I was tagged by the lovely, talented Ruth Daniell, who is ever-patient with my inability to do anything whatsoever in a timely fashion.
I find it hard to even begin writing about Ruth, because I really adore her a lot, probably more than she knows. She's one of those people that just gets stuff done (I am not one of those people), like the writing event, Swoon, which she plans and runs, and which she once asked me to read in, which was awesome and a huge honour.
Ruth loves love in a way that is so pure, it honestly gives me hope for humanity. She dresses like a princess. She has the most perfect enunciation. She also takes absolutely no shit whatsoever. I can't wait until her poetry manuscript is a book I can hold in my hands and read.
I guess I should tag someone?? More people need to make blogs. I'm going to tag Alessandra Naccarato. She's kind of a big deal and her website is super fancy. Alessandra was recently a finalist (!!!!) for the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize for her poem, Coyote Medicine, which I had the pleasure of seeing in workshop in an earlier form. I believe she won the People's Choice thingy, which is crazy. Go Alessandra! She's also, like, stunningly gorgeous and I'd be lying if I said I didn't kind of have a crush on her. MOVING ON.
Here's my answers to the questions:
1) What are you working on?
I'm writing this YA novel, mostly for fun, about this bisexual girl whose parent is a non-binary survivalist and they live together in the forest and the main character is dating her best friend but also kind of has the hots for this guy and she's confused because SEXUALITY. I just really wanted to write something with basically 100% queer characters because I'm always craving more representation from what I read and there are only so many Sarah Waters novels, you know?
I'm also working on my thesis manuscript. Pretty frustrated with it right now. Kind of want to throw it out a window. But we soldier on.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Uhhhh. Probably like, 100% more poems about dogs.
3) Why do you write what you do?
I don't really know. I just feel a need, and writing fulfills it. It just kinda comes out, like word vomit.
4) How does your writing process work?
Well, mostly, I sit in bed and write until my eyeballs hurt, usually at the last possible minute before something is due. I can't write anywhere else but in bed. It's just not comfortable??
I often feel like I should force myself to have some sort of a routine, because you always read these essays on writing from big famous writers who say you're not really a writer unless you write every day. I dunno, screw those guys?
So yeah, there's my answers. Thanks again to Ruth for tagging me and for waiting FOREVER for me to actually sit down and write this. Here's a photo: