Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet

Howdy fellow GUTGAAs. 
I'm excited to join in the festivities and meet other writers. Deana Barnhart has done an amazing job with this. Happy blog hopping!

On to the questions:

*      Where do you write?
I mostly write at my computer desk. If the weather is nice and I’m having a plot problem, then I’ll go outside with pen and paper.

*      Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My cat staring at her treat container. I really need to find a better place for that.

*      Favorite time to write?
Early mornings. Sometimes, I’ll start writing at 3:30 or 4 in the morning. I love the silence.

*      Drink of choice while writing?
My favorite drink is a strong cup of coffee.

*      When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
It depends. I like writing in silence, but music inspires me. If I’m writing a difficult scene, I’ll play a song that reflects the scene. I love Pandora.

*      What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
My latest manuscript is a blend of Space Western and Mystery. Joss Whedon’s Firefly TV series inspired me, as well as Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. I still can’t believe she died last year. I’ve read her works for almost 30 years.

*      What's your most valuable writing tip?
To quote Galaxy Quest, “Never give up, never surrender!” I have an amazing circle of writing friends that constantly inspire me. They’re also fantastic at kicking my butt when I need it. Having that support is invaluable to me.

To continue with the Meet and Greet:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cat's lessons

I've been owned by my cat for seven years, and it's amazing the things I've learned from her. My latest lesson? Perseverance.

While revising my MS this week, I found myself confronted with a plot hole the size of Texas. Maybe the size of Texas and Oklahoma. When writing a list of suggestions, staring out the window, and a bowl of my favorite cereal didn't spark a revelation on how to fix it, I decided to take a break and harrass   play with my cat.

I placed several of her treats (or better known as cat crack) inside an empty paper towel tube. I read the idea on a vet's website, so I'm not totally sadistic. 

She circled the tube, sniffing, growling, and nudging it for a few moments, before slapping the tube off the bed.  She got her treats, and I received more than a dirty look and a swishing tail. A lesson in perseverance. If something isn't working, figure out another solution. 

Only the determined get the kitty treats.