Who am I? I am a transplanted Yankee, originally from Massachusetts now living in South Carolina. I am married, I have a cat, I am a Druid and a Witch, and I am obsessed with knitting and spinning.
I have been writing on and off for many years. In college, while I was studying Computer Science at Rivier College in Nashua NH, Sister Marjorie told me I should be an English major, and that has stuck with me ever since. I went back to finish my undergraduate degree recently, and focused on literature. In Dec 2010 I completed that degree, and have been trying to decide ‘what now?’ to no real avail.
With the job market in this area so terrible, I’ve turned to writing as a way to supplement our income, hopefully. Eventually. I have been told I’m good, but I just write because I enjoy it.
Some of my writing has a basis in my life and my experiences, but most of it is just words put to a page, drawn from whatever creative source has decided to grace me with its presence. As I once expressed to a wonderful friend who is no longer in my life: “Poetry, for me, is about playing with language, about bringing something new to the arena.”
- What is your name (real or otherwise)? Tania, pronounced Tahn-yuh. Not tuh-knee-uh as so many do.
- Describe your writing style in three words. Freeform, Emotional, Eclectic
- How long have you been writing online? In earnest, about 2 years, with a severe gap somewhere in the middle of that. I had spurts of writing before then, but I’ve been committed to it since March of 2012.
- Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? There are several I try to keep up with: those at d’Verse and With Real Toads, Trifecta, and Velvet Verbosity. Now and again I branch out further, because often all it takes is one word or image to spawn a flurry of writing.
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. I just need to write more, I think. Maybe I could learn to edit my work better too. I think I’ve found my voice, it just needs sharpening.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Always write. Even if you think it’s garbage, write anyway. It could spawn something brilliant in its place. Getting the garbage out of the way makes room for the diamonds.
- Who is your favorite author? Oh, I can’t say I’ve really got one right now. Life hasn’t allowed me a lot of time to read.
- How do you make time to write? I write whenever I’m inspired to.I have recently developed a more disciplined habit of writing every day. I’m doing NaNoWriMo, so if I want to finish, I’ve got to keep writing.
- Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. I am a knitter, spinner and crocheter, so the word I’ll offer is: fleece
- Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading. I’m an incredibly humble person when it comes to my writing, but one of my favorite pieces that hasn’t had much if any exposure is my Elements Haiku set: https://mywordsarealive.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/elements-haiku/