So! I’ve been a bit absent (as well as a bit absent-minded) lately, but here’s hoping that September will be an all-around better month, both for my blogging habits and my sanity. My stress levels have dropped considerably since getting my revised version of The Lokana Chronicles sent off to its requester, and I’ve even had some time to read a few books. Talk about relaxing! It was really nice to read books not intended for children ages 5 and under for a change, though I must admit that the ending to one of them is still pestering me. If it continues to do so, I may have to write up a separate post. I may do so regardless. 😉
Anyway, you may or may not have noticed the Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blogfest button that appeared in my sidebar a few days ago. Someone on Facebook was kind enough to point me in the direction of Ms. Deana Barnhart’s lovely blog and this blogfest in particular and once I’d had a look to see what it was all about, how could I say no? Even if it’s a longshot at getting an agent, I’m sure to meet lots of lovely new people and have some fun doing so.
So! The rules! Of course, all good things must come with rules. (Wow, can you tell the books I’ve been reading were set in the nineteenth century or what?) The rules are simple. Answer the following questions, include a brief bio, visit other blogs over the course of the week. Simple enough, right? Right. And now, the questions…
1. Where do you write?
I write anywhere. I prefer to write in a recliner, with the footstool out and a notebook in my lap. Of course, this requires that my children cooperate with me. Toddlers are not known for cooperating.
2. Quick! Go to your writing space, sit down, and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
The first thing I happen to see is the TV remote. It’s sitting on our stone and metal-frame end table. Next to it, of course, lie a box of Kleenex and the remote control caddy, which naturally, is crammed full of other remote controls.
3. Favorite time to write?
Any time my kids are asleep and I’m awake. Since that never happens, evenings after work are probably my favorite time to write. Or on weekends. I would love to have the freedom to just sit down and write whenever the mood moved me, but I’m not that rich.
4. Drink of choice while writing?
Surge. Since they don’t make that anymore, Dr. Pepper. If it’s cold outside, I also like tea or hot chocolate or the occasional cappuccino.
5. When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
It depends. Sometimes I need silence, but other times the slight distraction that music provides helps the words to flow more quickly and easily. I’ve found that, more often than not, if I’m writing, I need music, especially if I’m working on a first draft, whereas if I’m editing, I need silence because the harder I’m thinking about something, the more easily I get distracted.
6. What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
The inspiration for my current manuscript was actually an old one. I stumbled across it somehow some years ago and must have decided that it had some potential. I don’t remember for sure, but one portion of it spoke to me, so I took that one bit and created an entire novel around it. The original story, the one I had found, was something I had begun writing with a friend back when we were in high school. It was complete garbage, but it gave me the inspiration I needed to write something that wasn’t. Well, it and Disney did, anyway. 🙂
7. What’s your most valuable writing tip?
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Nothing in this life comes easily, least of all a career in writing, so if you want it, you’ll have to get your hands dirty. For a clearer and more concise explanation of what I mean by that, check out these two posts (here and here).
And for my bio, something brief that took a very long time to write up:
Kay has been writing for many years and holds an Associate’s Degree in English. Her short fiction has been featured in the anthology 416, and she previously worked as a reporter for The Reinbeck Courier.
Kay currently resides in the midst of an Iowa cornfield with her husband and four children, where she can be found penning the blog Suddenly they all died. The end. and procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter.
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