Thursday, February 18, 2010

Guest Blogger Christine Verstraete on "When Collecting and Writing Collide"

I recently "met" Jennifer Stanley after posting an excerpt of her new book, Stirring Up Strife, on my blog,Candid Canine.

She drooled over my collection and invited me to drop by Cozy Chicks, so here I am. You don't have to invite me twice. ha! Btw, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one outside of the collecting community who enjoys a hobby, mine being dollhouses and miniatures.

I began collecting quite a few years ago, and I've stuck with it. Usually when I'm not writing, (when is that?) I'm dreaming up some new project. Actually, one process isn't all that much different from the other.

While I sometimes struggle to find the words I want, or to get a story to go in the direction I had in mind, working in miniature works much the same way. I'm still planning and creating except with paper, clay, wood, paints and other materials instead of on the computer. The one drawback is doing something in miniature often requires measuring and math, which I'm really not good at. (Read: Hate it!)

I think the best thing about having a hobby is it can actually improve your writing (or at least your well-being!) I can stew over my writing subconsciously while I concentrate on something else.

Often the problem, or the solution I'm looking for, comes to mind once I'm not obsessing over it.

Oh, and it saves calories! Better to work on something instead of look in the fridge when the writing isn't working, right? Or I can look at miniature food – no calories! Lunch anyone?

I'm sharing a few photos of my miniatures or you can see others at my blog,Candid Canine or at my website.

My latest story "My Dear Mrs. Jones" is in the anthology, The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror from Pill Hill Press.

My next story deals with the Titanic and will be in the time travel anthology, Timeshares, coming out March 5 from DAW Books.
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