Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Tour: My Writing Process

My fellow lover of poetry and sister of salsa y merengue Jennifer Cendaña Armas invited me to join her on a "blog tour": Basically, each writer answers four questions about their writing process and then passes on the baton to two more writers the following week.

Well....I kinda dropped the baton the last few weeks given all the recent changes (oopsies!), but now that I'm holed up in my hotel and fighting some sort of sinus infection, it seems to be the perfect time to finally pick that sucka back up. I was never good at relay races where you have to pass on a baton, even when I ran track for like a semester in high school before quitting in favor of watching Duck Tales at home after school because the dumb coach was so mean.

I've been grappling with writer's block the last, oh, year or so...but maybe this will jumpstart my engine.

What are you working on?
Multiple things. I have a feature-length rom-com that's been sitting on my desktop for a year in its ninth incarnation, a sitcom pilot in its early seed stages, a web series that I'm co-writing with this talented lady, a fiction novel that hasn't been touched in five years, a few short film scripts, and this blog about creating home. Ba-dum-bum. Non-writing wise, I've been working on television. But since this blog is the only one that I can actually say I've been working on with regularity (and even that is debatable), I'll focus on this. 


How does your work differ from others' work in the same genre?
A lot of home design bloggers focus just on decor, interior renovations, style, or on DIY crafts. My blogging is more a reflection of whatever happens to be going on in my life - whether it's reupholstering a chair, battling rodents in the garden, getting married, lusting after a chair, shooting a commercial, or feeling homesick. I also don't really write for an audience; the OCD in me just likes to compulsively document how I reupholster things or how lush my farmer's market bounty looks. Sometimes my blog is less about home decor and more about creating a space called home, whether it's real or only in ze mind.

Why do you write what you do?
Because I have to. Because if I don't, something inside me starts to feel stale, sick, commercial. Because I have dreams where I live in a beautiful place. Because I want fruit trees. Because sometimes I have to remind myself. Because there was only Joy Luck Club and Amy Tan when I was growing up, and I always choose worst quality crab. Because I'm obsessed with before vs. after. Because there's only so much I can say say.

How does your writing process work?
When it's creative writing, once on a roll, I can't stop. I'll sit there for hours, I won't eat (the only time ever this is true), I will hold my pee in until the absolute last minute. I don't have much structure or process, I just write write write. Throw it all up on the page. And then, I'll take a break, and come back to it with editor eyes, and just keep whittling and whittling away at it until it starts to take shape. Kinda like an ice sculpture!

With this blog, I tend to get inspired by whatever furniture/house-thing/design-related stuff I tend to be obsessing over at the moment. I'll go to an estate sale or the Rose Bowl and see a beautiful antique mirror or an old Nintendo game, or I'll refurbish a dresser, or our glass coffee table will shatter into a million shards and I'll go scouting for a new one (true story). I'll snap some pics, I'll whip it up, and voila, it's up on the Internet for all the world to see. There's an audience potentially, but I don't know if they're watching. And in the end, who cares? There's something refreshingly instant and unplanned and unretractable about it, and it's mine.

Who's up next?
Uhhhh...I'm not sure. I didn't really plan so far in advance, okay? Who are you, the writing police?! Oh, you are? My bad. Perhaps my friends who are reading this? Huh? I'm kidding. You really don't have to. But do so if you'd like to.