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It’s that time of month again – the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! Yay! This month’s topic is a self-interview. I hate interviews, so I hope I’ll be gentle with myself. What do you think?

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[quote3_left][dropcap1]Q[/dropcap1] Can you tell us something about what you’re working on?[/quote3_left]

As a matter of fact, I can! (Funny how that turns out, huh?)

First off, Orphan Maker is complete. (Insert uproarious cheering here.) I’ve been daydreaming off and on about my next project for the last week. I’ve always hated CyberEpic. That’s not the general consensus of my readership, however, so I understand the shouts of disapproval over that statement. I don’t even like the title. (I hereby dub thee, Lichii Ba’Cho.) I’ve uploaded what I have of the manuscript into a Scrivener project, fleshed out the outline, and added some scenic filler.I begin rewrites tomorrow. With any luck, it’ll keep me busy through the New Year.

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[quote3_left][dropcap1]Q[/dropcap1] When and where do you do your best writing? Does it matter?[/quote3_left]

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My best writing has always been done in public. I can’t seem to get a damned thing done at home – too many chores, too many distractions. I tend to find a coffee shop to park in until it closes for good. (What can I say? I’m a nester and a comfort-junkie.) Every book I’ve written has a coffee shop associated with it. The last couple of years has been spent at Powell’s City of Books in the World Cup Coffee Shop. It’s an excellent place with a handful of electrical outlets along the windows for computer geeks.

As for when, I always get my writing done before work. Late morning, early afternoon for the most part. It affords me the chance to wake up, putter around the house, and pack up my lunch. Then I’m at the coffee shop between eleven or twelve, coffee in hand, computer plugged in, churning out the words. (On my days off the “day job”, I’ll show up maybe an hour later, and stay for three or four hours.) I’ve spent over a year with this schedule, and have trained myself to it now. Most days I can put out five hundred words every half an hour.

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[quote3_left][dropcap1]Q[/dropcap1] Do you have any superstitious things you do before you write?[/quote3_left]

Not really. I think the location is the closest thing to superstitious I can be about my writing. Place is more important to me than carrying my lucky rabbit’s foot, though I must have my iPod playing. I tend to create soundtracks for my novels. They give me a sense of emotion that I connect with the novel-in-progress. For instance, the soundtrack for my current project is pretty simple – it’s the The Last Of The Mohicans soundtrack. (The original premise for CyberEpic was the movie meets Cyberpunk.) When I get tired of the soundtrack, I’ll switch over to a mix of electronica and industrial metal already set up for this purpose.
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And that’s it for the interview. Please feel free to ask questions if you’d like. I’m more than willing to talk about myself! (Hmmm… Maybe that’s not a good thing to be saying. Oh, well. Too late now.)

Today’s post was inspired by this month’s topic on the Merry-go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. On the 11th, the entry was by D. Anthony Brown. Tomorrow, see what David Bridger has to say on the matter! Happy reading!

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