Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Spin On Things

You’re probably wondering what the top I used in this blog is all about. I like to think of it as my talisman when I write. I don’t have a real one yet but I look at the picture of the top that I have posted in my office and wonder about all the possibilities. Then I break all those possibilities and push the boundaries.

Just like a top I like to add my spin on things and let them land where fate deems fit. As a writer I strive to be different. When I sit down and write a story I write not just as a writer but also as a reader. I want to be entertained and want to entertain, thrill, entice and make you come back for more. Many say there is power with free speech. I say there is power in the way you write the words in your free speech. It is amazing what the human brain can come up with and I am asked many times how I come up with my ideas and I always find there is not really a way to articulate how I come up with ideas. I just simply say I put my spin on it.

Yet it is so much more. One of my greatest ideas places lately is the Subway. Yes you heard me right the Subway. As I ride to and from work and people are rushing to get to work or get the heck home I sit and dream of the next adventure I will take. I laugh, cry and curse as the plot plays in my head like it is happening to me at that moment. Yes as you can imagine I get strange looks but I don’t care I am too deep in my story for it to even register. Well unless someone actually asks me what is wrong then they wish they didn’t as I bring them into my story to. LOL. If the mood strikes me I’ve been know to pull out paper and if that’s not available tissue/napkins and write. I scribble furiously and get my ideas down and even chapters. You can imagine how my desk looks with papers when I get ready to write. LOL.

Now back to the spin on things. Differences are what make us and I like to explore that then smash it to push it to the extreme. I have found that this works for me. The trick is you have to let go and let the muse take you where it will. Me and Mikayla - my muse (yes she has a name because she is very demanding and opinionated) have a good working relationship. Meaning I let her have free rein and when I do it works in both our favors. We push each other to do more and give more. With each book I sit to write I wonder what will make this different and memorable then I realize that no matter what you write as long as you put your spin on it you already have the battle of a great story won.

I try and create novels that are unrestrained by reality. Hell I build worlds that defy definition and enjoy each and every improbable part of it. I love fulfilling anything I think is needed in a great story. Of course that means an engaging plot, lots of sex, fantasy and escape. An escape from the normal everyday and into the pages of a wonderful tale. I revel in the forays of the alpha male hero type and the kick butt heroine whether they be human, vampire, shape shifter, witch or anything else. There is freedom when you let go the restrictions and let the imagination free. Step outside what is expected. I love, fight and live with all those characters I create. Isn’t this really what it is all about? Taking a spin and letting it flow.

Novels are an adventure just waiting for you to open the pages and take a whirl. It is all about imagination and using it to escape. So take a spin and see where you end up and let your mind escape…

So, what does the spin on things mean to you or what novels have you read that had a spin on things that made you long for more….



Sandra Cox said...

Hey Everyone,
Just want you to know that Goddess Taige is responsible for this lovely website. Didn't she do a great job!

Bronwyn Green said...

Hey Taige,

My all-time favorite "spin" novel is probably Mists of Avalon. I'd always been a fan of Arthurian literature, but when I stumbled across Mists in college, it was practically an epiphany. :)

Two of my recent favorites are The Turning and Possession, both by Jennifer Armintrout. I love what she's done with her world in terms of her vampires and what it truly means to be 'human.' I highly recommend both of her books - and I can't wait 'til book three comes out!

Lacey Thorn said...

I think my favorite author right now is Karen Rose for just that reason. She has an uncanny ability to spin and weave an incredible story that keeps you hooked always saying "just a little bit more. I have to read just a little bit more." Until you have spent the entire day immersed in her story. That is what I strive for in my writing as well as my reading.

Desiree Holt said...

Hi Taige,
What a fabulous job you did with this page. You make us all really look like goddesses! I just read a novel by Janet Chapman in her Knight series and loved it. She also "spins" and gives you a wonderfully satisfyiong ending.

Taige Crenshaw said...

Hi Sandra
{Shrug} Didn’t do much just played around a little. Charlene got us started.

I checked Jennifer Armintrout site and now I have to add her to my list of author’s to look for. I’m a sucker for vampires LOL.

Now I have to add another to the list Karen Rose.

Another for my growing list. I love highlanders and a great story.