Interview With A Fey

Inspired by Virginia’s wonderful author interviews, I thought it would be fun to see one from the other end of the spectrum.  This month I handed my turn over to Iowa Star reporter Grace Emerson for a character interview (or would that be character on character interview?).  Grace was lucky enough to catch Keely Fey, owner of Fey Creations Salon, between cuts and she agreed to answer a few questions.

So Keely, when were you born?

A lady never divulges her age.

I was actually asking about your birth on paper, when did you first come into existence?

Oh, that’s a little more complicated but I’ll give it a whirl.  I’ve been knocking around in Her head for ages.

Her?

You know, the one that thinks She made me up.  Anyway, I started out in an epic fantasy.

I take it that did not work out.

You’re telling me.  Epic fantasy was definitely not Her bag.  She may like to read them, but writing one?  That would be a big ol’ no.  Forcing an 80’s girl like me into a quasi-medieval world was a no go.

What made ‘Her’ change ‘Her’ mind and place you in a salon in present day Iowa?

Me of course.  I just kept telling Her how wrong the whole thing felt.  I was born in Iowa so it was logical that’s where I belonged.  I’m also cosmetologist not one of those sword and sorcery chicks She’s so fond of.  The biggest blade I hold is pair of six and a half inch shears and as for sorcery, my talents rest in making others look good.  Once She got that through Her head it was smooth sailing.

Smooth sailing?  From what I have seen, your life is far from smooth.

Okay, maybe not smooth, but I’m more comfortable, or I would be if it weren’t for the obstacles She tosses at me.

Having witnessed yours firsthand, maybe you could clarify for our readers just what you mean by talents.

I’m not sure how to explain it, in simple terms I guess it’s what Uns would call magic.  Before you ask, Uns are those without innate magic, unlike Ens who have magic hardwired into our DNA.

I see you looking at your watch, am I keeping you?

I have a set under the dryer and a cut in about 15 minutes so my time is pretty limited.

Do you have time for one more question?

Sure, as long as you don’t ask me to reveal any deep dark secrets.

What do you see in your future?

I plan to do what I do best, wielding my mighty shears and irons.  Beyond that…well, it’s a little shadowy.  Now I’ve got to get Lucille from under the dryer before her ears burn with more than gossip.

A big thanks to both Grace for taking over this month and Keely for agreeing to participate, she’s not always the easiest person to work with.

Feeling A Little Tense?

Step right up and spin the wheel, was it past, is it present or will it be future?  Sister Sara—yes, my fellow blogger and Saturday Writers crony—and I got into the discussion of which tense we prefer to use and or read.  She backs the past and usually I do too…that is until lately

In my WIP–those of you who follow me on the social networking sites have herd me whine and complain about Disenchanted–I’ve used present or should that be, I use?  I started out with past tense, but it wasn’t working, yet I couldn’t let it go.  I reworked and rewrote but nothing seemed to help, it still didn’t ‘feel’ right.  One night–I’d like to say it was one stormy night but it was only your average beat your head against the keyboard night–it became easier.

The next day I read what I’d written.  Someone flipped the switch, the lights where on and I was home.  Where it began to make sense and look like something was where it changed tenses!  So I reworked the rest and continued on, who am I to argue with the muse?

Now back to the previously scheduled program, as I was saying Sara and I were discussing tense.  Basically how my choice of present was driving her insane, not that she didn’t like what I’d written, more along the lines of it being so different.  My stance is different is sometimes good, great even, especially when I’m looking for new books.  I like new, exciting ideas, twists on old ideas and ways of presenting them.  Moral of the story different strokes for different folks.  I’ve said many times, if we all liked the same thing, we’d be fighting over the same book.

Am I telling you to switch the tense of your story?  Hell no, but I will suggest trying out a tense you haven’t used, even if it’s just for a writing exercise.  Go ahead, expand your writing skills and your mind, try something different.  I dare you!

Coffee And Candy And Soda Pop Fizzes

Coffee and candy and soda pop fizzes theses are a few of my favorite things…

Since my post falls on Christmas, I’ve decided a little fluff is in order.  I know, what’s new?  This month is just going to be a little more like cotton candy than cotton balls and I promise to keep it short and sweet.

For some reason that catchy little tune My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music keeps running through my head.  It got me thinking about the things I think I need when writing, spurring a writing exercise.  Trust me Weird Al has nothing to worry about, but here’s my little spin.

Cream in my coffee and Reeses at hand
Headphones in place, Duran is the band
Pictures of elves and fairies with wings
These are few of my favorite things

Blogs that advise and books that inspire
Reading to spark creative fire
Great swords and rings, sirens that sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Soda pop fizzes and chips that go crunch
Then I can type whilst I munch
Sitting here daydreaming, see what it brings
These are few of my favorite things

When the curser blinks
When the words stink
When the red pen looms
I simply remember my favorite things
And I don’t feel so doomed

I’m not a poet and boy do I know it, but it was fun.

Now it’s your turn.  What are some of the things you think you need to get you through that next scene?  Try penning it to the Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the first day of writing, I really need to have…a cold case of Dr. Pepper

On the second day of writing, I cannot live without…peanut butter M&M’s

You get the idea.

I shall return next year with something far less frivolous!