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Caspian is a winner of the Figment Street Team, eclectic writer, and vintage camera user. She does her best writing at 4 a.m. . . . which is normal, right?
What was your favorite part of being on the Pushing the Limits Figment Street Team?
I loved being able to spread the news about the book in so many different ways! I would have never thought of using Pinterest or using postcards to get the word out.
When you start a new piece, what are your first steps?
Each story is radically different from the last, so it differs from piece to piece. But usually, I hear or see something that sparks a new idea. I take note of it and let it sit until it collides with another, older idea that I have, and they make sweet little plot bunnies. From there, I start writing whatever scenes pop into my head and leave blanks for things I don’t know yet. (I once wrote twenty pages without a name for my MC!) After I feel like I have a handle on it, I sit down and write out my plot roller coaster. (Thank you NaNo!) I made a calendar on the wall beside my bed, and I just finished plotting out the events of my upcoming project in chronological order. I’ve never done this before, but I like the way it’s helped me with organization. I’ve also taken to writing the events down in the planner that I have for school. (Honors US 1 outline, AP homework, Will kicks Aria out of the house…) I’m generally pretty disorganized, so this is a big step for me.
Fill in the blank: “At 2 a.m., I’m most likely . . .”
Listening to Parov Stelar on my laptop, hanging upside down and typing like a madwoman on my Alphasmart. (No internet means no Tumblr, and 700 hours of battery? Can you say writer’s best friend?) The Alphasmart is pretty much a typewriter without paper. And, you know, it’s a lost less clunky. Now that I have one, I get so much more work done, even if I have to get up in the middle of the night to do it. I’m always so much more inspired when I should be sleeping. I set the alarm for four in the morning, and I switch on the light, grab my Alphasmart, and start writing before I can regret it and go back to sleep. Of course, I’m generally half asleep and don’t remember any of it when I wake up, but at least my inner editor is as sleepy as I am!
What’s your weirdest/most unique hobby?
I have quite the obsession with vintage things. My most recent buy is a Polaroid Minute Maker. Once I tracked down film for it, I started taking pictures like there’s no tomorrow. (Which, for Polaroids, there might not be, considering how difficult it is to buy film!) Aside from that, I love going to Goodwill, flea markets, and yard sales looking for records. My mom bought me a record player when I was younger, and now I have a stack of vinyl that’s threatening to weigh more than my little brother.
Do you have a go-to writing snack?
Coffee is a writing requirement, but aside from that, pretty much anything as long as it isn’t messy and doesn’t take me away from the keyboard for long. I’ve recently fell in love with Powerbars. I know they’re made for athletes and people that actually go outside for reasons other than getting the mail, but whoever said that writing isn’t a sport has obviously never completed NaNo. Aside from those, bananas and Nutella are a reward for reaching a breaking point in my writing.
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