Posted in Interviews

Interview- Loraine Martian

This is an A.A. Forringer rarity, a person I know in person and I have contact with on an almost daily basis.  Ms. Martian and I work together and soon after I started working with her I discovered she is also a writer.  She is highly intelligent, imaginative and loves her coffee.  I hope you enjoy the interview, and like I told her, after my books are as popular as J.K. Rowling she can point to this interview as proof that she knew me back when I was an unknown (of course the reverse could be said if she gets successful  first and I am still an unknown).
   French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them? 
I rarely eat fries, but when I do, I like crinkle cut if I can get ’em.
    How long have you been creating and why? 
I’ve been creating since I was a child.  I love acting, drawing, writing, crafting.  I’ve done at least one since I could walk and talk.
   What odor to you is the most pleasant? 
I think pizza.  Yes, pizza is the best smell.
    Favorite things to read?  What genre?
I enjoy Young Adult, classics and fantasy.
A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this? 
There was most likely a spider in the boat or a flying insect literally ATTACKED me, so naturally my only defense was the flail my arms and scream, “KILL IT!  KILL IT!”
What is the best thing about creating? 
I think it’s the satisfaction of getting what’s in my head out. 
How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?
Um… lots??
What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?
Along the same lines as the best thing about creating, the worst is when what’s in your head doesn’t translate the same when it’s out in the world, either when other people don’t get it or when I am personally not satisfied with what I created.
      If you could force one famous person to consume your stories who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?
Well, since I only have one completed book, they wouldn’t have to consume much.  I would probably just be thrilled to have any famous author read and like my book, but most of my favorite authors are dead.
   How far do you hope your creating takes you? 
I am just happy when someone reads my book and has nice things to say about it.  I am not out for fame and fortune with my writing, art, or acting.  I do all those things for the pure joy it brings me.
Posted in Travel and Diversions

Promoting My Books Or Not.

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On Tuesday, I decided to blow off my day job, protecting the citizens of the commonwealth, to promote my science fiction books, so I hopped on a train to Red Bank, NJ home to Kevin Smith’s comic book store. I took some of the small posters for Q Runner. This was not my first pilgrimage to a comic book store, in the mid-80’s I had gone to Mile High Comics in Denver which back then was probably the most famous comic store in the country, it being listed in every comic book I ever bought, so now I was off to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

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My intention was to see if I could put up one of the small posters in the store and maybe if the god’s smiled on me get on the AMC show Comic Book Men and promote my book.  The Q Runner poster is up at Blue Line Collectibles, where I get my comics, and a few laying on the freebies tables at South Philly Comics and Comics and More, so it was strategy I had tried before, and met with a modicum of success.

Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is a great comic book store, the place is well lite, organized logically with plenty of space to move around, and the AC was great on a hot summer day. Working in the store were Mike Zapcic, Bryan Johnson and an unknown staff member. Sitting near the rear counter was Rob Bruce a frequent guest on the TV show. About ten to fifteen customer moved in and out during the twenty minutes I was there so the place was not crowded. The store front was different from the television show, you could not see in from outside and after some post trip internet research I discovered it was changed because of the reality show.

I did ask Mike Zapcic if they had any of the Buddy Christ Statues from the movie Dogma and he briskly told me ‘no never had them, never will’, and he continued with store business. I was a little put off by his terseness at first but then while looking thru the View Askewniverse merchandise I heard him on the phone with two callers. Just from his end of the call it sounded like the people were asking some very asinine questions. One question I am betting was something along the lines of “Is Jay or Silent Bob there?” or “Is Kevin Smith or Jason Mewes there?” To which Mr. Zapcic responded ‘no they are never here’. Another answer I heard was, ‘no sorry I am not your friend because I do not know you’, which I am guessing was something about Facebook. He then had a conversation with some customers and then posed for pictures and joked around with them.

I know I would not be as polite as he was over the phone if people asked me extremely stupid questions when I was trying to get other things accomplished. It was not till I saw Mr. Zapcic doing inventory that the significance of it being Tuesday dawned on me. The next day was Wednesday making it new comics day in the universe. (That might have been why so many slots on the wall were empty of new issues.)

I eventually wandered back to the graphic novels after a quick search thru the bagged and boarded older comic books for some missing stuff in my collection. Brian Johnson (who looks like he lost some weight) and Rob Bruce seemed to be just talking, and by this point I had decided not attempt to promote my book, the store did not appear to have a freebie table, and no bulletin board for local events or announcements. Plus by this time I had the distinct impression that if I asked the question the answer would have been ‘no’. (Not that this is uncommon a store in Philadelphia told me the same thing.)

I found a trade paperback novel I wanted, The Return of Superman, from 1993, a 480 some page book for only $20.00, a good deal anywhere. I also decided to buy two Buddy Jesus postcards, $3.50 a piece (only $1.25 on the Website, so I feel a little cheated)

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and went to the front counter. Mr. Zapcic was continuing with his inventory work and the other staff member waited on me, I told him I was surprised by the size of the store because it looked smaller from the street but I chalked that up to not being able to see inside.

I left Red Bank a while later taking the train back to Philly, and on the way I came to a couple of conclusions.

1. It must suck to have a reality show at your place of work, especially one where you are in the public eye all the time like in retail when you never know who is going to wander in the front door. (I am sure the money is nice of course), but to be constantly under the microscope like those guys are now, would be more than I would care for. Don’t get me wrong I want my books to sell, heck I would love to be a full time professional writer with my books having a good bit of success (movies, comic books, animation, merchandizing, anyone wants to offer I will gladly jump and on the way up ask how high). But to live in the public eye, even as reality show star does not interest me. Luckily very few writers are recognizable walking down the street. If Spider Robinson walked by me I would never know it. (Some people are out there are saying ‘I have read your stuff A.A., no chance in you becoming famous for writing, you suck.’)

2. I need to just concentrate on writing. I want my books to be good enough that the content sells itself, word of mouth is the most surefire way to sell anything because everyone ,especially readers, want to share good stuff. I will just put my book out there in the universe if someone comes upon it and they like it they will tell someone. Just like I like to promote the podcast, Fatman on Batman, to anyone who is interested in storytelling or creativity, or if they are into travel/history then I tell them to read Bill Bryson. If my stuff is good enough, it will sell itself. (I have made some attempts to promote my books that I have not heard back from yet, if they come thru I will be follow up on them.)

What would I do if I suddenly became independently wealthy, well I would write a lot more.

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This post then lead to Travel and Diversions:  Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge Lobby   

and Bellows Beach, Windward Side, Oahu

Posted in Quotes

Words

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I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead. Tom Stoppard, From the playThe Real Thing

Sir Tom Stoppard,Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage.

And here is the playwright with calmer hair. tom stoddard calmer hari

Sorry folks for no original content lately, am putting the finishing touchs on my science fiction novel, Scouts Out. Which is currently available on this blog, but soon I will be sending it off to smashwords and you will no longer be able to read it for free. Of course it might not be worth a red cent, so if you have any curiosity you can begin reading it here. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Posted in Movie Speeches

Writer – Speech

From a movie I have not seen yet, but I just might look it up now, Up the Down Staircase. Not much about the actor Paul Bedford who delievered this speech.

Paul Barringer: They say a writer should stick to what he knows. What nonsense. What did Dickens know about French Revolutions? What did Shakespeare know about Moors in Venice? If he stuck to what he knew, we’d have no Othello, we’d have no Alice in Wonderland, we’d have no Treasure Island. You brats think that I and Miss Barrett stand up there day after day, talking about books, and the writing of books, just for the hell of it? You think it’s got nothing to do with YOU? A writer creates a book. And individual creates a life. For a writer to create a masterpiece, he’s got to think beyond what he knows. For an individual to create a life, even a half-way decent one, he’s gotta go beyond what he knows. Go beyond the poverty, the dope the disease, the degeneracy. Go beyond the oceans to the alps… a magnificent replica of which the board of education has generously donated. Stick with what you think, and that’s what you’re gonna be stuck with. You may as well get out. Now! All of you… Miss Barrett’s class dismissed. All of you dismissed for the rest of your crummy lives. Some of you prefer to leave by the window. I prefer to leave by the door. Punch me out. Will ya, Teach?

I really enjoyed the advice, being an aspiring writer. Sorry gang no YouTube clip this week.

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