Sorry folks, no poetry today. I had a computer crash last night while I was working on the poetry form for today. So instead I have this wonderful Meme that the wonderful Erica tagged me for. I, in turn, invite anybody who wishes to participate to put the Meme up on their blog and then link back here in the comments.
1. What's the last thing you wrote?
Aside from blog posts, it would have to be my NaNo novel.
What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?
Way back in the stone age when I was in high school, I started writing a fantasy novel that used the Stonehenge as a portal to link Earth and Saturn. I still have this – mostly typed on a manual typewriter.
2. Write poetry?
Yes, at least once a week. Thursdays to be precise. Well, except for this Thursday.Check the links to the left.
3. Angsty poetry?
Not so much these days, but I’m sure I produced a lot of it in highschool.
4. Favorite genre of writing.
Romance! Paranormal romance, space romance, adventure romance . . . you get the idea.
5. Most annoying character you've ever created.
Hmmm. I’d have to say it would be Hannah, from my first NaNo novel. She was flat and boring and I just couldn’t seem to make her interesting. She was a real editing nightmare.
6. Best plot you've ever created?
They’re all great! Okay, if I had to pick just one, I’d pick the paranormal series I started that uses parallel dimensions.
7. Coolest plot twist you've ever created?
I’d have to think about that . . .
Maybe the one where my MC is going to have her first threesome and it turns out the men where more attracted to each other than her and she ends up on the floor beside the bed.
8. How often do you get writer's block?
I don’t really believe in writer’s block. There are times when I’m just not feeling the writing mojo, however, and I deal with it by just pushing through, or sometimes switching to a different project.
9. Write fan fiction?
10. Do you type or write by hand?
Mostly I type. I’ll make notes, sometimes write letters, or sometimes create poetry by hand, but for me, the greatest invention since the electric typewriter was the computer.
11. Do you save everything you write?
Yeah, pretty much. And again, the computer is a godsend when it comes to this. A computer file takes up a lot less space than a hardcopy.
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you abandoned it?
Most definitely. I think this is both because I keep growing as a writer and the market keeps changing. Sometimes an idea that didn’t make sense years ago suddenly becomes viable.
13. What's your favourite thing you've ever written?
Yikes! This is a hard one. I don’t know that I could choose just one. Ask me again after I’ve started selling my fiction. :-)
14. What's everyone else's favourite story that you've written?
I don’t know about story, but my poetry seems to be well received.
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
I’ve written lots of romance, but never teen romance, nor anything else really targeted for teens.
16. What's your favourite setting for your characters?
Apparently space, at least my last several stories have ended up in space.
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Including poetry? A bunch.
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
No awards but I’ve won a contest with my poetry and I was a finalist in the Writer’s of the Future contest for one of my early stories.
19. What are your five favourite words.
Serendipity, ethereal, corporeal, scudding, gossamer.
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself.
If you look carefully, there’s probably a little bit of me in every character I’ve created, but mostly my characters have qualities or talents I wish I had.
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
I subscribe to the character of the month club. :-) Okay, in truth they just come to me. Usually they start out being a name, maybe a vague, shadowy figure, and they start coming to life as I write about them.
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Yes I do – I have some very interesting dreams sometimes.
23. Do you favour happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
Happy or sad, it doesn’t matter to me when I’m reading, as long as there’s a definite ending. One of my pet peeves is a novel that ends on a cliff hanger. In writing, I’ll usually go for the HEA ending.
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yes I am.
25. Does music help you write?
Definitely. I usually prefer something instrumental or something I’ve listened to so many times it doesn’t break into my concentration.
26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.
First thing that popped into my head was from my NaNo, when the hero is about to crash:
Unfortunately, he had no time for prayers, he was too busy trying to keep the nose of the ship above water.
“Think like a duck,” he told himself, “Think like a duck.”
He didn’t really know how a duck thought much less how it landed on water and managed to stay afloat, but it sounded better than, “Oh, shit, I’m going to crash!”