Friday, August 19, 2011

From the Trenches: Mad - Introductory Post

The reason this post is so late is because my poor little dog had teeth pulled today and I've had zilch minutes for myself. I've been too busy watching her stumble around, keeping her from falling down the stairs, and watching her tongue hang out. Also, my laptop's not cooperating, but Lizzy could give you a dissertation about that piece of crap.


This time, I SWEAR, I'm going to introduce myself without sounding like a crazy person, which, obviously, I am.


Certainly you all must have at least HEARD of me by now. My name used to be AWriterGoneMad until the lovely Lizzy started calling me "Mad," which has a dual meaning because it just so happens that I really am mad. I lived in obscurity until the wonderful Authoress asked me to become her assistant and revealed on Twitter that she had been stalking me.

Naturally, I hyperventilated. :)

I love reading and writing and aikido, and those close to me can probably tell you that I stay up way too late way too often to watch Criminal Minds. I have the morbid love of watching surgeries, and I like shooting and rifles and I've been writing for adults since I was fifteen. I turned eighteen in July.

My life basically looks like the following:

 One thing I often talk about when I'm asked to do a post is the importance of always moving forward, no matter how many rejections you get or how many times you feel like you need to revise or polish something.  It might get a little monotonous, hearing it from me all the time, but I really feel like it's just so important. I think it's so easy to get hung up on an aspect of the writing process that we can forget why we really do it. So to end this post that won't format properly, I will ask: why do YOU write?


  1. *hugs* I like you, Mad. LOTS.

    Okay. Why do I write?

    It's actually very simple, and is going to sound totally cliche. It's because I HAVE to. Literally. I'm not happy unless I'm writing SOMETHING. I value and treasure The Zone so dearly... my worlds and characters are such a big part of my life. I will literally write to wind down after a stressful day, just because it's something familiar, limitless, and completely in my control. (I like that :P)

    So yes. I write because I must. I think even if I were to give up trying to be published (which sounds impossible right now; I haven't even STARTED trying!) I will never, ever give up writing. I couldn't. :)

  2. I agree with Lizzy - I write because I have to. Plus, my characters don't shut up.

    I write to live an adventure, to travel the world, to meet new people in my head. (Seems all really deep, doesn't it?)

  3. I LOVE those cartoons. LOVE.

    I write... Hm. I write because I love it. I love creating worlds and people and thoughts and feelings. Especially the part where I control them. I like it when people do what I want, and it rarely happens in real life. xD

    So I write because I love creating and control. But also, the thrill I get when I write. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to myself, and what I do. Nothing is ever good enough. But when I write, I'm able to let go of that some. I realize I might be crappy, but that is okay somehow. Writing is my place where I can do what I want without caring if it's perfect, because I know, with practice, it will get better. (A concept I'm still working on in other areas of my life O_o)

    I rather like you, too, Mad. Just saying. ^_^

  4. Those cartoons are funny. i write because I enjoy doing it. I love putting words on paper and making stuff up.

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  6. (sorry, I discovered a typo in my previous post. *shifty eyes*)

    LOL I had the Obsessive Compulsive Editing Disorder last week, when I had to submit a partial. My mom basically forced me to submit it, saying that if my manuscript was perfect, the agents/editors wouldn't have anything to do.

    I write because I love telling stories. I've been doing it since way before I can remember. I love my characters, I love my premises/worlds, and I love it that I can share with other people what I'm picturing or thinking of in my mind. It's my way of communicating with the world. It keeps me not only sane but alive.

  7. Mad, you are adorable. And I like you, too!!

    And....I've missed you. You've been, like invisible.

    Time to crank up some in-house crits around here, don't you think? :)