Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Great

It's September which means it's time to gear up to get an agent!

Deana Barnhart

Today is all about making friendships, and there's no better way to do that then to tell a little bit about myself. Luckily Deana has provided questions so I don't have to sit on my soap box and feel like I'm being self centered.

However, there is something about me that needs to be said becasue it defines a large part of my life. That is, I am a wife and mother. I'm going to have child #3, on Thursday. I can't wait!

Onto Deana's questions!


1. Where do you write?  At my desk in the front room of my home.


2. Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? The sliding glass door that leads to the back yard, and subsequently a golf course with a mountain behind it that is just starting to show fall colors.

Ain't it pretty?

3. Favorite time to write? At night after the kids are in bed. That hasn't really been possible since I've been pregnant, but I love it when I can. It's so peaceful!


4. Drink of choice while writing? Water.


5. When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I like to have my headphones in, it really takes me to another world, but editing often requires silence.


6. What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? It was on Heather Howland's blog. She posted this gorgeous picture -


And my time travel story just came to life.



7. What's your most valuable writing tip? I don't know that I'm really the person to be giving out  writing advice, but the one thing I have to remind myself about day after day is that it's worth it. That settling isn't an option and the work is what's going to make the dream come true.

That's it for the questions. It's not too late to join, and there will be all kinds of fun abounding! Here's the linky if you're interested.

 

47 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I did this last year. Looks like the list continues to grow; that's awesome. Good luck with it.

Nice view from your window. Mine overlooks a porch that is becoming a room. It will eventually be moved to another wall, but in the meantime I keep my drapes closed. lol

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, you have an amazing view! You're so lucky!

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, you have an amazing view! You're so lucky!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I could write with a view like that!

VikLit said...

What a great view. And good luck with baby ;)

Carrie-Anne said...

I love the view from your house!

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

Oh my goodness, I don't know how you stay focused with that view from your office. I'd daydream aaaaaallllll day long! Hahahaha!

Best of luck to you with GUTGAA!

Emily R. King said...

That picture is inspiring! I can see why you'd think of time travel.

Nicole Mc said...

When are you having that baby, girl?! :) Excited for you! I love that you're writing TT, I have one of those in my back pocket (on my laptop) that I'll get back to someday.

Ashley said...

Time travel! That sounds so exciting! I love it when pictures inspire stories!

Suzanne Furness said...

What a wonderful view. Good luck for baby number 3.

S. T. Lakata said...

Congratulations on baby #3!!! That's very exciting! You have a great view for your writing corner. I definitely agree with your writing tip. Writing is worth it and so rewarding when a lot of work is put into it.

Jessie Humphries said...

Baby on Thursday!!! Hello?!? Good luck, that is so exciting. And I love your view? WHat does that T stand for on the mountain?

Anonymous said...

I love the view from your writing desk! And good luck for Baby 3 :)

Anonymous said...

I think I would like to write at your window! Best wishes.

Kathryn Purdie said...

I love it when a novel idea just blossoms in your head like that!

And so funny that you can't listen to music when you edit--that's when I can listen to all kinds of music! (I can't listen to vocal music while I'm drafting. I just wanna sing!)

Great to get to know you more!

Livia said...

Gorgeous view! Nice to meet you! *shake hands* :)

Jess Schira said...

I'm so jealous of your view while writing. It's so much better than mine which consists of walls.

That is a stunning photo, I can see exactly how it would inspire a story.

Aidyl Ewoh said...

So much fun seeing what everyone has to say. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have kids and write, but I’m guessing I’ll be there one day. =) Hope everything goes well when your baby’s born.
~Aidyl

gailecn said...

Hi! So nice to meet you. :) I was 39 weeks pregnant at this time last year (little one's first birthday is this coming Sunday). It was so hot, I couldn't stand to be near my laptop. So, if you're writing right now, I'm impressed!

I'm also jealous of your beautiful mountain view. I find such inspiration in nature.

The Golden Eagle said...

That's a beautiful view! :)

Mere Joyce said...

Wow, that's such a great picture, I'm intrigued by the story it inspired!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I'm working on getting me a space - the dining room table isn't nearly as productive as you'd think :)

Kelley Lynn said...

So jealous of that view. Wow.

Edillon said...

Yay for a new baby! And you are doing the bloghop.Brave lady. Lol. Love Time Travel stories. Keep us posted on all happenings. Nice to meet you! ELena

Diana said...

Love the view! Good luck with baby #3, enjoy he/she while they are small and sweet, before they start whining and yelling. ;)

Melissa Sugar said...

Congratulations. I can't believe you are a couple of days away from having another baby. How exciting. I wish you the best. I am making the meet and greet rounds. I love the picture and can see how it inspired a time travel story. Good luck with it and best wishes for your family and your new addition.

Angie Sandro said...

Beautiful view. I love your source of inspiration.

Jeannette said...

That is an incredible picture. Good luck with the baby!

Ellie Heller said...

Nice to meet you. That picture is a wonderful inspiration!

Lauren said...

I notice that a lot of people need music while writing but silence while editing. I wonder what this says about us?

Lauren

Tara Tyler said...

what a picture! that would be an awesome cover! such a different perspective!

and praying for a smooth delivery!

Anonymous said...

{Looks left} It's a blue wall.

Cat said...

I hope everything will go well with the baby. It will change your life quite a lot (in many way, most positive though). Good luck.

I'm from GUTGAA too but I'm mostly writing MG and YA. In Germany, I'm already agented.

Carolyn V said...

This Thursday??? Woohoo! I hope all goes well. <3

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

This was a great post! I love the view! Also, that picture is beautiful.

A.M.Supinger said...

That is a beautiful picture! Awesome post!

Morgan said...

I'm intrigued with how your MS was inspired by that picture! Really fun! What a fun event. :D

Jessica L. Foster said...

Good luck with the baby! Congratulations. Oh and the view from your window is awesome. Nice to meet you!

Jadzia Brandli said...

Nice to meet you! I love that you were inspired by that picture. It really is lovely. New follower!

Deana said...

Didn't you just have a baby or something?! Yet, I see you commenting on all these peoples blogs:) You amaze me. I hope everything went well. Will we get to see pictures? And your view is so gorgeous! I'll never forget those mountains when I took my one visit out to Utah! So lucky!

Tamara said...

Great answers. I love the view out your window. It's gorgeous there. I live in southeastern GA and it's so flat and blah. haha. I'm from PA, so I really miss the mountains and the season changes--especially fall. We don't really get that here.

Did you just have a new baby? (I read the comment before this one) Congrats! It's such a beautiful time in your life. Busy and tiring, but amazing. Enjoy it!

Anyway, it's nice "meeting" you and I'm glad I found your blog through GUTGAA. I just started my blog today, but if you could stop by and visit, that would be great!:)

katherineamabel said...

Hi from one time travel writer to another. :) Pleased to meet you, and good luck with GUTGAA!
Kat
http://beyondthehourglassbridge.blogspot.com.au

Anthony Dutson said...

What a great view! Sometimes that must be distracting. Enjoy GUTGAA

Tricia Skinner said...

Yay! More water drinkers! lol

Nice to meet you!

Trish
GUTGAA

Stephsco said...

Hello! I'm still making the rounds for the Meet & Greet. I recently drove through southern Indiana for the first time (on the way to Cincinnati and again to Nashville) and was surprised how much the landscape changes from flat to hilly in the southern region. I'm in Chicago area where it's quite flat, but I grew up in Michigan where the landscape changes quite a bit the farther north you go. I would love to drive west sometime.

I like the photo that gave you inspiration. Very cool. I like time travel as well (currently watching Dr. Who) and I think it provides a super cool base for a YA novel. Good luck with GUTGAA and all the pitch polish stuff :)

TerriKRowe said...

Love your advice-that it is worth it! Thank you for sharing. :)