Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh! Ya Got Me!


Thanks to the wonderful Abby Annis, I've been tagged! This should be educational, if nothing else... Okay, question 1:

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have? The last thing I wrote was a new scene I'm adding to my wip. And sadly, I'm afraid the first thing I wrote that I still have is an introduction and first chapter of a novel set in Bronze Age Crete that I started in grad school. When I moved out and went to college, my old story notebooks were the last things I wanted. I was reinventing myself-- I didn't need to be constantly reminded of how I was so desperate for friends in high school that I'd make them up.

2. Write poetry?
Good lord, no. Not since I was about thirteen and had a crush on a boy. It was sappy and awful, yet I think also had a paranormal element. Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

3. Angsty poetry?
As if the world ever needed more of my angst. *insert eye-roll here*

4. Favorite genre of writing?
Definitely speculative fiction, and preferably YA. There's no genre that's more fun to write than YA speculative fiction.

5. Most annoying character you've ever created?
Definitely the goddess Isis from my trunked novel, The Uneven Parallel Plane (working title). She was a mega-beast, and in the most annoying way.

6. Best Plot you've ever created?
I really liked the plot to The Uneven Parallel Plane. It was fun, and had multiple pov characters whose destinies were intertwined.

7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you, just like the last person who asked me this question. ;)

8. How often do you get writer's block?
Not often. If I stall while staring at the computer screen, I just whip out my notebook and brainstorm.

9. Write fan fiction?
Actually, the first novel I finished at age 15 was a sort of X-Men rip-off. The short-lived Generation-X imprint was just getting going, and I loved the idea of a school for "gifted" kids. Turns out I wasn't the only one, lol.

10. Do you type or write by hand?
I plot and start writing longhand, but I can type as I go, too.

11. Do you save everything you write?
Just about.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?
Occasionally. If I can't stop thinking about it. Like right now I'm thinking of destroying Mara's violin. Even though I'm convinced it would be gratuitously mean, I keep coming back to the idea.

13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?
To be honest, I had the most fun with The Uneven Parallel Plane, which is why I'm thinking of rewriting it from memory.

14. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written?
Evangeline. Betas love my hero, it seems. Ah, Jude, who wouldn't love you? ;)

15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
I like to add romance to everything I write-- nothing is safe. And though my teens can be angsty, it's never because they're the unpopular kid at school, or anything mundane like that. More like they just discovered they're a dragon or something of that ilk.

16. What's your favorite setting for your characters?
I love New Orleans, but I'm liking Belle Epoch Paris, too.

17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Three. Deep Revisions of Evangeline, Mara's second draft, and I've been turning the UPP over in my head wondering how to make it work. So my head is at maximum capacity right now.

18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
I wish. And I strive to, but I fear my work is a bit too escapist.

19. What are your five favorite words?
For some reason I love words that end in ate-- Propagate, formulate, procrastinate. ;) I also love the word affronted, but it's one I can rarely use in my writing. My absolute favorite word is lasagne.

20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Evangeline, I suppose, except that she doesn't like history, and I don't like exercise.

21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Everywhere and everyone. One character reminded me of my sister, so I even gave her my sister's name. Of course, she diverged as I fleshed her out, and is only remotely like my sister nwow.

22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Why? Does the world want to read a book about Zachary Quinto taking me to the drive-in, lol? I've never had a dream and said, whoa, I need to write about this. But I have had some dreams where situations in my wip will become more clear, if that makes sense.

23. Do you favor happy endings?
Yes, but with a caveat. Everything has to go pear shaped first and someone probably has to die.

24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
To the point where I wish I weren't. I just deal with it, but misspelled words drive me batty.

25. Does music help you write?
Sometimes. Depends on my mood, but I prefer instrumental.

26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.
This is one of my favorite passages from my wip:

As we fill M. Herve in on the mysterious goings-on, his fawn colored eyes grow serious and intense. “So you have no real evidence, and no actual suspects, is that right?”

His tone scathes, but Mme. Moreau has him beat. “Hence, why we contacted a man of your particular skills. The fact that you will also pass as a decent bartender being the reason that I hired you over the next detective in the directory. Hopefully you’ll be able to distinguish yourself from your colleagues in one of those vocations.”
Well, this was fun! Hope you enjoyed it.

In turn, I'm tagging
Carrie Harris
Jade
Shannon Messenger

Y'all are it!

12 comments:

Carrie Harris said...

Eeep! I've been tagged! At least it's not toilet tag. That's what my kid plays. ;)

Hardygirl said...

Fun post! And, I love your excerpt.

And, I'm with you on the dream writing--except that mine are just too weird and they make NO sense.

sf

ElanaJ said...

I really want to read about your date to the drive in. Ha ha!

Tamika: said...

This was fun! Spelling drives me batty too, glad to know I'm not in that boat alone.

Tere Kirkland said...

Carrie. Um. Ew. Huh. I used to think your son was cute. ;)

Sarah, thanks! It was the first one that came to mind, but I had to look up the exact wording in the manuscript. That Mme. Moreau is much better with words than I am, lol.

Elana-- I don't kiss and tell! And I'm not sure my husband would want to read about that...

Tamika, I can't even turn off the spell-check, I see misspelled words without it. It's totally counterproductive, but that's just how some of us are wired, I guess. Nice to meet a fellow spell-oholic. ;)

Susan R. Mills said...

I love these things. Thanks for sharing all this info about yourself.

Jade said...

Ok, so I'm going to have to get my wit on.

I don't like tag because I don't like to run. I'm going to just hide in the bushes until everyone's forgotten that we're playing and then I'm going to jump out of the bushes and tag them.

V. S said...

Great answers!

Belle said...

What a fun meme! I had great fun reading your answers, and your excerpt is so intriguing. I have novels for dreams but it's funny, I've never thought to use any of them in my writing!

Abby Annis said...

What is this UPP you speak of? Now I'm curious.

And, um, Jude. Yeah. He might be a small part of the reason I like Evangeline so much. :)

Great snippet! Glad you played!

L.T. Elliot said...

This was really fun to read. I'm so happy to know other speculative fiction writers. I don't meet many. =[

Tere Kirkland said...

Ha! Abby, that's the poorly but aptly titled "The Uneven Parallel Plane". It had major structural problems, and went on far too long. I'm thinking of rewriting it with four alternating first person povs. That should keep me sane this spring. ;)

L.T., maybe we need to get a crit group going in the new year! I prefer other spec fic writers to crit my work. It could be fun.