Hello everyone! It's Kelsy, aka SpriteBlayde here. Welcome to the eighth volume of The Ink Stained Quill. This series focuses on the amazing writers we have here on deviantART. Each installment will feature a deviant who you may, or may not know, who is willing to answer some of my questions! Whether you are a long time writer, or a newbie, there is something for everyone in the series who is looking to improve their craft or for some light reading.
Today's guest is not only an amazing writer, but an amazingly strong person too. They've overcome obstacles and shown their strength. Please welcome the lovely introverted-ghost!
Before we start, is there anything you would like to share with our audience? Little known facts about you, words of wisdom, information on upcoming projects, etc.?
I'd just like to say how grateful I am to be joining you here today, Kelsy. It's a real honour. (Of course! It is my pleasure and I am elated you were able to join us!)Can you tell us a little bit about your writing habits? Perhaps about how frequently you write, or if you only write when inspiration strikes?
As far as quirks go, I only have one true quirk. Over the years, despite being a very firm non-smoker, I have adopted the (bad) habit of holding my pen like a cigarette when it's not in use.
I don't really have a set amount that I write. When it comes, it comes. I try not to force it because I prefer to maintain the honesty that comes from a piece that birthes itself. Sometimes I write solely based on outside inspiration, but it comes from within more often than not.Do you have a preferred writing medium (such as a computer, or pen and paper)?
Oh, definitely. I handwrite absolutely everything, from snippets to full length prose. It really helps me to think, as well as pick up on any discrepencies within the piece. It's become a bit of a routine not to type anything up until it feels finished.What inspired you to start writing?
It was, quite simply, books and a less than healthy dose of loneliness.
I had very few friends during my childhood and I learned quite quickly that books could provide me companionship without ridicule and judgement.
I know that you self published your book. Can you tell us a little about that process? Or even how to get started with the publishing process?
To be honest, I set aside my dream of being published by an actual publishing house when I was still quite young. I knew that it took a lot to break into that particular market, and that it was even harder to do with poetry, so when the time came I went straight to self publishing and I must say that so far, I am very happy with my choice.
To be honest, the actual act of publishing was the easiest part. See, once you're at the end, it's a matter of pressing a few buttons, setting a price and adding a little description. But everything before that? That's the best and worst bit.
I spent days just choosing the order that my work would go into the book and in those days, it must have been changed half a million times. I spent hours frustrated or doubtful of my ability to see it all through and mostly I felt that I was getting nowhere, that no matter how many pieces I entered I would never reach the end.
But day after day, little by little, I neared the end. And let me tell you, when I entered that last word and stepped back from my computer, I was so proud. Terrified about what came next, but so proud. And in that moment, every minute of frustration was completely worth it.
How has publishing your book impacted your writing as a whole?
I've received nothing but praise for my efforts and now that my book is available for purchase, I've received a tremendous confidence boost. It's one thing to publish a book, but the moment that the first order comes in is amazing
because it's all come to something, someone actually wants a copy, somebody believes
in you and your work.Do you have any advice for aspiring or longtime writers that you would like to share?
Love what you do, do what you dream. Don't put those dreams on the back-burner for a better day. Don't trust that you'll have more time to do the things that you want to do. Just do them. And most importantly: believe in yourself.
Could you please share 2-3 of your own deviations and tell us why you picked them?
she's a grey emberburn slow;
call absence to your knees
and kiss its bruises
free from greed
until your hands are stained neutral
I selected this piece because I'm quite proud of the imagery.
the quiet musings of an almost dead womani feel the world. it weighs on me in the empty hours between dusk and dawn, the hours when the birds are nested and the grass can do no more than whisper beneath the touch of the wind.
i feel the world and it is both new and old, both stillborn and throbbing with well-lived life, and it is heavy with its own weightlessness.
i feel the world but the world does not feel me; i do not feel me. my skin is a prayer to the soft curves of the oceans and the hard ridges of the mountains instead of a testament to my being.
i feel the world echo within my confines-- i feel myself become the world.
I chose this piece because I don't shed much light on my prose and I think that this one just has that little bit of something to it.
in the middle of the night, she hears iti've learned that no matter how hard you tamp it down, if your mind is lonely it will reach out barbed fingers and sink them into the nearest living soul that didn't give birth to you or watch you grow.
you see, this is how i fall in love. or at least, it's how i fall into the shadow of something a lot like love.
I selected this piece because of it's quiet, raw honesty. I've listed it as fiction, but there is nothing but truth within it.
Please pick 2-5 deviations from other people and share why you picked them.
rock bottom.i ate a lot of cereal that year;
cause people are disappointing and after awhile they get sick of hearing about you, and they get selfish and they leave. they leave and expect you to just be okay, cause you’re not allowed to be sad forever.
he told me that.
he told me to snap out of it, like it was actually within my control.
i learned then, that you don’t understand it unless you’re in it. you don’t know just how strong the grip of quicksand is unless you’re in the middle shuffling your feet trying to move, but you’re actually just sinking in further.
no-one will ever begin to understand until they’re sitting in their apartment watching veronica mars and eating lucky charms in nothing but their underwear and thinking this is how they should begin to put their life back together.
It worked for a little while. It worked enough to keep the largest cracks from going all the way through, and for me to feel just human enough to make it through the d
I chose this particular piece from weaknesses
because I personally feel that this is one of her most honest pieces. I find a lot of myself within this.
Six Word SermonLove is not a raised fist.
Short but simple, this piece from Concora
is a truth that many people have yet to realize.
For ScienceBrought toaster to bathtub.
This piece from saltwaterlungs
delivers a wonderful dose of gallows humour in very few words.
pray for memy body is a prison,mismatched-misfits
and i'm holding the key in my hands.
freedom is potentially right there.
but i'm too afraid to open this lock.
this is stockholm syndrome at its finest.
uses poetry to deliver a simple message: we are our own worst enemy.
lips stained cyan from knocking back glowsticksvibrant irises spilled
like spray paint
macabre graffiti -
a salivating artist's
I can taste the colour on the tip of my tongue. It's beautiful.Do you have any quotes that inspire you or simply stick in your head?
'Here is the heart of Elvendom on earth,' he said, 'and here my heart dwells ever, unless there be a light beyond the dark roads that we still must tread, you and I. Come with me!' And taking Frodo's hand in his, he left the hill of Cerin Amroth and came there never again as living man.
This particular quote has been floating in my head for over a month. I cannot express how utterly beautiful I find it.Do you have any favorite books, authors, poets, writers, deviants, etc., that you would like to share with us?
My favourite book of all time is, without a doubt, The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Oh, there are so many people on dA that I admire or adore that, if I were to list them all, I would be here forever! Here are just a few that come to mind:chromeantennae camelopardalisinblue weaknesses MatieuCanadaWilliams Sammur-amat haphazardmelody DogmaticKerr Adrolyn Nichrysalis
Any thing else you would like to say to our audience before we conclude this interview?
You are worth far more than you realize.
And that's a wrap! Thanks so much for joining us today. Be sure to go give introverted-ghost's work some love. Her gallery is very diverse and you will discover a variety of breath taking pieces. Kirsty's work won't fail to strike you with awe.
And thank you to my audience, it's been a pleasure having you for the eighth edition of The Ink Stained Quill! If you know of anyone you think would be a great literary guest, please feel free to comment or note me with their username and why they should be interviewed. Thanks guys!