Virtual Blog Tour

Two Mondays back, Mara Eastern picked me for the Virtual Blog Tour event which requires me to share my creative process and introduce 3 other fellow bloggers. Before I even begin to answer the following set of questions, I would like to introduce you to some of Mara’s work. She’s an Eastern European (Czech) academic who specialises in humour. And if you are/were a history student, like myself, you will be intrigued by her unique perspective as a child in the Soviet Union. You can find them here and here.

The Questions

  1. What are you currently working on?
    I am not actively working on anything per se;  but more of random posts as and when the creative spirits choose to possess me. Although I’ve been meaning to start on a piece about my ‘smoke-free’ living, I can never seem to find the time.
  2. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
    There is no specific genre. Most of my work are autobiographical, or embellished recounts. So I guess they are unique. I have also dabbled a little with fiction. I don’t know exactly how they differ from others, but hopefully they carry a unique perspective.
  3. Why do you write (create ) what you do?
    I started this blog because my brain was degenerating. After two years of vulgar and thoughtless language in the army, I was losing my command over the English Language. So, I decided that I should start writing. Now that my brain has adapted back to normal, I write simply to improve myself.
  4. How does your creative process work?
    If you haven’t already guessed, there isn’t a specific creative formula I adhere to. I usually just sit on my bed cross-legged – similar to that of Buddha when he meditated for enlightenment (except that my macbook is in front of me). I call out to the creative spirits and wait patiently. Usually nothing happens. I’m still working on this though. I’ll update you if I find a better alternative.

The Writers

  1. Abby Boid writes at cogitoergomum. This philosopher turned full-time mom, has got really fascinating things to say and an interesting perspective to go along with. And I thoroughly enjoyed her post on her ‘Frozen’ addiction.
  2. Amelia Groves has written really inspiring posts about the craft of writing. Specifically, you should read what she has to say about ‘free writing’. Also, be inspired by her 150-word flash fiction challenges right here.
  3. Learn how to write creatively with TP Hogan. I recommend you try her ‘What If’ method.

 

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10 thoughts on “Virtual Blog Tour

  1. Your tour is graceful and delightful. I was intrigued by what you say about the impoverished army language, but it makes all the sense. Amelia’s blog I know, so now I’m off to explore the other two candidates 🙂 Thank you very much for taking part in the virtual tour!

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    • It was my pleasure! 🙂 And I’m afraid there is little room for vocabulary in the army. Instructions had to be succinct, simple and loud – everything else is irrelevant. As for camaraderie amongst men, foul language is an apparent pre-requisite. 😉

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  2. Honoured, once again! This means I have to answer the same questions next monday, right? That’ll do me for a return to the blogging scene thing. 🙂 And the bit about sitting like Buddha is so true – unfortunately, it never seems to work for actually getting the words down! 😉

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  3. Hey KR,

    Wow, thanks.
    The ‘What if…?’ post seems to have struck a chord with several people. I’m not so sure about the “Learn how to write creatively…” part as I’m not setting out to teach, but I’m honoured…and humbled just the same.

    TP

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    • Yes, your “What If” post instantly came to mind once I realised ‘tour’ was oriented towards the creative process. We can learn from your writings even without you having to explicitly teach us! 🙂

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