meme: unconscious mutterings

[oh look! two memes in a row!]

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Quit :: doing that
  2. Solace :: Hotel
  3. Suggest :: supper
  4. Meteor :: ‘s have rights, too!
  5. Zombies :: they’re coming to get you, Barbara!
  6. Birds :: Alfred Hitchcock
  7. Canceled :: life, the universe, and everything else
  8. Compatible :: like Lego, baby!
  9. Alarmed :: disarmed with a smile
  10. Word game :: word association

meme: friday fill-ins

[yes, i’m two days late; sue me]

1. Welcome home, sanitarium.
2. Daisies and tulips makes me jump for joy.
3. There’s a bofa on my sofa, and it’s just got to go!
4. Fresh, cool air is the thing I love most about spring.
5. Eyes have it.
6. January 2013 is what I’m eagerly awaiting.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a nap, tomorrow my plans include laundry, reading, and writing and Sunday, I want to read, write, and nap*!

* replied to #7 in past tense. 😉

in case of zombie apocalypse … (round two)

Let’s revisit this one, shall we?

Look to your left. What’s the first thing you see that could be used as a weapon in case of imminent zombie apocalypse?

Since my desk is right next to a window, I’m thanking the gods it’s two stories off the ground! (unless the zombies get creative, that is) In that case, I have a floor lamp (the post could make a great spear, I’m sure), a back scratcher, a radio, and a coffee table …

I’m so screwed!

writing meme: the last days

27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Looks play a role in my story but aren’t huge – then again someone who’s read my stuff might come through here and laugh out loud because I’ve said that. Now Sami looks like her father in the face, but she has her mother’s piles of blonde hair and petite build. Where Laurel was “barely five foot tall”, Sami is “barely five-foot-three”, and the running joke is that she gets her height from her father!

28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

Sami suffers from chronic depression, which isn’t the same thing. I know from my own experience that while depression can be debilitating, it’s not a disability, per se.

Now Jeremy had an accident at one point that left him with a limp and walking with a cane for almost a year.

See? My vampires aren’t perfect. Except for that minor problem, they’re just as human as we are.

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

When do I not think about writing?

I often come across stuff that reminds me of the stories and my characters. I bought a necklace at HotTopic a couple of years ago because it reminded me of Destiny. I see a maroon, convertible Sebring now and then and think of Michael. I see a grey Sequoia and think of Sami. For a while, our neighborhood Wal-Mart had an employee who reminded me of Mick. I actually stopped a guy and talked to him — and took his picture with my cell phone — at my neighborhood Kroger last year because he looked like Mick, even more than the guy at Wal-Mart.

I want a pair of cowboy boots like Michael wears. One day I’ll find them and will be able to afford to buy them.

30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

I’m not doing this one. lol

writing meme: days 24, 25, &26

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?

I kill characters when it’s necessary to the plot. Death is as necessary and natural a part of life as is breathing.

When I first realized that my precious Michael had to die in Midnight’s Heir in order to forward the plot, in order for Sami to do and learn what she had to, my heart broke into a thousand pieces. I cried for several days whenever I thought about it. Bitter tears. I fought the notion, but there was no way around it. I sat down to write the crucial scenes, and I had a hard time even holding my pen I was crying so hard. I cried all over again when I typed the scenes up and set them aside.

To be perfectly honest, I get teary-eyed whenever I think about it. Michael’s dead? Kill me!!

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Sami had a cat when she first moved in with Steve. The cat died of old age some time after she moved in with Michael – somewhere in the following two years. The cat’s name was Sugar.

Sugar was a real cat. My in laws adopted her in February 1996 after their dog of fourteen years passed away. Sugar, like all cats, was a very special girl.

26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

Anybody know what an OC is?

I have very firm ideas in my head of what my characters are supposed to look like. I’ve found some photographs online of various folks who come close but aren’t exactly quite right and never will be.

writing meme: days 16, 17, 18, & 19

Yeah am cramming a lot into this post. If I get bored later, I might do three or four more. Stay tuned.

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing?

I do write romantic relationships. I can’t write sex scenes for shit, though. But I try. I can report that I’ve been told I’ve gotten better with the romance angle over the last several years.

17. Favorite protagonist and why!

Except for Daniel in Midnight’s Heir, and really he was a bit part, I’ve never had a physical human protag. I’ve had more success writing depression and personal demons. Because that’s what I know.

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

Sami and Michael both, of course. Why? They’re just easy for me to write. I catch myself writing about either of them and find myself going and going and going … I have to rein myself in.

19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Minor character. :thinks: Sarah Williams. She started out as a party guest in Midnight, ended up being one of Michael’s advisors in Midnight’s Heir and the mother of his son. Then over the course of writing the prequel (shaddup!), Eventide, Sarah ended up with a grandmother, mother, and a last name. Then because of a fit Sami threw between Midnight and Midnight’s Heir, Sarah became Michael’s wife.

writing meme: days 13, 14, & 15

13. What’s your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

Appalachia. It’s what I know. It’s where I grew up.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

I do. I do. I have floorplans of houses, maps of Harlan County, maps of places in Harlan County. In fact, I made a GoogleMap of “My Harlan County“. If you zoom out, you get to see Corbin, Kentucky, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Beckley, West Virginia.

15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

Rosamunde Pilcher. I want to be her when I grow up. I own most of her books and re-read The Shell Seekers each March.

writing meme: days 10, 11, & 12

10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

When is Sami never in a weird situation? I’ve sat here all day trying to think and can’t come up with anything. The weirdest, though, has to be when she first got to Harlan in 1985 and realized she was in the midst of vampires – and that she had vampire in her own genetic make-up.

11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

Michael actually is my favorite character to write. I could write him all day – and have. Least favorite is his granddaughter. Sometimes I just can’t get my head around her.

12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?

My best worldbuilding was in Midnight. There, Harlan was a character in its own right. I lost that somewhere in Midnight’s Heir, and that really makes me sad.