Thursday, January 30, 2014

Four Bookish Loves

There are certain things in books that make me a happy camper. Wanna hear 'em? Here they are:
 
1. Foreign language
Throw in bits and pieces of a language I don't know, and I'm as happy as a bug in a rug. Though I'll be happier if there's an explanation somewhere of what it is I'm reading. Because, hey, I might have the need to call someone a jerkface in Italian someday. You just never know.
 
2. Nicknames
I lurve it when characters have nicknames for each other. Funny ones, romantic ones, degrading ones- I just like it! I've always had a fascination w/nicknames, as growing up, I never had one.
 
3. Sarcasm
Oh, sarcasm. I also lurve you so. Give me a sarcastic character and I'm happier than Pooh Bear left alone in a honey factory. And that, i miei amici, is happy.
 
4. Food lovers
It drives me nuts(honey-roasted) when you have a character that's never hungry. As in, whatever is stressing* them out in the plot, makes them constantly push the plate away. And I guess this is b/c I'm the direct opposite. Stress makes me want to head to the candy aisle with a laundry basket and fill it to the brim. Next stop? The cookie aisle! So whenever I discover a mc that is enthusiastic about food- or better yet, a book where the love of food is a main theme- I'm doubly happy. Bring on the bakeries and the diners and the food trucks!

*And if you're one of those non-eaters when it comes to stress, I'm not bashing you, honest! We all have to cope in our own ways. Mine just involves a pint of ice cream. =)

So these are some of my bookish loves. What about you all? Have any you'd like to share w/me? I'd love to hear them! Or nicknames you've been christened w/over the years? This could get interesting... 

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  1. Oh you did make me giggle, and I have to agree with a few point: love sarcasm (because I can pull out that little horse-whip on occasion) and foreign language and eating! I also appreciate it when a character has to 'pop to the loo' before they run out to save Earth. I mean what, no one eats or drinks in literature. How is that? :P

    Great to meet you Leandra. I was sent here by the very lovely Mr Hammons X

    shahwharton.com

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  2. Hi Leandra, nice to meet you. I am just visiting through Blog Blitz and it looks like I am the first to visit. Guess what? You are being Blitzed! Enjoy!

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    1. Saying I'm being blitzed makes me think I need to run and take cover under the bed, lol! But it's awesome! (Being blitzed- not the underside of my bed) ;)

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  3. I never thought of bringing a laundry basket to the candy aisle. What a wonderful idea! Happy Blitz day :)

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  4. My novel, A Year and a Day, is partly set in an Italian restaurant. One main characters is the Italian speaking owner, another is a chef, then there's her sarcastic best friend who nicknames her Daffers. They all eat a lot. *just saying*

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    1. Um...YES! I will to have to get this, Patsy!

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  5. Isn't sarcasm great? My six-year-old daughter already thinks so. lol

    Happy blitz day!

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    1. Sarcasm and pigtails- what a cute mix! ;) And thx!

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  6. That is just the sort of deep-layered character development that really makes a book stand out for me as well. Excellent pointers!

    BTW....you've been BLITZED! :) Enjoy!!

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    1. Thank you! This is a fun and truly great hop you've put together. It's so nice, everyone stopping by. Thx again!

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  7. Hi Leandra! Sounds like Patsy's book would be a perfect read for you :) Another sarcasm lover here!
    Happy blitz day!
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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  8. ...did you just call me a jerkface in Italian? (kidding).Funny, I think about the things in books that drive me bad-crazy, I never considered what elements make me good-crazy. I'm like you, though, nothing is ever so bad that I can't eat a bite (or ten)!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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    1. Lol! Actually Google translate wouldn't translate jerkface into Italian... =) And thank u!

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  9. I stress in the same way. Cookies and ice cream! Sarcasm is one of my favorite things in books too. Witty dialogue that can make me laugh out loud is a big bonus. Happy Blitz day! :)

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  10. could points and I do like food - dessert is a bonus. And I always like bad boys named Nick.
    Happy Blitz

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    1. My husband is named Nick, lol! It always seems like when we're watching movies that the mc is quite often named Nick- it's a popular one!

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  11. I like all of those things, too! I also love those subtle moments that show the reader so much about the characters or that come back later and blow your mind with their true meaning in the story. Oh, and twists and turns, and those moment when you gasp out loud in shock then look around to make sure no "real" people heard you. :)

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  12. Cute post Leandra :-) I too enjoy nicknames - but would be the 'shoving food away' character in times of stress.

    Well done and Happy Blitz Day!

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  13. Hey, me too! Especially the foreign language bits. This list, if you could think of 26 things, would be a great theme for the A to Z blog challenge!

    And happy blog blitz day!

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  14. These add so much to a story and the characters. I use food all the time in my books. I use real establishments and visit them and order the same food off the menu that my characters eat.

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  15. I think my stories tend to go the other way with food; my characters always seem to be eating! I have to stop myself from filling my stories up with recipes and in depth descriptions of the food!

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  16. I'd vote for a bit of sarcasm too! Nick names can say so much about a character's personality without having to scream it.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  17. I also love sarcasm!
    HA!
    I use food a lot in my writing. I didn't realize it until someone read my book and said they gained a pound. Now, I make sure to add food to the story!
    BAZINGA! You've been blitzed!
    Enjoy your day!
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  18. These are great things to spice up and give life to a story. Happy blitz day.

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  19. Great list! I love foreign language laced in and also nicknames, when they are not overused. I also read your list of loves in your little bio on the right & I think we should be bffs. *tosses scarf over her shoulder*

    Happy blitz day!

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    1. I love a fellow scarf lover! =) *passes back note w/the yes circled beneath 'do you want to be best friends forever*

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  20. I love a good nickname! It shows the characters know each other.
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  21. What a fun list! Do you like kids who are sarcastic, too? I have one of them in my house? Just kidding. Happy Blitz Day!

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  22. I love foreign languages mixed up in a book. It's a bonus to get to learn something - or test your language skills. Happy Blitz Day!

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  23. I love this list, especially the nicknames and the sarcasm. And I'm a stress eater, too. Cookies, cake, ice cream, brownies. All at once.

    Hello from the Blitz!

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  24. What a great point about food --- I'll bet most people seek comfort in food,yet they're always pushing it away in books. I'm a total stress-eater. When my kids were very young and high-demand, I had to put the cookie jar on the top of the refrigerator so that it wasn't so easy to get to!

    I love this whole post. I also enjoy nicknames too & foreign languages. But sarcasm---no, I hate that. *insert shifty eyes*

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    1. Oh, the cookie jar! My kidlet knows exactly where it's at on the counter. And, dumb me, I have a see-through glass one... =)

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  25. It is great to find real personalities and humor in books - to let us know we're not the only strange ones! Happy Blitz day to you!

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  26. I'm a sucker for humor, whether it be in a book or in the person sitting across from me at the dinner table.

    How ya feeling? Because you are blitzed! (And not even lunchtime yet...) Enjoy!

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  27. Ooh me too on all these things! I am especially a fan of nicknames. Almost all of my characters have nicknames because I think it's true to life

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  28. Love your four things. All of those things make the character(s) feel more real.

    I would add that I love quirky characters. They are so much FUN.

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  29. Ah, quel un bon post, Leandawg! Wishing you lots of Ritz Crackers with your Blitz (aka Blitz Crackers.) (If you're looking for the sarcasm - it's there, too.)

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  30. Since we have to eat to live, I like to read about what people are eating, how they fix it... And sarcasm is good and nicknames! They help to make a story more real.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  31. Me gusta mucho cuando puedo leer espanol en una novela. I love foreign languages in books! Good list! Way to be blitzed.

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    1. So jealous that you speak Spanish! Maybe I'd know how to say more than 'Hi, How are you, Bye, And where's the bathroom?' if I'd paid more attention in Spanish in school. =)

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  32. This is awesome and could be a tip for writers, thanks! (:

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  33. Happy Blitz Day, Leandra! It's great to meet you. And I agree, I love sarcasm in a book more than anything. Sarcastic characters are such fun!

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  34. Great post. I know what you mean about the use of nicknames, it helps humanise characters - as does showing them eat. As to sarcasm - you're speaking my language. Apparently I have a tone of voice that even today people can't tell if I'm being sarcastic or not. I probably am. So when I write it tends to creep in there as well.

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  35. Happy Blitz Day!

    I found myself agreeing with everything in your list, especially with the foreign language and sarcasm.

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  36. Yea, Leandra!!! So happy to see you Blitzed!!

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    1. All thanks to you, Amy- I didn't know this cool blog hop existed until you told me!

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  37. Hi Leandra, have a wonderful day and enjoy the blitz!

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  38. Someone promised me some cake... where is the cake?
    Happy Blitz Day!

    Jeremy H.

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!
    [Being-Retro]

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    1. Lol! Well...I can't give you cake, but if you look back at my last post, you can feast your eyes on some pina colada bars. That help? ;)

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  39. I love to see what character eat in book. It tells you so much about them as people.

    Happy Blitz Day.

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  40. Well, then you need a nickname. I also really like food in a book. It's been a fascination of mine since reading Nancy Drew as a kid. Shrug.

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  41. I love bits of languages in books too!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  42. Sarcasm is great! Nicknames are, too, except when all the main characters are named Katy and their nickname is kitty cat...overused, I think. LOL.

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  43. Humor!!! Make me laugh and I'll follow you anywhere. Oh, and Happy Blitz Day!

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  44. Happy Blitz Day, Leandra! I also love sarcastic characters! :)

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  45. Happy Blitz Day, Leandra! I really enjoyed your blog! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks! And is that a horse in your picture? Awesomesauce!

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  46. I love your loves! I hereby nickname you: Andra
    Stress makes me want to leap in chocolate, watch movies and eat popcorn!

    Happy Blitz Day Andra or Panda Andra

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  47. Lol. This is the first time visiting your blog, but I love your sense if humor. I also like nicknames. I also like flirting! Throw in some witty banter/flirting between two characters and I just luv it! But I'm a huge sucker for love stories, so yeah. I look forward to connecting with you on other social sites and reading more of your posts!

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  48. Happy blitz day! I'm fond of sarcastic characters and nicknames are awesome!

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  49. It's Blitz Day and you've been crowned! Stress eater here, and anything sweet will do!

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  50. Hi Leandra - happy blitz day - enjoy all the new visits.

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  51. Haha.. Your comment about Pooh made me think of the silly Geico commercials. Happier than a body builder directing traffic! etc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxD5reaDf5M)
    I also love it when authors add little bits of foreign languages. It makes things so much juicier :)
    Happy Blitz Day!

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  52. I love your style, Leandra. I feel like I am sitting there with you sipping hot chocolate and just laughing about fun stuff. That you for the smile! God bless, Maria

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    1. Oh, thank you! I like to think I'm pretty easy-going(just don't ask my husband that...) =D

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  53. Happy Blitz Day! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  54. I agree on the sarcasm and nicknames. They add great elements to a book. As far as a nickname I can't believe no one has christened you LeaWal. By the way I am hear as part of the Blog Blitz! Happy blitz day!

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    1. Ha, ha! You can call me LeaWal as long as I can call you Dobby. =)

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  55. I also enjoy food and bits of foreign language in stories. Thanks for the interesting and fun post. Happy blitz day.

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  56. Happy Blitz Day! I enjoyed your post!

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  57. Fun post! I'm one of those people that doesn't turn to food when stressed. I run, bike or swim. Nothing like a good endorphin rush to relieve stress. Happy Blitz Day!

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  58. I'll never forget when I was writing back in high school a friend of mine told me, "You always have people eating but you never say what they eat. I want to know what they eat." Ever since then, I've tried to remember to include those kinds of details.

    Happy Blitz!
    ~MPL
    PepperWords

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  59. I love a sarcastic character, too. I can't help it.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  60. Tout le monde devrait avoir la crème glacée - when they are stressed. But a good blitz helps too!
    Happy blitz day,

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    1. Um, whatever la crème glacee is, it sounds delicious!

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    2. Um, yeah, it is. I'll take chocolate.

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  61. Happy Blitz Day. I guess my loves include fantasy and conflict/obstacles for characters to face.

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  62. I love creepy crazy characters. Give me lovable insanity, and it always makes me smile.

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  63. I loved this post and your spirit, Le&andra! & I love ampersands! You have a gift and you are using it. You've inspired me to use mine to help others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and actions with the world to help others!

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  64. Sarcastic character is always fun. Happy blitz day!

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  65. You must be my long lost book-reading twin! I love foreign language, nicknames (in my current wip--one character's nickname is leopard), sarcasm, and food (especially foreign stuff, which means I'll be googling the recipe and trying it out).

    Happy Blog Blitz Day! I'm jazzed to find your blog.

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    1. I always knew I had a long-lost twin- hullo, you! =)

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  66. LOL. Love your list!

    I hate to shamelessly plug my own book, but my Fate Intended has bits of Russian (talk about a head ache explaining to the Russian translator I wanted to know how to say dumb ass in Russian!). My hero goes by a nickname, rudely given to him by his brothers. A sarcastic red head and a heroine who will fight you for chocolate when she is sad.

    Check, check, and check! Happy blitz day :)

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  67. I love sarcasm too. Wish I could write it well. And sweet romances that don't overpower the story. Happy Blitz Day!

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  68. These are all great extras for book characters. I especially enjoy the one about being hungry. Happy Blitz Day!

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  69. Great post! I also love the food one :-) and I like really unique details inserted here and there about settings, hobbies, skills, etc. HAPPY BLITZ from a fellow YA author!

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  70. Books with sarcasm are my favorite! Happy blitz! :)

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  71. happy blitz, Leandra - glad to meet you. I absolutely agree with you, especially the food part. I hate when, in a book, a character 'gets some food' WHAT? what kind of food? what does she like, dislike? does she eat when she's bored and what does she think about food? For something we do 3+ times a day, it's remarkable how little food description makes it into some books.

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  72. Like you, I eat when stressed. As to the name-calling, I too like cute nicknames between characters.

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  73. I love this post! I also like foreign languages in stories but ONLY if there's a translation somewhere. I don't want to have to Google something in the middle of reading a book.

    Happy Blitz day!! :)

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  74. And ampersands! I definitely love them. Great blog and good luck with the WIPs from a fellow YA writer. Happy Blitz Day!

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  75. I like your list. I also like nicknames that make the character stand out in a sea of females named Kat. I most love a character who is smart and says witty, intelligent things. I hope you enjoy the Blitz.

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  76. I am also a foodie! I love when authors allow their characters to do mundane everyday things, because it makes the story more realistic for me. I won't share my childhood nickname, as it was a very cruel one! Happy blitz day!!!

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    1. That stinks about your nickname- kids can be so cruel sometimes. =( But how 'bout I rechristen you as 'Captain Awesome'? =D

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  77. Happy Blitz Day! Can I give you some of my nicknames? Really! I hate them all ;-)

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  78. I need to finish a book I've been working on. It has all those! :)

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  79. Happy blitz day!! Love the post!!

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  80. Happy blitz day!! Love the post!!

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  81. LOL! Cookies and cheese. Here's to stress eating, and woman, super happy blitz day! (I'm totally a nickname girl too. Those things are epic!)

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  82. Wow! We must be twins. I love using foreign languages in my books. In my romances, my hero often comes up with a nickname for the heroine that at first annoys her, but later becomes endearing. Sarcasm is delightful, and food is so much fun. I spent something like three weeks tracking down what my Navarrese heroine would eat for breakfast (chestnuts boiled in milk) Happy Blitz Day to somebody I would love to know better!

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  83. Happy blitz day and have a great weekend Le&ndra :-)

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  84. Just looked at those Pina Colada cookies-Yum-

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  85. Foreign language... does Canadian count? Eh?
    Nicknames? I've got Weezie and Butch and Harry (who's a girl, not a boy, except she's kind of a boy, too.... never mind...)
    Sarcasm? Um, Weezie's fully loaded... something about a warrant at libraries and tiny weeny weenies.
    And food lovers? Did I mention Weezie is a food writer who is a tad on the plump side?
    Sounds like you need to read my book... hey, you asked. ;)

    Happy Blitz Day, Mizz Leandra Indiana! (Do you live there because your name rhymes?)

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  86. Totally with you on the stress eating thing, lol! Happy blitz?

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  87. Hi, Leandra! It's great to meet you. Happy, happy blitz day!!! Just starting following...

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  88. Hmmm I'd say a little bit of puppy love and hilarious misinterpretations is just lovely.

    Happy blitz day!

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  89. Happy blitz day. Interesting how I'd never realised before now that my love of particular quirky traits in real life people comes out in my approach to fictional characters also.

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  90. Do you like snark as well? I can do snark!
    Happy Blitz Day.

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    1. In my book, sarcasm and snark are the bestest of friends!

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      As he landed his crew with care;
      Supporting each man on the top of the tide
      By a finger entwined in his hair.

      "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
      That alone should encourage the crew.
      Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
      What I tell you three times is true."

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  91. Ice cream. Yes! I like nicknames, too. And snarky sarcasm (got yours and Alex's).

    Happy blitz day.

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  92. Another vote for sarcasm! My first novel was a day-by-day account of a two week period. After I'd completed the draft, I realized the characters never ate. I had to go back in an add meals. Definitely taught me a lesson.

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    VR Barkowski

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  93. I love all those in books too - especially the foreign language and the food. I once had a writing teacher who said food shouldn't be in a book unless it involved poison, but I totally disagree. Food is normal, and if we're creating realistic characters, they should eat sometime. :)

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  94. I'm also a fan of characters eating. Makes them so much more real!

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  95. Hi happy Blitz Day. I was called Big Bird in middle school. 8 had the blonde hair and my height was 5'6" in sixth grade. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. Hi, Leandra! Happy Blitz Day! I love nicknames too, and sarcasm, in books and in everyday life. Fun idea for a post! :)

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  97. 3 and 4 are definitely after my own heart. I'll have a side of sarcasm along with my cheesecake, please. Hey, nice to meet you. Enjoy your day, you've been blitzed.

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  98. You have a lovely blog, Leandra! I think nicknames in a book can say so much about a character's personality and his/her relationships with other people. I can see why you enjoy that. Hope you have a great Blog Blitz Day! :)

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  99. Awesome points!
    I always wonder that too when characters never get hungry. I love great food descriptions in books. And always a good dose of sarcasm!

    HAPPY BLITZ DAY!! Hope it's a good one! :D

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  100. Your blog is beautiful--perfect for a YA author. Another nickname fan. And sarcasm. In high school I let my girlfriend's new boyfriend mistakenly call me Liberty for weeks. Everyone always mistakes my name (Grace, Hope, etc) but that was a real stretch. I told her he thinks my name is Liberty so don't correct him, and everytime he'd see me he'd be so nice and wave, "Hi Liberty!" It was kinda mean but cute. I never had a nickname, I was an only child for 8 years and with Faith there is no shortening. It was kinda cool having something else for a change. I wanted to make my girlfriend tell him they all called me Libby but she wouldn't go that far. ;-)

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    1. Thank you, I'm really happy with it, and it's been a great way to make new friends. And Liberty is very pretty! I bet that was a shock to your friend's boyfriend when he found out, lol!

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  101. I agree with the foreign language in a book good way to learn new words Happy Blitz Day

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  102. A great big huge THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by today and made my blitz so much fun! I couldn't pull my blog up at work, but I did get to see all the comments pouring into my inbox, and it made a super busy day go by so much nicer. I wish I could respond to each and every comment, but there's towels to put in the washer and the kidlet to bathe and of course, my WIP to work on. =) But I do appreciate every single one of your comments, and look forward to getting to return the favor. You all rock!!!

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  103. I love those things too! And a little poetry dashed in:) happy blitz day:)

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  104. Those are all really great features of a good book and a handy list for me to remember when I write! Especially the food part. I recently had a character make some hot cocoa for no reason and even though it had nothing to do with the story, it felt right and real. However, don't think I'll be having her go to the potty anytime soon... ; }

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  105. Happy*Blitz*Day! Awesome site you have here! My nickname is Jaim-o. There are others, but they're classified ;-)

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  106. I thought I was the only one who got irritated by characters pushing plates away!! I'm always like, DUDE, THAT FOOD SOUNDED YUM, EAT IT MORON! ;)

    Happy Blitz Day!! :D

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    1. Lol! Exactly. Plus you never know when the zombie apocalypse could start and you're left wishing you'd just ate your mom's spaghetti bake- so many wasted calories! ;)

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  107. I shall not reveal my nicknames of yesteryear, but I've become quite the cookie lover lately. Chocolate chip. Oatmeal. Sugar. Oreo. Butter. And don't let me catch no girl scout hiding shortbread from me. Jeff likes his shortbread now. But back to books... I like characters with chemistry between them. That's tougher to pull off than just creating a couple good characters. I admire those who can do it well. Enjoy!!

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    1. I'll put the word out to the girl scouts-just hand over the shortbread and no one gets hurt! And those are my fav too, right after the butter Danish cookies that come in the blue tin. Yum!

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  108. Hi Leandra, nice blog you have here.

    I was once called the 'Energiser Bunny' because I worked so hard!

    Happy blitz day :)

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  109. Happy blitz Day, Leandra! Oh, BTW, 'coglione faccia' is what Google Translate gives for jerkface in Italian. :p

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    1. Ha, ha, awesome! I'll have to pull that on out on my hsband sometime. ;) Thx!

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  110. I love most of the items you mention in a story. Food stuff? Yah, I like when a character is whipping up something as they talk about something else. You'd hate me b/c I'm not an emotional eater. Yes, I do have favorite comfort foods but I don't go running for them at the first sign of stress. Hubs, being the Italian he is, loves certain foods and wants food when he is stressed. So I tend to make something special I know my guys like when there is stress. Preparing it for them relieves my stress in many ways because I'm creating a comfortable atmosphere for them. Stress, for me, puts me off my food for the most part. I'd rather have a hot cuppa tea or good coffee and a book with some peaceful music. Music is my destressor. :-)

    Sorry I'm late to the party. Couldn't get into my google all day and half of last night. Finally got things fixed and new passwords and I'm good to go...well, now I'm ready for bed.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. You can't beat a hot mug of tea, for sure! And oh, computer problems. There's a big stress! :)

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  111. great post! I agree with the foreign language snippets, I enjoy them more when there's an explanation, and I never even thought about characters not eating. Happy blitz day!

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  112. Huzzah! Long love sarcasm! And happy blitz day!

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  113. Hello, Leandra! I'm so with you on these bookish loves, especially the 4th one!! I recently re-read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House book series and I love how she describes all the food!! It makes me hungry though, lol.

    Hope you enjoyed your Blitz Day!! :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  114. I love me some snark and sarcasm in books. That, and vivid imagery. And while I'm not a huge fan of food in novels, I totally want to cook some of the meals Martin talks about in A Song of Ice and Fire

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  115. My goodness, you have a zillion comments! I'm not surprised since your posts are always so fun and entertaining! I agree with your list and my father called me "Silly Goose" when I was little. :)

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  116. I hope you're enjoying your blog blitzing. Without sarcasm I would be very lonely :)

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  117. sarcasm and foreign languages do make any book better!

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  118. love this! although I am a non-eater when stressed it drives me insane too when characters are always avoiding food. Especially since they'll most likely be stressed for a significant portion of the book! One of my biggest book loves is when music is an element somehow. It always amazes me when an author can make me feel like I can hear or feel music just using words!

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    1. Music in stories is another good one- and I do admire an author who can do it well. I'm not very good at it! :)

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  119. Happy Blitz Day!! You make valid points in you post likings. Nicknames, pet names, what have you, as well as simple things like eating or even going to the bathroom, make for far more realistic characters. I love the quirks in characters, just like those of us in so-called real-life who are characters. Happy Blitz Day from a new (and snark-addled) reader. Keep on keepin' on, and see ya 'round the web.

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  120. Love your wit! And, I love me some sarcastic characters, too! Peace and joy to you always.

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  121. I love sarcasm too! I'm a nervous non-eater but I love food the rest of the time!

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  122. Great post! I probably make every nervous character devour chocolate, just like I do. LOL.

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  123. Hi, Leandra. Stopping by to say HAPPY BLITZ DAY!

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  124. Happy belated Blitz Day! I also love these things.

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  125. Leandra, happy belated blitz day. I hope all the wonderful comments made you smile. :-)

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  126. I think we're kindred spirits. I wholeheartedly agree with each of your loves! Jag tycker att du är väldigt duktig på detta. That's Swedish for I think you're good at this. I'm a Swedish immigrant living in the US since 1974. Very nice to meet you!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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    1. Ooh, you had me at Jag! Tho I'm glad you weren't around to hear my pronunciation. Your ears would've been bleeding... =)

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  127. Hi Leandra,

    My good friend, I visit you without the prompt of some blitz. Pardon a short rant, but I find it most disrespectful that some only mention the blog blitz and make no reference to your actual posting.

    Hey, eh, I learnt a foreign language by moving to England. My dog has a nickname for me. Mr. Pawesome :) As for sarcasm, personally, I've never, ever been sarcastic in my life, ever! Thank you for this food for thought posting.

    Gary :)

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    1. What can I say? Penny makes up good nicknames! ;)

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  128. Aww, I never had a nickname, either! I made sure both of my kids had nicknames. Whether they like them is another story all together. LOL
    Happy belated blitz day!

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  129. My parents tried to name us so there wouldn't be any nicknames that fit. It failed miserably. My favorite is Roosha (It's a long story).

    I like a setting I can wallow in.

    A little late for the blitz, but I tried.

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  130. Thanks again everyone! This has been such a fun experience, and will always be a highlight in my time blogging. I appreciate all the lovely compliments on my blog, and the time involved in stopping by. This has been a blast! :)

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  131. Love that you like foreign languages-- my wip has a lot of non English words! Congratulations on being blitzed!

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  132. A character who never eats would soon be dead.

    Happy Blitz Day just a little late.

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  133. I would never push food away!

    Happy blitz day :)

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  134. Yeah for stress eating! I hope you had a great blitz day!

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  135. Hope you had a super blitz day. sorry for my tardiness

    Cricket

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  136. what a cute post! those are great hooks for books =)
    sarcasm is one of my need-to-haves, too. and for some reason, I love to inject a little foreign lingo, funny you should mention it!
    and i see you were the blitz-ee this time. sweet!
    happy still sunday!

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  137. Had a busy day away from the computer, so Happy Late Blitz Day!

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  138. Foreign language and sarcasm do it for me!

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  139. Happy beated blitz day! I love books where everyone as secrets.

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  140. I'm popping in with a belated Blog Blitz greeting! *waving*
    And we share a surname!
    Wit/humour/sarcasm in stories... bring it on! I love a good laugh!
    Hope you enjoyed the BLITZ experience!

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    1. Cool! I went from being a Mitchell to a Wallace, and for a long time Wallace felt silly to me(perhaps b/c of Wallace & Gromit). =) But I'm used to it now!

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  141. I eat when I'm nervous. I eat when I'm sad. I eat when I'm happy. I eat when I'm mad. Haha. I also love sarcastic characters. It's probably why I fell for my hubby, purely a sarcastic fellow.

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  142. Humour, food, sarcasm - some of everything is good.

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  143. I definitely always love learning new words in other languages--especially the always useful insults :) Leandra, I think you're going to love my WIP, you totally just check-listed the whole thing. (Well, with Mexican food, not candy, but still, lots of food!)

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    1. I love Mexican food! And our local Mexican joint has candy you can buy at the counter. =D And my list all checked off? I bet I would love it!

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  144. Hi Leandra! I'm coming to you today via Book Blitz. I love all your suggestions up there. I'm a historical fiction author that loves to throw in bits of other languages, nicknames, etc.

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  145. My WIP has three out of four. No foreign language, and I'll admit, it rather annoys me when authors use bits of other languages and leave me clueless =(

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  146. LOL, I know, I'm with you! I also eat when I'm stressed, and my first book's MC kept forgetting to eat. Believe me, that wasn't my idea - I mean, who does that??? - but she insisted. Darn stubborn characters.

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  147. My books tend to have #1 and #4, and #2 more often if they're set in a foreign country. There's such a rich variety of nicknames in the Slavic languages, with so many diminutive and superdiminutives.

    I love just about anything historical, but a historical set in a foreign country, outside of the usual few, really melts my butter. I also love a good story about immigrants to a new land, with bonus points if it's set outside the usual New York City or London.

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