As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
A melding of the conscious and unconscious minds within a form, such as poetry
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I started writing at age 13, at about the time I became an atheist, though I don’t know if there was a connection. Other forms of creative expression, such as painting, serve as “muses.”
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
Spontaneously coming up with the ideas for my novel, “Two-Headed Dog”
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
Sit down in front of my laptop
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I make it a priority
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
For writers, read a lot. Play with language. Express your self. Don’t become egotistical. In terms of submitting, use Duotrope. Approach the magazines with the highest acceptance rates first, then work your way down.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I’m currently trying to get an agent for my novel, “The Rocky Road Messiah.”
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over twelve-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver.
Read Mitchell’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Valium” — p. 26