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Robert Warrington

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Robert Warrington

Robert Warrington

what is your name?

Robert Warrington.

how would you describe what you do?

I write poems and sometimes plays.

what are you currently working on?

I’m always working on a poem. My playwrighting seems to have stalled.

what has been the greatest influence on your work?

Probably my English teacher at school. For encouraging me to write in the first place.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

About my work that it’s any good. I think everything I do is terrible. Even the things some people rave about I always think are hopelessly inadequate.

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

The problem with plays is unless they’re revived or filmed or the text is published they disappear into the ether. The problem with poetry is the audience is always going to be smaller than you want it to be, no matter what kind of poetry you write.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

I’m not sure that is has in terms of the way it’s put together, but I started writing pre-internet and it felt like an isolated activity for quite a long time. It feels much less that way now. I’m more aware of other artists and of what they’re doing. Also the possibilities of communication and collaboration are vastly increased.

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

Don’t question everything you do to the point where you can’t do it. Don’t be like me.

where can we find you online?

Here and there in the litzines. I sometimes pop up in American ones like Zygote in my Coffee and Cherry Bleeds and British ones like The Beat and Beat the Dust. Also on Paul and Wendy’s website Writers, Prizefighters and Caffeine Inspired All-nighters.

But mainly at the moment on my own website at: http://robertwarrington.com

what are you reading at the moment?

I’m going through the collected poems of Thom Gunn. Some of these are familiar to me, many I’ve never read before.

what are you listening to at the moment?

A CD of music from, and inspired by, the HBO series True Blood.

anything else we should know?

I’ve no idea what my next creative move is at this point. Maybe I should take a step sideways and do something I’ve never done before. Sometimes I wish I had a plan but it doesn’t seem to work that way.

Tina Burlingame aka MsWriteNow

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tina burlingame aka mswritenow

tina burlingame aka mswritenow

what is your name?

Tina Burlingame but MsWriteNow is easier to remember.
how would you describe what you do?

I weave words and phrases together as a way to document life and experiences as I see them. Some call it poetry.

what are you currently working on?

A huge file of unfinished poems. I’m also trying to put together my first chapbook or collection for print.
what has had the greatest influence on your work?

Honestly, the Internet. Even though I started writing when I was about 8 years old, it was very inconsistent. In fact, once I hit college – I didn’t write for years. Back in the early 90’s as I explored the social aspects of the new technology, I started “meeting” people with many different interests and life experiences. These experiences started to inspire my creative side and originally I delved into painting. Then one day, I shared an old poem I had written and received encouragement to continue writing poetry. As I explored sites to share my work on, I discovered other writers and poets and these discoveries help further fuel my thirst to create and share.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

This is a tough one, I can only predict what the misconception might be. Based on some experiences of when I first moved to the town I’m currently living in, I think people see me as dark and very serious – also a bit shy. Really I’m simply quiet and reflective with a dry and somewhat sarcastic / sardonic sense of humor. The greatest misconception about my work would probably be that it comes very easy for me and doesn’t take any work at all.
what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

I think one of the most basic needs we have as humans is the need to feel like we belong. That doesn’t mean we all want to be part of a group, but at the most basic level within us, we have a need to feel like we are connected to someone or something other than ourselves. Often, my poetry reflects that need. I like to think that it also fills that need.

The weakness of poetry is that as a writer or reader, it is easy to get caught up into the words of it and start creating unrealistic expectations of your life and experiences. It is also easy to fall into the trap of reading poetry that reflects your current state of mind, which only helps to further fuel your state of mind.
how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
If anything, technology has helped me to write and share more.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

If someone tells you that you can’t write, don’t listen to them.

where can we find you online?

http://www.youtube.com/mswritenow

http://PoetryManuscript.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/MsWriteNow/240393665081
what are you reading at the moment?

  • Back to Madeline Island – Jay Gilbertson
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Costa Rica Spanish – Lonely Plant phrasebooks
  • Costa Rica – Moon Handbooks
  • Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion – edited by Barbara Ras
  • The Five Love Languages: singles edition – Gary Chapman

what are you listening to at the moment?

The local news broadcast, but I spend a lot of time on Pandora listening to either String Ensembles or a custom station with a variety of adult alternative, folk and rock.

anything else we should know?
I don’t claim to be an expert. I simply write, read and rewrite.

Candi Auchterlonie

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candi auchterlonie

candi auchterlonie

what is your name?
Candi Viola Auchterlonie
how would you describe what you do?
I’m a free agent! I live a secular slightly off kilter life, quite poor; though I feel tremendously privileged to live my little frivolous lifestyle, I stay home with my son, play all day long like a child, which offers me a unique pure perspective on this ever quickening world. I get to see the world with child’s eyes, I wouldn’t trade that for any amount of wealth.

And then by night, I’m an insomniac working like a madwoman on my writing.
I mostly write adult contemporary poetry, with an emphasis on the unyielding beauty of the lessening natural world surround, love and hatred in all their doctrines- fear being the recurring source from which I find most other emotions stem, I basically write about this spectrum disorder called humanity.

what are you currently working on?
My second book of poems, titled “Creation Sandbox” (pretty sure I’ll stick with that title, but it could change during the publishing process? And if so, I’ll keep everyone informed 🙂

And a couple stories I’ve been simultaneously trying my hand at, one is a children’s book, the other is a romance, both are in their intermediate stages of editing.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
I’ve fretted and mulled myself into migraines over such questions as this one; but the source of my fire is found everywhere, I find inspiration in small unseen by the common eye things, I like to slow down and write about what I see in just everyday things, extraordinary moments found in ordinary existence. I write about people- their stories, love, children, nature, philosophy.

But my love, truthfully- is autumn, I’ve always been so drawn to autumn, it is so easy to be swept away in autumns’ endless metaphors flurrying around us, it’s necessary death to become born again, it’s eternal and annual falling in love, fervent passion, the cold “denials”, nurture versus nature, the smouldering colours tiled against the abysmal slate grey’s above, it’s fall, and it’s eventual rise.

And I would be lying if I said that my influence stopped there, my teacher’s, the many living and dead writers I idolize have certainly branded me with their voices. I would lie if I said that Jelaluddin Rumi, did not have a spell over my soul, heart and mind.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
The greatest misconception about me, would be that I’m not a fighter; some might think at first glance, but I most certainly am.

I take everything in, and take from it something constructive to try and better myself and my writing, hard critiques from people who disliked my work, or people who feel the necessitative need to impose their advice or viewpoints on what one is doing “wrong” with their lives, or my life, I take what I can from it, and slough off the rest, and keep true to myself, I’m very strong willed, with a strong sense of self, and purpose.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
My strength is my perspective I bring, I feel my writing style and voice are unique; and on the flipside, I think my weakness, sometimes can be my use of description and imagery, and the length of my pieces can tend to be rather long, so I am working on getting out of my comfort zone, and have tried my hand at some new topics to write of, and have showcased some shorter pieces to show my ability to be versatile, and learn new techniques and methods, while still staying true to my voice.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
In every conceivable way entirely, it has definitely been a tool not a burden, I think that their are some misconceptions out there about technology destroying writing, and I admit I even was one of those who romanticized writing as a sacred thing that should be kept separate from this commercial/technical age, but some of my closest writer friends- from all reaches of this world, my muses, and my connections to the literary world have been through the internet, I shudder to think what I would be this day, without all of them.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Keep your tunnel vision; stay focussed on what fires you, live for aspiring to that, find a way.

where can we find you online?
http://www.erbacce-press.com

http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/candi-v-auchterlonie/4536537954

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=417560459

http://home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=517723240

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=517723240#/pages/Candi-V-Auchterlonie-Poetry/134555493230

http://www.candivauchterloniepoetry.blogspot.com/

what are you reading at the moment?
Susan Minot “4am”, and Eugenio Montale “collected works”

what are you listening to at the moment?

My faves’ playlist:

Andrew Byrd “Anonanimal”, Damien Rice “Volcano”, ColdPlay “Strawberry Swing & Warning Sign”,
Death Cab for Cutie “Bixby Canyon Bridge”

anything else we should know?
Nothing comes to mind. 🙂

Mau Russo

Posted in art, interviews, news, update with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by intoviews
maurusso

maurusso

what is your name?
Maurizio Russo alias Mau Russo an italian  creative designer-illustrator  living in Tokyo Japan.
how would you describe what you do?
I try to do graphics and illustrations in the same piece and also something interesting to watch. Also i’m studying toy design with my papertoy.

what are you currently working on?

After my 3 months here in Japan I have a commission from a new studio to design creative stuff as flyers and papertoys  for some restaurants in this area. Also I continue to get commissions from the Italian agency where I worked in this last year. Living in Tokyo isn’t so cheap so in the evening I work part time  in a Roppongi’s pub…this is great also to improve my English and as well try to speak few Japanese words 🙂

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
As well as Japanese graphics style but also too from American comics and some Italian painters as well ( Amedeo Modigliani the most)
what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
Sometime people think that this is not a real work.
what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The cool thing that sometimes guys  looking at you like a rock star… the weaknesses is the other part looking to you like an unfortunate 🙂

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
I think that the most thing is what you have inside in you..technology can’t do nothing with out this.

Beside this I love technology and my Macbook and those change the most  type of my work everyday.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
The next one … honestly i don’t know yet! … maybe some cool toy design.
where can we find you online?

I have a portfolio blog at http://www.maurusso.com I update frequently with also tutorials and free toy to download.

what are you reading at the moment?

“Tiziano Terzani”, an Italian journalist  that lived in the Asia area for many years … this help me a lot to understand the people around me!

what are you listening to at the moment?
As the same for me in the morning Rock music  and in the evening house/tecno ambient music.
anything else we should know?
That it’s not easy living with your passions but it’s worth it.

Made In DNA

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brent millis

brent millis

what is your name?
My name is Brent, but my pen name is ‘Made in DNA’. It’s an obscure Shirow Masamune reference.

how would you describe what you do?
I’m a short story/novella author working in a variety of niche genres such as sexpunk, sex-fi, and bizarro.

what are you currently working on?
Currently I am finishing two novellas due for publishing this year, BUKKAKE BRAWL (which can be read online for free in a variety of places such as Google Wave and FaceBook among others) and THE BUTT PIRATES OF SKIPSPACE (which isn’t currently available anywhere except my hard drive).

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
My early work was influenced by the early work of William Gibson and Neal Stephanson, but recently I have been greatly influenced by living in Japan for the past decade.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
That people aren’t going to like it because it’s heavily laced with hardcore sex and the word ‘fuck’. However, I have garnered myself quite a few fans among the ladies and those who do NOT like porn. One gent wrote on Twitter that he thought my Twitter short novel MEDIA WHORES was “dada anti-porn”, and a female author wrote on her website that my work “thoroughly electrified” her. Most of the comments I get are along the lines of not-for-the-weak-but-well-worth-it line of thought. That said, I am not worried about those who don’t like my work, because I never write a single word for anyone but me. My stories are for my enjoyment. That may sound a bit more prickish than meant, but why should I write for other folks? All the joy of writing would slip away.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
That I work outside the mainstream. And that is both the weakness and the strength. I don’t owe anyone anything. I work completely on my terms.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
While I began writing about 15 years ago, I finally came into my own about 2006 with MEDIA WHORES, a short novella on Twitter. I instanteously had the attention of folks like Annalee Newitz who used my work as an example of what social networking like Twitter meant to fiction in a university level class, Warren Ellis who plugged me on his site, and Pearry Teo director of GENE GENERATION who hosted the MEDIA WHORES PDF at his site after he read it. Without tech, my
novellas would be probably be floating around in my head, perhaps never written, which I suppose wouldn’t be a horrible fate for it.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Be yourself. Write for you. Walk your own path.

where can we find you online?
Several places, if you type in ‘Made in DNA junkdnafiction’ into Google, Bing, or Yahoo you will find everything from my Flickr account (which is mostly public-safe images of my two little boys and family in Japan) to my fiction sites, including SMASHWORDS, LULU, and other places. Really, that’s all folks need to type in. Google comes up with the best results, but folks should use what they like.

what are you reading at the moment?
RED MARS by Kim Robinson

what are you listening to at the moment?
80s punk music.

anything else we should know?
Despite how strange or bizarre or ‘fucked up’ you think my fiction is, I’m really a sweet guy. I dig everything from playing boardgames to snowboarding to digital photography to scuba diving and relaxing with a good book.

Darryl Salach

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Darryl Salach

Darryl Salach

what is your name?
Darryl Salach

how would you describe what you do?
Some clear-thinking individuals might tell you that spending as much time as I do writing poetry is a complete waste of time. They will tell you, no one reads the stuff. They’re right in every regard but my feeling is Big Media just hasn’t quite figured out what to make of poetry or what time-slot it rightly fits in.

what are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the 5th issue of my literary journal, The Toronto Quarterly. Hopefully, it will be in print by early March sometime. Keep your fingers crossed.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Well, with my own writing, the turbulence that I’ve been handed in my life has certainly given me a wealth of subject matter in which to write about and it has taught me to never give up on myself no matter how difficult things can get. I have a tendency to attract rather dark clouds these days. I pray for more sunshine.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
I’m not sure what misconceptions about me would be out there. If there are some, they’re out of my control and I could care less about them.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
Good poetry usually seems to invariably reflect in words the energy and pulse of society and the issues inherent to that society in good times and bad, so that’s a definite strength. The fact that not many people read poetry would be a major weakness.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Yes, the times they are a changin’! Digital technology is changing every facet of our lives…scary but true. SAVE BOOKS!!!!! BUY BOOKS!!!! READ BOOKS!!!!!

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
Stick your ego in the drawer and be prepared to fail. Sylvia Plath once said: “I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.”

where can we find you online?
I’m on facebook and twitter. My blog/webpage is thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.com

what are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading many different things at the moment. But I purchased the complete works of Anne Sexton as a Christmas gift to myself and am loving it. I’m a big Sexton fan!

what are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to a lot of Dylan in times of distress and with the earthquake and distruction in Haiti, Mr. Dylan is filling the void.

Note: Please donate what you can to help Haitians in need. Go to canadaforhaiti.com.

anything else we should know?
Nope.

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