Tuesday 8 September 2009

Sea Mists & Call Yourself A Writer?

It was such a glorious day today - 28.5 degrees & blue sky - that I couldn't wait to get home from work and put on my costume and a sarong. I raced upstairs to change and spotted fog - turned out to be a sea mist - over the coast of France.

Not wanting to waste a second, I went outside and sat reading Moonshine in the sun, bliss. S came to join me - telling me all about boring science, boring french and boring assembly. After a bit, I went into watch Land Girls, then noticed the house was completely surrounded by mist - as you can see from the photo - it's so thick I can't even see the field next door. I suppose that was summer?

The lovely DJ Kirkby tagged me for this CALL YOURSELF A WRITER? meme.

1. Which words do you use too much in your writing?
I have to concentrate on not using, ‘that’ too much.
2. Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?
None I can think of.
3. What's your favourite piece of writing by you?
The first book I completed; it means a lot to me.
4. Which blog post do you wish you had written?
All the funny, intelligent ones.
5. Regrets. Do you have a few? Is there anything you wish you hadn't written?I don’t regret anything I’ve written. I think to regret things is to waste emotions and time.
6. How has your writing made a difference? What do you consider your most important piece of writing?
My writing helps me to express myself. I think my most important piece of writing was my first novel - again - because it proved to me that I can write a complete ms.
7. Name three favourite words
It, can, be, done (okay, so that’s four, but I’ve always been useless with figures).
8. ....And three words you're not so keen on
Not, good, enough.
9. Do you have a writing mentor, role model or inspiration?
My writing mentors are my writing friends and groups I belong to. They're so supportive and an endless source of help and wisdom; my role model is my husband; and my inspiration usually comes from my family, or desperation when trying to find something to write about.
10.What's your writing ambition?
To support myself with my writing.

I am passing this on to anyone who fancies having a go at doing it.


Unknown said...

Wow, that is quite a fog around the shed. Of course, anytime is a great time to read. :-)

Jenny Beattie said...

Good answers, Debs.

Queenie said...

Very interesting, Debs. I may well have a go at this next time I find myself stuck for blog-related inspiration.

Carol said...

Love your answers to the meme....particularly number 7!!

I adore fog and mist...it just makes everything look so different and magical somehow!!

C x

Lorix said...

Sitting in the sun reading Moonshine - sounds perfect! Love the picture.
Lori x

Anna Scott Graham said...

Numbers 4 & 5 are great!! 6 too...

That is some mist... glad you were able to enjoy that sun while you had it!

Chris Stovell said...

Ah, interesting post, Debs - yes, the first one is special, looking at all those words thinking, 'I did it!'. Costume, sarong, sunshine and Christina... aren't you being a bit greedy :)! We've got some sunshine here for the first time in days and days!

HelenMWalters said...

Great answers x

Faye said...

You can see the coast of France, Debs? Must get out my map. Love the soft, misty days of autumn. Perfect for reading without feeling guilty about working outside in the yard.

I'll have to come back to this writing meme--probably not for public viewing. :-) Word overuse does bother me because I sometimes think am losing all my nouns and verbs and have to keep re-using the same ones in same paragraph. Having something published would be in the same category as earning a degree. An accomplishment that can't be taken away from you.

Amanda said...

Great answers Debs - especially number 5 - so true!

Unknown said...

Love the pictures!

Great answers. I might have a go at that one myself.

Pat Posner said...

I finished Moonshine last week - a fantastic read. I love Chris's books.

I haven't watched any of the Land Girls episodes yet - I'm videoing them to watch in one hit.

Great answers to the meme.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

chad - I love the sea mists, but only when I'm not in the mood to sunbathe.

jj - thanks, m'dear.

queenie - thanks

carol - my grandfather had those words printed out on his desk.

lorix - the book is great.

anna - thanks. I had the sun for an hour or so, so shouldn't really complain.

chrish - always wanting more, that's me :)

helen - thanks.

faye - can see france out of every window at the back of the house.

It will probably take me longer to get published than it would have done to get a degree. Exhausting, but fun.

amanda - thanks.

shirley - do have a go, it was fun.

pat - I love all her books too.

I'm enjoying Land Girls, although I know it has received criticism. I hope there's another series.

DJ Kirkby said...

I didn't realise your garden was so huge! We've had some unseasonably nice weather too but no fog yet. I liked your meme answers.

Annieye said...

We went on holiday to the east coast when I was a child and there was sea mist for the entire week, and yet about 2 miles inland was glorious sunshine. I have to watch out for 'that' too.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

dj - weather has been lovely again today. Long may it last.

annieye - sea mist can be a real pain, and it comes so quickly too.