21 Questions for Writers
I answered them all. Because I’m bored. And it was kind of fun. Jen came up with good questions.
Who is your favorite tumblr poet — the one you always, without fail, must read — and why?
I don’t have one. Plenty that I read most of, but even my favorite writers don’t get me to read all of their work.
Who is your favorite tumblr prose writer — the one you always, without fail, must read — and why?
See previous answer.
Who would you say is your greatest writing influence, in terms of your own writing style, and why?
Pretty much everything I read or listen to.
Paper or plastic?
List three books you’ve read more than three times.
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Ruby Knight, First King of Shannara. There are plenty more, but I don’t feel like typing them all.
Do you find alcohol or other drugs enhance your creativity/writing ability, or detract from it? Why or why not?
Yes. It depends on how you use them. Writing is about perspective and experience. Command of the language is all good and well, but if you don’t experience anything outside of what you’re doing on a day to day basis, you will have nothing to write about. Alcohol and “other drugs” change your perspective, make you think differently. Thinking is like a river flowing down the mountain: You’re used to the river flowing a certain way. But when you build a damn and dig a trench to the side, the flow is diverted into new territory. New, exciting things to run into and dirt to wash away and plants to uproot. In the end, you still reach the bottom of the mountain. Only this time, it was a different journey.
Where is your favorite place to write, and why?
A comfortable couch, inside, with headphones on. Because comfortable couches are awesome.
What other artistic pursuits (if any) do you indulge in apart from creative writing?
Used to try my hand at art, but I’m not great at it. I make music quite a lot, sing and play, as well as dance like a white man: Awful.
When do you find is the best time of day for you to write, and describe why this is so?
Whenever I get around to it. Mostly at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Because it’s easier to see things in the darkness.
You get a brilliant thought/phrase/idea at an inappropriate moment (in the shower, while driving, while drifting off to sleep). What do you do?
"Sometimes in the middle of the night, I think of something that’s funny, then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or if the pen’s too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain’t funny.“
Cake or death?
I’ll have the chicken. Taste of humans.
What are some of your favorite words, and why?
Perfunctory, serendipitous, julienne, ice, program, diaspora, cunt, biolytic, vermiculate, cirulent, preterhuman, syzygy, anathematize.
Because words. What other reason do you really need?
If you lost all ability to read and write for a day, what would you do?
Do you desire to be published or to make writing your profession? Why or why not?
Yes. Because I’m lazy and writing is relatively easy and something I enjoy. I’m already published, but not a professional writer. I am, however, a writer.
Tyler Durden and Holden Caulfield in a no-holds-barred fight club grudge match. Tell me the story. Who wins?
Tyler wins. Why? Because Holden is a little whiny bitch.
If your writing process were or could be analogized to a movie, what movie would that be?
Barfly. Get drunk, observe people, get in trouble, write.
What is your favorite style or form of poetry to read, and why?
Free verse. Poetry is just speaking. If it rhymes, great, if not, great. But if you can’t say it in a way that evokes an emotion, then I find it pretty meaningless.
What is a style or form of poetry that you cannot stand, and why?
Not Some Fucking Monkey Poets’. If you’ve hung around long enough, you’ll know who I’m talking about. Poetry for the sake of attention. That’s what I hate.
Who would you save the last dance for, and why?
Satan. He’s always rocking out, I figure he could use a slow jam at the end.
What one thing would tell you that you’d “made it” as a writer?
When more than 400 people have bought my book and I’m in a newspaper somewhere.
No, honestly, this is making it. I already have. Because I haven’t given up on writing. Money doesn’t matter (though it’d be nice), readers doesn’t matter (though it’d be nice), fame doesn’t matter (though it’d be… wait, no it wouldn’t…). I have a job that I can live off of for the moment that, in a few months, will allow me time to write without having to worry about money. That is making it as a writer.
Anyone who tells you different is a wanker.
Why would anyone ask this question?
Why wouldn’t they?
Lyrics or music, and why?
Both. Lyrics are music, music is lyrics. Am I the only one that gets this?
Do you prefer to handwrite first, or compose on keyboard? Follow-up: if you do both, do you find your writing differs if you write it on the keyboard versus writing out by hand?
Depends on the mood. Poetry can be either or, but prose is almost always on the computer. I can type faster than I can write, and I like to have the words appear almost as soon as I think of them.
This, or that?
If you were a merperson, what song would you sing, and why?
This Year by the Mountain Goats.
What subject(s) do you find you cannot write about, and why?
Stagnation. It’s boring. I hate writing about nothing.
What is the end?
The ability to rest without worry of the future. At that point, there is no end.