Thanks to Steve McOrmond for inviting me to participate. You can read Steve’s post here: http://stevemcormond.com/blog/
What am I working on?
I generally work on more than one thing at a time and in more than one genre. I’m working on a collection of short stories that are similar in tone to my last poetry book The Saddest Place on Earth.
I just finished a draft of an old screenplay that I’m trying to bring back to life called Piss Tank. It’s a drama set in the 1980s about a young girl who befriends a playground bully.
I’m always writing poems too. I have a couple poems in the final issue of Pilot Pocket Books a wonderful print journal from Toronto and in an anthology called Why Poetry Sucks: Humorous Avant-Garde and Post-Avant English Canadian Poetry (Insomniac Press, 2014) edited by Jonathan Ball and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Probably not that much. In general writers are not as original as we strive to be.
Why do I write what I do?
I feel terrible about the state of the world and writing is the one thing that makes me feel better—although I usually write about how I feel terrible about the state of the world.
How does your writing process work?
I don’t really have a process that stays the same for each project, genre, or even each day. I don’t like to work on a schedule unless I have a deadline then, of course, I have to. I know some writers like to be strict about writing at the same time every day, and I used to feel inadequate for not doing that. But I learned over the years that everyone has their own process. I write sometimes 10 or 12 hours a day when I’m possessed by a project and then I’ll have periods of time when I don’t write. Usually in the time I’m not writing, I’m processing a story or a poem or working out an idea. A big part of the writing process for me goes on in this period between projects when I’m working stories out in my head. But when I do sit down to write, napping is also a big part of my process. I often get ideas when I’m half-asleep during naps. Whenever I’m stuck on something I’m writing, I read a book and take a nap, and it usually works itself out.
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Nikki Reimer is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing and has guest-edited issues of The Incongruous Quarterly and Poetry is Dead. She attended the In(ter)ventions Literary Residency at the Banff Centre in 2013. Reimer sits on the M:ST Festival board, is a director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society, and is a Contributing Editor to Poetry is Dead Magazine. She lives with her husband Jonathon and their cats Amy and Chandler in Calgary, Alberta.
Books: DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks 2014) and [sic] (Frontenac House 2010, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award). Chapbooks: fist things first (Wrinkle Press), haute action material (Heavy Industries), and that stays news (Nomados).
Gillian Sze is the author of The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press, 2011) and Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009), which was shortlisted for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. Her latest collection, Peeling Rambutan, was released this spring by Gaspereau Press.