Monday, July 22, 2013

A writer's blog hop

I used to do these tagging blog-hop thingies (that is the official Latin term; look it up if you don't believe me) a lot when I first started blogging 7-8 years ago. But I got tired of telling people about my favorite color or most embarrassing moments. And I didn't want to just make sh*t up about myself like Ken Jennings did when he was on Jeopardy for far too long. So, I stopped doing them.

But, I was cornered asked recently by two writer friends I'm quite fond of and I couldn't say no. So, this is for Elaine and Stacy. :)

These are the questions, and supposedly, I only have to answer 4...or more if I'm verbose
1. What are you working on right now?

About a dozen picture book stories in various states of completion, a middle-grade light-sci-fi novel nearly completed, a young adult light-steampunk historical novel in its 4 chapter, and a whole bunch of adult sci-fi short stories.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Uhhh, I can't answer that for all those things I just listed. As far as I know, none of those things I'm doing have been overdone nor had the life bled out of them.

3. What experiences have influenced you?

If we're still talking about writing, I'd have to say taking that first creative writing class from the Institute of Children's Literature was the most important thing because one of my assignments from that course was the first piece of writing I ever sold. Joining SCBWI has been wonderful too.

4. Why do you write what you do?

Because I'm a sick, sick puppy?

5. How does your writing process work?

Or doesn't work? I write best in quiet places and I'm a pant-ser (that is, I don't plan out my story before I plunge in; I think that comes from writing mostly short stories and poetry. It gets so much harder when I write novels). That's all you need to know, really.

6. What is the hardest part about writing?

Getting published. 

7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet?

I feel like, thanks to my ADD nature, that I've pretty much tried it all. I don't usually read mysteries so I don't write mysteries, but everything else I'm game to try. Well, no erotica either. 

8. Who are the authors you most admire?

Isaac Asimov, Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Heinlein, Jane Yolen...I admire their writing. Since I don't know any of them personally, I can't say whether I would admire them as people.

9. What scares you?

People, spiders, dogma. I really should go see a shrink.
Yes, this is outside our game room window, and, yes, it is larger than my finger.
So there ya go. I'm verbose and answered all of them. As always, I never tag anyone to play these games, but if you do want to, please let me know so I can visit your blog and see your answers (and make smart-a$$ remarks).

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams