27 July 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 3

This week I took on a last-minute editing job, so less time available for wandering and writing than I'd expected. Nevertheless, some good work accomplished this week.

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life."
As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress on this month's goals is as follows.
Get out & about for at least 2 hrs/day - On Sunday afternoon I hung out at my favorite cafe-bar for several hours and met most of the other regulars. Monday I walked up to Sacre Coeur and took lots of photos/videos. My favorite part was lurking around in back of the basilica because it was far more tranquil there (i.e. fewer tourists). Tuesday through Friday I didn't get out more than to grab my daily cup of coffee and do some grocery shopping, but yesterday I was out and about with some of the peeps from the cafe-bar from around 2pm til 10:30pm, so that sort of made up for it. This week I don't have any editing work, so the plan is to get out for several hours at a time in the middle of the day. 

25 July 2014

My writing process blog hop

A couple of weeks ago Camilla Kyndesen contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to participate in a writing process blog hop. After a little research, I said I'd love to. So that's what today's post is about.

First a little information about my nominator, Camilla:

Camilla Kyndesen writes stories in genres like fantasy, crime, or paranormal, usually for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and June Novel Writing Month (JuNoWriMo). When she’s not writing or busy with her day job as a web editor, she spends her time with her boyfriend and their three cats in Copenhagen, Denmark. Camilla blogs about her writing and about food, books, and life in general at apopcornaddict.wordpress.com. See Camilla's writing process post here.

And now on to my part in this blog hop, to answer four questions about my writing process.

21 July 2014

Interview with writer Aaron Simon

Today I'm happy to welcome my friend and fellow writer Aaron Simon on the blog. (Don't let the grumpy face fool you; he's actually a very kind person. But we won't let on that we know that...)

I met Aaron through a former roommate when he first moved to Portland nearly a year ago. Aaron was a recent transplant from Nashville, but he'd also lived other places, including England, where he earned his Master's in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

An enlightening anecdote about Aaron: While in his Master's program he wrote, directed and acted in a 20-minute spoof werewolf film. The part of the werewolf was played by a friend's dog (footage of the dog playing, rolling over, panting, etc). The part of the military personnel and innocent victims were played mainly by non-native speakers of English whose dialog was incredibly difficult to follow. And if memory serves, there actually was no protagonist, only extras. I believe this was all intentional.

Which is all to say that Aaron Simon has a sense of humor that is evident in his work. Gotta love that.

And now to the interview!

What do you write? 
I write bodice-rippers set in 13th century France (of course, it wasn't quite France then, but you get my drift), centered around the abbot of Cluny and a local peasant's daughter, Marguerite, who... Nah, just kiddin. I don't have a specific genre - or medium, for that matter - but I tend toward magical realism and short stories. Throwing spirit-possessed dogs into the mundane, conversations with muses, long-dead prophets trying to get through Immigration, that sort of thing.

Thematically, one of my profs called my style "utopian nihilism." Essentially: Camus, but with jokes! There's no point to life, so why not have fun with it - and make the world as good a place - as much as you can?

20 July 2014

ROW80 2014, Round 3, Week 2

This week was a busy one, but I'm proud to say that for once I didn't sacrifice the writing. Yay! I continued to enjoy a fairly free flow of creativity, which came out not only in the creative project that's a priority for me right now but also in some creative nonfiction captured in my journal and on the travel blog.

"A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life." 

As I mentioned in my goals post for this round, I'm taking it a month at a time. My progress on this month's goals is as follows.

18 July 2014

Writing prompt 43

Ye ol' writing prompts are resurrected! Well, at least this week.

Today's writing prompt is inspired by some random thought train I was riding. I'm not sure where this line of thinking started; I only know that it ended in a mental image of some guy hitting Houdini in the stomach really hard.

For those who are not familiar, one of Houdini's tricks was to get the strongest person in the audience to sock him in the stomach and be unfazed by it. Apparently, one day an overly enthusiastic fan saw Houdini out and about and - perhaps as a joke? - walked up to the famous magician and...yep, punched him in the stomach as hard as he could. Unfortunately, Houdini wasn't prepared for it, and he suffered internal injuries and eventually died. (Okay, Wikipedia says it was a student in Houdini's dressing room who'd asked permission first and then delivered multiple blows while Houdini was lying down, but I like my version better.)

Which brings us to the prompt.