Monday, September 3, 2012

Meet & Greet

So.  For the GUTGAA, we're supposed to answer questions and give a brief bio. Here's mine :) 

I'm a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. I've loved to write for as long as I've been able to write. Right now I'm querying a YA Urban Fantasy about star-crossed sorcerers, and I'm also just finishing my first draft on the sequel. 

Questions for the Meet and Greet

-Where do you write? At my desk, in my once-was-an-office-and-is-now-a-playroom. So I'm usually getting bombarded by toys while I'm trying to focus.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? A couch. Way more comfortable than my office chair, by the way.

-Favorite time to write? Any time I have enough energy and quiet. Usually mid-morning, if kids will let me!

-Drink of choice while writing? Pepsi! Drink of choice ALL the time.

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? For battle scenes, I've gotta have music. For everything else, complete silence.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I spent nine months awake all night long (and all day long. We didn't sleep) with a new baby. I had absolutely nothing to do but daydream, and that daydream eventually became Feudlings.

-What's your most valuable writing tip? Have writer friends. For so long, I was the only writer I know. It was lonely and if I ever got stuck, I was on my own. Now, I have an amazing chat room with amazing writer friends, and I have an awesome critique group.  I've learned so much, and they push me to write even when I don't feel like it (I'm lazy, so this is often.)

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  1. Hi! Now I get your point even more! Kids are a handfull. I have a little sister who's fifteen my junior.. Totally on the same page about the toys part.
    And it's so very true what you said about the "writer friends".. It's one of the biggest reasons I joined GUTGAA, to make connections.
    Looking forward to reading you in the future!

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    1. Thank you! And that's why I'm doing GUTGAA, too - writer friends are the best!

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  2. Greetings!

    I'm hopping over from GUTGAA and trying to visit some blogs...good luck with GUTGAA!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donnalmartin.com
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  3. I totally agree. Music is needed during a battle scene, and I love writing a good fight. With swords. I'm all about the hacking and slashing. Ok, probably more then you wanted to know, lol. Have a blast with GUTGAA, and nice to meet ya.

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    1. I sooo want to write a story with sword fights! It sounds awesome!

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  4. Hi, Wendy! I like to match music to specific things. Looking forward to GUTGAA. Hope this is an awesome experience for us.

    For whatever reason, it's not recognizing my blog nor my Google account. I'm on the list as Write On, and I'm Dawn.

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  5. Hi! I figured I better get over here and check out another person who loves Scottish Tribal music! It's nice to meet you and good luck with GUTGAA!

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    1. You too! PS - I have several tribal music CDs. My husband thinks I'm a little odd. But they're great for battle scenes and death scenes!

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  6. I agree with your advice to have writer friends. No one can quite understand what we go through the way other writers do. Nice to meet you, and good luck with the contest!

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    1. Nice to meet you too, and good luck :) You have to love your writer friends, huh?

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  7. Star-crossed sorcerers is such a beautiful phrase. :) Best of luck!

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  8. Hello! *waves* So nice to meet you!

    A fantasy writer who drinks soda? That's me! :)

    Do you have an IV for the soda as well? haha

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    1. Haha - Not yet, but that's a great idea! Saves me the time of having to pick up my can ;)

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  9. Hi Wendy. It was fun sprinting with you tonight. Good luck with GUTGAA!

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  10. Hi. I am a new follower from the meet and greet. Good luck with GUTGAA. I love your writing tip. Writing is a lonely profession and it is wise advice to make friends with other writers. I feel so fortunate to have met so many great people through my blog. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Nice to meet you, too! Writing is a lot more fun when you have friends that do it too :)

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  11. Mornin'! Bebopping over from GUTGAA! I see you have a sense of humor. Yup, you're a parent :) It's been wonderful meeting writers over the past six months, they don't think I am nuts when I talk about my characters as if they live next door. Ok, maybe I am, but all of them understand ;) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Writers do seem to all live in an exclusive world with lots of imaginary friends...er...characters, huh?

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  12. Great blog and good luck with GUTGAA!!! :)

    Your relationship with Pepsi = my relationship (addiction) with Diet Coke!

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    1. Thanks, you too! Gotta love those caffeine addictions!

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  13. Hi, I'm hopping from GUTGAA. I can relate to all of your answers. I laughed because if you go read my answers we could almost be the same person. And I thought I was sooooo unique.

    :) Rachel
    ThroughEndangeredEyes.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi! Nice to meet you! I'm jumping over to yours now to see how twin-like we are!

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  14. I'm so glad to hear that infant-induced sleep-depravation can sometimes lead to productive things! Good luck with GUTGAA!

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    1. Isn't it great? Silver linings :)

      Good luck to you too!

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  15. Great tip! Sharing with folks of a like mind is so freeing!

    Glad to meet you!

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    1. Glad to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Hello from GUTGAA! How fortunate that new baby syndrome inspired creativity for you. For me, it just inspired crankiness. :) Tough times for sure. Great to meet you!
    A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

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    1. New baby syndrome. Love that :) It also inspired a lot of crankiness in me too! Good to meet you and good luck with GUTGAA!

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  17. Hi! I love your tip. Before I really got into writing, started researching everything I could about it, and joining sites, I knew no writers. Now I know so many and it's really encouraging. Good luck with GUTGAA! :D Stop by my blog if you can: jadziabrandli.blogspot.com

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    1. Good luck to you too! I will head over there right now. You can never have too many writer friends :)

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  18. The best advice I think, writer friends!

    Great post - love the book title!

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  19. Hi Wendy Jo! Nice to meet you. Like you, I'm a stay-at-home mom who writes YA Fantasy and has a ms ready for querying. Any interest in doing a Beta Reader swap? My info is on my blog: http://carlalunacullen.com/

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    1. Nice to meet you too! I would definitely love to do a Beta Reader swap! I'll hop over to your blog now :)

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  20. Oh, I'm with you. Having writing friends is an excellent idea for any writer.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2012/09/deana-barnharts-gearing-up-to-get-agent.html

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