Let’s Connect: Writer’s Tag

This morning, I saw an email from Tomas about a writer’s tag. The original idea came from Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen. The initiative is to use a ‘Writers tag’ to connect bloggers and writers. See below:

The point of this is simple: to answer some questions and pass it along by ‘tagging’ others. The rules of this game are:

  • Post the Tag and Image on your blog (see above)
  • Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creators of the award and link back to their blogs.
  • Nominate 6+ deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

…as well as answer the following questions and tell everyone about yourself. 

Name one novel that inspired you to write.

The now deleted Star Wars Expanded Universe (Legends) in general. I never decided I wanted to be a writer based on books I read. I woke up one day after having a fevered dream and wrote down what I witnessed, and that’s when the bug bit.

What’s your favorite genre to write and read?

Reading: Fantasy and sci-fi and any subgenre thereof. I don’t mind elements of horror, mystery, erotic, adventure within as long as the main staple is F & SF.
Writing: Grimdark fantasy, Sword-and-sorcery fantasy, Sci-Fi

Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?

Series. I like to world build. I love character driven stories rather than plot driven. Series gives you time to discover them both. Each book gives you a domino effect, too. I am currently writing a military sci-fi that I hope to have out by my birthday in March.

 Use 3 words to describe yourself.

introvert, analytical, ardent.

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.

Space. The final frontier. In a galaxy far, far away, beyond Bootes Void… 

How long did your first MS take to draft?

You are assuming I am satisfied with it … All jokes aside, I did fifteen revisions over a fourteen year period before I finally published. 

Who is your author idol?

George R. R. Martin for sure would be my number one pick. The duo Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory for their Obsidian Trilogy. Timothy Zahn from the Star Wars universe.

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

The first time I ever received praise for my writing. It was college, I got a hundred, and the professor said it was the best he had read in years from a student, and that I should pursue my passion. 

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.

I am a multi-instrument musician and amateur oil painter in addition to being a writer.

Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.

My hardest part is giving out my book or WIP and one person saying, “This shit is amazing! Best I’ve read in forever,” while the other person says, “This shit is horrible. Don’t give it out to anyone else. In fact, burn or delete it.” I can take people loving my work or hating it, but the split decision is what really gets me. Doubt is a fear, but the kind where you think you might be good and then finding out you aren’t. 

What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link.

I hate social media. I only use it for ‘advertisement.’ That said, I have Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Goodreads, and this blog site. You can find me on each with my site name: Outpostdire.

Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.

You can’t edit a blank page.

Nothing is original, but uniqueness is.

Write for you, edit for readers.

I really does take a million words…

My nominees are (and I don’t know if they have to be on WordPress or not):


Dread Poets Sobriety

Dirty Scifi Buddha

K. J. White

Milly Schmidt

John Coyote

Southern Dreaming

Douglas W. T. Smith

I Suck At Writing

Lebanon’s Journal

Jennifer Poyntz

4 thoughts on “Let’s Connect: Writer’s Tag

  1. Nice to see your answers and sorry for the initial mess-up with the link removed from the mail. “You can’t edit a blank page” is really great!
    I admit I’d like to one day give writing Sci-Fi a try – though I guess I’ll be busy for at least a decade with my current fantasy effort.


    • Hey, no worries. It happens. Glad you liked the answers. Something that might help, I don’t know if you have one available where you are, but writing groups help a lot. Might have to Craigslist it or something, maybe Google. One of the people I added at the end, K J White, she’s in a writing group with me. It exposes you to other writing styles, genres, and general writing knowledge. It’s excellent​ and fun. The next best thing would be an online critique group.

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