I’m delighted to welcome today Nicole M. Taylor, who was one of my classmates at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and who has been publishing interesting short stories since.
I tend to notice these things only later, having amassed a body of work and realizing that it features an awful lot of X or Y, but, in general, I often write about women. I often write about poor, rural women, in particular. I write a lot about nasty magic that requires bodily fluids and, usually, some manner of killing. For a while, I was writing about people with scars a lot. There are a lot of mixed-heritage (both in the standard human way and sometimes with reptoid aliens. Not kidding) people in my recent stories and a lot of people on the autism spectrum. I’m not sure exactly why I’m really interested in that right now, but it’s something I’m clearly working through in my writing subroutines.
Yikes! Regimen...that’s a...strong word. In an ideal world, I’d write an hour a day in the morning either immediately after I woke up or shortly after. In practice, I only manage this two or three days a week. I do try to get at least some writing done every day. Right now, I’m working on a novel, and it’s been a while since I’ve worked on just one project for such a long time, so I’m trying to train myself not to skip off and do other things. Other than that, I tend to chew a lot of gum (I mean like a pack an hour) and drink a lot of water and sometimes sort of get up and pace around.
- “Last Boots on the Ground”: http://puritan-magazine.com/issue14.php
- “A Spoonful of Salt”: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/story.php?s=163
- “Specter”: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Highlands-Anthology-2-ebook/dp/B005DM5CKS/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329278653&sr=1-3
- “The Excision”: http://www.brainharvestmag.com/2011/02/the-excision/