Casey McCormick of LITERARY RAMBLES
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For those of you who don't know her--Where have you been?--Casey is a fantastic person, who readily gives of herself to the writing community. She is the creator of LITERARY RAMBLES: a well-known, well-established, and well-run blog filled with a smörgåsbord of agent bios, craft/technique sites, and the simple love of writing.
What was it that first attracted you to writing, storytelling, and reading as a adult?
As an adult? Hard to say. The HARRY POTTER series was definitely a huge inspiration for me. They’re the kind of books that leave you desperate to write, to create something even a fraction as good and absorbing.
When did you know you wanted to write?
I knew I had it in me after I finished my first novel at 17. I was about 20 when I decided to dedicate myself to writing as a craft and to learn about the industry.
What characters, scenes, or plotlines tap your heart? Do you believe those same qualities exist in today's literature?
Fantasy has always appealed to me. I wanted to be special so bad as a kid that I was pretty withdrawn from normal life. Later on, as a teen, I felt that same obsessive pull with love and romance. The funny thing is, I think my desire for a fairytale childhood only served to make me that much more normal! So yes, I think these elements still exist in today’s literature and I strongly believe they’re timelessly successful.
It must be said. A LOT of bloggers recognize your name. Literary Ramblings, for those who don't know, is a well-know, well-established, and well-run blog filled with a smorgadborge of agent bios, craft/technique sites, and simply your love of the writing community.
You were the first blog I started following. I was such a newbie, scared and meek, afraid of the teeny cyber shadow I was casting. And despite the size of your shadow, I was not afraid. Totally the opposite. You made me--even though you didn't know me--feel comfortable. YOU have a way of blogging. It really is an art form.
Thank you so much! Hearing your experience with my blog reaffirms what I’m doing. I really strive to be helpful and approachable, so it means a ton to me that you view Literary Rambles and me in that light.
When did you decide to start Literary Rambles?
I started Literary Rambles in 2008 after I joined AbsoluteWrite. I saw that a lot of other writers had blogs dedicated to their writing, so I decided to start one as well.
At what point did you know that it was going to be a meeting ground for agents and the mast of hopeful writers in need of them?
The idea for Agent Spotlight came to me in March of 2009, but I didn’t know it would become popular until it was well underway.
What is best thing about blogging for you? Hardest?
The best thing about blogging has been the community. Next to that, it would probably be the sense of achievement I have. The hardest part is definitely the time-consuming nature of it. I’m painfully aware of the hours I dedicate to my blog and how much time I’m not putting toward writing because of it.
As with every Graffiti Wall interview, I must veer the course and ask a silly question. Are you a dog or a cat person?
Dog person. Are you shocked?
You are a mother, wife, writer, and pretty much tap upon all other aspects of the writing world. Alleywalkers click HERE to read more. How do you keep it all together?
Sometimes I don’t keep it all together. Sometimes I want to scream at myself for piling my responsibilities so high. But here’s the thing, even if I shook everything off (but my family, of course), I’d start stacking stuff on again after a week or two. That’s just the way I am. I like to be mentally stimulated, to feel like I have a purpose and a plan. So I play a little game of Jenga with my life, rearranging things the best I can. Yes, occasionally I crash and burn, but I get back up and start stacking again, determined to get higher and more organized.
I am a HUGE fan of short stories. I love the idea of your Flashy Fiction--a tab off of Literary Rambles. Could you tell the readers a little about the 411.
Flashy Fiction is a place just to practice, play, warm-up, whatever! There are seven of us posting prompts, one for each day of the week. The only rule is that comments on other people’s writing be nice and supportive. Flashy isn’t a critique site. It’s a place just to write and be read.
What has been the most gratifying moment for you since you started blogging? Started Literary Rambles? Started writing?
Gosh, there have been sooo many. It seems like I keep reaching new heights. One of my favorite days was definitely when Jenny Bent linked to me on Twitter and then Janet Reid gave me a mention on her blog the same day. That allowed me to take a deep breath and finally feel confident in what I was doing.
What are your hopes for Literary Rambles? Where do you see it going in 6 months? A year?
I have a lot of ideas for Literary Rambles. I’d love to do more agent interviews to compliment the spotlights, particularly with the agents I have the least info on, and I’d love to incorporate a forum. I’ve nearly reached a breaking point with time as it is though, so I’ve had to put those goals aside for a while. Right now, I see myself focusing on what I have, keeping it going, and getting some of the older spotlights updated. Within the next couple of months, I am hoping to redesign my layout.
Free time--yeah, I know...laugh, but when you find some, what is your most cherished thing to do?
Read! Definitely. Nothing is more relaxing to me than letting everything go and getting lost in a book.
On behalf of myself and the GRAFFITI WALL, thank you for sharing your splats of graffiti with us!! Best always to you, Casey.
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