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Spotlight: Blogger Ray from The Unsimplelife

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Ray – The Unsimplelife

Ray is in our spotlight this week! He is a fellow wordpress blogger and all around great guy to talk to. You can catch him on The Unsimplelife.

On with my torture of the man!!  😀

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

I try not to have, or stick to any particular process. I find I get the best results when I let just write. I try to let the moment im in take the lead, when I am not thinking about it too much I read back over my work and it seems to have a much more organic feel. When I am writing something of some length, I do have a kind of timeline for main events and I try to write in between them, but I don’t plan the rest. If that makes sense at all.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

I read all sorts of things, fiction and non-fiction. My partner and I both love reading. Personally, I like RA Salvatore, John Marsden, George RR Martin. Right now I am reading The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Otherwise, I love reading science / physics type books, must be the nerd in me. My partner is trying to get me to read some Tamora Pierce, but it isn’t really my thing to be honest.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

Hard question to answer really, I write for many reasons. I guess I started writing for myself a long time ago, I never really showed my writing to anyone. My wife got a hold of a notebook a few years ago without me knowing, and she enjoyed it. I guess since then my confidence has grown a bit, hence why I have a blog now too I guess. With both, I really enjoy seeing a reader engaged, positive or negative, it is just lovely to know you have made someone think.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Umm, I guess so. I am in my late twenties, I live in Australia. I spent most of my early adulthood travelling with no money and no direction. I now have a wife and a young boy (3yrs) and have settled down somewhat. I had a pretty crappy for years, I watched one of my friends get eaten alive, my mother died suddenly soon after with cancer, and am now just on the back end of that. Check the blog if you want to know more detail.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

My strength, and my weakness, is my mood. I can go weeks, months even without writing so much as a word, but I get into moods when I just can’t stop myself. I have been trying to find / think of ways to balance this out a little and try to have a little more consistency to my work, open to suggestions if anyone has any!

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really… umm, I seem to find a pen to chew, even when I am typing. 🙂

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Getting the aesthetics of a blog / post right. I procrastinate a lot with that side of things… I never actually proof read, or edit any of my work as such, probably explains the weird dyslexic moments you may have come across.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

I used to make my bed of a morning, then we had a kid.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Space, ever since I was little the universe has amazed me.

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Zombies, is this a real question?

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

There is actually a local group in my town that has a zombie apocalypse plan, and a location, supplies and everything ready. I am a member, bring it on! 🙂

I love the down to earth-ness of Ray, and his blog. First time parenting is tough! Please scoot on over to The Unsimplelife and check him out!


Spotlight: Blogger Ray from The Unsimplelife

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Ray – The Unsimplelife

Ray is in our spotlight this week! He is a fellow wordpress blogger and all around great guy to talk to. You can catch him on The Unsimplelife.

On with my torture of the man!!  😀

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

I try not to have, or stick to any particular process. I find I get the best results when I let just write. I try to let the moment im in take the lead, when I am not thinking about it too much I read back over my work and it seems to have a much more organic feel. When I am writing something of some length, I do have a kind of timeline for main events and I try to write in between them, but I don’t plan the rest. If that makes sense at all.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

I read all sorts of things, fiction and non-fiction. My partner and I both love reading. Personally, I like RA Salvatore, John Marsden, George RR Martin. Right now I am reading The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Otherwise, I love reading science / physics type books, must be the nerd in me. My partner is trying to get me to read some Tamora Pierce, but it isn’t really my thing to be honest.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

Hard question to answer really, I write for many reasons. I guess I started writing for myself a long time ago, I never really showed my writing to anyone. My wife got a hold of a notebook a few years ago without me knowing, and she enjoyed it. I guess since then my confidence has grown a bit, hence why I have a blog now too I guess. With both, I really enjoy seeing a reader engaged, positive or negative, it is just lovely to know you have made someone think.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Umm, I guess so. I am in my late twenties, I live in Australia. I spent most of my early adulthood travelling with no money and no direction. I now have a wife and a young boy (3yrs) and have settled down somewhat. I had a pretty crappy for years, I watched one of my friends get eaten alive, my mother died suddenly soon after with cancer, and am now just on the back end of that. Check the blog if you want to know more detail.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

My strength, and my weakness, is my mood. I can go weeks, months even without writing so much as a word, but I get into moods when I just can’t stop myself. I have been trying to find / think of ways to balance this out a little and try to have a little more consistency to my work, open to suggestions if anyone has any!

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really… umm, I seem to find a pen to chew, even when I am typing. 🙂

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Getting the aesthetics of a blog / post right. I procrastinate a lot with that side of things… I never actually proof read, or edit any of my work as such, probably explains the weird dyslexic moments you may have come across.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

I used to make my bed of a morning, then we had a kid.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Space, ever since I was little the universe has amazed me.

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Zombies, is this a real question?

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

There is actually a local group in my town that has a zombie apocalypse plan, and a location, supplies and everything ready. I am a member, bring it on! 🙂

I love the down to earth-ness of Ray, and his blog. First time parenting is tough! Please scoot on over to The Unsimplelife and check him out!


Spotlight: Author Courtney M Wendleton

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Courtney M Wendleton

I met the lovely Courtney through Google+ and she’s an awesome young woman. Bright, intelligent and fun. She supports her fellow authors and bloggers and just has a dynamite personality.

So, lets get the show on the road and see a little insight Zoe style…

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process takes place at my Command Center. I have my laptop and speakers set up to watch a movie and use my tablet to actually do the writing. I have the movie going basically for background noise, and something to keep me focused on my writing. Instead of getting up and doing something when my mind begins to wander, I watch the movie for a few minutes and then I’m back to writing.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

Anything and everything on my Kindle. I have horror, sci-fi, Learning Language books, Romance, etc. Usually I read Harry Potter series and Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy once a year.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

My greatest joy of writing so far has been when I put my first book, Touchdown Interruption, for sale on Amazon. As for blogging, I have not had a stand out joy yet.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Ocean View, Hawaii, Hawaii. I was born and raised in the northwest corner of Missouri. I love to read, write and play video games. With my small obsession to write, I have an even bigger obsession with names. I can sit for hours coming up with names for my characters and not know it. I also love to travel and have lived in four different states, including Alaska.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

A strength would be focus. My focus is sharp when I am in the groove and even if I lose focus it is only for a few minutes before I’m back at it. A weakness would be editing while writing. I can’t stand those little red and blue squiggly lines under words or phrases. They bug me to no end and are part of the reason I lose focus until they are made to disappear.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

I don’t think I have any strange writing habits, but my dragon Kevin (he’s from Pillow Pet land) might say I do. Everything I write goes through him.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Marketing. I enjoyed writing the book, and enjoy blogging but marketing is tedious in my opinion. A necessary evil to push through.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

There is no point in making a bed, it is just going to be messed up later. No one is going to see the bed, unless you go around showing your room to everyone. Plus I’m a “nester.” I burrow and get the pillows and blanket into just the right position for Kevin and me to write. Then fall asleep as I do most of my writing at night when others are asleep.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Ireland

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Vamwoldezoms. I love vampires, and demons but am just discovering the world of werewolves and zombies that I can’t choose.:)

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

Unfortunately I’m not. I am out of shape, I have no preferred weapon of choice and I live on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Plus the island happens to be an active volcano…I’m screwed.

You can visit Courtneys website and take a gander or check out her Google+ page and Facebook!

You can find her books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just click the pic! 😀

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Thank you so much for this opportunity Courtney! 😀


Spotlight: Author Courtney M Wendleton

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Courtney M Wendleton

I met the lovely Courtney through Google+ and she’s an awesome young woman. Bright, intelligent and fun. She supports her fellow authors and bloggers and just has a dynamite personality.

So, lets get the show on the road and see a little insight Zoe style…

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process takes place at my Command Center. I have my laptop and speakers set up to watch a movie and use my tablet to actually do the writing. I have the movie going basically for background noise, and something to keep me focused on my writing. Instead of getting up and doing something when my mind begins to wander, I watch the movie for a few minutes and then I’m back to writing.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

Anything and everything on my Kindle. I have horror, sci-fi, Learning Language books, Romance, etc. Usually I read Harry Potter series and Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy once a year.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

My greatest joy of writing so far has been when I put my first book, Touchdown Interruption, for sale on Amazon. As for blogging, I have not had a stand out joy yet.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Ocean View, Hawaii, Hawaii. I was born and raised in the northwest corner of Missouri. I love to read, write and play video games. With my small obsession to write, I have an even bigger obsession with names. I can sit for hours coming up with names for my characters and not know it. I also love to travel and have lived in four different states, including Alaska.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

A strength would be focus. My focus is sharp when I am in the groove and even if I lose focus it is only for a few minutes before I’m back at it. A weakness would be editing while writing. I can’t stand those little red and blue squiggly lines under words or phrases. They bug me to no end and are part of the reason I lose focus until they are made to disappear.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

I don’t think I have any strange writing habits, but my dragon Kevin (he’s from Pillow Pet land) might say I do. Everything I write goes through him.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Marketing. I enjoyed writing the book, and enjoy blogging but marketing is tedious in my opinion. A necessary evil to push through.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

There is no point in making a bed, it is just going to be messed up later. No one is going to see the bed, unless you go around showing your room to everyone. Plus I’m a “nester.” I burrow and get the pillows and blanket into just the right position for Kevin and me to write. Then fall asleep as I do most of my writing at night when others are asleep.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Ireland

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Vamwoldezoms. I love vampires, and demons but am just discovering the world of werewolves and zombies that I can’t choose.:)

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

Unfortunately I’m not. I am out of shape, I have no preferred weapon of choice and I live on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Plus the island happens to be an active volcano…I’m screwed.

You can visit Courtneys website and take a gander or check out her Google+ page and Facebook!

You can find her books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just click the pic! 😀

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Thank you so much for this opportunity Courtney! 😀


It was a dark and stormy night…

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No, seriously…it was.

It started raining around 7pm last night, and did not stop until 8 or 9am this morning. My wind chimes sung pretty songs all night long. It was cold though. Too cold to sit outside on the front porch to enjoy it all.

And in all my mopiness from yesterdays events, I didnt come home and cry as planned.

Instead…I GOT SUCKED INTO THE NETFLIX VORTEX OF DOOM!!!

Yes, I started watching American Horror Story from the first season onward. I really liked the first and second season. The third was okay, but I had conflicts with what I know of true voodoo and what they portrayed of it, Marie Laveau and Daphne. And I thought season four was just dreadful. Blah.

Anywho.

Spotlights…they will be late in getting posted today. Someone hasnt gotten back to me and I have to either post simply one spotlight, or do some re-arranging. And I warn you…I am feeling awful lazy today…so we will probably only see one spotlight.

I had a really great ‘sounding board’ session with my spawn last night over Book Two in my series. New ideas were brought to the table and tossed around. This was a good thing. As I revise my chapters, I will be making a point to add some of this new material we discussed.

My cold seems to be making a little bit of a come back. Not so much the coughing…but I’m liquifying again a little. I will be avoiding outside endeavors while this cold rainy time is settled over the lands.

By the way, with all the rain we got in just the past night…my driveway is like the ultimate mud bog for playing around in a truck with it kicked into 4-wheel drive. And other parts of my yard resemble a swamp. It looks like its not done raining just yet either. Its stopped for now, but its cold, and the sky does indeed look angry.

I feel very lethargic today. If I could cancel the Spotlight, I would, but I hate disappointing anyone.

So, it will get done, in just a bit.

I need coffee. I’m in the mood for coffee sweetened with sweetened condensed milk. LOVE that. No need to add cream or sugar. So yums!


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