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The Blog Hop – My Entry

The Writing Process Blog Hop


Writing? So you want to know about writing? My writing? Well, you have come to the right place!

Writing is an individual thing. Some people write for fun; others write for money; some get to do both.

Some people write the first thing that pops into their heads and it works. There are those who sweat over the small writing things.

I write for three writing prompts per week. One is 100 words (exactly if you can). One is 5 sentences (semi-colons are lovely parts of speech).

The third one is 150 words (+/- 10). All three of these exercises do not take me a long time; writing comes pretty natural for me.

Not so for others.

Regardless, a couple of weeks ago, Arianna from http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com wrote to ask me to join her in a blog hop.

After reading her explanation and then reading her blog post that was for the blog hop, I understand it.

So, in the next section I will talk about Arianna. Then I will answer a set of questions about my writing.

Right now I am going to do what Arianna did: if you have not participated in the blog hop, I invite you now to do so.

Simply, write a brief introduction like the one above. Then talk about me for a paragraph or so as below. Then answer the questions and invite at least 3 people who haven’t been in on this one to become a part. You should ask them to respond if you only ask three. I decided to invite all of you because I would enjoy reading about your writing. Good luck! Have fun!



Arianna Merritt, M.Ed., is a Canadian Psychotherapist who has a strong desire to help people and to write. Her blog (above) takes a very positive position on empowering you to accomplish whatever you set as your goals in life. She is a wonderful person and I feel so lucky just to know her. That joy is accentuated by having received emails from her and being able to call her a friend. I have read her book “Stand Tall and Speak from the Heart” (http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/book/) and enjoyed it immensely. She is very full of good, common sense and a vast personal knowledge of overcoming problems and achieving your goals. Read her book, read her blog, get to know her. She is a wonderful, caring individual who I am so proud to know. I have decided that, should I ever visit Canada and am anywhere near where she is, I will try my darndest to visit her.

Read her answers to the questions here: http://ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/the-writing-process-blog-hop/



Q: What are you working on?

My life has been taking some turns lately and I find myself working on a lot of different things. My blog is still important to me; however, my writing has picked up. I just finished about 3 months of work on my longest short story “Keeping Watch” about Carolyn, a woman in her early 30s who is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. It started out as a horror story and developed more into a character-based story of learning about Carolyn and how she struggles and how her mind changes and remains the same in this horrific environment. It is one of the first stories in which I have allowed the character to “write” the story. It is from her viewpoint and I really did not know how it was going to end until it did. I wrote from Carolyn’s perspective and put myself deeply into her character. I think it is my best work. I started out by writing it as bits and pieces to fit my blog prompts, then I would take a week’s worth of those and create a section of the story. Finally, I have put all those together and edited and modified them into a story of about 14,500 words.  The online part version can be found at: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/carolyn-keeping-watch-an-apocalyptic-thriller-in-parts/ . The prompt sections are first. The weekly sections are at the bottom of the list. I have changed the story for its final state.

Q: How does your work differ from others of its genre?

            This story differs from others of its genre in that it gets so deeply involved in the main character’s life. All this action going on around her, so many catastrophic events, and yet, you are learning more about her than anything else. I believe that you become enough a part of her mind and thoughts that you start to feel as she does. I have read it multiple times and each time I find myself happy, sad, excited, depressed, based on how Carolyn was feeling or was going through the event.

 Q: Why do you write what you do?

            I have a deep feeling in my soul when I write something like this. There is a need to get it out, to show it to others, to find satisfaction in having someone tell me that what I wrote was good, that it accomplished what I set out for it to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a poem or a grand piece like “Keeping Watch”. All of my writing has a goal and I write to do those goals and to fill those needs. I believe this makes my writing come more from my heart and soul, so it is better. If you go to my other pages (listed to the left of this post) you can see the other types of writing I have done. I write short stories, longer stories, stories in sections, poems, haiku, and posts. I write on all types of topics. I enjoy many many things and enjoy writing about them. My biggest hope is simply that you will like what I have written and will let me know. I can handle criticism (constructive), so I am not looking for mere applause. I just have a need to try and write so that people will get lost for a bit and enjoy, whether it is being scared from horror, shocked from truth, or feeling great from a poem.

 Q: How does your writing process work?

          My process all depends on what I am writing. I have to be in a specific mood for a poem or haiku. I have to feel the emotions tied in with those for them to turn out any good. Short story writing stems from an idea, a very basic plot. “Keeping Watch”, for instance, stemmed from my desire to write something a bit different from the regular “zombie” story. While doing that, I got caught up in the emotions and the trying to show people how the main character felt, why she did what she did, what made it go from A to B to C and then, sometimes, to H before going back to D. I tend to think out of the box, so my ideas are often strange. If you were to read my story,”The Way It is” in the online magazine “Atomic Avarice” you would see a satirical work on what happens when there is a Union to spooks. The site closed down so the best way to read it would be in my soon-to-be-published book on Amazon. I will be putting together a collection of 10 short stories (loosely labeled horror) and will include “Keeping Watch” and “The Way It is”.

Check out this blog to keep informed.


 Thanks to all for reading and make sure you seriously consider becoming a part of this blog hop and post next Monday.



Such an Honor!

Such an Honor!  Blog Hop

After writing and posting to my blog daily for nearly a year, I can honestly say how much I love it and don’t know how I got along not doing it before.

On another note – two of my four purchased stories are, finally, set to be published this week!  I am very excited.  They are expected out in actual print!

I set out to fulfill a lifetime goal of getting published this past spring.  I have written with the idea of being published for many years, decades, but have always been so busy working and just living that I have not given it the time it deserves.

After I had my life-changing stroke in May 2010, I had to settle down more and, by February 2011, I had been forced to stop teaching (another life goal) and adjust into a more home-oriented lifestyle.

I took up blogging and decided to become dedicated to that as a way to spend my time writing and learning and connecting with others.

I have really outdone myself in that I have met such a wonderful group of fellow bloggers.  I am following over 125 now and find myself, often, a bit overwhelmed with trying to catch up on reading posts and doing my daily one and finding time to both write short stories and live my life.  It is exciting!

I do write and have found that, since my stroke, I am better with short stories.  My attention span and fatigue levels seem to work well around something that is from about 3-10 pages long (1500-4000 words).  Looking at publishing, I have decided that online works best for me and the arena of high suspense and horror fiction seems to be something I can excel in.

I also work with the Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This is a group of bloggers who use a photo prompt to deliver a writing exercise of around 100 words (I use 100 exactly) to be shared with whoever decides to write and/or read the post on Friday.  This keeps me writing and allows me to test out different delivery methods and styles of writing.  It also has me reading around 20 other writers each week.

As for publishing a book, it seems to me that, perhaps, an anthology of my short stories and poems might be in order in a year or two.  Reprinted stories and a few new ones would comprise the manuscript with my poetry added in for extra measure.  I might even decide that another section with essays and thoughts would be good to add.

Arianna is the person who put me into this mix of writers.  She has added me to the list of people she wanted to have interviewed.   I appreciate her very much.  She is a wonderful human being and delightful individual who is beginning her new career of helping others and has a book coming out February 1st of this year.  I encourage you to read/follow her blog and purchase her book.

I have also included several other (after the questions) writers who have inspired and taught me.

Now comes the time to answer the 10 questions posed.

What is the working title for your book?

As stated earlier, I have not written a book.  Currently, I have four stories that have been purchased and all four are supposed to be in either online format or in print by March 1st.  Those four stories are:

1) A Word of Advice

2) Sirens of the Undead

3) The Way It is

4) Tiger, Demon Burning Bright

Where did the idea come from for the book?

All of the stories originated from prompts or topics the publishers gave.  One publisher, http://cruentuslibri.wordpress.com/ , found here on WordPress, has purchased 3 of the 4 stories.  They have a new topic about one time each month.  They are a British Publishing Firm.

What genre does your book fall under?

Horror Fiction

Which actor would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, that would be so very cool!  I would love it if Stephen King played a bit part in one.  And, if some of the people who played in “Masters of Horror” series would be in it.  Wow!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Each story is different, but my general idea is:  A story composed of flawed characters faced with horrible choices in a plot that twists several times before its, hopefully, unforeseen conclusion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

So, far 2 publishing firms (one for books and the other a new magazine).

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Except for one very inspired story, most of the ones I have written have taken between 4-6 hours to write and, perhaps, another 1 hour to polish.

What other books would compare this (work) to within your genre?

Any collection (anthology) of short (7-12) page horror stories.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I have loved horror stories and movies since I was little (perhaps, too little).  While I am a very loving, caring, nonviolent individual, I do have this quirky imagination that I can turn on (and, usually, turn off) when I choose to work on a story or idea.  I am certain that there are stories and movies I have read and watched over the years that have influenced my ideas; however, I try to take the usual and twist it until it is a surprise to my readers.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My stories are all unique and varied.  I try to jump around in my subject matter and not stick to the same old recipe.

The writers I tagged are: 

Robin Coyle



Madison Woods

August McLaughlin


Check out their sites and their works.  Each of them has added to my life in one way or another.  They are all great people and have something to offer you.



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