Today I went out with a group of volunteers for Read Across America and read Dr. Seuss to kids at our sponsored school (Kennelworth, central Phoenix). It was fun, although next time I want to read something that hasn't been made into an idiotic movie. After finishing Horton Hears a Who! for the combined 2/3rd grade class, one girl told me that I'd missed a whole section, whereupon another girl scathingly informed her that "the book came first." They were pretty good kids, on the whole, though.
I saw this on cornerofmadness's journal, and decided to dive in:
30-Day Writing Meme:
1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
My own current universe is probably my favorite, just ‘cause it’s all mine, but I’ve enjoyed working in other universes just as much, from our old Elfquest world to the Duelmasters universe (hell, for all I got paid slave wages, I’m damned proud of some of the work I did in that universe, enough so that many of those characters came along to my own world, including Amok, Raif, and a few others).
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
Billions and billions. Oddly enough, I often find it easier to create and write male characters.
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
Sometimes they come named (like Sean Patrick did); other times I have to crawl around through name books/sites until the right name appears for the character I already know (like Cody). I knew Matt's name; and I just knew they lived in Los Angeles/Burbank, and came from Texas.
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
I don’t even know. I remember writing/creating stories in my head at a very young age; I do remember hand-writing my first “book” on a spiral notebook in high school but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was about. I think I always wrote fantasy, though. I did write a “prompt” fic about a lioness in 5th grade that really impressed my teacher, I remember her very pleased face as she put the “A+” on it.
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
Not counting the little kids, since they’re not really fully-fledged characters yet, it’ll be Zachary O’Connor, who’s 13 at the time the 2009 Nano is set (2020). The oldest would be Amok’s sire, Margary, although she only ever appears in his origin story – the next oldest would be Erlind, then Amanda. All ancient vampires, Margary the most ancient of all.
By age of creation, it’s Westwind, no matter what name he’s using. (He’s wandered through almost all the universes I write, except for Elfquest and Tai-Pan; he was a minor character of my first finished novel who took over and announced himself as a major, permanent, player.) Zachary Roxbury (not Zach O’Connor), is the newest.
Been feeling very tired lately. Not doing much of anything except trying to write, and reading a little.