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!


T.D. McFrost said...

I love the fuzzy husband bit, that made me laugh and heart your humor.

This was fantastic to read. <3

Nicole Mc said...

Ok, the whole horse stable thing totally has me intrigued! :)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Yep totally intrigued by the inspiration! Do tell.

Lily Cate said...

Well, I used to work for a certain Olypmic gold medalist equestrian's parents, back in the day :)
I spent a bit of time alone at night in the barn, cooling the horses after lessons, and there are plenty of dark corners in those big old barns, and things making little whispery noises, and great big show horses getting spooked at nothing... or are they?? When a 16 hand tall bomb proof school horse is convinced there is something scary at the end of the aisle, I start to believe him ;)

Lily Cate said...

And my husband hasn't always been fuzzy. But right now, he's rocking a beard that's long enough to braid. Yup. He's that awesome.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

All the best as you take the plunge, Lily Cate!

Cynthia said...

Saying hello from GUTGAA... I agree with your tip about cutting out stuff that only feed our writerly egos without advancing the story. Been there!

Alleged Author said...

That's right. Those darlings need to die!!! Oh...erm...I agree. I'm your newest follower. *waves* Very nice to meet you!


Jenna and Ashley said...

Your family sounds flipping awesome! It sounds like you and your hubby (and your son!) are able to do what you really love. I was a lego fan myself as a child. Spooky inspiration. Have you read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater? If you love horses, it's a great read. Nice to meet you!

Kelley Lynn said...

Ooo, your inspiration gave me goose bumps!!!

So nice to meet you!

Alice said...

"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!"
Your life sounds amazing...

Lily Cate said...

Wow, look at all these cool new peeps!! Hi Everybody!

Caroline - I found May B. at my library the other day :D

Cynthia - yup, it's hard, but it's gotta happen.

Alleged Author - Welcome! So nice to see you!

Jenna and Ashley - great names ;) My best friend is a Jenna, and my husband's last film is titled Ashley!

Kelley Lynn - awesome! It is a ghost story!

Alice - It's pretty darn good :) Although, there are the intermittent day jobs, chores, house repairs, self destructing cars and sick pets to deal with, getting to do what you love sure does balance that all out!

Aidyl Ewoh said...

I’ve been jumping around all the GUTGAA posts, and it’s fun comparing everyone. Dark, empty stall… Sounds scary. =)

Jeannette said...

Interesting and creepy imagery with the stable. Good luck with GUTGAA!

Angie Sandro said...

Mmm, I could almost smell the hay. Nice visual. Very intriguing. Also, I love the picture of you when you're writing. So funny. Good luck with GUTGAA. Please, stop by and say hello if you haven't already.

Jenna and Ashley said...

Lily Cate, you did spell Kubasaki right! I got so excited just seeing the name. I would have graduated from Kadena High School if I'd stayed all four years. We played Kubasaki in football:)
Love making crazy connections like that. Well, okay, it's not as cool as both knowing the same person, but still:)

Russo said...

Your writing is really interesting. You have a great voice. I can't wait to read your novels someday sounds lame but it's the first thing I thought of when reading your blog. -Russo @

Michael Sirois said...

Hi, Lily--

Good to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

I agree, it can take years to learn to kill the darlings. I just finished trimming 40,000 words out of a still-too-long novel, and it's extremely difficult. But if there's anything there that doesn't advance the story, an agent is going to have a difficult time selling it to a publisher.

Have a great time with the rest of GUTGAA.


Dr. Margaret Aranda said...

Yes! Coffee! So nice to meet you and I love your font style...I tend to take life too seriously, but I'm a doctor so that is understandable. Nice getaway, your blog! Great to meet you through GUTGAA!

Dr Margaret Aranda

Anthony Dutson said...

Great hook with the horse stables! You had me. Enjoy GUTGAA!

TerriKRowe said...

That is great advice-to do the unthinkable. I had an ending I was fond of once-but apparently I was the only one that liked it. When I chopped off the last ten pages-and took a harsher view of the "star" of the story-it really made it more real and readable!