Leave a comment

March 11, 2014 by musehick

I read Kerouac and within a very short amount of time I want to start writing about my home life and I want to start looking for the heroic and the saintly in the every day. I come from countryfolk, and even though I feel more often at home in a city, there will always be something of the countryside mentality about me. If I could write something that might immortalise and glorify my father and do something to illuminate how profound and worthwhile I consider him and his life and the hard he put in to be, then I would feel that I had taken a few small baby steps towards doing something unselfish and valuable with my art.

Directness is a key component in the communication that you give and receive when you talk with someone who really works for  a living. I have worked a lot of jobs that people I know wouldn’t touch with a fifty foot bargepole, and while some of it was hard on the body while I was going through it, there was something very liberating in the physical demands that were placed on me and the sense of accomplishment when I had finished the day out having checked the items off on the list.

I have often thought that there are two distinct threads through my work – one that deals with the fantastic and the abstract, and one that is very grounded in the real and the actual and factual living of life. The generation I come from came from working class backgrounds and then became weird social hybrids when they were forced through the mutating filter of university. My fiction and my poetry meets somewhere in that place – it is why Heaney makes as much sense as Eliot, why Kerouac makes as much sense as Bradbury.

I don’t think of myself as a genre writer – I want to capture the whole human drama; I want to be as much about philosophy as real world reportage. It’s nice on the days when I feel like I hit the targets I aim at.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Nanowrimo 2013


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,052 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 2,182 hits
March 2014
« Feb   Apr »

Flickr Photos


brake fast serial

applying the breaks

Writer To Writers

Creating a Collaborative Anthology

J. A. Allen

Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins

man's plane

where they live

a room full of echoes

to whom am i speaking

vault-face shun

volte-face fashion

a point where

no full stops

err loom


%d bloggers like this: