TITLE:"Working title (which I hate): 'A Cigarette Girl and a Crazy Mama.'"
WRITING STATUS:"I might not be your best interview because I've been failing miserably. My odds? Ugh. You know what -- 100 percent. I don't know what to say anything different than that. Because I want to do it."
P.S.:"On the one hand, it's an impetus to write. You're doing it with a group, you've got support. On the other hand, if you divide it into a daily word count in your head and you fall behind a few days it can get overwhelming."***
YEARS INVOLVED:"This is my third."
PAST EFFORTS:"I was successful once -- the other one wasn't quite a success. If it's by number of words, sure, I was successful. "Fraggle Love" was the name of the successful one. The measure of it is whether you finish and not whether anyone would ever publish it. You'd have to be pretty disturbed. It was a Muppet Romance novel. There was the cheap complaint that it wasn't 'porny' enough... It was a joy to write something that bad -- on purpose. Probably a dozen people have looked at it. No one has claimed to have actually gotten all the way through it, which is probably a good thing.
"Last year, I got about 30,000 words and just kind of ran out of steam."
CURRENT WORK:"I am writing a comic piece about adventures in talk radio. It's a novel. Takes place in 1994, so its kind of historical fiction from a not very interesting point in time -- '94 was the year Kurt Cobain died, Ted Nugent was a jerk and Rush Limbaugh was growing. It was a crappy year. It was just a very weird time."
TITLE:"News, Talk, Weather."
P.S.:"I try to put it in at least an hour a day. It's easier to put in more time on the weekend. It's pretty profane at this point. It's kinda' based on my first year in radio and the people I worked with were the foulest-mouth bunch I've ever worked with. It was a pretty wild time."
ANNA DICKSON JAMES
YEARS INVOLVED: "This is my second year."
PAST EFFORT: The first year, "I completed it with a novel I was really pretty proud of. But my computer busted before I ever backed it up and it's gone. It got some really great response - I was proud of it. People said it was funny. And I'd never written like that before. I sent them excerpts, so I have a couple excerpts. By and large, it's gone. But that's OK. You cry from it and let it stop you or move on."
CURRENT WORK:"I'm gonna do sci-fi. It's pretty heavy on the science, I'm going to try it. Who knows if it's going to be good. I love science fiction. It's a lot of what I read for fun. "Enders Game" by Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite books of all time.
TITLE: "I don't have one yet, at all, which is disturbing to me. I usually have my title early."
P.S.:"Whether you come out with a novel you can sell or that's going to be considered a success or not, the experience is incredibly valuable. The value is in having written it. You're not going to have a finished product. That's what's great about it -- that you don't have to write something great. You just have to write -- then you fix it from there. You fix all the errors and mistakes and the things you let by."
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