Alright, I was going to wait until Monday to post, but since I finished writing it and I’m having some problems with my arm I figured it’d be wise to post it early. I’m going to start this piece off by saying that I am glad I was offered the chance to take part in this blog hop. This is probably one of the more interesting ones that I’ve come across. When Jo gave me the details about it I knew I was in for sure. Who is Jo, you ask? Well, let me introduce the brilliant Jo!
With effort, writer and filmmaker Jo Custer has made cab driving a seasonal enough profession to be able to focus on Cab Fare: The Real Cost of Driving a Cab for the next few months. A journalistic look at the taxi industry in the emerging “sharing economy,” the book will pay particular attention to the development of modern cab culture and its implications in the unique and untamed “Big Easy.”
Jo holds a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University with additional screenwriting and film production credits at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the University of New Orleans. Her latest short film as writer/director/producer can be viewed on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/42000706). Recently solicited to write a webisode for the “Fran and Penny” web series, Jo is also set to direct in the fall, pending funding.
Jo’s essay “Chopsticks” appears in The History Press’ volume “Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie” under her literary pseudonym, Jules Alder. Her poem “meta in marcato Or, on the qui vive” appears in “The Write Side”, Volume 11, one of Penn State’s satellite literary journals. She also has a collection of short fiction in progress, individual pieces of which she will soon start feeding to the cogs in the great wheel of submission and rejection. All hail our elusive literary overlords.
Visit Jo’s blog here: http://jocuster.wordpress.com
Since we’ve introduced Jo, and I really do hope you check out her blog, we can talk about me and my current works.
There are a number of things I’m working on these days from some fanfiction — yes, I openly admit to writing fanfiction and that doesn’t make me a horrible person who is seeking to profit off the work of others — to some poetry that is set in various genres. The latter is what I’ll be talking about here.
Now, normally poetry isn’t something that I find myself writing unless I’m dealing with heartbreak or intense depression. It’s not that I don’t enjoy poetry, but when I’m not feeling one of those ways then it feels like what I’m writing is forced and terrible as a result. This sudden onset of muse for poetry is rare since I am neither intensely depressed or heartbroken — actually my depression is at its usual levels and I’m in a relationship that makes me quite happy — yet the poetry that is pouring out of me doesn’t feel forced. Instead it flows in a way that reads well to me and has me proud of sharing it with others. Recently I shared one of these poems on Wattpad to positive responses and that makes me feel well enough to continue sharing more. Though, if I’m honest with myself, I’d probably continue to do so whether or not I had gotten many cause I don’t feel the urge to keep these pieces to myself. I want others to read them.
These current poems aren’t tied to the one that I shared already, but are a separate genre(sci-fi) and will be part of a series. Each poem connected via the overarching story that will be told to the readers; giving them the tale of space, planets, and societies that the series will span. Hopefully once these are ready for sharing people will enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. I haven’t determined how many total in this series, but currently I’m figuring that once finished with the third poem that I’ll share the first 3 before working on more.
I can’t really say that what I’m writing will necessarily be different from other work within poetry or sci-fi. Not that I’m saying it will be the same. Just that I’m not sure how it will be perceived by readers in comparison to other poets or writers of science fiction that they enjoy. The same goes for my feelings on anything that I write across various genres. Determining things about myself has never been a skill of mine. I’ve always found it difficult which could be why my bios or about me information is always pretty terrible. Really I’d prefer it if other people wrote that stuff. And now I’m curious how the readers feel my writing differs from others. Perhaps that is a question I’ll ask later and see what responses I receive.
Intriguing little survey, right?
The answers will be the most interesting to read for sure. There was a point where just thinking about that would terrify me; send me crawling into a hole somewhere and hiding my work instead of sharing it. That seems less the case now. What changed? When did it change? I can’t really say. Trying to pinpoint the what or when always seems impossible. Nothing seems different now compared to before; stress from life situations and my constantly problematic health hasn’t altered even a little, and is just as weighing as it has been for the past years. Yet out of nowhere I can write easier. I’m not really trying to question it much since that might make it go away, and I definitely do not want it to go away.
Just planning to keep writing for as long as my muse is willing. This doesn’t mean that I’m making a concerted effort to do anything differently as I write — even though I’ve tried a couple different methods to try to spice up my works — since it never pans out. Though one thing I always do is the act of writing itself. Even when my muse is being recalcitrant and unwilling I make myself put words down whether it’s in a poem or a blog post or a forum piece on an online roleplaying site; seeing to it that my skills are continually flexed and not left to grow rusty. A method I’ve found that pushes that knocks a hole in the wall of writer’s block when it appears. Another one I’d suggest is writing by hand on paper. I love typing, and I’ve always been speedy, but those moments come for me where I get the urge to just grab a pen and notebook then go to town on a page. This usually only lasts as long as my hand can tolerate it so once the pain gets bad enough that I can’t control it well that’s when I stop. I can usually get a good deal down before that happens depending on the day and how much my hand wants to behave itself.
So yeah, that is probably about as close to any type of process as I get. I know it’s nothing grand or insightful, and it might not work for others, but most methods used by creative types aren’t always going to be. It works for me though. Or it’s working for me right now at least.
And that’s enough about me. Time to direct you toward some new people who you should check out that are participating in this blog hop as well. They’re cool folks.
K. Perrin is a 25 year-old trapped in the body of 36 year-old. She writes what she calls “bad poetry,” and is currently working on her first novel. She reads almost anything, preferring paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. Her poetry reflects on her life, while her novel focuses on her reading preferences, blending the lines between her favored reading genres. She holds great pride in her only writing accomplishment: two poems published in her high school creative writing anthology. She won fourth place for her poetry, and holds onto the hope that her novel will have a greater impact.
A mother of two beautiful children, K Perrin values her family above all. Her blog, Nightmares and Chocolate, chronicles her journey as she writes her novel. She covers her doubts, fears, and triumphs as well as the little tidbits of advice she has picked up from around the web. She also covers her adventures in motherhood and her battle with depression and PTSD.
Nightmares and Chocolate
Aimee Ferguson is an eighteen-year-old Australian writer. After following her father through six schools in four countries her family appears to have settled in Calgary, Alberta — a far cry from the beaches of Thailand and Singapore they left behind to get there. She’s been writing ever since she was old enough to hold a crayon, and has been published in Celebrating What’s Important to Us, Voices, the Wordfest blog, and the BEIWATCH magazine for the international MUN conference in Beijing. Currently she is the editor of her school magazine. When she’s not working on her manuscript, she can be found brewing yet another cup of tea, or debating video games with her four year old brother.
Aimee Ferguson Writes
Conny Kaufmann is an anglophile, summer child and globetrotter with a B.A. (Hons) in Travel Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire (www.uclan.ac.uk). German born, kiwi at heart and almost British, she always travels with her trusty notebook and camera, writing up experiences, features, reviews and interviews. She also works as a freelance reporter and photographer for newspapers and magazines (specialising in youth culture, arts & entertainment as well as travel) and used to edit her own travel magazine (http://www.fernwehandwanderlust.org/shoestring/) while at university.
A member of the NaNoWriMo crowd, she’s got a penchant for dramas, thrillers and detective stories. When she wants to kick back from journalism to let her imagination flow, she writes novels and short stories in genres ranging from realistic fiction and adventure stories to Sherlock fanfiction.
You can find Conny at her travel blog Fernweh & Wanderlust (http://fernwehandwanderlust.org) or on Twitter @fernwehwander
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Cherilyn Hearn is a thirty-eight-year-old West Coast transplant, living & writing under the radar in Southeast Kansas. To meet her, you might not know she has written ten books and that is just fine with her. Her genre include fiction and biography, memoir and children’s and even a cookbook and some self-help/non-fiction. She is also very comfortable with the pseudonym. Hearn’s four children are nearly grown & gone, save one special-needs daughter who will always call mom’s house home. When she isn’t writing, she can be found feeding chickens, sewing quilts, researching lineage, distressing furniture or folding laundry. She and her husband recently purchased a 125-year-old historical home, which she is busy researching to turn their large foyer into a museum to the same. It was once owned and occupied by Governor Harry Hines Woodring. An admitted right-brainer, who has a hard time saying no, Cherilyn recently removed a lot of distractions from her den, insisting writing is what she does and the rest have to be hobbies! Cherilyn was recently accepted to participate in the Algonkian Pitch Conference in New York City this Fall, where she’ll be polishing and pitching Two Sides Of Wilde. Her other titles include The Senator’s Daughters, Faces of the Poor Farm, My Daughter Still and The Quiet Republican.