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  1. Julie
    March 15, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    So freakishly well-written. And yes – I love talking to you at cocktail parties!


    • theresa
      March 15, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      You are awesome, Julie! Thank you! And yeah, you’re one of the rare ones that doesn’t flinch from the stuff under the concrete.


  2. Aric
    March 18, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I hate that question.

    You hit the nail on the head there. I have trouble enough spilling my soul onto a page much less telling someone about my litterbox… I mean, book.

    Every time I’m asked that question (which is anytime I mention that writing is my second job) I want to look for the puppy pad to wet on…

    Can’t people just leave my thoughts in my head and buy the book.

    Besides if I gave them the log line to the Maraude series, I sound like I’m writing a fan fic of Hunger Games with a twist of Blood Sport using Tom Clancy’s voice.

    Okay, that is what I’m doing, but I’ve been designing this series for nearly 30 years. It is my oldest story because so much of it is allegorical to me and my real life, and the segues that my mind would go even as an eight year old to try to answer the burning question that all of us face: What If?

    Great Stuff Theresa


    • theresa
      March 19, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      YES: what if?

      I think all writers have a core question and it’s inextricably linked to who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we believe the world works. That core question drives us and my experience is that every story, book, flash fic, whatever, is a furthering of the attempt to answer that question.

      And HEY, you don’t see ME walking up to people at casual get-togethers and asking “Excuse me, but please tell me who you see yourself as, all the dark little things that happened to you as a child, and if you agree that everyone around you is wearing a mask they created just to get through the suffering inherent in the human condition.” *leans forward and sips drink*

      I think that basically breaks the social contract right there.

      Plus it’s exactly as you said–I’ve written 100K words, several times over, tons of short stories, non-fic out the yang, and I’m supposed to somehow capture my entire zeitgeist and boil it down to a few pithy sentences. And they wonder why we start squinting and staring into the middle distance.

      I LOVE your description of what you write! Cracked me up. I’ll have to come up with something like that. Hm…I write fan fic of Cat’s Eye with a twist of She’s Come Undone using Flannery O’Connor’s voice. Ha ha! That’s great!

      In awe that you have a series that will take 30 books to complete. Criminey. I’d better get on the stick. ;)

      Thanks for such a provocative and well-written comment, Aric!



      • Aric
        March 22, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

        Heheh, Thanks.

        Sorry it has taken so long to see if you’ve left a reply.

        About my series. I actually have 4 other series with several “singles” in the mix. Most have never touched the populace yet. The two that have are being cringed at every time I think of them being out there for someone to read. They are okay I guess, but I have pushed myself so hard since last summer, to over come my obstacles as a writer (grammar anyone?).

        My Stage novel is one of three books, and there was to be companion CDs for each of them. Of course the bands are fictional and the players for the CD are mostly me, myself, and I and my awesome composer brother.

        So yeah, to break what I write down to a single line?

        Enough to give God a headache, meesathinks.


        • theresa
          March 24, 2012 @ 10:51 am

          I know about the cringeworthy. Criminey, I can’t read anything I’ve published. Good news is almost every author I’ve ever heard talk about that says they can’t re-read something once it’s “out there,” either. Red pencil city! As you know, nothing is ever “done.”

          And yes, we’re all changing as writers all the time–I have a book I’ve re-written FOUR TIMES because my style keeps changing. It’s on the back burner that I’ve placed somewhere in Siberia right now. ;)

          This is the other half of that God-headache for sure. Although I can’t help but think it’s self-inflicted.

          I was going to buy one of your books, but you said in your blog not to, as it was being reworked….should I wait? Let me know.

          Love the idea of companion CDs!!


  3. Aric
    March 25, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Stage is in the process of being reworked, yes. It is a good story, and it is readable, but I’ve learned so much about presentation (and staying in one POV heheh) and I have given the story an actual main character the whole way through rather than finding her at the middle of the book. The problem with just jumping in head first into NaNoWriMo… Yeah, that…
    I would love for you to purchase one, but it is in a major revamp. Probably the most ready is Neighbor’s Basement. It needs work too, but I was more prepared for Nano that year.
    Stage had actually been selected at one point to be a pod-casted book by some good friends of mine who have worked with several prominent authors over at They started a production company and were even going to make a graphic novel of one of their own works at one point.
    And so that is what I wrote it to be. Stage is 120,000 words broken into 20 chapters, designed to be a serial 20 episode series of narrated story. Kind of like two years worth of a TV series.
    If that is readable to you, it would be fine to buy it as is, but I would wait for this summer. My critique partner is really kicking my butt…


    • theresa
      March 29, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Oh I know all about writing whole books and then having your writing style or what you know about writing change! Criminey, I’ve rewritten whole novels, changing point of view, tense, story arcs, everything. Honestly, though, I think it’s one of the best ways to learn, even if it means some projects sit on the shelf for a while because you can’t bear to look at them for another second.

      NaNoWriMo…..yeah, I’ve flirted with doing that for years, but here’s my problem: in the process of reworking one of my books, I used placeholders for physical beats (like “He crossed his arms” and such), knowing I was going to go back and change them when I had the arcs down. UNFORTUNATELY what I was really doing was training my brain to think only of crap physical beats. That was years ago and I still have to let those first impulse beats flow through until something original comes up.

      So I’m SO leary of NaNo, where you’re writing super fast and trying for word count, because I’m afraid I’ll practice crap writing habits for a month and totally screw myself up!

      That is really cool about podcasting your book! Is it going to be acted out with different voices or read straight-up? I think either way would be awesome. It reminds me (yes, everything reminds me of something) of Hitchhiker’s Guide, only those were radio programs first, then a book.

      So I’ll wait till summer, on your recommendation. ;) It’s so great to give yourself a deadline. I know I noodle around with word choices and moving little bits around forever unless I have a deadline. Then I turn it in and I DON’T READ IT AGAIN until I hear back from whomever. Otherwise I go completely insane, wishing I’d changed that or done this with that arc or whatever. UGH. I’ve read that most authors, once something is published, never read it again.

      Glad your critique partner is kicking your butt! That’s their job. ;)


  4. Grando
    October 3, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    This consideration on “shame” is just splendid! How do I find part II?
    I really respect the effort to turn this powerful energetic source–in me–into creativity, into art and therefore to transform it–in me! Beautifully done dear Theresa. Thank you.


    • trogers
      October 4, 2014 @ 1:34 am

      Thank you thank you! Yes, that’s my goal, to transform its power into art. Part II will be published on November 1st, so I’ll post the second half that day!


    • trogers
      October 4, 2014 @ 1:37 am

      I think you may have wanted to comment on The Hidden Motivation: Shame–I’m not sure how your comment ended up at the end of “What Do You Write About?” :D :D


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