Hey, I’ve been nominated for the Writer’s Blog Tour!
I’m thrilled to share my own writing process while highlighting some worthy and interesting fellow bloggers (see my two nominations at the end of this post).
Now on to my Writer’s Blog Tour interview:
What am I currently working on?
I’ve always got a lot of writing projects going at once. I write new songs when the muse inspires – lately a dirge called Kindness is Fading Away. It’s about communal mourning and celebration; you know, the ebb and flow of life. I’m also working on a new music/art collaboration entitled Figure 8, which is a sequel to my book/CD project, Peace or Drama: A Journey Through Music and Art. When I’m not writing music, I write about my life as a singer-songwriter-performer and also write about more personal stuff here on the Alice blog. I started Alice and the Rabbit Hole as a way to share my interests in food, health, home and leisure.
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
So I’m quite new to this genre of blogging about home life; I guess it’s different in that it comes from my own unique experiences as a “forty-something, married, no kids, two cats, small apartment in the big city kinda gal.” Living in San Francisco plays a big role in the writing, which may be different from other health and home type blogs.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve been wondering why I feel so compelled to write. I see it as a welcome challenge and always savor the feeling of accomplishment, whether I’m crafting a song (much like a poem, searching for that perfect rhyme) or writing a piece of prose. I know my role is to entertain, but it’s also about connecting with my fellow human beings.
How does my writing process work?
Sometimes it hits like a lightening rod – must write now! Other times it has to be coaxed (I have set a deadline and it’s time to get busy). Usually one is a catalyst for the other. I do think it’s like sculpture – you keep whittling away until you have only the best bits left. It’s what’s meant to be there. I can work like a madwoman for hours, and then have to leave it for awhile before it’s time for revisions. Taking a walk (especially in nature) often leads to writing revelations.
Continuing the Tour
I nominate Tracy Baetz and Margaret S. McGraw to continue the tour. These are both prolific and gifted writers, so be sure to check out their blogs!
Tracy is a nature enthusiast, avid traveler, longtime museum professional and amateur photographer…who—whenever possible—is accompanied by her incredibly personable dog, Tavish. Tracy’s award-winning website and blog, IntrepidPup.com, are standing invitations to vicariously accompany them to national parks, natural wonders and cultural attractions. Eager to take on the seashores, the mountaintops and all the woodland trails and urban jungles in between, they promote lifelong learning and an active lifestyle, make exploring fun, and inspire us to realize that it’s as much about the journey as the destination. It’s pure enjoyment: part wonderment, part discovery, and all about being out and about in the world with one Intrepid Pup. Come! Adventures await.
Margaret S. McGraw’s writing includes the prompt-writing blog WritersSpark.com, several short stories currently in circulation for publication, and two novels in progress: Mira’s Children is a YA science fiction adventure, and OceanSong is a fantasy begun in the 2012 NaNoWriMo challenge. She’s gearing up for NaNoWriMo 2014, to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Her imagination draws on her lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, and anthropology. Her education and experience range from anthropology and communication through web design and IT management. Margaret lives in North Carolina with her daughter and an array of cats, dogs, Macs and PCs, and too many unfinished craft projects. For more details on her writing, follow Margaret on Twitter @margaretsmcgraw or visit her blog at WritersSpark.com.