Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All 30 Writing Questions.


30 Days Of Writing Questions

Start this wonderful journey anytime. Answer daily or weekly or whenever you feel inspired. And experience yourself as writer.

WQ-01:Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why?
WQ-02:How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
WQ-03:How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
WQ-04:Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
WQ-05:By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about 'youngest' and 'oldest' in terms of when you created them?
WQ-06:Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?
WQ-07:Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
WQ-08:What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
WQ-09:How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
WQ-10:What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
WQ-11:Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
WQ-12:In what story did you feel you did the best job of world building? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?
WQ-13:What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
WQ-14: How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
WQ-15:Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
WQ-16:Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how 'far' are you willing to go in your writing?
WQ-17:Favorite protagonist and why!
WQ-18:Favorite antagonist and why!
WQ-19:Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
WQ-20:What are your favorite character interactions to write?
WQ-21:Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
WQ-22:Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
WQ-23:How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story - from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
WQ-24:How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you've killed someone?
WQ-25:Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
WQ-26:Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
WQ-27:Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
WQ-28:Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
WQ-29:How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
WQ-30:Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wreck This Journal: Draw Lines While In Motion.

... On The Bus, On Train, While Walking.

Wreck This Journal: Draw Lines While In Motion, On The Bus, On Train, While Walking.

Well, what should I say?
Did what I've been told and added some color and a handful silhouettes! And done! :-)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Some drum rolls, please!
I'm so very proud to announce the release of The Old Sofa, third issue of the Rattles Flash Fiction anthology collection!

Me and seven other authors expose the secrets hidden in an old sofa, including ghosts of days gone by, help for those in need, and sometimes even special gifts, though the price may be too much to ask. Go ahead, sit down and get comfy. What will the old sofa say to you?

Collection includes:
Whispers by Carol R. Ward
Locking Up by Lisamarie Lamb
French Creek Cabin by Heather Horton
A New Sofa by Michael Jackson
Loose Change by Jo-Anne Russell
The Old Sofa by Karin Eider
The Love Seat by Ann Partridge
Shelter by Jamie DeBree

The Old Sofa is available now for the introductory price of 99 cents at Brazen Snake Books, Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. The print version will be available later this year.

P.S. I was so free to borrow this text from the Brazen Snake Books announcement and slightly changed it for my purpose!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wreck This Journal: Chew On This.

Wreck This Journal: Chew On This.

Ladies, who doesn't want to chew an a sexy guy served on a silver plate!?! Yummy!

This page is dedicated to Carol! Her series 'Hump Day Hunk' on her blog Random Thoughts was my inspiration for that page. Thanks also for the yummy picture(s)!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

WQ-30. Final Question.


30 Days Of Writing Questions

Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

Actually, I already tag this person or better said link to one of her blogs with that little picture above every time I'm answering one of those Writing Questions. I'm talking about C.R. Ward.

You might argue, it's a little unimaginative, but there's more to name her. Both being writers, I currently feel very close to her. She's my beta reader, I'm her beta reader. It's very intriguing to share thoughts about your writings before everything is finally set and done. And how cool is that to find your name written in a book's dedication!

In addition her two blog serial novels:
- Elemental Water on Random Thoughts
- The Shades of Errol Flynn on Random Writings
are so inspiring, that very soon you'll find my own serial novel published here on my blog!

To use Carol's dedication words: 'The best friend(s) I never met. You (guys) rock!'

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Wreck This Journal: Place For Your Grocery Lists.

Wreck This Journal: Place For Your Grocery Lists.

Honestly, I would be completely lost without my grocery lists, I wouldn't bring home half of the goods I need!

But WTJ is a whole different area: For myself and my taste I couldn't find a way to make this page at least a little interesting by only using my grocery lists, there's always quite the same written down on them ... so, I used my right for interpretations: Instead of placing a dozen similar looking, boring grocery lists, I made a collage of wrapping papers of goods and groceries I've bought. As for the fact, that most of the wrappings are quite huge, I bet, this page would look so much better on a larger scale ... but I'm quite satisfied with this result, too! What do you think?

Saturday, February 04, 2012

And I Thought I'm Quite Familiar With That Topic!

For 10 years my two cats Sheela and Amira share my home with me. Sure, my family had cats before, but those two are special. They are my first own pets and it's in my responsibility to take care for them.
I was a student back then when they entered my life. A student with boring computer classes and a free internet access. Only logical that I landed sooner or later in a forum discussing all the cats' maters.

In about two, maybe three years I left almost 1.000 entries in the Fressnapf Forum. I discussed everything ... nutrition, toys, accommodation, behavior and diseases, wrote about funny events and posted pictures ... in short, everything a dediCATed owner is interested in.

In those times I also developed a favor for cats' literature. As student with a small budget I used eBay to satisfy my need for books. Have you ever registered how many novels about cats are out there?

To come to the point: I considered myself as a person with a broad knowledge of cats. As long as I just wrote short stories there was no doubt about it. But now ... how shocking is that! ... I have to face my lack of knowledge!

Even more - I want to publish this particular story as serial novel on my blog. Means, there's the need to write/translate in English. It's advantageous to have a basic cat vocabulary from the musical Cats, but more on first sight easy words become a problem, because my regular dictionary doesn't know them!

Cats seem to be just a minor problem, easy compared to topics like the law or the middle ages or the deep sea. Topics some of my favorite books deal with!

Now it's my own turn to combine fiction with facts, I learn to respect the importance of research and I learn to appreciate the hard research work of other writers - more than ever before!

Let's face it, research belongs to an author's most important tools!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

WQ-29. How Often Do You Think About Writing?


30 Days Of Writing Questions

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

I'm an owl, no early morning bird. So, when my alarm goes off I give myself another 20 minutes snooze time. Not only to wake up properly, but also to remember and reflect my nightly pictures.

My dreams are always a wonderful source of inspiration and I want to preserve as much as possible in my dream diary.

Now, thinking about it, one reason for my nightly creativity might be those minutes before falling asleep, they are my most favorite time of the day to muse about books, movies and writing projects.

Then, with a brand new writing project in mind, a part of my online time is occupied with research.

You've also asked about 'something IRL that reminds me of my story/characters' ... well, as chance would have it the location of my new WIP requires a town, not too small, not too big, with a river, a castle and a monastery .... and voila: My hometown is the perfect role model. It's an interesting experience being in town with this new focus. Let's see how many impressions find their way into my 'real time writing'!