About

 

ch profileI am an on-again, off-again casual writer who has found inspiration in a variety of online writing venues.  I am a two-time National Novel Writing Month winner, and find inspiration from authors like Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia McKillip, and a whole slew of fantasy authors.

I am on the editorial staff of yeah write, the best place on the ‘net for writers who blog and bloggers who write! Yeah write hosts three weekly writing challenges: nonfiction for personal essays and mostly true stories; the speakeasy fiction|poetry challenge, and the 42-word gargleblaster microstory challenge. I run the microstory challenge.

I’m also a full-time working mom. This means finding time to write is a full-time challenge. I do a lot of planning in my head when I have a few quiet moments. This usually means in the shower, in bed while waiting to fall asleep, or on my twice-daily 20-minute bike ride between the kids’ school and the office. I repeat lines of dialogue and combinations of words in my head until they feel right. By this time, I’ve memorized them, and I can jot them down in those rare interstices between obligations.

If you’re looking for some good writing advice, I encourage you to read Neil Gaiman’s 8 Good Writing Practices make a lot of sense to me, especially #1 (“Write.”) and #2 (“Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.”)

Updated 3/30/2015

31 responses to “About

  1. Thanks for linking up to us! I didn’t realize, until I read your post, that this is how I write, too. I find a phrase or sentence or idea and just worry it out all day or all night, until I have the chance to commit it to paper somewhere. Welcome to Trifecta.

  2. Glad I stopped by here and learned a bit about you. Hope to see more of your work in the future.

  3. I do the same thing, I usually come up with ideas when I’m not at home and without a handy writing device. I am glad that I usually have my phone on me to text certain ideas back to myself. I have 3 children all past the baby stages, but can still appreciate the amount of time one has to sit down and write.

  4. hey, missing you on Trifecta; come back and let’s have some more to savour

  5. You write the way I wish I could; sigh. Have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please accept it and check out my qs to you at: http://rashscribbles.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/liebster-award/

  6. Congratulations – you’ve won the Sunshine award! Click here to find out more http://theimaginator.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/sunshine-award/

  7. I’ve nominated you for two blogging awards! If you are interested, here’s the link:
    http://lucidedit.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/id-like-to-thank-the-academy/

  8. Glad I found your blog. It have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time catching up on your past posts as I love your writing style. It is the type of writing that, should I ever take the plunge into pursuing fiction writing, will cause quite a bit of jealousy. And in writing I consider jealousy and admiration two sides to the same coin.

    • *blush* You just made my morning! I’ve been a bit lax lately on the writing front – my two little kids have been sucking the energy right out of me – but I’m hoping to come up for air this week. (See my post from last week: Haze.) I’ll be stopping by your blog in a bit, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Trifecta. 🙂

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  10. Hey! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I was out of town when my post went live, but you can read more about it here: http://erinmjustice.com/2014/02/14/feelin-the-blog-love-liebster-award/

  11. I wanted to learn more about you … and I have! I love how you think and write. I am looking forward to reading more of your work (I’ve read at least three things already). 🙂

  12. Finally I learn who Christine is and boy am I impressed-a full time job,two kids and yet so many achievements-wow!Great meeting you here and am sure we will be seeing each other ,love 🙂 xx

    • Thanks so much! I have loved getting to know everybody at Trifecta, and I’m so happy that there are so many overlapping circles. (Thanks also for prompting (heh) me to update my “About” page! My babies are now 5 and almost 3, so no more nighttime rocking!)

  13. Hi Christine, I’ve really enjoyed your writing here and would love to nominate you to learn more about your writing process. You probably don’t have time to answer these questions, but if you by chance did, i’d love to read it. =)

    What am I working on at the moment?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write what I do?
    How does my writing process work?

    • Hi! You are so kind! I have actually been thinking about this sort of thing lately, and will likely write it up. It might take a while, but I will let you know if/when I do. I’m flattered that you are interested. 🙂

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  16. Wow, your life sounds similar to mine, including the bike rides to school. It’s a good way to break up the work day, isn’t it?

  17. Hi, Christine! Wanted to let you know that next week (Monday, January 18th, at 3pm EST), dVerse is kicking off a new feature called the Quadrille, with a limitation of 44 words (and must use a provided word). Similar to Trifecta, which I soooooo still miss! Wanted to let you know. Would love to see you over there! Hope all is well. de.

  18. And feel free to spread the word. 🙂

  19. althoughyouarehighlyqualified

    I was feeling nostalgic for Trifecta. Where are you writing now?

    • I almost missed your comment – it’s fabulous to hear from you! My blog has suffered over the last few months as I’ve been working on another project offline… Mostly I am writing over at yeah write (http://yeahwrite.me) where I manage the 42-word microstory challenge. Come join us?

  20. Hi, Christine! I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can learn more about it here: https://nancykoziol.com/2017/02/07/blogger-recognition-award/ or just know that your blog has given me great pleasure to read!

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