WIPterview With Jae Dansie

First, let me say, Happy Freakin’ Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, because it’s been one of *those* weeks. However, no looking back, only forward, and that means another rousing WIPterview and today we have the utterly awesome Jae Dansie.

Hmm . . . is someone a Dr. Who fan?

Hmm . . . is someone a Dr. Who fan?

Big round of applause, please.

Welcome, Jae. Please make yourself comfortable. Did you bring your suit? The pot is boiling Jacuzzi is all warmed up. It’s so frigid out, I like my guests to be warm and cozy. No, silly, those aren’t vegetables in the Jacuzzi, I mean, who would do that, right? Those are . . . bath toys. Yeah. Toys. Rubber duckies, things like that.

Not up for a dip? Okay then. Just have a seat on the pillows. I’ve had to send the furniture out to be re-upholstered. Dang monkeys. Can I get you a drink? A snack, perhaps? Some paper so you can doodle? Please don’t draw on the walls, okay. I just had them painted.

Now, on to the WIPpterview, first things first, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

JD: I’m a graphic designer, doodler, and writer. I wrote my first novel when I was 14 and have probably written a dozen or so in between which I call “practice.” I’m in a love/hate relationship with my current novel SHADE but I know it’ll all be worth it in the end. When I’m not doodling (I call it scribbling) and obsessing over my WIP, I like to karaoke, travel, and tantalize my tastebuds with tasty new treats.

kls: Excellent alliteration there. That’s one of my favorite things, you know.

JD: You can find me on my blog at Lit and Scribbles, or out patrolling the streets for truth, justice and the American way.

kls: Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

JD: A good blogging friend of mine, Gloria Weber first put me onto it. Then when another blogging friend, Kate Sparks, started doing it, well I got all kinds of crazy jealous of all the fun they were having and joined up!

kls: Yes, we certainly know how to have fun, don’t we? Tell our readers what WIP(s) have you been sharing?

JD: The first one I shared was from a tentatively titled project called Clemmings which got the kabash during NaNoWriMo, but it’ll probably make its comeback in December. I also did a flash fiction piece and now I’m doing snippets from my NaNo project SHADE 2.

kls: Kabash? Isn’t that a meat dish? Sorry, I’m like a hobbit, always thinking about food. Actually, I’m more like a dwarf, except for the short, round, good with a sword thing. Um  . . . where were we? *flicks through cue cards* Ah yes. What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

JD: The feedback, whether on my excerpt or the excerpts of others. Everyone has great advice and they’re super supportive.

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

JD: I still have SHADE 1 that I’ve been rewriting for quite some time. I’ve made some decent progress, even won an award and a contest with it. I have a couple agents looking at it, but I still am on the hunt for the next great agent. (If that’s you, please msg me immediately!)

kls: That’s absolutely awesome!! Hey, didn’t I introduce you as awesome? See? It all fits. I’m like a psycho psychic. Okay, here you go. *hands Jae a large, curved horn* Blow away! Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

JD: Unless you have a time machine (and if you do, see me after) there’s nothing available for purchase as yet. But you can always come hang out on the blog, catch a few scribbles, have a few laughs and lament or celebrate the writing process. I’m also on the Twitter.

Blog: http://litandscribbles.wordpress.com
The Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaeDansie

kls: I believe Raewyn was working on some kind of time portal . . . I’m not sure how it’s going. There was a flash of light, some rumbling . . . which reminds me, it’s time for the Lightning Round!

Coffee or tea? Hot cocoa. Especially Stephen’s Mexican blend. Nom!

Rock or country? Definitely rock. I’ve got mad respect for several country artists, but it just ain’t my thing.

City, country, or seaside? Yikes. Benefits to all three. All of the above? Near a large city, but in the country, but still within an hour’s drive of the ocean.

Favorite color? I always say blue, but lately I’ve really liked red. Bled? I guess that would be purple.

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? I enjoy playing the guitar, but if we’re being honest lately it’s been watching Lee Min Ho in anything. Gloria would understand.

kls: Huh. Okay. Gloria, you got some ‘splaining to do! Sorry. I can’t seem to focus. I get to spend a day immersed in The Hobbit on the 21st and I’m sort of preoccupied. Plus, I just go the soundtrack so can listen to I See Fire over and over and  . . . um . . .  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?

JD: Yes. Don’t be afraid to completely revamp a project. Even if you’ve had it professionally edited. Even if this makes it the millionth time you’ve rewritten it. I went to a conference in New York where I got lampooned, then burned, then shot, then stabbed, and finally de-gutted. I think you get that it hurt a lot. But after all the plastic surgery, I picked myself up and made the changes I needed and you know what, that won me entry into a contest where I was mentored and guess what? I had to make even more changes. But when I compare what I had before and what kind of writing I do now I’m grateful for the experience. I’m grateful I had the courage to rewrite and it does take courage. If you really want to be a writer, you’re going to have to do the courageous thing many more times than you care to. So be courageous friends!

kls: Excellent words of advise, Jae. (I almost said ‘awesome’ again. Jeez, you’d think I’d have more words to pick from, you know, being a writer and all.)

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21 Comments:

  1. Great advice Jae, though it’s not easy is it, working so hard on something for so long only to have it (metaphorically) torn apart. Hats off to you for persevering. 🙂

    • The flip side of that is doing the tearing apart. It’s hard to be the giver in that instance as well because, as writers, we know how dear each and every word is.

    • Thanks! Sometimes you have to take a little break and work on something else. And sometimes you have to shelf things for awhile. But a writer is a writer. Your skill will get recognized by readers eventually if you keep at it. 🙂

  2. I always enjoy Jae’s blog, and look forward to the advice and info she shares from conferences and other things. I’m hoping Shade will be ready for public presentation in the near future, and I hope we can handle all the awesomeness.

    • I’m working hard so that when people open the covers (or switch on the Kindle) it’ll blast them with pure awesomeness. Thanks so much for reading the blog and always inspiring me to find some good ice cream. 😀

  3. Great advice and I think it’s an awesome idea to do interviews with WIPpeteers. 🙂

  4. Great interview! I read it as my husband is sitting near me watching the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. 🙂

    I’m enjoying getting to know the wonderful WIPpeteers!

    • Wasn’t the 50th spectacular? But how did you feel about the Christmas special? Either way I’m excited to see what Capaldi does in the future. Doctor Who!

  5. Some awesome advice at the end there, Jae. I agree with it. It takes courage to revamp and re-write a completed piece, or even to scrap a project that is deep in the works. Spellbound has seen those days. My hats off to you! It’s the most rewarding thing to CHOOSE to learn from an experience rather than let the hurt and the frustration shape what you will remember for years to come.

    • “It’s the most rewarding thing to CHOOSE to learn from an experience rather” 100% agree and this is so important to remember. It also applies to many areas of life. Sure, we have those moments of hurt and anger after some experiences, but there is always something to be learned.

    • Thanks! It’s true, it can be gut-wrenchingly hard to do a major revamp. I think it’s okay to be mad about having to do it for a few weeks even (my experience). But in the end if we’re committed to being great writers, nothing will stop us. Sounds like you have that commitment. 🙂

  6. Simple explanation 1: Lee Min Ho is hawt. (So hot that the regular spelling wasn’t good enough).
    Simple explanation 2: Lee Min Ho is a great actor.

    And yes, Jae is made of awesome.

    • He’s pretty good looking (great actor, agreed), but for hawt… gotta go with Lee Philips. Sorry. 😀

      Agreed on the last. and totally agree with her words of advice.

    • He’s not just hawt, he’s HAAAAAAWWWWTTTT! And the great actor bit helps too. *sigh* I need a new LMH show like yesterday. Heirs wasn’t long enough. WASN’T!

  7. I’m with the others about the great advice at the end – it does indeed take courage to rewrite something you’ve worked on for so long.

  8. Sorry I dropped off the face of the blogosphere during this post. I really appreciate that you did it and it was fun to participate. Thanks for making WIPpet great all of you!

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