I am an odd duck. I think everyone would agree with that. I am on the spectrum, although where I land on it is open for debate. I have been reading well above my grade level since kindergarten and drove every nun who taught me to distraction (and many of them to retirement). Nothing I loved better than to sit down and read a volume of the encyclopedia or dictionary just because I wanted to know everything. In the sixties, that seemed to be an obtainable goal! I have music playing in my studio, my office, my head 24/7, and can usually tell you what I was reading when I first heard a song, and conversely what else I read while hearing it play again.
My subconscious can pull some of the strangest threads together to weave a story out of – almost all of my writing has a soundtrack. When I post a link to a story on the website, I hope to give some detail about what inspired it. Some of it won’t make sense to anyone but me but I am used to that. As I said in the beginning, I am an odd duck, and quite at home with my feathers as they are.
There are as many ways to write a story as there are words in the human tongue. I’m a pantser for the most part. I’ve had an idea on a Saturday afternoon, thought I’d take a few notes about it, and ended up with 12.5K words by Tuesday. Things happen that way. If your process works for you, go for it. If it isn’t working, try something new – you just don’t know what might end up on the page!
As for what I believe in? The LGBTQIA+ community has my full support; people with wombs have full control over how that womb is to be used; what consenting adults do in private is none of my concern; people who abuse children or use physical, emotional, mental violence against anyone are cretins and cowards; we have too many guns and too few people who know how to use them safely; no one has the right to tell anyone else what they are allowed to think or feel or believe or read or watch; and too few people complaining about free speech and cancel culture have read the US Constitution. I am fully vaxxed and boosted, and I will continue to wear a mask as long as I want to.
If any of that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to find someone else to read.