My alarm is set for 3:30 am (I know...I'm an early bird). Ideally I get up when it goes off. More often I get up either before it goes off, or after it has been steadily increasing in sound for ten minutes. I settle down at my computer and catch up with LJ posts and my Emails, check any on-line orders, and take a shower. I try to leave the house around 6:00 am, no later than 7:00 am. Why so early? Well, so that I can either have breakfast or go to the coffee shop for coffee and oatmeal and a quiet hour of reading my NookBook. By 8:00 am I'm at the shop, setting up the laptop to finish whatever I didn't get to earlier. (Wednesdays are studio days and have a different schedule - LOL.) I open the shop shortly before 10:00 am, work until 6:15 pm and then return home to...you guessed it...my computer. Where I sit and beta, work on illustrations, or compose until 9:00 pm. I join my DH at 9 for an hour of TV or part of a movie and I try to go to sleep at 10:00 pm. Long day...
2)How did you find your way to LJ?
It was through my friends at Lizard Council, as well as Spiced Wine and Esteliel. All of these people have been instrumental in pushing me from just editing to actually writing for my own AU and I'm having so much fun exploring my own Tolkienesque universe.
3)What was the first Tolkien fanfiction you ever read, and where did you read it?
The very first astounded me. I had been totally unaware that such a thing existed. I was hunting for information on the Sigil of Gil-Galad for an enamel piece that I wanted to make, followed links, and found Nilmandra's "History of Middle Earth". I started reading and was totally hooked. Following more links led to more stories and the whirlpool closed over my head. I haven't breathed the non-fan-fic air since, and I regret NONE of my actions :-)
4)Which of your own writings is your favorite and why?
I think I like "An Exchange of Gifts" ( http://efiction.esteliel.de/viewstory.php?sid=175 ) the best, so far. As to why - it was the first of my stories where my glassworker, Helyanwë, poked up her head. Since that time in March, she has taken over my life, and now she is the focus of my Summer of Writing Dangerously. I need to get her story told so that I can move on from her to another character who actually has been in my mind for a longer time but who is less "pushy" about getting her opportunity to hit electronic print.
5)How would you describe yourself to a new online acquaintance?
I'm an artist, a faithful friend, a fairly decent beta-reader, and I have a crazy sense of humor that likes to crop up at odd moments. I am not some young idiot; rather, I have had the opportunity, over these long years, to temper my idiocy with the patina of age. Good or bad, the patina is firmly in place. I love meeting my F-list friends, and I'm not ashamed to throw on a cloak to walk to a downtown pub with said friends. I love the Renaissance Festival, and think that indoor plumbing, refrigerators, and washing machines totally rock. I love my car, and have the best and worst of husbands in the person of my own DH. Take it or leave it, I am unique.
So there you go, Min. Enjoy!