Today we’re joined by Lottie Hamilton. Lottie writes short stories and poems on Tumblr (http://highs-but-lows.tumblr.com/). My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a writer, I love sitting down and writing short stories and poems. My stories can be about my emotions, or my views or just what I fancy writing about. Most of my work ends up very dark, but that’s what I enjoy writing.
What inspires you?
Everything. You can send me a prompt saying write me a 3 stanza poem about a pizza and I’ll write something, though it might not be what you’d expect. I am inspired by walking down the street, by my dog, just by living.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I was always interested in writing but I never had the courage to write until, quite recently, someone gave me the encouragement and gave me the confidence to write, not for anyone else but for me.
When I was little I wanted to be a writer but that wasn’t practical according to my parents, so I had to choose something more realistic – like an astronaut.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Write, draw, or do whatever you love doing. Do it for you, no one else but you. Don’t listen to the people who will do nothing but criticise your work, but listen to the constructive criticism. Take all the compliments and let them fill you up with pride- you deserve them. Don’t become boastful and be careful how you talk to those that will eventually ask for your advice.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not in my field, and if I did I’d probably just ignore it. When I did tell my friends though, I was told that “you don’t exist,” and that “you’re just trying to be special,” but after some talking, the prejudice was erased and I was the same Lottie that they’d always known.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I reproduce by myself and that asexual cannot mean two things.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr, www.highs-but-lows.tumblr.com
Thank you so much, Lottie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.