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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes J.Lenni Dorner

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome J.Lenni Dorner, author of that fun blog What Are They.

Welcome  J. Lenni!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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I write. Hmm, that seems like a short answer. Let me try again.

I weave fantasy with lore to unhinge your mind.

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I offer the service of entertaining and engaging words which have been recorded in order to honor my Lenni Lenape ancestors who were known for using words woven into stories to enlighten rival nations in the hope that common bonds would be embraced, thereby creating a platform for peace.

What genre do you love to write?

I love to cross genre lines! My teen years were spent mostly writing romantic horror.

Did that get your attention? Or are you like some of my fans that were already in love with characters like Freddy Krueger? Maybe you wondered why no one dove a little deeper into the obvious romantic, but seriously conflicted and slightly incestual, feelings that Mike Meyers had for Laurie. My works were a bit closer to Natural Born Killers, but still, hopefully you get the idea.

I moved on to poetry and essays in college. Under another name, a majority of these works were published in anthologies or papers. (The most notable of those publications being the Philadelphia Inquirer.)

My current series is “new adult” (which is the genre with the 20-somethings as the target audience). Book One, Fractions of Existence, is considered Urban Fantasy. Book Four of the series… well maybe they’ll start a new genre just for me! Ha ha. When the Existence Series ends it will loop off to my other series, which is more traditional fantasy (dragons, elves, goblins, etc).

 What are some of your hobbies or interests?

  • I like to dance. Unfortunately, I was not graced with the dance gene.
  • I am a foodie. I should have a hobby or interest in working-out to go along with being a foodie, but alas…
  • I love to read. I have a very bad habit of forgetting to update my Goodreads account after I finish reading a book. (“Oh I’ll do that, and write a review. Right after I finish this.”) I always feel incredibly guilty when I haven’t gotten around to those yet! It is very important to me to support my fellow writer.
  • I have an interest in photography, especially of scenic views. This is not on a professional level by any means. I also love pictures taken from odd angles.
  • I had an interest in scrapbooking. It fell off once I saw what real scrapbookers did. Wow! I am not sure I have the time or space for that, but I really love the look.
  • I am interested in cars that are loud and fast.
  • Is watching Netflix a hobby? When I watch something I imagine what the script looked like. I enjoy writing scripts, but I don’t have the temperament to put up with Hollywood. (“That’s great! I love what you did here. Just need to change from page 2 to 53 of your 54 page script. Small thing really. Oh, and we are switching genres. And it will air on Tuesday for the first three weeks, then Saturday for the next two, and then Tuesday again, then Sunday. After that we will cancel it for low ratings.”)
  • I enjoy spelunking.

 

Do you have a hidden talent?

I can not answer this question based on the fact that it would no longer be hidden if you knew about it. Ha ha. Alright, I can not answer based on the fact that it would change the maturity rating of this blog. LOL! Okay, okay… I have a talent for using yo-yos.

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my head. Seriously, my characters try to make me stop sleeping by jumping into my dreams. You’ve heard the expression “photo bomb”? I get “dream bombed” by them. I’d probably mind more if they didn’t entertain me so much.

How the writing gets from inside my head to the page is probably the aim of this question. The headboard of my bed has a notebook which is for the chicken scratch I write in the dark with a gel pen. If I can manage to keep both eyes open, my mobile phone is right there as well. I text my email account with words, some of which are intelligible, and then go back to sleep. When I wake up, the notes go into a folder with labels for which story they belong to. Microsoft word gets opened. Notepad gets opened. And I sit here at this desk and create magic. Unless I’m editing, which is a cross between tweaking the magic so it is more powerful and having a dragon slowly devour me alive.

Some days I can not be at home with my computer. That is why I love the program on my phone! I can pull my files from my cloud and open them with a program that does not mess up my formatting! Yay. Next up I hope to find a text-to-speech program that will read my document without that bizarre robotic voice which distracts me. Is there a “James Earl Jones reads your documents” app?

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I walked into the forest the day after a storm. There, in a burnt section of grass, was a very old tree which now lay on its side. The cut had been cleanly made by the lumberjack known as lighting. Sad to see this once mighty forest soldier fallen, I decided to save it from the slow decay that this new phase, this death, would offer it. Using my axe I chopped the trunk into pieces which could be hauled away without disrupting the peace of this sanctuary. I spent long hours for the next month carving and crafting, listening to the wood, until at last the new function of the tree came into being. There it stood- my mighty desk- a gift from nature.

Sorry, sorry, sorry… that was all made up. Bummer, I know. But that story was way better than the reality, which is that this desk was on sale at Staples. I do actually have some wood working talents, but the largest thing I ever created was a clock. A very nice clock, mind you, but still. I am related to someone who could turn a tree into a desk. He built a tractor out of wood. I think that’s pretty interesting. He has a full time job at a machine shop now though, so he doesn’t exactly have time to go into the forest and find a down tree with which to build me a desk.

How did I arrange my work area? Umm… the fairies came over and moved stuff around until the liked it. I wish I had some great feng shui answer to this question. I also wish that Mr. Monk from the now-cancelled tv show Monk would come over and clean my workspace for me. No wait, he would only let me keep 10 pens.

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J. Lenni’s Workspace

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The sticky notes on my desk are very important. When I get overwhelmed by how much I need to get done, I make the sticky note become my personal assistant in charge of keeping track. As a bonus, when the list is all crossed off, I run the sticky side of the note between the keys of my keyboard. Goodbye last particles of dust!

I have a few motivational pictures, quotes, and fortunes from cookies that remind me to never give up and never surrender. (Or was that the Avengers? Ha ha.) Disappointed in the lack of pocket calendars for writers, I made my own this year. Cardstock, photoshop, and six hours later the magic happened.

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(The fantasy hop shown on the 27 has sadly been cancelled.)

I need, or prefer to have, a dictionary around me when I work. Physical or online ones will do. I know that it is said that this can interrupt the writing flow, but that wavy red line under a word causes me to fixate and question everything. It is much more productive for me, personally, to find the correct spelling.

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

What I love most about my workspace is when people respect it and me by not interrupting. More than 60 words per minute being pounded out on the keys means that it is time to leave J alone! Casual typing and mostly mouse clicks- I’m probably on the web, so it’s alright. Fingers drumming on keys without any actual typing means that there is a thought stuck in my head — interrupting at that moment is as wise as jumping in to the shark tank during feeding time with bleeding animal parts tied to your limbs.

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My newest favorite object on my desk is the carved wood native with the bear that I received as a gift early in May. ((See picture above.)) It reminds me not to let my people down or the bear will eat me. If I please my ancestors, the bear will instead eat my critics.

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

When I sit down at my desk first thing, I have a container of water. At some point I also bring a mug of coffee to the party (though some days this is switched with hot tea or warm apple cider). My current favorite coffee to drink black is GreenMountain brand Wild Mountain Blueberry. If I invite some International Delight Heath flavored creamer to the mug, the flavors of coffee I turn to are a tie between hazelnut and GreenMountain brand Lake& Lodge.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I only get to pick one?!? Okay, I pick myself!

There are several indie and/or lesser known writers here who I could name that I adore as both authors and people. It is hard to pick favorites as many of them are friends. (There should be a word for friendship which forms online while in the newer stages. A word to describe someone who is slightly less than a friend but slightly more than acquaintance needs to exist. Social Media Buddy sounds too long.) If I were to pick only one out of that pack, and it is a tight race, I would go with Ia, author of Sydney’s Song.

This question is just as hard to answer if I may only select from well known authors. J. D. Salinger comes to mind first. Then again, no one does horror, thriller, or suspense like Stephen King. On the other hand, has J. K. Rowling not created a whole generation of people who are proud to admit that they love to read? Wait, R. L. Stein did that as well! Though in young adult horror, I lovedRichie Tankersley Cusick. If I judge based on loyal fans, Stephenie Meyer needs to be in this mix. Actually, Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob, would also need to be on the list if loyal fans and being loyal to fans were my criteria.

The first person who inspired me to write was me. I was eight at the time, and unaware that what I was doing would shape my life. I just did it. My seventh grade English and Composition teacher was the strongest coach to have fostered my drive. Then there is a long list of college professors who adored my creative words. (Including a history professor who gave me a B+ on an essay test question which did not have the correct answer, per say, but which I was able to embellish enough that the less accurate answer I gave sounded plausible enough to make him double check the material.)

The greatest writing inspiration in my life today would be the characters in my head and the few fans who leave me happy notes. I also have a great support team in my loving spouse, my editing wiz Sandi, the missing part of my mind which is found in Lyle, the hand holding goodness of Jamie, the html lessons from Renee, the vast amount of friends and followers from Stu who makes me laugh and keeps me happy with pics of his car, Hansi who shows me how great a Twitter friend can be, and my doctor who keeps me alive and surviving.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

What is this typical of which you speak? The universe is an ever changing place. Time never stands still. Therefore no day can be typical. A more boring sounding answer would be that I sit at my keyboard and let it all pour out until my body alerts me to the fact that several hours have passed and I have yet to eat or use the bathroom. Those are good days. Editing days are pure insanity, but necessary. Here is what 24 hours could look like, and sometimes do:

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My Saboteur (a creature that readers of Around the Writer’s Block by Rosanne Bane know about) leaves excrement between the keys of my keyboard. It looks a lot like dust. I can assure you by the amount of time I spend cleaning my keyboard with Lysol wipes, a mini vacuum cleaner, a small brush, a reformed paperclip, a tweezers, canned compressed air, a thumbtack, and the sticky side of used sticky notes that this stuff is indeed left by my saboteur in the hopes of distracting me. Or maybe I just have a quirk about cleaning my keyboard before and during the time that I write.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I tried to picture a day without writing when I approached the answer to this question. Are there days where I am unable to transfer the words in my head onto a screen? Yes. Days where my characters are silent and no plot twists have entered my mind though, that only happens when I am hospitalized. Actually, that is not true. When I’m laying there in the hospital, it is the characters in my head that make the loudest demands that I keep fighting.

If we include the hours that stories form in my mind, then I am not sure that I ever stop writing. But if this question is limited only to time where words move from my mind onto a sharable form such as a screen or sheet of paper, probably about three hours a day would be devoted exclusively to writing.

Except in November, when the hours are closer to eight or nine a day. NANOWRIMO

4. Why do you write?

My answer is found on a goals photo a friend made for me which hangs on my desk:

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5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I read an interesting tip a while back to look at each scene as if it were for a movie. Every scene shot will cost an exorbitant amount of money. ($250,000 was the example amount given.)

Is the scene worth it? If you, the writer, personally had to pay for that scene to keep it, would you?

If so, the scene stays. Move on and start over with the next scene.

If not, it needs to be cut or improved.

Are there obstructions in the scene which make it interesting?

Does the scene enrich the reader’s view of a character?

Is necessary information provided by the scene?

Does the scene more the plot forward?

Has the scene met the goal you aimed for it to achieve?

Are there sensory details to draw the reader in?

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, J. Lenni!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Christine Rains, author of the paranormal romance series 13th Floor.

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Welcome Christine!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Christine Rains

Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m a writer, blogger, and geek mom. I decided to stay at home with my son. I’ll never regret the decision even with my new gray hairs. I write mostly paranormal romance, but I stretch across all realms of dark fiction with my short stories. I don’t get much time to myself, but if I’m not writing or reading, I love to watch bad Syfy Channel movies and great TV shows. And hidden talent? I’m kid crafty. I don’t get many chances to let that talent shine, though, because my son isn’t into crafts as much as I am.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my little office. It’s small and packed full of games, but it’s my space. The mornings my son is in preschool, I go to the library and write on my laptop. I sit at the end of the sci-fi and fantasy aisles for inspiration.

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Christine’s Workspace

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk is my husband’s very old desk from high school. It’s wobbly and fulls of scratches. The printer sits on an old TV stand which is full of extra paper, CDs, and floppy discs. (I have no idea why we’ve kept all those floppies!) There wasn’t much I could do about how things were arranged. The desk must sit where it is to be hooked up to the cable modem, and the only other available wall in the room is taken by a large old dresser full of video games.

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Christine’s Work Area

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I have notepads, pens and pencils, and my thesaurus. I really should use notepads more often, but I still try to convince myself that I can remember things even though I know full well that I get bouts of Mommy Brain! I don’t need anything to work except quiet.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love my comfy chair and how it can tip back. I also love the color of the walls. The mossy green is very soothing. My favorite things in my office are the paintings done my by my son.

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I drink water. Yes, I know, very boring! It’s the chocolate and cookies that are my guilty pleasure.

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Christine and her son Brandon

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Stephen King. I read my first King novel when I was ten. It was CUJO. It wasn’t the dog that scared me. It was the monster in the closet. King hooked me right then. It was his ability to scare me who wasn’t frightened of anything that made me admire him. Nowadays, it’s his incredible world building and characterization that leaves me in awe.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Week days, I get up with my husband in the morning, and if I’m lucky, I’ll have a few minutes to check emails and tweet before my son is awake. Then it’s a full day of kid fun. If he naps, I can network and write. He’s growing out of his naps, though. He’s in bed around 8:30. I’m back at the computer again for another hour or so. I don’t stay up late or wake up early. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m useless to everyone. I always snack first at night before I write. Usually something sweet to give me fuel.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day, but sometimes it isn’t possible. There’s no telling when or if I’ll get any time to myself. On a very good day with a nap happening and my networking quickly done, I can get two to three hours of writing in. I’m a fast writer, so I can get a lot done those days. Oh, the distractions! The internet is one of them, and Angry Birds on the Nook. I also read sometimes when I should be writing, because it’s really hard to put down a fantastic book.

 

4. Why do you write?

I write because all I do is make up stories in my head, and if I don’t write them down, my head would explode. Ever since I can remember, I created stories. I cannot imagine not writing. It’s as essential to me as food and water.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Never stop writing and submitting. Rejections and bad reviews will come, but don’t let them take you down. Use them to learn and grow as a writer. Perseverance is key.

“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury

Simple and yet it’s the hardest thing to do.

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Christine at age 2

 

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Christine!

 

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Donna Weaver

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Donna Weaver, author of the romance novel A Change of Plans.

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When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he’s navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship–on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.

Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

Welcome Donna!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Donna Weaver

For my day job, I’m a city recorder and work with the mayor, council, and city manager. I also run the city elections, and this is my year. My day job right now is crazy.

I love to read all kinds of genres, so I like to write all kinds. So far, I have two contemporary adventure romances (and will be doing a third in November for NaNo), two YA fantasies that I’m editing, and 50,000 words of an adult SciFi that has decided it needs to be a trilogy.

As for hobbies or interests, I’m a gamer. My hubby and I enjoy playing video games together. We’re more into the RPG games like StarCraft and wish they’d come up with new games along the lines of Baldur’s Gate and Champions of Norath. I’m also a huge Harvest Moon fan.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my office where I can, generally, work undisturbed.

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I bought my desk at Staples. There are parts of its design that I like and others that I don’t. I’ll be taking into consideration the things that bug me about it when I shop for a new one.

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 Donna at her Workspace

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I need my speakers since I listen to music while I write. I also need my headphones/mic since I use Dragon speech software when I’m writing new words. I don’t generally use it to edit with, except when I’m doing my final read through. Then, I let Dragon read it to me. It’s amazing the things you pick up when the machine reads it to you that you miss when you read it to yourself.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Quiet. It takes me a bit to settle into writing, so distractions *squirrel!* … ur. Sorry. A distraction is a bigger problem than the actual time of the distraction itself.

I love the large whiteboard my hubby made for me. I’m such a visual person that I like being able to lay out the scenes of my books on sticky post-it notes (that I can move if I need to). The board picture shows the YA fantasy duology I’m editing.

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Donna’s Scene Board

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Usually it’s just water but I do sometimes need caffeine. In that case, it’s Diet Coke with Lime.

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Donna as a baby

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I can’t  choose one. For SciFi, it’s probably Anne McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern). For fantasy, it’s Brandon Sanderson, for sure. I haven’t read anything of his I haven’t loved. For romance … once again, there are subgenres. I love Sarah Eden’s regencies, Madeleine Brent for gothic romances, and Melanie Jacobsen for romantic comedies.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I have a day job, so I really only have a couple of hours to write each day. I come home from work, have dinner with my hubby (frequently), maybe play a game of StarCraft2, and then get to work.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

On weekends I can get in a lot more time writing. I’m an early riser, so I usually get right to work on Saturdays. I’ll have to break that up a bit with more mundane real life things like laundry and shopping. Maybe a movie with hubby.

 

4. Why do you write?

To give voice to the stories in my head. To learn. To be creative. Most of all, because it’s fun. Aggravating, frustrating, demoralizing, too. But those make me stretch, so it’s all good.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Be teachable. Be a sponge and learn all you can. Attend writing conferences—if you can’t afford to go to a regular conference, participate in the free online ones like WriteOnCon. Network with other writers. Join a (good) critique group so you can get input on your writing. FINISH the book. I discovered that you don’t have a finished work just because you write “The End”. For me, the writing takes place in the edits. I don’t have anything to edit until I’ve finished the book. Some people spend their lives editing the first two or three chapters. Chapters that you might throw out anyway once you’ve finished the book.

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DONNA WEAVER’S AUTHOR BIO:

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Donna and her mom in Korean attire

Donna K. Weaver has always loved reading and creating stories, thus she’s been ever entertained. A Navy brat and U.S. Army veteran, she’s lived in many U.S. states as well as South Korea, the Philippines, and Germany. An avid cruiser, she’s sailed the Pacific four times. When she retired from Shorei Kempo Karate with a black belt, she decided it was time to put her imaginary friends and places on paper. She lives in Utah with her husband. They have six children and eight grandchildren.

 

LINKS

Website

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Twitter

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Donna!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes PK Hrezo

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome PK Hrezo, author of that fun blog Fearless Fiction.

Welcome PK!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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PK Hrezo

Thanks for having me here, Nutschell! So I’ve been writing fiction for five years now, mostly YA and NA. Nothing pubbed yet, but working on it. J I lean more toward sci-fi nowadays, but I started out writing contemporary and fantasy. I also do crafts–inspirational ornaments called Pixie Patrol. (picture included) I’m a mom of two youngins, and wife of a firefighter. My day job is a flight recovery coordinator for United Airlines, which I do from the comfort of my own home. So pretty much everything I do, is inside my home and in my very own office. (love!)

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I always write from my desk. I have everything right where I want it for easy access—things like story bibles, writing rules, storyboards, character sketches, etc.

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PK’s Workspace

There’s a cork board right over my laptop with helpful reminders. Also my writing pixie, Harriet Plotter, who keeps me company!

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PK’s Harriet Plotter

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My hubby found my desk in someone’s front yard–they were leaving it for the garbagemen. Lol. No joke! He brought it home and fixed it up and it’s perfect! It’s a glass top wraparound so I can swivel back and forth between computers. Since I work from home too, I have my work laptop and a personal writing laptop, so I’m constantly back and for the between the two. I call it The Bridge.

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PK’s Desk

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Important things are mostly what I mentioned above, but I also have to have my noise cancelling headphones—my mac daddy headset I call it. If things get too noisy around the house or I need to glean some musical inspiration, I have them ready.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I adore having my own office. We moved almost 2 years ago and before that I shared my office with the family room. Now, I have my very own work space for writing, crafting, and my job. I love having a big window and I love that I can decorate my walls however I want. One day I’ll get the room painted, but til then, I can post whatever pics I want—of my kids, postcards, muses. I think it’s important for artists/writers to have their own creative space. Above my corkboard is a bunch of trinkets I’ve picked up from other countries, and of course, my flux capacitor pin, which gives me energy for writing. 😉

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5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Water and/or coffee.

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PK’s Workspace

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Lots of fave authors. But I’d say it was a combination of Johanna Lindsey and JK Rowling that got my butt into gear to start writing. I loved the way they wrote so much, I knew it was time for me to start writing myself. I’d always wanted to, but never made the commitment.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

While school’s in, I write the entire school day. I can crank out a novel a year, and over the last two years, it’s been during spring. So now that summer’s almost here, my writing time will be limited, but since I’ll be revising for the next few months, the hardest part is done and I can find stolen moments here and there to get a chapter or two in of revisions. No rituals, but I do have special music I listen to for each story to keep me in the zone.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

Distractions are everything from kids to the dog to the hubby. Lol. I do not write every day, or else I get burned out. But I do read every day, and I think that’s equally important.

4. Why do you write?

I write because I am. Seriously, I’ve always been a writer. I used to narrate my walks home from the bus stop when I was a kid. My mom was a voracious reader and my dad loved to tell stories, so it was inevitable I’d be a writer. I can’t imagine not writing. I’m happy when I’m writing. Nothing like it in the world.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Words of writing wisdom change for me as I grow. Right now, I’d say it’s important to know not every story will become something great, and that’s okay. Write it anyway. It’s a necessary stepping stone to becoming great as a writer. Write with all your heart and all your soul—pour yourself onto the page and write what only you can. Maybe it will never see the light of day, but it’s still a part of who you are and will be a foundation to the story that does become great later on down the line.

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, PK!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

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A Modified Bloggy Break

 

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Garfield, by Jim Davis

Whether you feel like Garfield or like John, I hope you’re doing okay this Monday morning.

As for me, well I’m on vacation.

Sort of.

No I’m not sitting on some white sand beach sipping pina coladas (I wish!). As you’re reading this, I’m driving all over Los Angeles, acting as a tour guide for one of my best friends who is visiting from Australia.

This four day long stint will be my only vacation for the year so I intend to enjoy every minute of it. After that, it’s back to shuffling numbers and papers and working on the ten thousand other projects I have.

These projects include, but are not limited to, finishing the final draft of my middle grade novel, revising my young adult novel to get it ready for querying, and producing and publishing CBWLA’s first ever anthology.

So, in light of these many, many, many projects, I have decided to take a MODIFIED BLOGGY BREAK for the month of August.

I say modified because I’ve already scheduled some posts ahead of time and I’ll still be lurking around the blogosphere, dropping by to say hi every now and then (though I might be a tad inconsistent with that). But I’m not worried, I know you wonderful folks will understand.

My Wednesday Writers Workspace Series will continue on, as I have some very important people already scheduled for the month and I wouldn’t miss their guest posts for the world. Please do drop by, even if it’s just on Wednesdays to say hello to these amazing people!

Well that’s it. Hugs all around! I wish you luck in all of your projects, whatever they may be. Enjoy the rest of your summer break! I’ll see you guys soon.

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Spotlight Week Giveaway Winner

Last month for my Spotlight Week, I reviewed CINDER, and SCARLET – Books 1 and 2 of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. I also featured interview with the series’ awesome author MARISSA MEYER. To cap it all off, I held a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of CINDER.

Cinder by marissa meyer

And now it’s time to announce the winner of the said giveaway.

Congratulations, Tara Tyler!

I’ll be emailing you in a bit to tell about how to claim your very cool prize.

 

As for the rest of you wonderful people, I hope you have the happiest of weekends!

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