I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
Last year I had a feature on my blog called Friday Friends. Each week a different writer friend would stop by and answer a set of questions. One week I decided to fill out the survey, essentially interviewing myself. Here's the result of this crazy experiment:
Of all the characters you've created, which one is your favorite? Why do you love them best? Dang. This is hard. How do you guys manage to answer this? Maybe I'll skip this one and come back to it later. . . Uh oh, a whole gang of characters just blocked my escape route. Okay, characters, everyone in a group hug! (Hopefully that will distract them long enough for me to weasel out of answering this.)
What's your go-to "writing avoidance" technique? Hah! I have so many. Twitter was probably the biggest, until the recent change that aggravated me so much that I'm hanging out on Facebook even more now. Which means I have twice as many writing avoiders than before.
If you were able to go on a writing retreat (and bring everyone along, of course!), where would it be? Well, we all know it would be someplace tropical, because I have to have my flip flops, and I wouldn't mind a mojito or two. So we could start with Hawaii and then start hitting all the tropical locales I haven't had a chance to visit yet.
What's the word you love to use (and overuse, so you have to take it out of your book during edits)? I think "just" and "then" are probably the workhorses. But as soon as I take those out, there's always a runner-up waiting, one that I didn't know was so prominent until I removed the frontrunners. Ack.
Name the first thing you'll do when you make a million dollars from your books. Squeal like a maniac while I race to buy a zillion books for my Nook and my bookshelves. Hopefully there will still be money left afterwards, because I'd love to set up a foundation that would pay writers a little something so they could focus on their writing, even if it was only one day a week.
Thanks, Donna, for being here today. No, thank YOU, Donna. I had a great time! I hope you'll have me back sometime.
Okay, and now for the Tasty Ten speed-dating round . . . which sounds like I'm speed-dating myself. #awkward
Coffee or tea? Does anybody NOT know the answer to this? Raise your hand and we'll chat privately.
Drafting or revising? Drafting. I love that high-speed, coffee-fueled typing of the story as it's happening inside my brain. Revising is so sloooooow. It's like carving Mt. Rushmore with a butter knife.
Twitter or Facebook? Last week I would have happily said the T word. Today, FB gets the edge.
Winter or Summer? Does anybody NOT know the answer to this? Raise your hand and we'll chat privately. I'll bring the coffee.
Baseball or Football? Baseball (except without beards).
Contemporary or historical? Yes
Pirate or cowboy? Oh boy. Why did I think either/or questions were a good idea? I love them both. I'm willing to split my time evenly between them, so neither one feels neglected. Or we could have all three of us at once. . .
Pecs or abs? I think there's a typo in there. I'll just change the "or" to "and". Yep, that's much better. Sometimes revising isn't so difficult.
Scrambled or fried? Scrambled. Or even better, part of the ingredients for brownies.
Biter or licker? (Hey! I'm talking ice cream cones here!) BITER!