I love a tour. And so I was especially pleased to be invited to join this mad literary romp, blog-style, where we answer a set of questions in our own merry way. Many thanks to the always madly wonderful Alice Zorn over at Rapunzel’s Hair for asking. Alice is the author of Arrhythmia, the short story collection, Ruins and Relics, and often translator of Grimms fairy tales. Among other things, she blogs about her travels and her beloved Montreal neighbourhood, Pointe St. Charles. Her contribution to the game is here.
So… bon voyage, and here goes…
—What am I working on?
I tend to go through phases of working at more than one thing at a time. Currently I’m revising a few stories to send out, preparing a collection of essays and occasionally checking on the brine in which my novel manuscript is marinating… It often needs more salt.
—How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It occurred to me recently that I’m not a good rule follower. Not because I’m a renegade or anything as quaint as that, but simply because I’m often not aware of the rules. And even when I manage to figure out what they are, I can hardly believe it: those are the rules?? I have a hard time talking with people who want to discuss trends. I have no idea *what* is popular. Nor do I want to belabour any knowing. I recently wrote a story from the perspective of a chair.
—Why do I write what I do?
One of my interests is relationships, especially those within the constraints of family. I realize I’ve been watching various families all my life—my own of course and those that lived on my street as a kid; aunts and uncles that weren’t, or were; the families connected to friends as I grew up; the manufactured ones through marriage and children, or no marriage and no children, or some other configuration therein or thereof. I’m fascinated with the way roles are assumed and played out to various ends and for what reasons and how we judge it all… and how we pretend it doesn’t matter and how it matters so very much. I’m interested in what’s remembered and how in a family there’s nothing even close to a consensus of truth. My writing often pokes about in this tender territory, trying to make head or tail of things. Why?? Who the hell knows.
—How does your writing process work?
A large part is thinking out loud. Also known as talking to myself. I run through scenes, interview myself, ask myself what is the point of such and such… what is the point???… until I either come up with a point or scrap the whole damn such and such. I write in a journal most mornings, about dreams and grocery lists initially, but eventually making my way to the day’s work and what I want to accomplish, which inevitably leads me back to the such and such and the point, and pretty soon I’m no longer writing but talking to myself…
Best places to work through a problem: in the car, on a walk, weeding the garden.
The tour continues with Barbara Lambert, author of The Allegra Series, A Message for Mr. Lazarus and The Whirling Girl. And Maria Meindl, author of Outside the Box; Maria’s essay ‘Junior’ appears in the anthology The M Word. Thanks to both for bravely accepting this mission. Am looking forward to visiting their blogs in the coming weeks and will post links here.
Stops on the tour include:
Ellen S. Jaffe
23 thoughts on “tour de blogs”
I love this, too! What a great way to better get to know an author. Looking forward to reading the others on the Blog Tour!
Thanks, Susan. I’m enjoying the reading as much as the participating!
Thanks, Carin. You’re always an observant traveller and tour guide!
I had a funny Alice in Wonderland moment with your first photo because I saw the organizational platform on your desk as a whole desk, which made the inquisitive cat as tall as your desk.
Funny indeed. Because I’m pretty sure that’s how tall he thinks he is… Maybe you got his mind meld.
Great tour! Great photos. Oh, and I want to hear what that chair has to say! Thanks, Ms. M — thought-provoking and delightfully off-kilter-while-right-on-point as always! (Oh, and thank you for inviting me to take part.)
So pleased you’re part of this romp!
And the chair has a name: Derrick. (:
As in “Crane and Derrick”?
No, no. Just Derrick, the blue chair. What, that’s not exciting enough?? (: