Introducing Myself, Again

As most of you know, I’m pretty new to blogging. I feel like I have the basics down but there is still so much to learn. Therefore I signed up for the newest Blogging 101 course. The first assignment is to introduce yourself. My name is Kristi and I’m a writer. I am currently working on many projects:

  • A middle grade story about a fairy and her friends. They are each trying to become a Fairy Godmother/Godfather. The problem is the fairy is terrible at magic and failed her final exam. The friends are a centaur, a human boy and a troll. I could go on and on about this story but I’ll control myself for now.
  • A fantasy story with an ensemble cast. There is a long quest and magic. There are a few dragons sprinkled in and some pretty cool locations.
  • A Young Adult story that is still forming.
  • A suspense story that I periodically work on. I’m a fantasy writer at heart but this story was the first ‘real’ novel I started so I am determined to fix it.
  • I’m on this flash fiction kick. I never thought I could write a very short story that would be any good. I also have a rebellious nature, so that’s a challenge to me. I’m going to get good at it whether I like it or not!
  • There are a couple of children’s stories floating around somewhere in my computer, or in spirals, or in my head. Most were written years and years ago when my kids were small. Now one of my daughters will be an adult soon and she’s an amazing artist. I’ll pay her to illustrate. I guess that’s why I never got around to doing anything with them.
  • This blog. I’ve read many blogs and like the flash fiction thing, I thought I would never be good at it. For a long time I didn’t try. What would I say? Who on earth would want to read it? Would I actually work up the nerve to post my work? There’s that challenge thing again!
  • Anything random that pops into my head. A name and a face popped up the other day. I don’t know who this character is or where she belongs but I’m intrigued. More on that on another day.

One of the things suggested to write about for this assignment was what I hope to accomplish with this blog. In a way, I’m not really sure. It’s probably more accurate to say that it’s evolving. At it’s core my blog is about writing. My writing process, writing tips, my work, writing challenges, etc. I’ve occasionally ranted, although I hope to keep that to a minimum. My blog writing goals are pretty simple. I want to post something at least once a week that is not a writing challenge. I already do that twice a week and will continue. I’m also trying to make myself post more rough drafts of flash fiction. Even if no one reads them, it helps keep me accountable and on the right track.

Not much personal there right? Actually for too many years I let writing take a backseat and suffered for it. My writing is me, in so many ways. The other personal stuff is pretty standard. I am an inside person. I have very fair skin that burns easily, so I don’t like to be outside for long periods of time. I have a bad temper (redhead here) and I get distracted easily. In spite of said temper, I’m super easy to get along with. I’m into geeky things, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly. I play World of Warcraft and I’m pretty good at it.  I named my dogs Link and Dante. I read mostly fantasy and occasionally science fiction. I read very fast so I learned that re-reading books once a year or so is a great thing. I’d rather stay in than go out, but getting out occasionally keeps me human. I have a strong dislike for certain music types that I will not mention, but I love hard rock. I am addicted to stuff that you can buy to organize your junk. If it’s in the storage/organizing department of any store then I probably want it. I also love cool boxes. I wouldn’t say I collect them, but if I did/will, I want those small carved wooden ones and at least one huge carved one. I only own about ten pairs of shoes but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t deny me woman status. What might is that I only have a couple of purses that I hardly use. I don’t drink coffee, ever. If you want to understand that, read my rough draft of The Surgery, it’s under Flash Fiction. I do drink hot tea, either British Breakfast or 100% White Tea from The Republic of Tea. If I go to coffee shops then I get whatever plain black tea they have.

So there you have it. More about me than you ever wanted to know. I’m going to try to do each of the Blogging 101 assignments so please be patient with me. Hopefully when it’s all said and done, my blog will have improved.

Oh and my handwriting is truly awful.

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11 comments

  1. Focusing on flash fiction is excellent discipline. I didn’t think I could create a story arc in less than 1k words, but I did. That exercise has helped me make longer pieces stronger.

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    1. You should try it. Flash fiction is really just very short stories. I tend to be pretty wordy so most stories that I intend to be short end up Not. My flash fiction aim is for stories under 500 words, but anything under 1000 falls into that category. It’s a struggle for me but I’m determined to get good at it. Even if I don’t I’ve been having fun trying.

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  2. I’m slowly falling in love with writing flash fiction. It’s liberating to have such a strict constraint on your writing, and at the same time it makes you focus on what’s really important. Now, I will allow some of my stories to bleed over that mark, but never beyond 1,500 words. Either way, I look forward to reading more of your flash!

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  3. Hi Kristi! It’s nice to meet you!

    Honestly I’ve been blogging on and off for a while now (this isn’t even my first blog), and I still have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. I think what matters is that you are passionate about it, and have something to say. Eventually the rest will figure itself out! At least, that’s what I’m hoping…

    Best of luck to you!

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  4. It seems like we’re on the same page on a lot of things. 🙂 This was an interesting post. It’s nice to learn about the people behind the words, I think. (Says a not-very-open person.)

    Good luck with your writings, and your blog.

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