Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Jeannie Campbell tagged me a while back, so here is my attempt at answering the first half of the questions.

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have?

The last thing I wrote was a quick edit of that Mistletoe piece posted on Monday from my current wip. The first thing I wrote (not including school projects for English class) are still tucked away deep in my hope chest, written in Pitman shorthand that I can no longer decipher.

2. Write poetry?

Almost never. Poetry is the most concise writing I've ever read, and I have issues with that. LOL

3. Angsty poetry?


4. Favorite genre of writing?

Contemporary Inspirational Romance

5. Most annoying character you've ever created?

I'd have to go with Katrina's mother, Martha, in my very first novel. She is one obnoxious character at times, even though she means well.

6. Best Plot you've ever created?

That would be the plot in my second novel, My Gift. I can't really explain it without giving the ending away, other than that it's a twist on a frame story.

7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?

Oh, my, I think it might be that I actually did send one of my characters off to Cambodia when it seemed as though the whole mission trip would fall through. That extended that book for more pages then expected.

8. How often do you get writer's block?

I don't know if it's writer's block as much as a needed writer's rest. Sometimes my fingers just need a break while my brain keeps going.

9. Write fan fiction?

Okay, I'm going to look stupid here, but what exactly is fan fiction? Fantasy Fiction? If so, no, my brain doesn't seem to work that way, it can only handle earth as it appears to be.

10. Do you type or write by hand?

I type, but have been known to scratch out scene thoughts on any spare piece of paper that happens to be in reach when a thought comes to mind.

11. Do you save everything you write?

Most definitely. I create a new copy each day.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?

Of course. My ideas often come as mustard seeds. I write the bit that surprises me and then my brain and creative spirit waters it sporadically as I'm working on something else, and eventually it's time for that seed to sprout and start growing in leaps and bounds.

13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?

Sadly, my very first novel is still nearest and dearest to my heart, but it was so badly written that it's taking me forever to revise and get it written well. But I can't seem to leave that one alone, whereas the ones after it, I have been able to set aside for years without stewing over them.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas with The Babe's Spirit swirling around you in awesome wonder. May His presence bring you much peace and joy, friends!

Surrendering to Him,


2 Days until we widely celebrate Jesus's Birthday on Christmas Day around the World!


Kristen Torres-Toro said...

This was great, Eileen! Thanks so much for sharing!

I know how it feels to love a story but have to wait for it to be ready. I hope that day comes soon, Friend!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Great stuff, Eileen! And the merriest of Christmases to you.

Jill Kemerer said...

One of my earliest books is my favorite, too. I can't get it out of my head!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

I love learning more things about my blogger friends! Thanks for sharing! And I didn't know what fan fiction was until earlier this year. :)

Merry Christmas!

Joanne said...

Always fun to read about other writers' thoughts and routines ... Have a wonderful Christmas, and the very best in the New Year!

Unknown said...

This is such a fun way to get to know other writers! Merry Christmas to you as well!

Oh and fan fiction is writing sequels/prequels to books/comics you really loved. (At least I think that's what it is...)

Georgiana Daniels said...

I also mostly type, but will scratch out a scene on real paper. There's something about connecting pen to paper that makes me want to write even more...until I get a cramp in my hand.

Merry Christmas, Eileen!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Eileen -

I'm with you - what is fan fiction? If it's fantasy, I don't write it either. :)

Except for quick ideas, all my writing is done on the computer. I can't see the point of writing by hand and then transferring it into Word. With time constraints, I try to avoid double work.

Merry Christmas,

kathrynjankowski said...

Eileen, as I understand it, fan fiction is stories created by fans of an existing novel, using that novel's characters, setting, etc. Like writing new adventures for Harry Potter or the Star Trek crew, or even tweaking existing stories.

You can find more at

Wishing you the best of holidays!

Erica Vetsch said...

So great to get to know more about you.

Merry Christmas!

Kara said...

Love your answers. My first writing is my hardest to let go of too!!

Laura Frantz said...

I still have my first story (written about age 13) - a historical, no less! I think we're hardwired to write one genre or another. I know you're a contemporary kind of gal, Eileen:) Bless you bunches this Christmas and beyond.

Jessica Nelson said...

It's so nice to learn more about you! Was Katrina in the story I read? I seem to remember us having the same heroine names... But I'm not sure now. LOL
Also, your comment about poetry was too funny! But so true that it's concise. My first book is near to my heart too. Sadly that one is unsalvageable. LOL!
Have a wonderful Christmas! :-)

Terri Tiffany said...

I love reading things like this! I hope you are having a great Christmas holiday with family and friends!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's ok. I didn't know what Fan Fiction is either. LOL

Have a merry Christmas!!

Suzette Saxton said...

I LOVED getting to know more about you and your writing, Eileen.

(pssst... fan fiction is writing about characters from a published author's books. There are tons of Edward and Bella stories written by fans. They are not published, of course, because that would be plagiarism. However, a huge number of them make it online.)

Sandra Heska King said...

Loved this, Eileen. Have a blessed Christmas!

Warren Baldwin said...

Good post.

Hoping you and your family have a great Christmas.

How are you coming with Roaring Lions? wb

Just Joany said...

Very interesting post. Loved the answers. By the way, I still don't entirely understand Fan Fiction, either.

Merry Christmas! ~ Just Joany
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Tracy Loewer said...

Thanks for the post - it's fun getting to know you a little better! Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas!

sanjeet said...

Always fun to read about other writers' thoughts and routines

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