gave me five more questions, because she's just that awesome, and boy were these thinkers:
1. What book did you really think you'd love but just couldn't even finish?
Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Really wanted to love that one, and I did...what I read of it, but it just didn't go anywhere fast enough for me.
And, oh the shame... I cannot finish Anne Rice's The Witching Hour for the life of me. I've tried repeatedly over the years, get more than halfway through, and give up. It's usually about the point where I have to start drawing out the family tree that I give up. Anne has a special place in my heart because she wrote my favorite book, Cry To Heaven, but I just can't seem to manage this one.
Both have this long, winding prose that I love and cross-generational story lines, but I just couldn't do it. 2. What keeps your writing even when you seem to be the only one reading/or interested in your work?
The easy answer to this is that I am lucky enough to never feel this way. My friend Ann is indispensable as a beta, both in my fanfiction and my novels. She is a fellow Scribbulus editor, and I can't remember exactly when she came aboard as a full time beta for me (although I'm sure she remembers how she got herself into this mess, LOL) but to say she's been there for me is a crime of an understatement. Sarah is my cheerleader and always prompts me for more. Mel has been a champion for me as well with REFUGE, and her thoughts have really helped shape that novel, as she's an expert at YA lit and literature in general. My friend Erin is always there to discuss the work in depth, and Nina, my editor for my first novel, is always just a Skype ping away, and she taught me pretty much all I know about the editing process.
But that's not really an answer to that question. Writing is a very lonely profession, if I can dare to call it that at this point in my career, and you need constant feedback, reassurance, and reality checks. So during those times that I feel alone in this, it is, without question, THE NEED to write that pushes me to write. Like any addict, if I don't get to dive into my imaginary worlds and put it down in words a few times a week at least, I go through painful, often almost manic, withdrawal.
This quote from Rainer Maria Rilke hits the nail on the head, so much so that I'm considering getting a portion of it tattooed:This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your while life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. 3. Sing or play an instrument or both?
Both. I started piano in the Suzuki method when I was three years old, learned to actually read music when I was eleven, picked up horn at 13, and as for singing... Long story there. Began lessons when I was in middle school, felt pitifully behind (and also crushingly shy about it) during high school so didn't really do much with singing until I performed in the Revue my junior year and a wonderful but stingy-on-the-compliments director told me I had a nice voice. Wanted to major in it in college but lacked the technique, and once I had taken enough lessons to have the technique, the college would not let me triple major (as I was already majoring in horn and piano) so... I ended up moving to Chicago after college to study Speech Level Singing with one of the best teachers in the biz for two years. I consider singing to be my "main instrument" now.
4. Besides writing and music, what other art "languages" do you speak? Hear?
I really, really wish I could say painting or dancing, but all my talents seemed to be wrapped up in music or writing. Because I'm an introvert and because I think I am, above all else, a philosopher, I generally enjoy anything that gives me time alone in my head. I make jewelry quite a bit. The simple repetition and keeping my hands busy allows me to retreat into my thoughts for hours at a time. It also gives me something to do with the spacial creativity I do have, which admittedly isn't much, but I end up with some nice earrings. LOL5. Grammatical pet peeve?
(Keep in mind that most of these peeves are peeves because I've learned not to do them the hard way, so I pick them out easily)
Using the wrong freaking word. There, their, they're. Your, you're. It's, its.
Should of, would of, could of instead of HAVE. OMG. How do you even make a contraction out of those? Could'f? How do people make that mistake?
Dangling participles (omg, guilty as charged. Still do it, but looking at my writing in high school, it's a wonder I passed English.)
And one thing that will, without fail, cause me to stop reading your otherwise perfect writing: Saying "breath" instead of "breathe." IT DRIVES ME OUT OF MY FREAKING MIND. If J.K. Rowling had ever made that mistake I honestly would have put down Harry Potter. Yes, sometimes it's just a typo. But some people honestly don't know the difference and it makes me want to scream.