Beautiful People #27 | August Edition

Hello, all you lovely people! Guess what time it is.

It’s time for Beautiful People again! *cheers* I am once more participating in the link-up hosted by Cait at Paperfury and Sky at Further Up and Further In. Hopefully it will help me break out of the writer’s block I’ve been having this month… writer’s block combined with “do-I-really-have-time-to-write-this-story-and-is-it-even-worth-my-time” block. YES, THAT IS A THING. (That I just made up. Shhh.)

I will be doing this with one of my favorite characters (shhh don’t tell my other children) Katie Aline. She’s one of the main characters in my current novel and you can read more about her here. Here’s a brief bio:

Katie Aline is fourteen years old and goes to the local high school that I haven’t named yet. She’s smallish for her age and has long, golden-brown hair, brown eyes, and a prosthetic leg. Even though she’s very extroverted and loves people, she’s somewhat shunned by her classmates because of her leg and her standoffishness. She has a secret that I can’t tell you and lives with her foster parents Jon and Chryse.

Let’s jump into the questions!

Beautiful People #26

Hello, folks! It’s time yet again for Beautiful People, and *gasps* it’s not about my characters.

It’s about me.

Hey, hey, calm down. Don’t run screaming into the sunset yet. This wasn’t my idea. It was *ahem* these people (Cait and Sky, I’m looking at you). So don’t get mad at me, okay? Okay.

Now that we’re not so furious about not being able to see into my characters’ lives (you have calmed down, right?… Right??), let’s look at the questions.

How do you decide which project to work on?

Hahaha. I don’t. An idea pops into my head and nags me until I write it down. So, my projects generally decide to work on me.

I usually work on something until 1) a new, shiny idea starts nagging me, or 2) the story thing just isn’t working. Recently, though, I’ve really been trying to focus and actually finish.

I’m currently working on a MG novel, a Snow White retelling, and a couple of pieces of flash fiction.

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Honestly, I haven’t finished that many projects. I mean, I’ve written some short stories and some flash fiction and one short MG thing (novel? novella?? It doesn’t matter, no one’s ever seeing it), but I never really kept track of how long it took to write them.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Ehh, usually not. Sometimes I’ll listen to music. But, for the most part, I just need to make myself sit down and write.

What time of day do you write best?

Anytime after breakfast. Usually after lunch.

 

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

Not really. When I first started writing, I basically copied the style of whatever series I was obsessed with at the moment. It was mostly C.S. Lewis-ish fantasy and positively dreadful fairy tales in the style of the Brothers Grimm (hahaha I tried).

Now, I can’t think of anyone I’m similar to. I mean, I’m sure there’s someone, but it’s the middle of Nano. My brain is shot. Sorry.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I can’t remember the exact reason I started writing, but I think it was probably because, from a very young age, I was immersed in stories. I loved them.

So, yeah.

The short answer is, I keep writing because I love it.

I don’t know what the long answer is.

😉

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

The Snow White retelling I’m writing right now. Just getting from one point to another is… just… *headdesk*

I don’t know if that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever written, but it’s been a stinker.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I’d have to say no. I haven’t had any big, scary ideas lately, and I started tackling a pretty major project a few months back.

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

I didn’t… actually… make writing goals. O.o I know. I’m positively dreadful.

But my current writing goals for the year are:

Win Camp Nano and finish my Snow White project.

Enter the Rooglewood Press contest.

Work on Project Supernova.

Aaand… that’s it.

Describe your writing process in three words or a gif!

Painful.

Exhilarating.

Insane.

Are you doing Beautiful People this month? If you are, be sure to leave your link in the comments!

Can any of you relate to my writing process?

 

<3, Zane

beautiful people // june edition

I’m participating in the Beautiful People linkup again, and you can check it out here. In a nutshell, it’s where two bloggers (Cait from Paper Fury and Sky at Further Up and Further In) ask interview questions to help you get to know your characters better.

It was monstrous fun last time (book reference!!), so I had to do it again, of course. I’ll be answering the questions with my character Ryker Kane from my current WIP Project Supernova.

Ryker is fourteen years old, goes a high school that I haven’t named yet, and has a mostly normal life. He’s an average size, with dark brown hair, probably blue eyes, and pale skin. The features that stand out the most are the scars on his left cheek from the surgery after a car accident. He lives with his older brother Luke and has a fear of riding in cars. You can read my previous Beautiful People post with him here.

Since I’m tired of rambling and I’m dreadful at introductions, let’s get on to the questions! I’ll be doing this in more of an interview format like last time, but today I’ll be interjecting in italics.

1. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

I don’t do travel. If I can’t walk, I don’t go. My favorite place is home.

His parents died in a car accident. Cough, cough. Poor baby.

Stop pitying me. *scowls*

Sorry.

I did go to Niagara Falls once, though, when I was maybe six or seven, with my family. It was fun.

2. What’s one mistake you made that you learned from?

The biggest mistake I ever made was caring too much.

You gonna expand on that?

No. And you’d better not try.

3. What is your favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?

Ehhh, social studies are okay, I guess. I like it when we get to read whatever we want.

Comic books, right?

Stop.

You’re pretty good at drawing cartoons.

Whatever you say, Miss Almighty Creator, ma’am. I guess you get to decide, don’t you? *scowls some more*

I have a name, you know.

4. What’s your favorite flower/growing thing?

I’ve never really thought about it, honestly.

Yes, he has. He won’t ever say it, but he likes watching butterflies and insects. So basically anything butterflies are attracted to.

WILL YOU STOP?

No.

5. Have you ever made someone cry? What happened?

Not answering that! I am not answering that, and you aren’t either, Zane!

Ha ha, you do know my name! And sorry, yes I am. He made a girl he barely knew cry. And it had disastrous consequences on all sides. I’m not going into details because #spoilers.

6. Would you consider yourself a reliable or unreliable narrator?

Reliable. I’m no liar.

Unreliable. You’re biased like everyone else, Ryker.

7. What do you dream about at night?

Who comes up with these questions?

He dreams about-

DON’T. Fine. I have nightmares. A lot. About.. stuff.

About the car accident.

I said don’t!

8. You’ve gone out for a “special meal”. What would you eat?

Homemade pineapple and ham pizza. And my mom’s dark chocolate brownies.

No comment.

9. What’s at least one thing you want to do before you die?

I… I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it. Why am I doing this interview anyway? There’s something for you to think about.

You’re doing it because I say so.

You’re not my mother.

Ah ha… I kind of am. Anyway, he’d like to see his comics published and make it through college, maybe settle down with a family.

I don’t like you.

Yes, you do. You just don’t know it yet.

10. Do you have any distinguishing or unique talents?

No, not really.

You should see the comics he draws. He’s an amazing artist, but he would never tell a soul.

STOP IT. STOP.

Okay, okay! The interview’s over, anyway. You don’t have to talk any more.

Thank goodness. I don’t know why I even agreed to this. Stupid, Ryker, stupid…

C’mon, don’t beat yourself up. It was fun.

If your definition of fun is “probing into other people’s past business that doesn’t concern you”, then sure! It was “fun”. Now this is my definition of fun. *charges Zane with a pillow from the couch and begins smacking her*

Help! Hellllpppp…. *grabs pillow and starts smacking back*

*scene fades*

 

That was really fun! I love doing these interviews, even if my characters find it torture. Hope y’all enjoyed it! As usual, feel free to comment below. 🙂