Monday, 3 September 2012

Gearing Up To Get An Agent Meet and Greet

I've been waiting for this day for over a month and I'm super stoked it's finally here. I participated in the first GTGAA Blogfest last year and it was incredibly fun and informative--this year is gearing up (you like that, huh?) to be even better!

As the title suggests, today is the first of the month long festivites and it begins with a Q&A followed by a cordial hop to and fro the blogosphere. Now, for those of you who don't know I'm a pretty laid back kind of guy. I try to find the bright side of every situation because I rather be hopeful than worried, depressed or angry. Not to mention, the strain those type of emotions can have on your overall health. I spend the majority of my day imaging how my life will turn out instead of actually working at my desk. Yeah, it's a habit I can't kick but picturing what you want is a big step in attaining it; just don't forget there's a real world outside of your head. I have two sisters who are incredibly smarter than I am and who, no doubt, will be very successful women; a single mom who works hard everyday to provide for them and a brown pitbull named Ginger (of course) who has the prettiest hazel eyes I have ever seen. All in all, I guess my life is pretty nice. 

All right then, onward to the questions:

Where do you write?

That depends on where I am at the moment. I can't really help where inspiration strikes so I have to be prepared at all times. I'll do a little somethin' somethin' at work, in a cafe or sprawled out on my bed full commando. But it's more the former than the latter. What? TMI? if I'm the only person in the world that writes in the buff? Please. How do you think J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter?

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What's the first thing you see? 

A picture of Carmen Electra on the cover of Playboy.

Favorite time to write?

Definitely at night. Something about the dark and writing seems alluring. I can't quite describe it (considering I'm a writer that makes me a giant FAIL) but from ten to twelve is my sweet spot.

Drink of choice while writing? 

Never tried it but if liquor helps get the juices flowing then by all means I'm down. (Wait...combined with that first answer the word "juices" doesn't help me at all, does it?)

When writing do you need music, or complete silence?

Oh god, complete and utter silence. I cannot think in noise AT ALL. This is why I know I'll make a terrible general because I'll be flustered and all my plans will be furked up because of it. I don't want to be responsible for my poor soldiers running into battle on my faulty command. Same goes for my imaginary characters.

What was your inspiration for your last WIP and where did you find it? 

That would have to be my MG, which I've been working on, like, forever. The idea behind the Alterheroes came from a tragic loss in my family. It's one that hit home for me because I had never liked the person. But maybe if I were there...things would've turned out differently...

You never miss the water until the well has run dry.

What is your most valuable writing tip? 

After twelve years of doing this (amazing how the time flies, right?) I can say without a doubt that letting things simmer is better than acting in the moment. If you get a rejection, critique, bad news or anything of the sort that isn't to your liking, take a moment to let it sit before doing anything rash. You can't edit a SENT email nor can you redact a verbal bashing. "A still tongue keeps a wise head," my mom always says.

And that's it! Thanks to Deana for hosting this again. Thanks to the agents for taking the time to help out. And thank you for stopping by!

Much love. <3


Kyra Lennon said...

So, you write naked and there is a Playboy next to your bed? Interesting! :P

I've missed ya around the blogosphere, good to see you around again! <3

T.D. McFrost said...

It's good to be back and congrats on all the success with your debut. I wish you nothing but huge checks and lots of readers from here on out, Kyra. <3

Nicole Mc said...

I'm with Kyra, sounds like maybe more than writing going on! ;)

But, you had me at all those sweet things you said about your mom and sisters!! :)

I also love that your wip's are so varied, and that you've been writing since you were ten? Wow. Very cool!

Lily Cate said...

I have to agree with the "let it simmer". As soon as I've finished a draft, I want to send it out to everyone in the world right that second, which is not a great idea!

T.D. McFrost said...

Oh gosh I can't even spell cheques right. --_--

@Nicole: Hi! I promise nothing else going on. I swear. I have a GF for that now. Hehe.

Ahem. Anyway, I do love my family very much, I'm the only man in their life right now so I'm very protective. I've actually been writing long before ten--more like four, I believe. I used to Crayola the walls but I really wrote my first novel when I was twelve--the exact same MG I have today. How cool is that?

@Lily Cate: It's a bad idea to reply to brash or harsh criticisms right away. It will only end badly. And the worst part is, when you're, quote on quote, "sober" and you revisit the scene of the crime, you'll kick yourself at how mild the critique was and how incredibly stupid you behaved in the moment. But guess what? It's already too late.

ryan field said...

Nice post, nice new format, and you're mom is so right about a "still tongue."

You should see the blog posts I've drafted and...thankfully...never actually published on the blog :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very wise tip! Think for a while before responding.
I write better at night. Part of that is due to the day job, but my imagination works better at night.

Alleged Author said...

I love that you call all your followers frost minions. That made me lol. :) I'm your newest follower...erm...minion. Very nice to meet you!


Kelley Lynn said...

Hahaha. This is awesome:

A picture of Carmen Electra on the cover of Playboy.

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Ha! You crack me up as always. And how did I miss this blogfest?! Darn it! Well if you hear of anymore, please just mosey on over and let me know. I am trying to put together a list of blog hops and challenges for the fall and winter.

Keep writing...nude and all!

Angie Sandro said...

Agree totally. Half the time if I let a cri I don't like sit for a while, I can put myself in the other person's shoes and see where they're coming from. It's a learning process, yeah?

Jeannette said...

Sage advice! In the world of tapping fingers on keyboards, it could be all too easy to "say" something rash without thinking it through. Good luck at GUTGAA!

Cynthia said...

Saying hello from follower here. I see your point about letting things simmer before reacting. I think that applies to other stuff outside of the writing life too. It's better to consider the options before acting on impulse. Good luck with the blogfest, T.D.

Jessica L. Foster said...

Being positive is a great thing so it's good that you are. Also, your description of your dog's eyes is great. I say the same thing about my cat and dog.

DEZMOND said...

ah, Carmencita Electricita, she did make the grim 90's a better decade....

katherineamabel said...

Hi there, cool blog - your posts had me cracking up and there's a good range of stuff here. Good luck with GUTGAA,
Kat :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Great answers Mr. Frost. I can't wait to see your book in print. So stop letting it simmer. Sometimes, you gotta kick the manuscript out of the cradle.

Jessica Peterson said...

I agree with your writing tip. Not just because it's hard to take back that which has already been said (or in this day and age, sent), but I find although it may sting at first and you may not necessarily agree with someone's critique, when you've had the time to back away and digest it, you can see the value in what they're saying. Not always, but most of the time. Nice to meet you and happy writing :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

I prefer to write at night too - which is why I didn't go to bed last night until well after 2am.

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