have a book with you?
Yes. Either physical, or on my phone or tablet. I have loads in the kindle app.

11. Do you read during breakfast?
I don’t really eat breakfast.

12. How many hours a day would you say you read?
Normally? At least one or two. But lately, it’s been 15 minutes a day because work’s been so busy, or I’ve been working on my own book. Looking forward to getting my reading time back.

13. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
Less. But I will fix that.

14. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
Yes. I can read very fast, which is good with my profession!

15. Do you read in bed?
Every single night.

16. How old were you when you got your first library card?
Oh wow, I think 11 or so. My father used to drop my sister and me off at the library and I loved it. I’d read there and still come home with a huge stack of books.

wish list meme.

Sunday Stealing: Wish List Meme

I haven’t done a Sunday Stealing post in ages! So I’m jumping in this week. Missed last week, so I’m combining parts 1 and 2.

1.) What are 3 things on your wish list and why?
– a big house—I have a LOT of stuff and would like room to put it all. Also, a basement to lock the cats at night
– a publishing contract—I want my stories out there and reaching those who need them
– a successful career as an author—Writing is where I feel home and to make money doing that would be amazing

2.) Do you miss your childhood?
not really, no

3.) What do you do on your spare time on the weekends?
lately, it’s been working, but when I’m not working, I’m reading, napping, or watching Netflix.

4.) What do you appreciate most in your life?
being able to provide for myself and my family and have leftover money and time for fun.

5.) Would you rather be rich or healthy?
oh so unfair. why can’t I have both? rich = health, the way our medical system is set up anyway.

6.) If you could go back in time would you and why?
I am not white.

7.) Favorite game as a child?
none really. unless you counted playing school or library.

8.) What is your dream career?
New York Times best-selling author

9.) What do you do in your free time?
– read
– write
– watch Netflix
– buy stuff online
– surf twitter
– play Township or Fishdom or whatever silly game I’m fancying at the time
– nap

10.) Favorite clothing stores?
– Old Navy
– BALR.
– Free People
– LuLaRoe

11.) What TV shows can’t you live without?
I can live without most of them, but I love Once Upon a Time, and I just started watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix. It’s really fun!

12.) 3 things you need in your life are:
– money
– internet
– books

13.) What can’t you sleep without?
– my teddy bear Pandernoodle
– also earplugs and an eye mask

14.) Who do you have a celebrity crush on?
Theo James

15.) What is your favorite season and why?
fall, but only before it gets cold. I love the big, blue sky, the changing leaves, apple everything

16.) What is your favorite wild animal?
giraffe or panda bear

17.) Name 3 of your favorite childhood shows:
– Punky Brewster
– Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
– The Cosby Show :(

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be?
Cher from Clueless

19.) Favorite vegetables?
spinach and green beans, asparagus too

20.) Favorite fruit?
peaches, rainier cherries

21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it?
Flame

22.) What do you put on hot dogs?
ketchup and mustard, sometimes cheese
note: this answer means I fail at Chicago

23.) Do you play online games?
yes

24.) Whats your favorite way to get inspired?
music, talking to other authors, good books, movies and TV

25.) Do you have a middle name?
yes

26.) Favorite kids name?
Aidan

27.) Do you speak any other languages?
no

28.) Do you use Twitter?
yes (@lilrongal)

29.) Do you go onto YouTube?
sometimes. I like to watch the “100 years of” and taste test videos

30.) Do you play Angry Birds?
no

31.) Do you like Angry Birds?
indifferent

32.) Do you like Hello Kitty?
yes

33.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
yes

34.) Who would you like to see in concert?
hmmm. going to see Sia tonight.

35.) Can you swim well?
no :(

36.) Ever won a contest?
yes!

37.) Ever won a giveaway?
yes

38.) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night?
no

39.) What tea do you like?
earl grey, or herbal, fruity kind

40.) What coffee do you like?
white chocolate raspberry mocha from Starbucks :)

41.) Do you shop at Walmart?
only to buy BBQ Fritos online

42.) Do you shop at Target?
yes

43.) What do you order at Second Cup?
I’ve never heard of this

44.) – missing

45.) Do you like homemade meals?
yes

46.) Do you like homemade baked goods?
yes

47.) Do you shop online?
oh yes!

48.) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at:
– Amazon
– Colourpop
– Planner Chick Designs

49.) What holiday don’t you like?
n/a

50.) What do you eat more of when you’re sick?
depends on the sickness. but usually fried, greasy foods. unless it’s a stomach bug. then I don’t eat much of anything. if I’m catching a cold, I eat hot chicken noodle soup.