The Word Nerd Co-op

June 4, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jennifer @ 4:13 pm

1. At what level would you describe yourself as a writer (for instance, just starting to take myself seriously; searching for a graduate program, etc.)? I try to take myself seriously all the time, but since nobody else does, it’s a losing battle. Just kidding. I guess I would describe myself as someone who is aspiring to call herself a writer, but a writer is someone who writes, and this is something I haven’t been doing much of lately.
2. What genre(s) do you write? Right now I write memoir. I used to poetry but I really suck at it. One day, I want to learn how to write a poem.
3. How do you fit writing into your life right now? I write when my daughter Ella, who is eight months old, is sleeping.
4. What is your goal for this project (June 1-Aug. 31)? Oh, this is a project with an end date? Nice. How about my goal is to get down three chapters of my memoir down. I’m working with stuff from my dissertation, but I’m having issues finding one voice for essays written during different times in my life. I also want the chapters to have one larger overarching main idea/focus with each piece being somewhat self-contained, but I don’t think they necessarily have to stand alone.
5. What steps do you plan to take to reach that goal? Oh, wow. If I say these things out loud, then I’m holding myself accountable. Nice motivational technique Miss Bev. I suppose I’ll have to write about 10 hours a week at least. But I have a hard time writing everyday with a little princess at home and I’m also teaching a couple of classes.
6. How do you reward yourself (or how would you like to be rewarded) when you meet a goal? Chocolate. Maybe Chocolate Stout.
7. What writing craft books do you have/like? Right now I’m brushing up on Vivian Gornick’s The Situation and the Story. I’ve also recently picked up Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

8. Any craft books you’re interested in checking out? Since I have a plethora at home, my main goal is to read what I have instead of cluttering up my bookshelves any more than they already are.

9. What inspires your writing? My family inspires my writing, since they are usually my subject, ha!

10. How would your author’s blurb read? Jennifer Schaller likes to read, write and clasp her toes together like a monkey.

11. Tell us about your family (partners, kids, pets, etc.) I’ll be married for five years in July to my husband Karl. We have an eight month old daughter Ella.

12. Have you ever participated in Nanowrimo (finished or not!)? No. Don’t exactly know what it is. Is this the write a novel in a month thing?

13. What can you do to make it easier on yourself to meet your goal for this project? I suppose I can let go of my perfectionist tendencies and not set the bar too terribly high.

14. What are you looking for in terms of support from a writing partner (ex. Exchanging work for critique, being held accountable for meeting a word count goal, etc.)? I would really like my partner to heckle me when I don’t write. Something like, “Hey Schaller, what do the letters MFA in your degree really stand for? When’s the last time you wrote?”

15. What crafty pursuits do you enjoy when you’re not writing? Hmm…cleaning up food off my baby girl.

16. What other hobbies/past times do you like? Reading, Crap TV, going on walks with my hubby and our daughter. I mostly play with my husband and daughter.

17. What non-writing-craft books have you enjoyed? I once bought a knitting book. Bev showed me how to knit and then I knitted two scarves. I haven’t knitted since.

18. What else would you like to share with us? I’m such a blog virgin. I don’t even know if I’m doing this right, or what else I should be doing. So yeah, any tips would be much appreciated.


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