Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Ring of Power: Rhys Jones/DC Farmer

Today on the Blog Ring of Power I have Rhys Jones/DC Farmer, one of the members of the Scene 13 group blog. We're currently discussing his writing life. For other parts of his interview, please check the links below:

Part One (About You)--Emily
Part Three (The Creative Process) 6/18/13--Dean
Part Four (About Your Current Work) 6/19/13--Terri
Part Five (Words of Wisdom) 6/20/13--Theresa


What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.

I work in a hospital every day, so my writing is done at home. I’m lucky enough to have a home office (a shed) where I can escape  and crawl inside my own head. A place where no one else is allowed or would want to go to--my head, not the shed.  I write first drafts as a vomited scribble with old fashioned pen and paper. The transfer onto the computer is often done by voice recogntiion software. Once there the actual fun begins.

How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?  

My kids are all grown up and I have a very understanding wife.

When do you write?

Mainly in the mornings. I’m an early bird, generally up by 5.30 or six. This means I can do an hour or more before going to work.

How much time per day do you spend on your writing?

 As many as I can. two to three on normal (doctoring) days. eight to ten on weekends.

What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author?

 Stick to the day job.

Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?

My editors.

How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?

I still face rejection now and again. (I’m sort of still looking for an agent).  But I know it’s purely professional. A business decision. Nothing personal ( who am I kidding, I have all their names in a little black book). One day— mwahahaha. Negative reviews I try not to read. Too energy sapping. Walk away, do not respond.

Twitter  @hipposync.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Rhys! I'm with you on the understanding wife part.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the interview sandra. It's all good fun, but a little scary too having two personas (not to mention my real life). People keep asking me if I'm schizophrenic and I just tell them to ask the other bloke.

Unknown said...

Hi Rhys (Dylan), my friend! Very excited for you!!! Great interview, Sandra!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

I wish I was disciplined enough to get up early and write before work. Mornings are always a hassle with the kids instead. Great interview!

Lisa Gail Green said...

It's nice to have a special space for writing. I have to try that voice recognition software! :D

Unknown said...

I love getting up early to write. Something sneaky about accomplishing something while the rest of the family is still in bed.

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