Friday, June 22, 2012

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Blog hop

Welcome to another fun blog hop hosted by Victoria and Jaycee.

Meet my MC, Kami: smart, introverted, and dealing with a major family tragedy in her past that left her unable to trust anyone, especially the hot quarterback she's forced to tutor with an unstable past himself.

Enter Meg (short for Megumi): Kami's BFF who thinks a string bikini is perfectly acceptable beach attire for a school field trip, might possibly be the sole reason Sanrio is still in business, and thinks Kami is a fool for not caving into the aforementioned hot quarterback.

In lieu of an interview, here's a clip from the novel they are in, UNFOLD ME (currently shelved):

            “Lucas has been asking about you,” Meg told me one day at lunch. “He’s worried about you.”
            I sighed and continued to nibble at my bologna sandwich.
            “I’m worried about you too, Kami.” Meg sipped her Diet Coke through a straw that kept bouncing up and down in her soda can. “Why the sudden Lucas avoidance and teen depression syndrome?”
            I sighed again. “He likes me.”
            “No, I mean really likes me.” I looked up to see Meg waiting for me to continue. “Too much.”
            “And that’s a problem because…?” When I didn’t answer, Meg continued. “Because he’s too good looking. And too kind. Too hot. Too popular. Too athletic. Too caring. Too hot. Did I say that one already?”
            I raised the side of my mouth in half a smile.
            “Kami.” Meg slammed her soda can down on the cafeteria table and her straw bounced out. “You’re an idiot.”
            “Yeah, I already saw the memo.” My half smile vanished.
            “Seriously, girl. You have got to take a chance on something. Or someone. And I can’t think of a more perfect subject. It will be good for you to fall. Just a little. To risk a little bit of yourself.”
            “You sound like the school counselor.”
            “Well then she must be a genius. This is so what you need right now, Kami. Stop thinking about it so much, analyzing every possible negative outcome and just do it.”
            I looked at her with longing, wishing I had her confidence, her carefree outlook.
            “Isn’t it what you want?” she asked, serious.
            I nodded, ever so slightly. “You would think when what I want and what I need are the same thing, it would be easy to take it,” I said. “I mean, what else is it competing with?”
            “Fear. Doubt.” Meg grabbed my hand across the table and squeezed it in reassurance.
            “I wish I had another valid choice,” I said.
            Meg sighed and dropped my hand. “Of course you do. You are such a masochist, Kami.” She winked and stuck her tongue out at me. “But I still love you. So maybe I am sometimes too.”

This song has been Kami's theme song for me, even as I was writing the story. One of my favs.

Click here to see who else is participating in the blog hop. And in the comments, tell me, are you more like Kami or Meg? (Or Lucas...I've no gender or hot quarterback biases here :)


Kyra Lennon said...

Lovely scene! I really like Meg, she seems like the perfect friend for Kami!

Dani said...

I think I'm a Meg. What gorgeous looking girls!

Robin said...

LOVE Unfold Me (but you already know that).
Such a powerful story. I feel so much for her. And for you-as my son said last night-"You're as cool as Antarctica."

jaybird said...

I'm a Meg-through and through. Part counselor to my friends, supportive, and always willing to tell them when I think they are being stupid. LOL

Great entry.

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, I love that last line. Great work, Ilima! :D

Cassie Mae said...

I love that you used a scene. Gosh, girl you can write!

Cassie Mae said...

Oh and obviously, I'm a Meg :)

Suzi said...

Meg sounds like a good friend--and fun too.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Meg's awesome! :D I'm definitely a Meg. Great job!

Thanks for participating!

Deana said...

No matter what book it is, I love your writing! Such a great scene and good friends:)

Ink in the Book said...

I love the confidence building going on here. But I'm a Kami through and through.

ilima said...

Thanks everyone. I'm a Kami and am grateful to have so many Meg's in my life to help me. Plus one super-hot Lucas. :)

Tara Tyler said...

a deep conversation! nice job!

Victoria Smith said...

Very fun excerpt and "Let Go"... ah, I love that song. It's on my "The Crimson Hunt" soundtrack. I used it a lot when I wrote "driving" scenes in the car. I just imagine cranking up this tune with the breeze flowing bye. Ah, sigh... I love what you've done here!!

Jennifer Joyce said...

I think I'm more like Kami, especially as I have never owned a string bikini *shudders at the thought*

Hart Johnson said...

Very nice interplay! I like your characters!

Trisha said...

Yep, I am definitely more like Kami, but Meg sounds like an awesome, fun friend :)

Kathryn Purdie said...

Alright, Ilima, I've had it. You've got to get UNFOLD ME off the shelf and give it a fresh rewrite. This story is so awesome, and it seems it's been on your mind a lot lately with all these blog posts and you've talked about it a lot too. Maybe just pull a brave "Cynthia Leitich Smith" and start it again from scratch without looking at the original document. Because I feel this story is still screaming to be told by you!

Emily R. King said...

I think I'm Meg. Great job!

Leigh Covington said...

Great interview! Love your character pictures too!

Tobi Summers said...

Aw, I'm way more like Kami. I overanalyze everything.

Loved the excerpt. The friendship between them is fantastic.