"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Shifting Emotions on the Fly

So in the realm of interviews and book giveaways, head over to the awesome Christy Evers blog to read an interview with me and enter for a chance to win a copy of The Emerald Tablet.
I divulge some of the secrets behind my genius in the interview (or at least the inspiration behind some ideas. Everything is relative).
Anyway, check it out!

And while you're surfing, if you love time travel as much as I do, check out my blog post over on The Spectacle on time travel. There's also a way cool photo of Data's head (name that episode).


So I'm at Kung Fu tonight talking to one of the other parents, and here is our conversation:
Him: We saw your book displayed prominently at BookPeople this weekend.
(thanks, BookPeople, BTW)
Me: Cool! Thanks! So did you buy it?
Him: Uh...

But see, I put the pressure on. And had quite a bit of fun while doing it.


You know you're obsessed about writing when:

Who remembers my problem tooth?
So Monday morning I head to the oral surgeon to get the thing removed. I get my blood pressure taken. Normal. But I'm starting to get nervous. And with each second that passes it's getting even worse. I get the shots of Novocaine. I start shaking. I ask for the blanket. I'm clinging onto it in a death grip, teeth chattering, and my heart pounds a million beats a minute. I'm trying to calm myself down. But honestly, I feel like I'll burst into tears at any moment. My calming exercises are futile.
Nothing. Is. Working.
So I try to analyze the situation. Because you see, I'm a calm, collected person for the most part (just don't ask my husband). And here I am—I've been turned into a character from a book who's in a horrible situation and can't control her nervousness.

Shifting emotions

How do I feel? How would I describe the situation. I think about these things. I think about how quickly my feelings can shift to something so extreme. Because lots of times I'll read about character's emotions shifting and not believe the shift.

So where was I? Oh, yeah. When you're faced with a situation like this in life, try to use it to your writerly advantage.

*I'm happy to report the tooth fairy (in the form of my 7-year-old son) did visit that night.


Reading update: I'm reading The Humming of Numbers by Joni Sensel (who is also of The Spectacle acclaim). It's great and engaging, and I believe I'll sign off now and go finish it!


Angela said...

Ugh, so sorry you had all that strife at the Dentist's. At least now it's all done with. :-)

Barrie said...

Oh, you poor thing. That sounds horrible. Except for the tooth fairy part! Glad it's over.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, guys! I think of it as a character-building experience.
But yeah. Glad it is OVER!

Kelly H-Y said...

Really enjoyed your interview! Nicely done!
Regarding the tooth ... you poor thing ... I feel for you ... I would have started shaking too! That just doesn't sound like fun at all. Glad the youthful tooth fairy was able to bring some joy to the situation! :-)

Christina Farley said...

You poor thing. How terrible about your tooth ache. I hope it's getting better.

I know what you mean about thinking about a character's emotions! Halarious!

I'm heading over now to your interview. Fun!

PJ Hoover said...

The tooth fairy was awesome, Kelly! It made him so happy, too!

The tooth feels much better, Christina! Thanks! I think down the line I will need to write a character who gets a tooth pulled!

No need for sympathy! I'm just really happy it's done!

Carrie Harris said...

How sweet that the tooth fairy came to visit you! I wouldn't wish the first part on anyone, but that last part sure was nice. :)

D.A. Riser said...

Sounds like you need some ice cream and a candy bar, PJ. I'm sure the Tooth Fairy approves, of course!

Stacy Nyikos said...

What did the tooth fairy leave you? I've got elves at my house this week. They open the blinds - even made my bed yesterday. Oh, why can't this phase last??

PJ Hoover said...

The last part was awesome, Carrie! Totally made it all better!

There has been ice cream a plenty the last couple days, Dan! I forgot how good it tastes!

Four quarters, Stacy! In the special tooth box no less! So sweet!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

adrienne said...

Aw, glad the tooth fairy took care of you!

beth said...

Oooo, that book looks good. Great cover!

lotusgirl said...

So sorry about the tooth. Been there, done that. So I totally understand.

That book you're reading looks great. You'll have to give us the scoop when you're finished.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I loved the interview at Christy Evers site. One of the best I've read! I'm glad you survived the tooth thing. I need to get my wisdom teeth pulled and I'm NOT looking forward to it...

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Adrienne! The tooth fairy rocks!

The cover is way cool, isn't it Beth! This may be my review book for March.

Thanks, Lois! Yes, at least the world of dentist stories is not a lonely one!

Aw, thanks, Sherrie!
i think for wisdom teeth I would choose to go under.

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

Keri Mikulski said...

Yikes.. So sorry about your tooth.

You are sooo positive. Turning it into writing inspiration. Love it, PJ! :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Keri! And at least now I can laugh about the experience :)

Tabitha said...

Well, at least you've got some great character building info for your future books. :)

I loved your interview at Christy's! And yay to Kelly for winning a copy of your book! :)

PJ Hoover said...

Totally, Tabitha! Now I know fear!
And thanks on the interview! It was fun!

Tara Maya said...

Ooo, just checked out your book trailer. Cool. Damn, I'm going to have to start reading YA, all the action seems to be there these days.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Tara! I loved reading YA! It helps me remember how it used to feel to be so young!
Thanks for visiting!