Advice to inexperienced authors often includes “find your voice.” How do the advice-givers suggest you do this? Through writing. Writing, writing and more writing. I’ve also seen blogging as a suggestion since it tends to have an informal tone. I’ve been placing a good bit of trust in this advice, and I’m starting to feel that I must be bland or broken. Continue Reading
Challenge 6 ~ Take two characters from different genres. Sit them at the same table in a coffee or tea shop. What do they talk about? Change the setting to a bar. How does the conversation change? Would they choose to meet up again?
I chose Coral from Soulkeeper by Brian Simons and Dr. Anna from Exhume by Danielle Girard. Soulkeeper is a recent LitRPG (Speculative Fiction) read that I really enjoyed. Exhume, a modern day Mystery, isn’t a favorite, but it’s one of my most recent non-Speculative Fiction reads. Continue Reading
Can I write a post in 15 minutes? We’re about to find out.
Challenge 5 ~ What are the three most recent books you’ve acquired? What inspired you to buy them? Where/how did you get them?
The most recent book I’ve nabbed, and I’m not including ones I borrowed, is The Tea Master and The Detective by Aliette de Bodard. Continue Reading
Here’s the final image for my blogging challenge for people who enjoy reading and writing fiction. Days 21 thru 30! Continue Reading
I’m giving myself a pass on yesterday since it was our second day without power. Thankfully, some hardworking people got it back on for us yesterday evening so I didn’t have to stash pitbulls under the blankets to warm up [again]. Still no internet, but I’m just grateful to have heating, refrigeration and cell phone charging. Not going to penalize myself for windstorm aftermaths, so today is now Day 4 of the writing challenge. *waves hands and it becomes real*
Day 4 ~ Do you prefer silence, music or other sounds when you write? Does your preference change depending upon what you’re writing?
Day 3 ~ Choose a favorite book. What tropes exist in the story? When taken out of context of your favorite book, do you enjoy these tropes or are you frustrated by them? BONUS: Examine a least-favorite book in the same way.
One of my favorite books is Ender’s Game. I first read it in 8th grade and instantly fell in love. As an adult, I’m less than thrilled that one of my favorite books was written by someone with extreme, hateful social and political views. But learning horrible things about the author doesn’t change how important the book has been to me. Hell, I named my cat Ender. I used to reread Ender’s Game every few years. I haven’t read it since I learned about Orson Scott Card’s extreme homophobia. I still have these beautiful memories and feelings for the book, but I just can’t bring myself to pick it up again. I’m a bit conflicted on the topic, obviously. I think that makes Ender’s Game a great subject for today’s challenge. Strip away all of the details of this story I love. Reveal its bones.
Blogging Challenge Day 2 ~ What is one adjective that describes your writing? Regardless of genre, length, etc., what is the one thread or perspective that runs through all of your work? Do you think others would pick up on it?
Not to go too Alice in Wonderland, but I enjoy using the phrase “curiouser and curiouser.” When I consider my writing, both prose and poetry, there’s a thread of discovery running through it. Continue Reading
Here are days 11 thru 20 of my blogging challenge for people who enjoy reading and writing fiction. Continue Reading
Today kicks off my 30 day blog post challenge. I don’t usually blog on the weekends, so my personal challenge is to do this in 6 weeks, 5 days per week. Click here if you’d like to see the graphic for days 1-10 that I’m using.
Day 1 ~ What is your favorite genre to read? What about to write? Be as granular as you like. Why are they the same or different?
My favorite genre to read, without dispute, is Science Fiction. Within SciFi, my favoite sub-genre is space opera. Continue Reading