Monday With the Mouse ~ Another WIPterview

As usual, I have some announcements before we dive into yet another WIPterview. First off, for you writers out there: Over at There & Draft Again we are celebrating our One Year Blogiversary with a Giveaway. Yes, we are offering up crits of queries and partial/full ms so head on over and enter. You have until December 7th to enter so get over there.

And, on the subject of Giveaways, as I may have mentioned on my Facebook page, I’m planning on some sort of something as well. Probably a nice little package of signed copies of First of Her Kind, Witch Hunt: Of the Blood, and Greylands. Or maybe e-copies. Or maybe both. Or maybe some swag. I’m still working out the details but I’ll let you know this week.

Okay, now, onto today’s Special Guest. *cue music* Today’s WIPterview is with the fantabulous Eden Mabee. Welcome, Eden, please have a seat. Yes, this chair. Don’t mind the wires connected to the cushion. It’s a bit cold in Wisconsin right now and I like my guests to be comfortable so I’ve had this lovely heated seat brought it. You’ll stay nice and toasty warm. *smiles sweetly* Really, nothing more than that. Can I get you something to eat or drink? Oh, right, hard to do with your arms strapped down like that. Sorry. I could have one of the flying monkeys hold a straw for you?

kls: Well, onward then. First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

EM: I am Kymele Des’a ‘Lora creator of all that I survey and write about.  My people love and adore me and fear their fates in print… Ah, ha, ha! 
Oh, wait!  Actually, my name is Eden Mabee.  Not counting my father’s nickname of Pickle, most people know me as Mouse.

kls: *lowers voice* Shhhh, easy on the nickname. Some of the monkeys are very fond of pickles.

EM: I’m a mom of the most wonderful (yes, I am biased) almost 8 yr-old boy in the world, wife to a wonderfully creative and sweetly frustrating man, and am presently being kept by three cats.
I went to college for an Environmental Science major and ended up graduating with a degree in theoretical mathematics (so I can make those WIPpet numbers do pretty much anything I want them to when I’m inspired).  Old cars, rocks, horses, local history…  I have a lot of disparate hobbies.  And I love to share fascinating things I discover with friends.

kls: All math is theoretical to me. Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment, they’re not just a theory. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

EM: It was a bit of your posts in the ROW80 challenge (as a semi-regular sponsor, I’ve gotten peeks into other projects that the ROWers are involved in), and seeing some of fellow WIPpeteer Elaine Jeremiah’s Thursday’s Children posts (though I found her through fellow ROWer Kat Morrissey).
I love the WIPpet crew’s playful take on exposure and criticism.  So many online writing groups seem to need huge lists of rules on how to ‘play nice with each other’.  Those good manners seem second nature to WIPpeteers.  And I love the variety of styles and pieces we have.
It’s good stuff.

kls: Yeah, I’m not a good one with long lists of rules. If you can’t play nice, I unleash the flying monkeys. After that, well, it’s pretty dang peaceful around here. So,tell us what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

EM: I’ve been sharing pieces from a series of novel length pieces I’m working on called The Swan Song Series.  It’s about three people who end up saving their people by destroying their world.  Three people who love each other more than romance or kinship…  And who can never be together.  (I’m trying for a romance in the same way that the true Arthurian Legends are romances.)
Most of my recent WIPets involve the first book of this series, called Courting the Swan Song.

kls: What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

EM: Visiting other people’s blogs is pretty high up on this list, but I really like the input on my submissions too.

kls: Outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

EM: I’m involved in the ROW80 (also known as the Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life).  You can find us at ROW80.  Usually I sponsor for the group.  I love supporting my fellow writers.
I also am somewhat heavily involved in the various Writing Month challenges.  JuNoWriMo especially, and I find that leading sprints there is a wonderful boost to my own writing as well.

kls: ROW80 is great. I’ve participated from time to time and will jump in again after the New Year. Okay, time for some horn-blowing. Not an actual horn, of course, because . . . *gestures at straps around wrists* Unless you want the monkey on your left there to hold the horn? No? Okay, why don’t you just tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

EM: Most anything I have posted or written is on my blog: Many Worlds From Many Minds.  I do have another blog called The Garden of Delights (which is, of course, a bad pun on my name), but I almost never post there.  If you’re curious about me personally, you’ll definitely find more personal gems there, but not a lot of writing.  The biggest selection of my writing can be found via either WIPpets or the Stories From My Worlds link on my page.
I’m hoping to finish and post a fan fiction however, early in 2014.  At the moment, Courting the Swan Song has all my attention.

kls: Awesome. All right, brace yourself, it’s time for the Lightning round!

Coffee or tea? Tea

    Rock or country? Classical

            City, country, or seaside? Yes

Favorite color? Teal

            Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Exploring historical sites

kls: I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

EM: Support your local writer!  Donations of tea and pastries may be left at tables where you see one working.  Do not disturb said writer to let them know food has arrived.  Trust me, they will find it.
And ESPECIALLY do not disturb a writer staring off into space.  This is a sign that the writer and his/her muse are having a serious conversation about what color curtains are being used to strangle the protagonist.   You must not interfere.

kls: Oh, excellent words of wisdom! Mind thumping those into my hubby’s brain pan for me?

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24 Comments:

  1. YES to those final words of wisdom! I’d add “don’t stare at the writer over the door of her blanket fort office, it’s unnerving and makes it feel less like a door,” but that MAY be specific to me. The tea and pastries thing should be posted outside of every writer’s work-space. 🙂

    • Blanket forts, eh? Very cool. *nods and smiles*

    • I don’t know… having to post it seems almost like we’re expecting those treats, instead of people offering them to us as righteous devotions to our craft…

      But yes, definitely don’t stare. The blanket forts are sacred spaces, not for the Peepsuchen und Nichts für die Händeberühren

      (even silly things sound more fierce and expectent in German, don’t you agree?)

  2. Ah Kathi your flying monkeys are so well behaved! Nice to learn more about you too Eden… love that staring off into space thing too – is so true.

    • Don’t let the monkeys fool you. They can be quite naughty. I told them about Insanity Claws and now they figure they better be good or they won’t get any new weapons toys for Christmas. 😉

    • Thanks Raewyn. (Yes, the monkeys were amazingly well-behaved. Must have been what Kathi told them after the disaster at the dress rehearsal. If you notice, there’s no picture… Flying monkeys and paint and glitter…. *shudders*

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  4. Great interview! Love the words of advice!

  5. I enjoyed the interview You have a remarkable style: relaxed but probing.
    Nice to meet you Eden Mabee. Such a busy life you lead.

  6. OMG, yes! Yes! Yes!!! Staring off into space is a time where I am THINKING!!! Lots of people at work think I am bored or that I need something to do. *rolls eyes* And the hubby has learned that staring off into space does not mean he can start talking to me. It means he needs to ask me first if he can talk to me.

    Loved learning about you Eden!!

    • How did you train your hubby to respect that? I still have to give mine the finger. No, not that one. The one next to it.

      • I trained him by giving many a look during interruption. You know which one, THE look. It has scared him, because what follows after THE look is high pitched angry twittering words followed by a lamented ‘ARRRRRRRRRRGH I LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT!!!’

        Since those emotionally scarring moments, he has learned. And I have trained. *grins triumphantly*

  7. A bit late reading this one but another fabdabbydozzy interview. Bit worried about Eden being strapped to the chair but she didn’t seem too concerned… 😉

  8. I should post those words of wisdom all over my house. 🙂

    Ooo! A math degree! Nifty. My mat.-grandparents had two kids. My mom was the words kid (Bachelors in English) and my uncle was the math kid (doctorate in statistics). My sister and I are similar. 🙂 It looks like your parents had one kid to be both. 🙂

    Which historical sites have you seen? And how did you escape Kathi’s, uh… easy chair?

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