Monday, September 3, 2012

Gettin' Down with GUTGAA

Happy Monday! Today's a meet and greet for the annual GUTGAA kick off! What is GUTGAA, you ask?
Gearin' Up To Get An Agent 2012, hosted by the ever charming Deana Barnhart. 


There's still time to sign up if you're interested, just click on the link for Deana's blog and head on over.

If you're new to my blog, then welcome! If you're an old friend, welcome back. Deana wants us to share a few things about ourselves so we can all get to know each other better.

1. Where do you write?

In my office. Yes that's right. MY office. All mine and I lurve it. I work from home as well, so I have a wrap around desk with my work laptop on one side, and my writing (and everything else) laptop on the other. It's my place to get busy.

2. Quick, look to the left of your writing space. What do you see?

Head shot cut outs of my kids with paper cut out bodies attached to them. (They're hanging on the wall.) And a picture of three girlfriends and me in Vegas when we were 26. That was a trip  worth remembering (just wish I could remember more of it.) lol

3. Favorite time to write?

That varies. I prefer early morning at the crack of dawn, or just before. But I'll take whatever I can get, because beggars can't be choosers. And since I'm a mom of a 7 and 6 year old, as well as a part time employee for the nation's largest airline, I'm always begging for time. ;)

4. Drink of choice while writing?

COFFEE! and water

5. When writing, do you listen to music or need complete silence?

SILENCE IS GOLDEN. But I do listen to music for artistic motivation... especially for those love or action scenes. Or if my worldbuilding needs a kickstart.

6. What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

Initially, I was inspired after watching Hugo. I love the idea of a character who lived in a train station. With my story The Desiree, I created a character who lived in a vintage movie palace.

7. What's your most valuable writing tip?

Have at least one critique partner who is smarter than you. ;)

Thanks for stopping by! How would you answer these same questions? If you didn't already blog about it, leave them for me in the comments. And have a great week! 


78 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Hugo is such an inspiring movie! It's all so vivid and creative! Also, I read your opening for The Desiree and I think it's awesome! :D

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Lots of similarities, you and I. :0)

And I love your writing tip!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can see how Hugo is a great inspiration!
Crack of dawn... my brain doesn't function until almost noon, so no way.

Roger Lawrence said...

I don't even remember my own name before mid-afternoon.
Good interview.

Suzi said...

I'm lucky. I have several beta readers who are smarter than me! :)

Old Kitty said...

What a fun Q&A!! And love the most valuable writing tip - how true!! Take care
x

Karen Walker said...

My best writing time is early morning as well, but I do it whenever I can these days. I loved Hugo as well. So creative.
Karen

SA Larsenッ said...

For some reason, I can't get the image of your kids as paper cutouts out of my head. Weird.

D. D. Falvo said...

Hi PK! It's so nice to meet you-- I laughed over your writing advice. It's so true. :P I'm also fan of silence, and jealous of that wrap around desk. Sounds like you've total world immersion down. :)

Robin said...

Great writing tip:) I'm an early morning writer as well. And as you know, I'm intrigued with The Desiree...

Donald Capone said...

Hi Pk! Ha ha, love the writing tip. Good luck with GUTGAA.

Robin Weeks said...

I'm starting to get disgusted by all the early morning writers. Mornings are for SLEEPING, people! I'm also jealous of your office. Not sure we can be friends. ;)

Emily White said...

Ooh, great writing tip! I definitely agree with that one. Lucky for me, I have three who are WAY smarter than me. :)

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

PK, you weren't kidding when you said we had similar answers! And our husbands are both firefighters! Doppelganger alert! LOL

I love you tip about having at least one crit partner who is smarter than you. Hilarious and totally true.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and sest of luck at GUTGAA to you!

Barbara Watson said...

I love the idea of the headshots with paper cut-out bodies attached! How cute!

And I like knowing more about your writing space and habits. See you around on GUTGAA!

Mere Joyce said...

I love your inspiration...how cool would it be to live in a vintage movie palace?

Carrie-Anne said...

I love the settings of your books! It would be really groovy to live in a train station or movie palace.

Angie Sandro said...

LOL, I think all my critique partners are smarter than I am. Love it!

VikLit said...

Great tip, hee! I go for silence too!

Charlie Holmberg said...

Best writing tip I've seen at GUTGAA so far. ;)

I loved Hugo! Hope I catch your pitch during GUTGAA, I'm intrigued. :)

Stephsco said...

Hugo was brilliant! And so visually interesting. I love your writing advice. I had a great critiquer early on that was amazingly helpful. She steered me in the right direction.

Triona said...

Ooh, I loved Hugo too! And I'm impressed with your writing at the crack of dawn--I can barely drag myself out of bed then.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Great tip. I think all my CPs are smarter than me. ^_^

Best wishes with #GUTGAA

Jodie Andrefski said...

We are definitely alike in the coffee and silence departments! lol See you around GUTGAA! =)

cstuarthardwick said...

Wait; your writing advice sounds suspiciously similar to my advice for a happy marriage.

Connie said...

I read your first pages of Desiree over at Yalitchat and really look forward to a chance to read the entire book in the future. So jealous you have an office!

gailecn said...

I love your writing tip! And your writing space sounds awesome. :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Hi *waves*! So nice to meet you!

That piece of advice is spot on. haha. I have about seven CPs who are smarter then me :)

G. Donald Cribbs said...

Dear PK,

Nice to meet you. I enjoyed your answers to the GUTGAA meet and greet. I love that your kids' pics have cut out bodies pasted on. Sounds cute. I've got four boys myself. Happy writing!

Warm regards,

Don #138

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Ha, love that tip!
And I'm very jealous of you for having your own office. ;)

Michelle said...

Hello!!
I love coffee too, though its not my writing drink if choice. :)
I drink copious amounts of tea

Medeia Sharif said...

I write late at night or early in the morning.

My CP's are invaluable.

Lexa Cain said...

I loved all your answers and info, PK. I'm sending you oodles of good luck on your agent quest. (I'm querying now, too. It's kind of annoying, isn't it?)

Jenna and Ashley said...

Awesome tip! The smarter, the better. I love that your character lives in an old movie theater. And good luck with finding time. I don't know how all you moms do it!
-Jenna

Trisha said...

Great answers, PK! Though I have to say I believe silence is boring ;) I love to have music on while writing.

Candilynn Fite said...

I love the answer to what's to your left! They sound adorable. :) Nice to meet you. Hope to see you around GUTGAA!

A.J. Locke said...

Your novel sounds intriguing!

Jenna and Ashley said...

I forgot to say I only write for ten hour stretches in the summer, since I teach. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

SStokes said...

Hello! Great to meet you! I loved Huge - what a great movie to get inspiration from. And I hear you on the critique partners - I don't know what I would do with out the fab beta readers I've had this past year!

Jeannette said...

I like your writing tip! I have a Czech last name too (Smejkal), and always feel the need to tell people that the J makes a Y sound. They usually still get it wrong, but I'm OK with that. :) Nice to meet you!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Best tip I've heard so far, I think! It's definitely a fabulous occurrence to find a great critique partner you can trust! It's nice to meet you!

Kate Larkindale said...

Love the idea of a character living in an old movie theatre. I run an old movie theatre (built in 1917) and sometimes feel like I live here with all the hours I work...

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi. I am making my met and greet rounds. I love your piece of writing advice. That is my next goal; to find a crit partner who is much smarter than I am. Your answers made me nostalgic. I remember (sort of) a trip to Vegas with my girlfriends when we graduated law school. It was one of the best times of my life.

Carey Torgesen said...

Hey there. Popped over from my blog to yours after I realized we are sisters from another mister. :) Shall I remind you? Singles? LOST? Marine Biology? Ariel?

I love your answers, they are soooo similar to mine. Weird. You, I must keep track of. Because it would mostly be like keeping track of myself. Which would be awesome. ;)

Now to submit this comment...ah--to choose an identity!!!!

Jessica L. Foster said...

Oh that is great advice. I say along with a smarter-than-you crit partner, you need a Captain Obvious crit partner than can point out the problems that are right there but everyone else overlooks. I think a story about a character in a vintage movie palace sounds awesome. Nice to meet you.

meredithmansfield said...

Hi from another GUTGAA participant.

A home office is one of my goals. Not there yet. But it's kind of fun to plan. :)

S.P. Bowers said...

Nice to meet you, and I love your story idea!

Ellie Heller said...

Nice to meet you! Love the idea of someone living in a vintage theater, sounds interesting!

fOIS In The City said...

Pk ... loved this post and while I am not participating ... I did love those questions ... your answers reveal your personality well :)

Stay tuned ... I might answer you in my own way and in my own time. You'll know it when you read it :)

Just a little mystery and what is life without just a little mystery?

Jay Noel said...

I wonder with all of the traveling I've done if we've ever been in the same airport at the same time. Or even the same plane! What a trip.

I'm too groggy in the morning to write. Wish I was more of a morning person.

michelleimason said...

I would really like to see what those paper cutout kids look like! I'm with you on the silence. Music distracts me when I'm writing. Good luck in the contest!

Tracey Joseph said...

I love that your manuscript was inspired by Hugo. I really need to see the movie and possibly read the book. Your writing tip is golden. :)

Jess said...

Great answers!! I love the movie Hugo! And high-five to the coffee!! I LOOOVE coffee!!

Kathryn Purdie said...

A character who lives in a vintage movie palace?!!! That is the coolest idea EVER!!

AG said...

Jealous of your office, and your premise sounds great! Best of luck! :)

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Hey! Just jumping around ‘meeting’ all the people doing GUTGAA. Nice blog - I’m following it now. =)

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Hey! Just jumping around ‘meeting’ all the people doing GUTGAA. Nice blog - I’m following it now. =)

Barbara Price Galvan said...

Hey, just visiting with the GUTGAA, and I am glad I did. Thanks to your blog I gathered more great tools for writing. The post on the thesaurus was so great. I will come back and visit you. You are now in my bookmarks. Thanks.

Cally Jackson said...

Great writing tip. I have several crit partners with strengths in different areas so I get a plenitude of valuable feedback from them. GUTGAA sounds like an awesome idea. :-)

Arlee Bird said...

I write in my home office when the urge strikes me. I like coffee in the morning and in the evening I may sip on brandy if anything at all and usually it's nothing.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Diana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I envy you your very own office. My 'office' is in our front room that the kids have to be in while I'm in here. Happy GUTGAA!

Marian Librarian said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog fellow GUTGAA'er! I'm jealous that you have such an organized writing space. After you were inspired by Hugo, did you read the book? I've only read the book and not seen the movie, but I adore it!
I think it's important to ask questions of things that are timeless, like fairy tales; I'm glad you agree!

Stacey Nash said...

Good advice. Intelligent Critique partners are invaluable.

Deana said...

Hey PK! Great writing advice. Seriously:) And a vintage movie palace? That sounds like a very good read! Are you not a stewardess anymore? You were at one time right? I just remember you and all your world travel stories:)

Jenna and Ashley said...

So I commented earlier, but I just saw that your name was Czech! My maiden name too. Organiscak (pronounced "check" at the end). No one every got it right:(
-Jenna

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Excellent writing tip!
I don't really have too many people around me who write poetry, though.

Virginia Boecker said...

Great advice. And I loved Hugo too! What a great piece of inspiration. Good luck with GUTGAA!

Eliza Tilton said...

Love that writing advice!

Jessica Peterson said...

you're answer to what was on your left made me laugh :) thanks for that. Nice to meet you and happy writing

Kathleen said...

LOVE your advice! I think I've got that covered=)

It's nice to meet you! Stopping in from #GUTGAA=)

Nicole Zoltack said...

*sniff* I miss having an office. Maybe someday...

William Kendall said...

Mornings are meant for sleeping!

As for me, I write pretty much anywhere I get a chance to work from...

Anthony Dutson said...

Critique partners are golden. Especially the good ones.

Thanks for posting the Neil Gaimen speech!

Tamara said...

Hi! Great answers. I agree that crit partners are one of the most important parts of writing. A good crit partner is irreplaceable.

Your story idea sounds familiar. I think I might have read it either on Write On or CAGI. Did you participate in either of those?

I love your blog. I got so inspired by all the great blogs on here that I finally started one. It's www.onemagicbeanbuyer.blogspot.com

I'd love it if you could stop by. I'm kind of in desperate need of followers. haha.

Anyway, good luck with GUTGAA. Nice to meet you. :)

Joyce Lansky said...

I know what you mean about critique partners. I like those who are more interested in improving my manuscript than stroking my ego.


http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

TerriKRowe said...

Love the idea of the character residing in a vintage movie palace! :)

Paula Sangare said...

Hi just hopping around for gutgaa meet awesome writers. Great advice:) Nice to meet you~!

Donna Yates said...

Loved the interview. Imagine - an office to yourself. Sigh.