What are your aspirations?
Aspirations…Mine are probably nothing that unusual for a “writery” type. I aspire to some day have a career centered around my writing, in whatever form that might take. Whereas the ultimate aspiration before in my life was to become a novelist, since I started collaborating with some very gifted individuals on a variety of projects, I’ve realized how invigorating it is to dabble in different mediums and genres. While I still aspire to become a published novelist, I would love to continue to collaborate with my friends on various artistic endeavors (operas, graphic novels, children’s books, and whatever else!). Another aspiration? Establishing and maintaining a web presence. I’ve started constructing my own website to feature a blog and showcase some work, and hopefully it will help me track my progress on some big stories I have in the works.
What inspires you?
My mind gets such a charge out of so many things. As with my friends, fairytales have always intrigued me, both the traditional and the reinvented/reinterpreted. You have things like the Grimm brothers’ fairytales…and then you have things like Tangled. I grew up on Disney and don’t mind at all the nostalgic sway it holds over me. I also remember distinctly the first time I read what really happened in the traditional telling of Sleeping Beauty (and don’t read that version to your kids, folks). When it comes down to it, I’m fascinated by the ways stories evolve, and I’d love to try my hand at re-imagining a few traditional fairytales myself. You know, just for funsies.
For anybody who has read the biggest novel I have in the works, it’s no mystery that Tolkien is a huge inspiration. Not so much in craft, but in world-building. I admit I haven’t touched The Silmarillion yet, but I have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and watched the films as well. Talk about being transported to another world!
Mythology too is something that tickles my brain, along with scientific articles relating to psychology, sociology, memory and brain functions, primitive instincts, early man and evolution, and archeological findings. Closely linked to that is world history—always an enormous source of inspiration for my writing. (Please don’t ask me to narrow it down to one era/region.) I also probably have an unhealthy fascination with mummification…which may eventually emerge in a future Triptych…
I hope you guys like bog mummies.