Imelda at My Word Wall asked me to participate in a virtual blog tour. Its goal is to introduce talented bloggers as they share insight into their creative process and current projects. You can visit her tour post here.
Here is Imelda’s bio in her words: “I am Imelda Santore. I came from the Philippines. Eleven years ago, I left family, friends, and a legal career to marry the wonderful man I met online. We are now the parents of four boys. I keep myself busy homeschooling the elder children, gardening, and doing things necessary to keep our home in a livable state. I take refuge in writing poems to sort out my thoughts and to keep my sanity.”
Before I move on to the interesting part of this post (the bloggers I’ve asked to share their creative process) my responses to the questions are below. My feelings won’t be hurt if you skip to the bottom!
1. What am I working on?
Right now, my writing time is limited due to other priorities (house/family) but I have a few projects begging me to pay them some attention. The biggest one is writing the novel-length version of Darlene’s Story, which I posted as a serial on my blog last year. I also write poems and short stories, many of which I share on my blog.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I can’t begin to answer this because I’m not even sure which genre(s) I write! With most of my stories, I work in a ‘twist’ or an aspect that the reader may not have expected. I love the comments that are along the lines of, “I had no idea where you were going with this until the end.”
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Mostly, I write as a creative outlet. Writing for my day job is technical and, well, a little boring (sorry, I wish I could say insurance was exciting!) I participate regularly in writing prompts because I like the challenge of the writing within given parameters and since the pieces are short, I have the satisfaction of “completing” something. (I also enjoy reading how others interpret the prompts. The human mind is so fascinating!) I also write for me, to sort things out in my mind (often poetry.) I rarely share this type of poetry on my blog because others might figure me out 🙂
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
My process varies depending on what I’m writing. When writing prompts, I read the prompt and think on it for it while. I’ll jot down some ideas- if one grabs me, I’ll write it. If not, I’ll step away, reading the prompt again right before going to bed. (I know that sounds weird, but sometimes, ideas come to me as I fall asleep or when I wake up.) When I write novel-length, I like to write a chapter summary – basically the one main thing I want to accomplish in that chapter. As I’m writing, other plot lines generally emerge, so I update the outline as I go. I’d like to say I write every day, but that wouldn’t be truthful! Poetry just happens when the mood strikes. I write mainly haiku or free-form as I’m not disciplined enough to explore other forms.
Now for the fun part: the bloggers who will post next week with their own responses to the above questions. The whole blog tour thing could collapse because I’ve broken the rules: I only have two. I should have been more diligent in setting this up.
Eric, married with three adult children, lives in Singapore. He and his wife of 33 years, Lisa, have a good thing going. She lets him be the boss and he believes he is the boss.
Michael at Hypothetically Writing: Michael’s quirky, often humorous stories are truly unique. I enjoy his stories because I rarely (okay never) can predict what will happen. Here is Michael in his own words:
I am from Southern Indiana, right across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is primarily known for our basketball team, our horse racing, and the fact that there are at least six different ways to say our city’s name (Loo-ah-vul, Loo-ey-ville, NEVER Lewisville). As for myself, I am a newly graduated law student, and I’ve been writing stories since before there were smartphones (so, like, mid-90s).
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you visit Eric and Michael, if you haven’t read them already!