How carefully do you (the writers among you) back up your work? I usually do so automatically since I write on one computer and print/edit on another, so the short stories are always on two hard drives plus at least one disk. But with the novel I have to remind myself to resave it to disk every time I've written a substantial portion.
Every now and then I burn a CD-ROM of my entire documents folder, just in case.
There are too many books I need to read. All these highly recommended teen novels, not to mention all the adult fiction I'd like to check out. Yet again I wish I had the ability of the main character in Beggers In Spain--not needing to sleep. Imagine the productivity.
cruelest_month has decided to interview me. She also has the first bit of what looks like a very interesting story up in her journal. Go take a look.
1. If you could live in a book, which one would it be and why?
Hmmm... Well, when I was younger, I always wanted to be Martha in The Changeling. Right now I'm thinking it'd be kind of neat to live in the world of The Eyre Affair, though on the other hand I fear I might find it too chaotic.
2. What influences you the most when it comes to your writing?
Other people's creativity, literary or otherwise. Most of my ideas evolve from multiple inspirations--a bit of description that really struck me in a novel I was reading, a character who seems to emerge out of a song, the mood of a beloved movie. There's also a lot of influence from non-artistic sources. More and more psychology has been creeping into my work since I started university, and my history courses have provided their fair share of ideas, too.
3. Has your work or the work of others ever moved to you to tears? If so, tell me when and how.
If we're only talking about literary work, the answer would be only once. There was this book I read when I was 12 or 13 about a girl who befriends a wild horse, then realizes she has to chase it away and make it scared for her so it won't hang around and be captured and sold by her father's associates. I cried a bit at the end; not sure why that one got to me and others didn't. It must have hit just the right spot at that time. Movies and music make me cry a lot more easily. I'm very emotionally attuned to sound.
4. What author(s) do you dislike the most?
Some of my dislikes are kind of petty. Like when I find an author's work kind of bland and/or predictable, yet said author has tons of fans and admirers. First one that comes to mind is Tamora Pierce. I also dislike authors who pump out brainless schlock which wouldn't sell anywhere if it didn't have their already-established name on it. R.L. Stine would be up there at the top of that list. Otherwise, I'm a pretty easy-going person. I don't usually cultivate dislikes. ;)
5. Who are your favorite authors?
This is always a hard question, because nearly every author I read a lot by, I start to get tired of. I've read four of Vonnegut's books and still quite enjoy him; I love Douglas Adams's work (though I wish he'd left the Hitchhiker's Trilogy as a trilogy); I gobbled up books by Roald Dahl and Zilpha Keatley Snyder as a kid and still love them. For poetry, I like Atwood, cummings, and Elliot. Plays: Wilde and Stoppard. That's just a few off the top of my head.
6. If you be any other writer alive or dead, who would it be? Why?
Honestly? Probably J.K. Rowling. Because she's writing in a genre I love, and she's doing it successfully, and sure there's a lot of pressure but she could probably do just about anything with the last two Harry Potter books and still have a huge fan base for whatever she decides to do next. Yeah, I could take that. ;) Not very interesting, though, is it. I don't know much about the personal lives of authors, so it's hard for me to say.
7. What are your favorites songs/CDs to listen to when you write?
I never have music on when I'm writing. Whenever I try it always ends up distracting me. Most of the time I can't even listen to stuff when I'm writing LJ entries. :P It's great for brainstorming, though. I like instrumentals like Yoko Kanno's anime soundtracks, David Arkenstone, and Tangerine Dream; and lyrical work like that by Tori Amos, The Smashing Pumpkins, Suzanne Vega, and U2, to name a few.
8. How is a raven like a writing desk?
Poe wrote on both, of course. :D
That was kind of fun. I'm open to another, if anyone's so inclined.
I want to make Changeling icons. Was flipping through the book and it made me start reading it again. This is not conductive to me getting on with my reading list. But I loves it. *hugs*
And finally, a tidbit of non-writing-related news. I have a new fuzzy coming home tomorrow; his name is Skip (pre-named, could be worse ;)); I will put up a pic when I have one, for he is cuteness.