Second, my internet and phone fritzed out on me Friday so I haven't got back to people - I'm hacking into my mother in law's WiFi to write this post. I *should* be up again by Tuesday...(if not, someone might die). It's funny how I haven't had TV (personal choice) for a few weeks and that hasn't bugged me but going without the internet is making me crazy.
Today is the first official participating day of Gearing Up to Get an Agent blogfest!!! As part of this, we get to participate in a meet and greet, answering the few questions created by the incredible Deana Barnhart. Seriously, she is taking the idea of *southern hospitality* to a whole new level with all the background work she put in for this. If you don't know her yet, you need to. You will thank me later.
Getting to know me :)
-Where do you write?
Right now, wherever I can find a place - most often the dining room table. I am in the works of adding a little writer's nook in my house, you know, where I can close the door and shut out the world. But to combat this I have been writing at 5:00 in the morning, but it is cutting into my planned workouts.
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The kids art station - we have an easel and kids kits and papers that aren't quite projects yet.
-Favorite time to write?
Mornings. If I didn't have a job, I'd send the kids on their way and write, but I am trying to train myself to write better at night.
-Drink of choice while writing?
Diet Coke, with a side of Diet Coke.
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
If I have music, it is classical - my current favorite is Dido's Lament - the version by Sissel gets me every time. If there are words in English when I am writing, I tend to forget what I'm writing, or worse, I write the lyrics from the song and that doesn't go well. I also really like the absolute stillness of a morning (Have you figured out I'm a morning person yet?)
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I was having a conversation with my high school creative writing class about what people who have died can feel - like if you decide to get creamated, are there souls in heaven running around talking about how hot it is? This lead to a bit of a more serious/less weird idea that I have been working with since. It's amazing how helping people discover their creativity allows me to discover mine.
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Don't quit. Sure, the writing might suck right now, but that can be fixed. Sure, you can't always get things done as fast or brilliantly as you would like, but if you stop you won't either. Put your fingers on the keyboard, write the words and keep moving because you won't ever achieve your dreams thinking about them.
That's it for me - jump over here to meet Deana and see the others participating in this part of the blogfest.
What is your current favorite song to listen to while writing?