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An Interview With Lifestyle Reporter Rebecca Berman

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Rebecca Berman is a lifestyle reporter for The Local Live in Mamaroneck, New York. She will soon host a celebrity talk show called The Cooler; here is a link to her website:

http://rebeccabermantv.com/

 

Q: What inspired you to start Rebecca Berman TV?

 

A: I started Rebecca Berman TV, when I noticed that many news/lifestyle reporters have websites where they call themselves their name with TV at the end. Since I was doing a lot of lifestyle reporting, I felt Rebecca Berman TV seemed appropriate for the type of work I was doing.

Q: How did you go about getting the funding to make your videos?

A: That’s a good question as to the funding for my videos. I usually have my clients pay for the videos or have had people lend me equipment.

Q: What kind of educational background do you have?

A: I graduated from American University in Washington, DC, with a degree in Public Communications.

Q: How did you come to work at The Local Live?

A: I was interested in becoming a food/restaurant/lifestyle reporter and The Local Live happened to be looking for Reporters. I originally found this weekly news show because they had followed me on twitter. At the time that they followed me, I was filming interviews of local people for a local on-line news website called allaboutarmonk.com

Q: Who are some of the celebrities that you will interview on The Cooler? How did you get them to agree to an interview?

 

A: I have interviewed, celebrity chef Barret of Hell’s Kitchen. I also have interviewed former NFL player for the Jets, Erik Coleman and Soave (legendary Freestyle singer) and actor Louis Vanaria just to name few of my guests. Everyone I have approached has been happy to be interviewed on a talk show with a modern twist, being that my sidekick is a colossal cooler. People think the show has great cache!  The list is incredible. We are so excited.

Q: What will you bring to the table that other celebrity interviewers have not?

 

A: I think my show’s concept of revealing items, games and just about anything unexpected from a colossal cooler is original and it makes people curious and that’s why they’ll tune in and watch.

Q: Who are some of your journalistic influences?

A: I love David Letterman’s interviewing style and I also religiously watch CBS Sunday Morning because of their amazingly entertaining reporting style.

Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do those experiences influence your work as a reporter?

 

A: I worked as a real-estate agent. It wasn’t really a day job that led to my reporting career, being a reporter/interviewer is something I have wanted to do for many years and the timing was never right. With the growth of social media, the opportunity couldn’t be by passed by anymore. I have always loved asking people about their lives and how their particular story came to be.

Q: Who is your dream talk show guest?

 

A: I love Mindy Kaling, her story, her comedy, her writing… she would be my dream guest to have my show.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With Blogger John Laurits

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John Laurits   is a blogger; here is a link to his website:

 

www.johnlaurits.com

 

Q:  What inspires you to write?

A: Trying to say things that I don’t know how to say… yet. Whenever I get the feeling that I can’t say something that I’m experiencing, it’s then that I start to go crazy – I become obsessed until I find the words. There is a condition of mind that is called “aphasia,” which is that state in which one knows what they want to say, knows that there is a word for it, and yet cannot quite say it – a word being on the “tip of one’s tongue.” A kind of mystical ecstasy tends to ensue when I feel that I’ve succeeded at articulating something that is difficult to articulate. Sometimes this takes the form of poetry, other times as short stories or vignette, and still other times as essays.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your writing?

A: I currently count myself as being among the precariat, which is similar to the proletariat, except that society has no consistent demand for my labor-power – I’m basically homeless & unemployed, ear-to-the-ground for odd-jobs – during better days, I was a student of philosophy that subsisted on a combination of student loans & the meager wages of a courier at a copy & shipping service center.

Q:  Who are some of your influences?

A: J.P. Jacobsen, Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke, Phillip K. Dick, many religious scriptures, Bill Shakespeare, a variety of Persian poets, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Eduardo Galeano, Harlan Ellison, John Wilmot, Goethe, Siegfried Sassoon, etc. I like metered poetry, romantic stuff – I also enjoy speculative fiction and metaphysical or religious writing.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from when you write?

A: My experience of the natural world – I enjoy drawing connections between natural or cosmic processes like growth, seasons, or gravity and personal processes & spiritual or emotional experience. The awe of nature or transcendent experiences following the contemplation of physics, mysticism, or cosmology. My experience of holy scriptures like the Qur’an or the Torah definitely informs my writing.

Q: What is your novel about?

A: I’m not sure. I think it’s mostly about a person. His name is Jacob – which I chose because of the biblical story in which Jacob actually (I mean literally), instead of worshiping or praying to Her, chooses to fight G-d! Something about the idea of struggling against the impossible excites me. I guess I’m working with the themes of existential obstinance, hubris, and the struggle against meaning

Q: What have you done to promote your blog?

A: Woefully little. I did take advantage of my job in the copyroom to print a hundred bookmarks or so with one of my poems and the web address on each of them. I place them in books by authors that have inspired me at stores and libraries. Since we appreciate the same authors, I figure there’s a higher chance that those people will enjoy what I write.

Q: What do you think makes a character worth writing about?

A: I think there are probably a ton of reasons why a character might be worth writing about. I mean, I think everyone might be worth writing about – it’s just way easier to make a Beowulf, a Harry Potter, or a Tyler Durden interesting, but I think that a good writer can evoke beauty even from the most prosaic creatures. Maybe the idea that some of us aren’t interesting is another capitalist myth. I think a better question might be, “How can a writer become worthy to write about any character?” That would be a great writer – I want to be that writer.

Q: What compels people to blog?

A: I think of blogging as a kind of accessible, grassroots radio-slash-TV-sorta-phenomenon; as we become increasingly alienated and unrepresented by the privatized media outlets, we turn to whatever medium that is still available to us – which is basically the internet. It is our collective opportunity to practice democracy with information – as a collective, we get to decide what gets talked about or what goes viral and nobody is barred from contributing. These are opportunities that are not available to us within the media.

Q:  What blogs do you follow and why do you like them?

A: I follow the Bulletproof Musician’s blog, they post a lot of really cool sciency things about how we learn… other than that, I mostly follow my friends writing-oriented blogs like the Wandering Bard (wanderingbard.net/) and Operation Orchid (https://operationorchid.wordpress.com/

Q:  There are a million E-books and blogs out there and only a few writers who make a living by blogging. Why do you think they they are successful and we are not?

A:  blame capitalism. Without money to hire some kind of marketing agent or something, it’s difficult to be noticed – I know that sometimes I feel like I’m yelling into a vacuum… I’m a writer, you know? I write stuff because I literally have to! I’m not a publicity specialist or a web-designer – that’s not what I’m good at. I’m sure there are people who totally get off on that kind of thing but they need to make a living too and it’s a well-known fact that they’re not going to get that from a poet. Once the ruling class is overthrown, wage-slavery abolished, and the earth’s resources are distributed in a more humane way – then, I think, the human collective will choose to support its writers, painters, social commentators, etc and the problem of making a living in general will be relegated to the past next to the weapons of mass destruction & Furbies.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview with Freelance Writer Leeann Minton

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Leeann Minton  is a freelance writer, here is a link to her website:

https://leeannminton.wordpress.com/

Q: What inspired you to start a freelance writing business?

A: Last summer I was waiting to begin a new job working for ACE Americorps. I had just graduated college and was taking a year off before returning to work on my masters. Needing to help supplement my husband’s income while my new job began I searched through the craigslist ads where I found someone who was looking for someone to write articles for a new website. The pay was 1 cent a word. I would later learn that that was a horrible pay grade for the amount of work. However, it was fun and it was something I could do at home, while waiting for my new job to start. So I contacted them and started writing. December of last year I had to leave my Americorps job for two reasons one my husband had gotten a new job and the two of us having only one car made scheduling and getting us both to work difficult. In addition, I was feeling sick from what I thought was stress in addition my seizures had returned after four years of being seizure free. I had thought I had found a new job upon quitting Americorps, but the person I spoke with had not been honest about the location of the business and my interviews had been held via phone. My seizures and sickness turned out to be a result of the fact that I was pregnant. So I was stuck pregnant and without a job. I spent six weeks trying to find something else with no luck that is when I thought about the writing had done over the summer. I began to wonder if there was a way I could find other work like that and started researching it online. I discovered the term freelance writing and learned that there were probably thousands of people out there making a living this way. I was a amazed, I had always wanted to be a writer, but been made to believe that in order to be a writer you needed to be really lucky and write a best seller, work as a journalist, or possess a day job. Though I’m technically not past the phase where I should still have a day job, if I wanted to survive/live on my own. I know that there is the potential that if I work hard enough and develop a good enough reputation with my clients I will be able to do this without the need to take on something else once my son is older.

Q: What is the central theme of your blog?

A: My blog originally started as a food blog, however I became bored with the topic after a few months and realized I needed to choose a topic that was more versatile and would allow me to write on a broader variety of topics. I love research and often find myself focusing on a certain topic for a while before moving on to a new topic of interest. Some topics can hold my attention for a day or so others weeks, months, or even years. As a result, a few months ago I choose to change my theme. Now I focus on the ins and outs of adult life. From college, to traversing the career path, and family planning.

Q: What makes your posts worth reading?

A: I put a lot of research and thought behind my posts, those that I don’t do much research for typically stem from personal life experience. I am honest with my opinions and experiences, and when necessary I check my sources to verify accuracy.

Q: What are some examples of issues that are specific to millennials?

A: Currently the majority of millennials are entering the work force or entering college. And some of us are starting families. Some of the biggest concerns of millennials are how are they going to pay off their college debts if they have any and how are they going to progress up the ladder amidst the workforce. In addition, for those who find themselves starting families they are wondering how they are going to afford this new found family.

Q: Why do you go by two different names on the internet?

A: It was not intentional, initially I meant to stick with my pen name of Leeann Minton it is my preferred name even among friends. In fact it is my hope that sometime over the course of the next year I will be able to legally change my name as my common law husband and I make our marriage official on paper. My legal name Brittany Gregory ended being the name used on some of my work across the web when companies began having me fill out W-4’s in order to receive payment for my work. To prevent confusion I just allowed them to use my legal name.
Q:  What are some of the things you have done to promote yourself?

A: I have created a facebook page, and twitter account dedicated to my writing. In addition, I have also put ads up on craigslist and created posts on my personal Linked-In account. Currently I also offer four different Fiverr gigs. Fiverr has been where I have made the majority of my money since beginning my full time freelance writing career. I also promote my fiverr gigs and blog postings through google plus. I am trying to get better at putting my blog posts on Pinterest, but I have not gotten the hang of it quiet yet. I am hoping to eventually develop an email list of potential clients that I can contact and inform of my services.

Q: Who are some of your writing influences?

A: I wanted to be a writer even before I could read which I was a late bloomer when it came to reading I was stubborn and thought I could memorize everything and not need to read. J.K Rowling got me into reading and as a result made me believe that one day I too could be a world famous author. Of course time would only damper that belief as I would eventually begin to think writing was something you could not do for a living without becoming a journalist, which was not what I wanted to do.

In terms of blogs that I admire and follow religiously not just for their topics, but also there writing styles Sophie Lizard (Be a freelance Blogger), and Shannon Brown (Growing Slower). Sophie has a quirky sense of humor that I really admire; simultaneously she is also able to give you straight to the point information. Shannon on the other hand is more serious, but she is also motivational it is my hope that I too will develop a more motivating voice in my writing. Currently I feel my voice is more serious and overly academic. I am hoping with time as I gain more confidence in my abilities as a writer that I will be able to shed that academic voice at least when it comes in the form of my blog, and take up a voice that is more motivating and if I’m lucky has a bit more humor to it.

Q: Why do you think blogging has become such a popular pastime?

A: People have been keeping journals for centuries, perhaps millennia; we enjoy recording the events of today and keeping track of our thoughts. It allows us to leave behind a portion of ourselves, for us to rediscover later in life. Blogging is no different accept that it capitalizes on our current need to share every significant detail with the rest of the world. We as people I believe feel distant from each other despite being so close we have forgotten how to have a person-to-person conversation and instead we find camaraderie and understanding and relations through sympathizing with strangers on the internet. We are searching for those who are like us, we can share our lives and experiences online for the entire world to see, and in return we get the satisfaction of people commenting, liking, and sharing our posts giving us a confidence boost as we are made to feel as though somebody actually cares.

Q: What is the oddest thing you have ever been asked to write about?

A: The strangest request I ever received did not make sense to me, in fact, I was so confused by the request that I had to cancel the order and inform the client that I could not complete it. I received the request through fiverr this individual put in a request for a 250-word article that did two things. First, he wanted an article that would convince African Americans to utilize African American real estate agents. Second, he wanted me to help him disprove a research statistic from a reputable research organization, which stated that African American’s do not keep money within the hands of fellow African Americans. It was a very hypocritical request as well as a semi-racist request, the information provided made it sound as though they were wanting to create a website filled with content for a real estate company that would only cater to African American’s I couldn’t be a part of something like that. In addition, it did not seem possible to write such an article in 250 words.

Q:  What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they help you in your writing?

A: I have not had too many day jobs while in college I worked as a secretary for my Universities Writing Center, while there I learned about the different stylebooks including APA, Chicago, ASA, etc. In addition, as a secretary I was able to increase my typing speed and becoming more proficient at editing. Other jobs I held while in college include retail assistant at Forever 21, I worked in the dressing room and returned clothes back to their original racks. I am not sure what it taught in terms of writing, but it certainly taught me the beauty of perseverance and working hard. The job I feel that has helped me the most with my writing however is my work as an administrative assistant for R. J Wagner Realty. Since I was 16 Ms. Wagner has kept me as an on again off again virtual assistant of sorts. As a result, I have learned a lot about the real estate business, being as the majority of my clients tend to be realtors requesting blog articles and website content the experience I have gained working for her has been very useful and profitable. Currently she and I are discussing the beginnings of a blog and social networking campaign for her website. Other jobs I have had include waitressing at Golden Corral, and tutor. Tutoring definitely taught me how to best pre-plan my blog posting topics.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Transexual Blogger Davita Minton

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Davita Minton writes the blog Serial Trans, here is a link to the website:

http://truetranstales.blogspot.com/

 

Q: What inspired you to start Serial Tran?

A: I was experiencing writer’s block with my novel and I was afraid inertia might set in as it had in the past when the idea: “just write about anything” to keep busey, struck me.  Next morning I awoke from a pleasant dream in which I was relating the happy details of a recent rendezvous to an imaginary friend and; Voila!  “Write it down!” I told myself.  And I did.  And, I so thoroughly enjoyed the experience that I wanted to do it again.  So I did.  From this point things evolved rather quickly.  I’m an avid follower of many varied podcasts and have been for several years.  And several of my favourite podcasts have, at various times, had advertisements for free blog hosting. It all dovetailed quite nicely and easily.

Q: How is it different from other blogs about transsexuality?

A: Serial Trans is different primarily because, in an effort to avoid having the narrative voice heard from the first-person-singular perspective, I consciously decided to write it in the third-person, which makes it, I hope, read like fiction, even though each of the stories are based on actual events from my life.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your work?

A: I am currently unemployed.  On June 11 I quit my job in Pensacola Fl. and came west to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Somehow, having more time on my hands than ever has greatly affected my work.  I haven’t written a word; accepting for multiple resumes and cover letters, in weeks.  My profession, however, is any kind of labor.  My last job was as a Maintenance Technician at a beachfront condominium.  As this place was in the Deep South and I hail from the mid-west, and from a University town at that, I was quickly labeled a pinko-liberal-carpetbagger.  In addition to keeping my gender and orientation a secret I also never once mentioned my writing.  I think it had a positive affect.  It was my angst.  I often daydreamed that I would one day return a successful writer and well adjusted transsexual and buy the penthouse.

Q: What is your opinion of the way the media is covering the Caitlyn Jenner story?

A: I think it’s fine.  Mike Huckabee’ risible statements notwithstanding, I have seen nothing else that I would find objectionable.  My wont, however, is to avoid the mainstream media or the major networks for the dulcet tones of NPR and PBS almost exclusively.  Perhaps I’m too sheltered.

Q: Who are some of your writing influences?

A: Before I was even finished reading the question ‘William Faulkner’ occurred to me.  Then came Hemingway and Steinbeck and Garcia Marquez and Wharton and Austen and so many more.  And another, I’m ashamed to admit, I was trying to avoid thinking about as I began to compose this answer in my mind.  You’ve exposed an affectation.  In my teens and twenties I read and sometimes reread everything Stephen King wrote.  I think it was King, and my fascination with him, in conjunction with discovering I had a flare for writing; according at least to multiple Instructors at Parkland Community College where I enrolled full-time at the age of twenty nine, that inspired me to take up writing.

Q: What have you done to promote your blog?

A: Lately?  Not that much.  Although, I am very excited about this interview.  I’m hoping for scores of uniques to visit the blog.  Initially, however, I tried several things.  I posted ads on CraigsList in several major cities describing myself and the blog but they were all simultaneously flagged for removal for some reason.  I also joined Twitter (@mintondavita) where I posted a link to the blog and several excerpts from a few of the stories.  And I joined two MeetUp Groups in the Bay Area where I discreetly alluded to the blog.  Since early June though I’ve had a laser-like focus on my move from Pensacola to the Bay Area and finding housing and employment and conserving my resources.

Q: What stage of transsexuality are you in right now?

 

A: To use a term from the LGBTQQI vernacular I am presenting as gender fluid, I regret to say.  I’ve recently concluded that to keep body and spirit intact I’m going to have to unpack my cache of ‘Boy Drag’ clothes.  I’m having no luck finding work with demonstrably LGBTQQI friendly employers.  It’s apparent that I do not possess the skill-set; tech, office, social services or hospitality experience, that most such companies are seeking.  I fully intend to correct this deficiency by resuming my studies as soon as practicable.  Considering outward appearances alone I imagine most of the population would label me a crossdresser.  I’ve progressed only to the point of using wigs, clothing, daily hair removal, nail polish and some jewelry.

 

Q: What are the steps you took to get there?

A: A couple of years ago I noticed that I was dressing every waking moment when in the privacy of my home. I also noticed that I desperately wanted to do things and have things that made me look and feel more feminine. It was no longer enough to passively wait for these things to fall into my lap. I worked at a vacation condominium complex and it was common to find lost and abandoned clothes. The first time I actually bought something for myself was on Amazon; to maintain my anonymity.  It was exhilarating.  A little scary, but still, exhilarating.  Then I noticed ads for women’s clothes and crossdresser clothes and Trans social networking sites were appearing on my screen and I began to click on them and from there the links cascaded in.  Then there were the Wikipedia definitions for the spectrum of gender identities and more links.  And then I took several online gender tests which I know are unreliable and which I didn’t always like the results of.  But then, one evening a lover gave me a wig to try on and she kindly and gently brushed it and prepared me for the mirror.  I was overcome with tears of joy.  I had the strangest feeling that I knew her; the woman in the mirror.  That I had seen her before.  I shared these feelings with Bree and she told me; “You do know her.  It’s you.”

Q: You say you have been working on a novel for four years; what is it about?

 

A: Of all the questions this one has been the most difficult to answer.  Which lends insight into why I haven’t worked on the book in several months.  This particular novel; one of four novels that I’ve started that are all unfinished, which I began writing five years ago this August, is about a virtually utopian future and how our civilisation progressed to such a state. The protagonist is a young female journalist and POC who is covering the breaking news story of an assassination attempt on the eminent and almost universally loved but unofficial world leader who is known as Principal, whom the United Nations World Government of the time always defers to because of the adoration of him by the vast majority of the world’s nine billion strong and universally connected human population.  The assassination attempt is known to have been sanctioned by the sole remaining nation in the world yet to be aligned with the World Government, the rogue nation known as P.E.U.S.A or; Post Eruption United States of America.  The aforementioned plot and various sub-plots are simply a vehicle for me to document what I think are common sense changes we can make in policies and attitudes and behaviours that could potentially transform our civilisation and give every human being the opportunity to live a safe, secure, productive, fulfilling and happy life.  And it’s through the voices of the characters as they look back in time; at our future, and recall and celebrate the many achievements of Principal; whom I accredit with my ideas, over his century of leadership that I elucidate what could be.  I’m aware there’s no predicting the future and that good intentions often go for nought.  But this is fiction.  I take license to dream.

Q: MAC or Sephora?

When I first read this question I had absolutely no idea what it meant.  I had to google it.  When I saw the search results all I could do was smile.  Upon reading some of the results I think I will probably go with Sephora.  And soon I hope.  All I’m waiting for is to be gainfully employed again.  Until then, I’m conserving every penny.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview with Cartoonist Eugenio Negro

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Eugenio Negro is a cartoonist and writer who contributes to the website Nose Milk and is the author of the book Almira and the Backward Family; here is a link to his blog:

https://negrocomics.wordpress.com/

Q: What inspired you to start Negro Comics?

A: I started the blog because I wanted a website for showing off my comics and writing. It seemed like websites are out, or anyway I couldn’t find a well-connected free one, so I went to the blog. I like how the blog has the social feature built in.

Q:     What is the overall theme of the blog?

A: The theme of the blog is art I make.

Q:     What is Almira and the Backward Family about?

A: Look, Almira and the Backward Family’s setting was kind of a cynical and desperate thing. I wanted to try historical fiction, knowing that it’s the best-selling fiction now. Only thing is I don’t do genre fiction, so it’s kind of window dressing for whatever theme I’m writing about. The story looks at what a child is capable of when her environment isn’t interested in educating her, and at the same time it’s an examination of gun violence. In fact this replaced another historically-set thing that demanded too much research for how much story I had. Sandy Hook had just happened, and as usual no one in the mainstream media –both corporate or social –had anything of content to say about the causes of gun violence, and I was in a bad mood about it. So I thought I’d make fun of people’s lack of concern about guns, and point out that it stems from our mostly voluntary lack of education and critical thought. Basically this little girl in 1860 Placer County works out the shape of her family. She gets it in her head that her stepfather killed her father so he could marry her mother, and the violence happening around her during the Gold Rush convinces her that the thing to do would be to harm him.

Q:     How is it different from other westerns?

A: The story is different from other westerns in that I cut out the western romance –gun fights, saving women, and so forth –from the plot and just did the poverty, desperation and violence. I also was watching a television show with Misses Negro and noticed that television shows in their hasty schedule put today’s voices, words and mannerisms, even social mores, into the historical setting. In an effort to improve on the form, it was important to try to make Almira’s characters sound like they would’ve then, and think and act like then. That involved some spurious linguistic research, and then the fun part of going back to Twain, Beecher Stowe and Joaquín Miller, whose work I adore. Someone complained to me that Almira’s characters are bloodthirsty lunatics, and I thought, I did it right! So it’s bad historical fiction because it doesn’t flatten history out into easy good-versus-evil consumer fodder. And it’s a bad western because the gun fight is a real trauma instead of an economic tool or even a kind of macho communication device. The other western elements are just for fun, and a way to educate the reader about a part of California history that’s often overlooked.

Q:     What sort of day job do you have and how does it influence your creative work?

A: I’m not going to be specific about my day job because my privacy is precious. But I will say that it’s a fun job, it’s not a tech job, it’s not a service job, and I’m around a lot of people all day. They give me a lot to think about and write about. Since I’ve had this job I’ve really developed a concern for the future and the effects of our current values.

Q:     How did you become involved with Nose Milk?

A: I ran into Rishi on Craigslist, as I’m on it constantly. He liked how I did the satire and basically lets me do whatever I want. I’ve been writing for him almost a year now.

Q:     What do you think are the sociological benefits of blogging?

A: Well, here’s the thing with how I write. I take Ariel Dorfman’s commitment to speaking for the vanished really, really seriously. And then behind that I have my past as a volunteer organizer and I have all this guilt that I didn’t become a journalist, or at least keep working as hard as I once did trying to organize people and help them advocate for themselves. So the only concrete sociological benefit I can see to blogging is that I can find the messages of other bloggers who’re trying to shine a light on the prison industry, on poverty and discrimination, or who have any perspective on big issues outside of the lazy status quo, and I can carry their message a few steps more into my audience. Plus writing about privileged white people’s problems –I wouldn’t want to step on Bret Easton Ellis’ toes, who’s already doing such a good job covering that.

Q:     What are the sociological disadvantages of blogging?

A: I don’t know if I can think of any serious disadvantages. Any good writer can deal with things like negative comments or whatever. I mean, you’re beholden to people’s taste and perception, so people who’re looking for information delivered in a certain fashion just may not see your stuff. The main problem is that you’re writing for a crowd of people who have the stability and time to look through blogs, so the  people who really could benefit from your advocacy may never see your work, never be able to use it.

Q:     What are some of your favorite blogs?

A: I amuse myself with the Consumerist. A very important one is Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. They have a wealth of primary sources. I try to do stuff for them via the Nose Milk as much as I can. Mostly I use blogs that list other sources, like publisher lists, reviewer lists, zinester lists, etc. Almost Normal Comics out of Arizona is awesome.

Q:  Who was the most pretentious character you ever met in San Francisco (and what made him/her so)?

A: Who is the most pretentious person I ever met in San Francisco, specifically? Not Santa Cruz or San Jose or Salinas? An unanswerable question. To be fair, my circle at this point is pretty closed off to pretentious people. I’m not an attention hog, and certainly not when I visit SF. I know. There used to be this band called the Phantom Limbs. They were tight players and had managed to get themselves on Alternative Tentacles. Heaven knows the guy who fronted it could’ve been getting himself dragged through broken forty bottles because he was sad, but otherwise… anyway some friends of mine used to go to his shows expressly to beat the shit out of that guy. I went along, observed and laughed. He was a primadonna on stage, but man could he take an asskicking once you got him in the crowd. He was called Hopeless, and they’d shout What’s Up Homeless! at him incessantly before beating his ass. Now he’s Loto Ball (call him Hella Sacs). But I’m sure he pales in comparison to people like Greg Gopman, Mark Zuckerberg, these clueless little shits who’ve now taken over the global good old boys’ club. I’m working on a story right now where she writes her sabotage plan in poetry, knowing that her STEM boss won’t be able to read it.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Blogger Lisa Hackett

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Lisa Hackett runs the blog Where’s my Xanax; here is a link to the website:

https://wheresmyxanax.wordpress.com/

 

 

Q:  What made you interested in writing?

A: Writing has always been a way for me to get out certain emotions, whether its something heartfelt and serious, to something snarky and witty. It’s my voice. I can write things that sometimes you can’t say sometimes.

Q:  What is the overall theme of  Where’s my Xanax?

A: My “Where’s My Xanax” blog is a little mix of everything. Sometimes serious but usually silly and outrageous. Stupid things I’ve done and experienced and I like to talk about topics that people want to talk about but are afraid too.

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?

A: I worked for Lancome cosmetics. So it really hasn’t influenced my writing much. I do wonder why I dont write on beauty topics or makeup application, but I suppose when you work with make up last thing you wanna do is write about it. I call being a mom my primary job in life and it influences many things I have written about, because being a mom, there are always things to make fun of.

Q:  What are “The Fulls”?

A: The Fulls are a set of characters designed by Cheri Silard for ages 3-8 and their parents, they offer optimism and positive quotes, photos, articles and other. They are designed to inspire and entertain and self discovery. They pride themselves in teaching kids, honesty, responsibility, community, confidence, respect. consideration and other good values.

Q:  Who is Delightful?

A: DelightFull is an inspiring little character who posts kids food crafts and recipes with optimistic energy, all things sweet. She tries to teach young kids good values like sharing.

Q:  Who are some of your favorite bloggers?

A: I love Fits of Wit, she is down right awesome, it is witty and always leaves me in tears from laughing. Nanny Goats in Panties always has something interest to say. All Fooked up, she writes about offensive silly things, even warns you that she may offend you and to start drinking before entering her blog.

Q:  Why do you think sex is such a popular subject for bloggers to write about?

A: Well for me and what I write. I think its the fact that people do think, talk about sex but many are afraid too with society today, because they are afraid of judgement. I think sex has always been popular. Now is the time with all the Sex and the city and 50 shades type of books and movies. I think sex is easier for some to discuss openly without judgement, in blog especially.

Q:  What trends in blogging annoy you?

A: I have issues with all the fashion blogs or curator type blogs, the ones where they take everyone’s stuff and just repost it with an opinion. I would much rather read stuff from the heart, mind, other. Even if it offends me, I’d rather it be real.

Q:  What other kinds of writing do you do?

A: I write a little bit of everything, from deep dark from the heart to silly poems and witty outrageous stories. I am working on a book, which will be a cross between Erma Bombeck and Chelsea Handler.

Q:  What have you done to promote your blog?

A: Well I just got a new blog and host. I will slowly build my blog through social networking and just hopefully people will love what I read. With Where’s My Xanax, primarily through blogs and follwers and facebook sharing. Twitter is a must have for bloggers, great way to get your blogs seen and isn’t that what we want, people to read what we have to say?

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Actor Willie Lee Page Smith

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Willie Lee Page Smith is an actor who appears in the series Judge Karen; here is a link to his Backstage page:

 https://www.backstage.com/williesmith/

 


Q:
 When did you know you were an actor?

A: The moment I knew I was an actor/entertainer was when my family use to have talent shows and I would get a thrill from doing it. Knowing that I can transform myself into another person/ character gives me so much excitement that I can’t explain into words

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Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to pursue acting?

A: The type of day job I work for is lyft and deliv, which does not affect my career due to making my own schedule. I can come and go as I please.

Q: What is Judge Karen about?

A: Judge Karen Mills‑Francis, a former Miami‑Dade County judge, rules on small claims court cases in this  syndicated series

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Q:  What role do you play?

A:  The role on Judge Karen I played the character of Julius Sanders who was the plaintiff in the episode of Stiletto Kicked. Julius was more outspoken than his brother and also didn’t like his brother girlfriend. My character sued his brother girlfriend for kicking his car with a stiletto that caused damages..

Q: To what method of acting do you ascribe?

A:  The acting method I say that i use I called the Stanislavski’s system, also known as Stanislavski’s method. Basically I like to draw my own feelings and experiences to connect with the character they are portraying. It’s much easier for me to put my mindset of the character finding things in common in order to give a more genuine portrayal of the character I’m playing.

Q:  What makes you fameworthy?

A: What makes me fame worthy is that i put in the time and work to achieve 6 greatness. Also learning new styles and methods to perfect the craft. Also keeping my faith alive.

Q:  What is your oddest Hollywood story?

A:  As of right now I don’t have a weird Hollywood story yet. Lol

Q:  What famous role could you have nailed and why?

A:  The role I can nail is Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls and The Black Panther from the comic books.. Curtis Taylor Jr from Dreamgirls because I love musicals for one and he was the bad. For some strange reason I’m always casted as he bad guy. Playing a bad guy so much fun to play especially when you don’t act like that in real life. Also the The Black Panther because I love action movies and I’m an athletic person. With this role I will be able to put athletic skills to the test.

Q:  What do you do to fight nerves during an audition?

A:  When at an audition I’m actually doing breathing exercises and praying.. I breathe to calm because I’m actually big ball of energy and energy can easily shoot down your audition.. One thing you don’t want to do is read to fast that casting director don’t know what your saying..

Q:  What is next for you?

A: I have a few projects coming up. I will be back in stage play, also have a few web series I will be staring in, and working on my music as well.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)