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inkpopper of the Week: downwitheggs

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 28, 2011

“Hi, I’m Callie! My iPod’s name is Fitzwilliam and my favorite shirt has a dinosaur on it. I’m in high school, probably like many of you other inkies out there.

“I’m supposed to be doing my homework right now, but I’m not (shh! Don’t tell my mom!). I tend to procrastinate on a lot of things, including my writing. It’s a bad habit, I know.

“I love to laugh, and I love making other people laugh. I watch too much TV (I’m addicted to this wonderful lil’ show called Community, and a Youtube channel by the name of Tobuscus), and I really wish I owned a dog. I’m rather random, as you can probably tell by my interview, but I’d like to think that’s what makes me creative. Besides writing, I love hanging out with my friends, swimming, studying psychology, and of course reading!”

To add to that list would be a devotion to inkpop, which is one of the top factors that led Callie (aka downwitheggs) to become inkpopper of the Week. Though her numerous writing projects – which run the gamut from short stories to books, poetry, and even essays – have made her standout in the inkpop world; it was her larger than life personality and presence that has made her adored by so many – resulting in an abundance of nominations for the title of inkpopper of the Week!

Countless inkpoppers nominated/voted for you as inkpopper of the Week. What is it about you that has left so many inkpoppers in awe?

downwitheggs: Honestly, I don’t know! I suppose I’m a little addicted to the forums. 🙂

You have written an incredible amount of books, short stories, and poems that are visible on inkpop. Which format would you say is your favorite to write and why? Is there any format that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future –if so, what?

downwitheggs: Haha yes, I do suppose I go a little overboard sometimes. 🙂 My favorite format is short stories, because you get to make a lot of things happen really quickly. Your characters get to be really dynamic, because there’s not as much time to get to know them. And they’re faster to write than books too, so you can try all different genres!

In your profile you state, “So I am working on eight books.” Can you tell us a bit more about this endeavor? Are they eight separate books; or an eight-part series? Will you be posting these projects to inkpop once you have completed them – why or why not?

downwitheggs: No, they’re not a series. Two of them are visible on inkpop: Salus and Cassandra REM. Both are adventure books, which is new for me. I’m having fun with it! As for the rest, it might be surprising to some that none of them are horror novels. One is historical, two are fantasy, and the rest are general fiction. I don’t know if any others are going to be posted here—it’s so hard to manage what I have now, and I don’t want to get overwhelming!

Do you feel that it is difficult to, at the same time, have various separate writing projects in the works? Why or why not? How do you keep things straight between them?

downwitheggs: It is difficult. A lot of my projects are still in the planning stages, since I don’t often have time during the week to write, and I wish they were farther along. I keep a notebook of ideas, as well as information about each on my laptop and on my iPod. When I work on one, I just have to get into the mindset of the book, remember what’s going on and who’s where and all that.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

downwitheggs: What sets my work apart from YA in general, I think, is that I love to write horror stories. I don’t mean vampire/werewolf/paranormal horror either. It’s purely horror, where the only goal is to both entertain you and give you nightmares.

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

downwitheggs: I try to imagine a movie I’d like to see, one that hasn’t been invented yet. My books actually start out as movie trailers in my mind, which is really helpful because when you come up with a movie trailer you need characters, ideas, drama, and intrigue, all in a short span of time. It also really helps because you’re picturing everything, and then you don’t have to worry about coming up with descriptions.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

downwitheggs: I always thought it’d be fun to be Hermione Granger. She’s super smart, gets to go to Hogwarts, and is best friends with Harry Potter! I find her really relatable, and I think it would be fun to be in her shoes—with magic, there are so many possibilities.

What made you fall in love with writing?

downwitheggs: I went to a summer camp when I was about seven or eight, and I took a creative writing workshop. The instructor was phenomenal—he showed real interest in everyone’s work, and was so positive about all of our ideas. I think that’s really what got me into it.

Anything else you’d like to add?

downwitheggs: Never let anyone tell you your writing is “a waste of time.” As John Lennon said, “Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.”

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
What’s on your iPod? Scouting For Girls, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, and Blake Lewis.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Weasley for the win!
Cake or ice cream? Cake! Warm, delicious, chocolate cake. 🙂
Favorite season? Spring!

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – The Best of the Best

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 13, 2010

Happy Monday, inkpoppers! For our second installment of our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners, we are introducing you to a second handful of your favorite inkpop authors – luvpoets, Author S M Johnston, BlackHills, ElanorLawrence, and ashlutz!

Best Fantasy / Adventure Winner – luvpoets for Night Child

Night Child is very unique in that it, in a way, revolves around your own species of people “born between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:45 AM.” Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things which has made Night Child such a popular project on inkpop, and helped it to earn the award for Best Fantasy/Adventure?

luvpoets: It’s kind of funny. When I first came up with the idea, I was working on the Forbidden Love contest. I just wanted to create a simple way to divide people. The majority of the comments I get mention the Night/Day Children concept, so I do think it has something to do with the story’s success. It’s also a deterrence for some. Some people hear Night Child and think vampires or werewolves. I think they’re surprised when they find out that everyone in the story is human.

What’s next on the agenda for Night Child?

luvpoets: Finishing Night Child is definitely next on my agenda. I know how it’s going to end. I even figured out a scientific way to explain how Night Children came to be. That was quite a feat. The problem is getting it to there. I’m in a serious battle with writers block right about now, but I refuse to let it win!

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

luvpoets: I would say thank you. I’ve gotten all kinds of comments on Night Child. There were comments that made me grin from ear to ear, comments that drove me within an inch of my sanity, and comments that made me question my abilities. As for the people who voted for, nominated, and continue to support Night Child, I can’t really begin to say how much I appreciate it. I’ve grown so much as a writer from this site. There are times when I wonder if I’m good enough for publishing, if I’ll ever be good enough. Knowing that there is at least one person out there who likes something I’ve written kind of helps to put things into perspective.

Best Essay – Author S M Johnston for Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper

You won the Best Essay Award for your project Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper. What were you hoping that readers would take away from this project upon reading it? What inspired you to write an essay on this particular topic?

Author S M Johnston: I guess I’m a bit of a mother hen and a hippie at heart – peace, love and tolerance. With the community having thousands of users, it’s understandable that there is some friction occasionally. Often it is just from misunderstandings. So very late one night, or early one morning (I can’t remember which) I put together the essay just as my view of the inkpop world.

What’s next for Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper? Do you have plans to add more to the piece?

Author S M Johnston: EFBAGI is a living document. If people make suggestions for other points in the comments, and they align with the essay’s philosophy, then I added them in.

Anything you’d like to say to fans of Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper?

Author S M Johnston: Thanks for your support and Happy inkpopping (yes Ellen, I’m stealing your line).

Best Poem – BlackHills for Alone

How did it feel to be named a winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

BlackHills: To be honest, I was really shocked. I really wasn’t expecting it! I wrote Alone a long, long time ago and I wasn’t really expecting it to get such a positive response. Especially considering Youth Violence by JaquieC happened to also be nominated. Youth Violence is my all time favourite inkpop poem and I was pretty certain it was going to win. To hear that Alone was in fact the winner was quite surreal, and I had to check quite a few times to see if it was really true!

Is there anything you’d like to say to the inkpoppers who voted for you?

BlackHills: Thank you! *Huggles.* I really do appreciate it. Everyone has been so nice towards me, and I feel privileged to be part of such a lovely community! I’m really glad people like Alone, and I’m really happy with the amount of positive, lovely reviews I have received. Thanks guys, you’re all amazing! 🙂

What can inkpoppers expect from you next?

BlackHills: At the moment I’m trying to finish my NaNoWriMo project – Nothing Compares. I’m really quite proud of it; it’s the longest piece I’ve ever written! It’s basically about a boy who is confused about his sexuality, and ends up telling his worst enemy because he feels he can’t trust anyone else. It only has about two chapters left, which is quite a big thing for me. I’m fine with starting novels, but I can never seem to finish them. The plot is kind of complex though, so I’m focusing most of my energies on it.

Best Short Story – ElanorLawrence for Because You Laughed

This is an exciting year for you. Recently (for the month of August), Because You Laughed was named a Top Pick here on inkpop, and now it has earned the title of Best Short Story piece in the Second Annual inkie Awards. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

ElanorLawrence: When I first joined inkpop about nine months ago, I told myself “If I can get up to rank 45 or so, then I’ll stay.” I never imagined that I would reach Top Five, be the highest ranking short story, and be voted best short story of the year! That just blows my mind… I just have to say, it feels great! Until now I had never shown my writing to anyone but friends and family. It means so much to me that other, unbiased, readers enjoy my stories. It’s given me hope that maybe I will be able to achieve my dream of being published.

What would you like to say to the people who have supported you during your time on inkpop?

ElanorLawrence: Just, thanks! In some small way Because You Laughed is also the story of my life (though not near as graphic, thank goodness) and I thank all my readers for sharing that with me. As I said before, it means so much that they would pick it and vote for it, but all the comments I’ve received have been overwhelming. I just want to thank everyone who went on that emotional journey and was changed, however little, by my story.

Because You Laughed is listed as being complete. Do you think that you would ever revisit the characters or subject matter of Because You Laughed, or are you focusing your attentions on something new now?

ElanorLawrence: There have been some people who told me I should write a book on it, but I don’t intend to. Sometimes I would make myself physically sick while editing Because You Laughed and I have no desire to try and write a whole book with that subject matter. However, I’m working on a couple other stories, mainly Mystery/Adventure/Sci-fi. My NaNoWriMo novel, Wander, will be coming to inkpop on January 1st, so for now I’m busy with editing my VERY rough first draft. I may try to sell Because You Laughed to a magazine at some point, but since short stories usually don’t go anywhere, I’m turning my attention to novels.

Best Humor / Satire – ashlutz for Dear Liver, Just Deal With It

You are a HUGE presence on inkpop – harboring countless fans of your work; and back in July of 2010, your project In the Middle of Nowhere and Not Even Romantically Involved with a Glittery Vampire was named a Top Pick. With so much success on the site, was there any doubt in your mind that you would take home the Best Humor/Satire Award?

ashlutz: This is going to sound really bad, but no, not really. I had very little competition, which for me is very sad. I know there were three other choices in the category and I had read two of them, but I think that since I’m so present on the forums that when people think of humour, they think of me. That’s just how it is unfortunately.

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make Dear Liver, Just Deal With It the winner of the Best Humor/Satire in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

ashlutz: I think it proves that people do like to laugh, and that Dear Liver is also a comedy without any romance whatsoever, it proves that this is possible and that people do like it. Sure, there are an abundance of romantic comedy books/films out there and they are popular, but I don’t believe that’s all humour is.

Dear Liver, Just Deal With It is listed as complete; and it appears that you have begun working on a new project – Wrapped in Piano Strings. What type of reaction do you hope readers have towards this new piece? How does it compare to your previous work?

ashlutz: Well, it starts with a suicide which isn’t what you think when you hear the word ‘comedy.’ But I hope people like it. I seem to be getting darker and darker as I go along, to be honest, it’s getting a little scary. My first comedy novel was In the Middle of Nowhere which was more light-hearted, then Dear Liver is about a kleptomaniac who likes to party more than is good for her and Wrapped is about a boy who’s mother dies and he has to figure out how to cope. So yeah… I might have to write something about a toadstool named Happy just to cheer myself up.

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday to meet four more of your favorite inkpop authors as our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series continues!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: (24) Days of Summer

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 31, 2010

WEEK 14 CHALLENGE CHAMPION

Congratulations to Emma Halmhofer for her outstanding entry Tunnel Ghouls!

Shout out to the Honorable Mentions for a commendable job well done!
Silverherring for The (Prehistoric) Adventures of Orf: The Mystery of the Bloodless Body
Ceffyldwfr for Of the Mind

Congratulations to all of you!

(24) Days of Summer is an end of summer challenge extravaganza hosted by the Weekly Writer’s Challenge.

The Concept

The idea behind this came from a suggestion to have a “Scramble Challenge,” in which participants can mix and match given topics, genres, and formats to create their own challenges. What the (24) Days of Summer will do is essentially just that. Participants get a list of genres, topics, locations, and formats. There will be a general set of rules that will be applied to each “challenge.”

Participants have 24 days to accomplish a minimum of 10 challenges (but should strive to complete all 12) to be eligible to win the prizes. At the end of the 24 days a panel of judges will read all the entries and decide on a winner.

The Finer Details

Okay technically there aren’t 12 challenges, it’s really just one super huge challenge that consists of 12 mini challenges.

Participants will get a list of 12 genres, 12 Locations, and 12 topics. They must take one from each of those three lists and combine them into an entry. They will also be able to choose from a list of 4 formats that they can use.

Also each mini challenge will come with a set of random items that have to somehow make an appearance in their entries. For example, for “Challenge One” the random items might be ice, the color red, and fried chicken. The participant is to take those three items and mix them in any which way they want.

The Entry Rules

It’s very important that all the entries follow these rules.

★ 300 word MIN/8,000 word MAX
★ All entries must use the assigned random items
★ All entries must use one genre, one location, and one topic.
★ Each entry must have an original title
★ A participant must complete at least 10 Challenges
★ All entries must be submitted as a whole unit in the form of a “book.”

The Submission Process

Because each participant will be submitting a minimum of 10 entries, to make it easier on the judges, everything will be submitted as one large entry.

So rather than submitting everything separately, participants will be combining all of their entries as a “book” with each chapter being a seperate entry.

Each participant should title their book in the following manner: (24) Days of [insert something here] You can choose anything you want to insert. For example if I was participating in this challenge I know that I would probably be drinking lots of coffee. So I would title my book (24) Days of Starbucks.

The Lists

(Genres)
Romance
Comedy
Tragedy
Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Mystery
Western
Superhero
Bio/Memoir
General Fiction
Non Fiction

(Locations)
Beach
Home
Yacht/Boat
BBQ
Pool
Summer School
Ice Cream Shoppe
Foreign Country
Desert Island
Shopping Mall
Fast Food Eatery
A Cave

(Topics)
Summer Job
Zombies
Family Drama
Food
Dieting
Losing a Friend
Moving Away
Getting Lost
Sneaking Out
Over indulgence
Falling out of love
Misusing Magic

(Formats)
Short Story
Poem
Screen Play
Letter
Journal Entry

★ Launch Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010
★ Due Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

Post links to all entries in the (24) Days of Summer Thread.

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge please e-mail wwcrevolution@gmail.com, or visit the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop Profile.

JUDGES, JUDGES, JUDGES!!!

The WWC is looking for judges for the (24) Days of Summer! Interested? Check our judges thread and drop us a line!

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: Caught in the Act Reminder

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 10, 2010

WEEK THIRTEEN CHALLENGE TOPIC

“Caught in the Act”

★ Launch Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2010
★ Due Date: Monday, July 13th, 2010 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

Challenge Details

For the “Caught in the Act” Challenge, participants will be given a link to a photo, and will have one thousand words to write about it. The saying is that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” What will you write with your thousand? Participants are encouraged to write from creative angles and explore new dimensions of the given photo.

Things to Think About

★ What the subject is doing
★ Who “caught” the subject
★ Where the subject is
★ Why the subject is doing what it’s doing
★ What is happening “outside” of the photo

★ Just to give participants more “choice,” there are two photos to choose from. You may only choose ONE to write about.

Photo A
Title: “Is That A Thief?”
Link:
“Is That A Thief?”

Photo B
Title: “Caught In the Act”
Link:
“Caught In the Act”

YOUR ENTRY MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING

★ Formatting: ANY FORMAT (poem, essay, short story, article, etc.)
★ 1,000 WORDS MIN/MAX
★ Specify the chosen photo in the Long Pitch

Extra Challenge Requirements

★ Write the piece from YOUR point of view. (YOU are the main character. YOU are the narrator. YOU can be anyone in the story.)
★ Include the title of the photo into the entry.

JUDGES, JUDGES, JUDGES!!!

Interested in being a judge for the Weekly Writer’s Challenge? Send a message to the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop profile!

Post links to all entries in the Week THIRTEEN Challenge Thread.

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge please e-mail wwcrevolution@gmail.com, or visit the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop Profile.

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: Caught in the Act

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 3, 2010

WEEK THIRTEEN CHALLENGE TOPIC

“Caught in the Act”

★ Launch Date: Sunday, July 4, 2010
★ Due Date: Saturday, July 11th, 2010 by 11.59 PM (Pacific Time)

Challenge Details

For the “Caught in the Act” Challenge, participants will be given a link to a photo, and will have one thousand words to write about it. The saying is that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” What will you write with your thousand? Participants are encouraged to write from creative angles and explore new dimensions of the given photo.

The photo will not be revealed until Sunday, July 4th.

YOUR ENTRY MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING

★ Formatting: ANY FORMAT (poem, essay, short story, article, ect)
★ 1,000 WORDS MIN/MAX

Extra Challenge Requirements

★ Write the piece from YOUR point of view. (YOU are the main character. YOU are the narrator. YOU are the person in the photo. )
★ Include the title of the photo into the entry.

Judges, Judges, Judges!!!

Interested in being a judge for the Weekly Writer’s Challenge? Send a message to the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop profile!

Post links to all entries in the Week THIRTEEN Challenge Thread.

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge please e-mail wwcrevolution@gmail.com, or visit the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop Profile.

Good luck inkpoppers!

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inkpopper of the Week: Shirley R. Kleiner

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 28, 2010

“Hi ya’ll! It’s Renee from a little tiny town in South Carolina (which explains the ya’ll, I hope). Would you like to visit my little town real quick? Okay so here we go. Churches are on every corner. Main street holds all kinds of shops and country meat ‘n’ threes and home cookin’ restaurants (where the cooking is either amazing or…not so great). We have a whopping two grocery stores, some fast food, zero nice restaurants, and well that might be it! The biggest thing is our Flea Market that’s open every Wednesday, and has just opened on Saturday. Best form of transportation: old pick-up trucks blaring country music with the windows rolled down (their A.C. quit working decades ago, or just never was installed :D) The driver is a red-neck, pretty common here, and is a typical half-naked male with no shirt, a pair of cargo shorts, and of course, his trusty cowboy boots caked in mud….okay, enough about my small town 🙂

”Just a blurb about me, my name is Renee, as stated above. I’m 15 and going to be a junior in high school. My username, Shirley R. Kleiner, is just a pen name 🙂 Shirley stands for my Gram’s name, who passed away a little over five years ago. We were pretty close. The ‘R.’ is a bit of myself, and stands for Renee. The Kleiner, well, it was just a last name I liked…and it means little. I’ve always been called short, so I thought it fit. Outside of inkpop and writing, I’m a Christian, which many of you who have read my book-in-progress, The Mercy Seat, have probably guessed. My faith is very important to me. In addition to writing, I also love music and spend a lot of time playing the trumpet, hence my profile picture 🙂 It’s something that will always stick with me, but more on that later.”

As evident from her brief bio, it is obvious that Renee is a very proactive person, dabbling in a variety of different activities to keep herself busy – from music to writing and a little humor in regards to her hometown. Perhaps that’s why it is no surprise to see that she is the brainchild behind inkpop’s Certified Good Critter; a title which many inkpopper’s have already labeled themselves with given their outstanding critiques right here on inkpop!

You recently created inkpop’s CGC (Certified Good Critter)…can you please give us more information on what the CGC is? How did you come up with the CGC? What inspired the name – CGC?

Shirley R. Kleiner: Certified Good Critters is all about recognizing people who have shown that they give great critiques. If a person is going to spend a lot of time writing out a good critique in the interest of helping the author, in addition to reading the set amount, they should receive notice for it. This will also provide a list of people that inkpop knows they can swap with in order to get good feedback.

When I was thinking of all the other groups that had been started with a goal similar to this, groups I had joined and tried to help, I realized that the key difference was that in those groups, anyone could join. If there was no process to see if the people joining the group followed what it had in mind, then the group would fall flat. That is why CGC has a reviewing process. To become a member of the CGC you must submit your comments for review by our Staff. The Staff have devised a rubric (props to Fairytaled for that idea) on which to rate the comments that we review.

The purpose of CGC is not to form an exclusive group, but merely to recognize hard work. If anyone is not quite ready to become a member, we encourage them to re-submit their comments again and give them pointers for improvement. Our sole purpose is to help inkpoppers receive better feedback on their work.

So how did I come up with the idea and the name? The idea had been rolling around in the back of my mind for a while, as a group /just/ for critiques, and where people would need to be reviewed. The name took a bit more thought, as I wanted it to be fun, and now we are Certified Good Critters, yay, we’re like little animals, but at least we’re Certified 😀

What are your crazy writing quirks? What do you need in order to get inspired and kick yourself into the mood to write?

Shirley R. Kleiner: Sometimes I just start writing, at my laptop in my room with the overhead light off, and only lamps for light. If I really need to get into the mood, or am about to try and crank out a rather difficult section, I add music. The music must NOT have words, and must fit the mood of what I’m about to write. If it’s dark, I’m going for the Dark Knight Soundtrack in a heartbeat (and I haven’t even seen the movie xD) if it’s light and fun, or just carefree, I’m going for Azucar: Magic of Spanish Guitar (don’t laugh, I listen to interesting music when I write) and if I want something peaceful and in the background, I go for A Flavor for Every Taste: Jazz Meets Hymns (again, don’t laugh). Last but not least, if I want loud and in your face, it’s Big Band Favorites (3 Disc Set! I love my Jazz!) Okay, now that I’ve embarrassed myself, moving on 🙂

What’s on your summer reading list?

Shirley R. Kleiner: Lots of Nichols Sparks:
1. Message in a Bottle
2. The Last Song (before I see the movie)
3. Dear John (before I see the movie)
Oh, I would love to be able to make it through Walden by Henry David Thoreau, but haven’t done it yet 🙂
…and other for fun ones as they come along 🙂 I’ll be reading a lot, and am open to recommendations 🙂

For school:
1. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

You have an amazing amount of poems, shorts stories, books, and essays posted here on inkpop. What piece is your favorite and why? In general, what format do you prefer writing in – poems, short stories, books, or essays?

Shirley R. Kleiner: Oh wow, tough question. Okay, so right now, my favorite project is The Mercy Seat. I am finally actually working on a book! I’ve tried and failed to start/work on/finish them so many times and I’m now actually doing it! I have reached Chapter 13 in my Word Document, the farthest I’ve ever come by a long shot on any book, and just can’t believe it. I just love the story this time, feel so into it, and love writing it. I only felt a teensy bit of writer’s block once, but I knew what was holding me back 🙂

Form to write in? That’s easy, poetry 🙂 If I need to vent, reflect, or am just sitting to randomly write, it’s going to be in poem form, I don’t even have to try. I find that I just can’t write in any other form at this point 🙂 That being said, Short Stories are difficult for me. It’s so hard for me to keep a story so short, to complete it like that, and also I just…I don’t know, I don’t think of stories that way, I think of book ideas, not short story ideas. The only reason I have one up (the only one I’ve ever written) is because it was a true story that was so unbelievable it /had/ to be written down 🙂 So back to the thing I was talking about, Poetry is my preferred form, it’s stream lined, you can express so much, people are encouraged to read between the lines, and will even read a hidden message you didn’t know was there. I found this to be true when I did a bit of an experiment, writing a horribly abstract poem an asking people to figure out the meaning 🙂 (see Grave of Water if you feel like it, though the comments are more interesting than the poem :D)

Anything else you’d like to add?

Shirley R. Kleiner: I’ve thought long and hard about what I could help people with, what I understand the most. And I finally realized that I am a big supporter of books in Short Story form. I know it isn’t the most convenient, but while we have it, we have to look at the bright side: the author has an early exposure to amazing help from us at inkpop if we’d only give it! So I’d just like to say, if you have a book in Short Story format, please message me and let me know, I’d love to swap with you and see if I can help you out. The more you get your draft edited before it is in book format, the better off you will be 🙂

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite ice cream topping? Cookie dough!
What’s on your iPod? Uhh! You’re asking a music freak to pick a FEW!? Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis (trumpet players), Chicago, lot’s of Christian (love Barlow Girl and Kutless, oooh and Switchfoot too, and Casting Crowns) this is horrible 😦 I also love Phantom of the Opera, the ones mentioned above ^^ and Canadian Brass? Okay, I’ll stop, but that’s barely making a dent…
Hidden talent? Trumpet player 🙂
Favorite cartoon character? Daffy Duck! *secret fact* I know one of the animators who drew a lot of the Looney Tunes and created Gumby 🙂
Favorite vacation spot? That I’ve been to? Jekyll Island, GA That I haven’t: Italy! Always wanted to go 🙂

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: LA Knight

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 24, 2010

“My hobbies are singing (I used to be the assistant director of my high school show choir). Music is a HUGE part of my life. I also love researching random subjects. My two driving passions, research wise, are vampires and fairytales. I’ve studied vampires since I got into them at age 4. They even did an article about me as the “vampire expert” in my high school my junior year. I’ve been into fairytales and their literary spawn since I was 15. I also love to read – I have over a thousand books.

“I’m LDS (Latter-Day Saint/Mormon), and I live in Tucson, Arizona. One of my writing goals is to make Tucson famous through my projects, which are all set in Tucson. And I am a huge fan of the classic sword-and-sorcery, sword-and-space, and sword-and-sandal genres (like Conan the Barbarian, Jandar of Callisto, and Tarzan of the Apes).

“The three main genres I write in are adult paranormal romance (modern and historical), and YA high fantasy and YA urban fantasy. I dabbled in science fiction with fanfiction and with a short story, Switchblade and the Burn Man, but I prefer reading it, usually. And I have a lot of essays about fiction that need to get finished, so keep an eye out.”

Essays, however, are not the only thing that you should keep an eye out for from super inkpopper LA Knight. Not only is she the author of numerous books, short stories, and essays right here on inkpop – her most popular being Obsidian: Book 1 of the Twilight Chessboard (V2.0), which is currently ranked as # 40; she is also a participant in the Weekly Writer’s Challenges; recently won both inkpop’s Why Lie? Challenge and the Weekly Writer’s Week 10 Challenge; is running two contests of her very own – Play the Scales and Twilight ReVamped; has been referred to as a critiquing powerhouse by inkpopper Sila; and is working on creating a fairytale anthology featuring tales from some of your favorite inkpoppers.

You are currently putting together a fairytale anthology featuring the work of some of the top inkpoppers? Can you tell us more about this project?

LA Knight: I love fairytales. They are one of my favorite things, and I love finding new versions. Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow, Robin McKinley and Cameron Dokey are some authors who’ve kept me supplied until recently. But as my fairytale book collection gets bigger and bigger, I find it’s harder and harder to find good fairytale rewrites. And my writing mentor in high school, Vicki Lewis Thompson, told me that one of the things writers do is write what they want to read.

So I thought I’d write a fairytale anthology. But then I realized I’d probably get bored if it was just me, so I asked some of the writers I really admire on inkpop to contribute. It’s interesting to see what kind of things they’d come up with. Some are too busy, but others have agreed.

I don’t have a list, but some of the people I’ve talked to are Soundly_Awake (who wrote the Cinderella redux, Frailty) entropist, writerchick, poetofnowords (who wrote the awesome fairytale story Gifts and The Book of Days), elizabethmay, ashlutz, Jelsa Mepsey, and Sila. My sister is doing an essay about fairytales as well.

I’m extending the deadline (it was June 1) to July 1, since a lot of these people have lives or are in school. If anyone wants to possibly contribute, message me and we can talk. I want this to be epic. If it can work its way to the top 5 and HC likes it, it would be cool to see it published so I could buy it and put it on my fairytale bookcase.

However, I want to make sure we only get maybe 2-3 stories per fairytale, because I want this to be a fairytale anthology, not a Snow White anthology (which I have in the works) or a Rapunzel anthology (also in the works) or whatever.

What are your crazy writing quirks? What do you need in order to get inspired and kick yourself into the mood to write?

LA: I must have music (or a movie playing in the background). I have different playlists for different stories. For one of my short stories, Wicked Charm, I played the songs Russian Roulette and Stupid in Love by Rihanna over and over and over again to keep the right tone in the narration. I was really depressed by the end.

My husband keeps me liberally supplied with cold Pepsi (we currently have over 6 2-liter bottles in the cupboard and 2 in the fridge), and when I’m critiquing stuff he makes sure I have really big slabs of Hershey’s chocolate.

And I have to take off my wedding ring. I’ve lost weight since I got married, so it slides around on my finger and distracts me when I type.

But I don’t do those things to get inspired or to get myself in the mood. I write even when I don’t want to. I take breaks to work out hand cramps and to stretch my legs, but other than that… from the time I get up (whenever that happens to be) I write for at least 6 hours a day, except Sundays and days when I have to go out for whatever reason, and critique the rest of it (and do forums). I consider writing a job, so I have to put my hours in. Which is fine, because I like my job. =D

The Pepsi and chocolate is to help me focus and to keep my blood sugar up in case I forget to eat, or to wake me up if I’ve only had 4-5 hours of sleep. And I do everything to music, except shower (for fear of being electrocuted).

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book, what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

LA: I almost said I wouldn’t want to be anyone, but then I remembered something. If I could be anyone in any book, I would be the wife of Shoryu, the Emperor of En in the book series Twelve Kingdoms. He doesn’t have a wife in the books because his wife died before he became emperor (and in the Twelve Kingdoms, you can’t marry after you take the throne). I’ve wanted to marry him since I was 18. He’s a noble warrior, he has long hair (which I love), and he comes from Feudal Japan. He’s very laidback and considerate of others, and his ex-wife is a real witch.

My only problem with being his wife is that his ministers would bother me about making him act like a noble. Since he wasn’t born to be a king and he’s pretty lazy, that’d be a bit difficult. But I’d get to be immortal, which would be neat.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? Favorite movie?! I have to pick? Um…The Homecoming; I watch it with my mom every Christmas. Or the new Sherlock Holmes, because I’ve been in love with him since I was 12. Anything from Tim Burton or Miyazaki.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Neither – Draco Malfoy or Severus Snape.
Cake or ice cream? Cake with ice cream on top (I’m not a frosting fan; my wedding kinda killed it for me). And NOT chocolate for either. Blech.
Favorite season? Arizona winter – unless I have to go outside when it’s raining. Summers are dangerously hot here, and we don’t really have spring or autumn.
If you could have any super power what would it be and why? I’d want to be able to reach into books and pull stuff out, like the AURYN from The Neverending Story. If I had that, I could make a bazillion wishes and get anything I wanted. Like a house and a dog!

You didn’t ask me my favorite band!! I’ll tell you because they are AWESOME! I adore Blackmore’s Night, Nightwish, and the Cruxshadows. Those are the only music groups with more songs that I like than dislike. And I listen to a LOT of stuff, so that’s saying something.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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