You know when you come across a blog where the author really gets you? That's how I feel about Morgan Shamy's slice of the Blogoverse. Her posts speak to me. Perhaps it's because we both write YA. Perhaps it's because she's a mom of four. Or perhaps it's because she blogs with her whole heart and you can't help but connect with her commonsense and honesty. Whatever the reason, Morgan Shamy's blog is one worth following. Morgan is dun, dun, dun... The Shamynator.
Welcome, Morgan! So tell me, when and why did you start your blog?
I never wanted to blog. I was afraid of it, truth. And I told myself I wasn’t going to start blogging until after I landed an agent and needed a *reason* to have a blog. Last summer at the SCBWI conference in LA, my writer BFF, Leigh Fallon, convinced me I needed to start now. What better time when I could relay my querying ups and downs and share the whole experience? I took her advice and in late Oct this last year took the leap. (Little did I know this community would be such a strength and motivating factor. Best. Decision. Ever.)
Your followers owe Leigh big time because your blog is fab. I'm so glad you took her advice.
You've written some of my all-time favorite posts. How do you come up with your ideas?
Hah! Really??? That’s too cool. Thanks, Em! I write what’s in my heart at the time. I can’t write a post on something I’m not truly feeling in the moment. I hope I don’t go too overboard on querying and rejection, but that’s what I’m living right now. My goal is to be honest—but not in an annoying way. (You know the type: Ugh! My dog woke me up ten times last night and now I can’t work because I’m exhausted. Or: Shouldn’t have eaten that ten-pound burrito for lunch. I’m really paying for it now.)
I think there’s a line between being *too* honest, and too… what’s the word… robotic? I don’t enjoy reading posts that are clinical and where anyone could have written them. I want to come across as real, so my readers can really get a feel of who I am and share this journey with me.
That's why I enjoy your blog so much. You're honest but not stiff.
How has blogging helped your writing?
Blogging has helped my writing because it’s enabled me to face the fear. I’ve dug deep into facing rejection, accepting it, and being open with it on the blog—in doing so, it’s helped me heal so I could put querying/rejection out of my mind, have a clear head, and be able to focus on my projects instead of centering on the battle that used to be constantly taking place between my ears: Can I do this? Am I wasting my time? Etc. There’s something to be said about admitting to people your weaknesses. Also, accountability is HUGE. When I’m putting it out there to the world what I want, I have that extra push/pressure to make those goals happen.
Again, I relate to what you're saying. It's cathartic to blog about rejections and have other writers share their own experiences. No one understands a writer like another writer.
What is your most memorable blogging experience to date?
Most memorable blogging experience? Definitely when my childhood idol commented on my blog! I did a post last December on the Nutcracker and how dancing has affected my writing. And Peter Christie, a brilliant dancer who has this uncanny magic to his dancing (and who I got to share the stage with a few times) saw my post and left a sweet note. (I’ve actually named a character after him in my latest WIP—it’s a YA ballet ghost story that I’m soooo stoked about.)
No way! That's amazing!
Oh, a spy all the way! I have no desire to go into space, put gross things in a bubbling cauldron, and though I wouldn’t mind the whole princess thing—dancing around at balls and such—I’d much rather be dressed all in black, wearing tall leather boots, with weapons strapped to my hip. Oh, and sunglasses of course. (Apparently it’s all about appearance) Plus, we writers are great at observing people, jotting down secret notes, and traveling the world, yes? ;)
Good answer. BTW, I gave your your nickname BEFORE I read this reply. I guess we were both channeling black leather... :)
Thanks so much, Em! This was way fun. :D
Thank you for taking the time, Morgan!