I had the opportunity to read your poem
"The Mortician of Inevitable Immortality" and
it really caught my eye. I knew I had to meet you after reading it because the content was good and worthwhile to read!
I was born and raised in Lower Michigan on the twenty-sixth day of October in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty at old-o-clock. (laughs) I realize I’m not that old, but sometimes I feel old.
Ah the nasty 30's! You're only 4 years older than me, and I refuse to feel "old" lol. If I'm keeping it young and sexy then you must as well JV ;)
During my senior year in high school, I immigrated to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I morphed from city girl to country girl. I ended up graduating up here and fell in love with the area. My mom and stepfather moved and I decided to stick around. I used to work as a dealer at the casino in Baraga and I remember a number of times before I’d go to work, I’d walk on waterfalls. Yes, you heard me correctly.
Adventurer! I was like huh?!? Did she really say "waterfalls". The bible mentions Jesus Christ turning water to wine and walking on water, so I guess you're the modern-day version The Waterfall Walker, wow. Perhaps you can add to this unique skill you possess with explaining how you're actually walking across waterfalls. If there's a bridge involved then you aint that great lol.
My favorite pastime is walking on waterfalls. Immediately following said adventure, I’d mosey on into work with my pant legs soaked to the knees and no one was the wiser.
How many people can do that before work? The Upper Peninsula is gorgeous, albeit, brutally frigid during the winter months. It’s a bit of a common joke up here that we only have two seasons: winter and construction.
Without a doubt, who can literally say before work they walk on waterfalls lol. An adrenaline rush to say the least! Before work I'm usually running behind with time not being my best friend.
Was it average, hard, special, unusual, or different?
During the summers of my youth, I would go fishing, hiking, and participate in a myriad of other outdoor activities. My stepfather fostered my love for the outdoors, including walking on waterfalls! When I wasn’t off on an adventure of some sort, I would be in my room reading and writing to music.
The physical and psychological damage that I had endured in my youth has affected the way I perceive relationships. However, instead of succumbing to the troublesome nature of abuse, I find it an invaluable facet in how I perceive life and the relationships I have with other individuals. Instead of allowing it to define me, I use it as a source of strength by which I can overcome and empathize with others. Instead of allowing it to weaken me, I’ve used it as a way to strengthen my resolve (as well as inspire me).
Wow it's amazing how much we have in common with views. With your wisdom/understanding you could also go into psychiatry/sociology. If many of us could channel into this form of thinking we would probably live healthier lives.
Taking a trip down memory lane, as a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Again we share something in common! Are you my soul sister or what?!? ha. I was too fearful, unlike you who had the courage and recognition of your ability with pursuance from your mentor. It must be great to know where you can take your skill-sets in case one slows down or you want to do something different.
Growing up makes it hard, in my opinion, as a writer because you're trying to make sense of what you're feeling and how to put words to what you see happening around you. I think it's with growth and maturity when we can accept our lives for what they really are and not be ashamed of our experiences -we can't feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. It makes us who we are and others appreciate the honesty because perhaps they went through similar and never had a way of expressing it. It's liberating for everyone.
I wrote my first short story in my high school creative writing class. I enjoyed the ability to paint that cinematic picture within the mind so much that I not only took the class again, but also begged a few of my classmates to do their homework for them. Aside from the journal entries we would write during class, I began writing similar pieces in my own journal. I would turn on Enya, Loreena McKennett, Deep Forest, among other assorted artists and write to my heart’s content. I’d write mostly prose during that time and later I would whittle it down into poetry I’d later share with my friends. A few I submitted for publication and won a fair number of awards.
You were indulging the creative beast! There is a freedom with creative writing -no limitations or restrictions. But on the other hand there's something great about limitations because it forces a writer to dive deeper for creative outlet and possibly help them discover a side of themselves they never knew or paid attention to before.
Which contests or competitions were you submitting your entries for us out here who want to do the same?
Like a more human approach. You connect with others on a profoundly more compassionate level, from being interpersonal with just having time to know yourself. There has to be a bigger role you are made for in this life with these qualities you have Julie :)
Me too! And if you're like me you've used anything you could get your hands on like kitchen napkins, wrappers, plates, store receipts, and anything else that can be written on.
Wow, that is BIG! What your dad told you speaks mega-watt volumes. I believe what parents tell their children can either make or break their dreams -spoken and unspoken. Even your mom sees the bigger picture of the possibilities in music :) A 'real' job for you is following your heart & it takes real courage.
It can also be challenging when it's a choice between having electricity or water running as well. When it gets down to the realness of basic necessity, money is either coming in to provide for yourself (and family) or it's not. When it's not then the whole 'get a job' nag is for the better good because at least it's understood as 'pay per hour' for a steady income. But if it's just to dictate how a person should live their life, it's not warranted.
I also write the book review column for the magazine and submit my poetry for publication periodically. The credit for this wonderful periodical does not go solely to me, but to the entire team of individuals who have made this magazine one of the greatest I could ever hope to work for. Guntaj has been a blessing and it has been an honor to work for her this past year.
( It’s ok if not! Lol ).
Value in the little things really matter in the end. What the world or society deems as "important" varies from person to person drastically. I don't know if we see where we're going honestly...
It just feels like humanity is drifting a part and before we know androids and robots will be speaking and acting for us. That's scary...with animals we know to go extinct we may eventually be following that trend as one of those animals. Or to go deep with this thought, become a lesser species, and another animal evolves and develops traits that we possess, resulting in domination over us. Anything is possible.
|Henry David Thoreau|
My fiancé has been endlessly supportive of everything I do.
Even though writing is your passion and may consume much of your thought space what activities do you like to dive into when you’re not writing?
education. After I transferred to Northern Michigan University, I changed my major to Art & Design and English. When I got pregnant in 2006, I had to quit college due to the fact that the classes I was taking at the time were studio classes and I would be around chemicals that could have potentially harmed my daughter. I started attending again in 2011 at the University of Phoenix online, this time for English and Communications. I will be earning my degree in June 2014 and shortly after I’ll be working toward my Masters.
Do you see yourself finishing your Art & Design courses at the same university?
Technically I should have TWO Bachelor degrees considering how many credits I've accumulated in total between the 3 universities I've attended. When I transferred, some of the credits did not, so it was like starting from scratch, and all that hard work that I put into those classes were lost. Since I began my Art & Design degree at NWU, I plan to go back to NWU to finish it. Hopefully by then my credits will still be valid enough to allow me that little head start. Otherwise I may venture off to something different. Only time will tell.
I know all about it lol. Somehow my best ideas and creative flow floats into my mind when I'm washing dishes. Anytime we allow our minds to wander is when the greatest ideas come to us! Balancing them with reality helps with keeping them from becoming a burden.
Huffpost is one of my favorites for news/education and it definitely gives individuals thought-worthy content to share their thoughts on.
the anxiety I felt as he read it and I waited for his input. I have always been confident in my skills as a poet, but when it comes to novels, I was terrified. Did I suck? Should I be doing this? Is it stupid? So many questions and negativity ran through my head until I got his call that he was finished. “It has good bones” he said, and then proceed to tell me where I could improve the novel.
Just like the saying goes, You never know until you try ;) right.
Totally agree! I'm wondering though will you be able to personally handle reviewers/critiques that are left without a reason?
(Finish the rest any way you want)…
“From the moment I wake up in the morning until the time I go to sleep I ….”
Oh yea overseas they don't play when it comes to their holidays! They understand the meaning of "break-time" even during the year.
I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland and Ireland. I was even contemplating whether or not my fiancé and I should get married in one of those countries.
Wow, I'm speechless... lol
|Victoria Selene Skye Deme|
|L to R: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, & Barry Eisler|