5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH DAVID OLIMPIO

  1. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

If I start sweating, then I know I’m doing it right.

  1. How often do you get new ideas? A thousand a second, or every 12 years when the moon is full and the stars align?

I get ideas all the time. A great many of them I never execute on because I’ll be in no situation or condition to write them down. For this reason, I will forget many ideas. But I’m not sure if that’s totally true. (The forgetting.) It’s possible that when I “forget” an idea it’s because it was not ready to come out, yet. And so I just have to wait until it does come out as something else later on.

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

Favorite author I don’t know personally: Martin Amis (I don’t know him, but I did speak to him in a Barnes and Noble once)

 Favorite author I do know: Sara Lippmann

  1. What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?

London Fields. It reminds me of the end game—what I want prose to sound like.

  1. What kind or creative rituals or patterns do you have?

My healthy ritual is music. I need loud music to clear out self doubt.

My unhealthy ritual is alcohol. It serves the same function as music, but it’s more foolproof.

Bonus question: If the last thought you had last night before falling asleep was an animal, what would it be?

A rabbit. A frightened rabbit.  

(Also the name of my favorite band.)

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I like that idea about ideas. I’ll have to remember that. Or rather wait and see if it’s worthy of being remembered (I suspect it is).  Here’s something worth remembering: Writers & Words is tomorrow, July 11th at Charmingtons!

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