‘What am I working on?’ … apart from allergies, you mean?

Last week ‘MAB’ over at The Flannel Files, tagged me on the latest round of #mywritingprocess, which I took to mean more than regaling you with tales of trying to focus on my keyboard whilst in the throes of a anti-allergy-drug-induced altered state of consciousness.

Allergies! We hates them, hates them my preciousssss.

I’ve had a bit of a dairy intolerance most of my adult life, but this is ridiculous. It’s getting so that I can sense a potential allergen a kilometer away. Given that we live in the midst of a farming belt, (wafts of eau de cow-poo float across the lake with the morning breeze) and that Spring has finally sprung (happy bees, plants, and hummingbirds) … I’m screwed!

In spite of this, I bravely soldier on.

*swoons and falls melodramatically back in writing chair, only to have it almost tip over, thereby forcing a most ridiculous flailing of limbs in order to avert a complete disaster*

With decorum now completely destroyed, (if I had any to begin with) I will now regale you with tales of my actual responses to the questions at hand.

I’m currently working on: this post, the next episode of Identical, (all things being equal it’ll go up tomorrow) and my mystery thriller set in a slightly distopian, slightly steampunky alternate reality, that started out as a short story. Pesky short stories, always wanting to grow up into novels, entire series’ even.

I’m not quite sure of what genre I write in, but if I had to categorise it to fit into an amazonian algorithm, I’d go with Science Fiction, because no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to keep SF elements out of any story. The difference is, I suppose, that it’s my very own personal brand of science fiction-ness.

I started out writing SF because I once read something so badly written that even my adolescent self knew she could do better. SF also gave me an out from a life that was most definitely not what I ordered in the waiting room before I was born. I have lesbian characters because one can never have too many lesbians in space.

My writing process is rather boring, I’m afraid. I start at the beginning, go through the middle, and end up at the end. Then I edit, and rewrite, and edit, and rewrite, and edit … (rinse and repeat) until it’s baked. My creative process is somewhat different however, in that it’s almost never the same. Sometimes it’ll be a line of dialogue that catches my attention, or a scene, or something I read, observe, or spontaneously pops into my head. I shove it into a blender, set it to ‘high’ and wait and see what survives.

There are many permutations of the above processes, but when all the glitz and glamour is stripped away that’s what’s left.

The final part of this little exercise is to ‘pay it forward’. Instead, I’m simply going to invite anyone who feels ‘in the mood’, to have a go at it.

What are you working on? How does your work differ from others in its genre? Why do you write what you do? And, how does your writing process work?

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21 comments on “‘What am I working on?’ … apart from allergies, you mean?

  1. Hope the allergies let up soon, Widdershins!

    Loved this line: “…because one can never have too many lesbians in space.” *g* You go, girl!

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  2. I knew you were a swooner! And no, you can never have too many lesbians in space. Thanks for being a good sport and agreeing to play along.

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  3. susielindau says:

    We are just starting allergy season.
    It’s sounds like we have similar processes although the next novel I write will be plotted out first. It won’t take as long, I hope!

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  4. You got me wondering if kids’ stories with talking animals is a type of science fiction. I like your description about putting your creativity in the blender and seeing what survives. For me, it’s whatever stays with me a couple hours after I’ve ridden the bicycle. And, even then, most fizzle away.

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  5. jannatwrites says:

    I feel your pain with the allergies. We’ve been doing a lot of stuff in the yard and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to breathe through my nose again. I can’t avoid it, so I just pop the allergy pills and head back out :) Hope yours are better soon.

    I like your writing process… especially the blender part!

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  6. Erin says:

    Talking animals are fantasy or allegory. Well, unless they’re uplifted animals, fitted with a robotic voicebox, or aliens. ;)

    Thanks for the glimpse into the process. Hope the allergies aren’t too bad this year.

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  7. Diana Beebe says:

    It’s really hard for me NOT to include SF (or Fantasy even) elements in a story. My favorite dragons are the science fiction ones that Anne McCaffrey wrote. They were genetically engineered, not fantastical at all. ;-)

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    • Widdershins says:

      Loved those dragons :D … What was wonderful was how Anne McCaffrey introduced the story as though it was a fantasy and then over the course of the series added more and more of the technology that created the colony in the first place and how the current generation adapted it to solve their not-inconsequential problems.

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  8. jmmcdowell says:

    I can empathize with those allergies! All of our flowering trees are going at once, and the pollen is everywhere—especially in my nose, throat, and eyes. Ugh. Hope you get past them and can move forward on the next story. That’s what I’m hoping for over here.

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  9. Olga Godim says:

    Sorry for your allergies – nasty buggers. They have been plaguing me most of my life too, but not as severe as yours. Spring is the worst.
    I like your admission that you can’t keep SF out of your writing. I can’t keep fantasy out of mine. Whatever idea comes to my mind, the solutions always involve magic. It’s really lacking from our lives.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Some days I feel like I want to yank my face off, wring it out, and reattach it! – with allergen filters!

      SF was my first love and we never truly get over our first love do we? :D

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  10. Harliqueen says:

    Allergies are so awful and can be so debilitating! Hope it gets better soon :)

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