twelve questions and how they were answered

Meghan Gorecki over at Every Good Word (as well as Just as I am) has a lovely aimed-towards-writers, as, I'm sure you could find it interesting even if you are not an authorly person, but, I do believe its aimed to the wordcrafters in general. 
Anyway, she has a link up for her followers, which is always fun to browse and mingle on, as well as participate, so, without further ado, where-are-my-drumrolls, here is my answers to her link up questions!

1: What was your first-ever piece of writing? 
If my memory serves me correctly, my first ever piece of writing was a double paged narrative about how much I loved my cat, and why I loved my cat, and how she was the best cat to ever be. It was accompanied by a drawing of my black, white pawed cat. I hadn't learned yet that drawing wasn't my forte.

2: How old were you when you first began writing?
 Is it cliche to say I've been writing for as long as I can remember? 
I always wrote, I can't really remember a time where I wasn't writing something. 
But, I suppose I didn't really write the stories in my head until I was eight. Before then, it was all journals and letters and diddies about my cat.

3: Name two writing goals. One short term and one long term. 
My short term goal is to simply finish a novel. I've never actually finished a book, and to do so is my goal. Long term, is to publish that book. simple, I know. and I don't have any clue how I'll get there, but it'll come to me. somehow. 

4:  Do you write fiction or non-fiction? 
Well, I write fiction in my books. I don't have the right brain for writing non-fiction books. novels are my thing. but, if blogging could be considered non-fiction, I suppose I write both. but, I've never actually considered my blog to be writing...strangely enough.

5: Bouncing off of question 4, what's your favorite genre to write in?
I'm all over the place.  I have two mildly dystopian (no. they do not involve, in the least, an evil organization government out to get teens. that's not how controlling governments work people. They do not alienate teenagers, but befriend them. look at Nazi Germany duhhh), two Historical Fiction, a handful of fantasies and a couple contemporary fictions.  I guess, if I were pick my favorite, I'd say fantasy. Be it Modern or more Tolkien esque. I love the flexibility and imagination you can infuse on a fantasy world, people and culturals. 

6: One writing lesson you've learned since 2013 began. 
I am a perfectionist or a notatall. and that gets in the way if almost everything I do (not just in writing. If I can't make the kitchen looking dazzling, and sonething Martha Stewart would be at home in, I'm not going to do it at all). So, when I write, if it's not just how I expected it to be, I shove it away and pout in my 'lack of skills' for weeks.  But this year, I've been learning that it's ok to not be perfect to first go round. If I need to polish it up in draft two, I can. draft one is just to get it out. Draft two is to get it perfect. 
now. to just find a way to apply that to cleaning...

7: Favorite author, off the top of your head! 
you had to ask, didn't you?!
*initiate annoyed sounds and rolling on the floor* 
My favorite author changes weekly, but right now, at this moment, I'd say....probably Robin McKinley. she stays a pretty constant favorite through all the times, and I love her works. especially Chalice
When people ask for a book recommendation, I always say Chalice first thing.

8: Three current favorite books. 
ah, see, you grew wiser. you are asking for our 'current' favorite books because, if you asked for my favorite book, I'd simply laugh and move on because even I don't know. 
But right now, my loves are:
 Chalice by Robin McKinley (HA. Surprise! did you expect that?),  
This Mortial Coil by Mirriam Neal (which isn't published yet. but I can still list it. nha) 
and The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (a pure genius novel about a retired Sherlock Holmes. My darling Holmesie was written so perfectly, so real, and Watson, the few appearances he has made thus far, as I haven't finished it, he is such a teddy bear. ♥)

9: Biggest influence on your writing {person}: 
Can I list a group of persons? because I have to say, all the beautiful people in my lovely writing group, The Tea Spitters, are, undoubtedly, the biggest influence on my writing. I've had fewer and fewer days of self writing hate since knowing them, and just gah. I could gush forever on how perfect they are, especially Amë and Abby and Sky and Mirriam and Isabel.

10: What's your go-to writing music? 
It depends a good deal on what sort of scene I'm writing.  But, anything instrumental, normally. Or in another language. I don't write we'll when distracted by the lyrics. I'm tempted to sing instead of write.

11: List three to five writing quirks of your's! Little habits, must-haves as you write, etc. 
1||| I have to have my headphones on. Even if I'm not listening to music while writing (most times though, I am), I have to wear the headphones. They are huge and dull a lot of sound, and just make me focus. like blunders on a horse. 

2||| I have to sit with my back to the wall. It irks me to no end when people come up behind me while I'm writing. it greatly distracts me.  But even if I'm home alone and writing, I have to be up against a wall. 

3||| And it must be dark. which means I do 88% of my writing at night. If its daylight, I just cannot write. During NaNoWriMo, I put a blackout during over my window so it was night time dark in my room all day and that's the only way I was able to write. 

12: What, in three sentences or less, does your writing mean to you?
 hard question. I know, here I should probably put something beautiful about it being my way to witness, or something Christian like that, but I do want to be honest. To me, writing is a me thing. It helps me understand myself, it helps me calm down when upset, or grow passionate over something.  Writing is the reason I go out and do things or try things I may not like. (Like, the only reason I got on a jet ski was because I might have a character do it someday).  Without writing, I could easily see myself being a passionless potato. 

oh dear. 
you said three sentences of less. oops. I failed.

That was immensely fun, and please, do stop by the link up, and maybe have a go at it yourself, eh?



1 comment:

  1. High five, fellow perfectionist! ;) Thanks for linking up!!!
    Robin McKinley wrote a retelling of Beauty & the Beast, did she not? Best.EV-ER!!!! =D


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