Today is the start of British Summer Time (the clocks went forward an hour in the UK) so naturally it’s raining cats and dogs and blowing like a big blowy thing. Welcome to a BST. I hope if you’re having similar weather you’re curling up with a good book or your WIP is getting some word added. And if you’re somewhere with some sunshine, I hope you’re enjoying it.
NOTE TO ALL SPOTLIGHT DELEGATES
If you have not sent your answers to the 3 questions below to me liamlivings (at) gmail (dot) com or cochrane (dot) charlie2 (at) gmail (dot) com please could you do so forthwith? I want to blog all spotlight delegates, about one a week, before the event, but if you all leave it until the last week of August I’m afraid there won’t be time to fit everyone in. So please send your answers through NOW.
Time to meet another spotlight delegate – Blaine D Arden
1) If you wrote an autobiography, what would its title be and why?
Our Difference Is Our Strength. Why? Because that’s me, basically, different. Not that I’m ever writing an autobiography, but I’d be sure to write little nudges toward all those times people in my life have looked at me in fond exasperation for various reasons; the way I dress, my platform boots, the way I see things, the way I don’t quite fit, etc., etc..
Also because it describes me as an author… well, me and most everyone in this lovely queer genre of ours 😉
2) What has your writing/ blogging journey been like from the start until now?
The best adventure I’ve ever been on, with all its highs and lows. I always saw writing as a hobby, as something to do next to ‘important’ things like, getting a job, getting married, having kids. (I blame my upbringing, it just wasn’t seen as something to pursue, and I was naïve, to say the least)
Of course, writing with young kids is both tricky and very, very limited, but I did keep writing, always dragged some sort of notebook with me. Most of my writing were the famous chapter ones, though, aside from one gay fiction written when I was 17/18, and a couple of very sappy schoolgirl stories. Until I discovered NaNoWriMo in 2005. (well, 2004, but I didn’t quite understand the concept then) I failed miserably that year, but ended up with over 25K words. Since then I’ve been more serious about my writing, and when I stumbled across the m/m community in 2010, I realised I should stop pushing writing into second place, and make it my focus. So, I did.
I love the community (also with its highs and lows). I enjoy the writing process, enjoy seeing myself grow from book to book, and enjoy taking courses to further that growth. Despite my writing speed not always being up to par, and my tendency to get caught up in my inspiration, I can’t help but feel accomplished with every story I finish. And my adventure isn’t over yet. Not by far 🙂
3) What do you hope to get from UK Meet that’s different from other conferences?
I’ve only ever been to the UK Meet so far. But I come because I love the people, the atmosphere, and being able to talk and meet with kindred souls, both readers and writers, who ‘get’ what I’m about and enjoy queer fiction as much as I do 🙂