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Today's first guest is fellow author Blaine D. Arden, talking about keeping what matters close to her heart.

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Keeping it close to my heart

I sing. Actually, my writing career and singing career basically followed the same path.

Though I've been singing all my life, I didn't choose to join a choir or get singing lessons until four and a half years ago. As much as I made up stories about me becoming a famous singer, I never seriously thought it was a viable option. Not that I'm striving to be a famous singer, but I've progressed a little from bathroom singing :)
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The most important thing I've taken away from my singing lessons is keeping it close to my heart. It doesn't matter how well I can emulate my favourite star's next hit, it's about making the song my own and singing it from my own experiences, my own emotions. It took me a while to catch on to that, to stop focussing on performing a song flawlessly, to hit rhythm and tone like the singer does, but once I did, it made so much sense.

Singing is about touching people through sharing myself and my emotions. It's scary as hell giving so much of myself, but it's strangely freeing and satisfying at the same time.

I use the same basic principle in my writing as well.

I'm not saying all my characters are me. I know they're not. But when I'm writing I'm in the world I created, I'm in my characters skins, emerged in their emotions and their moods.

I have days where I can't seem to fully detach myself from me, can't clear my head, can't let go. It shows in my writing and it's the first thing I notice when I'm editing. Those scenes are always the first to go.


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Blaine is a purple haired, forty-something, writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, fairies (the pointy eared ones), platform shoes and the colours black, purple and red, who sings her way through life.
Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her barbies.
Though she wrote her first gay fiction as a teenager, Blaine's true inspiration comes from the wonderful gay romance called 'Beautiful Thing' — adaptation of the play by Jonathan Harvey — through which she gained some very dear gay friends and a postponed bout of puberty that caused an introverted and shy Blaine to finally grow into herself.
Supporting Blaine in all matters regarding household, teenagers, cairn terrier Kendra and pursuing her dreams, is her long-suffering husband for over twenty years.
When not writing, reading or at choir practice, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday.

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Email me at blaine@blainedarden.com



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From Clare: Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Fancy writing something for the visitors this month? It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.
I'm holding a FREE FICTION DAY on the 28th, so send me new fiction - links to your existing work also welcome! - to clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll post it all then :).

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FOLLOW the Birthday Blog so far:.
Jan 16: Sasha L. Miller making magic happen.
Jan 17: H. B. Pattskyn shares a free short story.
Jan 17: Becky Black on what can really happen after publishing.

 
Jan 09: Lee Rowan shares her healthy resolution.
Jan 10: Rowena Sudbury and the beauty of a blue moon.
Jan 10: Sandra Lindsay and her WIP characters.
Jan 11: Shelley Munro and a tour of bedrooms through the ages.
Jan 11: Dany Sirene and her love of Goth characters.
Jan 12: Sarah Madison and her decision to stop competing.
Jan 13: Alix Bekins shares her love of kink.
Jan 14: Janis Susan May on writing one word at a time.
Jan 14: Charlie Cochrane watches movies with hankies at hand.
Jan 15: Megan Derr and the inspiration in fairytales.


Jan 01: luscious_words shares some fabulous icons.
Jan 02: Jordan Castillo Price shares her experience of re-releasing books.
Jan 03: Mara Ismine wonders how important is continuity in fiction?
Jan 04: Jen shares her favourite Rom Com movies.
Jan 05: Karenna Colcroft introduces her unusual werewolf.
Jan 06: Stevie Carroll takes us on a pictorial tour of her favourite locations.
Jan 07: Tinnean quotes Jack Benny on age.
Jan 07: Josie makes a brave leap into a scary sport.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory finds inspiration at every turn.

Check up on:
Prior years fun HERE and
The 2012 Guest schedule HERE.


Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.

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charliecochrane
Jan. 18th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
But when I'm writing I'm in the world I created, I'm in my characters skins, emerged in their emotions and their moods.


I don't always achieve that state, but when I do I know the story will be a good one.

Maybe we can persuade you to sing at the next UK Meet?
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charliecochrane
Jan. 19th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
We could organise a choir. (There have been threats of some of us doing Flanders and Swann...)
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jordan_c_price
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
When you sing, you hone in on "you," and yet when you write you need to both hone in and detach from "you" at the same time? Or is it that they're both about letting go on some level? I feel like there's a slippery concept here I'm eager to understand, because there is a weird alchemy to writing for sure.
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jordan_c_price
Jan. 18th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
A bunch more clear, thank you! I love "the zone." I wish it was easier to achieve, but it's one of those paradoxical things for me, at least, that showing up but not trying too hard is the only way to get there.
marasmine
Jan. 18th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Hi Blaine!
I've never thought that deeply about singing because I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but it is interesting that you can compare it to writing so closely. Are you channeling the song like you channel a character?
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chrissymunder
Jan. 26th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Singing is about touching people through sharing myself and my emotions.

One of the best descriptions of writing I've read.
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