About Me

24 Mar

What is your name (real or otherwise)? Aloveforthebean. My dear friend Paul Pinto perfers to call me Jill Jillian. Either one will do.

Describe your writing style in three words. Contemplative. Connected. Inspiring.

How long have you been writing online? Just over a year and a half.

Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? None yet, but destiny’s calling. I’m intrigued at the idea of weaving a fiction theme into my musings on coffee.

Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. Doing more of it. Expressing more in fewer words. Yes, I realize that is two ways. Did I mention I tend to be a rule breaker?

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Create a graveyard – a place where you save all the beloved sentences, paragraphs, and moments of genius that, despite how attached and in love with them you are, still despreately need to be edited out of whatever you are writing. Knowing they are preserved somewhere makes removing them a much less painful process.

Who is your favorite author?  At the moment, Junot Diaz.

How do you make time to write? Often unsuccessfully. Success usually starts by a conscious decision to ban myself from things like Facebook, Twitter, and work email (because yes, unbelieavably enough, even work takes on an unbelievable level of appeal when it can serve as a distraction from actually writing). Then that first conscious decision is accompanied by a second one, and that is to let go of the need to get other mundane things done, like grocery shopping or cleaning my apartment.

Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. Allowing my horses to be my inspiration (and the bill I just footed to the equine dentist), try “FLOAT” on for size:


noun \ˈflōt\

Definition of FLOAT
1: an act or instance of floating
2: something that floats in or on the surface of a fluid: as
a : a device (as a cork) buoying up the baited end of a fishing line
b : a floating platform anchored near a shoreline for use by swimmers or boats
c : a hollow ball that floats at the end of a lever in a cistern, tank, or boiler and regulates the liquid level
d : a sac containing air or gas and buoying up the body of a plant or animal
e : a watertight structure giving an airplane buoyancy on water
3: a tool or apparatus for smoothing a surface (as of wet concrete)

Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading.

Thank you for the inspiration,!

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