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Lizard’s Update – Blog & Writing

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I wanted to start this post of with a quick apology. I’ve been more than a little MIA the last few weeks. There’s a picture of me this time. I’m here and alive. I try to keep posting regularly, but I know I am incredibly behind on Q&A and private messages. I am completely entrenched in my novel at the moment, so I don’t mind putting my blog on the back burner just a little. I’ll still be around and posting daily as always, but bear with me. It’s going to be a busy couple months! 

In the meantime, since I’m talking about myself and what I’m working on, I’m going all out and answering a couple tag game questionnaires and will give you all a better picture of what I’m working on at the moment. 

Lizard’s blog news

So, though I’ve been super busy, there are a few upcoming items on my itinerary, including a new series of posts where I will be sharing interviews with writers. I’ll be starting it off with local writers on and around the Tumblr community and friends to talk about how we find inspiration, why we write, and why writing is so important. With the upcoming NaNoWriMo season, I wanted to expand my own blog to include other writing processes and show off some writers who I think are really awesome. 

The next piece of news, I’ve got a new flash fiction story out in a fun little magazine called Mystic Blue Review. It’s in a semi-online magazine and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share it here on the blog. More on that once I figure it out. 

Last thing, I’m hoping to roll out some fun Halloween themed posts in the next few weeks – sharing my spooky side a little bit. I LOVE Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday by a landslide. I dress up, I go to spooky places, I read scary things – I am all about this season. So, I’m hoping that I’ll get to share that love with all of you guys this holiday, diverting a bit from the Q&A for a few days here and there to bring you scary stories ghost stories I grew up with, spooky writing prompts and maybe some fun stuff from around the web. Keep in mind, I’ve been crazy busy, but I’m serious about this and I might still be sharing Halloween-themed posts until Christmas. 

Is this word in my manuscript? 

So, this is a fun little game and if you’ve been following me awhile, you know I rarely share anything of my work, but why not? I was tagged by @ramblingrubyred for the word, “shift” – great word. Unfortunately, not one in my work in progress yet. Shocking actually. It’s getting pretty long and it hasn’t come up. Then, @byjillianmaria sent me the word, “night” – yes. I’ll give you a few lines. Most instances came up in other words, “tonight” or “nightstand” but these two instance are true to the word.

“There was no rolling out of a cab from a night spent God knows where. She didn’t come home.”

“We’d staying up late into the night, sharing a bottle of cheap Pinot Noir on her bed while she went on about her most recent obsession, British serial killers. She started with Jack the Ripper and then went on the Moors murderers, the Yorkshire Ripper, and the Suffolk Strangler.”

10 Questions for Readers/Writers

I was tagged by the fantastic @dancingdarklingwrites and adore these questions. They’re so telling. Be ready to learn way too much about me. 

1. When did you first start writing?

I’ve been writing a long time. I remember doing it as a kid. I had a notebook with a jaguar on the cover. I thought it was the coolest thing. I loved The Call of the Wild by Jack London, so all of my stories were about dogs. I think I was maybe ten years old when I started writing stories about people. 

2. Who, if anyone, do you let read your writing in the early drafting stages?

Often no one gets to see my work when it’s in early stages. I wait it out. The project I’m working on now has a few eyes on it. I’ve been taking it to a workshop. Outside of that, my current work in progress has been read by my boyfriend, Jake and my friend and occasional guest writer, Natalie. They are my trusted confidants. 

3. Where is your favorite place to read/write?

I’m a big coffee shop writer, especially on weekends. My current favorite spot is Ground Central. I love to curl up in a comfy chair there with a piping hot St. Petersbourg tea and write for a few hours. If I’m not there, it’s because it’s closed, and I’m at Joe & the Juice, again, comfy chairs, tea, or because it’s a juice place, I’ll get their “Hell of a Nerve.” There are other places I like because I’m not quite a creature of habit, but these are the places I tend to be. 

I read on the train a lot. Or waiting for things. Or in the morning while I’m having my first cup of tea. I love to wake up reading something lovely.

4. Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?

I’m a Spotify writer. I’ve made some of my own playlists just so I don’t have to think about it too much. It’s all instrumental. I’ve got three so far, each to fit a different mood for me. My go-to is called “Coffee House” – it’s a playlist of instrumental versions of popular hits. All the tunes are familiar and fun, and completely instrumental. I need background noise and if there is none, I have my tunes. Nothing too distracting and no words to sing along to. 

5. How many WIPs do you currently have?

Oh gosh. I think I’m at three. I’m working really on one that in the past we’ve been calling Dark Constellations, though that title’s got to change. Then I have another with Natalie and our other buddy Marnie that I’m too in love with not to work on still. Pressure’s on Marnie to send us her chapters!  It’s a ghost story and a love story. It’s about the private lives of famed paranormal experts and the things that haunt them. The last work in progress is not so much a work in progress but something I want to write next. I don’t know that I will, but I’ve got some ideas and they are fun.  

6. What is your current WIP about?

One girl is dead. Another is missing. The last, knows all the suspects. 

7. What do you draw inspiration from?

I won’t get too heavy here, but after some thought and contemplation there are some things in my life that I don’t quite know what to do with. Writing out situations that mirror it, even in a minor way, might help me learn to speak more openly about it. You can say I draw inspiration from people in my life. It’s so vague, but that is the kind of think that comes up in my writing. When I read my own work, I see flashes of familiar faces all the time. 

Additionally, I love to read. A good book will sometimes make me want to sit down and write my own. 

8. What is your current favorite tv series?

I am so behind on TV. I’ve been watching Twin Peaks on Netflix and loving it. Then, in a similar vein, Stranger Things – again so good. I also like American Horror Story, depending on the season. I’m half way through Roanoke and it’s pretty spooky. I’m enjoying it so far. Supernatural is a guilty pleasure and I like to have that playing in the background or binge-watch when sick and unable to bring myself to do anything else. 

9. Are you reading a good book right now? If so, what is it?

Yes, I’ve been reading a lot lately and in the last few weeks I’ve got a few to talk about. I just finished reading Here Comes the Sun and I loved it, though this is not the bright and cheerful book the title suggests. Read the first hundred pages and then could not put it down. I also just finished Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey and that was another great read – really haunting. I’m really looking forward to cracking open her new book, The Answers, next. Last, Another Brooklyn – this one felt unexpected. It was poignant, beautiful, and heart-wrenching. I read it in one night. 

10. What is a book you have always wanted to read, but still haven’t got around to reading yet?

Ugh. Hook’s Tale. I have a gorgeous signed copy on my nightstand. I will probably love it. I just need to pick it up. Then, Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy, looking forward to both of them.

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