I have some promises to keep, and miles to before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. But emphasis on promises. I was guest interviewed for winning the writing contest at Uvi Poznansky’s blog, and it comes with a sneaky lil picture of me, as well. For all of you curious as to what I look like, peekaboo away here – http://uviart.blogspot.in/p/guest-interview.html
I’ve copy pasted the interview below, since I have two Liebster Award nominations to answer as well. I’ve consolidated them all somewhat, since I haven’t answered the questions I already did in the interview. Sorry for the confuzzlations, my bad. 😛
Here is Le Interview. 🙂
First Place Winner of the Writing Contest on this blog
What makes you write? Where you get your inspiration from?
I think I write because I must. Writing is an outlet for what I’m thinking, what I’m feeling and what I’m imagining, and I’m blessed with a hyperactive imagination. As far as inspiration is concerned.. I think I could write about pretty much anything, but I usually do about things that have affected me, positively or negatively, during the day or over the course of time. There is always an ocean for perception, so you can never really run short of ideas.
The only thing that really holds me back is forms where strict syllable counts are required, especially asymmetric ones. They just throw me off balance, since I tend to navigate by rhythm and feel more than counted out lines. Those kind of poems are doable but tend to take much longer.
How would you define poetry? what does it mean to you?
Poetry is the undefined that we try to put into words. That’s really what I try to do, and what I think all other poets try to do too. We attempt to assimilate the world we perceive around us, through what we sense and what we feel, and translate the physical and emotional stimuli into words and lines.
Nature, relationships, interactions, pain, our imagination, whatever we’re thinking of, but portrayed as verses instead of images and memories. Rhymed or not, formatted or not, poetry remains poetry. In fact my inability to write unrhymed poetry without falling into prose, makes me respect the people who can, even more.
Do you write from personal experiences? Is there a process you take to get into the mental place you need to write? Do you go back and edit your work often?
I do write from my own life, but I borrow heavily from what I see and know about others too. I’ve seen some terrible things happen, some to me, some to friends, and some to strangers. They often defy logic, sometimes they defy even a semblance of humanity. Such extremes and platitudes of human behavior do make a study in themselves. Mostly though, I write about things happening in my life. And my friends. I love writing for my friends, since obviously, I love my friends. I also write for my fiancé, but ah, those poems won’t ever see light of day.
I don’t really ‘try’ to get into a place to write, it just happens. When I must write, I must, and I do it immediately if possible. While I’m writing, the world takes on a slightly surreal quality, and I retreat into a small bubble of sorts till I’m done. My family and friends know this derp-face tendency very well, and will generally leave me alone for the five ten minutes that I’m scribbling away furiously.
I rarely edit my work. Unless there’s a glaringly obvious mistake, I’ll leave my poems alone once I’m done getting them on paper. Editing doesn’t feel necessary too often.
How long have you been writing? And why do you prefer to stay anonymous?
I’ve been writing stories since I was seven, and poetry from soon after that. Mum tells me that I liked to make up stories well before that, but well, I don’t really remember any of those. I have more than a few short stories from when I was younger, but only a couple in recent times. Nowadays I write poetry, and I’m working to improve my skills to progress beyond amateur some day.
As for staying anon… I’ve been posting online for two years now. The reason I stay anonymous is that I’m a medical student, and Poetry is not exactly something patients and professors like to associate with a doctor. The overall stereotype of a person with their head in the clouds remains firmly embedded with a lot of people. That and a few personal reasons, are why I’ve stayed anonymous.
It’s only temporary though. When I get a book deal, or when I finish medschool, I’ll integrate my real and virtual worlds again, whichever happens sooner. I’d love to be published some day, as most poets do. Nothing too grandiose. A quiet collection of poems would suit me just fine, lol.
Is there a best time of day for you to write?
Not exactly, but yes. I think my most ‘fertile’ patch clocks in around three a.m. Sometimes I get up at night and write down one or two lines, and go back to sleep. When I wake up, I find I can finish the poem easily enough. These are the vaguer and wilder poems. The rest I write when, well, when I need to write them.
Tell us a bit more about yourself. What do you like doing in your spare time? What things make you happy, or sad?
Haha, spare time is a precious commodity indeed. A fair chunk of my day is spent studying. Most of free time playing with my pets, listening to music, and reading whatever I can get my hands on. I have no qualms whatsoever about skipping sleep time to read. I recently finished the Mortal Instruments trilogy, and it was fabulous. I’ve started reading Tess Gerritsen’s works again since then.
What makes me happy or sad.. Really anything that affects me will leave a fair effect. How we live today leaves very little space for an isolated life, and my moods are almost completely determined by the day’s interactions. And nature. Nature influences me and my work strongly. Give me a good spell of rain and I’ll smile through the day, no matter what!
Who are your favorite poets? Any role models?
My favorite poets of all would be Robert Frost and Lewis Carroll. There’s a lot of others that influence me, but these are always the first two spring to mind. I’ve had The Road Not Taken pinned in front of my desks since I first read it, in third grade.
My role model would be my mother. She is an exceptionally strong woman, and I’ve seen her work through aspects of life that most people are lucky enough to never see. Despite and inspite of all that, she is as iron willed and as sensitive as ever. She’s also a doctor and a published poet, and her poems still remain a source of wonder to me. Every time I go back and read them, I see something that I did not see before, and that wonder is woven in her written stories as well. She’s also incredibly hard working an independent, and has always been and always will be someone I aspire to be more like.
You can also follow her on Twitter @cookiemonstahed
I’d one again like to thank Gene and Donna for nominating me. I’m ecstatic that you thought my work was good enough, and I’m so happy you tagged me. 🙂
I’ll quote from Donna’s blog, as it was on the blog where she quoted from.
The Liebster Award is very unique in the fact it brings recognition to the smaller blogs of the ‘verse. With that in mind, all of the nominated blogs will have under 200 followers.
1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
5. No tag back thingys.
Here are the eleven questions that Gene has asked me, that I haven’t answered in the interview.
3. What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Apprentice, by Tess Gerritsen.
4. Why did you choose it?
She’s a fabulous writer, and the books are absolutely amazing. I’ve read almost every book she’s written so far. Just two or three more to go!
5. If you could meet any non-Biblical character, who would it be?
I guess right now, my answer is Dr. Hannibal Lecter. 😛
6. Why? (see #5)
I watched Red Dragon just last week, after the tv series Hannibal came out. All the four movies were a fascinating study. Leads me to think Dr. Lecter would be quite a conversationalist. As long as he doesn’t have me for lunch. 😛
7. What is the most exotic place you’ve visited?
Ermagard… Singapore I would say. The place is a whirlwind of color!!
8. What is an item on your bucket list?
Hmm. I would definitely want to go back to Melbourne, to that place I keep talking about. Ocean Road, I will see you again some day!
9. When is the last time you slept outdoors?
Heeheehee, just last week. I napped in the rain. 😀
10. If you could be any movie character, who would it be?
I would be Natalie Portman in the Black Swan. The ballet! and the juxtaposition of light and dark character! 🙂
11.Are you the oldest child, youngest child, in the middle, or only child?
I’m the oldest! Boooo! 😦
And here are the new questions from Donna’s blog! 🙂
- What is your favorite poem?
It’s always been The Road Not Taken. 🙂
2. Do you prefer rhyming poetry or free verse?
Rhyming poetry. I like free verse as well, but rhymes a wee bit more. 😛
3. What’s your favorite genre?
Horror, both movies and books. Particularly psychological and demonic horror. Nothing like a good ol’ possession for a sound sleep. 😛
I would do something about Africa. I know that sounds vaguely idealistic and pompous, but if I could do something major, I would.
5. Are you tired of answering these questions yet?
Heehee, kinda. I hate talking about myself. 😛
6. What do you wish people would write “less” about?