Giving Birth to a Dancing Star

…with apologies to Nietzsche.

Welcome to MY version of the Writing Process Blog Tour

Get your cameras ready

Last week, Shan Jeniah, talented writer of evocative genre fiction, invited me to join in the festivities of the Writing Process Blog Tour.  The way the tour works is: I answer four questions about my writing process and I pass the flag off to three writers I enjoy and would like you to get to know.

Not here…  I will answer the questions, but then, I giving you all a list of  authors I’ve fallen in love with for sundry reasons over the years.  I have not invited any of them to do this tour.  That’s just not my way.

Here are the four questions for the tour:

1. What am I working on?

I’ve been working on a few things lately.  The biggest project would be The Swan Song Series, four (so far) books that tell the story of a world at war.   Tralan is the cradle of two warring civilizations, forced together by terrain, religion, and extraterrestrial accident, and in this volatile time and place, three young people find peace amongst themselves.  Can they save their home and peoples, before they destroy it?

My other project, Parvenu, involves the descendents of these people after they’ve escaped the bounds of their world via space flight.  Does this mean the protagonists from Swan Song managed find peace?  Maybe.  Or maybe they got a little outside help…  But help like that costs, and now a reckoning has come.  Kieri Vestimorn thinks his father’s arrest for treason is the worst thing that could happen to him, until he learns what drove his father.  Then he has to decide if he’s willing to make the same choice or an even more dangerous one.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well, the most obvious difference would be I’m writing it with my knowledge, experiences, style, etc.  My preferences were involved in directing the plot.

Involved…  Have to say that, because my characters are a pretty determined group of people.  They don’t appreciate people messing around with their heads and lives, but they’re willing enough to work with someone they think has their best interests at heart.  Yeah, we don’t get along all that often, but…  we make it work most of the time.  😀

3. Why do I write what I do?

I do what the voices tell me…..

Well, somewhat.  Mostly I write what I do because I enjoy it.  I enjoy reading fantasy stories, I enjoy reading science fiction and mysteries and romances and political thrillers, and I would love more stories that incorporate all these elements.  So I’m writing the stories I would love to read off the shelves today.

4. How does my writing process work?

My process, such as it is, is scattered.  I write inconsistently, read voraciously, draw sporadically,…  I even eat sporadically.  My process is chaos, thus the quote from Nietzsche in the title.  For too long, I felt guilty for this lack of discipline, but as time has passed, I’ve realized that this is what works for me, and that forcing myself into a different style does more to stop me writing than any other thing out there, including the dreaded Writers’ Block.  When I allow my process to flow, there are no blocks.

This doesn’t mean I don’t wish I were more disciplined or professional at times.  The guilt is always there to some degree.  Iliad over at Userfriendly was able to portray my feelings almost to the T in this cartoon:

We need to be committed! Userfriendly 1/22/98

Now, allow me to introduce you to some wonderful authors I’ve met through the years. Look over their pages, their books, and read their blogs if you feel like it. Discovery seems to be the goal of this blog tour, and self-discovery works best because it’s personal to you.  So, I can share things I’ve enjoyed, but I know you’ll find your own pleasure out there.

  • After years of drowning myself in The Lord of the Rings, I found I’d ignored almost anything except Tolkien and my college texts.  Then my eventual husband-to-be introduced me to Glen Cook, writer of militaristic, dark fantasy.  Hooked!  I have the signed books to prove it.
  • A high school (yes, there were books in those days) favorite of mine, author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough has written delightful romps into fantasy-land for years.  She’d also collaborated with Ann McCaffrey for years building quite the library of tomes for the genre reader.
  • Marine biologist and author, Jeffrey Carver, writes of dragons and space ships, and lover of solar power.  Meeting Jeff and his family almost twenty years ago opened my eyes to a love of writing that went far beyond the printed page.  Because of him, I’ve met so many amazing authors since, and I credit his patience and generosity for helping me realize that I could (and should).
  • Three local authors/friends, each met via books or discussions on books, each unique, and very cool: Ricky Lewis PhD, author and blogger of many things DNA, RNA and beyond; Barb Chepaitis, creator of yummy food, books, and lectures (she was my father’s English professor in college); and Laird Scranton, humanist, heretic, and explorer of ancient texts.  Each of these people helped me question ideas I thought I’d understood and known as “Truth”, and in doing so, helped me become a better writer and, I think, a better person in general.
  • Some new favorites to my list of writers come in the form of my fellow WIPpeteers.  I  won’t list everyone’s name here, but I encourage you to check into our Linky (updated every Wednesday for your reading pleasure).  There you’ll find an assortment of writing styles and creative expression.  Plus, it’s good fun!

courtesy Wikipedia

Hope you enjoyed this little foray into my creative side.  May you enjoy new and exciting things daily along your own paths of art and discovery!

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2 responses to “Giving Birth to a Dancing Star

  1. Eden! What a great post! Haha – love the cartoon. That’s perfect! Yeah, it’s a real exploration in agony to find your creative style, isn’t it? Glad that you’ve embraced your eclectic nature. That’s a good thing!

    GLEN COOK. YES! I’m a big fan of the early Black Company books. Especially Raven. Rawr. Introduced my husband to the books, too, and he became OBSESSED. True story: we went to a sci fi convention somewhere and we were browsing around the floor. This was at least 10 years ago – maybe more. Anyhow, we stop to look at a book vendor’s selection. And lo and behold, he has the new Black Company book in hardback! But Dave sees the price and says, in his never to be quiet voice, “Twenty-three bucks? I’m not paying twenty-three bucks for a book!” Well, at pretty much that instant I noticed the name on the badge of the book vendor. Glen Cook. Seriously!! We fled in shame from his boothe. Hahahahaha!

    Love your take on the post – you made it your own by listing your favorite authors. Great idea!

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    • Hah! I remember meeting Glen at a convention and doing a similar thing to him. He was pretty good-natured about it, and the discussion we had about how much he had had to pay for his copies to sell and for his dealer’s table, etc was pretty much what I expected. And, after our talk, and my asking him to sign my original copy of The Black Company that had been duct taped to hold it together, I ended up buying the book, which he discounted $2 and gave me a new (signed) paperback of The Black Company as a “to a loyal reader” gift. Needless to say, I think he’s not only a really fun author, but an incredibly nice man as well.

      Glad you liked the post, Xina. I’m not very good at following “rules” when it comes to these blog things… at least not unless the rules appeal to me. 😀

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