Thia’s Muse: Backwards Clockworks

Hi Queeromance Ink readers! I’m Thia (of A Thia Thing) and Scott has given over the reins to the blog for me to write my musings every once in a while. (Does he know what he’s done? Bwa ha ha!) For my first post, I figured I’d give you a look into the inner workings of this author’s backwards clockworks.

First, a little about me. I’m 28 – at least in my mind and as a student of metaphysics that’s what matters *winks*. We won’t mention my birthdate. I’m tri-gender; prefer the term ‘non-normative’ to ‘non-binary’, but that’s only because I used to be a computer geek and when I hear binary, I think 1s and 0s; and strangely enough having said that – I hate labels so prefer to think of myself as an eternal being having a human experience.

You might be wondering what a backwards clockwork is. In the most literal sense, it’s a clock that has been configured to run counter clockwise rather than clockwise. In a more metaphorical sense, it’s the concept of running a clock backwards, thus giving a person more ‘time’ to do one thing or another. It’s giving one’s self the gift of as long as you want to do what you need to do while not being aware of time at all.

I always figure that’s what my muse is trying to do when he suggests I write ‘this’ book and before I’ve even finished the outline, he suggests I write ‘that’ book. He’s bloody minded like that. And I swear that to him, it all makes sense that I should be able to outline and write a 70k+ novel in a day or two.

I’ve been asked before why my muse is male – my answer is “Heck if I know. He just is.” But back to my backwards clockwork… (I can get diverted, can you tell?)

I have four author names – Thianna Durston, Thianna D., Cynthia Kimball, & Bree Cariad. They each write a different set of genres and kind of have their own personalities when in writing mode. And sometimes each one has a story they want to write at the same time. Last year, I was writing two stories in two different series from two different names, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for several weeks, just to appease them. (And I seriously do not want another pseudonym, though I must admit I’m a bit put out with myself that all of them are so feminine.)

When my backwards clockwork really works, it’s a bit magical as a writer. I sit down, my fingers hit the keyboard, and time ceases to exist. The characters come alive in my head, my muse chatters on, and my fingers run hundreds of miles a minute to keep up with it all. I’ve had days where it wasn’t working well and I wrote down perhaps 250 words and each word felt like pulling eye teeth (that’s the wisdom teeth if you don’t know). And then I’ve had days where everything was in sync and I wrote 22, 000 words (nope. Not kidding.) I’ve written novels over years and novels over days.

And yes, time doesn’t technically stop – but it sure feels like it when I’m in that groove. I’ve never been high on drugs, so this might not be the most adequate comparison, but it is a high to me. Being in that intense pull of creativity where I not only can’t stop, I don’t even consider it. Time ceases to have meaning and I write and write and write.

As usually happens, I go at it so hard and fast that I have to take a break for a few weeks (or months) before I can go at it again. But I do love it when everything works right and my backwards clockwork moves smoothly into sync.

Well, I must get back to my books… It’s good to ‘meet’ you all! I’ll be back with more musings from time to time. Feel free to check out my books here on Queeromance Ink under the following names:

  • Thianna Durston (M/M romance)
  • Thianna D. (the main characters under this name are het or pan with m/f pairings, but there are lgbt secondary characters)
  • Bree Cariad (M/M Inspirational romance)
  • (Queer SciFi books under the name Cynthia Kimball are coming in 2018)

Now… where’s that clock?

is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

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