Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet

Yesterday was the last day of an amazing Turkish vacation and I was busy flying home so I missed the first GUTGAA blog post - yikes! So this is a day late, but better late than never, right? Here goes :)

1) Where do you write?
Everywhere - at home, that is! I have a great writing nook with a desk and a comfy chair, but just as often, I'll set up shop on my couch, in bed, on the balcony, or at the kitchen table.

2) Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My writing desk is nestled into a corner and closed in on the left by a bookcase full of some of my favorite paperbacks :) Mostly Robert Jordan, Jacqueline Carey, and Terry Goodkind fill most of the shelves.

3) Favorite time to write?
Depends on what I'm writing. If I've already outlined a scene and know exactly what I want to do with it, then late afternoon/evening is my best time to get those words out. If I'm struggling with a scene though and am not yet sure how it's going to turn out, I need my mind to be absolutely fresh so I'll write in the morning (after a few cups of tea to make sure I'm really awake, haha).

4) Drink of choice while writing?
Tea! Earl Grey or Chai Lattes for me. Although, I'll sometimes drink a mocha for afternoon writing sessions.

5) When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Almost always, complete silence. Sometimes though, I'll listen to specific music before I start writing to get me into the right mood for the scene. And sometimes, I'll listen to movie scores (only on super low volume though) while writing particular scenes - I find it helps with the pacing.

6) What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
There's a street nearby called "Valkyrie Street" and it got me thinking, wondering about how it got the name. My current WiP has nothing to do with the story behind how a street got its name, but the MC is a valkyrie!

7) What's your most valuable writing tip?
Janice Hardy's Blog - She has compiled the most complete set of tips/explanations/examples on writing a novel and I am forever grateful to her for doing it! There's always something new to learn or be reminded of and her timing seems to somehow perfectly match up with my own writing journey :)

That's it! But this is a blog hop, so don't forget to visit all the other amazing blogs participating and meet some new writer buddies :) Here's the List of Participants


  1. Hope you enjoyed your vacation! :D

    A lot of people have said they listen to movie scores while writing - they must be very inspiring! :D

  2. Yes! Earl Grey is the best writing beverage, =)

  3. I love Janice Hardy's blog too. It's definitely a wealth of information. I wish I would've seen it when I first started writing (before I queried too early).

  4. Hello! *waves* So nice to meet you! :)

    That inspiration is SO cool.

  5. Another fantasy author - there are a few on this blighop! Great to meet you and good luck with GUTGAA!

  6. I hope you enjoyed your vacation. I am making my meet and greet rounds.It is nice to meet you. I love your writing tip. Janice Hardy's blog is the best and I often go to it when I need answers and I always find them. Thanks for sharing that tip.

  7. Great questions & answers. It was fun reading more about you. I also have several places in my home, and away from home, where I like to write.

  8. Nice to meet you. Thanks for the link for the blog of writing tips.

  9. Hey A.K. how have you been? My writing space? Wherever I feel like taking my laptop!

    1. Hey! It's been a crazy-busy summer, but lots of fun :D How've you been?

  10. Hello through GUTGAA! It's been a great week, running around meeting everyone:) hope your month is prosperous!