AngryGoldfish
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Join date: Jul 2005
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#1
Confrabulations to Jimmy, the winner of February 2011 Writer of the Month!

Real Name: Jimmy Bullis

Age: 19

Location: Charlottesville, VA/Pittsburgh, PA

Favourite Artists: Modest Mouse, Sigur Ros, Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, Sparklehorse, Counting Crows, The National, Beach House, Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson, Broken Social Scene, Iron & Wine, Alison’s Halo, Frank Sinatra, Ryan Adams, Miles Davis, American Football, The Antlers, Elliott Smith, Tokyo Police Club, Beirut, Belle & Sebastian, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Camera Obscura, the Cure, the Smiths, Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr., The Flaming Lips, Explosions in the Sky, Fleet Foxes, Flotation Toy Warning, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Grateful Dead, Jonsi, The Strokes, The Mountain Goats, My Bloody Valentine, Tiger’s Jaw, Neil Young, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Pavement, Phish, Portugal. The Man, Radiohead, RHCP, The Roots, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan, The Tallest Man on Earth, Wilco, This Will Destroy You, John Coltrane, The Band, the silver jews
There used to be a recommend an artist thing. 2 years ago I said The National and now they’re huge! (Not that they weren’t huge then or that that was a very unlikely call). Anyways, if you haven’t listened to them, I’d recommend a band Rushmore (Matt) introduced me to a couple years ago called Flotation Toy Warning. Their second album is coming out very soon after a long wait and it should be cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDmcDWIpRME

Most Inspirational Writer: right now I’m gonna say William Carlos Williams and Charles Simic

Favourite poet/poem (published writer): At the moment I'm gonna say this poem:

Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he'd call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?


If you could be any writer ever, who would you be: Jean Cocteau might be fun

If you could be any flavour, which would you be: Wintergreen

Why Do You Write: There’s a short story by Alice Munro in which she introduces and builds her characters, lays out the actions and follows a narrative about this relationship with her mother before her mother’s death from Parkinson’s disease. Then, at the end of everything, Munro takes herself out of the story completely and speaks directly about it. To paraphrase (very) roughly, she says, ‘If I were writing a proper story I would have ended it there in the field walking to my aunt’s house with my mother. That was where the story ends. So why did I include the part about sitting on the porch and her reciting poetry? The problem is my mother. Reaching her was the reason for taking this journey. I guess I was trying to get every memory I had about my mother out. To mark her off, to portray, to celebrate, to get rid of her. But it did not work.’ For the most part this is probably somewhat far from Munro’s actual words. But I am certain that five of them are correct. “To get rid of her.” Some of time, that’s why I write. Even when it doesn’t work, when that person or thing follows closer than ever, for a moment, writing about it or her or him lets us fight back against the things in life that leave us feeling helpless.

Favourite word(s): currently they are probably ‘awful’ and ‘hibernation’

Favourite Writer(s) on UG: Less Than That, NGD1313, Stellar_Legs, Rushmore, Carmel, Something Vague, Silence Evolves, CulexKnight , Circular.Parade, Phantom1, TheHurtWithin, #1Synth, Punchupatigger, Spike8kb, cubs, we have sound

This past month or two I honestly have to say Fred and Lisa and Matt were probably the people I’ve been following most.

Most Helpful Critic: Carmel, Corey, and Sean. I’ve gotten some good advice from others in more specific cases though.

What Do You Do Especially, to Find Inspiration: stay up late, look at the stars, play and listen to music, drive, do stuff just to do it, trust people, read books

Your Most Recent Work and the Reason Behind It: the last one I posted is called what names are good for. I kind of made up a character who’s lost the life he was used to and is too afraid to choose between gathering the pieces or moving on. The last one I actually wrote is called White Feather Prophecy and is about what we leave behind when we move from winter to springtime.

Tips for Newer Writers: Read. Read. Read. Read good stuff. Read 100 years of Solitude. Read Paterson. Read the dream songs. Read on the road if your getting restless. And don’t think you have any less of an individual voice because you listen to others or that it’s more original by not listening to other people opinions. It’ll actually make it stronger and more unique to listen to what people say. Poetry can be a lonely experience (and that’s fine), but there’s a whole lot of people who will agree that it doesn’t have to be.

But yeah reading is probably the best advice I can give.

What’s your goal in writing: to communicate, construct, destruct, explore, etc.

Final Comments or Thoughts: Thanks a lot guys, you all mean a lot to me. Sorry I haven’t been very good about critiquing/commenting on your writing lately. Reading stuff here has been a big part of my life. I hope your lives are going well. I hope your dreams are bigger than ever.

Ah well.

Send in the Clowns.

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Svetlova
King of Id
Join date: Feb 2011
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#3
Congrats! Sound advice for new writers too, I would have said the exact same thing.
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Join date: Jan 2007
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our music taste couldn't be more similar. we should talk music, i'll send you a list of bands you may or may not like (or may or may not have already heard of).
cubs
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Join date: Jun 2006
311 IQ
#7
grats jimi


btw, have you read Les Enfants Terrible (The Holy Terrors in English according to Wikipedia) by Jean Cocteau. I bought it the other day, but haven't gotten around reading it.
halo43
Intoxicated At All Times
Join date: Mar 2004
52 IQ
#8
I know I already posted, but perhaps a cheers isn't enough...

Congrats, Jimi. Well deserved. Pretty damn good advice/inspiration/etc., too. Awesome
Quote by cubs
btw, have you read Les Enfants Terrible (The Holy Terrors in English according to Wikipedia) by Jean Cocteau. I bought it the other day, but haven't gotten around reading it.

Isn't that "The Terrible Children"? If I'm remembering my French correctly (probably not) and Metal Gear: Solid correctly (probably )...
cubs
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Join date: Jun 2006
311 IQ
#9
Quote by halo43

Isn't that "The Terrible Children"? If I'm remembering my French correctly (probably not) and Metal Gear: Solid correctly (probably )...


yes, you're right, haha, that's the literal translation. i didn't want to sound like a smart ass and i wasn't sure that was the title in english anyway, wikipedia called it differently.
halo43
Intoxicated At All Times
Join date: Mar 2004
52 IQ
#12
Quote by cubs
yes, you're right, haha, that's the literal translation. i didn't want to sound like a smart ass and i wasn't sure that was the title in english anyway, wikipedia called it differently.

I don't think you, I, or wiki is wrong, I think the author is wrong

But maybe is a connotation thing, who knows

Alright, /spamming nao.
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Brown-Thighed Girl
Join date: Sep 2006
40 IQ
#13
you're a great writer and I like that head you've got on your shoulders. I've really enjoyed reading you over the past few years and watching your work grow in to what it is now. see you this weekend, pickle. big congrats.
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Join date: Jun 2004
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#16
Grats.
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jiminizzle
Lost Pilot
Join date: May 2006
130 IQ
#19

btw, have you read Les Enfants Terrible (The Holy Terrors in English according to Wikipedia) by Jean Cocteau. I bought it the other day, but haven't gotten around reading it.

ah not yet. I would like too soon though. Let me know how it is?

congrats Jimmy. you deserve this as much as anyone.

hey thanks man. good to see you.

Congrats man.

thanks keeno

Grats.

thank you

you're a great writer and I like that head you've got on your shoulders. I've really enjoyed reading you over the past few years and watching your work grow in to what it is now. see you this weekend, pickle. big congrats.
xxx

thanks! it was really nice meeting you and everything.

congratulations!! well deserved

thank you good sir

Congratulations

thanks fred


(this is getting tiring)


Boo! Hiss!

thanks you salty dog

Congrats! Sound advice for new writers too, I would have said the exact same thing.

thank you lisa :] I appreciate it

well deserved! bravissima!

thanks a lot!


our music taste couldn't be more similar. we should talk music, i'll send you a list of bands you may or may not like (or may or may not have already heard of).

I would love that. I actually got a weird craving for your owelzz stuff the other day after listening to alex somers's parachutes stuff but the myspace was bein bitchy. hope youve been well

I know I already posted, but perhaps a cheers isn't enough...

Congrats, Jimi. Well deserved. Pretty damn good advice/inspiration/etc., too. Awesome


and thank you as well

and thanks dan for everything too

not sure what drove me to quote all of that but hopefully i didnt miss anyone. thanks for the support guys. see you all around.
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