My biggest fears about going to a convention as an author – which isn’t going to happen any time soon, but it’s always at the back of my mind when someone asks if I’m going – are readings. The idea of taking my book, standing in front of a group of people and reading words I wrote terrifies me. Terrifies me.

When I was in high school, I was in drama. I could perform in front of a class, and I performed on stage (some thought I was the definitive Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol. They were all related to me, but it still counts <g>). But senior year, I remember having to read an oral report in English class. I could barely get through it. When I sat back down, my friend said he thought I was going to pass out. Pale, shaking, nervous… yeah.

If I ever do go to a convention, I may just hire someone to do the readings for me. I wonder how much Teryl Rothery would charge…? <g>

Lastly, two questions from Feral. She gave me a whole list, but I decided to just answer two because my other answers were too boring (“Don’t know,” “don’t drink,” etc ;-D). So! Her first question: You can have only one book in the world to read for the rest of your years. what book? Ideally, a book of short stories. That’s the most bang for your buck. But if I have to be specific, I would say The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s a brilliant novel and I try to reread it at least once a year. So I think that one would definitely be one of my top picks.

Her second question: What can one possibly float in jello that makes it worth eating? I personally feel that Jell-O is always worth eating. But fruit is always a good choice. I don’t know what kind it is… I can practically taste it right now, but I fail at identifying it. Not pineapple… a lot of people insist on putting pineapple on stuff like pizza and cottage cheese and I say NO. ~wags finger~ But yeah, I’m of little help because I like Jell-O too much by itself to be a good judge on how to improve it. 😀

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These are the last two questions I was asked, so if anyone wants to fill up my question queue again, feel free! The first question is from TheBlanky again. He asked: “If you could redo any decision you’ve made in the past, what would it be?” What wouldn’t it be? Honestly, I wouldn’t change much. I would have paid a lot more attention during the few hours I was on San Juan Island, but the bigger life choices… I would have paid more attention and taken more writing classes in high school. I spent too long on things like art and acting, two things I’m so-so at, but writing is my real talent and my real passion. So I would have focused more on that.

And I would have shaved my head when I wanted to at 15. If I knew I would be practically bald by 25 anyway… <g>

The second question is from Naushika: “Do you ever have those days where you want to write, but it’s just too difficult to get anything down that isn’t utter crap? How do you get over those hurdles?” All the time. The past week, definitely. Writing has been like pulling teeth (reading has, too. But that’s separate <g>). So during these times, I just let the muse percolate and sit in its comfy chair and build up energy for the next bout of writing. Be it a short story or a novel I’ll write in 10-14 days. I have realized the need for these periods of rest so I can have those brief spurts of creativity. And I need those brief spurts of creativity to make up for all the days I couldn’t write to save my life.

During the dry periods, I try to read as much as possible. Absorb all the writing I can into my brain so I can transfer it out onto the screen. Hope that helps!

And please, if anyone else has any more questions, let me have ’em!

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