Tickle

Posted in interviews, music, news, update with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?
my name is ewan but my friends and non-colleagues/parents call me tickle. i use tickle as a stage name generally too but also recently with my newest project i’m calling myself mic master mick. it’s tickle though really.
how would you describe what you do?
i work helping people to fund the rest of my life which i spend with friends loved ones and making sort of hip hop music. i think it’s hip hop but who knows what everyone else would say…
what are you currently working on?
at the moment i’m trying to encourage interest in a couple of new releases. I’m trying to get folk to check out the third ep by burning bright when it’s released on 15.2.13 it’s some sick beats by salemanders and fine ass cuts by dj symatic. with some raps by me too. plus one of the tracks features solareye who is the rapper for the band stanley odd. i was so chuffed to get him on the ep he’s one of my favourite rappers both in scotland and beyond.
plus i’m doing the same promotional type stuff, gigging and making videos and so on, as part of ill papa giraffe, an ongoing project with myself as mic master mic, producer konnsky as king kong kutmaster k and dj symatic as biggie b boy beatmaster b.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
all the hip hop i listened to when i got into it properly for the first time at the end of the nineties. it was a good time to discover hip hop. i didn’t know for a long time that the nineties or thereabouts are known as the golden age of hip hop. i just noticed the sweetest and freshest music i’d ever encountered.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
i’m not sure i’m well known enough to have enough people knowing my stuff to generate any misconceptions. i guess there might be some folk who might say it’s not real hip hop that i make or people might think i put on my weird hybrid scottish english accent just to rap when i actually sound like that all the time. some guys have not included me in their idea of what constitutes scottish hip hop. i dunno. people with misconceptions are probably misconceiving shit cos of issues in their heads not mine so i don’t think about it too much…

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
i love the beat. i’ve done spoken word a bunch and it’s great. you have total flexibility and that’s amazing but i love the beat. if there’s a beat, it’s you and the beat and that affords interactions that are more interesting or more fun than the interactions with plain silence.
it’s like silence plus plus.
i’m not sure about weaknesses. these are fat breaks we’re talking about. what could be wrong with them?

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
no tech: no wax, no wheels of steel, no rocking the mic, no hip hop.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
make music you like to hear or perform. and don’t listen to advice.

where can we find you online?

released eps

http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=35
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=38
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneep.php?subid=4

RED RIVER by TICKLE on Black Lantern Music
www.blacklanternmusic.com

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ill papa giraffe videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9HDVwFflQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aKpRaQZNC8

Love The Government by Ill Papa Giraffe
www.youtube.com
Album Out 25.2.13 www.blacklanternmusic.com http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ill-Papa-Giraffe/358484910887599 Extract from the Book of Ill Papa Giraffe 1 From t…

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Solletico Ranting
what are you reading at the moment?
the aquitaine progression by robert ludlum and surely you’re joking mr feynman by richard feynman.
what are you listening to at the moment?
new beats by salemanders and konnsky for lyric writing. simply red through the wall next door to my brother’s room. loki saying shit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDFKIaLZ8
http://www.blacklanternmusic.com/oneartist.php?id=26 CHURCH OF WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN always… first disciple yo.

anything else we should know?
um, i love you all but the people i have met i love more, mostly.
burning bright by burning bright out 15.2.13 ill papa giraffe by ill papa giraffe out 25.2.13. gigs coming up in major and minor scottish cities and check it.
i’ve recently been persuaded to the pro-indeppendence side of the scottish independence debate. unimportant on the macro but significant to me and many millions of scots. vote yes!

Michael Peck

Posted in interviews, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Michael Peck.

how would you describe what you do?

Think about writing, read, think about writing, research, consider writing, read, research, think about writing. Afterwards, ideally, I
write.

what are you currently working on?

A novella about utopianism, some short stories, an essay on an Orson Welles film.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

I often wonder about that. A little bit of everything, I suppose. A.B. in particular. Music, especially Tom Waits, Schubert and Bach. And also Flaubert, Melville, David Lynch, Edward Hopper, Goya, hardboiled dialog, mineral water, fountain pens, weird motel rooms, Wyoming at midnight, Portland just before sunrise, quantum physics, the Marx Brothers and a good thunderstorm. Yes, a little
bit of everything.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

You’d have to ask someone who is familiar with me or my work.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

There are no constraints in terms of what can or cannot be written or how a storyline progresses; the range of style and expression is unbounded by anything tangible. I think this is also the central weakness of writing, insofar as this endless stream of possibilities makes perfection impossible. But this is true of any medium.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

It has streamlined information-gathering, editing and procrastination.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

From Raymond Chandler: “Write or nothing.”

where can we find you online?

At believermag.com, the2ndhand.com, bibliostyle.wordpress.com, LA Review of Books.

what are you reading at the moment?

The Red and the Black, some Barthes, the aphorisms of Lichtenberg, a history of pulp fiction cover art.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Charles Mingus.

anything else we should know?

I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Karen Jones

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Karen Jones

how would you describe what you do?
I write stories. For the most part short stories, though I have written two novels. The first has to be in the running for ‘worst book ever written’ – it should be used to teach people how not to write. It’s truly awful. The second never got past first draft. I used to write a lot of flash fiction and micro-fiction but, for no reason I can think of, that doesn’t appeal to me so much now.
what are you currently working on?
I always have several short stories at one stage or another. At the moment I have two at the planning stage, one almost completed, one in rewrite and one in final edit. I’m also working on something longer but I don’t know exactly what it will be yet. It may turn out to be a novel or a novella – or it may get slashed to pieces and end up as a haiku.
what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Reading. Seeing how it’s done by the greats.

Art. I used to spend a lot of time in Kelvingrove Art Galleries, getting story ideas from the paintings, people watching for characters, gathering conversation snippets, enjoying the quiet stillness of the place (except when there’s a school party dashing about pointing and sniggering at the paintings of nudes).
Music. A line in a song can spark a whole story, or just the mood of the music can influence how a piece will go.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
About me – that I’m lazy. I’ve heard it so often that I end up believing it. About my work – that if I can do it, it must be easy.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
You have such freedom with writing – anything goes, there are so many genres, so many forms, and you can do it anywhere. You don’t even have to physically write things down; you can be writing in your head and no one around you knows. Everywhere you go, everyone you meet can trigger stories, or single lines, or a poem.
Weaknesses It’s a solitary activity, so it’s easy to become disillusioned and disheartened. Sometimes, when inspiration is lacking, panic can set in and you convince yourself you’ll never write another word.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
My handwriting is atrocious, so using a netbook has made a huge difference. I can write anywhere and can understand what I’ve written when I look back on it later. My phone has also become a great asset. I use the memo function constantly. No more scribbled notes on pieces of paper that are frustratingly indecipherable when I gather them together to turn them into a story. That’s especially true of night time notes. I used to wake up in the morning and look at what I’d scrawled in the middle of the night and have no idea what was written there. Granted, even with phone, I still sometimes wonder what the hell I was thinking. One memo just said, “Something bad happened.” Excellent – someone alert The Booker Prize – I think I have a winning idea here.

The internet has brought ezines – new publishing outlets are always welcome. And, of course, it has also made self-publishing easier but I tend to see that as a double-edged sword.

On the downside, I do faff about on the internet far too often. A tiny piece of research can turn into hours in a Google maze where every new search seems to throw up bizarre or fascinating information that draws me in until I’ve completely lost the thread that would lead me back to my story. I’m very easily distracted.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
My favourite is one of Elmore Leonard’s If it sounds like writing, rewrite it
And from John Steinbeck If you are using dialogue, say it aloud as you write. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
where can we find you online
I’m not very good at self-promotion and having an online presence. I’m on Facebook, occasionally on Twitter and I started a blog but could never really get into it the way some people do, so it’s been gathering dust for over a year now. You can read some of my published work at these places
httpwww.mslexia.co.ukmagazinenewwritingnwstory3_45.php
httpwaterhousereview.wordpress.comcurrent-issue-2#JONES
httpwww.everydaypoets.comherbal-memory-by-karen-jones

what are you reading at the moment?
Room by Emma Donoghue. I’ve just started it but it has me completely hooked. I love when that happens and it’s becoming increasingly rare.

what are you listening to at the moment?
The very noisy fan my netbook sits on, commentary from a football match coming from the TV in another room and how loud my nails are on this keyboard. Must cut nails.
anything else we should know?
I always like to have at least six pieces of work submitted to competitions, publications at any one time. I need to have a goal to work to, otherwise I really would become lazy.
I love salsa dancing. That has absolutely nothing to do with my writing – I just love it and think everyone should do it for health and happiness.

Jesse Glass

Posted in interviews, news, plays, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by intoviews

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how would you describe what you do?

I write poetry, drama, fiction, essays, translations, libretti, paint, draw, engrave, make prints, artist books, visual poetry, sing sound poetry/ do performance/conceptual art (now primarily on the net, but in public venues in the 80’s). I have a puppet theater in Japan. I’ve been doing most of this work since I was 16 years old in the late 60’s because I knew early on that somebody had to do it. I’ve currently lived for more than 20 years in Japan.

what are you currently working on?

Right at this moment: Steinesque Facebook process poetry, which I’ve defined as a form of Experiential Haptic Modeling.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

I’ll change that to who: Jenny Holzer for the Facebook stuff. William Blake for just about everything else, but there are scads of others. Joseph Beuys.
what is the greatest misconception(s) about you or your work?

Legion, and they’re all wrong.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The main strength of paper, canvas and other physical materials is that they are easier to conserve than electronic files. Without constant applications of energy the electronic work pisses away. into oblivion: It’s a bit like carving text and image on the side of a soap bubble.
how has technology had an impact on the work you do?

I don’t swallow the whole bit about computers being the next step in anyone’s revo/evolution and I think that those who mindlessly dish out for up-dates and new versions of “ziz wiz and biz” are in thrall to corporations and hooked on the “freedom” that corporations offer—(I mean the “hey kidz, buy this new car and FEEL FREE in the USA cod-fish hype.) I don’t believe that science has the answer to everything, and I don’t go whoring after it in the manner of so many involved in the humanities. Look at the state of current Philosophy. It’s an embarrassment. Having said all of that, let me add that New technology is a useful tool right alongside the pencil and paper (which at one time was the New Technology), but I refuse to vacate my mind in order to block out the increasingly fucked-up world with anybody’s bought and sold static or to give up whatever personal freedom I have for on-line communities of “Borgist” fascists. Moreover, no amount of gadgetry will give anyone a short-cut to mastery of their chosen art no matter what the wrapper on the box says.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Be reckless. Don’t look back. Fuck any kind of nostalgia unless you can snowboard on it. Piss on organized religion. Feel free to hate as well as to love.
where can we find you online?

Look.
what are you reading at the moment?

Everything.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Berg, Schoenberg.

anything else we should know?

If anyone calls you “creative” don’t just be offended–punch them. That term is so fucking demeaning that even businessmen have glommed on to it. Buy my books.

I’m all over the place on the net. I guess UBU-Web and Penn-Sound and Jacket are the best places to find what i do, but there are others.

Apologies

Posted in news, update on April 1, 2013 by intoviews

I kind of hit the ground running and then tripped all over myself. My schedule at work underwent a radical overhaul which killed my time. But I am going to get back on the horse and start putting more intoviews out there in the coming days.

Billie Sue Mosiman

Posted in interviews, news, update, writing with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by intoviews

 

 

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what is your name?

Billie Sue Mosiman

how would you describe what you do?

I write fiction, both novels and short stories. I published 13 novels through traditional publishers beginning in 1984. I placed more than 150 short stories in various anthologies and magazines. I have more than 50 titles in digital form for the Kindle. I was nominated for both an Edgar and a Stoker for two of my novels. I write.

what are you currently working on?

I’m working on the second book of a trilogy and the title is LOSTNESS.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

Reading. And continuing evidence of how one disturbed man or woman can influence the people around him.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

That I might take bullshit off anyone. That I write to fulfil some emptiness or pain in myself. I write to know what I think.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The strength is that fiction books have lasting value. Especially today with digital, a book can last longer than ever. There’s also strength in being able to enter a reader’s imagination and stir a world to life. The weakness of writing is how no matter how you might struggle with the words to bring the fictional world alive, sometimes you fail. The distance between what is in the writer’s head and what he wants to create is a wide gulf to cross.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

It’s impacted it tremendously. I first worked on an electric typewriter. I had to make a copy with carbon paper rolled into the carriage. If I made a mistake, I had to use White-Out to correct it and if I made more than one or two typing mistakes on one page, I had to rip it up and retype the whole page. Then I got my first computer in 1983 and I could put a floppy disk in the slot to power up a word processor, slip another disk into the slot to use for saving the work to, and viola! I could make changes, do revisions and corrections right on a screen without having to rip up physical typing paper! Then Windows came along and word processing became even easier and more convenient. I went from mailing manuscripts to my publishers to emailing them the file. Today I can read books on a smart phone, an iPad, or my computer. I can see my older published titles put into digital form for ereaders and reach whole new audiences. I love these tech advances and I’m so happy to be able to create more comfortably and with greater ease.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Be honest in your work. If it hurts to write it, maybe you’re getting close to the nub of it. Don’t pretend to feel an emotion through your character, actually feel it. Trust in the fact humanity is more alike than unalike and every man and woman feels some of the same emotions and outrages you feel.

where can we find you online?

I have a blog at http://www.peculiarwriter.blogspot.com where this month I began to publish my memoir serially online. I’m on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/billie.s.mosiman) regularly and on Twitter (@billiemosiman). My work is mainly on the Kindle site. http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Sue-Mosiman/e/B000AQ0Z5E

 

what are you reading at the moment?

11/22/63 by Steve King and some HWA works that have made the preliminary ballot for the Stoker.

what are you listening to at the moment?

The news on CBS. Often I listen to my iPod and the thousands of songs I’ve taken off my CDs I gathered over the years.

anything else we should know?

I just published one of my novels originally published by Pocket Books and retitled it MOON LAKE. As I began work on the formatting for the digital file, I decided the straight suspense story lacked a supernatural creature–so I created one and let it crawl through the book, changing the story somewhat and giving it a supernatural element. I’m posting my memoir, ALABAMA GIRL, on my blog at about a chapter a week. I’m writing the second book of a trilogy about fallen angels. The first book is BANISHED and has been out a year. The second one is titled LOSTNESS and I should complete it this year. My novel, BAD TRIP SOUTH, has been optioned by a producer for a feature movie.

Victoria Mosley

Posted in interviews, news, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by intoviews

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what is your name?

Victoria Mosley

how would you describe what you do?

I’m a poet and novelist

what are you currently working on?

My 10th novel

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

My life

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

N/A

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

I work with words and music sometimes and ideas of all kinds ,,,,,,,,,,,I don’t see things in terms of strengths or weaknesses, I see my writing as a gift and I am happiest when writing .

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

Made research easier / made it easier for people to access my poetry

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Never give up and keep a journal write every day. Use the whole of life as inspiration and all the five senses

where can we find you online?

victoriamosley.com ………on google ………on FB ………twitter…………Amazon for my books

what are you reading at the moment?

Sebastian Faulks

what are you listening to at the moment?

Zero 7

anything else we should know?

No

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