It’s been brewing for a while now, and long overdue. Hannah from Vers Les Etoiles will be joining your favourite dilettante once a week-ish to hang out, banter about books, films, blogging, and our ongoing projects.
This is a chance for you get to know us a little better, and ask questions. It’s just in the conception stage right now, but I’m hoping for it to be almost like a bit of a variety show — we’ll hang out, maybe have some special guests from time to time, and we can catch you up on what’s going on.
It’s important to me because I’m going to be wrapping up CHUK in the next couple of months, and after that, I plan on launching into writing a new novel, but due to the advice of some very kind people who advised me not to give away such quality material, I won’t be writing it in public after all. So this is a way to keep you in the loop, give you a taste of what I’m writing.
And also, it will be a place for writers to come and talk about writing. I’ve often made the distinction between writers and bloggers, and I relate more to the first one than the latter. Writing a fiction blog can be a tough sell. I’d like to point you to some great fiction that you might be missing out on.
When I met Hannah over a year ago, it was over at Friday Fictioneers. We clicked immediately, and have spent the last year helping each other grow as writers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Hannah is a painter when it comes to writing. I consider myself a storyteller. She and I have hugely different styles, and we echo each other’s envy of our respective skills. Hannah creates fantastic characters and wonderful atmospheric settings, and at some point, I’m going to hand her a bare-bones story idea and have her give it sinew, muscle and skin and bring it to life.
I was going to complain about the fact that the title of this get together should be Coffee with HANNAH and Helena–I don’t know what your idea of alphabetical order is, but A comes before E last time I checked–but after you said all those nice things about me, I’ll let it slide. This time. At the risk of retelling the story of our meet-cute, it all began with a vampire gauntlet (if it didn’t happen this way, blame an unreliable-narrator-in-training and besides, if you’re a writer you make stuff up for a living). I stumbled across Friday Fictioneers and wrote my first story about a vampire which is where Helena found me. This evolved (or perhaps devolved) into the “vampire gauntlet” being thrown and a somewhat in-depth discussion of what said gauntlet would look like. And so began the start of a beautiful friendship. If you’re here, you obviously know a little bit about Helena, but it would be rude of me not to introduce myself.
When I first started flinging fiction to the winds over on my blog, I went by Wanderer–you never know what kind of people are lurking in the dark corners of the internet; blame Al Gore for that. I thought it was only fitting since my blog began as a record of my travel in France, but I caught the wanderlust bug at a young age as well. You could say that’s part of the reason why a native Texan relocated over 2,000 miles to Massachusetts for graduate school. If this was a dating profile, I’d tell you I like the cliche writer pastimes of reading and writing, I have an unhealthy love of shoes, and I will never be a morning person. I quote movies in everyday conversation as much as possible and have clicked “Yes, I want to keep watching” on Netflix far too many times in the interest of absorbing more quotable material. My writing on my blog tends to be influenced by whatever I’m reading or watching at the time–from Firefly to Supernatural to Aladdin. I grew up reading and writing fantasy and it’s still one of the genres I have the most fun writing.