I’ve been tagged in a blog hop series that focuses on the writing process and general online social connectivity. Awesome stuff, right? Riiiight, yeah, this post should’ve been posted on Sunday. I fail at social even online, apparently. Thanks to the lovely Angela Roquet for her patience in my tardiness.
At this point does it surprise anyone that I got tagged in another event and am also late to that show, too? But that’s tomorrow’s post.
So! Angela, who writes YA and is pretty amazing, gave me four questions to answer.
i) What am I working on?
Surviving my three finals, which start on Thursday and culminate in a two-part special on Monday (a two-fer, how lovely…). Oh, writing, right. I finally finished Dominant Race’s rewrite and am in the process of handing that out to my various tiers of beta readers. THEN I get to move onto New Fate, its sequel, at long last. Then to City of Isolation, which is technically the end of the modified series, though my brain has been expanding on certain what-ifs that might eventually get some spotlight. But all of that to say, Dominant Race edits and New Fate drafting.
ii) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Uhhh, I’m my own worst critic so I think my writing is crap half the time, but it Dominant Race and the modified series in general has to do with genetic modification in a dystopian setting. The question isn’t should we pursue genetic modification. The entire series deals with the fact that someone, at some point in time, decided the answer to that question was yes, and then they merged animal and human DNA to make modified, and then the world collapsed into unforeseen ruin. Now the modified have to deal with the fact that someone made them and that people in the Cities, normals, have shunned them. It’s a pretty interesting moral and ethical ground, which is what is so fun about science fiction and dystopian work.
iii) Why do I write what I do?
Because I had a strange what-if nagging at me until I wrote it down. A lot of my fantasy and science fiction stories stem from basic concepts and hypothetical situations. I also love these genres and can’t imagine working on anything else.
iv) How does my writing process work?
No seriously, I don’t drink but I do spend a lot of time on the internet or playing video games. Then something will percolate, crawl out of the ooze that is my plot bunny-riddled brain and demand I write a story. Cue the neurotic love-hate dance of OMG THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER and THIS SUCKS I SUCK I WILL NEVER DO THIS JUSTICE. It’s really complicated. All in the footwork, you know?
Anyway, eventually a draft comes forth, usually after months of work (DR took me the least amount of time draft-wise, but the longest in edits). Then I read it, make my husband read it, make changes and touch ups. Then the beta readers get their hands on it and nitpick away. More edits follow, and then voila! Finished.
As easy as that sounds — you can make anything sound easy in two paragraphs — it’s really a lot of sobbing, stressing, ice cream eating, writing, and practically dreaming about the various symbols and potential plot holes in your story for something between six months to a year.
Writing is hard, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
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Jessica Marshman: Fantasy author extraordinaire! Lover of books, video games, bad jokes, and cats.
Jason Cantrell: Rowan U. Grad, Major in Writing Arts, Minor in Communication Studies.
Thanks to Clare Davidson yet again for starting this blog hop, and to Angela for tagging me. Sorry it was late, but thanks for the interest in my writing process regardless!