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Introducing Icy…

February 24, 2011

In writing this, I feel like I should be standing up, scraping a plastic form-moulded chair across a lino floor in the process, clutching a cup of bad coffee and announcing my name to Writers Anonymous. Don’t worry, I’m not about to go all Tyler Durden on you. I’m just, in a roundabout kind of way, trying to introduce myself.

I’m Icy. 27, Pisces, English. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and it’s so ingrained in me that not writing isn’t something I’ve ever considered. I learned to write, and your typical child’s stories followed (including one memorable piece in which I described the great flood of Newcastle upon Tyne in a fake newspaper report, highlighting even at the age of nine an interest in historical fiction). I finally took a creative writing class at 16 at the suggestion of an English teacher, and decided this writing lark was something I wanted to try as an actual pursuit.

So I guess I’ve been writing seriously for almost twelve years now. I started my online writing endeavours on a now-defunct writing community almost four years ago, which introduced me to the concept of flash fiction. Contacts were made, and I ended up getting a few pieces published online. The community changed focus, and somehow I stumbled across Write Anything. I began doing their Fiction Friday challenges, got to know Paul and Jodi, and wound up working with them on last year’s Chinese Whisperings project. All such a far cry from the little girl sat writing on a spare typewriter in her mother’s office if snow forced her school to close for the day.

I hate having to define what genre I think I am, as I like to write whatever tickles my fancy, but I am drawn to the ‘adventure’ style of writing – my Parrots & Piracy series about a pirate and his telepathic parrot all began with a Fiction Friday prompt, and my vaguely steampunk serial set in the fictional city of Vertigo has given rise to new stories and adventures. I occasionally dabble in horror or ill-defined puddles of fantasy, but I mostly enjoy writing historical fiction.

Goals for 2011 involve the usual writing and submission of stories to magazines, but the biggest projects include another jaunt with Annie Evett’s Choose Your Online Adventures project, a Parrots & Piracy e-book, and finally getting on with editing my supernatural YA novel!

  1. February 24, 2011 12:26 am

    [applause] She forgot to mention that she’s working on a novella about to be published, does photography and modeling, also DJs and knits like a fiend folks. It’s okay, because that doesn’t matter. Icy has become a good friend of mine. Listen to what this gal has to say and learn something new.

  2. February 24, 2011 6:26 am

    Icy – you are awesome and its jus SOOOO fantastic you are writing over here..

  3. February 24, 2011 7:46 am

    Hello my fellow Pisces and nearly birthday buddy! So glad to be working with you on another project. Looking forward to learning more from and about you!

  4. February 24, 2011 8:48 am

    Nice intro – glad to meet you, and hey, I hate the genre question as well 🙂

  5. February 24, 2011 8:48 pm

    I try to tackle the genre question in my own post Icy, though I think I’ve learnt that even if you do label yourself, we don’t have to be restricted and can branch out, experiment and try something new.

    Look forward to your other posts.

  6. February 25, 2011 4:12 am

    Carrie – You’re too kind!

    Annie – I always need new outlets for my scribblings…

    Rob – Yeah, it’s awesome getting to work with you again!

    Hamish and Benjamin – I hate the genre question! It’s a necessary one to help pitch your work but it’s so restricting at the same time.

  7. Laura Rachel Fox permalink
    February 26, 2011 2:13 pm

    Congrats Icy. Glad to see you on the Write Anything team. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  8. March 5, 2011 2:20 am

    What a great teacher that was who spotted your interest and talent. Good job for us all she/he did.

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