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Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA—Meet and Greet


I’m so excited for the start of this bloghop! So off we go.

-Where do you write? In my living room. I HAVE to be comfortable. I love to sink down into my cushy couch with my laptop.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? I can see outside, to the lake behind my house. Yep. I love it. I wish there were alligators in it, but I don't think there are :( 

-Favorite time to write? When it’s quiet. For me that can be after I get the kids to school or late at night. I’m not picky.

-Drink of choice while writing? Ice water. I know it’s boring, but I try and make up for it by writing exciting books :)

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? Silence, but sometimes I will have the TV on low in the background.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? Ooo…good question. I’m currently working on a sequel to my first MS, so I already have fleshed out characters and a detailed world. But my inspiration is to take these characters who have already been through so much and push them as much as I can. What is their worst fear? Make them confront it. The story practically writes its self.

-What's your most valuable writing tip? I have so many :) Here is one that has helped me lately. Find great critique partners! Other writers who are willing to tell you the truth about your writing are crucial. I LOVE mine! They deserve more than a simple thanks.

Awesome start to GUTGAA, Deana! Love you girl :) Can’t wait to see everyone’s answers.
-Angie

47 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

You have a lake outside your house? Wow, if I had that view, I don't think I'd ever get anything done! :D

Jaye Robin Brown said...

That lake is amazing. Just gorgeous!

Suzi said...

So you actually want to live by the alligators? Not me. :) I don't have to worry though, it's too cold where we live. We only see alligators in the zoo.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

We have alligators in our development. Thankfully, I've only seen them on the far bank of the lake - the very far bank. :)

Candilynn Fite said...

What a view!! Looking forward to the following weeks of GUTGAA with ya. :)

Miss Becky said...

I'll take the view but leave the alligators thank you very much! It was nice to get to know you and I look forward to seeing you around GUTGAA!

Donald Capone said...

You definitely need to find a way to get alligators into that lake, like all those angry looking Japanese Snakehead fish people were dumping in lakes for awhile...It can be done!

Emily R. King said...

Double frown about no alligators. I heard that one of the retirement homes in Florida on a lake starting missing a lot of pets. Small dogs, cats, that sort of thing. They were alligator chow, which I find funny, though it's probably not.

Carrie-Anne said...

That's so groovy that there's a lake outside your house!

Ashley said...

Critique partners is always a key ingredient to a fantastic manuscript!

Jessie Humphries said...

This is totally not fair seeing other people's writing spaces! Yours wins by far. Dang you and your Florida lake! :)

S.P. Bowers said...

Crit partners are a must!

Your view sounds lovely. I'm afraid I would get distracted though.

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Hey Angie, great answers! One question: How do you go about finding great critique partners? ‘Cause I really need some.
~Aidyl

Beth said...

Hello Angi!! *waving*

Jess Stork said...

Ice water can be plenty adventurous and tension filled. Look at the Titanic. That was caused by one big ice cube and look at the craziness that ensued there.

Any critique partners are lucky to have you, you have a great eye.

bethhull.com said...

Like everyone else, I totally fixated on the lake.

I've been loving all the advice I find, and yours, about finding good critique partners, is great. Good crit partners are priceless.

Angie Sandro said...

I love to torture my characters in various ways, lol. So much fun. Good luck with GUTGAA.

Livia said...

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

ilima said...

Amen to awesome critique partners!

Kelley Lynn said...

I love this line:
Ice water. I know it’s boring, but I try and make up for it by writing exciting books :)

Your writing is awesome so that totally makes up for it :)

And, story about alligators. Ready?
So I was in my Senior year of high school and we went to South Carolina for a National Soccer Tournament. Our team was sitting around waiting for our next game and one of the girls says, "You guys, look how real this fake alligator looks!"

Another girls says, "That's not fake. That's a real one."

"No, it can't be a real one. These fields are on school property. They wouldn't have alligators around little children!"

Four girls walk up to the fake alligator to prove that, it is in fact fake. They are standing right next to it, about to give it a poke when...

It opens one of its eyes!!! The girls scream and run away.

The end ;) haha

G. Donald Cribbs said...

Dear Angie,

Nice to meet you. I enjoyed your answers to the GUTGAA meet and greet questions. I'm jealous of your view. Wow. Mine is the boys' playground in the backyard. I have four boys. Happy writing!

Warm regards,

Don #138

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

You wish you had alligators? Okay, I feel like I learned something new about you. . .
:)

Alleged Author said...

I have to be comfortable as well in order to write. Very nice meeting you, and I'm following you now! :)

AA
http://anallegedauthor.blogspot.com/

Diana said...

Love the view! Not sure I agree about wanting alligators though:/. Happy GUTGAA!

marcyblesy.com said...

Greetings! Love your inspiring view.

Jenna and Ashley said...

Hooray for ice water:) And that's awesome you have a lake outside your house. My aunt and uncle used to have alligators in theirs and it was scary, but it'd probably be good inspiration.
-Jenna

SStokes said...

Ooh, a lake. I'm jealous! It's great to meet you - looking forward to seeing more of you around this little blog hop! :-)

Jeannette said...

Great view! Obviously your imagination is wonderful enough that all manner of creatures live in that lake... Nice to meet you!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

You have a gorgeous lake in your back yard! And everything is green! Does it stay green year round? Where I live tan is the predominant color for at least ten months of the year!! Have a fabulous GUTGAA. :)

LyndseyLewellen said...

Hey Angie!

So nice to meet you. I agree, the couch is the BEST place to write. Sometimes I prefer my bed, but then I just end up falling asleep ;) Hope you have fun with GUTGAA!

Jessica L. Foster said...

You have a beautiful view outside your window. It would be cooler with alligators, but we're writers, we can imagine the gators out there. Nice to meet you.

Tara Tyler said...

loved your answers!
when we lived in florida (i was in hs) we lived on a golf course and did have gators in the lakes! my mom ran one over on her way home one time! ah!

Kathryn Purdie said...

I love thinking "what's the worst that can happen" and pushing my characters that way, as well. I'm currently going to give my MC a big scare. Poor girl. Nice to get to know you some more, Angela! :-)

Melissa Sugar said...

What a beautiful writing space. I am still trying to make my meet and greet rounds. I enjoyed reading your answers . I love that you make up for the boring ice water by writing great stories. Good luck and have fun with GUTGAA.

meredithmansfield said...

Hi. Wow, envy the lake.

I wouldn not want alligators in it, though.

Deana said...

Thanks, Angie! Love you too, and your answers! I mean come one. Of course boring ice water compensates for exciting books:) And what a beautiful view! It looks like you all picked out a great home!

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Ice water is generally my drink of choice, too! It keeps you cool without worrying about how much you drink or running out of it in the house.

Virginia Boecker said...

Mmm, a lake. Alligators or not, that's pretty cool (but then, I wouldn't say no to them either.) Girl, I hear the call for query prayers. I'll say one for you if you say one for me. :)

Robin Weeks said...

Not sure I'd be able to write when there's such a cool lake to look at!

Stacey Nash said...

Lovely Lake, lucky you to have such a beautiful view while you write!

Robin said...

I wish I had that view out my window. And I'm a comfy writer girl too:)

Triona said...

JEALOUS of the lake! That sounds awesome. And I also love your advice about critique partners. My work improved sooo much after I found some good ones.

Nicole Zoltack said...

LOL I'm a boring water drinker too. :)

Anthony Dutson said...

I hear you about finding a great critique group. I found mine at David Farland's Writers Death Camp and can't imagine how bad I'd be sucking if it wasn't for them.

Love your view and looking forward to following your blog!

Tamara said...

I love your lake, Angie. It's so pretty. I have to be comfortable too, I always write on my bed. :)

Nice 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. :)

Misha Gericke said...

I love you have a lake in your back yard.

I agree with you about getting great crit partners.

They can make a huge difference to the editing process. :-)

Paula Sangare said...

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

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