7 Things You Might Not Know About Me As A Writer

Someone will know this first part very well: I stole this blog idea! Or borrowed, or copied, or whatever. I borrowed it from my writer friend JayceGrae. I didn't see any rhyme or reason to it, so here are 7 things about me and my writing that you probably didn't know... 2015-07-01 13.50.19b

1. The only piece of fan fiction I've ever written was based on a comic book TV series called "Witchblade." The quality of the story was awful. I just read it. Living proof that I was once a terrible writer (I wrote it when I was 16? Published on Sep 28, 2001) and that I have only improved. As a general rule, I dislike fan fiction because it can't be published traditionally and I feel that characters and stories should be left with their original authors. The flip-side to that is that it allows you to write with pre-existing characters and a world, so it's actually quite good practice for later, when you have to make up those characters and worlds. So I suppose it boils down to: no, I won't read your fan fiction and I won't be writing any more of my own.

Oh, but I loved that show...


2. I don't like writing before work. This seems like a given, but some people can wake up an hour before work (I'm looking at you, Stephanie) and can open a word document and make coherent words come from their brain. I am not one of those people. The amount of anxiety I have before any kind of day job is overwhelming. That's kind of a boring fact, though.

3. I never went to college because I didn't want them to ruin my "voice." The truth is, college is just too damn expensive, and I was always scared away by orientation and massive debt for the rest of my life. But also because I didn't want to be told how I had to write. I realize, of course, that denying myself a higher education is a disadvantage to me--but there it is. I read, I write, I read writing books when I can and I learn as I go. I'll never be college educated, and I'm OK with that. I get offended when social media tells me my life is incomplete because I haven't attended college. I work a dead-end job, and I write when I can, and I'm also OK with that.

4. Most of my favorite authors didn't even start writing until they were in their 40's. So I have time, right?! I don't have a goal to publish anything before I'm 40, but I certainly hope so. Mercedes Lackey is my inspirational female writer; she worked countless jobs before she finally had a dream that started her writing Arrows of the Queen. I've read most of her Heralds of Valdemar books and her character Talia influenced the name of my own character (Talisyn became Malisyn).

5. I once wrote a story about a princess who pulled out her hair to try and explain my own Trichotillomania. I still have the story, somewhere. It was my way of trying to explain to my teacher, and perhaps my family, how I felt before my OCD had a name.

6. I'm an easily distracted writer. I should love what I'm writing, but it's like anything else I do for long periods of time, once 20-30 minutes has passed, I'm looking for something else to do. It's a constant struggle to keep focused for me. So when I can sit down and write and meet a goal, it's important. Concepts like #NaNoWriMo and #CampNaNoWriMo that initiate deadlines and goals are really effective for me: but I still have to take a break to do something else. Even now, I was finishing up writing a project for #CampNaNoWriMo and I wandered off to the internet and--oh, hey, look '7 Things You Might Not Know About Me As A Writer," I should really probably fill that out, like, right now. SHINY.

7. I was inspired by my parents. My father had an 8th grade education and was, basically, illiterate. I wrote stories when I was in middle and high school, and I have a very vivid memory. I was hiding in the living room (no doubt, I was supposed to be in bed), and my mom was reading a story I had written aloud to my dad. I don't know if they knew I was there, listening, or not. But it meant so much to me to hear my story read to someone who appreciated it (even if they're my biased parents), that I knew it's what I wanted to do.  There were few times in my life I felt my dad was ever proud of me for something I did as myself, and not the child he wanted me to be. My mother wanted to write, and I knew she had books ("How To Write A Damn Good Mystery" was book I  had seen on her shelf) and I knew a dream rested there somewhere. I remember at some point, reading "Arrows Fall," by Mercedes Lackey and just crying like a little girl. And my mom said, "Honey, if you don't like how the story ends--write your own."

And here I am. Writing my own ending. Eventually.

Hey, since I'm on the sadness train...

8. I created Transcendence so my characters, unlike my family, would never die.