Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'VE BEEN TAGGED....... BY THREE FRIENDS!

Thanks to three of my blog buddies, (two of which I know in person) I have been tagged in the Writerly Blog Chain that's been hopping around the blogosphere. Thank you so much to Pat Wahler of Critter Alley, Debora Rorvig of Whatsoever Things Are Lovely, and Sheree Nielsen of Sheree's Warm Fuzzies.

Please take a minute to stop by these three lovely ladies' blogs, because they've already answered the questions that I must now answer. They are wonderful writers: sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful and serious-minded, and always the "real deal." I'm grateful for their friendship.  

Okay, I've been asked to answer four questions about my writing process, then tag two other writers to do the same, which I'll do at the end of this post. I'll make this as short and sweet as possible.

1) What am I working on?
     I'd love to say that I'm furiously writing the sequel to my memoir, but that's not true. I almost typed the words "because I haven't had time," but that wouldn't be true, either. What I need to say is, "I can't seem to manage my time properly!" As I've mentioned before, marketing has taken up a huge chunk of time. I've been unorganized and running in all directions. But, yesterday I seem to have gotten over a hurdle and I am focused on my direction. Marketing AND Writing.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
     I'm not sure how to answer this. I write memoir and personal essays. Readers have told me that reading my memoir, From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More, makes them feel like we're friends, enjoying a cup of coffee together and discussing life. I can't think of a nicer compliment than that.

3) Why do I write what I do?
     Because it's the only way I know how to write!

4) How does your writing process work?
     I jot down memories and thoughts in notebooks, or whatever is handy, so I won't forget them within the next few minutes. It might only be a couple of words, or an entire sentence, but it will be the basis for one of the chapters in my sequel. And as I admitted in my first answer, I haven't been writing nearly as often as I should. I don't have any particular day or time or schedule. I'm a "when the mood really hits me" kind of writer. It's worked pretty well so far! J


The last step in this process is to invite two other authors to participate in the blog chain. First, I'd like to invite McGuffy Ann Morris. She's an awesome writer, a poet, an avid reader, an animal lover, and a fabulous blog friend! What's not to like?!

Secondly, I'd like to invite Bish Denham. She's another awesome writer...of children's books! Bish and I have a "karma-like, ESP-kind of" bloggy friendship!

Thanks again to my three fabulous gal pals for inviting me.


 



"A good friend is a connection to life...a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." -- Lois Wyse

32 comments:

  1. How very odd/serendipitous that you tagged me as I was JUST reading another blogger's post about this very same tag and I thought to myself, "Self... these are interesting questions, I wouldn't mind answering them." Then POOF, just like that I see I have an email and it's YOUR tag.

    It may take me a while to get to it since I'm doing the A to Z Challenge, but I will. Thank you.

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    1. Wow! I'm amazed at our "connection," Bish! So happy you want to answer these questions! And don't worry. Any time you can get to it is fine! Have a great week.

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  2. I like your very honest answers. I am a writer also (two books published) and will visit the blogs you linked to. Time management, LOL, could be something I could improve on too.

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    1. Hi Terra! I'm so pleased you like my answers! I'd love to know yours, too. If you haven't been "tagged" yet, I'm sure you can just go ahead and do your own post. It was really hard for me to decide on just two people.

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  3. I knew you had been tagged, and am pleased that you have found/made time to respond. I suspect that you, and all of the other writers, write because you must. Your lives would feel incomplete. As would the lives of readers like me. So thank you - and thanks to all the other writers who also enrich my world.

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    1. Dear Elephant's Child ~ You are such an endearing woman! Yes, writers write because they MUST! And yes, my life would definitely be incomplete if I didn't write. I've asked myself these past 12 years, "What the heck did I used to do with my time? What did I think about?" :)

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your answers Becky!!

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    1. Hi Beth! Thank you, I'm so glad you liked them!

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  5. Great fun to learn about your writing process, Becky. Thanks for playing along!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat! Thank you! And thank you for inviting me. It was really fun for me, too!

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  6. It is always fun and interesting to read your thoughts and ideas. Thank you for including me in this! Tomorrow I will be responding on my blog, McGuffy's Reader.

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    1. Hey McGuffy Ann! Thank you so much. And I'm glad you're happy to participate, too. I can't wait to read your answers!

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  7. Thanks Becky, for keeping the ball rolling! Love your honesty about that time management thing...it's hard to do, isn't it?

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    1. Hi Debora! You are very welcome! And thanks again for inviting me. And yes...that time management thing is a monster! LOL

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  8. We so know the time management one big time. It certainly is not easy. Have a serene big easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting! I had a very since, serene Sunday! Thank you for your wishes...they worked!

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  9. Congratulatons on a well deserved award.

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    1. Hi Delores! Thank you so very much!!

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  10. Interesting answers. I have also had difficulty with time management. And I don't have a book to market. It just goes like that sometimes!

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    1. Hey Robin ~ I agree. It just goes like that sometimes! No matter what's going on in our lives, we never seem to get all the things accomplished that we'd like to!

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  11. Good job, Miss B! We all learn something from each other in this exchange!

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    1. Hi Bookie! Thank you!! You are so right. I love reading everyone's answers, too!

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  12. I really enjoyed your book! Felt like we sat and had a meal together and shared memories! Some we have were more in common than I realized. Great blog you have going here. So looking forward to your next book!

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    1. Hi Mary! How fun to see you here on my blog!! Thank you so much for stopping and commenting! I hope you come back often! And thank you again for letting me know how much you enjoyed my memoir. That means so much to me!

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  13. Becky, so glad you are focused now. Can you help me? :) Marketing is a HUGE time suck. And sometimes it is hard to be creative and focus when you are thinking about marketing. I love that about having a cup of coffee together. SO TRUE!

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    1. Hi Margo! You are correct about the time involved in marketing! I'm at a "good" age for it (I think!) since I have no children still at home that need/want me here! LOL I think you're doing a great job...!!

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  14. Thanks for the insight into your writing life. :) With all of the things expected of writers it is a wonder any of us accomplish anything, but I'd say you run full steam with skates on!

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    1. Oh thanks, Lisa! I love the "run full steam with skates on!".....I could use some skates, I think! :)
      I go from full steam to needing a nap pretty quickly, though! LOL

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  15. I like reading everyone's writing process! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks! I enjoy reading others', too. We're all different and yet the same in so many ways!

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  16. I love reading about the writing process!

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