The idea of the blog hop is to answer the four questions (below) and then list three biographies of other writers, who will continue the blog hop. I decided to put a bit of a twist on it — if you want to hop onto the blog hop, just leave a comment saying so and link to your own blog post.
- What am I working on?
This year: I'm finishing the first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo, editing Tilly with the Others into something less serial-like and more book-like, and starting novel #3, which so far is in note-taking stage. It will move to outlining stage over the summer.
There's something else too, but more on that when there is more to tell.
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I tend to have slightly unconventional protagonists. Tilly is about a recently-widowed senior citizen who has been communing with space aliens her whole life, and the current NaNoWriMo project is an extension of some flash fiction I wrote featuring ninja witch knitters. But hey, my grandmother was a lifelong knitter, and she'd pointed a gun in someone's face with a total intent to use it (she was working as a guard at a prison for Quislings at the time, but still). People are more exciting than we collectively seem to think.
- Why do I write what I do?Because that's what comes out. I'm always perplexed that other people are more deliberate about this stuff.
- How does your writing process work?
Lately I've started doing light outlines — nothing too detailed, and nothing I follow too slavishly. This is helping. The structure I'm using is a modified version of the scene tracker in The Plot Whisperer. I actually prefer editing to writing, but that's probably because most of the writing I do for the day job is really editing, in the form of project change requests.
For flash fiction, I have something like two dozen gazillion notes to myself on my phone. If I get stuck for a topic on a given week, I read through the notes. Sometimes I even remember what they were supposed to be about, but it doesn't really matter if I don't.
Katherine Hajer is a regular contributor to Friday Flash, a flash fiction community, and posts to the-eyrea.blogspot.com. Her short story "The Expected Ghost" was published in Descant in issue 152: Ghosts and the Uncanny.