Writing Process Blog Tour!

Hi all! So, I was tagged by the kind and generous Justin Herd to be a part of the Writing Process Blog Hop! And, because we writers love talking about our processes and reading about others, I’m psyched to be a part of it. Thanks Justin!

Ready? Okay go.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I am thrilled to be working on something new! It’s a Diverse Literary Magical Realism that has a crush on Woman’s Fiction. It’s still figuring itself out, you see. Best not rush such fragile blooms. My MC, Lorena from South Carolina, has a dark and haunted past, no one to trust and no where to go. But when she meets an old man in Charleston who can fly, he gives her a magical gift, which takes her on a healing journey on foot through S.C.  It’s sort of an Eat Pray Love self discovery with magic meets Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan meets After Midnight by Blink 182. I really love it so far.  The first draft is done and now I’m editing. Plus, I have another to edit and another as well, and this and that one to write, and…you get the drift. I’m prolific as hell on roller skates on a skating rink that never ends. 🙂

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN MY GENRE?

I am a poet, published in several literary journals and university presses etc, and a literary voice comes very naturally to me. My voice is different, I think, and reflects the dead poets in my head clamoring for resurrection. Combining what I know of cadence, rhythm, poetic style, interweaving it with the narrative, makes it somewhat unique (I hope :). I’m also very philosophical, have been since I was 12 and stealing Shakespeare from my local library (I know–bad poet!), and my love for existentialism blossomed from To Be or Not to Be, which adds another dimension to my work, a sort of deeper river running just under the words lying in wait for one who sees the little secrets hiding beneath. Plus, i’m Canadian. We’re all super weird. 🙂

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I WRITE?

Because look around, this world is a magical place burgeoning with beauty, love, music, deep and essential history, all of which comes out in my writing. I write what I write because my words are an extension of my self–and baby, I just gotta be me.

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?

Well, due to my having 5 tiny humans, I wake up at 3:00-3:30 every single day. I press the coffee button and eat a banana. lol We are getting very in-depth here, people. I surf twitter, facebook and QT while drinking my Joe, then, I meditate for 30 minutes, which sometimes conjures my best and most fertile ideas. Now it’s time to write. Sometimes I work on two pages for many hours, sometime 50 pages comes easy, it all depends on the day. Oh, and I’m a proud pantser! I love not knowing where the story’s heading, crying and gasping along with my characters. It takes me about 6-7 weeks to draft, and about 3 months to edit. I work 3 days a week as an elder care nursing assistant/home care worker, but four of those days I get to write. It’s the best thing ever, you know, it’s living the dream!

So that’s it, thank you for coming. 🙂

Now, please step right up and give a huge round of applause for the amazing, the one and only, Miss Breeana Shields who is next of the tag list.

Write on,

K. A. Reynolds

Just Pimpin’ My Bio, Yo

Greetings, my fellow Pitchwarsians. So, for those who may be unaware of the grandeur and glory that is the incomparable Miss Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars, here is a link explaining why you should enter this most amazing contest.

I should know, I was lucky enough to be Mina Vaughn’s Mentee last year for another MS.  She helped it along a great deal (please, run, don’t walk to her Blog and pick her as your mentor! because, you know, Homeys help Homeys, always). Last year’s experience was . . . no words for how thrilling it was to see my name on the mentee list (Mina, you know I love you forever, right?)! She saw something in my words and, as a writer, you know how good that feels. And now here I am again with another story to pimp to y’all, a lovely tale full of magic and magical realism wrapped in a literary bow (I am a poet you see and for my rare affliction, I’m afraid there is no cure).

Now . . . a few things about me and LE CIRQUE DU LITERATI. It will appeal to readers of Night Circus and those who loved the revolutionary poetic heart of Dead Poet’s Society.  Above the clouds in a city that should not exist, there is a circus where genius artists and poets, Russian mustachios, ne’er-do-wells, creators and eternal dreamers believe in fearlessly following their hearts, for better or worse. We artists deserve a Utopia free from ignorance, free from nay sayers and dream squashers, don’t we? Well, I have built you such a place. And it it inside this walled artist’s paradise and beneath the lavender sun and blood red moon where two 16 year old best friends, Josephine and Nikolai, find love in a time of hate and must face their personal demons to gain access to achieving their dreams.

So, fellow Artisan, if you are brave enough, please take my hand and hop the train to the circus of the mind, leave your brown-box of routine in the dust and join me and my friends on their journey toward making their dreams reality.

Sounds magical, right?

Alas, I am sorry to say we’ve come to the bit about me. I know, I’m not at all as fascinating as a freaks and geeks circus for literati types, but there are a few things about me you need to know, if only for utilitarian purposes.

1. I am a published poet (literary journals, university presses), and have thousands of poems nobody will ever read.

2. I am the steam roller with a brick on the pedal, the runaway train of drive. Set me to a task, and I promise there will be ink spilled and lanterns on into the dead of night! I don’t get up at 3:30 a.m to write for nothing, you know.

3. I am a nice Canadian girl who helps the elderly cross streets for a living (translation: elder care worker and nursing assistant) and used to work at the Humane Society (cat lady, here), and have grown quite good at herding my five children and Weimeraner and two cats between solace and fray.

4. I dream of one day owning a jet-pack and if you wish to read my book I might just let you come along.

5. My favorite authors are Antoine de Saint-Exupery for his philosophical genius and rare literary prose, Milan Kundera–also genius, Stephen King (Dark Tower Style), Haruki Murakami (my glob, he is the MAN!), Laini Taylor (DOBAB!), and of course, Miss J.K Rowling, and many many more. And poets–oh! how I love poets: Rimbaud, Eliot, Rumi, Hafiz, Basho, Rilke, Shakespeare (duh!), more.

6. So, if you like kind poetic Canadian girls who smile a lot and work hard and write every day, love kids, animals and the elderly and writing and dreaming and literary circus’s (where all animals live as free and wild as their humans) and literature and fantastic places and new undiscovered worlds, please, don’t be afraid, I know the way! Pick me as your Mentee, and my story will love you forever.

Check out all the entrant’s blogs HERE for the mentee blog hop! We’re all pretty awesome. 🙂

And now everybody clap for my brilliant Artist supreme good friend Mr. Loui Jover, whose art I choose for all my sites and blog because, well, just look at it, it’s brilliance incarnate. This piece employs one of my favorite poets (who makes an appearance in my Le Cirque du Literati) Rimbaud. So, fare-thee-well, enjoy living your wild life and always, thank you for reading, do come again.

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