What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I was a young adolescent boy, and started writing, trying to figure out which girl in my school it was that I really liked the most at the inconsequential age of thirteen. It was a toss-up between two different girls, and writing about it did not get either one of them to ever go out with me, but it did help me feel better than the wretched, depressed soul I had gotten myself into being over those two girls, who were something more like angels or goddesses than people, in my silly adolescent mind. I was very young, and don’t think I ever saw girls as being human beings at the time, but that they just happened to be ideas or concepts to be written about and marvelled at. It’s tough to describe my misguided conceptions.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I try to write daily. Living in a retirement community gives me plenty of free time to write whatever I can dream up to write about on a daily basis. Having stories to tell have been eluding me recently, since I’ve been writing every day for a couple of years now. There are about 300 files in my documents folder on my hard drive, since two years ago or so, and at least 100 of them are blog entries of three or four pages of text. Most of the rest of the files are at least 5,000 words in length, a seemingly endless list of short stories about my very colorful life, mostly. Surprisingly, few of the files are only false starts of ideas that never got off the ground.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I especially enjoy writing in any frame of mind that gives me the story almost whole – when an idea comes almost like magic from within the depths of me. There is a certain exhilaration I enjoy when I experience this feeling of giving the body of a story to the bones. Recently, this phenomenon has occurred with some of my stream of consciousness writing, but I’m told that the stream of consciousness genre is not something that most people like to read. The other genre I enjoy writing in is personal memoirs or things I can remember from my most unusual and surprisingly colorful past. I have an idea that there is something to be learned inherent in the things I’ve lived through and surprisingly survived, considering that my life has been in danger frequently throughout my lifetime.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I find that if I can do free associations or tell a story based on memories of my own life, they are the most times I can find something either coherent to write, or the story comes out of me whole and complete, so that I can just key it into my notebook with an effortlessness. On other occasions I get down the bones of a story, and keep going over and over the basic train of thought, as the story fleshes itself out on the page, before my very eyes.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
At the moment, Don Martin and I are collaborating on a book we’re calling Loony. The basic premise is that I have spent most of my life trying to get into insane asylums, and Don has spent a great deal of time and energy in his life, trying to stay out of them. It’s fertile territory for me to write in, because it taps into my various memories of a life of doing “life imprisonment on the instalment plan.” Don just does his own thing. We’re hoping the work will prove to be cohesive in the long run.
What are your writing plans for the future?
Nothing very specific or terribly earth shattering. I want to learn more mechanisms to concoct more fiction, because I’ve pretty well told all the stories about my own life, in one setting or another. When one writes about their personal history, even if they do happen to have an interesting and colorful past, it becomes a challenge to write anything new after a while. I find it a challenge to focus my creative juices on a story that’s not based on reality, which doesn’t really seem to fit my personality, or fit into my theme in my body of work, having been diagnosed a psychotic schizophrenic. One would think a person with a problem perceiving reality would have an easy time of it, telling stories in fictional settings, but the contrary is the case. Fiction is the most difficult genre for me to conceive of from beginning to end.
Where can people find out more about you?
You can read my blog entries in three different blogs, specifically at http://geostan51.wordpress.com, which is my personal blog where I have exceeded 100 entries.
http://yezallstrongheart.weebly.com, which happens to be a group blog effort I am no longer contributing to, and Don Martin’s blog, where I am active currently, at http://iama2sonan.blogspot.com. Also, you can find me on Amazon with 87 titles for sale for Kindle download here.