A DOZEN QUESTIONS - 5 OF 12
SPECIAL GUEST: MATTHEW M. C. SMITH
(Matthew's book covers and links at the end).
Matthew M. C. Smith's Dozen Answers,
and some encouraging words in conclusion.
Q: What is your favourite word?
A: I like the word 'dawn'. It conveys hope, purity and light.
Q: What is your least favourite word?
Q: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
A: People who work really hard on anything creative and have hidden talent, yet retain modesty.
Q: What turns you off?
Q: What is your favourite song?
A: 'Strange Days' by The Doors - a highly-charged, psychedelic song about alienation - 'Strange days have found us/ strange days have tracked us down/ they're going to destroy/ our casual joys.' A really topical song for how things are at the moment. There are some beautifully-dark words in the song.
Q: What is your favourite film?
A: Apocalypse Now. It's epic and affects you deep down.
Q: What is your favourite curse word?
A: I can't tell you. I'd have to curse you and I really don't want to do that, Joe.
Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: My children singing - even when it deteriorates into noise.
Q: What sound or noise do you hate?
A. The sound when people eat crunchy food - cereal, apples, crisps. And scraping plates with cutlery.
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: It's cliched, but Astronaut. Imagine really getting out there and looking at the stars, unhindered by light pollution. Also being the first person to set foot on Mars after the long trip.
Q: What profession would you not like to do?
A: Be a full-time writer at home. Writing is a reflective, creative activity away from a busy job and life, which keeps me motivated. Writing all the time could really dull and isolating.
Q: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
A: "Get ready. We're going on a galactic tour".
Q: Any words of encouragement for writers and writing?
A: I would say to all writers to read as widely as they can to get ideas, to experiment with different styles and to get inspired. Writers must also be open to feedback, resist defensiveness and not get downhearted if their work is rejected from being published. All journals and publishing houses have their own tastes, so submit widely and make it an enjoyable process.
Thank you Matthew for your dozen answers
and words of encouragement.
Origin: 21 Poems https://www.amazon.co.uk/Origin-Poems-Matthew-M-Smith/dp/1980305757/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=matthew+m+c+smith&qid=1604592121&quartzVehicle=1526-664&replacementKeywords=matthew+c+smith&sr=8-1
Matthew M. C. Smith's writing page: https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/matthew-m-c-smith Twitter: @MatthewMCSmith also on facebook and Instagram