Writing habits: a questionnaire

Last evening I ran across Jodie Llewellyn’s also-named Writing Habits: A Questionnaire, inspired by The YA League’s similarly named series. It seems like a good set of questions for me to work through as well, so here goes…

1. Typed or handwritten?
Almost everything I write is recorded on a qwerty keyboard. I have a couple Microsoft Word docs and OneNote pages on my phone (currently a Lumia 925), auto-synced to SkyDrive OneDrive, to record snips of inspiration on the go. Heavier-duty fare calls for the normal-sized keyboard I use with my tablet (currently a Surface Pro).

2. Cursive or printed
Thoughts flowing from my pen tend to be something you could call printed cursive. Cursive print? When it comes to a keyboard my choice of font is usually a sans serif.

3. Show us your favorite pen
Bic Crystal® pens and a Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencilThese days I don’t really have a favorite pen. If it feels comfortable in my hand, the ink flows smoothly, and said ink’s color is appropriate enough for the task at said hand, then it is my favorite pen for the time being. That said, I used to really like the Bic Crystal® pens.

On the pencil front, a yellow #2 Dixon Ticonderoga fits the bill. Nicely sharpened, thank you. I used to go for mechanical on occasion. But by the time I’ve gone through a couple leads, I have had enough of leads that break too easily or rotate back to the dull side of the point.

4. Where do you like to write?
All I need is a reasonably comfortable chair. If a desk or table is involved, one a comfortable height relative to a chair. As far as overall environment, I don’t like people reading over my shoulder, and repeated interruption gets old. (As I write this, the repeated interruptions is downright ancient.)

5. Who are your five favorite authors in terms of authorial style?
Book cover: Mid-life Cyclists, by Chris McHutchison and Neil BlundellHard question for me to answer. Right now I am reading Chris McHutchison and Neil Blundell’s Mid-life Cyclists on the Kindle apps on my tablet and phone. I like their style of humor, and how they make use of it to tell their interwoven stories.

6. What are you your three favorite books on writing?
None come to mind at the moment. I will probably try to dive into a few as NaNoWriMo approaches. Speaking of NaNo…

7. Have you ever competed in NaNoWriMo?
Yes, five times tried, three times won. My stories always seem to die off during the month, and I end up need characters read way too much news. So, a lot of people, myself included, would say my victories were not so victorious. I have a really hard time coming up with plausible situations for my characters that aren’t so horrendously boring that they are driven to read the news instead of live out their factious lives.

8. Have you ever won NaNoWriMo?
Didn’t we just cover that?

9. Have you ever had anything published?
Assuming you aren’t counting blog posts, no.

10. What projects are you working on now?
Every few weeks my thoughts turn toward NaNo 2014.

11. What is your soundtrack to writing?
That depends on what I’m currently hooked on. For the last few months (yes, months) I have had Clubfeet on auto-repeat on my phone’s media player. I am particularly partial to Cape Town, Get Loose, and Everything You Wanted from their album Heirs & Graces, but I generally like every one of their songs.

Incidentally, I found Clubfeet purely by accident. I happened across an article about the video Oh Yeah Wow created for Everything You Wanted just after it became a Vimeo Staff Pick. Between the video and the five synthy guitar-like notes at the 1:48 mark, I had this song on auto-repeat all day everyday for about a week. Now look what you’ve done: it’s on again…

12. Do you have a writing pump-up song?
No. What gets me pumped to write is an idea practically screaming in my head to flow into a keyboard.

Zero to hero: twenty-three

Today’s assignment: roundup déjà vu

This assignment is a bit of a repeat: find three blog posts and say why I like them.

However, this time the posts will follow a theme, and this time the roundup post will stand on its own.

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my XXIIIrd post of XXX for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. It has also led me to some really awesome blogs. I hope someday mine will be as awesome. OK, really I hope mine will be even more awesome.

Zero to hero: twenty-one

Today’s assignment: building on a previous post

I am supposed to write a post inspired by that status post I published a couple assignments ago.

I don’t really know what to say. It was a simple, self-explanatory message. What more need be said?

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my XXIst post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. The challenge can do it can do it for yours, too. Don’t worry if you haven’t started. Don’t worry if you are behind. Many participants, myself included, are on the day or three behind plan, so feel free to go at your own pace. Good luck!

Zero to hero: eighteen

Today’s assignment: going (more) public

With this assignment I will finally take care of some long-overdue housekeeping with my Twitter account, @atypicalamateur. I have largely ignored the account after creating it, and my password was forgotten many moons ago.

Regaining access

It is hard to see tweets without being logged into Twitter. And, it is hard to login without password. Resetting my Twitter account password was quick and painless. Last year, Twitter implemented account security improvements, so I took advantage of the applicable options. Those are accessed in the Security and Privacy section of account settings. Incidentally, for added security, the email account attached to my Twitter account is only used for administrative tasks like this.

Reconnecting WordPress

Next, I headed to the Apps section in account settings. There, I revoked access to the WordPress app. I did this to ensure my publicize tweets from WordPress would work properly.

Back in WordPress, I headed to my Dashboard, clicked Settings, and under that clicked Sharing. For some odd reason I had two connections to my Twitter account. I deleted both, again to ensure new posts would be publicized properly in my Twitter account. That done, I added a new Twitter connection.

Post publicity

One last thing to check is the Publicize settings for my post. I made sure my Twitter connection was checked, so that a tweet is sent when my post is published.

All in all, pretty easy and just a few minutes of work. Here is my newly revived Twitter feed:

Do you have a Twitter account for your blog?

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my day eighteen post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. The challenge can do it can do it for yours, too. Don’t worry if you haven’t started. Don’t worry if you are behind. Many participants, myself included, are on the day or three behind plan, so feel free to go at your own pace. Good luck!

Zero to hero: seventeen

Today’s assignment: reputation, redux

The previous assignment was about writing a post on reputation. This one is about taking a look at what other people had to say and leaving a few comments. In typical for me fashion, I looked at a lot of other blogs’ posts. Of those, these are some of the ones I liked best.

Do you have any favorites from the WordPress Daily Prompt on reputation?

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my seventeenth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. The challenge can do it can do it for yours, too. Don’t worry if you haven’t started. Don’t worry if you are behind. Many participants, myself included, are on the day or three behind plan, so feel free to go at your own pace. Good luck!

Zero to hero: sixteen

Today’s assignment: reputation, teleprompted

This assignment prompts me from afar to write about reputation. Here goes

I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!You have just read my sixteenth post for the Zero to Hero blogging challenge. The challenge has livened up my little corner of the web, blogosphere, or whatever the kids are calling it these days. The challenge can do it can do it for yours, too. Don’t worry if you haven’t started. Don’t worry if you are behind. Many participants, myself included, are on the day or three behind plan, so feel free to go at your own pace. Good luck!