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I haven’t done one of these Blog Roll/Meme Tours in YEARS. Not since the dawning of blogging time, back when blogging was…well…different. Remember those times? Remember when we’d give awards to our favorite blogs and post those badges of honor on our sidebars? Ah…how I miss that time in blogging history.
When an old friend(old in how many years I’ve known her, not her actual age) and new blogger, Karin, of the fabulous new blog on the block, http://www.buddhabarbie.com/ ‘tagged’ me, I jumped. Firstly, because of the honor. I mean, she tagged me. And secondly, have you read her blog? She’s a fabulous writer with a fresh voice and interesting perspective. Her blog is about embracing who you are and it’s intertwined with humor although it’s more introspective. Just go check it out, mmmkay?
I’d be remiss to not mention the fact that Karin has also authored two kids books, There’s a Fly in My Soup and One to Ten and Back Again which are both available on Amazon.
Anywho, now to get on with it.
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
That, my friends, is a loaded question. Because I have a lot of stuff going on. I’m in the process of rebranding myself. It’s time, I’m afraid. I’ve outgrown Rock and Drool, I think. I’m not taking it down because I have way too much invested in this space. I am, however, moving on over to a new site that is currently under construction. It’s called Midcentury Modern Woman (http://www.midcenturymodernwoman.com). My idea for it is to be a place for woman over 40 to share real life stories of how they are redefining themselves through middle age and beyond. There will be tips, advice and, like I mentioned, real life stories. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Also, I’m in the process of having an app developed. I can’t speak too much on it, right now. But, I’m hoping to reveal the idea in the next couple months, along with a video on how it works. This is exceptionally exciting because it’s something I’ve been obsessed with for four years already!
AND…I’m trying to get over this horrendous writers block so that I can redo my novel, Adina Falling…a paranormal mystery romance. Also, I’m hoping to write more. A lot more. Because, if you know me at all, you know I love to write fiction. It’s my first love (family aside.)
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN ITS GENRE?
I’m not sure how my writing differs from others. Maybe it’s my voice? Maybe it’s my spin on things? This question is definitely a difficult one for me to answer across the board. Some say it’s because I’m able to write in a way that makes everything believable. I hope that’s true.
WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
Because I have no choice. If I don’t write, I think my brain will explode and unleash all the crazy characters in my head onto the universe. I’m not sure the world is ready for those guys. Paranormal is my top genre to read and write. I have a hard time getting into books if there isn’t some sort of paranormal element involved. That finds its way into my writing, too. I’ve started out writing stories that were meant to be just regular old romance but inevitably, one of the characters bares its fangs at me and suddenly, I’m dealing with a horde of vampires. I have no choice but to run with it, those characters can be so darn stubborn.
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
Say I’m not incredibly writestipated (that is SO a word and I’m experiencing it to an extreme, at the moment!). I’m an organic writer. I start out with a voice in my head that I’m assuming is a character (or I need to be institutionalized). I marinate in that character for a bit until their story begins to take shape. Then, I start writing. I allow the characters to develop themselves along with the storyline. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been shocked by what happens. I’m a semi-controlling person but when I’m in the writing zone, I’m basically just the messenger. I write what I’m told to write.
Same goes with my blog, which has been somewhat barren of posts these last couple years. I take an idea and allow my fingers to do the talking. Usually I end up with some mind vomit masquerading as a post. Sigh.
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS NOT WORK?
I have a difficult time with the conclusion. I can write a story until hell freezes over, I just never know how to end it. Which doesn’t work because I end up never finishing what I’ve started.
Also, distractions in the home and stress of life factor in…which causes intense and painful writers block. And that…is no good for any writing process at all.
And I now pass this meme torch over to…
The fabulous and awesome author, Sloan Johnson. Check out her blog and her Amazon Author page. I first met her on Facebook and had the pleasure of talking to her on the phone. She has an amazing way with words that suck you in and don’t let you go until the end..where you’re left wanting more. And more. I can’t wait to see what her responses are to this meme!
And also, Kendall Grey. Another Indie Author I’ve met from Facebook who has a wickedly awesome way of writing. I want to be her when I grow up! Follow her on Facebook and check out her Amazon Author page. I can highly recommend her Harlots of Rock series but pay attention to the smut warning, it’s loaded with sex. Here blog is found here.