Thursday, September 6, 2012

In Which, for the Purposes of this Post, I am Played by Rodney Dangerfield

Or maybe Adam Sandler.
Cause I'm goin' back to school!*

I started my first new class in a very long time and it was just as much fun as when I was going all those years ago, and didn't appreciate it, only now I totally appreciate it. Maybe it's just the novelty, which I really needed. It was time to try something new, and put myself in a new environment. I find it helps as a writer to go try really new things on occasion. Keep your mind fresh, and challenged. Especially when you've been revising for months (or years). Do something to shake up those ol' cerebral neurons, and get the sparks crackling again.
Also, I can't wait to surprise all my classmates with my flawless Triple Lindy.

*to take a few classes on things I took already, long ago, but which I have gotten quite rusty at doing in reality, and so decided I could use a refresher course, and also some guidance to keep me from wandering off for another decade. There are a lot of things to play with in this world. One can get easily distracted.

Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Ofcourse!

I see a few of you on my blogroll are already signed up! Yay! For anyone that I might be introducing to the party, welcome to Gearing Up to Get an Agent, a blog hop/contest hosted by the lovely Deanna Barnhart that looks like a lot of fun for us solitary, writerly types.

Deana Barnhart

I'm excited to start something new today, and meet some new writer peeps. This is a big week for me. I'm going to finish a revision (really!). And my son and I both start school this week (wow!) He'll be in second grade, I'll be taking a few classes to build my portfolio and brush up on the ol' digital arts skills.
My basic stats, if you're just meeting me for the first time -
I just turned 33, so I suppose I'm officially an adult, even by hobbit standards. I have one charming little son, three fuzzy cats and one fuzzy husband. We all live in a cottage in the trees, where my husband makes independent films, my son builds the world out of legos, and I write steampunk and ghost stories for the Middle Grade set. And now the official GUTGAA questions!

Where do you write?
In a big squishy chair in the living room.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A table covered in stacks of notebooks and yellow writing pads, filled with scribblings and ramblings about my current WIP. Also usually a black cat, in one of two sizes.

Favorite time to write? 
Morning. That's when I think I'm the most productive. But really, if I can find some time to work, I'll take it!

Drink of choice while writing?

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Occasionally I listen to music, but usually I have to just ignore the noise going on around me.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
Ooh, well, the inspiration for my current WIP came about ten years ago, when I was often alone in a huge stable at night, walking down the long barn aisle, with horses watching me from both sides, and the occasional dark, empty stall lurking somewhere at the end of the row...

What's your most valuable writing tip?
It's been said before - a bunch of times - but really, don't be afraid to kill your darlings! I've been working on a manuscript for years that had tons of potential, but it wasn't until I was able to see the forest for the trees, and let go of certain bits of writing that I was "so proud of" that it's really become something awesome. Was it hard to let some of that writing go? Absolutely. But the work really is better overall because I was able to be honest about what had to stay, and what had to go.

So, that should get us started. Now it's off to tinker with the WIP for a while. Happy GUTGAA - ing!