Sunday 22 November 2015

The Z Files: Haydn Lee ~ Gemini

Astrology ~ a bit of fun, a load of rubbish, or something to take seriously?

I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to write a piece about whether or not they're typical of their sign, and how its traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...

Has your favourite writer been featured yet?  Links to all previous posts at the end of this one :)

Another mercurial Gemini today: young writer, lover of old books and one of the Novelistas group, Haydn Lee, who writes 'a pastiche of mystery, horror and psychological exploration'.  She's had a few pieces published in anthologies and the (now sadly defunct) UK Young Writer magazine.

Tell us about how being a Gemini affects your writing life, Haydn!

"I’m a Gemini and a writer, and I believe that the Gemini traits I possess benefit my writing.

I create my characters first, taking inspiration from everyone around me. Although I’m not at all talkative around strangers, I love watching people and am fascinated by their quirks. This demonstrates the typical Gemini’s curiosity for the world around them. I read voraciously from all genres, again showing my Gemini curiosity and a wide range of interests. One day you’ll find me reading Proust, the next a biography of a 1950s movie star. I’m versatile in writing many genres as well: stories, plays, poetry, and odd scenes from imagined film scripts."

"However, I cannot claim to lack any of the Gemini’s negative traits. I am easily distracted by new ideas. I will drop all my old work and get so excited about my new project that I forget what I’d originally set out to write! I have so many unfinished stories and vivid characters without fictional homes because of my fickle and unreliable enthusiasm.

One project I have committed to for years, against all ‘unreliable Gemini' odds, is my diary, which I have kept almost daily from the age of eight. I may be shy around people, but the detail of my diary’s writing demonstrates the Gemini’s primary need above all things: to, somehow, communicate the whirlwind of their thoughts." (Note: Anne Frank was a Gemini)

"All Geminis love words, whether it’s pouring out an inner monologue to anyone who will listen, or self-expression through writing. Geminis have an enthusiasm for all kinds of communication, which lends itself to writing. Just give us a schedule and a plot to stick to first."

One of the best accounts of a sign I've read so far, in that it explains exactly how the sign affects this writer's attitude to her craft.  You can visit Haydn's blog and follow her on Twitter :)

Now, a couple of Gemini twins to make a trio...

.... writer of an 'old book' or two for Haydn ~ Thomas Hardy

.....and translator of Dante's Divine Comedy 
and crime/mystery writer, Dorothy Sayers

Coming next: a very practical and determined Capricorn!

Previous Posts:
Aquarius and Capricorn: Nicky Black

1 comment:

  1. A lovely description and matches many Geminis I know too! Nice to meet you Haydn! You keep very good company with Thomas Hardy and Dorothy Sayers, I must say :)