Stop Asking Me That!

I dread going to writer’s club meetings for one reason – the question.  And that is, ‘What do you write?’

It’s a natural question, no more intimidating than, ‘What do you do for a living?’ or ‘Are you married?’ or ‘Do you have children?’  Although, come to think about it, people don’t much like those questions either.  They’re used under the guise of harmless conversation, and we all default to them from time to time.  But the truth is that they are tools used to assess the character, status, quality, etc. of the new acquaintance.  Similarly, judgements fly following the dreaded, ‘What do you write?’  Of course, no one lets on.  People smile and nod with looks of intent fascination as you prattle on about your chosen field.  But here’s what they’re really thinking:

Literary fiction?  Sure you do, honey.

A World War II novel?  God if I have to read another one of those…

Fantasy/Sci-fi/Steam-Punk/Historical Fiction?  Oooookaaaay……

Upmarket fiction, eh?  In other words, you don’t have a clue, do you?

Ah, well.  The answer is, I suppose, that I need to get a spine.  I need to lay it on the line, or admit that I don’t know, opinions be damned.  And, I should take heart.  I should remember that the guy asking the question might be just as clueless as I am.

Hello. It’s Me.

Hello again, writing world.  I see you’ve all gotten on just fine without me.  🙂

My last post was in February, and I quickly went from taking a break for a week to pushing writing aside all together.  So here I am, trying to get back into a routine.  I’ve got a new novel idea, and I’m going to try outlining this one.  I’ve found a new novel called The Wonder, and I hope that it will be a good comp for The Scars of Martyrs.  Fingers crossed, since the hunt for one back in the winter knocked me down.  Here is a link of the author, Emma Donoghue, talking about her latest project.

Stepping back into the blogging world will, hopefully, be the shove that I need to get started again.  After all, I would hate to abandon you again.  And while I say that jokingly, I do feel a sense of ‘coming home’ with this return.  I’m glad to see your pictures, glad to revisit your blogs.  I’m forever surprised by this blogging world and what a nice community it can be.