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Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA Meet and Greet

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The wonderful Deana Barnhart organized Gearing Up to Get an Agent for the month of September and this is the first event. 
Deana Barnhart

Who I am
I am a lover of stories, Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheese, my crazy handsome husband, my children (for whom I started writing), and physical activity in almost all varieties (from rock climbing to scuba diving). I began my writing journey January of 2010. Two plus years--and three manuscripts--later I've finally written a book I'm ready to query. I'm excited for GUTGAA and to meet even more writing friends. The writing community is so giving and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Questions for the Meet and Greet
-Where do you write?
I don't have a dedicated writing space. In the early morning I write in our lazy boy or at the table. Once the family is up and craziness ensues I hide away and write on my bed.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
My writing journal (I need for the pantser in me: who is that character I created in chapter 2 that had the fro?)

-Favorite time to write?
5 to 7 am. It's crazy early, but I'm so much more productive with no distractions. Plus, I'm not already weighed down by the stresses of the day.

-Drink of choice while writing?
Ice cold water. A must for our 110 + arid climate

-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I'm a complete silence kind of girl. If I do listen to anything, it can't have words. I occasionally try soundtracks, but then those distract me too. I do have one of those white noise machines I write to from time to time.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
My husband. And I found him in my college weight room-man I loved his muscles-I still do, for that matter:D

-What's your most valuable writing tip?
Butt in chair/bed/couch

Thanks for stopping by, if you're doing GUTGAA I'll be seeing you soon!


  1. Wow, I don't know if I could write anything at all in that level of heat!

    Great answers to the questions - hope you enjoy GUTGAA! :D

  2. Nice getting to know a little more about you, and your writing life. :)

  3. 5am is early. I used to try getting up to run on treadmill at 6ish. That didn't work. I haven't gotten up that early to write though. It might work because I like writing. I don't like running on the treadmill. :)

  4. Lol-I also can't have words in my writing music.

    I can't possibly say how impressed I am with your writing schedule. I'm useless at that time of day.

  5. Loved reading this! I love writing early as well because I have to have quiet. :)

  6. Hi, Robin. Love extra sharp cheese- yum! I think it's awesome you can write so early. I'm always wishing I could, but I can't seem to break the habit of staying up late.

  7. Hey Robin! Yep that's the main reason why I write early too--my mind is clear and the words just flow. Plus, no disturbances!
    Love that your hubby is your inspiration. :D

  8. But. In. Chair. Haha. You are amazing, Robin. Great to "meet" you better. :)

  9. Sign me up for writing in a Lazy Boy:) I love that you met your husband in a weight room. Can't wait to hear how the querying process goes for you. Maybe one day you'll get to go to Oki and check it fun, and you're already used to the heat.

  10. Pant, pant, pant. Sounds SO hot. ~Aidyl

  11. Oh man, I NEED to adopt your writing schedule. Ditto your exercise routine.!

  12. I love writing in the morning but I have this job...

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. I had to get myself a journal as well because I am a panster. It helps me with revisions more so than writing the first draft. I'm your newest follower! *waves* Very nice to meet you!


  14. I give SO much props to you for writing that early in the morning.

    My characters don't get up that early :)

  15. Strolling in from GUTGAA to say hello... I think it's amazing that you can write so early in the morning!

  16. Nice to meet you, and good luck with GUTGAA'ing! I admire anyone with a car load of kids who still finds time to write - congratulations!

  17. Ouch, I have to get up at 5:00 for my day job, but I'm so fuzzy-headed I couldn't write that early. I like this time for writing, so I typically stay up all night. Good luck with GUTGAA. Stop by and say hello if you get the chance.

  18. That's sweet that your husband inspired current project. Is it romance fiction? Or was it more like an idea you and he talked about? I'm so curious how other people find story ideas!

    Here's my GUTGAA Meet and Greet Post

  19. 5am? I'm still drooling away at that time lol. God bless early risers. I wish I had the stamina for it.

  20. Gotta love the Butt In Chair! Most valuable writing tip around. Sometime I've been wanting to get into yoga, but never given it the time.

    1. yoga is seriously the best thing I've found for clearing my mind (quieting all those busy characters, but also letting the quiet ones speak) And no, I'm not crazy. I'm just a writer:) Good to meet you and thanks for the follow!

  21. Hi!! Love your site and I can feel the heat and the ocean breeze! Wonderful to meet you via GUTGAA; I'm a Stanford-trained doctor who was in a car accident with my then 3-year old daughter. She is fine but I was in bed for 6 years. I write for fun, Children, and to push Women's Aging issues to the forefront. Hoping that by the time you reach menopause, you get The Second Talk, too!

    Dr Margaret Aranda

  22. Ice water rocks :) But 5 am is WAY to early for me!