Friday, December 10, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Kim Coates

Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.

Today's INFF guest is Kim Coates. She is a writer whom I first met through American Night Writers Association and whom I have run into at many writers conferences. She blogs at Sometimes Hard But Oh So Worth It. If that weren't enough, she created the ingenious "The Write Planner", a planner/organizer designed specifically for writers, available at her website, Writer Remedies!

Let's get to know Kim!
SME: Welcome to INFF!

Kim: Thank you for having me!

SME: So how's your holiday season so far?

Kim: Great, but very busy.

SME: Isn't that always the way it is? I remember as a kid it seemed like it took forever for Christmas to come. As a mom, though, I have daily panic attacks realizing how quickly I'm running out of time.

Kim: I know! I finally bought "the gift" for my daughter. I can relax a little now, because nothing else matters besides that doll. At least to her.

SME: So, what is the one Christmas goodie that you absolutely have to have every year or it just doesn't feel like Christmas?

Kim: Just one? Isn't the whole purpose of the holidays so you can binge on endless amounts of holiday goodies?

SME: Oh. My. Word. We are now officially friends... maybe even twins separated at birth!

Kim: At last, I've found you!

SME: I know, I know. I complete you. I get that alot.
So, Kim. What's your favorite continent?

Kim: Having never even been on any except North America, I have to go with that. Although I'd love to see more someday. But I may just have to visit them through books.

SME: Again--twins. I travel vicariously through books and "Ricks Steve's Europe" on PBS.

Kim: Rick Steve has his own Europe? That must be cool

SME: Dude. Where do I get my Europe?

Kim: Books.

SME: Ah, crum buckets. I was really hoping for a minute there... ah, well.

Kim: Dear Santa, SME has been really good this year. Can you send her her very own Europe?

SME: Or at least England. She'd settle for London and a small piece of Scotland.

Kim: I really don't think that's asking for too much

SME: I've been REALLY good

Kim: I would expect no less from a twin.

SME: He'd probably reply, "You found your twin. Isn't that enough for you?"

Kim: Maybe we better not mention that then. Let's just be friends instead.

SME: I was perusing your website and, I must say, I was intrigued by your writer's planner. It's a planner designed specifically for writers. Tell us a little about that.

Kim: Well, as a writer I'm always looking for a way to squeeze in time to write. So many things take over my day, and I forget all about it. So I came up with a system that keeps it in the front of my mind. Hense: The Write Planner.

SME: It's a rather ingenious idea, really. In my experience, writers are inherently disorganized people.

Kim: It has plenty of space to right down everyday things, but it's geared toward keeping you focused on your writing. My favorite part is the weekly motivating quotes from famous authors.

SME: If you need any more motivating quotes I have lots. You know. If you need them.

Kim: I think I'd love to have a quote from you. Maybe I can make a special SME edition.

SME: One of my favorite quotes actually came from my son: When his friend jumped off the monkeybars at school and broke his arm, my son said, and I quote, "Maybe you shouldn't do dumb stuff like that." You'd be amazed at how applicable that quote is.

Kim: He is very wise. We can all learn from that quote.

SME: Here's a quote from me that I'll give you for free ('cause I'm cool like that): "I decided to become a writer because ninja was just too easy."

Kim: I love it. It will be a great addition to the planner.

SME: Perfect.
That brings us to one of my favorite parts of every interview: The Portrait!

Kim: I'm a little camera shy...

SME: No cameras are used in the making of these portraits. (Wow. I sounded all professional there)

Kim: Ahhh. Carry on then.

*draws a fantabulous portrait!*

Kim Coates: Who needs cameras with portraits like this? Hey, look. A writing planner!

SME: Oh yes. Because you are an organized writer--and proud of it!

Kim Coates: Organized? Yes. Brilliantly creative? Still working on that!

SME: One thing at a time, Kim. One thing at a time.

Kim Coates: Are you saying I can't be brilliantly creative while being organized? I'm in trouble!

SME: Oh, no. I'm saying once you're organized, then you can work on the brilliantly creative. And once you reach brilliantly creative you can work on filthy rich. See... baby steps.

Kim Coates: I like that last baby step. Too bad it's about a million baby steps away for most of us.

SME: Let's just not mention the number of baby steps... we'd need a gazillion motivating quotes to pull us out of the depression that would lead to.

Kim Coates: Good point.

SME: Well. I believe we've reached the traditional final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Kim Coates: 1. I found my long lost twin.
2. I lost my long lost twin, for the sake of Santa, but that twin might get her own country for Christmas, so it was worth it.
3. This is the only interview I've ever done, so it really is the best.
4. Look at that portrait!
5. I got a new pair of red shoes. See, the portrait says so, so it must be true.

SME: And lovely red shoes they are.

Kim Coates: I feel like Dorothy.

SME: Thanks for stopping by, well-organized long-lost twin!

Kim Coates: Thanks for completing me. I hope you enjoy your England.

SME: If I get it, I'll enjoy it!

Kim Coates: And I'm sure you'll invite a long lost twin to visit, right?

SME: Absolutely! *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

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Karen said...

Oh. My. Heavens. That was awesome. I want a twin...

And the writing planner sounds fantastic. Got to get me one of those.

Angie said...

Good answer on the holiday treats. I am so with you there. I love the quote too! Great interview.

Rebecca said...

That was hilarious!

Kari Pike said...

That was too much fun! Thanks for the smiles today!

Kimberly said...

I just had such a fit of the giggles that I bruised my spleen. Seriously. You're lucky you're too cool to sue.

Shantel said...

Aweseom interview! That planner looks like something I need. I need to find time.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

If you do get that bit of a country for Christmas, maybe a summer writer retreat would be in order?

Fun interview.

Clarence***RealityIsGoodEnoughForMe***Alexander said...

One no-fail method for breaking out of blogger’s block is to pick another blog that you really like and say nice things about it.

Seriously, that’s it.

Now, you don't have to start with my blog...

...but I would like all you talented writers, that may have come to "writers/bloggers block" to start somewhere!


I realized that even if you were completely stuck in the doldrums of blogger’s block, you could always pick another blog to say something nice about. It’s like an instant post formula! We sometimes need a change of pace, a refreshing alternative, new inspiration from literary exploration and admiration of great authors will do the trick!

Has your mother ever told you that if you couldn’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Well, this is the same idea, but flipped on its side: if you can’t say anything at all, then say something nice! Not only is this a sure-fire method to come up with an idea for a blog post, you will also make somebody’s day...I'm starting with you...

You are great and talented, i really enjoyed reading your posts. You really gave me something to think about. You have a book inside of you. I hope you can read my posts and be inspired to write, as i have become, viewing your blog. Take care of yourself, God bless you and your family.



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