I was tagged by Judy McFarlane, author of Writing with Grace, to answer some questions in this online world of blog hopping. The challenge? To answer four questions with some semblance of sincerity. Let's see how it worked out.
1. What am I working on?
I'm finishing a manuscript with Daniel Zomparelli. It's a collaborative poetry project about romantic comedies. Wooooooo!
I'm also in the early stages of another poetry project called, It's a Big Deal!, which explores ideas of "bigness," from physical, to ideological, to personal. It probably won't be a big deal.
I've also got a collection of short stories that I'm working on. I swear!
Finally, there is a semi-secret project that maybe is video-based that might not work out at all, so if you never hear about it again, just forget that I said anything and never refer to this blog post.
I really want to write a musical, so I hope someday there is a person who knows about music that will not hate working with me. Maybe this person will even love it. I am good at baking, if that helps seal the deal.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I don't know. It probably doesn't. Poetry comes in so many forms and about so many different subjects. I am just writing some poems. And also fiction. I swear!
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about the things I'm interested in, like most people. I watch a lot of television and I immerse myself in pop culture and celebrities, so that comes up a lot. I also am always into writing about and poking fun at trends or other pervasive cultural elements that I find absurd or funny.
These questions are hard. Everything feels personal. Even more personal that talking about body hair removal.
4. How does my writing process work?
Usually, I'm busy, but something gets into my head and I get really excited about it for five seconds and I write down a note or an idea and then think about it a lot until I actually have time to sit down and write something out in full. Then all that re-writing, writing around the idea, mapping out something that ends up being used or not used, self-doubt, crying into beverages, laughing maniacally to myself, breaking to watch an otter video, and then more contemplative rewriting with intermittent elements of all the rest of the embarrassing process. I'm just messing around and taking incomprehensible notes all the time.
I'm supposed to tag two other writers and these two both have new books out or coming out very soon. Get on it, Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham!* So tag. You're it, writers.
*I'm pretty sure I ran out of people I know who have blogs and have not hopped.