Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lydia's Introduction

My name is Lydia. I'm 23 years old, married, and I live in Toronto.

I was a preacher's kid for most of my childhood and adolescence- the churches my parents pastored tended to be non-denominational or Charismatic/Pentecostal, although there were a few exceptions to this rule.

Last summer I became the Associate Faith Editor at theooze.com.

I've been writing poetry, short stories and essays since grade school. About six months ago I started working on my first novel, although my progress on it has been nearly nonexistent lately for a few different reasons: the job search has been taking up a great deal of my time, and I've also been having some difficulty communicating with and understanding the motives of the main character in the story.

So, hello. :)


Anonymous said...

Hi there Lydia. My name is Gina and I've seen some of your posts on the Ooze. I do occasionally write when driven, as well as poetry. Just wanted to say hello-

Lydia said...

Hi, Gina. Welcome to the group. :)

ed c said...

Hi Lydia. I look forward to your future blog posts.
Thanks for the link to my writing blog.

gina said...

Thanks, I think I'm set...

What inspired your poem? I look foreward to these posts as well. Also, if you don't mind me asking, how did you come across the Ooze? Gina-
Hello Ed-

gina said...

Forgot to ask, What is your novel about? I can imagine it would be quite time consuming-

Lydia said...

No problem, Ed. I'm a big fan of your site. :)

To be honest, Gina, I don't remember exactly what the inspiration was for my poem. I know that at the time I was attending a church that had some pretty traditional views on the bible and gender roles, but I can't think of any specific incidences that might have led to that poem.

I came across The Ooze about six years ago from a link at a (now-defunct) message board/website called re:generation.

How did you find The Ooze?

(I'll answer the book question in my next reply.)

Lydia said...

My book is the story of a teenage pastor's daughter who is struggling with issues related to her faith and sexual orientation.

No, it isn't autobiographical, but I have drawn on some my own experiences (as well as the experiences of friends) for certain elements of the story.

I'm having trouble with the main character - she's turning out to be a darker person than I wanted her to be.

She's not dark in a malicious way....just emotionally and spiritually conflicted in many different ways. I was hoping to write a more upbeat character, but She's not cooperating. ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for starting this blog, Lydia. Looking forward to reading more.

Lydia said...

No problem. :)