I was recently nominated by a fellow-blogger James Stack (and his dog Ollie) for two blogger-to-blogger awards: The Sunshine Blogger and The Liebster Award. How cool is that?
What this means is that I get to answer eleven of James’s questions, and then pose eleven questions of my own for nominees of my choice. Ultimately, the awards are used to promote, recognize, and thank fellow bloggers, which I think is nice 🙂
So, thank you James and Ollie! Here are the answers to your questions:
When did you start writing?
Well, it depends on where you want to begin. I’ve been storytelling since I can remember, at about three years old. I remember writing a lot of short stories in this tiny notebook when I was in third grade that I would show my brothers and sister. But I don’t think it was until 6th or 7th grade that it struck my brain and I actually thought, “I want to be a writer.”
What made/motivated you to begin writing?
I love books and movies, and sometimes, especially when you’re a kid and you really love one particular story, you don’t want it to end. So I began writing to keep my favorite stories going, or to write the same type of story in a different way. It started off as something fun, then turned into something that satiated a desire that couldn’t be satisfied any other way, and now it’s something I need. I don’t feel like myself unless I’m writing.
Are you earning a living by your writing? If so or not, how or why not?
Nope. As of right now, I haven’t made a single cent. But, I see my current-writer-state as the beginning of a career, and I’m sort of like an intern right now. I’m learning the business, getting my feet wet, building my foundation. Hopefully when I’ve been doing this longer, and have more experience, someone will throw a few dollars my way. But I’ve heard from many sources that if you want to make money, being a writer is definitely the wrong business to be in. I love it though, and I’m fortunate enough that right now I don’t need to earn a living from it.
If you could have been an historical writing figure (living or not), which one would you have wanted to be? Why?
Hmm, that’s an interesting question! There’s a lot of historical figures I would want to meet, but be… I guess if you look at it purely from a writing-perspective, I wish I could write like Shirley Jackson. I haven’t read all her stuff, just The Haunting of Hill House and a book of her short stories including “The Lottery.” Her style is dark and unsettling, but subtle enough that it leaves you scared without you exactly knowing why. I dig that.
Where and how often do you typically write?
It depends on the day. I write on the couch, the floor, or in a rocking chair. Sometime standing up in the kitchen. I wish I could say I write everyday, but lately it’s been whenever I feel inspiration strike (which is once a week at best). That being said, I think about writing and writing-related things constantly.
What about the writing process is your favorite part?
Getting lost in it. Just being in that world, and living it for a moment. That’s when the best writing happens.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’ve tried both, and decided that if I want to finish anything I have to be a “plotter.” But being a “pantser” is way more fun.
Do you use any software to aid in your writing? If so, what is it and how does it help?
I’ve used a few things, usually apps, but I find that paper and pen work best for me. I’ve thought about trying Scrivener, but I haven’t because I feel like I’ll spend tons of time learning how to use it, and then spend more time procrastinating and going through all its features, and very little time actually writing. I know this isn’t true of everyone, but I haven’t decided if it’s worth my time.
Have you been published? (If so, please provide a link to where your books may be purchased.)
Well, my poetry and short stories have been published (the list of where to find them is here), but I don’t have any books for sale at the moment. I have a chapbook, Rotten Pleasantness, that I’m itching to self-publish. But some of the poems are under contract, so it won’t be ready for purchase until some time next year.
Do you have a will? If so, what have you specified, if it isn’t too much to ask, you want done with you writing when the time comes, so to speak?
You know, I do have a will but I never thought to include something about my writing! Well, when the time comes, everyone can fight over my writing until they decide to unite and put together an awesome, all-inclusive anthology for publication.
What’s your favorite color, movie, song and ideal place to live?
Turquoise. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. “Cover of the Rolling Stone” – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Monterey, CA (I’ve lived there, and it’s wonderful).
Thanks again for the questions and nominations James! I’m honored.
I’ll post my questions and nominees in my next post, when I think of them…
In the mean time, check out James and Ollie’s blog!