Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bloggy Game - Tag, You're It!

I've been tagged in my first blogging game. (Can you believe after 18 months of blogging that it's my first?) Blogger Demery Bader-Saye in Austin Texas has both challenged and enticed me to play, and to tag 8 other bloggers.
So . . . here I go - lightening fast answers on a Saturday night!

What do you think of when you the hear the word tag?
Um . . . social networking? Really. "Tag, you're it!" has become more of a community thing for me as an adult than when I was a kid. I was terrible at running and catching others as a wee one, and I always seemed to be "it" - which wasn't much fun. ( And TAG heuer - isn't that a watch?)

Do you think you're hot?
I don't just think it, I know it. We're in the middle of a heat wave in the Northeast and I am drenched.

Upload a picture or wallpaper that you're using at the moment.

See above.

When was the last time you ate chicken?
tonight at a stellar neighborhood barbecue, but of course I was shwetty.

The song(s) you listened to recently.
My son is playing Give it Away Now by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on his electric guitar RIGHT NOW. (I am in his room, listening to him practice and blogging. After I put my daughter to bed, he, his brother and I will continue our MONK marathon. Our love for Tony Shaloub carries on.) He also accompanied his sister singing The White Stripes We Are Gonna Be Friends on the guitar at the barbecue earlier.

What were you thinking as you were doing this?
How much I love prompts, and also how full my life is, and how lucky I am that there are so many things that I WANT to do, even if I get overwhelmed at times.

Do you have nicknames? What are they?

Léna is my nickname. My legal name is Madeleine

Tag 8 blogger friends... (okay, I have to tag 9, because I have a hard time with rules.)

1: Carrie Cox
2: Sarah Darer Littman
3: Arlaina Tibensky
4: Kristi Tuck Austin
5: Cherie
6: Anne Riley
7:Jen Violi
8: Gae Polisner
9: Amanda Cleary-Eastep

Who's listed as No. 1?
Carrie Cox was one of the first people to start commenting on my blog 18 months ago, and I am incredibly grateful for her friendship and support. She lives in Mobile, Alabama and is president of the Mobile Author's Guild. She has three children and LOVES to read and write YA. (She has also spearheaded the movement to get me out to Mobile next March. I can't wait to hug you in person Carrie!)

Say something about No. 5
I met Cherie on Twitter! We have been having a good time getting to know each other - twitterifically! She is also a writer and a mom. (Hmmm . . . I sense a theme here!)

How did you get to know No. 3?
I met Arlaina through a mutual friend - Arlaina is the creative director of Pen Parentis, a non-profit supporting parents-cum-authors, hosting monthly salons. Arlaina is a wicked cool and funny mamacita, whose first novel comes out THIS Tuesday 7/26, and is called And Then Things Fall Apart.

How about No. 4.

Kristi rocks. Like Carrie, I also met her through her comments on my blog, and started hopping over to hers which she shares with three other awesome writer/ artists. Then she asked me to come to Richmond, Virginia when Edges came out, and I said yes! I took the train and stayed with Kristi and her awesome hubby Adam - we drank loads of lattes, she held my hand at the ABC affiliate where I appeared on the morning show, we saw a silly movie before hitting Fountain Bookstore where I did a workshop, reading and signing. Kristi is now a life-long friend! (I miss you darling!)

Leave a message for No. 6.

Anne, I am so glad to have "met" you! Thank you so much for introducing yourself to me and getting this friendship ball rolling. I am so excited to sit down for a long talk when I come to Alabama next March!

Leave a lovey dovey message for No. 2.

Sarah, what can I say? You complete me . . . my go-go-girl. I can't wait to get my hands on Wanna Go Private, which comes out in two weeks on August 2nd!

Do No. 7 and No. 8 have any similarities?

Jen and Gae have both debuted on the YA scene in May, and they are funny, pithy generous souls and their waters run deep.  Please check out their fantastic fiction: Putting Make-Up on Dead People by Jen Violi (reviewed on this blog!) and The Pull of Gravity, by Gae Polisner. 

And I have to give honorable mention to Amanda, a wonderful writer in the Chicago area who has just started running writing workshops for teens!

Now my kids are giving me the stink eye, because MONK has just started and I need to pay attention!

Tag to you, bloggy friends!!


  1. Hi Lena! How fun ;) Thanks for the tag. That rainbow wallpaper is quite breathtaking. And how fun that your kids know how to sing and play the guitar! :)

  2. Wow--number one! No pressure. Will try to get to the bloggy game this weekend.

  3. Thanks for breaking the rules for me, Lena! I'm inspired to break more myself now. I haven't played a game in a while, so this will be fun. Be ready to be tagged back...although I don't want it to bring back any bad memories of being "it" in childhood.

  4. YAY! That was fun to read :) Thank you so much for playing along. Looking forward to checking out the blogs of those you've tagged.

  5. um, of course I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. Am I supposed to answer the same questions about eating chicken? What is wrong with me that I find this assignment hard. *slaps self silly, waits for answers*

  6. Yay Cherie!

    Wonderwegian - hmmm . . . *looks at watch* NO PRESSURE! Tomorrow, next week, or never.

    Hey Amanda, you rock!

    Gae - this was my first time too. Yes, you answer the same questions! It's a silly game to support other writer/bloggers. Spread the love. Because we all feel silly blogging sometimes. I mean, who is reading anyway? But then we write anyway, don't we? xoxox Mad love to you, lady!

  7. Ummm . . . I don't think it's your first. I seem to remember somebody else tagging you. Back in September, maybe? ;-)

  8. Demery - it was fun - thank you for tagging me! I had to do it right away, otherwise I wouldn't have done it.

    Alison - I'm suddenly feeling very sheepish. It's not my first? September? Oh mon Dieu! I must have been flummoxed!

  9. Oh, don't feel sheepish! I wasn't offended at all, just felt like teasing you. You were a little busy with revisions at that point. And to be fair, it wasn't a game, it was an award. http://joyinthejourneyblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/cool-blog-award.html

  10. Oh yes! And I didn't know what to do . . .

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