Friday Blog Hop Post

 

 

I’m not sure about this  blog hop in its current form, but I do like this question, so…

 

What moment has validated you and made you feel like a writer? If it hasn’t happened yet, what do you think it will be?

 

This is an odd question for me. It’s like asking: what moment has made you FEEL like a girl? There are certainly milestones I’ve met (like getting paid to write) and milestones I’ve yet to meet (like getting paid to write something people actually read and enjoy). But even before I’d met any of them, I was just as much ‘writer’ as ‘girl’ in the eyes of those who knew me. I don’t just invent stories, I play with words. I write poetry. I run online (written) games. I communicate best through writing. I am a writer.

I don’t have a lot of faith in myself, and I’m very worried about appearing to be a poser, so I did tend to describe myself as ‘trying to be a writer’ until the milestone mentioned above, where I got a paycheck for inventing characters and writing dialogue for them. But I’m pretty sure everybody who knew me thought I was being ridiculous. I do, looking back.

 

The rules
  1. Follow this blog.
  2. Follow Elizabeth Sharp, the originator of this hop
  3. Follow the featured author of the week, VK Tremain.
  4. Go to Sharp words and copy the image code found there and paste it in your blog. Add your name to the link at the bottom of the post while you are there.
  5. Copy and paste the rules in your blog, as well as this week’s question.
  6. Answer the question
  7. Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don’t bite!
  8. If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
  9. Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

 

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The Question:

Who has been most supportive of your writing?

I’ve been lucky enough to never experience solid, direct discouragement. But these days I’d have to claim my biggest supporter is my husband, who is also creative and a writer. He reads my work, listens to me, makes suggestions, does editorial duties, and agreed to live with a housemate so that I could quit my job and focus on writing. (My husband and our housemate pay the bills. The housemate is also way up there in the ‘supportive’ column’.) I only wish I had more to validate their faith in me…

 

[Copied and pasted from Some Sharp Words]
Your rules

1)      Follow this blog.
2)      Follow Elizabeth Sharp, the originator of this hop
3)      Follow the featured author of the week, MD Christie.
4)      Go to Sharp words and copy the image code found there and paste it in your blog. Add your name to the link at the bottom of the post while you are there.
5)      Copy and paste the rules in your blog, as well as this week’s question.
6)      Answer the question
7)      Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don’t bite!
8)      If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
9)      Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

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What is your most referred to website for your writing?

I’m not sure I really count Google. Instead I’ll list ‘Wikipedia’ and the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

 

How to join,

“Copy and paste these rules to your blog (they’re a little different than mine and designed to help your blog)

The rules
1) Follow this blog.
2) Follow Elizabeth Sharp, the host of this hop
3) Follow the featured author of the week.
4) Go to Sharp Words and copy the image code found there and paste it in your blog. Add your name to the link at the bottom of the post while you are there.
5) Copy and paste the rules in your blog, as well as this week’s question.
6) Answer the question
7) Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don’t bite! This post serves as a perfect place for you to say hello!
8) If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
9) Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

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“This week’s question is Shakespeare asked What’s in a name? But we all know better. So let’s talk about names, specifically our blog’s name. How did you come up with yours?”

 

I’ve been using ‘dreamfarmer’ for a long time as a label for myself: I came up with it to connote the mixture of hard practicality and fanciful creativity that I felt defined my approach to life. That was before I’d really come to terms with how much pure hard work is involved in writing but that also works. When I decided to make a writing blog, I already had the domain just sitting around gathering dust. It didn’t even occur to me to try to come up with a ‘real’ name…

 

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My mother in law is visiting. She stole my Wednesday post. I have a note here that the post is supposed to be about ‘The Big, Big World’. Maybe I’ll get to it soon?

But for now I’m making time to answer the Blog Hop question of the week:

Some people like to do it in the office. Others prefer it in bed. Some people like it on the dining room table. Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m asking where you like to write!
It depends on what I’m doing. I need absolute isolation for revision, usually in an office with a closed door if I can. I like to be around people in our family room when I’m doing notes. I can write rough drafts while a kid is playing beside me. I think I write BEST in quiet and isolation, because I’m so easily distracted. But I only need it when I’m revising. Kind of weird, huh? Anyhow, the actual place doesn’t matter nearly as much as the sound and distraction level, because wherever I’m writing I end up someplace else in my head!

Blog Hop for writers

I’m not entirely sure how this works but I thought I’d give it a try. Elizabeth Sharp is starting a blog hop to help writers network.

 

 

1) (Required) You must follow my  and Elizabeth Sharp’s blog, Some Sharp Words. (I think she’ll be featuring guest posts from other hoppers eventually?)
2) (Required) You must follow the guest poster featured in the blog hop post.
3) You must add your name to the link bar.
4) You must copy these rules, the hop link and the featured question with your answer on your own blog. This blog serves as a place for new followers to say hi.
5) Follow, follow, follow. This is about networking, people, making connections with people in your community. So talk to us. We don’t bite!
6) If someone stops by, says hi and follows you, the polite thing to do is follow back.
7) Comment here and introduce yourself and you just might find a new follower or two.

Apparently this week we all post on the same question:

What inspired you to start writing?

That was a long time ago! I think… it was Star Wars. I was very young, and I had a crush on Han Solo and disliked Princess Leia. I don’t exactly remember the inciting incident but at some point I realized I was allowed to tell stories as well as absorb them, and I promptly set out to make a Princess Leia who was nicer to Han Solo.

I also submitted a very earnest proposal to a magazine about Muppets for a featured story cycle featuring shapeshifting Muppets.

And I invented She-Ra. I called her She-Woman, and she was Adam’s twin sister, and she had a winged unicorn. I can’t remember if I tried submitting that anywhere, but I know it was a couple years before She-Ra appeared….