Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Blogfest Meet and Greet

I'm taking part in some of the activities in the GUTGAA-Gearing up to Get an Agent Blogfest this month hosted by the lovely Deana Barnhart, and this week is the meet and greet! I look forward to meeting the other writers involved!

Getting to know me:

I'm quickly approaching the big 3-0, so that's exciting (not). I've always enjoyed being creative, whether with crafts, painting, music, photography ... and I started taking writing seriously around the time I graduated from college. I even brought paper to my graduation ceremony so I could work on my first novel (I mean, what else was I going to do all those hours they were calling off names?).
Born and raised in Texas, I still live here with Handy Hubby and our two boxers, Duke and Mylie.
And this is my blog, soon to celebrate it's third blogiversary!

-Where do you write?
Sometimes in my home office, sometimes on my laptop at the dining table, on the couch, in bed, at Starbucks. Sometimes in a notebook I keep stashed in my purse. 
-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
Well, at my desk would be a row of Ball jars filled with pens, sharpies and highlighters. At the dining table I'm surrounded by research books, on the couch would be... the back of the couch since I sit on it sideways, in bed would be my nightstand, and at Starbucks, often Joy Preble will be to my left, churning out another awesome book. 
-Favorite time to write?
I'm probably most productive at night when it's dark and I don't feel like I'm missing something stuck behind a computer. 
-Drink of choice while writing?
I'm mostly a water drinker, but sometimes if I need a boost I'll reach for skim milk or apple juice. I'm probably the only writer that doesn't drink coffee, though I do love the way it smells when I write at Starbucks!
-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I need music most of the time. I prefer movie scores (Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer are some of the favs right now), but if I'm unfamiliar with the song lyrics I can listen to music with words (If I know it, I'll sing or type the words instead). Sometimes I listen to KPOP, because I REALLY don't know the words and never will. 
-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
The MS I'm querying was inspired in part by my trip to Italy, and in part by my intense brainstorming session to try to set a story over there. 
-What's your most valuable writing tip?
If you don't have at least two really good critique partners, find some! Make sure they're honest and can balance the encouragement with actual constructive feedback. We're artists, we're needy. We need to be told how awesome we are, but we also need to know where to improve. Make sure your critique partners are helping you get better rather than holding you in place. Also, find a reader you trust--someone who doesn't write, just enjoys stories--because they can spot inconsistencies and plot holes your critique partners might not have found. Everyone looks for different things. I'm very very very blessed to have my critique parters and readers. They are made of awesome!  


  1. We have a lot in common. I write YA, and am a photographer! Happy to meet you! :)

  2. OMG you mentioned kpop! Moowahahahahaha!

  3. A native Californian saying hello to you from GUTGAA...I too like listening to movie soundtracks and even anime instrumentals while I write...Though I'm not Korean, there was also a kpop boy band I used to listen to awhile back... Speaking of Danny Elfman, I have the CD for the Spiderman score. Hope to read more from you!

  4. I would love to travel to Italy. Le sigh. I'm your newest follower! *waves* Very nice to meet you!


  5. I don't drink coffee! Not a fan at all.

    Though I get my caffine another way. Through an IV hooked up to diet coke ;)

    so nice to meet you!

  6. Sounds like you have a lot of great writing spaces!! I'm most productive at night too, but only because I am NOT a morning person at all. Amen to the critique partners... glad you have some great ones!

  7. honestly, i thought turning 30 kind of rocked (i'm 31 now). There's kind of a good feelin attached to being in your 30s. Especially since your 20s can be so crazy and junk. I think you'll enjoy 30

  8. I love your blog design! Very pretty.

    Agree with Sarah, your 30s is a place of confidence and goodness. Just don't think too hard about things like how current college students were in grade school when the September 11th terrorist attacks happened, or that you remember a time when the internet wasn't everywhere and no one had blogs.

    Here's my GUTGAA Meet & Greet post: A Girl and her Diary

  9. I just hit the big 4-0. I think it was less traumatic than the big 3+ every number I hit until I reached forty. Not sure why, but I'm loving it. Random, totally sorry. I agree with you about finding awesome critique partners. They point out the randomness that happens to insert itself into your ms during periods of extreme exhaustion, so you don't make a fool out of yourself. Wish I had one now to help with this comment :-)

  10. Stopping by from GUTGAA! It's so nice to meet you!! I have to listen to music while writing, too! I love Hans Zimmer music! John Williams is, great, too.

    Good luck!!

  11. Great advice on having crit partners. It is important. I would be lost in a writerly type way without my crit partners.