Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hey Man, You're an All Star

Get your game on. Go play. This is for the GUTGAA meet & greet.  

Welcome, new friends! Be sure to leave a comment so I know you've been here!

-Where do you write?
At home, Columbia, S.C. in the "little house" which is the apartment we're staying in while our house is being built. I usually sit at the desk but sometimes I sit on the couch. Boring, right? I also write on bar napkins and scraps of paper, in the pages of books I'm reading and in a red leather journal I carry everywhere. 

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
A window. Dirty blinds and a parking lot beyond. Some empty spaces, a few pine trees, my own CRV "Brando" waiting for me to come and take him somewhere.

-Favorite time to write?
Morning. Early.

-Drink of choice while writing?
Coffee. Preferably iced. It's flippin hot in Columbia.

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
Music. Lyrics are inspiring. But classical helps me focus.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
Gleaming the Cube. '80s skater movie with Christian Slater. Seriously. Main character: Brian. Skateboarder. Punk. Trying-to-be-a-grown-up. Best friend commits suicide. a la The Big Chill. Only I didn't get to see that movie until much later.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Revise. Revise. Revise. I've had four versions of Brian's story and am working on the 5th. As he grows, I grow. And when he's done with me, I'll know. 

Writers, Check out GUTGAA. Everyone else, bear with me. Contests are contests ;-)

Feel inspired to answer one of the questions? Do it! You're an All Star, too!


  1. Hi Kasie, Thanks for visiting my site and adding your challenge. I hope you'll continue the challenge by adding your weekly steps to reach it and visiting every Monday to comment about your progress.
    I like your blog, and I really like your writing. I've read several blog posts, and each one is thought-provoking and beautifully expressed.
    Good luck with GUTAA. I look forward to seeing your pitch!

    1. Thanks, Jane Ann. As with our Wordsmith Studio projects, GUTGAA is providing the kind of online camaraderie I've found so amazing. Definitely keeps me going!

  2. Hi Kasie -
    I like contests or anything in which the blogger reveals more infrormation about themselves. I can see you writing first thing in the morning because whenever we have had our chats in the morning, you have so much energy & are ready to go. As for me, I can write any-time, but usually it is mid-morning.
    Beverage - water. I can't see you drinking something hot until winter. SC stays warm for a while.

    I need my surroundings to be as quiet as possible & may not answer the phone while I am writing.
    Finally, my most valuable writing tip is put away m/s for a few months before looking at it again. Fresh eyes can make a huge difference!


    1. Hi, Monique! Glad to hear from you as always!

      Water is definitely my go-to beyond the coffee. I like the "put away" suggestion. Editing is much more effective with fresh eyes.

  3. Hi Kaisi,

    Great writing tips and it was lovely reading about you!

    All the best!


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