The Writer’s Tag

Darling Lioness Mirriam Neal sort-of tagged me in this post on her website. (I say ‘sort-of’ because she didn’t tag anyone really and it feels ever-so-slightly narcissistic to tag oneself)

While I’m still in the planning/ roughlining/ researching/ thinking stages of my new historical fantasy {Project} I thought I’d take a brief stab at this #writerstag. For those of you who have missed the blogs leading up to {Project}, please find them here: Story Aesthetic Jan | Feb| March as well as here: Introducing {Project} | France. You’ll be hearing plenty more about {Project} as the time goes on.

Now, without further ado…

1. WHAT GENRES, STYLES, AND TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?

Genres: I’ve been all over the place as far as writing goes. I’ve written YA Moral Fantasy (which is not the same as Christian fantasy OR allegory, in case you’re interested), I’ve written a LOT of Tolkien fanfic, mystery, dystopian, fairy tale for both children and adults, and currently, I’m working on a historical fantasy. Think Paris + magic. Not too difficult to imagine, my friends.

Styles: As an editor, I’m not 100% sure what is meant by this piece of the question. My default is third person past, and occasionally I’ve strayed into first person past. I have a book that’s stuck between deciding whether it wants to be first or third person and the limitations in each are holding it in book-purgatory.

Topics: I’ve not really done much in the way of ‘topical’ stories. I’m more of a ‘write reality if you can’ person, and there’s not one singular topic that dominates anything I’ve done. My published novel, (or previously published novel, perhaps, since my publishing company folded) addresses sacrifice, friendship, loyalty, and feminine adequacy, though none of those things were something I intentionally wrote into the story. They occur naturally, as issues do, in reality.

2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?

I have distinct memories of writing when I was 7– two of my friends and I decided we wanted to write a mystery story. We would make a fort at AWANA games practices (while our siblings practiced running around and doing various athletic things) and write. I have a clear memory of sitting in the back of the Campbell van, notebooks on our laps, trying to puzzle out of a sticky part of our story. I’ve been hooked ever since. Later, I strayed into Tolkien fan-fic, as I previously mentioned, about Arwen’s sister who actually runs around doing heroic things and fighting orcs with her brothers and with Legolas, on occasion.

3. WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Writers don’t ask other writers that question, so I’m just going to move on before I say something snarky.

5. PARTS OF WRITING YOU LOVE VS PARTS YOU HATE?

Love: I love detail, which is why I also love editing. I love worldbuilding and tying plot lines together. I love creating arcs and resolving them cleverly. I love cleverness, if I may say so. I love maps in books and new languages. I love being creative and letting that spill out into something useful.

Hate: Hmm. I hate the inability to write. I hate that, as I’ve gotten older and better at thinking and writing, I no longer have the time to devote to it. For me, it takes a lot of thinking first, a lot of getting myself in the right headspace, and I find that as an adult I don’t have as much time and energy to put myself there.

7. ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING AT THE MOMENT?

I’m so glad you asked. I’ve been chatting about {Project} for a few months. The main reason why it’s still called {Project} is not that I’m being secretive– It’s just that I want a clever title for it and it hasn’t come to me just yet. Here’s a peek into the story:

~ London > Paris, 1889
~ Magic
~ A professor of language with an obsession
~ A sassy French kitchen witch
~ Ciphers, Codes, and a lot of secret passageways
~ Tragedy
~ The Exposition Universelle of 1889 (The World’s Fair)

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS STORY, MY FRIENDS. SO. EXCITED.

8. WRITING GOALS THIS YEAR?

Well. I am pretty loathe to make goals, which seems totally counterproductive, I agree. However, things are gearing up here on the Ranch and within a month I’ll be back to working double-digit hour days from June-September and ALL my free time will be consumed (that is to say, my 22 hours off a week) with catching up on laundry. (Yep, you read that right. Click the link to find out more about my home and Ranch, but suffice it to say that we have guests here 6 days a week with just about 22 hours in between groups)

So, Post-September, my goal is to have something to show you from {Project}. We will see, however. Retaining my sanity might be a good goal.

IN SIMILAR STYLE TO MIRRIAM, I’M JUST GOING TO SAY: IF YOU ARE WRITER AND YOU’VE READ THIS, YOU ARE NOW TAGGED. GO FORTH. WRITE. MAKE GOALS. TAG ME IN YOUR GOALS SO I CAN GET SOME INSPIRATION.

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