My Own Writing Quirks by Claudia Blood – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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My Own Writing Quirks

Everyone has quirks. They are what make us interesting and human.

Let me tell you about two of mine.

First, I am an introvert by nature. Going into the cafeteria or big crowded place is a nightmare for me. Way too many people. I can go to these places, it’s just not comfortable. My imagination is very active. So even though I intellectually know no one is looking at me and judging, because everyone is too wrapped up in their own little worlds. But emotionally they are all watching.

But I am a social writer. I have cultivated a series of writer friends that I sprint with. They cannot be strangers, and I have to have positive feelings about them. It just works because I feel like I am letting them down if I go watch a youtube video. 🙂

Second, I need what I call cheater stories. When I get stuck on a story, my brain needs something else to think about story related or I will wander away and do dishes. So I have at least three stories in various stages of writing. These are stories that I am serious about completing.

But there is another kind of cheater story that sneaks up on me. I could be walking the dog or laying in bed trying to sleep when they pounce. I’ll have a what-if suddenly come to life with a scene. I play the scene out in my head and see what I can do to make it more intense. I hope this is me trying to get better at storytelling instead of an excuse to stop working on my WIPs.

Tell me about some of your quirks.

It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles.

Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.

The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff’s only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.

A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew, offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.

But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff’s future, and the orphanage as well.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Matilda from Chapter 4

Matilda sat at the table and threaded the needle. The demon alarm still buzzed in the background. She’d given the kids their assignments and tried to act as normal as possible. She didn’t want them worried about Duff or the demons since even the orphanage had company supplied protections. As long as they stayed in the orphanage, they should be fine.

Miss CuddleBug, Sheila’s doll, needed some surgery. Usually this sort of activity would calm Matilda. She checked her nails and saw the distinctive purple at the base that meant her nanites were activated. She took a deep breath and used the mantras her father had taught her.

Peace is within my reach.

Breathe and breathe again.

“Will Miss CuddleBug be well?” Sheila stood on her tip-toes to see her dolly on the table.

“I’ll get her fixed up.” Matilda stroked Sheila’s hair. Sheila’s complexion grayed. Matilda snatched her hand back. She had to be careful with the little ones when she was this worked up.

About the Author:Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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