I didn't lose my marbles, I keep them in a tin under my bed...

For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a new writing community Trifecta. The powers-that-be there have asked that we tell each other a little about ourselves. I can’t pass up a good meme…

  1. What is your name (real or otherwise): Tara Roberts, sometimes just Tara R. Once upon a time it was Opalstorm ~ long story…
  2. Describe your writing style in three words: Eclectic, haphazard, unpredictable. I write fiction, non-fiction, some poetry. A little bit of everything.
  3. How long have you been writing online: I started my first blog in June, 2007, and my most recent incarnation in December, 2010.
  4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in: I write with Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge (which is currently on hiatus) , Indie Ink, Story Dam, and Haiku Friday. I also successfully completed National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 and 2011.
  5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing: I am terrible at maintaining consistent verb tenses within a single story, and I’m heavy-handed with commas. I need to focus more on my fundamentals.
  6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given: Given during a pep talk when I tried my first NaNoWriMo – “…you are not writing a good book, you are writing a good draft.” ~ Holly Black. The thought was to just write, get all your ideas on paper, then you can go back later to edit.
  7. Who is your favorite author: I tend to gravitate toward the escapism of Science Fiction/Fantasy. I read Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia McKillip, Ray Bradbury, Asimov, Herbert…
  8. How do you make time to write: I’m a SAHM to a fairly, self-sufficient teen, and am a terrible housekeeper. Other than the time I’m out on photo hikes, I do a lot of writing.
  9. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt: Safe. It was difficult to find a word that I was confident I could use the third definition correctly. That was harder than I expected. I have a new-found respect for what you do.
  10. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading: This one was one of the hardest posts for me to write, then hit Publish… “I’m ugly
Rule of thirds

16 thoughts on “TriMeme

  1. I’m curious about Opalstorm, too. 🙂 Thank you for sharing all this. Nice meeting you, Tara. I had the same problems trying to suggest a prompt btw. There were many that either had no 3rd definition or when they did I didn’t feel too confident I’d be able to use it.


  2. I’m with Lance. I need to know that story. Opalstorm is too awesome to pass up. I’m totally annoyed that I have only found out about Velvet Verbosity while it’s on hiatus. Now I’m DYING to play over there. I love fantasy, too! I don’t write much of it, because it’s hard to get it ‘right’, but I love to read it when others do.


  3. Oh, Tara. Nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing “I’m Ugly” which, most assuredly you are not – even though we all are at some point in our lives (and more than we hope to be). It’s when we recognize just how ugly we are that we become truly beautiful.



  4. I love when you do this kind of thing cause I always learn something new 🙂 I remember Opalstorm- That’s when we became FRIENDS! Can you believe it’s been that LONG?! I think J was a jr. in high school when we became friends! MAN!


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