the Right to Write: Finding the Stakes

3 Topics I often read about:
1. Occult
2. Science Fiction
3. Creativity
4. (Bonus round) Human Rights

3 Topics I Often Think about
1. Stolen voices – the ways in which people are silenced, and reclaiming those voices
2. Whether or not you can fix stupid
3. Filling in information gaps

5 of your favorite books
1. This encyclopedia of myths and monsters from childhood
2. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
4. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
5. The Witch of Portebello by Paolo Coelho

What do these books have in common in terms of a theme, stakes, etc.?
Facing the unknown, finding inner strength, going against what society demands to find the truth and to do what is truly right; also, certain characters are humbled/ignored/not taken seriously but still find a way to speak their truth and make themselves heard.

What are five of your favorite movies?
1. Finnian’s Rainwbow
2. Pump up the Volume
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Grease (I)
5. Midnight in Paris

What do these movies have in common?
The bottom three change often. Aside from 3 of the 5 being musicals… 4 of the 5 are about finding your voice, trying something different and even living a little out of step with cultural expectations – or deliberately trying to be out of step to see where it gets you.

6. What do the movies have in common with the books?
All of them are in some way about claiming your own identity and making your truth heard.

7. What is your favorite fairy tale?
I’m not fond of fairy tales as we know them, although I love how Neil Gaiman retells them. I went through a phase in elementary school where I wanted to write my own, too. Never did. The one that sticks with me is the Norse/American one about the girl who falls down a well, does kindnesses wherever she goes, and returns covered in gold. Her lazy, spoiled and favored sister goes after she returns, damn near sets the place on fire, and returns covered in soot and utterly unclean. It spoke to the household dynamic I grew up with, and it felt gratifying to me, like there was someone else out there who saw me and knew what was really going on at home.

8. What is your favorite childhood book?
Anita’s Choice – about a Latina girl who was torn between her own ambitions for a college education and her mother’s constant demands that she give up those dreams and conform to the limitations of her local culture.

9. What do the fairy-tale and the book have in common?
Asshole mothers? A separation of the individual female from the identity demands of the other females.

10. List five topics you are currently thinking about.
1. Emotional violence, and learning to recognize it and respond to it for what it is.
2. Fashion, and integrating cultural considerations into fashion blogging.
3. The trashion art movement
4. The West memphis 3 case, and the injustice surrounding it
5. Nanowrimo, and getting that book off the ground.

What feels the hottest?
Emotional violence, and of course, nanowrimo.

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