Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Deana Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blog Fest.(GUTGAA)-Thirteen Things about Mia Celeste




Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

In an effort to keep you and I from falling into an insanity rut, I’ve decided to combine my typical Thursday Thirteen Meme with something different—Deana Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent Blog Fest.(GUTGAA)
http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.com/2012/08/gutgaa-meet-and-greet-sign-ups-and.html



Week One of GUTGAA kicks off with a Meet and Greet, where writers connect with readers, agents and fellow writers. We share tidbits about our writing routines and aspirations. Deana has thoughtful provided questions and since I’m a fan of Thursday Thirteen, can guess how many I’ve chosen to answer?



  1. Where do you write? I have a laptop so I can write anywhere.
  2. Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My writing kitten. I’m trying to train him to curl up next to me while I write. So far, I’m not that successful. He’s playing with a yarn toy, looking cute and being a distraction.
  3. Favorite time to write? Mornings after my children go to school.
  4. Drink of choice while writing? Tea.
  5. What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript? The concept of my novel Dark Bringer came from a childhood game I used to play before bed where I’d imagine the darkness was real and would take link up to take different shapes.
  6. Do experiences in your daily life influence your stories? Definitely. When a storm knocked out our power for a few days, I realized how reliant I am on electricity. This birthed the second half of Dark Bringer, how regular people would use electrical light to keep the dark at bay.
  7. When writing , do you listen to music? Sometimes. I’m a fan of mood music, instrumental background stuff when I write.
  8. Do you write with others? Sometimes, when I’m doing the first draft I’ll take part in writing challenges where we type as many words as we can during a time limit.
  9. Do you use a computer or a pencil/pen? Computer.
  10. What’s your favorite writing craft book? I read a lot of craft books so my favorite one changes, but my currently it’s Being a Writer by Dorothea Brande.
  11. Is there a writing resource site you’d recommend? Yes, here’s one a friend shared with me recently: http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/
  12. And another site that’s fun is: http://iwl.me/ Where you get to compare your writing with a famous authors.
  13. What's your most valuable writing tip? Keep at it. Each time you write, you improve.

            Well, you’ve read my answers, but I’m always collecting advice and suggestions? Do you have a writing tip for me? A site I should visit? Please share.

Sources:
http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.com/2012/08/gutgaa-meet-and-greet-sign-ups-and.html


71 comments:

  1. My best tip is to write every day. Writing is so much easier if it's a habit. Good luck with your agent meets.

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    1. Yep, I'm with you. Writing every day is something I try to do too.

      Thanks.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. My suggestion is the Musings of a Penniless Writer -- Donna Hosie. Great information!
    http://musingsofapennilesswriter.blogspot.com/

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    1. The Musings of a Penniless Writer? I'll check it out. Thanks.

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  3. Good to meet you. I love it when writers give succinct answers. ^_^ Best wishes with GUTGAA!

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    1. Thanks. I think readers, especially blog readers like short answers.

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  4. Your writing kitten sounds downright adorable. And I love your bedtime game...great way to get over a fear of the dark.

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    1. Thanks. My kitty is cute. I hadn't thought of the bedtime-darkness game as a way to calm fears, but I guess it probably was. Hmm. I'll think about that. Thanks again.

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  5. Gotta love writing kittens ... until they start pawing at the keyboard. mine usually sits near me, but if he wants my attention he gently taps me on the arm with his paw, like "hey." It's cute but distracting.

    I haven't heard of that crafting book -- I'll keep it in mind.

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  6. Thanks for telling us a bit about your writing life, Mia. Will have to check out thebookshelfmuse. Thanks for visiting my hunger post!

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    1. Heather,
      I'm a fan of your blog and against others being hungry so...visiting is my pleasure.

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  7. Stephsco,
    Yep, the paws across the keyboard is a problem sometimes. :)

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  8. I think I need to get me a writing kitty, that sounds divine. (If only he would cooperate!)

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    1. Yeah, the cooperation thing, we don't have down.

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  9. My dh has an "inspiration kitty" which trades out depending on which cat wants to sleep in the box on his desk. When he gets stuck, he pets the cat.

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    1. Aww, sweet. I think petting a cat lowers stress and does all kinds of good things for my health.

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog Mia. :) My favorite writing book is, "On Writing" by Stephen King. If you're a King fan at all, it's an awesome book!

    www.onemagicbeanbuyer.blogspot.com


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    1. I've read "On Writing." That's a good one.

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    2. Heather,
      You're totally right about cats training people. Foolish me, I forget.

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  11. Your WIP sounds like it could be creepy but super awesome. And cats aren't trainable. Haha.

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    1. Jenny,
      Grin, my critique partners say it's creepy. Thanks.

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  12. Wow, that WIP sounds so good!

    And you're a computer writer too. :) I couldn't imagine writing longhand... as it is my brain thinks faster than I can type :)

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    1. Thanks Kelley,
      I work hard on Dark Bringer. I'm hoping readers will agree with you.

      And I'm with you. I really do like creating on the computer.

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  13. Great tip! I've been meaning to try out "Save the Cat"... hear it's awesome for all kinds of writers. Thanks for visiting my blog! Good luck!

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    1. Do it! I think "Save the Cat,"is worth the read.

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  14. Aww... I would love to have a writing kitten!

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  15. What a great idea for a t-13.
    Have a great day!

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  16. Dorothea Brande's book is one of my favorites. Great TT.

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    1. Oh, yeah. Isn't it good? It's true even though it's so old. :)

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  17. So great to meet you here! I love your writing advice, too!

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  18. It took me a long time to switch over to typing rather than writing. My reason for that is a long story and a sad nod to all scam publishers, so I won't get into that. But, I switched and only occasionally use my favorite pencil and pens to write entire chapters. I do, however, love my index cards, beautiful notebooks and dazzling paper for notes and whatnot:)
    Oh, and hello from GUTGAA:)

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    1. Hello back at you. I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience with publishing. I like pencils, pens, notebooks and stuff too, but I create most my stuff on computer.

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  19. I thought I'd skip down to the bottom of the GUTGAA list cause you're probably not getting many visitors in these parts...

    Great to get to know you !

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    1. Valerie,
      Thanks. I appreciate the visit.

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  20. We do sprint writing a lot in our group too. It has helped me so so much! Good luck with GUTGAA!

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    1. Oh, yeah, sprint writing is fun and useful. Thanks, Wendy.

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  21. I love that you have a "writing kitten." Good luck with the training. ;)

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    1. Thanks Kimberly,
      I love that I have a writing kitty too.

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  23. Hi Mia! So great to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog (thinkingtoinking). To answer your question, I'm originally from Dallas. Texas people are crazy loyal - I have to admit I strike up a conversation with people I see wearing Texas gear. I live in California now, so it's like seeing a little sliver of home.

    I just checked out the writing site - how fun! Apparently I write like Chuck Palaniuk...whoever that is! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. SStokes,
      Yeah, I guess Texas people are loyal. It's kinda cool. And I'm impressed you write like Chuck Palaniuk. He wrote The Fight Club and lots of other stories.
      When I took the I WRITE LIKE challenge, I was paired with Stephen King. Grin. I only wish I wrote that well.

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  24. I have an entire room of my house dedicated to my writing and voice acting - I call it the Word Lounge because studio feels pretentious and office feels too corporate - but where do I write most of my stuff? Sitting on my bed with my laptop, surrounded by my dogs.

    Great T-13!

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    1. A Word Lounge. Cool. That really sounds fun, and actually so does sitting on your bed.

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  25. Haha! I bet training a cat is a lot like training a rabbit. It's doable, but not always easy. If anything they train you! Dunno about your kitty, but food is a big motivator for Gus. He's still got a mind of his own, but at least I can get him to cooperate so long as I've got noms in my hand. ;)

    Your WIP sounds fascinating. :)

    My writing tip for today: Write what you love, but push yourself outside your comfort zone once in a while and try something new. You might just surprise yourself! :)

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    1. Rachel,
      I think you're right about training a cat, my WIP and your writing tip. Thanks. Today, I will try to stretch my comfort zone and go for that surprise.

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  26. Hey :) thought I would pop by and take a peek at your blog. As for sharing tea..... I'd have to say my favourite is a little boring, orange pekoe with a little bit of milk. However, if you can find the brand King Cole, you've found gold, it's delicious!

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    1. King Cole? I'll look for it. Thanks, Jessica.

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  27. Nice to meet you. Good luck with GUTGAA

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    1. Thank Angie,
      I wish you all the best too.

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  28. Writing kittens are great. She sounds sweet, but I can use absolutely anything as a distraction.

    I really love "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott as a craft book. It's amusing and easy to identify with.

    I love that "I Write Like" site. I was playing with it with a friend yesterday morning. Good luck with GUTGAA.

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    1. Yeah, my kitty can be a huge distraction. I read "Bird by Bird" and I'm with you--it's got some great insights into the writing process.

      I'm glad you like the "I Write Like" site. I do too. Did I mention I'm Stephan King's writing twin?

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  29. Stopping by to say hi. Nice to meet you. Love the writing tip. Would love to read your books. Good luck with the contest.

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    1. Thanks Diane,
      I'd love to have you read my books. :)

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  30. I love that you have a "writing kitten"! I have two spazzy furballs. I have known them to occasionally sit on my lap, but more often the spend their time chasing each other across my keyboard. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Oh Liz,
      It sounds like your spazzy furballs are a lot of fun. Let me know if you figure out how to keep them from crossing the keyboard. :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Hi Mia. I haven't heard of that writing/craft book. I'll have to look it up. Thanks for tip!

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  32. Brinda,
    I think you'll like Being a Writer. :)

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  33. Your idea for Dark Bringer sounds really interesting. Love how different parts were inspired by different things! I don't believe I've heard of the resource book you mentioned, so will have to look it up. Thanks for stopping by!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, visiting my fellow GUTGAA participants!

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    1. Thanks Shannon,
      I'm really hoping Dark Bringer will be interesting to readers.:)By the way, I love the name of site.

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  34. Thanks for visiting Beyond The Hourglass Bridge. Happy to have you as my sidekick. :P
    Kat

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    1. Great! I'm thrilled to be your sidekick. Together we can bring our superpowers to the attention of the world....hmmm....or not.

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  35. Thanks for the suggestion of Being a Writer by Dorothea Brande. I LOVE writing craft books.

    Enjoy GUTGAA!

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    1. Anthony,
      I'm glad I can help. I'm a fan of writing craft books, too.

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  36. I love how you have a writing kitten! If I had my way, I'd have an entire houseful of animals of all sorts.

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    1. Carrie-Anne,
      I'm with you--I'd have an entire houseful of critters too.

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  37. Hi Mia, thank you so much for your feedback on my PitchPolish entry (Tendril). I love the name The Otherworld Diner - it's very Twilight Zone cool.
    I'm going to go "follow" you now. Come say hi on my blog when the GUTGAA craziness has passed. I just started the whole blogging thing in August - feeling a bit behind the old 8ball.
    http://rhiannwynnnolet.blogspot.com/

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    1. You're most welcome. I think you've got something special in TENDRIL. :)

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