"A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote." ~Mignon McLoughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Hello dear readers! I fear I have been neglecting my reading. There are so many posts on which I must catch up. Case in point. I wandered over to Willow's Manor and found that a week ago (a WEEK!) she posted some answers to a tag and then commented (quite sneakily) that it would be nice to read what my answers would be. A week. I shake my head in shame, dear friend.
However, all is not lost! I am posting the questions here, now, and I shall, a week late, answer them :) What fun, yes?
1) What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?
I've been capturing some random thoughts in a notebook at work. It started last week. The last thing I wrote is in there, gathered up between parchment pages and tied with leather chord.
Ick. The first thing I wrote that I still have is a story I started when I was somewhere between 10 and 13. It was going to be a ghost story about a haunted china doll. It's dreadful!
2) Write poetry?
So I've been told. If I rhyme, however, it is completely by accident.
3) Angsty poetry?
Only if I'm feeling particularly angsty on a poetry day. It's never good and always crammed into a hidden crevice to be laughed at when I stumbled upon it at a later date.
4) Favorite genre of writing?
I write young adult/new adult fantasy/suspense. I also wield a mean supernatural suspense tale. At least, I think so. I scare myself writing sometimes. Does that count?
5) Most annoying character you've ever created?
Ha! I was thinking about this last night. A villain in my WIP is a whiny, paranoid cretin. I look forward to dishing out his come-uppance.
6) Best plot you've ever created?
Oh, I'm working on it. It's rather complicated and will take several books to tie up. Let's just say it has a lot to do with mythology. So much fun, those ancient myths. There's so much room to run and so many people to play with.
7) Coolest plot twist you've ever created?
Oh dear. That's in my WIP as well. And I cannot, will not, simply won't tell. Trust me. If this is ever published, you'll thank me that I didn't :)
8) How often do you get writer's block?
How often can you say "now"? I guess I think of writer's block as a demon that perches between me and my latest big project. I will push out many little things: poems, hearts on strings, raven's nests and powder blue stars. Those come easily. If I listen. The novels, the world building, that's where the block camps out. Perhaps I could write a novel in the little things. Confuse that block real good. Hmmm, a challenge.
9) Write fan fiction?
heh. Actually yes. I have. And I have some of them up on a fan fiction website. How silly is that? Did I confess that out loud? Oh geez...
10) Do you type or write by hand?
Both. I eek out my initial ideas through pen, sweat and tears. Then I call in a translator in ancient Welsh, which is what my scribblings resemble. I pound that into the computer and then begin the piecing together of the tale that must be told.
11) Do you save everything you write?
No. Some rantings have mysteriously gone missing over the years. I think it's the bats in the belfry. They feed on old pains.
12) Do you ever go back to an abandoned idea?
Every new book I start is a once abandoned idea. My books are once and future things.
13) What's your favorite thing you've ever written?
My WIP. It's a tangled web of lies and mythology, of love and loss, of regret and anger, of bitterness and resolution. It also ends with the annoying inkling there could be more. There is. A lot more. But if I told you what, it would spoil the surprise :)
14) What's everyone else's favorite story you've written?
I have several people reading my WIP. So far they really like it. I'm flattered and heartened. I am humbled they read my scribblings.
15) Every written romance or angsty teen drama?
There are always elements of romance in what I write but out and out romance? I thought about it once and I laughed myself silly!
16) What's your favorite setting for your characters?
The thin line between Reality and the Otherworld. My characters almost always come from Here and cross over to There with the help of a motley band of Others. I am far more comfortable with the Otherworld than what most call reality. Makes one wonder, doesn't it? What IS real?
17) How many projects are you working on now?
At the risk of being berated, poked, prodded and thumped, I am working on finishing up my trilogy, I'm scratching out the beginnings of something that came to be prior to Christmas, I have a mystery outlined and on the back burner, two fantasies in the wings, and an outline for the continuation of my trilogy (yes...continuation) that is begging me to write right now. And my blogs as well as those little snippets I mentioned somewhere above. Whew. I'm tired.
18) Have you ever won an award for your writing?
I've been given numerous awards from my wonderful blog friends? Do those count?
19) What are you five favorite words?
Only five? Parsimonious, Ecclesiastical, Melodramatic, Persnickety, and Effervescent
20) What character have you created that is most like yourself?
As frightening as it is, all my characters are a little bit of me. Even my villains. Especially my villains.
21) Where do you get your ideas for your characters?
I pluck them from the playground of my mind. They come to me, in the night, in the stillness, when I can't quite reach them. They hover in the corners, quietly waiting, sometimes tapping incessantly on the door frames of my brain. Sometimes they leap out of closets and grab me by the collar. Those moments are frightening but the immediacy they create are quite phenomenal. I have no choice but to write.
22) Do you favor happy endings?
I like closure. Sometimes happily ever after annoys me. No matter how fantastical the tale, I like it to hold a sense of reality for me. Real life has ups and downs. There are battles won and lost. I like that in a story too. Make me believe I was there. Make me hurt and laugh with the characters.
23) Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Too much so.
24) Does music help you write?
Yes. If it's too quiet the voices get too loud.
25) Quote something you've written. Whatever pops in your head.
"You mean he's going to kill a deer and bring it back here?"
"Venison usually does require a deer, love."
That was fun. I'm terrible at the rules to these things. I just get so bogged down! So here's a few instructions for those of you who like those sorts of things. Wander over to Willow's (you'll find the link above). Her Manor is filled with wonder, woolly socks, and things that go bump in the night. Then, if you feel so inclined, answer these questions on your blog. Answer them all, answer none of them. Make up your own. It's a question free for all! Let me know if you do :)