Join Date: May 2005
WoTM - July - alaskan_ninja
Real Name: -
Location: Seattle, Washington
Favourite Artists: Bad Astronaut, The Lawrence Arms, Bloc Party, Jawbreaker, Brand New
Most Inspirational Writer: It changes a lot depending on what I have read recently, but overall I would say Tao Lin.
Favourite poet/poem (published writer): I don't read a whole lot of poetry actually, but I really like Dean Young and Wallace Stevens. Specific poems, I like Young's 'My People' and Stevens' 'Arrival at the Waldorf'.
If you could be any writer ever, who would you be: In terms of actual imagination/writing ability, Kurt Vonnegut. In terms of sheer badassery, Ernest Hemingway.
If you could be any flavour, which would you be: Lime, or salt, or pineapple.
Why Do You Write: I write because it makes me feel better when I am sad, because I get to create these entirely new characters and new events and new worlds, because I can play around with words, because it seems natural to me, because I have this probably silly hope that I can someday make a living from it, but mostly because I enjoy it.
Favourite word(s): Miasma, dinosaur, fish, astronaut, throbbing, and some others that I can't think of right now. Mostly, though, rather than the specific words, I love it when words are used in unique ways.
Favourite Writer(s) on UG: hippieboy444, brokencoastline, michal23, jiminizzle. There's probably others who I'm forgetting, but those four are 'imprinted in my skull'.
Most Helpful Critic: ZanasCross always has some good constructive criticism.
What Do You Do Especially, to Find Inspiration: Inspiration finds me, really. It happens randomly; I'll suddenly get the urge to write for no reason. It's not something I can control, just the 'whims of the universe'.
Your Most Recent Work and the Reason Behind It: The most recent thing I wrote was when I was having a sort of 'nervous breakdown' and I wrote a bunch of short things that were odd and not in my usual style and also I think they're stupid now. So instead I will talk about the second-most recent thing I posted in S&L, a piece called 'it's ok keanu i'm fine in here (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1351214). It was inspired by some thoughts/feelings I was having at the time, a sort of 'backlash' against modern society and whatnot, as well as a couple conversations I had with the lovely Saadia, my ongoing fascination with Keanu Reeves and his movies, and that episode of Futurama where Bender goes to the island with the outdated robots and replaces his body with wood (or thinks he does, anyway). It is, perhaps, a cry for things to be simpler, more pure.
Tips for Newer Writers: Read stuff that was written recently (and by recently I mean the past 10 years or so). Too many people think that literature stopped after the so-called 'classics' when in fact there is just as much great stuff being written right now. In some ways it is even better because current literature involves topics that we as a generation are familiar with. Don't rehash the tired styles that came about decades or even centuries ago; blaze forward, be adventurous, invent your own style.
Also, things do not need to rhyme. If you force rhymes, you can choose a word only from the ones that rhyme with the word you previously used. If you don't rhyme, though, you have a choice of every single word in the English language. If the best word rhymes, great, but if not, don't sweat it.
What’s your goal in writing: Ideally I would like to have a book or books published, and perhaps make a living off of writing, but that seems unlikely without a good amount of luck. More realistically, I hope to have a few stories published in magazines and be able to continue writing as 'self-therapy'.
Final Comments or Thoughts: I feel honored to have had the prestigious WotM award bestowed upon me, and thank all of you for the nominations and votes. Also, Carmel is hawt.
Congrats, Jay. I don't think you've ever seen me, but cheers for the... compliment.
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