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.
About The Creative Process
What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity is what keeps me going from one day to the next. It means everything to me, having the ability to create and conjure any number of ideas and obscure realities out of thin air.
How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
I’m usually most productive between 6-8 on weeknights, post-dinner, pre-movie before bed. I’m an early bird on weekends, post-breakfast, pre-lunch sessions are always equally productive.
How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
The vast majority of my work pulls from some aspect of my personal life, even if it’s small and sometimes insignificant. I’m often building mountains out of molehills, or bending the reality to better suit the final outcome.
About Creative Moments & Inspiration
What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
There are far too many to track at this point. Sometimes the best ones come when you’re least expecting it, and then snowball over several months or years before ever making it down on paper.
Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?
Yes, here and there. In addition to being a fiction writer, I also write and record music and dabble in screenplays from time to time.
What/who inspires you the most?
I find the most inspiration from simple vices. The guy that works the same job everyday, but at the same time, he’s living another life entirely once the closing bell rings. It’s like that with locations as well, how a small town or landmark can often surprise you or provide just the right amount of inspiration for something far more beautiful and ridiculous.
Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)
Not really into name-dropping someone here or there. Find inspiration in whoever’s work does it for you, although I will say, I think there’s a bit of a problem now with writers spending more time posting their sarcastic and often completely irrelevant thoughts on social media as opposed to developing them into something concrete. Some moments in the day are better left un-tweeted.
Tips For Others, Personal Goals
What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Edit your work frequently, seek out as many publications as you can, and go all-in. Rejections from literary magazines are expected, but get easier the more you submit. That first acceptance is all it takes to restore your faith.
What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I write primarily for myself. It’s therapeutic and also a worthwhile outlet for all of my random thoughts. I hope for others to eventually catch on and find some vague amount of value in what I do, but at the same time, once the work is complete, I can’t help but move onto something else entirely.
— TWD MAGAZINE 4th COLLECTION—
Christopher S. Bell has been writing and releasing literary and musical works through My Idea of Fun since 2008. His sound projects include Emmett and Mary, Technological Epidemic, C. Scott and the Beltones and Fine Wives. My Idea of Fun is an art and music archive focused on digital preservation with roots in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. (www.myideaoffun.org). Christopher’s work has recently been published in Anti-Heroin Chic, Avalon Literary Review, BlazeVOX17, Drunken Monkeys, Heavy Athletics, Queen’s Mob Teahouse, Lime Hawk and Talking Book among others. He has also contributed to Entropy and Fogged Clarity.