Writing is life [Tag]

Blurred photograph of a person with silver hair and a grey sweater

I tried to take a selfie but I dropped my phone. My hair is properly silver though and it looks awesome. Also, Allison at Allison Writes posted this set of questions and tagged anyone who wanted to answer, so I’m answering. Here goes…

If you could magically make one of your WIPs be finished and ready for publication, which would you choose?
My Camp NaNoWriMo novella, Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places. The first draft is written and I’m about to start editing. I’m looking forward to the editing process but also kind of wish it was done already, if magic was an option, cause I’m even more excited about publishing it.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why?
Argh, this is hard cause I fall in love with all of them! I cannot pick one, seriously. Maybe Noah and Brett from Push cause I had so much fun with their twisted dynamic. The link to Push goes to the finished story on Wattpad rather than the first-drafty flash-fictiony bits on this site. Or the nameless guys from Evidence, Omerta because I’ve had their story in my head for about a decade so I’m kind of attached to them. The link for that one goes to Sick Lit Magazine, where it was published last month.

What is the most terrible thing you’ve done to a character?
Oh god…I do so many terrible things to characters! There was some pretty gruesome torture in To Mother’s Farm, which was published in Twisted Sister Lit Mag earlier this year. I’ve thought way too much over the years about pumping people full of hallucinogenic drugs and chopping bits off them, so it was very satisfying to include it in a story. I mean fictional people, obviously. Not real people. I would never do that. Never…

What character or work are you most disappointed with or you want to go back and rework?
I’m not really disappointed with anything (yet). I don’t mean everything I’ve written is a wonderful masterpiece of unparalleled excellence, just that I don’t feel disappointment about any of it. When I write stuff I tend to either be happy with it or see it as a building block for something else.

Pick a theme song for your main character of your current WIP.
Now It’s On by Grandaddy is a good fit for Andie from Stone Flowers. Here’s the video so you can enjoy it too.

What is a trope or cliche you’re embarrassed to say you used?
I have no shame and fully embrace all my trope-and-cliche writing. Especially the homoerotic violence. NO SHAME.

A wizard tells you that if you stop writing forever, one of your other dreams will 100% come true right now. Would you do it?
Writing pretty much is my dream, and feeds into all my other dreams, so no, I wouldn’t.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I take photos, do witchy things, practice yoga, think too much and drink a ridiculous amount of tea. I can also be found curled up on the couch with my husband and the cat, watching strange films about people murdering each other.

If you could show anyone (alive or dead) your work, who would it be?
When I was 20, I started a college course in media, specialising in writing and directing for film and TV. I had none of the qualifications required to get a place on the course, but they gave me a place anyway based on a collection of writing I submitted with my application. Because of an annoying fluke of birth, I was just young enough that they (they-the-student-loan-company, not they-the-college-people) took my parents earnings into account when calculating the student loan I was eligible for, even though I’d been living independently for two years at that point, so I could only get a tiny loan and couldn’t afford to stay on the course. When I left, I told my tutor that I still wanted to be a writer. He said, “You already are a writer”. It meant a lot to me so I’d love to show him my recent work. Except I can’t remember his name, cause I’m that kind of asshole.

What is the most stressful thing you have ever written?
Do academic essays count? If not, the flash fiction project I did in January this year was the biggest brain melter. It was fun and an amazing experience, but writing so many things in such a short space of time made me implode a little bit. Totally glad I did it though – it was exactly the challenge I needed to kick-start this year.

I’m also going to tag anyone who wants to do this. That means you. DO IT.

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