Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Interview: Nikki McCormack

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

Today’s interviewee is writer Nikki McCormack.

NikkiMcCormackWhat have you been wonderstruck by recently?

I am perpetually wonderstruck by nature, especially living in the magnificent northwest. Because of that, I thought I would go a different route with this and hit on something a little different. I’ve been wonderstruck many times recently by the people around me and the little things they do, all the time, often without thinking about them, that make my day or someone else’s day a little better. Anything from a quick hug or texted smile to holding a door open a little longer for someone who isn’t so quick on their feet anymore. Seeing little things like that go on around you all the time lets you see how wonderful the world can be in the simplest of ways.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Every part. Really. Even the bad moments add up to a whole that I am generally quite happy with.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

Anytime I struggle with my writing. This is a big one for me because there is nothing I do that I put more of my heart and soul into then my writing. Like anyone, I am subject to doubts and uncertainty at some times and simple procrastination fits at others. How do you move through it? Often, if I crack my own whip and just sit down to work I am fine. If I find myself being more stubborn, some time doing something physical, a workout, a hike, or cleaning stalls, often gives my subconscious enough freedom to work its magic and get me going again.

What do you wish you are more conscious of?

My limits. I love to spend time with the people I care about, but I often find myself overbooked and stressed trying to fit everything in. As a result, the time I spend on my work and the time I spend with others is often not as good as it could be. This is something I continue to struggle with.

How do you stay truly focused on what is important to you?

Sometimes I don’t. I stray off track now and then, but I always manage to get back simply because those things are so important to me. My writing and the people (and critters) I care about are important enough that I can usually force myself back on track. I do find that being careful about my schedule helps and taking time to do some of the physical things (kayaking, dancing, etc.) that I enjoy helps me keep my head clear so I can focus on those things.

About Nikki McCormack:

A science fiction and fantasy author represented by Emily Keyes of the L. Perkins Agency. I like to dance, kayak, explore caves, practice iaido and archery, and work with my horses when I can find time for all that.

I have one book represented by Emily at this time and a second that she is reviewing final edits on. I hope to have publishing announcements soon. 

Find Nikki here:

9 comments:

  1. Next time I'm stuck, can I come help you clean stalls, Nikki? That sounds like a great way of getting things moving. Thanks for the interview. Nice job!

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  2. Thanks Liv! You can come help with stalls anytime. :) It actually is a great way to get the brain clicking on other things.

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  4. Physical work helps me solve problems too. I'm sure there's plenty of authors who would pay to clean out your stalls to get past their writers' block. Hmmm....this could be a very lucrative business. ;-)

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  5. Loved your answer about what you've been wonderstruck by lately. Nature is wonderful and gorgeous, but when people do simple, thoughtful, kind things for each other without expecting anything in return, I am often impressed and amazed.

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  6. Being grateful for every part of the day is very admirable, Nikki. Great attitude.

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  7. Yes. I think it's something we often tend to take for granted. It seems like the bad things a few people do tend to overshadow the millions of good things so many others do every day.

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  8. Thanks! There are days that attitude is harder to keep than others, but I find it makes for a happier life all around. :)

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