Remember when I said no more interviews on Tartitude for a while? About two weeks later I realized a good friend and fab writer, Teresa Frohock, has her debut coming out soon. So guess who I’ll be hosting for a brief interview in July? I’m thrilled, of course. I’d be hard-pressed to find a more joyful reason for breaking a Tartitude-interview fast.
I’ll be setting up a “Coming Soon” widget in my sidebar, but here are a few other noteworthy events:
- May 23 — contest to win a set of Mary Stewart romantic thrillers — details to be revealed on Monday
- June 3 & 10 — interview with Nathan Bransford (on Writer Unboxed)
- June 11 & 12th — special posts on WU (stay tuned for details)
- July 19 — interview here with Teresa R. Frohock, debut author of the dark fantasy MISERERE: AN AUTUMN TALE
- Sept. 2 & 9 — Erin Morgenstern about her cross-genre novel destined for bestsellerdom, THE NIGHT CIRCUS (interview on WU)
In other news, I have become a fan of timers as a way to reduce writing anxiety. (I’m one of those people who has a hard time beginning.) I have a timer uploaded to my computer, I have a link in my toolbar to a digital timer with dulcet chimes and soft peep-peep-peeps when the clock ticks down. I have a digital timer which is insanely accurate. Yesterday, for no accountable reason, I wanted a mechanical one.
Look what I picked up?
He’s not exactly what I had in mind. My prairie-girl genes wanted one that would be durable, preferably of porcelain. It would be hand-fired by a local craftsman and sold by a Ukrainian baba in a farmers’ market. I wanted one sizeable enough it would break over an intruder’s head with a satisfying “whump”, and render them unconscious and arrestable.
Instead, this dude is made from plastic by workers in China who probably die from some weird tongue disease after painting his numbers on, then licking their paintbrush. If he were to get a burglar’s attention, it would be only to laugh at his intimidating 1-second “brringggg.” But he make me smile. He’s like a timid version of the wind-up alarm clock I had as a child.
What should I name him? Any suggestions? I had a two ideas, but one sounded rather familiar… A crafty online search lead me to Urban Dictionary – O.O – which lead me to unpleasant descriptive language for each part of his name – O.O – which had the effect of de-zesting all naming attempts from then on out.
Mayhap you can do better?