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5 Burning Questions with Slangston Hughes

  1. What’s the worst thing about writing?
Not writing!
  1. What helps your writing the most?
Learning more about the world it’s history and most of all learning more about myself and how writing can make you a better version of yourself when the writing is truly honest work about yourself and what inspires you.
  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using only adverbs. 

Courageously always entirely inside here. (points to chest)

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?
Poetry is the art of becoming a better person publicly.
  1. What would you like to promote the most? Can you describe it in Victorian English? If not, can you describe it like a normal person?

Nothing I do is like a normal person! I am an alien! That is what I would like to promote. Aliens r us and original thinking. Poetry is ancient incantation put back into proper context. Just like when the aliens first gave it to us. The End…. And the nu beginning!

Bonus question: Max Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers on 5/11/16 in a 3-2 complete game winning effort. How does this make you feel?

I used to like the Tigers but then Jim Leyland retired from managing and I was like never mind. Then the Pirates started winning again and that’s freaking exciting! Go Bucs!!!! (I’m from Pittsburgh, what can I say)

To learn more about Slangston, visit his home on the web at http://slangstonhughes7.wix.com/slickviclow.

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5 Burning Questions with Nancy Murray

  1. What’s the worst thing about writing?
The wall of fire I have to push through to get started. The blank page and I stare each other down for a long time before I finally get started. Once I do, though, I could go on and on for hours without even noticing time go by.
  1. What helps your writing the most?
Alone time. I don’t mean being alone when I write but being alone when I am not doing anything in particular – just sitting, or walking, or thinking. It charges me.
  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using only adverbs. 

generously, intensely, hopefully, amusingly

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?
I’m basically a failed fiction writer. Every time I tried to write fiction all my true stories kept coming out instead. Finally, I just gave in and now I call my genre creative non-fiction.
  1. What would you like to promote the most? Can you describe it in Victorian English? If not, can you describe it like a normal person?

But of course. First, I must call your attention to the fact that strict reticence of speech and conduct must be observed at all times. Naturally, this renders one limited in all matters relating to self-promotion. However, you were so very kind to inquire that I find it would be most impolite if I didn’t avail you with some semblance of an answer. So, please allow me to introduce you to a topic that I find most charming. Me. My latest creative endeavour, that is. It is a tale, most expertly told, about a version of myself in days long past. In this version my character attempts the unseemly prospect of obtaining gainful employment to no avail. My character moves from position to position, none of which, I might add, are befitting a lady, until, at last, she is able to say she has earned precious little but has learned insights that could be considered a trove of treasure. It’s quite an amusing tale. I hope to hold your interest long enough for me to complete and to promote this work which currently holds the title, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. I beg you, Sir, don’t hold me to that. It is, after all, a lady’s prerogative to change her mind.

Bonus question: Max Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers on 5/11/16 in a 3-2 complete game winning effort. How does this make you feel?

I’m appalled that P.E.T.A. allows tigers to play baseball.

To learn more about Nancy, visit her home on the web at www.bmorenancy.com.

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5 Burning Questions With Kathy Flann

  1. What’s the worst thing about writing?

The worst thing about writing is that failure is built into the process. What’s more, you don’t know exactly how a draft has failed. Much of one’s task as a writer is to figure it out. That’s harder than fixing it. Fixing it can actually be fun.

  1. What helps your writing the most?

What helps me the most, as a writer, is having reliable, smart writer friends to read my work. These people can locate the weak spots much more quickly than I can.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using only adverbs. 

Aboard already — diligently, truthfully, wickedly

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

Fiction affords the opportunity to “become” someone else. That’s what made me a reader as a kid. What was it like to be someone who wasn’t me? How did that person think? And what accounted for thinking that way? What was it like to have a body other than my own? How did people respond to physical appearances different from mine? Did any of this shape a person? Or was a personality inborn? Etc. Writing fiction became a natural way to engage with those imaginative processes even more deeply than I had as a reader.

  1. What would you like to promote the most? Can you describe it in Victorian English? If not, can you describe it like a normal person?

In Victorian English, the term “bags o’ mystery” referred to sausage. But I think we should reclaim “bags o’ mystery.” I think, when we host readings, we should say, “You folks are in for some bags o’ mystery tonight.” So if my appearance at Writers & Words promotes one thing, I’d feel pretty good if it were that.

If nothing else, the literalists will cross the street to Parts & Labor and miss the reading. They always laugh in the wrong places anyway.

Bonus question: Max Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers on 5/11/16 in a 3-2 complete game winning effort. How does this make you feel?

As someone who grew up in the DC suburbs with NO baseball team at all, I feel pretty good about it. Not only does DC have baseball now, it has good baseball. However, as an Orioles fan, I feel like Max Scherzer is the North Dakota oil boom. I mean, I know he exists and that his existence is a very good thing for someone. It’s just that it’s not me.

To learn more about Kathy, visit her home on the web at www.kathyflann.com.