Oh, this is exciting! Thank you so much Karmen Lizzul for asking me to be a part of this Blog Tour. I really enjoyed getting a peek into your creative process & loved learning a whole new side to you! To read Karmen’s post, click here & check out her cool radio show here ~xo
Ok, let’s do this…
1. What am I working on?
Well, if you’re reading this you’ve found my blog, which is my passion project at the moment. It continues to evolve as life takes its turns, which gives it a living, breathing aspect for me. I’m toying around with the idea for a collection of short stories from my dating experiences in LA, guaranteed to make you both laugh & cry. And, of course with being in LA as long as I have, there’s a screenplay idea I may just revive ~ we’re in need of a good rom-com people!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
To be honest I don’t think my writing is all that different than any other’s, only exception being that it is in my voice. I write from my experiences, what I was feeling, what my thoughts were, so yes that is unique to me. My goal is to write as true to myself as I can, so that you feel it’s just you & me having a conversation. I try to infuse my humor, my sensitivities, my inner thoughts to share an authentic experience.
3. Why do I write what I write?
Such a good question! Oh, my ‘why’…it goes back to childhood. I loved reading as a kid (still do!), I’d get lost in stories of romance for hours, being whisked away in to these tales of love. And when I wasn’t reading, I was creating these elaborate stories in my head, sometimes these stories continued for weeks on end. I was always encouraged to write by my teachers, but I wasn’t ready or confident enough to share my words. Then a couple of years ago life started to resemble these stories of yesteryear, I felt inspired to start writing my story. I have always believed in love. I think that’s why we’re here, to connect, to share feelings, thoughts & experiences with one another. This is why I write.
4. How does my process work?
I’m sure this will come as a shock ~ it’s all in my head. I’ll have an experience or get an idea & then it usually marinates in my head for a bit. The amount of time I sit with it varies, it can be a day, a week, there may be walks around the lake, dancing about my apartment ~ all clearing & fueling my thoughts til they make sense. Eventually I know when its time to sit down & write, then it just flows…
So there you have it, a lil behind the scenes into my process. Now I’d love to introduce you to 3 writers whose work I enjoy reading & can’t wait to hear how they answer these questions!
First up, the beautiful & talented Jaime Parker Stickle, who always has me laughing! “Actress,” “Writer,” and “A-Type Spaz” collectively sum up Jaime Parker Stickle. Jaime has a passion for creating comedic content for film, television and the web. She is currently writing & shooting a new web series that promises to have you in stitches, and is working on her first novel: a comedic look at Roommates. You can see many more bits at JaimeParkerStickle.com. If you believe a picture speaks a thousand words, she encourages you to follow her on Instagram @JaimeParkerStickle, and if you like to get the funny in 126 characters or less, follow her on Twitter @JaimeStickle. Described as a real “Lucy” by directors and coaches alike, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned to witness it for yourself… Oh! And where would any of us learn about each other if not for the O.G. of social media?https://www.facebook.com/JaimeParkerStickle. Whew.
Next is the lovely Stephanie Blumensaat, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting recently through a writing course & it is always such a treat to read what she writes ~ there’s an openness & vulnerability that inspires me. Stephanie Blumensaat (also known as Daisy Sunshine) is a blogger, photographer and certified life coach. She facilitates the photography group “Life in Focus” and writes a blog titled “In Full Blume”. Through her inspiring and motivating blog she shares how to make joy, whimsy and gratitude a daily part of life. She enjoys encouraging others to utilize writing and photography, to connect with their authentic selves, in the pursuit of true inner peace and contentment. To lighten things up, she occasionally throws in a little sass and silliness!
And, the amazing Elle Sompres rounds out my picks of writer’s who’s process I can’t wait to hear about. I met Elle out socially a while back & knew this lady was special! I have been a follower of her work as a coach, speaker & life guru at Inspired Success with Elle Sompres. She is an active speaker & advocate for several organizations within her community ~ she is truly inspiring. Check out her blog at The Inspiration Station
There you have it ~ the torch is your’s ladies! I look forward to reading your posts! xo