Defend your favorite book:
Piece of art:
Discuss a writing pet peeve:
Do you have a passion? If so, what?:
What was your childhood dream? What is current dream?
Why do you write?:
How do you write?:
What is your writing experience?:
An obligatory suggestion for a writing exercise:
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Defend your favorite book: Dune by Mr. Frank Herbert is a brilliant piece of literature in the same class as 19th Century Russian literature. There are so many parallels to Russian literature and 19th-Century mainland Europe literature that one can't help think that Herbert liked foreign writers more than local ones. However, Herbert is truly American and his book is relevant to the time it was written as well as the current times, perhaps even more so. His commentary on politics, the environment, culture, and religion among other things really touches his view of the world. Plus, the setting is probably one of the most unique in all of literature. It's just a good book all around.
Movie: Freddy Got Fingered from director Tom Green is a modern surrealist masterpiece of epic proportions. This movie is so far ahead of it's time that most people cannot truly appreciate its greatness. The main character is a representative of a much larger demographic than the movie lets on. He's not just one of the jobless, post-education, free-loaders; he represents the confusion and the apathy of the entire Generation X. To him the world is just a series of unrelated events and to live is to be apart of chaos, because that's what life is. It's so difficult to find yourself and do what you truly want to do in this post post-modern society, but the movie shows that despite all the insanity one can still be the best that they can be. Whether or not the main character realizes this is up to debate.
Music: I like most music. But I really like simple music. Lo-Fi. Minimalist. Jangle. Some complex pop thrown in. I believe that if one overindulges and plays mastabatory musical passages, or just concentrates on the technical aspects of music that they're missing the point entirely. I find most music that goes over the top has no soul to it. Progressive rock and roll--though a handful of the bands are really great (think Dream Theater)--is an abomination to rock and roll music. Here's the video for my favorite song.
Piece of art: The spoonbridge and cherry while not intending to represent anything, represents everything. Life, the universe, and everything.
Anything else: White Castle makes the best hamburgers ever. Steamed to perfection with onions and pickles. It doesn't get better than that. I can't really defend slyders, because they truly are a matter of taste.
Discuss a writing pet peeve: Not capitalizing. I don't know why people don't capitalize. I usually attribute it to lack of self-esteem and general apathy, but there has to be more to it than that. I mean it's fine if you don't capitalize in writing if there is some deep meaning that you're trying to convey, but in everyday internet communication it's really annoying.
Do you have a passion? If so, what?: I like LJ, but I wouldn't really call it a passion. I guess I'm passionate about the music I listen to, the movies I like, and my favorite writers, but I don't know if I'm truly passionate about anything. I should find something to be pasionate about.
What was your childhood dream? What is current dream? My childhood dream was to either write or be on Star Trek. My current GOAL is to become the best writer of the 21st Century. It's not an easy task.
Why do you write?: Because I must.
How do you write?: I get an idea. I write and revise. I don't really revise that much, because I tend to get caught up in revision as I write. If I'm making a story I usually need to know everything before I write, that's why I don't really write complete stories.
What is your writing experience?: I've written some stories, some poems, and I write in my LJ a lot, but nothing close to professional.
An obligatory suggestion for a writing exercise: See the first prompt.
Defend your favorite book: Land Of Spices, by Kate O'Brien. For so many reasons: because she use tremendously beautiful imagery, because she captures Ireland at a time when it's very culture was changing. But mostly because she manages to take the coming-of-age genre (think Portrait of the Artist) and write it from the perspective of a little girl.
Movie: There are many, although The Producers (the Mel Brooks version) is one of the top five, at least. It's comedic genius.
Music: That changes all the time. When I'm walking or working in the yard, it's something lively. When I'm studying, I sometimes listen to Tuvan throat singing. Mostly I like anything that is mellow and pleasant to the ear (like, not metal or noise core.)
Piece of art: Sunday Afternoon on Le Grande Jatte, Seurat. So atmspheric.
Discuss a writing pet peeve: Bad grammar. If you can't figure out how to use an apostrophe or spell properly, how can you expect to communicate your ideas?
Do you have a passion? If so, what?: Social justice.
What was your childhood dream? What is current dream? Oddly enough, I wanted to be a librarian when I was four, and I'm now entering my first year of library school. I always wanted to write too, though.
Why do you write?: I write for myself, but also to communicate my feelings and ideas to other people. Mostly, it's a compulsion.
How do you write?: On a laptop, on little scraps of paper from the bottom my my bag...any way that works.
What is your writing experience?: Nothing professional...I did write a novella when I was ten though.
An obligatory suggestion for a writing exercise: If you could write your own obituary, or one for someone you know, what would you say?
Name: Ashley Marie Jensen
Defend your favorite book: My favorite book is actually one that I am in the middle of reading right now. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco is an engaging book set in Italy 1327. Some priests in an abbey have an usual and suspect murder on their hands. It's told from the view of an apprentice, whose teacher (Brother William of Baskerville) is there to investigate. It involves Aristotlean and Aquinas-esque logic. It's humorous, mysterious, and all about conspiracy in the church. :)
Movie: My favorite movie is Enemy At The Gates. I enjoy the war-themed movies, and this one was extremely well-done. It showed the the horrors of war, both between the enemy and within one's own country. I liked that it followed a Russian sniper taking down various Nazi soldiers in Stalingrad. That, and Jude Law was enough to give it a shot. Glad I did!
Music: Alternative rock, light rock, and rock 'n' roll. Haha. My favorite bands are Louis XIV, Beth Hart, The Counting Crows, Breaking Benjamin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I just think that I would give a chance to any band who writes their own music, sings their own lyrics and performs live.
Piece of art: Easily "Jacob and the Angel" by Eugene Delacroix. I love the colorist technique, and he seems to capture reality, fantasy, and spirituality wonderfully in that particular piece. But my favorite art to draw is Manga/Anime. A little mainstream, but I've liked it for some time.
Anything else: I love tigers, the symbol of strength, beauty and stealth! Woo! However, I was blessed with a totem (animal leading me around in my dreams) of a leopard named Sol. I'm not as fond of leopards, but I have become more so since Sol has been around. Haha.
Discuss a writing pet peeve: Defaults. What I mean by this is, what every writer would write about naturally. Mine, for instance, is revolution or war. I always seem to write/begin prose about a group of people, or a person rebelling against government, or his or herself. Ugh. It gets frustrating, because it's so hard to grow.
Do you have a passion? If so, what?: My passion is independence! I want to be financially independent soon, live on my own healthily (almost there, too!), and fend for myself in anyway I can. What can I say? Writing fits that bill so well, it would be a crime for me to neglect my hobby. ;)
What was your childhood dream? What is current dream? Childhood dream was to be paralegal, or a legal assistant, and then an author on the side. I may or may not still do that. My current dream to have writing be more involved in my life. I want to be a professor of History or Philosophy, a fulltime novelist, and most certainly an opinionated essayist on either History or Philosophy.
Why do you write?: I write to achieve an artistic goal. Such as combining two genres, two themes, or just crossing the line of writing a novel. I write to feel accomplished, and to bring the vivid characters in my mind to life.
How do you write?: I write with my feet in a bucket of water. Haha. Not, but I knew someone who did. I write prose fiction, mostly science fiction or fantasy with a strong focus on characterization. I have a very personal narrative, very rarily can I pull off a third person-omniscient. I paint a better picture of a character with a strong central focus on him or her.
What is your writing experience?: I started writing a lot when I was ten years old when I had a really weird idea about a race of people who lived by travelling and with a magic-dependent society. That novel with the working title of Dormague (pronounced "door-mag" with a "ma" as in "mama".). That led me into many side stories to develop other characters, and motivation for other races, stories, and such. I've published one of these stories in an anthology, and many poems to boot. My first finished novel was an Arthurian novel about a knight/prince and his adventures through the lands of his country. I've literally abandoned that, but I may or may not go back...
An obligatory suggestion for a writing exercise: Keep a diary of a fictional character's day/week...? That's always been my favorite. :)
Defend your favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov changed my life. The story has the superficial appearance of a murder mystery, but at its essence it explores what humans are capable of. I saw myself reflected in Ivan Karamazov, tortured intellectual genius, because I was trapped by reason when trying to understand the spirit. Each brother represents an extreme of human nature, and these personified emotions makes the characters so vivid and heart-breaking that a reader can still connect with them. Some of the chapters could stand alone they are so powerfully complete. If for nothing else, Dostoevsky predicts the fall of religion and rise of fascism based on social trends, and that in itself makes this book amazing. It can be tedious and long, but at the end, a comprehension of such an extensive philosophical novel is a personal triumph.
Movie: I adore Amelie. Even though Amelie is a bizarre personality, her fear of rejection and awkwardness makes her accessible to me. I felt engaged by the magical quality of the cinematography. It's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. The storyline is old, but the approach has such new techniques that I didn't realize until afterward that it was girl meets boy. It's funny in exactly the way I prefer and gave me a profound respect for people's goofy little quirks. It was my first experience with Audrey Tatou, and I just love her. It's my recipe for cheering myself up when I'm sick.
Music: Jonathan Larson's RENT has a profound musical score. It captures a moment of the 1980's in so many different musical styles: rock ballad, love song, freestyle rap, gospel, R&B...and even more surprising is that the majority of them are very worthwhile songs in their lyrics. There are around 30 or 40 on the Broadway show, and they are equally enjoyable. I listened to the music long before I saw the movie, and it has a stronger impact than the movie ever will. It is fun, upbeat, and very prophetic in its own way.
Piece of art: Johannes Vermeer's daily scenes. Just looking at them makes me calm. The women's thoughts can be read just by their expressions. His mastery of light is exquisite, down to studs on a chair catching the light or the window reflecting a face. He uses familiar motifs so that each picture feels like a home and the lifes of the people who pass through it. I believe he painted out of a need. He received so little recognition or money for them. They are so beautiful, though.
Discuss a writing pet peeve: I hate dangling participles and the awkwardness of rearranging sentences to avoid them. It drives me crazy to write, "To whom do I speak?" as much as "Who am I speaking to?" I also wince when I change tenses practically midsentence.
Do you have a passion? If so, what?: I have a passion for learning and helping people, but neither are strong enough yet for me. I don't devote myself to them. I have a passion for religious understanding. My passion for my loved ones.
What was your childhood dream? What is current dream? I wanted to be a horse and then a horse farm owner and trainer, along with marine biologist and Egyptologist. Now I'd like to work in the genetic field and write novels on the side and research ancient civilizations. I also want to join the Peace Corps for a few years.
Why do you write?: It used to be because I needed a way to vent, and I loved to do it through manipulating words. Each time I edited it I felt closer to the meaning I wanted. It was liking crafting a poem. I don't wrtie as much but it's still usually to put feelings down so I've purged myself a bit.
How do you write?: Usually stream of conscious style with lots of imagery if I can. I love symbolism very, very much. I write carefully, but it's full speed, almost illegible on paper or a large WPM on the computer.
What is your writing experience?: None professionally. I really started freshman year of high school, and I did the creative writing club and other "groups." Had some articles published in the local newspaper.