Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through May and barreling toward summer. I’m enjoying the lengthening days at the moment. I love evening sunlight. It helps me read more headlines like the beauts I’m going to share. Enjoy!
The optional May 5th question is: has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?
Yes they have. I used to regularly participate in a daily writing contest. They’d post a word or phrase prompt, and the end of the day was the deadline. One day the prompt made me think of a tired mom in desperate need of a few hours alone and a bath, so I wrote a poem with a mom jokingly telling her kids that she can’t come out of the bathroom for a variety of reasons, ending with a directive to ask their dad. I figured everyone would understand and laugh.
The judge for the event seemed to be equal parts horrified and frustrated. She thought my bathroom-bound mom was somehow being kept in the bathroom by the dad the kids were supposed to ask for help, and she was distressed I would write such a thing. 😮 I could not believe anyone would read that into my silly poem. I had been wrong about everyone being in on the joke, and I, most definitely, did not win the prize for my post. Oh well.
Happy Wednesday! Sorry for missing last week. My job is in the process of moving locations, and I’m in charge of a lot of the logistics. Last week my brain was tired. This week is better. Time for some news and tunes.
Happy Wednesday! March is racing toward April, but the weather is kind of, maybe, perhaps thinking of switching into lamb form. 🙃 Can you tell we are predicted to get our third snowstorm this week? They may be short bursts, but it is a constant issue this week. Ah well, guess news and music samples are worthwhile distractions.
Welcome to another Wednesday. It was a nice one in my neck of the woods, but that is about to change. We are waiting on Snowpocolypse 2021. One to three feet are hitting this weekend. Sigh. Guess news and music distractions are definitely in order.
The optional question this month is – Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?
I definitely read widely. Contemporary, fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, etc… In truth, though, I think I go through little obsessions. When I find an author or niche that I adore, I will inhale books from that corner of the publishing world for a while, grow tired, and then find another corner to fixate on. Even though I’m currently enthralled with a small YA fantasy fixation (Wicked Saints, The Thief, etc…) I had a major obsession over Seanan McGuire’s stuff last spring into summer. Middegame is what started it, but Every Heart a Doorway continued it. I am a reader first and foremost.
I’m motivated to the greatest degree by strong/interesting characters, but the overall intersection of the plot arc(s) and emotional arc(s) make the story hit me hard. I need to feel growth or change. If I feel the world and the moment, the author has me. 🙂
Time for news nuggets and a song to round out my Wednesday.