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The Bird's Word

The Bird's Word

Where Writers and Authors Meet Blog Hop

Posted by Cindy on November 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM


This here's a blog hop. We of the Where Writers and Authors Meet group are bouncing off each other's web pages and blogs to ask each other weird questions that inquiring minds might want answers to.

I received my questions from a nifty fellow named Tc McKinney.

If you want to play, you can find our rules here at the extension website. As long as a member of our group is involved, anyone can join in these blog-hopping shenanigans. We keep a list of possible folk going on our site, or you can contact someone you know in the group directly.

Here's what Tc asked me!

1.Your book 'Remnant in the Stars' you say was originally based on a role-playing session with a few friends and yourself in high school and that in its "final" form it has had 6 different openings. This is indeed very interesting to me as I love RPGs myself. Tell me Cindy, what began your interest in RPGs?

I started playing RPGs because they were live stories. I enjoy a good story, so being able to participate in one was a real blast. My highschool group played GURPS, usually Space. In college, the group I played with was also into GURPS Space or Superheroes, but we played Paranoia now and then or Star Fleet Battles. I was usually one of the only girls playing, so when I attended an AggieCon one time and discovered a whole flock of girlie gamers, I was rather surprised.

2.I see that your book is currently for sale on Amazon Kindle for $4.50. Is there any possibility of a print version to come in the near future and any more books we expect to see coming?

Yes, the print version of Remnant in the Stars will be available soon.

As for coming projects, yes, there are some others in the works. The Condemned Courier is a serial being published one chapter at a time online at JukePopSerials.

I also have a self-published collection of word problems for math. I assembled Crunchy Word Problems and Other Brain Challenges after I noticed that some of my colleagues don't like to create word problems.

I'll have some good news to report on another project very soon.

3. What would you say has influenced your writing and to become a published author?

I don't know if I can track it to just a single source. There were my friends in junior high and high school who encouraged me to write our comic book-type adventures into stories. A couple friends in college stayed on me to keep my writing up even when the going got weird. Once I got out of college, a published writer I knew helped me clean up a manuscript and showed me a better way to do some things. I belong to a critique group that has helped me polish up some things. My editor at Under the Moon has taught me a great deal. Editors at Port Yonder Press and Barking Rain Press have provided feedback and help on straightening out book blurbs and elevator pitches.

So, really, a whole slew of people have helped me out considerably.

4.On your website you mention: While growing up, you read everything you could. Mysteries,science fiction, fantasy, and even the back of the cereal boxes during breakfast. Is reading a passion you have, and if so why?

Oh, I don't know that I'd say I have a reading passion. When I was a kid, it was how I staved off mental boredom. My brain travels about 300,000 km/sec. I often learned things faster or processed information quicker, and as a result, I was then bored. Reading a book was just the way to deal with that.

Eventually, I figured out that I could write stories. That took over. I actually don't get much time to read any more. I still enjoy it, but between my day job and my hobbies, I rarely have time to read for fun these days. My brain stays busy enough working on story ideas.

5.What was your favorite genre to read growing up? Has it influenced your writing skills today?

The earliest stuff I remember reading was science fiction, fantasy, and comic books, specifically X-men.

That did affect my writing because I still write science fiction and fantasy. Some of my science fiction involves characters with strange abilities, so I suppose the X-men comics played into that, too.

6.What are your current dreams today and what were they when you a child? Do they differ greatly?

My current dreams and aspirations involve leaving my day job behind and writing full time. That's not terribly likely, but hey! It could happen.

My childhood dreams? No idea. I don't remember being a kid. Really. If I really focus on it for a while, there are occasional flitters of images or blips of recollections, but really, not much there. I sure can't remember what I thought was important.

The farthest back I can go is just short of teenager, like 12-ish. I had aspirations of getting into either genetics or some kind of biological science. I have a degree as a wildlife ecologist, but I was never able to work in that field. Being a full-time writer never occurred to me as an option.

7.During your spare time, what do you find most appealing?

When I'm not buried under the school paperwork pile, I write or I do crafty things while watching old movies and old TV shows. Sometimes I listen to old radio shows, instead.

8.This was an intriguing question given to me and I would like to pass it to you. (Courtesy of Victoria Adams)  Who is your favorite cartoon character, and why? Superheroes are allowed as long as they were first published in a cartoon/comic book format.

Cartoon characters? Hmmm... Wow, there's such a variety to pick from! I think I'll go for Squit. Who? Squit! Not a fan of Animaniacs, huh? Squit is one of the Good Feathers, a trio of pigeons who get into outrageous shenanigans. Squit always tries hard but the situation implodes around him and leaves him in a bigger mess than he was in before. He still manages to stay pretty upbeat about it.

Now, if I can pick from comic books, that'd have to be Nightcrawler from X-Men. I like his personality. He was often written with an interesting sense of humor.

9.If you could be anywhere in the world besides your hometown, where would it be and why?

Well, considering that I'm nowhere near my hometown, I don't suppose I could pick where I live now. No? Okay, fine. It has to be in this world? That complicates things.

What am I doing in this other place? Relaxing? Having an adventure?

If it's just relaxing, this is an amazingly difficult question. I'm not a fan of traveling, so I really just prefer to hang out where I am.

I guess if I can't hang out in my own house, it'd be in the house of one of my parents. I like familiar surroundings.

If I'm off having an adventure, Oooo... Hm... checking out a large museum full of interesting stuff. I enjoy learning new things and checking out artifacts.

10.If you could only tell us in one word to describe your book, whatwould it be?

Which one?

Remnant in the Stars: Daddy!

The Condemned Courier: Traitor.

Lines of Succession: Untrustworthy.

Like Herding Wind: Sabotage.

Bird's Eye: Vengeance.

Drug War: Prejudice.

The Loudest Actions: Speechless.

That's it for me! Ruthie Madison is next up. Her answers will be on http:/ / Y'all check it out! Here are her questions:

1. Marge is a romance about a cynical woman reuniting with her lover. What about this book makes it unique among romances?

2.In one of your blog articles, you describe some of the ways Marge is like you. What are some significant differences between you and Marge?

3.On your web page, you mention that you'd like to teach. What types of things would you like to teach? What holds you back from realizing that goal?

4.What inspires you to write?

5.On your web page, you mention that your current work in progress is called Past Hunter. The title sounds like this will be a major departure from Marge. What can you tell us about Past Hunter?

6.If you had to pick one book in your genre to hold up as the perfect example of the genre, which book would you pick? Why did you settle on that one?

7.Everyone seems to have a unique copy of The Rules, which dictate what constitutes Good Writing. What are some of your Rules? What, in your eyes, separates an excellent story from a mediocre one?

8.In my own writing, very often the original draft of a story doesn't have much in common with the final version. How close is Marge to the original draft?

9.Where would you take your dream vacation? Why did you pick there?

10.Because I simply must have a weird question in here, which of the Muppets are you most like? Why?


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