Last week, my writing friend Krystal Jane Ruin posted an Author Tag video on her YouTube channel. The questions were fun, so I've decided to answer the author tag here on ze blog because I ain't about to film myself. Because clearly, as the pretty quote below says:
Here is Krystal's cute video:
Question 1: Where is your favorite place to write?
I tend to sit either in my recliner or on my bed when I'm writing. Sometimes, I'll write at the dining table, too. Or the couch.
Question 2: Coffee or tea?
Tea! My regular at Starbucks is the chai latte. I love soba-cha, gobo-cha, herbal tea. I love having tea in the Beauty and the Beast mug my friend Jess got me from Disney World not long ago. I can't really drink coffee because I get super jittery off the caffeine.
Question 3: Favorite book of all time?
*Whimpers* Oh, look, if we're going for all time, there are several. Atonement by Ian McEwan is my favorite novel--historical fiction, dense acrobatic prose, morally conflicted characters, twist at the end. If we're going for classics, Persuasion by Jane Austen. If you're asking about my historical romance habit, then Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas.
That question is cruel.
Question 4: NaNoWriMo, yes or no?
I've done NaNo a few times--2010 was my first time, then I did it again two or three more times after that and it helped me get through a first draft hurdle when I couldn't seem to get through it. But last year, though I decided to write short stories during NaNo, I only wrote and completed one of those stories. I've enjoyed NaNo, but I've concluded that NaNo speed is not for me these days--yes, I'm an excrutiatingly slow writer, but I'm not writing for the sake of getting un-editable words down anymore. I think it can be a cool challenge to get butt in chair or to try writing a novel if you've never done it before or need a push and that community energy to get you through, but it's not for me at the moment.
Question 5: What genre would you write if you had no restrictions?
Oh, for sure the historical fiction/women's fiction (or as I call it, fiction) that I've landed in. I love historical fiction, so my fiction writing voice comes out naturally historical-ish (or so I've been told). I wrote a half historical horror story last year that I really liked writing, so I'd like to write more horror-ish stories, even though I'm a scaredy cat. If I had more of an imagination, maybe something fantasy.
If my characters would stop wanting to do other things in my historicals, I could write historical romances, but they always seem to be wanting to do other things.
Question 6: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
1-Flight, so that anytime the MTA is delayed, I could fly around intsead of waiting for the subway or bus.
2-The ability to take the streaming story narrative in my head and shoot it into a Word document in neat, typed paragraphs, particularly when that narrative is coming out perfectly when I'm trying to fall asleep or in the shower or something.
3- Shooting lasers out of my eyes. 'Cause sometimes, a girl just wants to electrically shock people without necessarily touching or otherwise permanently damaging them. Just, you know, as a warning.
Question 7: Favorite author?
Erm...this is not a fair question. At the moment, it's Alyssa Cole because An Extraordinary Union was the historical romance I've been wanting without even realizing it until I read it a few months ago. But then again, there's also Elizabeth Chadwick, who is amazing.
Question 8: What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
I don't. I used to, but then I became old and the music got distracting. I need a large amount of silence when I'm writing. I constantly listen to music on the go and there are songs I either make a playlist out of for certain stories, or just songs that I'll listen to again and again because they evoke a character or scene for me, but never during the actual physical act of writing itself.
Question 9: If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
I'd like to pop over to London, just so I could explore around all those history nerd places in the UK. Then go to Dublin and get blitzed on Guinness. And maybe Tokyo, if I wasn't illiterate in Japanese. New Zealand, because I want to see Hobbiton. And, of course, my personal overexpensive brusque shithole, New York City.
Question 10: What do you do when you get writer's block?
Come to think of it, I'm now trying to remember the last time I had a major episode of block. I didn't write very much last year, but that wasn't so much a block as realizing that the story I was working on at the time (a Victorian) was meandering with no plot. It's on pause while I write a draft of another book which has more of a plot. I tend to draft in fits and starts and deletions and overdramatic proclamations anyway, so they're more like writer's pauses then actual block.
All right, should you choose to answer the questions, please do and let me know!