I write a variety of things. Short stories, fantasy, fiction, novels, historical fantasy, non-fiction, mystical realism, the occasional poem, pretty much whatever pops into my head and demands to get onto the page. I always carry a black moleskin notebook in my pocket so I can jot down ideas that spring up. Writing by pen and paper is more convenient when walking around noticing some oddities in the world or deciding to work on a draft away from outlets. However, typing on my laptop is much faster, and I can gather information from the internet efficiently. Both have their merits, so I can’t decide which I prefer.
As much as I love the outdoors, I have to write indoors away from the windows. Otherwise my mind will wander away from the project at hand. Background noise works well to bring me into focus. Instrumental music is good, but the hustle and bustle of a café is best. YouTube has playlists of café noises that can last a few hours. These are very helpful in saving me a chai latte when I want to write.
The first book I fell in love with was Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher. I borrowed it from the library in my elementary school in the year 2000. The taboo friendship between a girl and dragons gripped my ten-year-old imagination tightly. It was the first book I didn’t want to put down. I read the rest of the Dragon Chronicles with as much enthusiasm. However, I discovered recently that the fourth and last book of the series came out five years ago without my knowledge. Another book, so exciting! I now have a mission to find it in a library and read it. It may be for young readers, but I don’t care.