writing blog hop -- jump right in

Jon Jefferson invited me to join a writing blog hop he was taking part in. He writes Speculative fiction with forays into Noir and Bizarro. His stories have appeared in the 2013 Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Anthology, and the Foil and Phazer Divide and Conquer Anthology. His work can also be found on Amazon and Smashwords. Flash fiction stories can be found at his site 10th Day Publishing (http://10thdaypublishing.com) or his anthologies, short stories, and Novellas can be found at his Amazon Author page (http://www.amazon.com/Jon-Jefferson/e/B00DQDBBBK/).

The idea of the blog hop is to answer the four questions (below) and then list three biographies of other writers, who will continue the blog hop. I decided to put a bit of a twist on it — if you want to hop onto the blog hop, just leave a comment saying so and link to your own blog post.
  1. What am I working on?
    This year: I'm finishing the first draft of last year's NaNoWriMo, editing Tilly with the Others into something less serial-like and more book-like, and starting novel #3, which so far is in note-taking stage. It will move to outlining stage over the summer.

    There's something else too, but more on that when there is more to tell.

  2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    I tend to have slightly unconventional protagonists. Tilly is about a recently-widowed senior citizen who has been communing with space aliens her whole life, and the current NaNoWriMo project is an extension of some flash fiction I wrote featuring ninja witch knitters. But hey, my grandmother was a lifelong knitter, and she'd pointed a gun in someone's face with a total intent to use it (she was working as a guard at a prison for Quislings at the time, but still). People are more exciting than we collectively seem to think.

  3. Why do I write what I do?Because that's what comes out. I'm always perplexed that other people are more deliberate about this stuff.

  4. How does your writing process work?
    Lately I've started doing light outlines — nothing too detailed, and nothing I follow too slavishly. This is helping. The structure I'm using is a modified version of the scene tracker in The Plot Whisperer. I actually prefer editing to writing, but that's probably because most of the writing I do for the day job is really editing, in the form of project change requests.

    For flash fiction, I have something like two dozen gazillion notes to myself on my phone. If I get stuck for a topic on a given week, I read through the notes. Sometimes I even remember what they were supposed to be about, but it doesn't really matter if I don't.
And here's my brief bio (and when I say brief, I mean brief!):
Katherine Hajer is a regular contributor to Friday Flash, a flash fiction community, and posts to the-eyrea.blogspot.com. Her short story "The Expected Ghost" was published in Descant in issue 152: Ghosts and the Uncanny.